27 Giga watt Hour green power for the Google data center, Eemshaven Netherlands
Google has signed its second power purchase agreement with Eneco, one of the Netherlands’ leading electricity providers, for all the electricity produced from the country’s largest solar park for the internet behemoth’s new data center.
In November of 2014, the two companies revealed that Google’s newest data center in Eemshaven in the Netherlands would be completely powered by renewable electricity from the get-go, thanks to a PPA for all the electricity produced from an Eneco wind farm in Delfzijl, near Eemshaven.
The Google data center was the “fourth hyper efficient facility in Europe” and the PPA was the third for Google signed in Europe in an 18 month period.
TenneT’s thinking is based on an island with a modular structure, with each module covering approximately 6 km². This is big enough to provide space for connecting roughly 30 GW of offshore wind capacity. The island will be expandable by adding one or two modules of 6 km² each
An Energy Hub in the middle of the North Sea? Tennet launched a vision building an island as a hub, for wind power in the middle of the North Sea which will provide all neighboring countries green energy.
By connecting wind farms with a total capacity of over 30 gigawatts, the efficiency and costs will benefit the participating countries.
This plan was presented by TenneT last week. TenneT is the national high-voltage grid operator in the Netherlands and in a part of Germany. Read More
The Wind Lens could deliver even five times more power than conventional turbines
Japanese researchers have created a technology called “Wind Lens” that at least triples the potential output of a wind turbine.
The Wind Lens is a source of renewable energy that Japan has been introducing since the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
Imagine: our entire society powered by the quiet “woosh” of a wind turbine. Kyushu University‘s Wind Lens Turbine is one example of the many innovations happening right now that could transform our world in a green world. Read More
Hydrogen fuel cells are highly efficient and less dangerous than gasoline
Hydrogen is the cleanest energy source we know of. In a electric fuel cell electricity is created by combining hydrogen and oxygen.
Without combustion, the only byproducts are water and heath.
Although hydrogen can be produced from diverse renewable resources already, the main challenge is cost. Most of the cost of creating hydrogen by electrolysis, comes from buying power from the grid. So new research is good for the future of affordable hydrogen. Read More
At this moment, researchers are evendeveloping solar panels who can produce energy at night!
Are there any cons for Solar Power? Yes of course but households can contribute with solar panels on top of their houses and so reduce greenhouse gasses.
But… These systems tend to be small scale and are certainly not the silver bullet to solve our energy challenge. Solar Power would make a huge difference, as one aspect of a multifaceted solution. Read More
The discharge that accumulates in highly toxic waste ponds pose a huge threat to wildlife.
In the United States a large supply of oil sands are found in Eastern Utah. These deposits of bitumen or heavy crude oil have the ability to generate about 12 to 19 billion barrels from a number of prominent sites. Canada also has oil reserves op 170 billion barrels. Read More
Less than 10% of rural populations in Sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity
Much has changed over the last ten years or so since the renewable power boom began. At the start of the boom, renewable power costswere very expensive and high quality developers were hard to find. Nowadays good core development expertise is available and capital costs have dropped dramatically. Read More
Scotland is changing towards renewables. Renewable energy is getting bigger than nuclear power in the green country. Records show renewables generated 32% more electricity than any other single source. Read More
Geothermal energy is generally considered environmentally friendly. There are a few polluting aspects of harnessing geothermal energy, but these are minor compared to the pollution associated with conventional fuel sources (e.g. coal, fossil fuels).
The carbon footprint of a geothermal power plant is minimal.
Further development of our geo resources is considered helpful in the fight against global warming.
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. (Video) Read More