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Innovative solutions to stabilise the power grid

Solar cells and wind turbines provide clean and renewable energy, but create new challenges in the power grid. Statkraft is delivering technology to help prevent blackouts in the UK and Ireland. In traditional power plants based on coal, gas or hydropower, kinetic energy from turbines is converted into electric power using generators. The large turbines … Continue reading Innovative solutions to stabilise the power grid

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Iberdrola reinforces its commitment to renewable energy in the Canary Islands, with the Aulagas wind farm

Iberdrola reinforces its commitment to the renewable energy market in the Canary Islands, after winning 11 % of the total power auctioned in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the bidding process for wind power capacity endowed with ERDF funds (Eolcan2). The company will develop the Aulagas wind farm in Granadilla de Abona, with a total … Continue reading Iberdrola reinforces its commitment to renewable energy in the Canary Islands, with the Aulagas wind farm

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IRENA Members to Expand Cross-border Interconnections as Shares of Renewables Grow

According to IRENA’s World Energy Transitions Outlook, to achieve climate goals, global electricity generation must expand three-fold by 2050, making grid flexibility exceptionally important as countries race to reduce emissions. Cross-border interconnection represents one of the key solutions to dealing with the variability of renewable power and grid stability issues. This topic was the focus … Continue reading IRENA Members to Expand Cross-border Interconnections as Shares of Renewables Grow

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Transmission policy would unlock wind energy growth

Building just 22 high-voltage transmission lines that are currently on hold in the U.S. could increase national wind and solar generation by 50 percent and create approximately 1.2 million jobs, according to a new study from Americans for a Clean Energy Grid (ACEG). The report, titled Transmission Projects Ready to Go: Plugging into America’s Untapped … Continue reading Transmission policy would unlock wind energy growth

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Flexible charging cuts electricity bills and creates grid stability

Steered charging of electric vehicles can provide the electricity grid with much needed flexibility. In Berlin and Amsterdam, Vattenfall is running two interesting new projects to test flexible charging. The advancing electrification of our society is generating increased demand for renewable electricity. However, since its feed-in fluctuates, the match between supply and demand is becoming … Continue reading Flexible charging cuts electricity bills and creates grid stability

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How to operate wind power plants under the Clean Energy Package rules?

WindEurope organised a workshop on the implementation of the Clean Energy Package (CEP) market design rules. Members held exchanges with representatives from European Transmission System Operators (TSOs), the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the European Commission on new dispatch, redispatch and congestion management rules in place since January 2020. According to the … Continue reading How to operate wind power plants under the Clean Energy Package rules?

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Grid Optimisation: a ‘no regret option’ to allow more wind energy

The expansion of wind energy continues despite COVID-19.  And that requires the continued expansion of electricity grids.  It also requires us to optimise and reinforce existing grids.  In a new paper, WindEurope shows how available and proven technologies can optimise Europe’s existing grid infrastructure, and how this can help accommodate higher shares of renewables in … Continue reading Grid Optimisation: a ‘no regret option’ to allow more wind energy

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GE Supports Spain’s Decarbonization Goals with Green Gas for Grid (g³) Technology

RED ELÉCTRICA DE ESPAÑA awards contract to GE’s Grid Solutions for ten mobile substations to help power the Canary and Balearic IslandsOne containerized gas-insulated mobile substation features GE’s Green Gas for Grid (g³) – a game-changing alternative to sulfur hexafluoride (SF?) insulating gasThis marks the first use of g³ technology in Spain and the first … Continue reading GE Supports Spain’s Decarbonization Goals with Green Gas for Grid (g³) Technology

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New studies find grid modernization accelerates cost-effective renewable energy growth

Renewable energy has begun to dominate new electric generation capacity additions over the past several years for a variety of reasons– plummeting technology costs, increasing efficiency, and corresponding demand from the public and private sector, among others. However, to fully realize a 21st century clean energy economy we need to update our electric system to … Continue reading New studies find grid modernization accelerates cost-effective renewable energy growth

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DolWin3 supplies more than one million households with clean wind energy

GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business announced the offshore grid connection DolWin3 in the North Sea was recently successfully upgraded. The upgrades included enhancements to the valves and control system. In addition to improving the overall performance of the grid connection system, the upgrades also reduce maintenance. Located approximately 80 kilometers from land, DolWin3 with … Continue reading DolWin3 supplies more than one million households with clean wind energy

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New Transmission Technology Is Helping UK Offshore Wind Farms Go Bigger, Farther

When the English playwright Thomas Heywood used the phrase “as common as coals from Newcastle” — pointing out something that was just plain ordinary — his London audience knew exactly what he was talking about, even in the early 1600s. For centuries, the abundance of coal around Newcastle-upon-Tyne in northeast England not only helped shape … Continue reading New Transmission Technology Is Helping UK Offshore Wind Farms Go Bigger, Farther

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The EDF Group invests in the start-up ECOSUN Innovations and strengthens its microgrid offer

EDF Renewables, the EDF Group’s specialist wind and solar power subsidiary, is partnering with ECOSUN Innovations and taking a 29% stake in the company. This French start-up, based in Alsace, develops innovative ‘microgrid’ solutions to provide electricity in remote areas. Most notably, ECOSUN Innovations sells a range of solar systems in mobile containers fitted with … Continue reading The EDF Group invests in the start-up ECOSUN Innovations and strengthens its microgrid offer

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Cooperation and regulation on grids will be vital to reaching 450 GW of offshore wind energy

One of the keys to unlocking offshore wind’s potential is the build-up of an offshore grid. Its construction could be a hotbed of innovation, leveraging the newest technologies. But, as a panel of policy and industry experts explained this morning at WindEurope Offshore 2019 in Copenhagen, implementing this will require a high degree of coordination … Continue reading Cooperation and regulation on grids will be vital to reaching 450 GW of offshore wind energy

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Agreement for the sale of Race Bank transmission assets

Race Bank Wind Farm Limited, a joint venture owned by Ørsted (50%), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (25%), a fund established by Sumitomo Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Development Bank of Japan (12.5%) and Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Gravis Capital Management (12.5%), announced that it has signed an agreement for the sale of its … Continue reading Agreement for the sale of Race Bank transmission assets

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GE’s Static Var Compensator (SVC) Technology Solves Complex Grid Challenges for Customers Around the Globe

GE announces five major SVC milestones and project wins in the first half of 2019 for customers around the world. GE demonstrates ongoing role as industry leader in Static Var Compensator (SVC) technology with another GE patented Main Reactor Design project commissioning in Saudi Arabia and a breakthrough SVC order in India. GE’s long record … Continue reading GE’s Static Var Compensator (SVC) Technology Solves Complex Grid Challenges for Customers Around the Globe

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Response to power outage in the UK

A preliminary investigation by UK Transmission System Operator National Grid to UK energy regulator Ofgem into the recent UK power outage has suggested that it resulted from a lightning strike. The frequency – which is supposed to remain at 50Hz – fell to below 49Hz in a matter of seconds after the “near simultaneous” shutdown … Continue reading Response to power outage in the UK

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TransWest Express Transmission Project passes another major development hurdle

American families and businesses will soon have access to more affordable, reliable clean energy thanks to a unanimous decision from the Wyoming Industrial Siting Council approving the TransWest Express (TWE) Transmission Project on April 19. The long-distance, high-voltage transmission line will reliably deliver large amounts of energy, including cost-saving wind power, to help power homes and … Continue reading TransWest Express Transmission Project passes another major development hurdle

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Upgraded and expanded transmission infrastructure is essential to unlock wind energy

Low-cost clean energy is one big step closer to reaching more American consumers thanks to a unanimous decision yesterday by the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) approving the Grain Belt Express transmission project. The long-distance, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power line will reliably deliver large amounts of clean energy, including cost-saving wind power, to homes … Continue reading Upgraded and expanded transmission infrastructure is essential to unlock wind energy

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How transmission helped keep the lights on during the Polar Vortex

Tens of millions of Americans experienced record cold weather at the end of January as Arctic air inundated much of the Midwest and Eastern U.S. However, the power system and electricity markets worked as designed, keeping the lights (and heat) on when customers needed it most. And the value of transmission in keeping the grid … Continue reading How transmission helped keep the lights on during the Polar Vortex

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Historic interconnector linking Britain and Belgium: ’a major boost for offshore wind energy in the North Sea’

On 4 December WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson participated in an event celebrating the commissioning of the NEMO interconnection link between Great Britain and Belgium. The event, co-organised by Transmission System Operators Elia (Belgium) and National Grid (UK) marks the inauguration of a project that could revolutionise how Europe sources its energy. The Nemo Link interconnector … Continue reading Historic interconnector linking Britain and Belgium: ’a major boost for offshore wind energy in the North Sea’

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