European firms eye artificial island for North Sea wind and solar farm

March 15, 2017 by  
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Of all the opponents of wind turbines , few are as vociferous as the loose collective that planners and developers deride as “Nimby,” a term that derives from the acronym for “not in my backyard.” Driven to stake out real estate further offshore, a group of European companies have devised a plan almost breathtaking in its audacity: create a vast artificial island in the middle of the tumultuous North Sea, populate the area around it with thousands of spinning pylons, and drum up enough renewable energy for millions of Europeans by 2050. The venture, born of the 2050 goals laid out by the Paris agreement on climate change , is a collaboration between Denmark’s Energinet and the German and Dutch arms of electricity firm TenneT . To solidify the partnership, the companies will be meeting with Maroš Šef?ovi?, the European Commissioner for Energy, at the North Seas Energy Forum in Brussels next week to sign a trilateral agreement. If greenlit, the proposed 2.5-square-mile Power Link Island, also known as the North Sea Wind Power Hub, will boast its own harbor, air strip, solar farm, and artificial lake, along with homes for in-residence staff. Early estimates place the price of construction in the ball park of $1.3 billion. Dogger Bank, a large sandbank about 62 miles off the east coast of England, is thought to be the ideal location for the island because it’s centrally located, has waters shallow enough for turbines, and is buffeted by constant wind. Related: China is building artificial islands in disputed South China Sea territory Underwater transmission lines, coursing with energy, could potentially power the homes of 80 million people in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway, and Belgium. By linking the energy markets of those countries, Power Link Island could facilitate international trading in electricity. It could even consolidate energy by serving as a connective hub for other, scattered wind farms or bud off smaller but similar enclaves. “This project can significantly contribute to a completely renewable supply of electricity in Northwest Europe,” said Mel Kroon, CEO of TenneT. There’s another upside: An island of significant scope could, through economies of scale, also whittle down costs. “Offshore wind has in recent years proved to be increasingly competitive and it is important to us to constantly focus on further reduction in prices of grid connections and interconnections,” said Peder Østermark Andreasen, CEO of Energinet. “We need innovative and large-scale projects so that offshore wind can play an even bigger part in our future energy supply.” + Energinet + TenneT Via The Next Web

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Petroleum giant abandons tar sands in favor of wind power

December 29, 2016 by  
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In a startling move, Norwegian state-owned oil and gas company Statoil recently pulled all its investments out of the Alberta tar sands after winning a contract to develop an offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. CleanTechnica reports the company began selling off its tar sands assets almost within hours of learning earlier this month it had won the right to build a wind farm off the coast of New York State. According to CleanTechnica, the opportunity to develop the wind facility and provide power so close to New York City made the clean energy project a high-visibility, and thus high-status venture for Statoil. Winning the project was not easy, as the bid process was “intense,” but Statoil’s triumph means they’re part of a new coordinated program to develop a series of wind farms off the Atlantic coast. The project is just one of 11 offshore areas leased for development by the Department of the Interior, through its Bureau of Ocean Energy Management . Related: The world’s largest floating wind farm will be operational next year CleanTechnica notes that much of the 3000 miles of ocean along America’s Eastern Seaboard is perfect for renewable energy development for several reasons. The relatively shallow waters of the Continental Shelf make building easier, while the proximity to major population centers all along the way make accessing markets a breeze. Add to that the fact that hot southern states are in dire need of affordable energy to power air conditioners, and you’ve got a recipe for strong demand for power. While they might have taken a step in the right direction by dropping dirty tar sands oil, Statoil’s hands are still far from clean. It recently invested in oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and has some questionable shale gas assets in the U.S. – including some in the Bakken play, the planned origin for the now-stalled Dakota Access Pipeline . Via Clean Technica Images via Parrot of Doom and Barrow Offshore Wind Turbines , Wikimedia Commons

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Episode 35: Aloha from the future of clean energy

June 23, 2016 by  
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This week on the GreenBiz 350 podcast: Dissecting Hawaii’s first-in-the-nation 100 percent renewable power goal, plus the fight over the evolving role of utilities.

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The living grid: A new frontier in energy demand response

April 26, 2016 by  
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A U.K. initiative called the Living Grid could make the local power grid smarter and prepare it for more renewable power.

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Spirea’s Sunil Cherian at VERGE 15

January 21, 2016 by  
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The CEO of Spirea, Sunil Cherian, said the distributed energy is growing ever more popular and present as it is becoming the energy plan of choice in many communities and regions. Spirea makes software platforms to manage the disparate controls and power sources of distributed energy systems. Distributed energy systems are transitioning from something that has to be pushed by renewable power advocates to systems that have their own pull or demand from customers. 

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German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

June 25, 2014 by  
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Germany recently smashed three solar energy records in just two weeks and set a new overall renewables record last month with 74 percent clean energy use during the middle of the day. Now the Federal Republic’s northernmost — and windiest — state of Schleswig-Holstein is set to generate all of its electricity from green energy this year. The state, which borders Denmark and the North and Baltic Seas, has a goal to generate 300 percent of its electricity needs from renewables. Read the rest of German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , 100% clean energy , germany , green energy , grid , renewable energy , Schleswig-Holstein , wind energy

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Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses

June 16, 2014 by  
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Researchers at the University of Toronto have made a breakthrough that could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells that could be used by millions of people around the world. The team developed nanoparticles called colloidal quantum dots that don’t lose their electrons when exposed to air. The new material achieves solar power conversion efficiency of up to eight percent and can be painted or printed on surfaces such as roofing shingles. The breakthrough also ensures better sensors, infrared lasers, infrared light emitting diodes and satellites. Read the rest of Paint-On Solar Cells Could Make Renewable Power Accessible to the Masses Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , canada , cheap solar , colloidal quantum dots , n-type semiconductor , nanoparticles , nanotechnology , Paint On Solar Cells , painting solar cells , Solar cells , Solar Paint , solar power for the masses , toronto , University of Technology

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Germany Sets New Record with Renewables Supplying 74% of the Entire Country’s Energy Demand Last Weekend

May 21, 2014 by  
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In 2011, Germany made headlines when a small agricultural village in the state of Bavaria produced  321%  more energy than it needed . Now, Germany is showing that it is still leading the world in renewable energy use with news that renewable energy sources were responsible for 74% of the country’s ENTIRE DEMAND during the middle of a day. Read the rest of Germany Sets New Record with Renewables Supplying 74% of the Entire Country’s Energy Demand Last Weekend Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , biomass , fossil fuels , generators , germany , germany renewable power , gigawatts , green energy , hydro power , power , renewable , renewable energy , renewable power , Solar Power , surplus energy , wind energy

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The Lightning LS-218 Electric SuperBike is the Fastest Motorcycle in the World

May 21, 2014 by  
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With a 200 horsepower electric motor and a top speed of 216 mph, the Lightning LS-218 SuperBike is not just the world’s fastest production electric motorcycle – it also holds the world land speed record as the fastest production motorcycle period. The LS-218 has a driving range up to 180 miles per charge, and it can be recharged in just 30 minutes with a quick charger. Read the rest of The Lightning LS-218 Electric SuperBike is the Fastest Motorcycle in the World Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric motor , electric motorcycle , green transportation , Lightning LS-218 , Lightning LS-218 Superbike , Lightning Motorcycles , lithium ion battery , motorcycle

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Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record

November 21, 2013 by  
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Space solar cell and panel manufacturer Spectrolab has broken its own solar cell efficiency world record. The Boeing subsidiary achieved an efficiency of 38.8 percent for a ground-based multi-junction solar cell without the use of concentrated sunlight, breaking their former record by one percent. The U.S. Department of Energy ‘s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado independently verified the record. Read the rest of Spectrolab Breaks Own Solar Cell Efficiency Record Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , boeing , National Renewable Energy Lab , NREL independently verifies solar cell record , record solar cell efficiency , renewable power , semiconductor bonding technology , solar , solar cell efficiency record , Solar cells , solar panels , space cells , space technology , Spectrolab , Spectrolab breaks their own solar record        

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