From old coal mine to giant battery

From old coal mine to giant battery

The mine is suitable to transform 200 megawatt energy from wind turbines, solar panels, and biomass sources installed on the surface above the mine.

Germany is turning one of its old coal mines into a giant ‘battery station’.

The hydroelectric energy which will be stored, is enough to power 400,000 homes.

Because Germany has a lot of old coal mines, the country hopes to launch similar facilities across the country in the coming years. Read More

HAUT, circular building Amsterdam

Haut wooden residential tower in Amsterdam

The wooden tower will be 73 meters high, containing 55 apartments of different sizes

Haut will be the new landmark in Amsterdam. The 21-storey residential building by the River Amstel in Amsterdam, is a serious contender to become the tallest timber tower in the world.

The new standard is created in exclusive comfort in one of the most beautiful places in Amsterdam.

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Cuny developed a 100-dollar limit battery

Cuny developed a 100-dollar limit battery

During three years of research involving thousands of experiments, the CUNY chemical engineers achieved both goals by intercalating (inserting) copper into a kind of manganese dioxide known as birnessite that had been modified with the metal bismuth.

Cuny researchers developed a new battery which is able to charge thousands of times and will save a lot of energy at low costs.

The researchers were able to achieve both goals in a single battery.

They reached the “magic number” of $ 100 per kilowatt hour for energy, according to Bright.

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Harvard new nontoxic Battery

Harvard new nontoxic Battery Team

By modifying the structures of molecules used in the positive and negative electrolyte solutions, and making them water soluble, the Harvard team was able to engineer a battery that loses only one percent of its capacity per 1000 cycles.

Harvard scientists have developed a new flow battery which stores energy in liquid, works 10 years without energy loss and is much safer than lithium-ion batteries.

After a few years of heavy use, most lithium-ion batteries suddenly loose a lot of storage capacity. You surely recognize this from your smartphone, but that’s also a problem for energy storage which should last a very long time to store solar energy. Scientists at Harvard University have found a possible solution.

The new technology promises a battery definitely lasting ten years without losing much capacity. The solution is applied to a so-called flow-battery. The flow battery stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production.

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Japan is moving faster towards hydrogen

Japan is moving faster toward hydrogen

If you can prove something like a hydrogen society can work in a city like Tokyo, then it’s a matter of how do they scale it, how do the Japanese ensure that all the ancillary consequences have been addressed, and you only really do this by testing it out.

Japan is moving faster than expected toward an hydrogen energy future. Prime Minister Abe has become a vocal advocate for hydrogen – both to stimulate developments in technology and to help the resource-poor nation lower greenhouse gases. With Japan relying more on fossil fuels since the shuttering of most of its nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster almost six years ago, it’s a push that’s gained more urgency.

Toyota is at the forefront of Japan’s efforts to use hydrogen and fuel cells to power cars, heat homes and keep factories running. Other companies pursuing the technology include Panasonic Corp, Toshiba Corp and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. Read More

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

Battolyser: the super battery

Battolyser: the super battery

If this large-scale storage of renewable energy in liquid ammonia succeeds, communities can cover long low wind and solar energy periods

The Battolyser, which will be used as a super battery in a gas power plant, is becoming a reality. 

For the first time, TU Delft researchers led by Prof. Fokko Mulder have produced an integrated battery electrolysis system – known as a ‘battolyser’ – that can not only store or supply electricity efficiently as a battery but can also split water into hydrogen and oxygen using electrolysis.
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100% renewables for South America

100% renewables for South America

The researchers compared the results with former studies of North America, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia and Russia, the Middle East and Northern Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe.

A study by Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. shows that a 100% renewables is the cheapest electricity production option.

The transition can be achieved with very few energy storages and could be realized by 2030.  Read More

Battery 2nd Life project

Battery 2nd Life project

Vattenfall: Our stated goal is to integrate this battery storage facility into the energy system and to give a large number of similar small local facilities access to the market through electricity trading

2nd Life project with used BMW batteries for balancing the grid. Vattenfall, BMW and Bosch test electricity storage with repurposed EV batteries in Hamburg.

  • 2,600 used battery modules from over 100 electric vehicles are being merged to form a large electricity storage facility in Hamburg
  • The stored energy is available within seconds and can help to keep the electricity grid stable

Cordelia Thielitz, General Manager Bosch Energy Storage Solutions: Electricity storage systems are a key success factor for the new energy landscape.

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Investing in renewables interesting

Investing in renewables interesting

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Investing in renewables is increasingly interesting. The rise of renewable energy seems unstoppable.

In 2015, 50% of all energy was already renewable energy. Worldwide! And figures are growing. investment dollars are starting to move to renewable energy.

Even the Rockefeller family sells out of fossil fuels and invests in clean energy. Read More

Can Hydrogen compete E-cars?

Can Hydrogen Cars compete with E-cars?

In the body of the study it becomes clear that FCVs do not beat internal combustion engines (ICEs) by much in equivalent fuel economy, And they are not much better in greenhouse gas emissions either, particularly in the liquid hydrogen versions, because of the energy required to transport and compress the hydrogen.

Hydrogen fuel cell cars appear to be making a comeback. But is this real? The comparison in question includes discussion of:

  • the wider process behind producing hydrogen fuel
  • the production itself
  • the compression/storage
  • the transportation of the fuel
  • associated factors

The future is a bit cloudy for hydrogen fuel cells (HFC), as electric vehicles have developed quickly and taken significant market share. 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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Route Energy: 10 challenges

challenges

We have to rush to limit climate change and to seize the economic opportunities that the transition entails.
This WindWheel has released an architecture design for the wind turbine of the future

10 challenges we should overcome in order to transform successfully to a sustainable, strong and secure green energy economy.

Buildings, transport, industry, ICT, user behavior, energy storage, solar energy, wind energy, bio-energy, CO2 capture and more … Energy is one of the biggest changes in this century and has many aspects.

We present to you the ten important and urgent challenges, summarized by NERA. Read More

US Energy Storage Update

US energy storage plants

Tehachapi is nominally a wind energy-related project attached to the 4.5 GW.
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.

This blog focuses on the Borrego Springs, Tehachapiand and Notrees energy storage projects and examines the long-term impact that they will have on the future project pipeline in the US.

According to the Energy Storage Association’s US Energy Storage Monitor, 60.3 MW of storage was deployed in the third quarter of 2015, a twofold year-on-year increase.

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Bacteria instead of Lithium?

Bacteria battery by Sam Molenaar

Sam Molenaar believes that, with further optimization, the bacteria-based battery could rival the performance of lithium-ion batteries at a lower cost and with greater safety.

A rechargeable battery driven by bacteria? Lithium-ion batteries are limited by safety issues, high costs and other factors. Sam Molenaar and his colleagues from Wageningen University wanted to come up with a less expensive, more sustainable solution. 

The research team combined two separate microbial energy systems. One system used bacteria to form acetate from electricity, while the other one converted the produced acetate back into electricity. Read More

Power Storage in Ammonia

Liquid Ammonia as battery

If this large-scale storage of renewable energy in liquid ammonia succeeds, communities can cover long low wind and solar energy periods

Is liquid Ammonia the solution for energy storage?

Big energy company Nuon, together with the Technical University Delft started a pilot project in which renewable energy will be stored in liquid ammonia. Read More

Climate summit: the final

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Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a doubling of the US payments on climate aid from 430 to $ 860 million in 2020. With this gesture of goodwill the White House hopes for a possible signal from the developing countries.

Yesterday, the new concept agreement was finished. Just two hours later than promised.

  • It is 29 pages shorter than the previous one (43)
  • More than three quarters of the discussion have been resolved.
  • The choices are reduced from 200 to 40

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COP21 – 1.5 degrees? Only with CO2 storage and fossil-free by 2030

 

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1.5 degree is only feasible if we take CO2 from the air and store it underground. Alternatives to remain at 1.5 degree are no longer realistic.

While the political will is increased to limit the global warming at 1.5 degrees, scientists point on the technical challenge.

CO2 storage is needed and the world must be fossil free by 2030, say scientists.

At an event on the sidelines of the climate summit, focussing on CO2 emissions in 2015, scientists are warning 1.5 degrees warming will be difficult. Read More

5 questions about our climate

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COP21: Rallies call for Paris climate change action

Will the negotiations in Paris lead to an international climate agreement? The question seems not to be whether the negotiations lead to an agreement but what bottom line, the results of the agreement will be.

Five questions about the climate issues. Read More

Climate Paris in Figures

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Berkeley Earth has just released analysis of land-surface temperature records going back 250 years, about 100 years further than previous studies. The analysis shows that the rise in average world land temperature globe is approximately 1.5 degrees C in the past 250 years, and about 0.9 degrees in the past 50 years.

With 195 participating countries and 3000 journalists we can expect a lot of news from Paris during the next days.

In advance, a summary of the top in figures. Read More

Will climate agreement be ambitious enough?

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Businesses have a major role to play in driving low-carbon growth

Fear is a bad counselor, when it’s about terrorists and refugees. But it’s a welcome guest at the big climate summit that begins today in Paris. Global warming needs to be stopped, we are running running out of time.

The fear will wrap in many guises: crumbling icebergs, dried-up lakes, burning forests, raging water and millions of people in need. Read More

Paris – Two CEOs stimulate international business climate action

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Monster greenhouse gas levels seen

Two Dutch CEO’s are firmly stimulating international companies to major climate action: Paul Polman (CEO Unilever) and Peter Bakker (president of the WBCSD) are leading the ‘Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative (LCTPi).

Already 86 large enterprises have signed the LCTPi. Read More