A Tiny Island Off Singapore May Hold Keys to Energy's Future

Friday, 26 May 2017

On a small island off the southern coast of Singapore, a French energy company is experimenting with what it hopes will be the future of renewable power storage. Engie SA is helping build a small, self-contained power grid on Semakau Island to demonstrate the usefulness of hydrogen gas in converting intermittent power from solar panels and wind turbines into stored fuel that can generate electricity days or even months later, when the need is higher.

Are Solar and Wind Really Killing Coal, Nuclear and Grid Reliability?

Thursday, 25 May 2017

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in April requested a study to assess the effect of renewable energy policies on nuclear and coal-fired power plants. Some energy analysts responded with confusion, as the subject has been extensively studied by grid operators and the Department of Energy’s own national labs. Others were more critical, saying the intent of the review is to favor the use of nuclear and coal over renewable sources.

Cracking the PPA: Renewable Energy Projects and Energy Storage

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Colocating energy storage with renewable generation resources seems like a natural partnership to reduce the intermittency of renewable generators. Several projects have been built across the country combining storage with wind or solar projects. While the co-location of such facilities can yield many benefits, there are a number of legal and practical issues that need to be considered when deciding to acquire and co-locate storage facilities (particularly battery projects) with existing or new renewable generation. 

Cybersecurity Coming Soon to Invenergy’s Wind Farms

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Along with the increasing use of digitization to monitor and control energy assets comes the threat of cyber-attacks that could tamper with them. That’s why today’s announcement from AWEA WINDPOWER 2017 is an important one. 

Move Over Tesla, Europe's Building Its Own Battery Gigafactories

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla Inc. is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday is scheduled to break ground at a 500 million-euro ($543 million) plant to assemble lithium-ion energy-storage units for Daimler AG, which produces Mercedes-Benz and Maybach luxury cars.  

6 Graphics Show How US Utilities Are Turning Corporate Demand into Renewables Growth

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Utilities are breaking away from traditional electricity products to offer customers access to large-scale renewable energy. Until very recently, utilities did not differentiate the sort of power they offered customers. With very few exceptions, everyone shared in the cost and used electricity from the same fleet of power generating stations.

Building it Better: How Wind EPCs Are Driving Down Wind Energy Cost

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

While the all-in cost to build a wind farm has fallen dramatically over the years, due in part to larger and more powerful turbines that can harness more wind energy for less money, the cost of building the projects themselves has also fallen but still has a ways to go.

CEO: WINDPOWER 2017 Has “A Brand-new Attitude”

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Wind energy professionals are gathering in California this week to showcase new products and services, network and discuss the issues relevant to the growth of wind energy at the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA’s) annual WINDPOWER 2017 event. Renewable Energy World asked exhibitors and companies attending the event to tell us what they will be showing on the tradeshow floor. Here are just some of the announcements we received.

Interconnectors — Moving Clean Power Around a Continent

Monday, 22 May 2017

In the U.K., National Grid is the utility that owns the high voltage electricity network in England and Wales. It is also one of four British gas distribution companies. It’s a big player — “joining everything up” — within the UK’s overall energy system.

Ameren Unveils Advanced Distributed Energy Microgrid

Friday, 19 May 2017

Ameren Corp. has completed an advanced utility-scale microgrid. The $5 million facility, located at Ameren's Technology Applications Center (TAC) adjacent to the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, Illinois, is capable of serving paying customer loads on a utility distribution feeder.

Source: renewableenergyworld.com