Californian Desert supplies lots of energy

The Topaz CSP Plant Mojave Desert California

CSP Plant Mojave Desert by night (photo: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Have a look at this Solar Thermal Plant, located in the Mojave Desert at the California/Nevada border.

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System uses 347,000 garage-door-sized mirrors to heat water that powers steam generators.

This CSP-plant is one of the clean energy facilities that helps produce 10% of California state’s electricity.

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World’s 7 most beautiful solar farms

World’s 7 most beautiful solar farms

The Topaz CSP Plant Mojave Desert California

Are you planning a vacation? Maybe you are in the neighboorhood of a solar farm with architectural beauty.

That’s why we give you a list of the most beautiful solar farms which are not only worth visiting but also are  creating jobs and boosting the clean energy economy, as well as satellite activities.

With thanks to Livegat.com.

 

 

 

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California tests battery sites

California tests battery sites

One of many battery-system components that, it is hoped, will help California bolster its power grid.

Utilities have been studying batteries nationwide. But none have moved ahead with the gusto of those in Southern California.

After the giant gas leak in Oct. 2016, Californian engineers decided to turn to another technology, batteries. 

They freed up the utilities to start installing batteries – huge battery sites.

And, as a result: it’s the worlds first battery side test of this size.  Read More

7 US States where Energy Storage Works

7 US States where Energy Storage Works

Tehachapi is nominally a wind energy-related project attached to the 4.5 GW Tehachapi Wind Resource Area, although in actual fact the plant was conceived as a two-year test bed for a wide range of potential grid applications.
When it opened, in September 2014, it was credited with being the largest battery storage project in the North of the US, with 604,832 Li-ion cells housed in 10,872 modules.

Everyone knows California and New York do have behind-the-meter energy storage at a large scale. But there are some sleeper states where the economics already work. 

A new report from GTM Research, The Economics of Commercial Energy Storage in the U.S, outlines the states where demand charges at the largest utility in each state would create a favorable rate of return for commercial batteries. Read More

LA goal: 100% renewables

LA goal: 100% renewables

The City of Los Angeles took a significant step toward realizing its global leadership potential. Mayor Garcetti released LA’s first-ever urban sustainability plan: the pLAn.

LA City Council members Paul Krekorian and Mike Bonin coauthored legislation for a fast route to 100% renewables for LA. With an appreciative nod from the Sierra Club, the news reported at 11district.com follows:

“LADWP is on the verge of making significant investments in its infrastructure, and with that 100-year-old power system in need of significant upgrades, the city has an opportunity to re-create its utility in a way that recognizes the potential for a fossil-free future, demonstrates global leadership in its commitment to clean energy, and protects ratepayers from the increasing costs of carbon-based fuels.”

Under the current plan, emissions are expected to drop. Under a new plan, they could drop to zero!

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21,000 gallons of oil leak

21,000 gallons of oil leak

Less than two weeks after dumping nearly 90,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Shell pipeline leaks 21,000 gallons of oil. Now the leak was in California’s Central Valley

It’s the second time in two weeks, Shell has spilled thousands of gallons of oil!

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Gas leak near Los Angeles: milieu disaster can go on for months

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The added mercaptan gas gives much health problems for local residents (headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness and coughing)

Since October 23, a gas leak near Los Angeles, loses 1.7 million cubic meters of methane daily!

The leak will continue until early March 2016.

This leak can be compared with the environmental disaster of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon. Read More

5 trends in energy storage systems

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To promote the flexibility of batteries, new parties are needed. A new player is the aggregator, an entrepreneur that will converge power storage in batteries, charging stations, electric cars, Power to Heat and flexible usage and sells this as a package deal. This could be an energy company, but also car leasing companies.

This is the eve of the revolution of the battery. Although, the market in Europe is still small: a single network operator is experimenting, but the number of electric vehicles is growing fast.

But there is more. We noticed a lot of developments, particularly with the lithium-ion battery. These are the 5 trends in energy storage we want to share with you. Read More

320,000 Customers will participate in Demand Response Programs California

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These programs serve SCE’s residential, commercial and industrial customers who, in exchange for bill reductions, have agreed to reduce their energy consumption when called upon to do so and in that way ease the stress on the electric system, especially in times of peak power demand.

Southern California Edison (SCE) announced the integration of an estimated 1,118 megawatts of demand response resources into California’s wholesale energy markets.

And 320,000 customers have agreed to join. Read More

Precision Agriculture Technologies for Dry Area

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Maximising data driven technology in the Agriculture

In previous blogs we mentioned the increasing issues in dry areas in the world. Think of Sao Paulo, Brazil and California, USA, with almost no water anymore in lakes, rivers and aquifers.

All kind of measures have been taken to increase the water use of people and industries. But which technologies are available to increase the water use in agriculture and still can rely on better harvests?
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Compost as a potent drought-fighting tool

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Compost is a perfect organic source which helps conserve water, according to the University of California.

For example: if governments add compost to sandy soil, the soil will hold more water, making urban water management easier at a sustainable way. Read More

How does California become drought resilient?

How does California become drought resilient?

During the rainy season Nov 2014 – March 2015, only a few drops fell

The long-term solution to more acute drought is to change the way California is managing surface water when it’s wet.

Take some of that surface water, when they have got a lot of rain or a lot of snow, and use it to recharge groundwater so it’s there for us in times of drought.

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In the US, the air will be drier and hotter

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The red area is 0 – 4% of normal rain precipitation

Reinforced by global warming, the west and center of the United States will possibly be extremely dry for decades. 

Large parts of the US will be facing the worst drought in a thousand years, the second half of this century.

The ‘mega-droughts’ can persist for decades, predict US researchers from NASA and the universities of Cornell and Columbia. Read More

Billion Dollar Desalination Plants, the right answers to California’s Drought?

 

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There might be a solutions for the future. A desalination plant which is cost efficient and delivers health, cheap drinking water

Desalination of Pacific Ocean water may prove to be a cheaper solution for California. California is running out of water. Since 2010 progressive drought is rendering the Central Valley, into a desert.

The San Joaquin and Sacramento Rivers are drying up as is the aquifer beneath them. The Colorado River basin no longer meets the freshwater demands of both landowners and city dwellers in the U.S. Southwest. Read More

Roadmap with proven integrated and sustainable water resource approach

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Sustainable water management cycle

Water is world wide a fundamental resource challenge.

Also for California – with its very fast growing cities as Los Angeles and San Francisco. Water planning and management is a critical underpinning of California’s economy and environment.

This roadmap ensures an integrated and sustainable water resource approach.

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California is Preparing for Sea-Level Extremes

When we get large storms that coincide with high tides, that’s when there’s the potential for the most damage.

When we get large storms that coincide with high tides, that’s when there’s the potential for the most damage.

Sea-level rise is a dynamic phenomenon. Historical experience indicates that sea level rise occurs in spurts. In the next several decades, California’s greatest coastal impacts are likely to be caused when an El Niño event, large storms, and high tides coming together. Read More

Scientists Estimate California Lost 63 Trillion Gallons Of Water

Water stress: Lake Oroville is almost dried up

Water stress: Lake Oroville is almost dried up

Scientists estimate California lost 63 trillion gallons of water in the past 18 months. California’s drought is so severe it’s causing the ground to rise. And besides that, farmers are pumping water at a rate four to five times greater than can be replenished.


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Maybe California and NY need some of the Dutch Water Expertise?

 

Sunset Boulevard reopened Monday, six days after a water main break created a massive sinkhole in Westwood and flooded parts of UCLA's campus

Sunset Boulevard reopened Monday, six days after a water main break created a massive sinkhole in Westwood and flooded parts of UCLA’s campus

 – Associate Professor, CSU Channel Islands – just returned to the states to find a raft of stories from the past few days/weeks about the challenges California is facing. Some of these are drought-driven, but all are at least partly related to poor management of California’s water infrastructure and the general failure to make larger society-wide investments in their water management systems. Read More