Category Archives: Pumping system

Huge wind turbines are to combine with hydropower in a Germany

In Germany, two renewable energy sources are being combined in a novel project looking to break new ground and transform the scenery of a German forest. GE, through GE Renewable Energy, has signed an agreement with Max Bögl Wind AG to both deliver and commission what it has described as “the world’s tallest and first … Continue reading Huge wind turbines are to combine with hydropower in a Germany

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Increasing World’s Share of Renewable Energy Would Boost Global GDP up to $1.3 Trillion

Achieving a 36 per cent share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030 would increase global gross domestic product (GDP) by up to 1.1 per cent, roughly USD 1.3 trillion, according to new analysis by IRENA. Renewable Energy Benefits: Measuring the Economics, released today at IRENA’s sixth Assembly, provides the first global … Continue reading Increasing World’s Share of Renewable Energy Would Boost Global GDP up to $1.3 Trillion

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Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report

The Caribbean region stands at a crossroads, faced with several critical challenges associated with the generation, distribution, and use of energy. Despite the availability of tremendous domestic renewable energy resources, the region remains disproportionately dependent on imported fossil fuels, which exposes it to volatile oil prices, limits economic development, and degrades local natural resources. This … Continue reading Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report

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139 Countries Could Get All of their Power from Renewable Energy Sources

Mark Z. Jacobson and Mark Delucchi have done it again. This time they’ve spelled out how 139 countries can each generate all the energy needed for homes, businesses, industry, transportation, agriculture—everything—from wind, solar and water power technologies, by 2050. Their national blueprints, released Nov. 18, follow similar plans they have published in the past few … Continue reading 139 Countries Could Get All of their Power from Renewable Energy Sources

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Alstom selected to upgrade generators in the Markersbach pumped-storage power plant in Germany

Alstom received a second order from Vattenfall Europe Generation AG for the main overhaul of a synchronous generator in the Markersbach pumped-storage power plant located in the Ore Mountains in Saxony, Germany. The works on the generator should start in June 2016 and is due to be completed by February 2017. This is the second … Continue reading Alstom selected to upgrade generators in the Markersbach pumped-storage power plant in Germany

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Renewable Energy storage project near desert center advances

An energy storage project that would support renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gases, create hundreds of jobs and add millions to the local economy moved forward today under an agreement by Eagle Mountain LLC (an affiliate of Eagle Crest Energy) to buy the Kaiser Eagle Mountain mine near Desert Center from CIL&D (formerly known as Kaiser … Continue reading Renewable Energy storage project near desert center advances

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IRENA Roadmap Breaks New Ground on Renewable Energy Storage

A new ground-breaking report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides clear direction on how to advance storage systems as part of the infrastructure for a sustainable energy future. Renewables and Electricity Storage, released today on the side lines of IRENA’s ninth Council meeting, prioritizes 14 action items across five priority areas where governments … Continue reading IRENA Roadmap Breaks New Ground on Renewable Energy Storage

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Wind energy and solar power compete with coal, gas

Lazard said that solar energy and wind energy were already competing with fossil fuels on an unsubsidised basis. We’ve now gotten hold of the original report and are reprinting four graphs here, which we find quite stunning because it underlines how quickly the case for more fossil fuels is quickly being eroded.   The first graph … Continue reading Wind energy and solar power compete with coal, gas

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U.S. could double hydropower capacity in future

The U.S. Energy Department said on Tuesday it has found over 65 gigawatts (GW) of potential new hydropower development across the country, nearly equivalent to the current U.S. hydropower capacity. “The United States has tremendous untapped clean energy resources and responsible development will help pave the way to a cleaner, more sustainable and diverse energy … Continue reading U.S. could double hydropower capacity in future

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Spanish island El Hierro to be fully powered by wind energy, hydroelectric

Spain’s Canary Islands, El Hierro, is making a splash by becoming the first island in the world fully energy self-sufficient through combined water and wind power. A wind farm opening at the end of June will turn into electricity the gusts that rake the steep cliffs and green mountains of the volcanic island off the … Continue reading Spanish island El Hierro to be fully powered by wind energy, hydroelectric

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Electricity storage in the power sector

Electricity generated by renewables, such as wind energy and solar power, is based on variable resources. Electricity storage can optimise the energy flows between supply and demand and therefore enable a higher contribution of renewable energy in our electricity mix. Renewables may also not be fully available at the moment when demand is higher or … Continue reading Electricity storage in the power sector

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Europe's largest pumped-storage scheme

Today, HRH the Prince of Asturias and IBERDROLA Chairman, Ignacio Galán inaugurated Europe's largest pumped-storage hydroelectric scheme at Cortes-La Muela in the Júcar river basin, in the municipality of Cortes de Pallás (Valencia, Spain). During the ceremony, the Prince of Asturias unveiled a plaque and IBERDROLA Chairman highlighted the Company's commitment to Spain, “where we … Continue reading Europe's largest pumped-storage scheme

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Policy issues plague hydropower as wind energy backup

Theoretically, hydropower can step in when wind turbines go still, but barriers to this non-polluting resource serving as a backup are largely policy- and regulation-based, according to Penn State researchers. “We have a very clear realization that we need to make energy systems more sustainable,” said Seth A. Blumsack, assistant professor of energy policy. “We … Continue reading Policy issues plague hydropower as wind energy backup

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The Wind-Hydro-Pumped Station of El Hierro

The El Hierro Sustainability Plan, approved on the 27th of November, 1997 by the Council of the island of El Hierro, poses the idea of making the island a self-sustained location. This possibility has been backed up in the “White Paper for a Community StrategyAction Plan” developed by the European Commission, which includes the following … Continue reading The Wind-Hydro-Pumped Station of El Hierro

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