Energy infrastructure News for April 2009

Energy infrastructure News Archive

NHA report shows hydrogen vehicles will drive change

The National Hydrogen Association in the US has released a new report which shows that an expansion of hydrogen stations is more affordable than most people think. The report, Energy Evolution: An analysis of alternative vehicles and fuels to 2100, shows that a scenario which initially includes a mix of alternative vehicles, and is later dominated by hydrogen fuel cell vehicle sales, is the only way to cut US greenhouse gas pollution by 80% below 1990 levels. The scenario also sees petroleum ‘quasi-independence’ reached by about 2050, with nearly all controllable air pollution eliminated by the end of the century.

NREL highlights green utilities

The US Department of Energy’s (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its annual assessment of leading utility green power programmes under which consumers can choose to help renewable energies.

Concentrix Solar installs new tracking system in Concentrating PV (CPV) power plant Concentrix Solar installs new tracking system in Concentrating PV (CPV) power plant

The installation of the FLATCON systems for the Spanish CPV power plant in Castilla-La Mancha is now complete.

Abengoa Solar begins operation of the world’s largest CSP power tower plant Abengoa Solar begins operation of the world’s largest CSP power tower plant

The new 20MW plant will produce enough energy to supply 10,000 homes.

Green light for renewable energy development on the US Outer Continental shelf

US President Barack Obama has announced that the Department of the Interior has finalised a long-awaited framework for renewable energy production on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

European regions boost funding for local development of hydrogen and fuel cells infrastructure

The year-old European Regions and Municipalities Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (HyRaMP) [FCB, June 2008], has spent the last six months collecting detailed information on the activities and budgets of European regions that are spearheading hydrogen and fuel cells infrastructure development in Europe. It has found that regional budgets for transport, infrastructure, stationary and early market activities are matching annual funding levels of the EU Joint Undertaking for fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH JU), which is jointly supported by the EU and by European industry and research institutions.

UK 2009 budget latest: offshore wind and energy efficiency the early winners UK 2009 budget latest: offshore wind and energy efficiency the early winners

The UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling has delivered his latest budget, which includes £1.4 billion of extra targeted support in the low carbon sector, including offshore wind, energy efficiency, and small scale renewables.

Ireland, ESB and Renault-Nissan cooperate on electric vehicles

A collaboration between the Irish Government, the semi-state electricity supplier ESB and car manufacturer Renault-Nissan could see the introduction of electric vehicles to Irish roads within two years.

Consortium for digital energy infrastructure formed

New Energy Finance has announced the first Charter Members of the Consortium on Digital Energy (CoDE), which aims to create a converged perspective on the development of tomorrow’s digital energy infrastructure.

TNEI and Aquamarine cooperate on locating marine energy sites

Energy consultancy TNEI and Aquamarine Power are cooperating to identify the most viable marine energy sites around the UK and Irish coastlines for deployment of Aquamarine’s Oyster® wave energy converter.

Hydrogen energy project planned for two Canadian airports

Air Liquide Canada is leading a C$14 million (US$12.4m) hydrogen energy project to demonstrate an array of innovative hydrogen energy and fuel cell technologies operating on the site of Montréal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and at another international airport to be announced later.

Renewable Energy Focus to twitter

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UK Government subsidises electric and plug-in hybrid cars

The UK Government has launched a strategy to put electric and plug-in hybrid cars on British roads by subsidising £2000-5000 towards buying the first cars when they hit the showrooms – expected from 2011 onwards.

Xcel Energy and Sunpower plan 17 MW solar PV plant

Xcel Energy and SunPower Corp., a manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels, and solar systems, are to build a 17 megawatt AC photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant in Colorado's Alamosa County.

Petratherm and Dalkia cooperate on Spanish geothermal

Geothermal energy company Petratherm has signed an exclusivity agreement with energy services provider Dalkia to assess the joint venture (JV) potential of its Geo-Madrid Geothermal District Heating project in Spain.

Students scoop building award with system that uses hydrogen and renewables

The Hydrogen Education Foundation, part of the National Hydrogen Association, has announced the winners of the 2008-09 Hydrogen Student Design Contest.

Gorbachev foundation urges greater use of solar PV

Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union and founder of Green Cross International, has told world leaders to invest in solar PV energy swiftly as a way out of the current economic crisis, and as part of an emergency response to climate change.

Platina takes control of Spanish solar plants

Platina Partners LLP, a private equity fund advisor, has taken control of production at three major Spanish solar energy projects - the Anemoi at the Cantillana, El Coronil and Ocaña solar PV power plants.

Connecticut approves 27.3 MW of projects using FuelCell Energy power

The Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC) has issued its final decision for the approval of 27.3 MW of projects that will incorporate FuelCell Energy’s highly efficient Direct FuelCell molten carbonate power plants. The sales value of the projects will be $84 million when project developers finalize electricity purchase agreements and project financing.

Cube project, with FuelCell Energy power plants, approved in Connecticut

Maryland-based Elemental Power Group has announced the approval of its ‘Cube’ fuel cell project, under the ‘Project 150’ renewable energy program run by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. The project will use Direct FuelCell molten carbonate fuel cell power plants supplied by FuelCell Energy of Danbury, Connecticut.

Electricity from renewables rise 11.7% in UK

Electricity supply from renewable energies including wind and hydro in the UK rose by 11.7%, or 2.2 TWh, to 20.7 TWh in 2008.

California awards $6.8m to construct four hydrogen vehicle fueling stations

The California Air Resources Board has awarded $1.7 million to each of Mebtahi Station Services, San Francisco Airport, Shell Hydrogen and the University of California, Los Angeles to supplement their construction of hydrogen refueling stations. The new stations will serve the growing number of fuel cell vehicles on the road in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, and will double the amount of hydrogen available to the public.

Closer to plugging offshore wind energy into the UK grid

Plans to connect large amounts of future offshore wind energy to the UK national grid have been firmed up.

POET and Magellan Midstream Partners to assess ethanol pipeline

Magellan Midstream Partners has signed a joint development agreement with POET to continue assessing the feasibility of constructing a dedicated ethanol pipeline.