Category Archives: Grids

Vietnam: wind energy has potential of about 12 GW

The figures were announced in the Viet Nam Energy Outlook Report 2017, released at an event co-organised by the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Embassy of Denmark yesterday in Ha Noi. The report, compiled by Viet Nam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and Denmark’s Ministry for Energy, Utilities and Climate, aims to … Continue reading Vietnam: wind energy has potential of about 12 GW

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Renewables will increasingly challenge fossil fuels on cost

Renewables will increasingly challenge fossil fuels on cost. Green power outlook presented by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on the market. That’s the conclusion of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, whose founder Michael Liebreich … Continue reading Renewables will increasingly challenge fossil fuels on cost

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Plan for 100% renewable energy is possible, practical, and the smart thing to do

Since 2009, Mark Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and Precourt Institute for Energy, and more than 85 coauthors have written a series of peer-reviewed journal articles evaluating the scientific, engineering, and economic potential of transitioning the world’s energy infrastructures to 100% … Continue reading Plan for 100% renewable energy is possible, practical, and the smart thing to do

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Tesla and Vestas team up on battery storage for wind energy

Vestas has confirmed it is working with Tesla to develop new battery storage technologies. The Danish wind energy giant and the clean technology manufacturer aim to find better ways of storing the excess energy created by wind turbines. This stored power would then be efficiently discharged when the wind isn’t blowing but electricity is required. … Continue reading Tesla and Vestas team up on battery storage for wind energy

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Coal Consumption Keeps Rising, But Growth Is Slowing

Global coal consumption keeps rising, reaching 3,826.7 million tons of oil equivalent (mtoe) in 2013. (See Figure 1.) This represents a 3 percent increase from the previous year, and it came on the heels of 2.6 percent growth in 2012. But the pace of growth is down from 7.1 percent in 2010 and 5.4 percent … Continue reading Coal Consumption Keeps Rising, But Growth Is Slowing

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Siemens builds eHighway in Germany

Siemens has been commissioned by the German state of Hesse to build an overhead contact line for electrified freight transport on a ten-kilometer stretch of autobahn. The line will supply electricity for the electric drive of a hybrid truck. Siemens originally presented its innovative “eHighway” concept in 2012. The system will be installed on the … Continue reading Siemens builds eHighway in Germany

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China’s amazing green shift to solar power, wind energy and water power

China’s energy-related agencies, the National Energy Administration (NEA) and the China Electricity Council (CEC), have released data on the operation of China’s electric power system in the first half of 2017 (1H 2017), noting that renewable sources (water, wind and sun) accounted for just on 69.8% of new capacity added, with thermal sources (mainly coal) … Continue reading China’s amazing green shift to solar power, wind energy and water power

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Nexans’ cable-laying vessel brings more clean energy to the world

As global energy demand continues to grow, the need for clean energy is becoming ever more urgent. In the face of growing concerns around climate change, energy transition is now a top priority on the international agenda. Today, not only are nations developing their own renewable energy strategies, but they are also cooperating with other … Continue reading Nexans’ cable-laying vessel brings more clean energy to the world

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Apple’s next US data center will run on 100% renewable energy

Apple announced plans to build a 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art data center in Waukee, Iowa, to better serve North American users of iMessage, Siri, the App Store and other Apple services. Like all Apple data centers, the new facility will run entirely on renewable energy from day one. Apple’s investment of $1.3 billion will create over 550 … Continue reading Apple’s next US data center will run on 100% renewable energy

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Top three takeaways from DOE’s grid study

After months of speculation, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a much-anticipated study of the U.S. electric grid last night. It focused on a critical question—how do we make sure we keep the lights on for American families and businesses? From our initial review of the report, there are three particularly valuable takeaways. These primary … Continue reading Top three takeaways from DOE’s grid study

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How 139 Countries Could Be Powered By 100 Percent Wind Power, Water, And Solar Energy

The latest roadmap to a 100% renewable energy future from Stanford’s Mark Z. Jacobson and 26 colleagues is the most specific global vision yet, outlining infrastructure changes that 139 countries can make to be entirely powered by wind, water, and sunlight by 2050 after electrification of all energy sectors. Such a transition could mean less … Continue reading How 139 Countries Could Be Powered By 100 Percent Wind Power, Water, And Solar Energy

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Worldwide 100% renewable energy possible by 2050

Stanford’s Mark Z. Jacobson, who led a 2015 effort to create a state-by-state plan for a US transition to 100% renewable energy, has published similar research on a much larger scale, examining scenarios in which 139 countries could be powered purely by wind, water and solar (WWS) by the year 2050. In scope and scale, … Continue reading Worldwide 100% renewable energy possible by 2050

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American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) statement on the DOE grid study

The following is a statement from Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Staff Report on Electricity Markets and Reliability: “We received the U.S. Department of Energy’s grid study and reviewed its key findings and recommendations. The wind industry appreciated the opportunity to contribute analysis … Continue reading American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) statement on the DOE grid study

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A quarter of India’s energy demand can be met with renewable energy

India can raise its renewable energy use to meet a quarter of the country’s total final energy demand by 2030, according to the findings of a report presented today by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable energy prospects for India, a study from IRENA’s REmap programme, outlines action areas that can unlock India’s vast … Continue reading A quarter of India’s energy demand can be met with renewable energy

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Siemens exhibits digitalization and engineering efficiency at Husum Wind 2017

Under the slogan “Creating the most from wind – discover the value of digitalization”, digitalization and engineering efficiency are main themes of this year’s Siemens presentation at Husum Wind. The digitalization focuses on the Simatic WinCC Open Architecture Scada System, the cloud-based MindSphere open IoT operating system, and industrial communication: for efficient storage and analysis … Continue reading Siemens exhibits digitalization and engineering efficiency at Husum Wind 2017

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Tesla joins effort to pair batteries with offshore wind power

Tesla and wind farm developer Deepwater Wind are planning to team up to create the largest project in the world that combines an offshore wind farm with large-scale electricity storage, the companies announced Tuesday. The project, called the Revolution Wind Farm, would generate electricity about 12 miles off the shore of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and … Continue reading Tesla joins effort to pair batteries with offshore wind power

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ACS wins 1,550 MW capacity at renewable energy auction in Spain

The government’s renewable capacity auction of about 3,000 MW, most of which was for solar power producers, was the second this year and is part of a drive to make sure 20 percent of all energy consumed in Spain by 2020 is from renewable sources.  Spanish construction company ACS has won 1,550 megawatts (MW) of … Continue reading ACS wins 1,550 MW capacity at renewable energy auction in Spain

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Renewable energy boosts national security, military preparedness

Jon Powers is an Iraq veteran and former Chief Sustainability Officer for the U.S. government. He’s also a founder of Operation Free, a coalition of former service members who “advocate for securing America with clean energy.” This month, he penned a pair of op-eds explaining why the armed forces look to renewable energy to strengthen … Continue reading Renewable energy boosts national security, military preparedness

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Renewables on the grid: Market-based solutions support reliability

AWEA supports creating markets for grid reliability services as the most cost-effective way to ensure electric reliability. Renewable resources are already able to provide many of these grid reliability services as well as or better than conventional power plants. As shown in the following table, wind plants already exceed the reliability services contributed by conventional … Continue reading Renewables on the grid: Market-based solutions support reliability

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ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK

ABB has won a $30 million order from ScottishPower Renewables to supply two SVC Light® Static Compensators (STATCOMs) that will smooth out the voltage fluctuations that are an inherent feature of intermittent wind energy. They will increase power transfer capability, improve power quality and enhance grid stability, enabling more energy efficient and reliable power supplies … Continue reading ABB wins $30 million order to support integration of offshore wind energy in the UK

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