Friday, November 15, 2013

Alternative Clean Energy Roundup: 15 November 2013

ABB’s Solar Vision: Inverters, Hybrid Microgrids and Smart Buildings
November 8, 2013 - ABB announced an $80 million order earlier this week to develop a 100-megawatt photovoltaic solar project for the Grand Renewable Energy Park in Ontario. It will be Canada’s largest solar photovoltaic plant.

ABB will provide a balance-of-system solution as well as the engineering, electrical installation and performance testing of the plant. The project is part of a $5 billion investment by Samsung Renewable Energy and its partners to build a green energy cluster of wind and solar power with a capacity of 1,369 megawatts. read more>>>

Taiwan solar panels to fuel US green city project
2013-11-09 - A project to build a 4-megawatt, 16 acre solar power plant in the Californian city of Lancaster in the United States will use solar panels made in Taiwan, one of the developers said Wednesday.

Under the solar farm project, some 14,000 ground-mounted solar panels will be installed on vacant city land, with the goal of generating enough power for 550 homes.

The project was developed jointly by renewable energy company US Topco Energy, which is owned by the Taiwanese firm Topco Scientific, and America's No. 1 full-service solar power provider SolarCity. read more>>>

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Fort Carson involved in national microgrid testing
November 9, 2013 - "Critical national security and homeland defense missions are at an unacceptably high risk of extended outage from failure of the electric grid." - The Defense Science Board Task Force on DOD Energy Security.

U.S. Northern Command and Fort Carson are key players in the development of a massive power grid pilot program called SPIDERS that has been deemed critical to national security.

Other major players include national labs such as Sandia National Laboratories, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Renewal Energy Laboratory, Colorado Springs Utilities, Rocky Mountain Institute, all branches of the military and North American Electric Reliability Corp. read more>>>

Microgrid powers Borrego during emergency
Nov. 10, 2013 - On the afternoon of Sept. 6, 2013, intense thunderstorms blew into Borrego Springs, causing heavy rain, flash floods, high winds and severe lightning in the area. Lightning from the storm struck and shattered a power pole on the only transmission line serving the community, cutting electricity to all the town’s 2,780 power customers.

SDG&E repair crews quickly arrived on the scene and worked throughout the night to restore power to all customers. But this wasn’t a run-of-the-mill power restoration, as crews were able to make use of a special advantage: read more>>>

Slovenia: Green jobs and green economy are a new development opportunity
08.11.2013 - Green jobs and green economy are a new development opportunity that would allow not only better management of resources, but would also provide the much needed jobs and enable a survival, the first national conference on the issue heard in Ljubljana on Thursday.

In a video address, European Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik said that the pressure on resources, commodities, energy biodiversity and ecosystems often went beyond sustainability levels and would increase further due to growing global population.

This is why he believes profound structural changes are needed to abandon the current model and develop one that would stimulate reuse and systematic transformation of waste back into new raw materials to be returned into production cycle in order to create a circular or green economy. read more>>>

Students showcase green construction technology at Skills Show
11/11/2013 - Students will be working on a solar thermal installation project as well as demonstrating the use of polystyrene building blocks at a pop-up energy centre during the show – the UK’s largest skills and careers event for young people.

More than 75,000 pupils from schools across the country are expected to visit the Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham, a celebration of further education, skills and apprenticeships.

John Malone, head of the Construction and Engineering faculty at CRC, said the students would be demonstrating their skills to thousands of visitors. read more>>>

Stanford engineers develop fuel cell that delivers performance at record low temperatures
06 November 2013 - Faster. Smaller. Cooler. Nanotechnology researchers love adding "-er" to words. Professor Fritz Prinz of the Nanoscale Prototyping Laboratory at Stanford School of Engineering admits that he’s rather fond of " -est."

Prinz led a team of engineers that created a solid oxide fuel cell capable of delivering the most power-per-square inch yet developed, at record-low temperatures.

The U.S. Department of Energy is interested in solid oxide fuel cells as clean energy sources for the future. Using domestic fuel sources, these fuel cells could support or replace large-scale, oil-driven energy production. For this to happen, the cells must be made to run more efficiently and at lower temperatures. read more>>>

Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Energy begins $1.9 billion wind power project
07 November 2013 - MidAmerican Energy Co. has started Iowa's largest wind generation expansion, totaling 448 turbines and $1.9 billion at five sites around the state. The announcement was originally reported by the Omaha World Herald.

MidAmerican revealed its plan to developed as much as 1.050 MW of additional wind generation in the US state of Iowa in May 2013.

As of this week, construction is now underway in five sites located in Grundy, Madison, Marshall, O’Brien and Webster counties. The entire project is expected to be completed and generating power by late 2015.

Siemens Energy is supplying the turbines.

Mr. Green Car: Recycling electric vehicle batteries
Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2012 - As we move ever closer to going mainstream with electric vehicles (EV), there are already concerns arising over what becomes of the batteries when the time comes to replace them. The summer 2012 edition of Green Car Journal has an article about the topic written by Bill Siuru. I’d like to share it with you (following in italics) since I don’t think I can reword it to provide a clearer picture of what the potential is for these batteries after they have passed the point of being useful in a car.

Repurposing spent electric car batteries is a smart move that can keep them out of the waste stream and provide value to seemingly useless products. This line of thought is gaining believers because it addresses both environmental and economic challenges. read more>>>

Catching solar energy with salt balls
Nov. 11 2013 - To Florida’s big utilities, the Sunshine State isn’t as bright as its nickname indicates.

Too cloudy. Too hazy. Too much darkness. It just doesn’t have the pounding rays of, say, Arizona or parts of California.

As such, the reasoning goes, the Sort of Sunny State isn’t great for solar energy – unless someone develops storage technology to overcome those limitations. read more>>>

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