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South Australia Has 185 Potential Sites for Pumped Storage Hydro

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:05

There are 185 sites in South Australia that are potentially suitable for off-river pumped hydro storage, according to the results of research at The Australian National University.

NYSERDA to Fund Emerging Energy Storage Technology

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 19:20

NYSERDA announced that up to $6.3 million is available for energy storage technologies that have not yet been commercialized but could support renewable power sources in New York State

DOE's Perry Calls Yucca Mountain A "Moral Obligation"

Nuclear Power - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:01
Energy Secretary Rick Perry this week told committees in the House and Senate that reviving Yucca Mountain's application as a federal repository for nuclear waste was a “moral obligation" to the public.(read more)

Rosatom, Ethiopia, Sign MOU On Nuclear Power

Nuclear Power - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:56
Russian nuclear power giant Rosatom notched a third Memorandum of Understanding in the week concerning plans for export of nuclear power for peaceful purposes, this time signing with Ethiopian officials in a first-ever agreement between the two countries on nuclear power.(read more)

Solar LCOE, a Data Mining and Fact Driven Challenge

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 14:42

Fully identifying and understanding real life cycle solar PV costs creates a challenge; while not addressing those costs in detail accurately and dramatically, increases project risk. The probability that one can effectively cut costs without clearly understanding what the underlying costs are, is exceptionally low.

SKF inaugurates large-size bearing test centre

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:45
GERMANY: Swedish industrial group SKF opened its new test centre in Germany for large-size bearings under actual operating conditions, including those used in wind turbines.
Categories: Wind Power

Collaborative Underwater Robots for Offshore Industry

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:29

Today, DTU inaugurates a laboratory where researchers will complete a modular robot for use in e.g. offshore wind turbine platforms. The robot will be used for inspection, and the long-term vision is that it will be able to carry out underwater repairs on foundations and rigs.

NY Green Bank’s Clean Tech Investments Reach $346 Million

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:51

NY Green Bank’s investment portfolio reached $346.1 million in 1Q17, an achievement that is expected to ensure a total investment of about $1 billion into New York’s clean energy market, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.


Panel Makers Surge After Trump Proposes Solar on Border Wall

Renewable Energy News - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:13

Shares of solar manufacturers rose sharply Thursday after President Donald Trump told supporters that mounting solar PV panels atop his proposed Mexican border wall would allow the project to pay for itself.

MEP would end priority dispatch for green power

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:06
EUROPE: The European Parliament's lead negotiator on reforms to the EU electricity market rules has backed the idea of abolishing the first call on grid access currently enjoyed by renewable power generators.
Categories: Wind Power

Borssele consortium seeks more investors

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:14
NETHERLANDS: The consortium behind the Borssele III / IV offshore wind project, comprising Eneco, Shell, Mitsubishi-subsidiary Diamond Generating Europe, and Van Oord, is seeking further investment for the 700MW offshore project.
Categories: Wind Power

Indian state regulator bars additional wind power purchases

Wind Power Monthly - Fri, 06/23/2017 - 08:46
INDIA: The windy state of Karnataka, which was considered a safe haven for wind power, is the latest state in India to stop wind power procurement and signalled a shift to auctions.
Categories: Wind Power

Feasibility Study On IMSR Site In Canada Commences

Nuclear Power - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 18:38
Canadian Integral Molten Salt Reactor (IMSR) developer Terrestrial Energy announced this the commencement of a feasibility study to explore siting the world's first IMSR for commercial purposes. The study is designed to choose a site at the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) at Chalk River in Ontario. (read more)

If Saskatchewan Can Build a Geothermal Power Plant, Why Can’t B.C.?

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:39

While news of Saskatchewan’s plan for a small geothermal power plant was met with excitement by renewable energy advocates, experts say British Columbia is far better situated to capitalize on the technology yet has failed to do so.

Researchers Win DOE Grant for Solar Communications Security System

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:10

A three-year study to develop a generic cybersecurity system for monitoring communications between distributed resource energy generators — including solar — and the grid is being developed by the Coordinated Science Laboratory (CSL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under a $900,000 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant.


Spent Fuel Storage Completes Jobs At Kewaunee NPP

Nuclear Power - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 15:06
The final movement of spent nuclear fuel at the shuttered Kewaunee Power Station in Wisconsin, 35 miles southeast of Green Bay, has been completed, Dominion Energy, the plant's owner, announced Wednesday.(read more)

The Many Fates of Former Solar Decathlon Houses

Renewable Energy News - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:30

Compelling. That’s what the stories behind the Solar Decathlon represent to me. Normally, I am focused on the current competition — working with the university teams and our partners to host the Energy Department’s largest public event showcasing student-built solar houses. 

GE wins 66MW order in Japan

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 09:53
JAPAN: GE Renewable Energy will supply the turbines for the 66MW Akita Katagami wind project in the Akita prefecture in the north of Honshu.
Categories: Wind Power

Vestas scales up to 4.2MW

Wind Power Monthly - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 08:23
DENMARK: Vestas has upgraded its 3MW onshore platform to 4MW with the introduction of three new models.
Categories: Wind Power

Smart Control Systems and Better Energy Efficiency with 'Smart City' Technology

Renewable Energy News - Wed, 06/21/2017 - 19:07

Several U.K. cities are looking to initiate smart projects and developments to improve the efficiency of local services, enhance sustainability and develop their competitiveness. Smart city initiatives improve the ‘liveability’ of a city, helping to attract business and talent to support economic and business growth.