The M+M Turbinen-Technik GmbH will deliver a steam turbine generator set for an innovative Integrated Solar Energy System developed by Aalborg CSP in South Australia. The integrated solar energy system will support the end-client, Sundrop Farms’ sustainable horticulture activities in the South Australian desert using sunlight and seawater as the main resources. Multiple technologies are being combined to utiliSe the given natural resources in the most efficient manner. The solar plant is based on direct steam generation using the Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) tower technology. The emerging steam will be utiliSed to produce fresh water for the greenhouse by desalinating seawater and for heating the greenhouse in both wintertime and on cold summer nights. The secondary steam will drive the M+M steam turbine to produce an electrical output of 1500kW. The delivery of the M+M turbine is scheduled for January 2016.
Comparison of PWM snd SVM based active filters
By S. Sherine, A.P, EEE Department, Bharath University
Abstract ~ The aim of this project is to simulate VSI and CSI based active power filters to Non-linear load for improving power quality. THD is used as measuring index for comparing performances of these filters. These filters can reduce harmonic in supply current. View hereUtility requirements document for small modular reactors
The Utility Requirements Document is a declaration of owner/operator requirements for new nuclear plants, large or small. More than 1200 specific changes were made in the revision to accommodate SMR designs, ranging from emergency planning and human factors design to detailed technical modifications associated with safety systems and building arrangement. Notably, the EPRI Utility Requirements Document can be used throughout a nuclear power plant project’s lifetime ~ before, during, and after technology selection ~ to support successful project execution. View here
Elected officials from the Commonwealth of Virginia joined Panda Power Funds Thursday to break ground on the company’s 778MW Stonewall generating station located in Loudoun County, Virginia. The combined-cycle power plant will be one of the newest, cleanest and most efficient natural gas-fueled power facilities in the United States. The plant is expected to enter commercial service on June 1, 2017. The Stonewall project marked the sixth financing of a large scale power facility by Panda Power Funds in a three year period, representing approximately $5 billion in total combined capital. The Stonewall facility itself raised debt capital of approximately $570 million. Panda Power Funds is also supplying equity capital for the power project along with large institutional co-investors, including Siemens Financial Services.
President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply.
energybiz reports the tweaks to Obamas unprecedented emissions limits on power plants aim to address a bevy of concerns raised by both environmentalist and the energy industry in more than 4m public comments received by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Murray Energy Corporation, a coal mining company, announced Monday it would sue and a number of states and other companies were expected to take similar action.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, vowed to use legislation to thwart the president.
President Obama will deliver another blow to the economy and the middle class, McConnell said on the Senate floor.
Some of the changes Obama is making in the final version of the plan go even further in cutting the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.
Other changes delay implementation and eliminate certain options that states could use to show theyre cutting emissions, making it harder to comply.
A look at potential winners and losers in Obamas final plan:
To the delight of environmental groups, Obama tightened the emissions requirements in his final plan.
That means power plants will have to attain an even lower level of carbon dioxide pollution to be in compliance.
Obamas proposal from last year set the target as a 30% nationwide cut by 2030, compared to the levels in 2005.
His revamped plan calls for a 32% cut in the same time period.
Left unchanged is Obamas overall goal for US emissions cuts from all sources of pollution, including cars and trucks.
As the US commitment to a major global climate treaty that Obama is championing, the US committed to cutting its emissions 26% to 28% by 2030, compared to 2005.
- PROCRASTINATING STATES
Many of the complaints directed at Obamas plan over the last year centered on the amount of time states would have to figure out how to meet their targets.
Plans for how states will comply are technically due next year, but theres no penalty to asking for a two-year extension, so most states are expected to delay.
Under the earlier plan, the rock-bottom deadline was 2017, but thats being pushed back to 2018.
And while states previously had until 2020 to achieve their targets, theyll now have an extra two years ~ until 2022.
- RENEWABLE ENERGY
Obamas revised plan relies more heavily on renewable energy sources like wind and solar replacing dirtier coal-fired power plants.
Obama now wants the US to get 28% of its power from renewables by 2030, compared to 22% in his earlier proposal.
In a new element, the administration now intends to offer pollution credits to states that drive up renewable energy generation in 2020 and 2021 ahead of the compliance deadline.
States that invest early in wind and solar can store away those credits to offset pollution emitted after the compliance period starts in 2022.
- NATURAL GAS
The earlier version of Obamas plan sought to accelerate the ongoing shift from coal-fired power to natural gas, which emits far less carbon dioxide.
But the final rule aims to keep the share of natural gas in the nations power mix the same as it is now.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said government estimates show renewable energy has ticked upward even since the rule was proposed last year but that natural gas remained an important part of the US energy mix.
- ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Under the revamped plan, state energy efficiency efforts are no longer factored into the individualized reduction targets being assigned to each state.
In other words, what states are already doing to reduce energy demand wont be included in their baseline the way that other measures, like replacing coal plants with cleaner sources, will be.
That means some states could face more stringent targets despite their efforts in the past to cut down on electricity use.
But states will still be able to get credit for energy efficiency programs when it comes to meeting their targets in 2022.
The revised power plant rule also offers polluting credits to states that deploy energy efficiency programs in poorer communities.
THE POWER BILL
Although the administration predicts the plan will actually lower the average US energy bill by almost $85 in 2030, companies that produce and distribute electricity arent buying it.
The savings come largely from increased use of wind, power and hydro plants, which operate at a cost of close to zero after theyre installed but cost a lot to get up and running.
The administration is also counting on peoples power bills going because theyll simply use less power as a result of efficiency measures.
The National Association of Manufacturers, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, the National Mining Association, the American Energy Alliance and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association all predicted the rule would drive electricity bills up.
But the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy and the research firm Synapse Energy Economics have published analyses of the proposed rule that back up Obamas claim that power bills will go down.
The Administration (US) seems increasingly desperate to salvage an ill-advised and poorly designed rule, which wont work, wont pass muster with states, and wont stand up to legal scrutiny, Deck Slone, Arch Coal Inc.'s senior vice president of
Japans parliament (the Diet) has enacted a law that will separate electricity generation from transmission in April 2020, as the final step of a drastic, three-stage shake-up of the nation’s power sector.
The low price of carbon is an indication that the market does not believe European Union politicians will take the necessary measures to fix the carbon market, the chief executive of German utility RWE said on Wednesday.
A new breed of small nuclear reactors about one-eighth the size of the coal-burning Hazelwood power station in Victorias Latrobe Valley are increasingly popular in the northern hemisphere and might be a good option for Australia if a nuclear industry is set up.
SCOTLAND: Still swimming against the tide ►
US: Public or private, still should serve the people. ►
US: Drying dams silences turbines. ►
USA: Reasoning of rate differences. ►
UK: Scotland left off renewables money train. ►
EGYPT: Dearest power on Earth? ►
INDIA: Dam the locals.
USA: Texas also moves on renewables prop. ►
CHINA: 28GW of solar going to waste. ►
AUSTRALIA: Riding the tides. ►
USA: It's all in the sensors. ►
USA: EPA ruling thrown out of court. ►
SOUTH AFRICA: Why build wind at all? ►
AUSTRALIA: Emissions a mockery. ►
AUSTRALIA: Cars to power the grid. ►
AUSTRALIA: Lots of RETS doubts. ►
NEW ZEALAND: Transpower loses $6.5m tax battle. ►
AFRICA: Pirating power and music. ►
CANADA: Saving 1m tonnes of CO2 a year. ►
JAPAN: Nukes cut to 20% of countrys power. ►
EUROPE: Gamblers want wider revenue streams! ►
UK wind power generation soared in the second quarter according to the latest British Department of Energy & Climate Change figures. Highlights for the three month period April to June 2015, compared to the same period a year earlier include, that wind power generation by major power producers increased by 61% to 6,9bln kWh. Offshore wind generation in the second quarter 2015 was up 70% (+1.5bln kWh) compared with a year ago, while onshore wind generation was up 53% (+1.2bln kWh). This is due to an increased capacity of wind farms and an average wind speed increase of 1.3 knots. Overall renewable power generation rose by 58% with growth in biomass.
RWE AG reports acting on the unexpectedly negative mid-year result for 2015 at UK subsidiary RWE npower. Paul Coffey is to become the new CEO of the company as well as Country Chair UK. Dirk Simons, chief finance officer of RWE Innogy, will become chief operating officer. Martin Mikláš, chief finance officer at RWE Polska, will take over as chief finance officer. Chief executive officer Paul Massara and chief finance officer Jens Madrian will leave RWE npower on their own wishes and by mutual agreement. The operating result of RWE npower deteriorated by 60% year on year in the first six months of 2015. The press release stated the outlook for the Supply UK division had to be corrected downwards considerably. In addition to market-induced effects, the main drivers here were process and system-related problems in invoicing to residential customers.
Areva reports the I&C operational cabinets have been delivered to Olkiluoto 3 site. This achievement of a major milestone is one important step toward the plants systems testing phase, the company states. The I&C system is used to monitor and control the nuclear power plant and is a key component in reactor operations. As a next step, the focus is on the completion of the overall I&C testing campaign on the remaining I&C safety equipment and their delivery to Olkiluoto 3 site during the coming winter, Areva said. Thanks to the strong commitment of the OL3 teams in Finland, Germany, and France we have been able to deliver the first I&C cabinets, Jean-Pierre Mouroux, OL3 project director said. This installation will enable the plants systems commissioning to begin in the first quarter of 2016. Now we have in Olkiluoto all the main elements to complete the construction, Jouni Silvennoinen, senior vice president responsible for the OL3 Project at TVO said. The main focus now is at the site works to keep the scheduled targets.