Germany just approved 1,610 megawatts of offshore wind power

April 30, 2018 by  
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Offshore wind turbines could soon provide more electricity for Germany — to the tune of 1,610 megawatts (MW). The country recently held an auction for companies that want to build offshore wind projects, ultimately granting six construction licenses. According to Reuters , the resulting wind energy parks will be able to produce as much power as a nuclear energy plant or two large gas- or coal-fired stations. Germany’s Federal Network Agency, or Bundesnetzagentur , recently announced the results of the offshore wind energy auction. The average price of winning bids was $46.60 Euros per megawatt-hour, according to Renewables Now , and the winning companies include Baltic Eagle, Iberdrola, Ørsted, KNK Wind, and Innogy. Three projects will be located in the North Sea and three in the Baltic Sea. The winners have the option to construct the offshore wind plants between 2021 and 2025, with rights to onshore connections and 25 years of plant operation. Related: World’s most powerful wind turbine installed off the coast of Scotland Wind energy appears to be soaring in Germany; according to the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation , a recent study from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy found that 338,600 people were employed in the renewable energy field as of 2016 — a 10,000-employee increase compared to the year before. The wind industry was the driving force behind the rise in numbers; it employed nearly half of the 338,600 renewable energy workers, and 27,200 were employed in the offshore wind power sector. The German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation also cited a Deutsche WindGuard analysis stating that, as of December 31, 2017, “1,169 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 5,387 MW were connected to the grid.” The foundation cited industry representatives as saying, “…offshore wind turbines make an increasing contribution to the security of Germany’s energy supply. They deliver clean power almost around the clock, every day of the year.” Reuters said the next auction round will take place in 2021. Via Reuters , Renewables Now , and the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation ( 1 , 2 ) Images via Depositphotos ( 1 , 2 )

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Researchers finally identify the source of mysterious space radio waves

February 25, 2016 by  
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Fast radio bursts (FRBs) have long baffled astronomers . These huge energy surges in space produce as much power in less than a second as the Sun does in 1,000 years. Scientists used to discover them years after they happened, so they were unable to determine the source or cause of the bursts. They’d even wondered if aliens were behind the mysterious phenomenon. That all changed with an incredible finding by a team of scientists in Australia, who were finally able to record an FRB as it occurred. Read the rest of Researchers finally identify the source of mysterious space radio waves

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Why the next wave of green buildings will focus on net zero

August 13, 2012 by  
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Venture capitalists are seeding startups which will enable a building to produce as much energy as it consumes. Here's the four emerging areas that will draw attention in coming months.

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America’s Tallest Skyscraper Becoming a Solar Farm

March 24, 2011 by  
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Chicago’s Willis Tower, America’s tallest building — formerly known as the Sears Tower, is getting a major green makeover.  The south side of the 56th floor will soon be home to solar electric glass windows, turning the tower into a 2-MW vertical solar farm. The windows called high power density photovoltaic glass units are being made by Pythagoras Solar .  They will retain views and daylighting for the floor, reduce heat and produce as much electricity as a traditional solar panel.  The windows consist of monocrystalline silicon solar cells sandwiched between two layers of glass with an internal prism that directs the sunlight onto the solar cells, while letting diffuse light through.  The result is a cooler, natural lighting environment inside the skyscraper and a more efficient solar panel

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ASUS Shipping Box Serves as Computer Case

March 22, 2011 by  
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At this year’s CeBIT electronics and IT trade show in Hanover Germany, computer maker Asus announced it will be shipping some of its computer motherboards in a cardboard box that will then be able to be used as a temporary case for the computer . “There are punch-out holes for ventilation and a real panel that houses the PC’s connectors and interfaces.

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