Category Archives: Grids

New study sees drastic increase in data center energy consumption due to new 5G mobile communications standard

With the recent introduction of the 5G mobile communications standard, the energy requirements of data centers are set to increase drastically. This is the outcome of a study carried out by RWTH Aachen University, commissioned by E.ON. According to the study, 5G alone will further increase the already rapidly growing electricity demand in data centers … Continue reading New study sees drastic increase in data center energy consumption due to new 5G mobile communications standard

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Small Island Developing States: Renewable Ambition in Pursuit of Climate Change Adaptation

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are amongst the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to climate change. At the same time, they are amongst the most ambitious when it comes to climate action. The progress of the energy transition in SIDS was the focus of several events for IRENA during COP25 where … Continue reading Small Island Developing States: Renewable Ambition in Pursuit of Climate Change Adaptation

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Decarbonisation of transport through renewables is possible

Electric vehicles (EVs) hold the key to unleash synergies between clean transport and low-carbon electricity. Just as future transport must be increasingly electrified, future power systems must make maximum use of variable renewable energy sources. Smart charging for EVs minimises their load impact and unlocks the flexibility to use more solar and wind power. This … Continue reading Decarbonisation of transport through renewables is possible

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Wind energy already serves 6% of the world’s electricity demand

Renewable energy today employs twice as many people as the oil industry (oil and gas). The International Renewable Energy Agency estimates that photovoltaics, wind energy, concentrated solar power and other renewable energy employ more than eleven million people. The energy transition is a revolution. The wind power sector expects to install more electric power in … Continue reading Wind energy already serves 6% of the world’s electricity demand

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How China Moved From Leader To Laggard On Climate Change

When the economy was growing robustly, Beijing saw stronger environmental policies as core to its economic transformation. Today, with growth at its slowest pace since the early 1990s, that has changed. The FT reports. © Qilai Shen/Bloomberg Baoding, China | The smoggy city of Baoding is known for two things: donkey burgers, and solar panels. … Continue reading How China Moved From Leader To Laggard On Climate Change

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OEM leaders from wind, solar and storage come together to discuss what’s next

AWEA’s just-completed Clean Energy Executive Summit is a one-stop shop to gather intel on the latest clean energy trends. At this year’s conference, attendees learned about current projections and industry forecasts, followed by a discussion of leading original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of wind, solar and storage technologies. These leaders spanned the pan-renewable spectrum and came … Continue reading OEM leaders from wind, solar and storage come together to discuss what’s next

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Europe’s Just Transition Fund must rise to the challenge

On 3 December WindEurope Deputy CEO Malgosia Bartosik called for an ambitious Just Transition Fund – a “must have” if we want the energy transition to work for all Europeans. Bartosik spoke on a panel in Brussels about financing the energy transition alongside: MEP Jerzy Buzek; Marc Lemaître, Director General for Regional and Urban development … Continue reading Europe’s Just Transition Fund must rise to the challenge

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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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Vattenfall and Microsoft pilot world’s first hourly matching (24/7) of renewable energy

Vattenfall and Microsoft have jointly developed a first-of-its-kind solution, providing customers a new level of transparency into their electricity consumption making it possible to go from year-based data to hourly based data on source of origin. The solution, 24/7 Matching, is being piloted at Vattenfall and Microsoft Headquarters in Sweden. The new 24/7 solution is built … Continue reading Vattenfall and Microsoft pilot world’s first hourly matching (24/7) of renewable energy

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More Research & Innovation essential for decarbonisation & delivering a just energy transition

On 14 and 15 November the 13th Strategic Energy Technology plan (SET-Plan) conference took place in Helsinki. The SET-Plan provides an important framework to promote the EU’s goals in energy Research and Innovation (R&I). To deliver on its ambitious climate and energy targets, Europe needs strong and fit-for-purpose innovation programmes. These will develop and improve … Continue reading More Research & Innovation essential for decarbonisation & delivering a just energy transition

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City Roadmap 2050 Supports Low-Carbon Winter Olympics 2022 in China

The Chinese city of Zhangjiakou has stepped up its efforts to deploy renewable energy systems, a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds. The Agency’s first ever roadmap 2050 for the city of Zhangjiakou sets an example for Chinese cities to run their energy systems off coal and take advantage of renewable … Continue reading City Roadmap 2050 Supports Low-Carbon Winter Olympics 2022 in China

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Ørsted to build landmark solar & storage project

Ørsted announced today that following final investment decision from its Board of Directors it has commenced construction on the company’s first utility-scale solar plus battery storage project, the 460megawatt (MWac) Permian Energy Center. The facility is located in Andrews County, Texas, and will come online in mid-2021. Upon completion of the Permian Energy Center, Ørsted … Continue reading Ørsted to build landmark solar & storage project

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Wind energy joins the Declaration of the Alliance for Electrification in Europe

A large group of 100 organizations from the main industrial and civil society sectors this week called on the European Commission to accelerate the adoption of clean and renewable electricity as a more profitable and energy efficient strategy to achieve climate neutrality in Europe . PREPA joins this initiative and attended this week in Brussels … Continue reading Wind energy joins the Declaration of the Alliance for Electrification in Europe

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Highlights of the Asia Clean Energy Summit 2019 Wind Energy Conference

On 31 October 2019, energy industry leaders gathered in Singapore for the Wind Energy Conference at the Asia Clean Energy Summit (ACES). The conference, co-organised by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and the Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore (SEAS), featured dialogues on regulatory challenges, project financing and the latest technological advancements in the wind … Continue reading Highlights of the Asia Clean Energy Summit 2019 Wind Energy Conference

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European renewable production lowers the prices of the main electricity markets

Solar photovoltaic and concentrated solar power production, wind power production and electricity demandFrom Monday to Wednesday of this week, solar production has recovered 21% in Italy compared to the average production last week. Similarly, a recovery of 8.5% has occurred in Spain. In the case of Germany, the generation from this technology has had a … Continue reading European renewable production lowers the prices of the main electricity markets

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Interconnection is essential for the development of wind energy and solar power in Africa

Interconnection is essential for the development of wind power and solar energy in Africa.Africa needs to accelerate the development of hydroelectric, wind and solar plants and strengthen the cross-border interconnection of the network to establish “an electric highway,” according to an industry report. The document, published in Beijing by the Development and Cooperation Organization for … Continue reading Interconnection is essential for the development of wind energy and solar power in Africa

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Uruguay exported 54% of the electricity generated on October 30

On Wednesday 30, the country broke the electricity export record, with 54% of the energy generated. Of the 60.7 GWh produced, 32.7 were exported. So far this year, 23% of the energy generated was exported and 98% of the total, between exports and domestic demand, came from renewable sources. Likewise, the energy generated that day … Continue reading Uruguay exported 54% of the electricity generated on October 30

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ABB wins contract to connect world’s largest offshore wind farm

ABB has been selected by energy companies SSE Renewables of the UK and Equinor of Norway to supply its HVDC converter systems to connect wind power farms to the UK transmission network. ABB has won a big contract to connect the world’s largest offshore wind farm to Britain’s electricity grid, the Swiss engineering company said … Continue reading ABB wins contract to connect world’s largest offshore wind farm

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The fall of solar and wind energy production raises the prices of electricity markets

Solar energy production has fallen during the first three days of this week in Germany and Spain and in Italy it has remained at levels similar to those of last week. This decline in solar production coupled with the general decline in wind power production on the continent and the increase in demand in several … Continue reading The fall of solar and wind energy production raises the prices of electricity markets

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Vattenfall and Honda to develop a climate smart and cost effective charging solution

Vattenfall and technology company Honda have today signed a Letter of Intent to introduce convenient home charging solutions and flexible energy contracts specifically tailored for electric vehicle (EV) owners in Europe. This service will initially be rolled out in the UK and Germany in 2020. Vattenfall´s goal is to enable a fossil free life within … Continue reading Vattenfall and Honda to develop a climate smart and cost effective charging solution

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