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How GIS Mapping Tools are Taking the Headaches Out of Large-scale Solar PV Project Site Selection

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 20:46

There’s a modern-day land rush afoot in the U.S. but it’s not for ocean-front property or parcels with panoramic mountain views. This land rush involves utility-scale solar developers hunting for the ideal locations to place acres and acres of solar.

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It’s time we listened to people like Mark Boyle | Letters

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 18:16
If we are to reduce our consumption levels, says Linda Marriott, we must walk the walk, not just talk the talk

Bravo, Mark Boyle – your world sounds very beguiling to an oldie like me (I left a troubled world behind. Now let me tell you how to fix it, 20 March). However, I’ve lost count of the number of times in my life that I have heard this siren song, but no one with any influence ever seems to listen or even wake up. But, as Mark says, we can try small remedies ourselves should we be lucky enough to have a garden. It reminds me of an old Canadian friend who was convinced he could protect his family from the coming apocalypse by buying a farm, until he realised he’d have to have a gun – and use it – to stop those less fortunate from taking what he had. Or the 1970s German bumper sticker that translated as “everyone wants to go back to Eden but no one wants to go on foot”.
Linda Marriott
North Hykeham, Lincolnshire

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Warning of power shortfall risk after closure of Liddell plant

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 17:00

NSW will need extra generation capacity unless AGL rolls out all three stages of its transition

Australia’s energy market operator says an additional 850 megawatts of dispatchable generation capacity will be needed in New South Wales after the closure of the ageing Liddell power plant if AGL Energy fails to complete all three stages of its transition plan.

Last December AGL confirmed it would close Liddell in 2022 and replace the coal plant with a mix of renewables, gas power for peak periods and battery storage.

Related: Replacing Liddell coal plant with clean energy $1.3bn cheaper – analysis

Related: Turnbull's national energy guarantee a step closer after Jay Weatherill's exit

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Perovskite Research Promises More Solar Power for Your Money

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 13:44

A simple potassium solution could boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, by enabling them to convert more sunlight into electricity. An international team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge found that the addition of potassium iodide 'healed' the defects and immobilised ion movement, which to date have limited the efficiency of cheap perovskite solar cells.

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Perovskite Research Promises More Solar Power for Your Money

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 13:44

A simple potassium solution could boost the efficiency of next-generation solar cells, by enabling them to convert more sunlight into electricity. An international team of researchers led by the University of Cambridge found that the addition of potassium iodide 'healed' the defects and immobilised ion movement, which to date have limited the efficiency of cheap perovskite solar cells.

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US Southeast Is Finally Becoming a Hot Spot for Solar

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:57

The reason why the sunny U.S. Southeast resisted solar power for years is the same reason that explains its about-face: cost.

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US Southeast Is Finally Becoming a Hot Spot for Solar

Renewable Energy World - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:57

The reason why the sunny U.S. Southeast resisted solar power for years is the same reason that explains its about-face: cost.

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Waterpower Week in Washington 2018 to feature new FERC chairman

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 21:02

Waterpower Week in Washington 2018 is scheduled for April 30 through May 2, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., and this year the event will see an industry first.

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Waterpower Week in Washington 2018 to feature new FERC chairman

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 21:02

Waterpower Week in Washington 2018 is scheduled for April 30 through May 2, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., and this year the event will see an industry first.

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Design Optimization of Solar Photovoltaics — Increasing Profit Generation

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 18:21

Solar PV saw its lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) — 1.78 US cents/kWh — in a bidding contest in October 2017 to Saudi Arabia's first 300 MWp utility-scale solar PV Plant in Sakakah. 

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Design Optimization of Solar Photovoltaics — Increasing Profit Generation

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 18:21

Solar PV saw its lowest levelized cost of energy (LCOE) — 1.78 US cents/kWh — in a bidding contest in October 2017 to Saudi Arabia's first 300 MWp utility-scale solar PV Plant in Sakakah. 

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Blockchain + Renewables = Red Tape?

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:20

Blockchain technology, and the variety of accompanying cryptocurrencies and tokens, appears to be a 21st century gold rush, replete with miners and speculation, and opening a new virtual frontier. Like the California Gold Rush, blockchain is luring villains as well as heroes, and fraudsters as well as entrepreneurs.

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Blockchain + Renewables = Red Tape?

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:20

Blockchain technology, and the variety of accompanying cryptocurrencies and tokens, appears to be a 21st century gold rush, replete with miners and speculation, and opening a new virtual frontier. Like the California Gold Rush, blockchain is luring villains as well as heroes, and fraudsters as well as entrepreneurs.

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Will Storage Be at the Heart of Residential Communities of the Future?

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 13:56

One of the biggest homebuilders in North America is hoping energy storage can help create sustainable homes that are the foundation of residential communities in the future.

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Will Storage Be at the Heart of Residential Communities of the Future?

Renewable Energy World - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 13:56

One of the biggest homebuilders in North America is hoping energy storage can help create sustainable homes that are the foundation of residential communities in the future.

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How Renewables Coupled with Batteries, Diesel- or Gas-Fired Generators are Bringing Firm Power to the Most Remote Locations on Earth

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 21:16

Pairing renewables with diesel and gas-fired generators to power remote and hard-to-access regions all over the world is rising trend for 2018 and beyond. 

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How Renewables Coupled with Batteries, Diesel- or Gas-Fired Generators are Bringing Firm Power to the Most Remote Locations on Earth

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 21:16

Pairing renewables with diesel and gas-fired generators to power remote and hard-to-access regions all over the world is rising trend for 2018 and beyond. 

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Subsidy-free renewable energy projects set to soar in UK, analysts say

Guardian - Renewable Energy - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 18:00

Falling cost of wind and solar will unlock £20bn of investment, Aurora Energy Research says

The UK is well on the way to a new era of subsidy-free renewable energy projects that will largely kill off prospects for new gas power stations, according to industry analysts.

The falling cost of wind and solar projects combined with advances in battery storage technology will unlock about £20bn of investment in the UK between now and 2030, Aurora Energy Research said. Onshore wind and solar will both be viable without subsidies by 2025 in the UK, it added.

Related: Global energy giants forced to adapt to rise of renewables

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Companies Collaborate for Massive Planned US Offshore Wind Storage Project

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:22

Leaders in the U.S. offshore wind market have teamed up with Massachusetts-based storage provider NEC Energy Solutions to accelerate energy storage in Massachusetts and ultimately, develop a 55-MW/110-MWh storage system for offshore wind.

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Companies Collaborate for Massive Planned US Offshore Wind Storage Project

Renewable Energy World - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 16:22

Leaders in the U.S. offshore wind market have teamed up with Massachusetts-based storage provider NEC Energy Solutions to accelerate energy storage in Massachusetts and ultimately, develop a 55-MW/110-MWh storage system for offshore wind.

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