CSP molten salt towers scaled up

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Molten Salts CSP Plant

Wide-scale deployment of CSP molten salt towers will start soon. The CSP industry says to be ready for a wide-scale rollout of molten salt tower plants between 2018 and 2020.

Molten nitrate and potassium salts are used for energy storage in many CSP tower plants, but the 110 MW Crescent Dunes plant in Nevada and 20 MW Gemasolar plant in southern Spain are the only commercial tower plants to use molten salt as a heat transfer fluid (HTF) as well as for storage. Read More

Urbanization is progressing faster: City challenges

Urbanization of Shanghai 2020

Greater Shanghai could in theory contain more than 170 million inhabitants by 2020.

The urbanization is going on. By 2030, two-third of the population will live in megacities or even gigacities.

Most of these urban areas will be located in the developed countries of Northern America (82 % of total population), Latin America and the Caribbean (80 %) as well as Europe (73 %). While vast parts of Africa and Asia are still mostly rural, their cities are among the fastest growing in the world. Read More

CDP: 42 cities operating on 100% renewable electricity

CDP: 42 cities operating on 100% renewable electricity

Vancouver, Canada sources all its electricity from renewables. And it’s done so without increasing household energy bills.

CDP published a new report concluding how much progress cities are making towards a more renewable future:

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5 ontwikkelingen die circulaire bouw versnellen

Circulaire bouwDe Bouw industrie in Nederland is verantwoordelijk voor:

  • 50% van het grondstoffenverbruik
  • 40% van het energieverbruik
  • 30% van het waterverbruik
  • 35% van de CO2-uitstoot

Bron: TU/Eindhoven

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72 Hours Solar Power Forecast

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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

More rain, less snow on Arctic

More rain, less snow on Arctic

According to climate researchers, more rain than snow will fall in the Arctic. Moreover, oceans are getting hotter, and they’re also losing oxygen

According to climate researchers in the Netherlands, at the end of this century more rain than snow will fall in the Arctic. It was already known that, due to global warming, up to 60% more precipitation would fall in the Arctic.

The researchers now argue that it mainly involves rain, while scientists always presuppose the precipitation would be snow. 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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