A consortium of six Dutch organizations parties is developing an unique project: the world’s first floating solar park at sea. The ‘solar ísland’ should be a solution for locations where land surface is scarce, such as islands.
Utrecht University will investigate the energy production of the floating solar park. The park is located about 15 kilometers off the coast of The Hague on the North Sea.
Saudi Arabia has big plans for Renewable Energy with a target of 9.5GW by 2023. The government intends to invest between $30 billion and $50 billion across 60 projects, with 1 GW of capacity earmarked for Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), according to the Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO), established in February 2017 to implement the country’s National Renewable Energy Program (NREP).
Saudi Arabia aims to exceed its target to generate 9.5 gigawatts of electricity from renewable energy, to highlight its long-term commitment to green energy and to give investors a sense of comfort that the Kingdom has a long-term vision for renewable energy.
Floatgen: creation and local impact of the first floating wind turbine in France – EMR en Pays de la Loire
Floatgen, France first floating wind park near Saint Nazaire, was completed in October. Offshore floating wind farms has been increasing this year.
Commercial floating wind projects are to be commissioned in UK, Ireland, France and Portugal in the coming years and developers expect wider deployment to drive down costs as projects benefit from installation experience, economies of series and rising investor confidence.
Scotland have been grabbing most of the floating wind turbine headlines.
However, it looks like France gets a turn in the spotlight now. Read More
This revolutionary wind/solar energy tower is 2,235 ft high and 1,200 ft width.
Mexico is making history with this hybrid solar & wind energy tower. Have you ever seen this?
The simplicity of solar/wind energy’s revolutionary solution lies in its ability to harness the natural power of a downdraft created when water is introduced to hot dry air within the confines of the Company’s patented tower structure.
Graphene is used to create a more durable, efficient — and super cheap — Perovskite solar cell. It will still take a while but the new development does keep the promise of perovskites alive.
Graphene is an atom-thin layer of graphite that has unique and powerful electrical properties. Perovskite refers to any synthetic version of the naturally occurring mineral perovskite, which has amazing solar conversion potential. Read More
Proponents say floating turbines could eclipse fixed-bottom ones in the long run.
The floating wind park in Scotland is producing it’s first energy. October 18, the windpark called Hywind Scotland has officially been opened by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Fixed-bottom turbines can only be installed at water depths down to 40 meters, making them little use for the steeply shelved coastlines of the US west coast or Japan.
If you look at coastlines around the world, there’s few that have sufficient area at depths down to 40 meters so if they want to deploy offshore wind, they need to introduce floating wind. Floating windfarms could be placed farther out to sea to avoid the sort of aesthetic objections that scuppered a £3.5b windfarm off the Dorset coast.
Professor Tsumoru Shintake of the Okinawa University in Japan intents to develop small turbines that generate electricity from the power of the flowing water.
Professor Shintake: “Using just 1% of the seashore of mainland Japan can [generate] about 10 gigawatts [of energy], which is equivalent to 10 nuclear power plants. That’s huge. It is especially huge in Japan, where nuclear power has a somewhat mixed track record.”
Since this month, the Nuclear Research and Consulting Group (NRG) has been testing a ThoriumMolton Salt Reactor (TMSR) in Petten, the Netherlands. It is the start of the first of several experiments in a test reactor with the goal to produce data that will support the TMSR development.
Since the early seventies, the NRG researchers have been the first to investigate the possibilities of a molten salt reactor with Thorium instead of Uranium.
There are large number of options and technologies available today—bio fuels like bio-ethanol-diesels, etc. and waste to energy like gobar gas and commercial bio gas
India intends to transform its waste into energy.
Therefore, NTPC Limited, India’s largest power generation company, has invited interested domestic and international developers to construct 100 waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities in the country under the Swatch Bharat Mission of the government of India. Read More
Stella completed and won a six-day, 3,000-kilometer race across the Australian outback in 2017. The Stella was Lightyears first solar powered car.
LightYear introduces the sun powered car that charges itself while driving.
Students of the Technical University Eindhoven – collaborating in the startup Lightyear – believe the real end game is to have a solar electric car that’s charged by nothing more than the rays of the sun.
“Energy independent electric vehicles (EIVs) are propelled entirely by electricity produced on-board from ambient energy,” says a conference spokesman.
Brønderslev, a Danish municipality with a population of 12,500, is setting up a multi-purpose renewable heat plant for their district heating network
It’s not gas, nor oil, its CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) that will heathen a small village in Denmark, North Europe, during the cold winters.
Denmark is a frontier for renewable energies and smart energy systems. Let’s have a look at the advantages of CSP for the region because normally we expect CSP in Southern parts of the world. Don’t we?
The entire round trip is expected to take five hours.
In 2018, the first SolarPlane will be launched into Space. Founder Raphaël Domjan has been supported for this amazing project through crowdfunding, and they have a host of partners on board, including Ciel Électricité, Zvezda and Fischer Connectors.
Dormjan: “It seems to me that it is necessary to go even further and overtake what has been achieved with fossil fuels.”
The project is called ‘Mission SolarStratos’. The aim of this so-called eco-adventure is to send an 8.5m long and 24.9m wide solar-powered plane, 15 minutes into space and back. Read More
72 hours Solar Forecasting will stabilize the UK grid and save money
Sheffield Solar worked with the National Grid for two years to develop real-time generation estimates from solar photovoltaic systems in the UK. This new data driven system can now forecast up to 72 hours in advance.
The tool is very useful for electricity grid operators. It helps them to stabilize the grid (supply & demand). Energy generators and traders can use the forecast tool taken optimum advantages of the green energy generation. Read More
Thick mooring lines will tether the towers to the sea base. The turbines can operate in water up to a kilometre deep
World’s first floating wind farm emerges off the north-east coast of Scotland (UK). Over there, the waters are too deep for conventional bottom-standing turbines. That’s why manufacturer Statoil has chosen this floating technology. It’s a pilot for more deep ocean regions in the world like the west coast of the US en coasts of Japan.
“It’s a game-changer for floating wind power and we are sure it will help bring costs down,” said Leif Delp, project director for Hywind.