Category Archives: System Operator

Renewable Energy in the Time of COVID-19

In a short few weeks, much of the world has been shut down due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, which has crossed borders and oceans, rapidly devastating communities and livelihoods. Decisions being taken now to address the social and economic impacts of the crisis come amid profound uncertainty about both the course of the pandemic … Continue reading Renewable Energy in the Time of COVID-19

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The American Wind Energy Association cancels CLEANPOWER 2020 due to COVID-19

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) today announced that the CLEANPOWER 2020 Conference & Exhibition scheduled for June 1-4 in Denver has been canceled.   COVID-19 government imposed physical and legal impediments including quarantines, stay-at-home orders, travel restrictions, and concerns over the well-being and safety of all attendees, exhibitors and staff, result in the need … Continue reading The American Wind Energy Association cancels CLEANPOWER 2020 due to COVID-19

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COVID-19, electrical system and contribution of wind energy

Wind power generation contributes 27.6% of demand, the market price is the lowest in the last 4 years and CO2 emissions from the electrical system reach a record low. Wind energy generation in MarchWind turbines has generated 15% more in March than in 2019.If we compare the wind generation values of March 2020 compared to … Continue reading COVID-19, electrical system and contribution of wind energy

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The Investment Case for Energy Transition in Africa

IRENA and UNDP’s Africa Centre for Sustainable Development outline why significant investment is needed to transform Africa’s energy system Falling technology costs have made renewable energy a cost-effective way to generate power in countries all over the world, which would drive further development and improved economy. Despite the tremendous efforts that have been deployed at … Continue reading The Investment Case for Energy Transition in Africa

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Drone technology facilitates inspections of wind turbines

The humming of small rotors will be heard more often in the future in maintenance work and inspections in Vattenfall’s various operations. Drones can simplify these tasks and reduce the risk of occupational injuries, for example during inspections of hard-to-access plant components. They can also be used to fly over rivers and map ice growth … Continue reading Drone technology facilitates inspections of wind turbines

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Battery Storage Paves Way for a Renewable-powered Future

Battery storage systems are emerging as one of the key solutions to effectively integrate high shares of solar and wind renewables in power systems worldwide. A recent analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) illustrates how electricity storage technologies can be used for a variety of applications in the power sector, from e-mobility and … Continue reading Battery Storage Paves Way for a Renewable-powered Future

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Renewable energies for zero-emissions hydrogen

A sustainable future can also come from the production of zero-emissions hydrogen thanks to electrolysis powered by energy from renewable resources. Producing hydrogen cheaply and greenly is the challenge we’re taking on to exploit the most abundant element in the universe to decarbonize hard to abate sectors. To win this challenge, Enel has decided yet … Continue reading Renewable energies for zero-emissions hydrogen

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ENGIE successfully refuels the world’s first renewable hydrogen passenger train in test in the Netherlands

ENGIE, a leader in the zero-carbon transition, successfully refueled a hydrogen passenger train in a pilot test in the Northern Netherlands that took place between February 27 and March 11. The testing of Coradia iLint, the world’s first renewable hydrogen passenger train, is led by the Netherlands’ province  of Groningen,  and jointly conducted with Alstom, … Continue reading ENGIE successfully refuels the world’s first renewable hydrogen passenger train in test in the Netherlands

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Iberdrola has accelerated its electric mobility plans

The company will install 150,000 charging points in households, companies and on public highways (urban and interurban) over the next five years · It is investing in ultra and super-fast infrastructure (150 kW and 350 kW) that will have vehicles charged and back on the road in between five and 15 minutes. Iberdrola has installed … Continue reading Iberdrola has accelerated its electric mobility plans

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ENGIE invests in hydrogen technology platform H2SITE

ENGIE, through its corporate venture capital arm ENGIE New Ventures, announces its strategic investment in H2SITE. Headquartered in Bilbao, Spain, H2SITE is a spinoff created by Tecnalia research and technology center and Eindhoven University of Technology. It aims at commercializing a membrane reactor based system able to produce high purity hydrogen, on customer’s premises, from … Continue reading ENGIE invests in hydrogen technology platform H2SITE

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The Climate Law is encouraging but the energy transition needs to accelerate to deliver climate neutrality by 2050

Today the European Commission proposed a ‘Climate Law’ enshrining in legislation the goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. The proposal is an important step in the right direction. The draft law also explicitly mentions a more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 50 to 55% by 2030 to be proposed by September. And … Continue reading The Climate Law is encouraging but the energy transition needs to accelerate to deliver climate neutrality by 2050

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Public tenders have driven 80% of wind energy capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) have published a joint report Competitive Processes for Financing Renewable Energy Projects. The report provides a comprehensive overview and analysis of financing frameworks such as auctions and Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in key wind power markets in Latin America and the Caribbean … Continue reading Public tenders have driven 80% of wind energy capacity in Latin America and the Caribbean

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New battery storage facility in Sweden increases grid capacity

Vattenfall, Boliden and Landskrona Energi, with the support of the Swedish Energy Agency, are conducting a two-year research project and investing in a new battery storage facility in Landskrona.   The new scope of the project is to develop a battery storage facility that can combine reduced electricity costs for the customer with flexible grid … Continue reading New battery storage facility in Sweden increases grid capacity

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The successful matrimony of hydrogen and offshore wind power

A consortium of Gasunie, Groningen Seaports and Shell The Netherlands announced their intention to launch the NortH2 project: the production of green hydrogen using renewable electricity generated by a mega offshore wind farm, 3 to 4 gigawatts in 2030, contributing to the objectives of the Dutch Climate Accord. In a company statement this week, Shell … Continue reading The successful matrimony of hydrogen and offshore wind power

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More research & innovation funding needed to deliver climate-neutral Europe

On 27 February WindEurope attended a workshop organised by the Strategic Energy Technologies Plan (SET Plan). At the workshop representatives of national governments and various energy technology sectors gathered to discuss how to improve the understanding of Europe’s investments in energy research & innovation. The SET Plan is the research & innovation pillar of the … Continue reading More research & innovation funding needed to deliver climate-neutral Europe

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Wind energy exceeds 25,700 MW installed in Spain

Spain leads the ranking of EU countries in onshore wind farm installation. Spain has increased wind power by 2,243 MW in 2019, multiplying by five the installed wind turbines capacity compared to the previous year, adding a total of 25,704 MW of wind power installed with wind turbines. Wind energy has produced 20.8% of the … Continue reading Wind energy exceeds 25,700 MW installed in Spain

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High wind power production in Germany once again caused negative prices

Solar energy production increased widely in European markets last week. However, in the case of wind power production, declines predominated, which led to the rise in prices in most markets. On the other hand, in the German market, high wind energy production once again caused negative prices over the weekend. This week, prices are expected … Continue reading High wind power production in Germany once again caused negative prices

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EU industrial strategy must recognise wind energy as a job creator

Last week, WindEurope was one of the co-signatories of a letter calling for a robust industrial strategy to implement the Green Deal. Europe can only reach climate-neutrality through the sustained growth of wind energy to power the economy. This will be essential to ensure Europe’s long-term security of energy supply and technology leadership. The letter … Continue reading EU industrial strategy must recognise wind energy as a job creator

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EDF Renewables launches an innovative storage solution for businesses in Germany

EDF Renewables is offering an innovative storage solution for Commercial and Industrial (C&I) clients in Germany. It smooths electricity consumption on site, contributing to both reduce energy bills for customers and the load on the grid. This new offer is based on a smart management system of the customer’s electricity demand and the storage capacity … Continue reading EDF Renewables launches an innovative storage solution for businesses in Germany

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Electrification, innovation and hydrogen gas reduce industry dependence on fossil fuels

Industry needs help in order to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions. Vattenfall is making it happen through cooperation and partnerships with industry. This year will see the inauguration of HYBRIT’s pilot plant in Luleå, Sweden. In this plant, a tonne of fossil-free steel will be produced from raw iron ore every hour. By means of … Continue reading Electrification, innovation and hydrogen gas reduce industry dependence on fossil fuels

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