GE Renewable Energy Announces New Solar + Storage Hybrid Project In New York

GE Renewable Energy has announced that it will partner with Helios Energy to develop a new hybrid solar + storage system in upstate New York, which is expected to reach commercial operation in the second quarter of 2020.

Specifically, GE Renewable Energy will integrate two solar PV arrays built by Helios Energy with two battery energy storage systems comprised of GE’s Reservoir technology, Reservoir Inverter units, control systems, and combiner boxes. The two energy storage systems are expected to store and generate 3 MW/12 MWh and 2 MW/8MWh respectively.

The solar arrays to be built by Helios Energy are being built in Lenox, New York, with construction to begin later this year with commercial operation in the second quarter of 2020. Continue reading “GE Renewable Energy Announces New Solar + Storage Hybrid Project In New York”

Could wave power be the next boom in renewable energy?

In a shipyard in Portland, Oregon, a massive new energy generating device is nearly complete. In mid-May, it will begin a three-week journey to Hawaii for the first large-scale test of the tech connected to the grid. Months later, two other new technologies will also head to Hawaii to begin their own tests. It’s one step toward wider adoption of a form of renewable energy that doesn’t yet exist commercially: waves.

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Clean Technica: US Power In 2018 – The Good, The Better, & The Gassy

The first numbers on last year’s energy trends are in and there are two pieces of great news and one that should worry us: Solar and wind energy are thriving, coal-fired generation sunk to a four-decade low — but natural gas infrastructure is expanding.

The key 2018 energy trends, detailed in the Energy Information Administration’s preliminary 2018 energy figures, build upon the energy transition already underway, highlighting both emerging opportunities and challenges. Thankfully, this year promises to be a good one for solar and, especially, wind energy, but we still face the threat that we are locking in reliance on natural gas that doesn’t fit with our need to slash carbon pollution.

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A shake-up in mindset needed for UK agriculture

Image: UK agriculture over the years (PC: Andersons Centre)

“BREXIT HAS taken our industry’s eye off the ball” – that is according to agri-consultant Michael Haverty, who stressed that the environment and renewables would be the main issue in farming if it wasn’t for Brexit taking centre stage.

As part of a series of seminars taking place across the UK, industry representatives and farmers gathered in Perth to hear the latest prospects for UK agriculture delivered by a team from Anderson consultants.

Northern representative David Liddle made the point that in order for certain businesses to remain productive long term they would need to think carefully about diversifying their operations: “With the current political uncertainty, your beef and sheep farmers that don’t diversify could go bust – they will need to start looking at other income sources whether that be in areas such as forestry or renewables.”

Attendees were encouraged to take more of an interest in forestry, citing the economics of timber production improving over the last few years. Continue reading “A shake-up in mindset needed for UK agriculture”

Shell unveils $300m nature investment plan

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Shell has unveiled the latest part of its new emission reduction strategy, announcing plans to invest $300m over the next three years in natural ecosystem-based projects.

The oil giant said the new programme, which will initially focus on reforestation partnerships in Spain and the Netherlands, is designed to support its recently announced target to reduce its Net Carbon Footprint by two to three per cent over the next three years. It added that the emissions savings that should result from the work to restore and protect natural ecosystems would also serve to address carbon emissions generated by the customers who use Shell’s products.

Ben van Beurden, chief executive at Royal Dutch Shell, said the latest investments are part of the company’s wider emission reduction strategy, which has seen the oil giant step up investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, renewables, and other clean technologies in recent years. Continue reading “Shell unveils $300m nature investment plan”

Apple tops clean energy goal with new supplier commitments

Company Spends $2.5 Billion in Environmental Initiatives

Cupertino, California — Apple today announced it has nearly doubled the number of suppliers that have committed to run their Apple production on 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number to 44. Because of this partnership between Apple and its suppliers, Apple will exceed its goal of bringing 4 gigawatts of renewable energy into its supply chain by 2020, with over an additional gigawatt projected within that timeframe. This comes one year after Apple announced that all of its global facilities are powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
“Every time one of our suppliers joins us in our efforts to address climate change, we move closer to a better future for the next generation,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “We’ve made it a priority to hold our suppliers accountable to the same environmental standards we observe and hope that our collaboration will show others what is possible. While we are proud of our announcement today, we won’t stop driving change within our industry to support the clean energy transition happening globally.”

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GE Renewable Energy To Supply 342 Megawatt Phoenix Wind Project In Aragón, Spain

GE Renewable Energy announced this week that it has been selected to supply wind turbines to the 342 megawatt (MW) Phoenix project, which will develop 10 new wind parks in Aragón, Spain.

A day after the company announced the first commercial order for its flagship Cypress turbine platform, GE Renewable Energy announced that it would continue to power wind development in the Aragón region of Spain, having been awarded the supply contract for the 342 MW Phoenix project being developed by Mirova, ENGIE, and Forestalia. The Phoenix project will develop 10 new wind parks across the Aragón region using 91 of GE Renewable Energy’s 3 MW turbine platform.

The company’s 3 MW turbine platform is ideally suited to the wind conditions native to the Aragón region and will measure in with rotor diameter of 130 meters and hub heights of 85 meters. The turbines will be manufactured at the company’s Salzbergen factory in Germany, while the manufacturing of blades will be carried out at its LM Wind Power European facilities. Continue reading “GE Renewable Energy To Supply 342 Megawatt Phoenix Wind Project In Aragón, Spain”

One third of the world’s power now comes from renewable energy

After years of hard work and dedication, a third of the power generated around the world is now linked to renewable energy. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) just released new data that shows impressive growth in both wind and solar energy, which has contributed to the changes in energy sources around the globe.

Locations differed in the rate of renewable energy capacity. Asia, for example, witnessed an increase in renewable energy by 11 percent, while Africa’s pace was a little above 8.4 percent. Also contributing the numbers is the fact that two-thirds of the power added last year came from renewable sources, and developing countries are leading the pack. Continue reading “One third of the world’s power now comes from renewable energy”

Norway’s State-Run Oil and Gas Giant Is Backing a Battery-Research Fund

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The rise of cheap renewable energy is starting to upend the bottom lines of fossil-fuel companies the world over. Initially, that was why so many of them instinctively fought the newfangled technologies. Increasingly, it’s why many of them are shifting strategy, hustling to try to profitably harness the wind and the sun.

In the latest sign of this sea change, Equinor, the Norwegian oil-and-gas giant formerly known as Statoil, will announce today that it plans to pour money into an approximately $180 million investment fund focused on battery and related technologies, Fortune has learned. That tech is intended to spread the use of renewables by allowing them to be stored in ways that make economic sense.

The Chicago-based fund, Volta Energy Technologies, is run by battery and technology-commercialization experts and grew out of the U.S. government’s Argonne National Laboratory, a site of extensive battery research. Volta seeks to serve traditional energy behemoths that have concluded they must play in the emerging battery race but lack the in-house technical expertise to play it smartly. It has made four investments so far and has more in its sights. Continue reading “Norway’s State-Run Oil and Gas Giant Is Backing a Battery-Research Fund”

Shell Energy: First Utility rebranded as over 700,000 customers are switched to renewable power

Shell-owned utility promises to announce a “string of exciting services” in the coming months, as it seeks to burnish green credentials

Shell has today further underlined its growing interest in the power and renewables sector, announcing today that First Utility is to rebranded as Shell Energy and will from today provide over 700,000 domestic customers with 100 per cent renewable power.

The oil and gas giant acquired First Utility early last year as part of a power and clean tech focused acquisition push that has also seen it purchase electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure provider NewMotion and energy storage specialist Sonnen.

The company said today’s rebrand “reflects the growing importance of power in Shell’s global business”.

As part of the revamped service the company said renewable electricity will now be offered as standard to all existing and new Shell Energy customers, with all the power backed by Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) certificates.

In addition, it promised to introduce a raft of new smart home technologies and services in the coming months, starting with the launch of smart thermostats and home electric vehicle charging from today. Continue reading “Shell Energy: First Utility rebranded as over 700,000 customers are switched to renewable power”