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Scotland Breaks Offshore Wind Records with Powerful Turbines and Innovative Foundations

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:57

According to Vattenfall, two offshore wind industry firsts have been achieved over the past two weeks in Scotland. On Monday, April 9 the company announced that it successfully installed the world’s most powerful single turbine – an 8.8-MW behemoth standing 191 meters from base to blade tip and boasting a nacelle that is larger than the London Eye. The turbine is one of 11 that will be installed at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm.

 

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Scottland Breaks Offshore Wind Records with Powerful Turbines and Innovative Foundations

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:57

According to Vattenfall, two offshore wind industry firsts have been achieved over the past two weeks in Scotland. On Monday, April 9 the company announced that it successfully installed the world’s most powerful single turbine – an 8.8-MW behemoth standing 191 meters from base to blade tip and boasting a nacelle that is larger than the London Eye. The turbine is one of 11 that will be installed at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm.

 

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How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:29

If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them. That’s because in addition to helping more people slap panels on their rooftops — which eats into power sales and taxes grids — the distributed, digital ledger that’s proliferated across industries can also be used to trade electricity without a utility even knowing it.

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How Blockchain Is Threatening to Kill the Traditional Utility

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 16:29

If utilities think rooftop solar panels and batteries are bad for business, blockchain should scare the bejeezus out of them. That’s because in addition to helping more people slap panels on their rooftops — which eats into power sales and taxes grids — the distributed, digital ledger that’s proliferated across industries can also be used to trade electricity without a utility even knowing it.

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Wind Plus Storage for Smart Farming Moves Ahead in Australia

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 15:11

Clean energy developer Neoen Australia has selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to support development of a wind power plus energy storage facility that will power a smart crop farm in Western Victoria, Australia.

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Wind Plus Storage for Smart Farming Moves Ahead in Australia

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 15:11

Clean energy developer Neoen Australia has selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to support development of a wind power plus energy storage facility that will power a smart crop farm in Western Victoria, Australia.

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Notes from the Solar Underground: Marketing Basics Price, Place, Product, Promotion

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 13:17

Price, place, product, promotion — the four Ps of marketing are drummed into every marketing and business school student as the basics of market strategy. True…but everything is relative and as the energy industry remains subsidized, mandated and subject to government manipulation, it can be difficult to get the four Ps to work in concert with each other.

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Notes from the Solar Underground: Marketing Basics Price, Place, Product, Promotion

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 13:17

Price, place, product, promotion — the three Ps of marketing are drummed into every marketing and business school student as the basics of market strategy. True…but everything is relative and as the energy industry remains subsidized, mandated and subject to government manipulation, it can be difficult to get the four Ps to work in concert with each other.

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Our Green Star energy meter is anything but smart

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 04/10/2018 - 06:00

We’ve been losing income from our solar panels since it was installed

We have a problem with our energy supplier, Green Star. In February it offered us the free installation of a smart meter, and it seemed like a good idea to go ahead. A young man changed both the electricity and gas meters. He was only here for a very short time, even though he initially expressed concern that it would be impossible to fit a new gas meter because of the lead piping attached to the old one.

A week later, on a sunny day, I noticed that our wireless “Sunny Boy” meter was recording no energy generated by our eight solar panels. Further investigation revealed that the inverter, that processes  the energy produced, had stopped working due to a “voltage error”. It happened at the exact time that the smart meter installation was going on, so I feel it is safe to assume that the two incidents are connected.

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Montana utility commissions energy recovery hydro scheme

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 21:47

A newly-commissioned hydropower project is allowing Montana-Dakota Utilities to reclaim energy it would have otherwise lost.

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Montana utility commissions energy recovery hydro scheme

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 21:47

A newly-commissioned hydropower project is allowing Montana-Dakota Utilities to reclaim energy it would have otherwise lost.

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Gigafactories for Cooking: Massive Potential Awaits Solar Plus Storage

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 15:22

Cooking based on solar powered batteries is the next frontier for renewable energy. Consider this: If India’s 275 million households and restaurants, street vendors, and tea-sellers were to use solar plus battery based cooking, the demand for batteries would amount to ~1,000 GWh.

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Gigafactories for Cooking: Massive Potential Awaits Solar Plus Storage

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 15:22

Cooking based on solar powered batteries is the next frontier for renewable energy. Consider this: If India’s 275 million households and restaurants, street vendors, and tea-sellers were to use solar plus battery based cooking, the demand for batteries would amount to ~1,000 GWh.

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Which Energy Products Are Capturing the Interest of Solar Buyers?

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 14:48

A majority of people in the U.S. who are shopping for solar are also thinking about energy storage products and services, according to a new report from online solar marketplace EnergySage.

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Which Energy Products Are Capturing the Interest of Solar Buyers?

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 14:48

A majority of people in the U.S. who are shopping for solar are also thinking about energy storage products and services, according to a new report from online solar marketplace EnergySage.

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To Be a True Climate Leader, California Must Show the World How to Stop Using Fossil Fuels — Period

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:18

California is a renowned global leader on climate and clean energy policy, but risks becoming a follower and falling short. To achieve the state’s long-term deep greenhouse gas reduction goals and to continue setting the strong example the rest of the world needs, California must set a clear target to end fossil fuel dependence and transition to 100 percent renewable, non-polluting sources for all energy uses by mid-century.

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To Be a True Climate Leader, California Must Show the World How to Stop Using Fossil Fuels — Period

Renewable Energy World - Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:18

California is a renowned global leader on climate and clean energy policy, but risks becoming a follower and falling short. To achieve the state’s long-term deep greenhouse gas reduction goals and to continue setting the strong example the rest of the world needs, California must set a clear target to end fossil fuel dependence and transition to 100 percent renewable, non-polluting sources for all energy uses by mid-century.

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Abandoned collieries could hold key to heating UK homes

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 23:04
Geologists aim to tap reservoir in tunnels under Glasgow

Scientists are finalising plans to exploit the vast reservoir of warm water that fills a labyrinth of disused mines and porous rock layers underneath Glasgow. They believe this subterranean store of naturally heated water could be used to warm homes in the city. If the system proves successful, such water could then be exploited in other cities and towns across Britain, they say.

The £9m project will initially involve drilling narrow boreholes filled with instruments to survey temperature, seismic activity, water flow, acidity and other variables to establish the state of the water in the rocks below the city. The aim will be to establish whether this warm water can be extracted for long periods to heat Glaswegian homes.

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Without R-PACE Financing, Some People Just Won’t Go Solar

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 19:26

A new study of residential property assessed clean energy finance (R-PACE) programs in California found that without this financing option, a majority of solar PV deployed with it likely would not have occurred.

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Without R-PACE Financing, Some People Just Won’t Go Solar

Renewable Energy World - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 19:26

A new study of residential property assessed clean energy finance (R-PACE) programs in California found that without this financing option, a majority of solar PV deployed with it likely would not have occurred.

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