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Belectric Builds Solar System for Netherlands’ 1st Green Hybrid Project

German solar power specialist Belectric undergoes construction of a solar power system for Vattenfall’s first complete hybrid power plant called Haringvliet Zuid energy park. This park will consist of a wind farm of 22 MW of capacity, a battery storage system of 12 MW of capacity and a large-scale photovoltaic (PV) system constructed and…

Vattenfall wants to enable a fossil-free life within one generation and hybrid power plants are an important building block for us in the direction of 100 percent fossil-free power generation. Wind and solar generation profiles complement each other and reduce the load on the grid compared to a single generation technology. This leads to more efficient use of the network infrastructure.

Claus Wattendrup, Head of Solar and Batteries business unit at Vattenfall

FreeWord – Green Politics, part 1 – General Concept

The purpose of this 3 part series is to review green political and governmental decision-making ability and its accountability in the global environmental situation and orientate you with the basic knowledge of green politics. In addition, the relationships between concentrated or distributed renewable energy and political power…

Climate change is not an excuse to silence political speech.

Luther Strange

Used EV batteries for large scale solar energy storage

MIT scientists have suggested used electric vehicle batteries could offer a more viable business case than purpose-built systems for the storage of grid-scale solar power in California. Such ‘second life’ EV batteries, may cost only 60% of their original purchase price to deploy and can be effectively aggregated for industrial-scale storage even if…

Russia commissions world’s first floating nuclear power plant

Akademic Lomonosov, the world’s first floating nuclear power plant (NPP), has been fully commissioned in Pevek, Chukotka region in the Russian Far East. The NPP was built by Russian state atomic energy corporation Rosatom via its electric power division Rosenergoatom. Rosenergoatom director Andrei Petrov said…

Today we can consider the floating nuclear power plant construction project successfully completed. We finished our main task for this year – fully commissioned the FNPP in Pevek, Chukotka region.

Andrei Petrov

Africa’s energy potential can create opportunities amidst COVID-19

AUC and IRENA recently held a virtual high-level dialogue to discuss Africa’s needs in responding to the COVID-19 crisis and the role of the energy transition in the post-pandemic recovery. The dialogue brought together a number of ministers and high-level participants from Africa, Europe, the GCC and the European Union, as well as Vice Presidents…

The impact of COVID-19 on African economies is a major setback. Rapid policy responses across the continent have helped to mitigate the health crisis but socio-economic impacts could erode development gains of recent years. Expanding access to electricity through a bold expansion of ‘on-grid’ and ‘off-grid’ renewable energy is a major opportunity in the context of national stimulus and recovery programs.

UNDP Administrator, Achim Steiner

ENGIE EPS: Trading Update

First, while acknowledging the improving COVID-19 outbreak situation and the gradual easing of social distancing measures, Carlalberto Guglielminotti, Chief Executive Officer, emphasizes that the primary concern of ENGIE EPS remains the health of its employees and their families. For this reason, ENGIE EPS launched on 30 April…

Big rooftop solar in the cities: dynamic switching is key

Last week a 1.7 MW Bright Thinkers Power Station was commissioned and fully functioning on industrial property group Goodman’s Oakdale Park Estate in Western Sydney — the excitement lies in the fact that smart switching technology, developed by Epho Commercial Solar in collaboration with Siemens, allows flexible supply of…

If the tenant moves out, we trade the electricity on the NEM. If the tenant needs more power because they want to increase the automation of their processes, we can provide more solar.

Epho’s Managing Director, Dr Oliver Hartley

Producing Electric Vehicles In India: The Tesla Way

Tesla Motors is revolutionizing the way that people have always thought of vehicles. The company started by a group of engineers in 2003 is fast-tracking the world’s evolution to sustainable energy. Tesla proved that people don’t need to compromise on any other front to drive electric vehicles. Electric vehicles could give a better driving experience to…

Tesla’s technology is so good that other car companies rely on it: Daimler uses Tesla’s battery packs; Mercedes-Benz uses a Tesla powertrain; Toyota uses a Tesla motor. General Motors has even created a task force to track Tesla’s next moves.

Peter Thiel

Algeria announces 4GW plan to grow solar capacity ten-fold by 2025

The project, named TAFOUK1, falls under the auspices of the country’s Energy Ministry, and is expected to draw $3.2-3.6 billion over the five-year period, growing the country’s approximate 400MW of current generation capacity. An OPEC member, Algeria’s oil and gas industry is the backbone of the country’s economy, representing approximately 20%…

In addition to satisfying national energy demand and preserving our fossil resources, the completion of this project would allow us to position ourselves on the international market, via the export of electricity at a competitive price, as well as the export know-how.

Three ways we could improve lithium-ion batteries

Driven by an ever-increasing world population as well as global economic growth, our energy needs have been rising rapidly, peaking 113,000TWh in 2017 according to the International Energy Agency. The impact of this growth on the environment and well-being of society is becoming more apparent, intensifying the need to decarbonise the…

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