Category Archives: Grids

Acciona has been selected by Mexico’s CFE to build a power line

ACCIONA has been selected by Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) to build a power line from the Topolobampo III combined cycle power plant, involving four separate design and construction jobs — two transmission lines and two substations — in the states of Sinaloa and Sonora.   The two power lines, at voltages of 400 … Continue reading Acciona has been selected by Mexico’s CFE to build a power line

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Village of Simris supplied entirely with locally produced, renewable energy in Sweden

Sun, wind and a big battery: These are the ingredients with which E.ON is bringing the small village of Simris, located in the region of Scania in southern Sweden, onto 100 percent renewable energy. The energy for the approximately 140 households basically comes from wind turbines with installed capacity of 500 kilowatts (kW) and photovoltaic … Continue reading Village of Simris supplied entirely with locally produced, renewable energy in Sweden

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Would extra payments to coal and nuclear really solve any problem with the grid?

Does the latest push for extra payments to coal and nuclear electric generators really reflect a problem with the grid, or is it a “solution” to the “problem” of cheap electricity? Two weeks ago the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was given a tight, 60-day timeline to act “before the winter heating season begins so … Continue reading Would extra payments to coal and nuclear really solve any problem with the grid?

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Windlab and Vestas partner on the world’s first utility-scale hybrid integrating wind energy, solar power and storage

A partnership between renewable energy industry leaders has announced the final details of a project that will help accelerate the transition to an energy mix led by renewable energy and aim to provide even more reliable and consistent renewable energy production adapted to energy demand and grid requirements. Developed by Australia’s international renewable energy company, … Continue reading Windlab and Vestas partner on the world’s first utility-scale hybrid integrating wind energy, solar power and storage

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Apple & GE Partner to Bring Predix Industrial Apps to iPhone & iPad

Apple® and GE today announced a partnership to deliver powerful industrial apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics from Predix, GE’s industrial Internet of Things (IoT) platform, to iPhone® and iPad®. The two companies unveiled a new Predix software development kit (SDK) for iOS, which gives developers the tools to make their own powerful industrial … Continue reading Apple & GE Partner to Bring Predix Industrial Apps to iPhone & iPad

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Dominion Energy Virginia to power new Facebook data center with renewable energy

Dominion Energy Virginia will add new solar generation to the power grid to serve a new state-of-the-art data center Facebook plans to build in suburban Richmond, Virginia. Facebook announced Thursday it has selected a location in eastern Henrico County as home to its eighth data center in the United States. This was made possible through … Continue reading Dominion Energy Virginia to power new Facebook data center with renewable energy

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IEA report provides a bright outlook for renewables

Global renewable electricity generation is expected to grow by more than a third by 2022, according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Renewables 2017 report released yesterday. It’ll be over 8,000 terawatts hours per year, equal to the total annual power consumption of China, India and Germany combined – and 30% of global power generation, … Continue reading IEA report provides a bright outlook for renewables

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Solar energy leads the charge in another record year for renewables

Boosted by a strong solar PV market, renewables accounted for almost two-thirds of net new power capacity around the world in 2016, with almost 165 gigawatts (GW) coming online. This was another record year, largely as a result of booming solar PV deployment in China and around the world, driven by sharp cost reductions and … Continue reading Solar energy leads the charge in another record year for renewables

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Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and the Khobab Wind Farm connect to Eskom grid

Last week, the Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and the Khobab Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape, marked a milestone as the wind farms officially connected to the Eskom grid. The wind farms have been synchronised via Eskom’s Helios Substation and commissioning of wind turbines is reported to have commenced. Commenting on the development, country construction manager … Continue reading Loeriesfontein Wind Farm and the Khobab Wind Farm connect to Eskom grid

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UK beats wind energy record

Renewables made up close to a third of electricity in the UK during the second quarter of 2017, breaking the country’s previous record (Q1 2017) for the highest percentage of electricity generated from sustainable sources. This is according to a recent government report. Wind energy saw the most growth, with onshore wind rising by 50 percent (2.0 TWh) to … Continue reading UK beats wind energy record

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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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