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July 07, 2010

US To Invest $1.85B in Abengoa & Abound

" Give it a generous 50% capacity factor with its mysterious thermal storage system "

Nothing mysterious, it is molten salt, I guess. And it won't produce CO2 or nuclear wastes that have to be dealt with by your kids once you are gone . . .

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2010/06/foster-wheeler-to-supply-torresol-steam-generators?cmpid=SolarNL-Tuesday-June22-2010
June 18, 2010. Foster Wheeler AG announced that a subsidiary of its Global Power Group has been awarded a contract to design, supply and provide site advisory services for two sets of solar steam generators, including preheaters, kettle type evaporators, superheaters and reheaters, as well as low pressure and high pressure feedwater heaters. The equipment delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011.
The plants will use Seners's concentrated parabolic trough technology (SENERtrough) and will have energy storage capability by means of molten salt tanks that is designed to provide up to seven hours of plant operation without sun radiation. The plants are expected to operate approximately 3,500 hours/year. The equipment will be integrated into the Valle 1 & Valle 2 Solar Thermal Power Plants, located in San José del Valle, Spain. The plants, which are owned by Torresol Energy, a company created by Spain-based Sener (60%) and the Abu Dhabi-based company Masdar (40%), will have an installed power capacity of 50 megawatts (MW) each.

http://www.pv-tech.org/news/_a/project_focus_morocco_secures_agreements_for_9billion_solar_plans/
Morocco has now reportedly secured agreements with the World Bank, the European Commission and Germany in connection with its large-scale US$9 billion solar project, which is expected to produce 38% of the country's power by the year 2020. The project consists of five power generation sites that will produce 2000MW of electricity, with a combined surface area of 10,000 hectares, in Ouarzazate, Ain Bni Mathar, Foum Al Oued, Boujdour and Sebkhat Tah.

July 07, 2010

Investors: Renewables Growth is Slower but Steady

" On a per kWh basis subsidies for renewables dwarf those for fossil fuels--even without estimating the value of RPS requirements, 20 year guaranteed pricing FITs, etc. "

Well in the USA, on a per dollar spent basis, fossil fuels subsidies dwarfs renewables. Enough said about this country's priorities, I guess . . .

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2009/10/fossil-fuels-subsidies-more-than-doubles-those-for-renewables
Fossil Fuel Subsidies More Than Double Those for Renewables. More than half the subsidies for renewables—$16.8 billion—are attributable to corn-based ethanol. Of the fossil fuel subsidies, $70.2 billion went to traditional sources—such as coal and oil—and $2.3 billion went to carbon capture and storage.

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When one includes the very long list of externalized costs attributable to coal, nuclear and oil based consumer culture, including endless war, investment choices become clear. I add here that present day accounting principles are entirely appropriate for a culture that has learned to become sustainable by internalizing profits and externalizing costs. And concerning china as an alternative to this example, well nothing quite props up the bottom line like slave labor and no pollution/health/safety/quality controls...

July 07, 2010

Investors: Renewables Growth is Slower but Steady

" Here are the facts from the US about the production cost of electricity from various sources using 2009 numbers (cents per kilowatt-hour) based on FERC 1 form filings from utilities and models from non regulated power producers:
Nuclear - 2.03 / Coal - 2.97 / Natural Gas - 5.00 / Petroleum - 12.37
"

Old already built NPP's in the USA are already written off, meaning their 20 years investment payback time is now expired, and they therefore can produce electricity at cheap rates, because the fuel is basically free.

Hereunder another example of prices for new built NPP's in Europe or the USA, lowest price is 9 cent per kWh in Europe, and 13 cents per kWh in the USA. And this are FACTS.

http://www.grist.org/article/2010-06-21-is-a-utility-only-cap-and-trade-bill-worth-passing/
From Sean Casten :
It is good to start examining the huge spread of prices paid for 'clean energy'. For everyone's edification, not one of the 260 energy recycling projects built by companies I have led have ever received more than 6.5 cents per kWh in external power sales. All of the approaches that use energy twice including Biomass CHP, gas fired CHP and recycling of industrial waste energy pencil at under the 9.9 cents per kWh.

Re nuclear, we repeat the assertion that all new nuclear will raise the current rates. Amortize $5,800 per kW over 25 years at 11% all in costs, assume the plant operates 8,000 full load hours per year, and you need 8.6 cents per kWh just for capital. Add labor, O&M, fuel, and reserves for decommissioning and spent fuel disposal and the owner will need 12 to 13 cents per kWh for the investment to pencil. I am not aware of any evidence that the $10,300 per kW estimate is high, and it is in the middle of the Vogtle Georgia NPP estimates.

July 08, 2010

Investors: Renewables Growth is Slower but Steady

" The combination of low fossil energy prices and lower demand for power has stymied growth in some sectors, particularly wind. In the U.S., wind installations are expected to fall by 40% this year. In Europe, installations will likely fall flat. "

http://www.renewableenergyfocus.com/view/10203/ewea-predicts-10-gw-of-wind-to-be-installed-in-europe-during-2010-/

EWEA predicts 10 GW of wind to be installed in Europe during 2010. Total installed wind power capacity by the end of 2009 was 74 767 MW.

July 08, 2010

Investors: Renewables Growth is Slower but Steady

" " In comment #9 a-b-24958 writes: "Well in the USA, on a per dollar spent basis, fossil fuels subsidies dwarfs renewables. Enough said about this country's priorities, I guess . . ."

*** anonymous : This is a result of selective counting. Overall amounts--even when properly counted--are not good indicators of market trends. ***

Duh … Wonder what you are accounting, huh ? $70 Billion to fossil fuels versus $ 5 Billion to renewables, if the $ 18 Billion plus for ethanol fuel bribing isn't accounted for.

In other words, FF receives more than 10 times the cash bribes given to renewables.

Enough said about this country's priorities, I guess . . .

July 08, 2010

Investors: Renewables Growth is Slower but Steady

" I am far more excited by the potential uses of smaller nuclear facilities that can be built in modular fashion or deployed in a distributed fashion. These smaller facilities are also suitable for industrial cogeneration, desalination, or district heating to make use of the waste heat. "

I am far more excited by the slow rise of renewable energy, where radioactive wastes don't have to be kept into account, once you are dead and your kids have to deal with your legacy : cleaning up the 91 million gallons (345 million liters) of high-level waste left over from plutonium processing, millions of cubic feet of contaminated tools, metal scraps, clothing, oils, solvents, and other waste. And with some 265 million tons (240 million metric tons) of tailings from milling uranium ore—less than half stabilized—littering landscapes.
If we continue down the nuclear pathway we simply create more and more of this dangerous stuff for which we have no solution. We are currently "storing in place" hoping that someone will think of something. For every nuclear plant we build we create one more rot in place dangerous problem for those who follow us.
There are no such things as safe NPP plants in France. They regularly have to shut down plants due to problems, like blocked sea water intakes for core cooling forcing emergency core shutdowns, jammed fuel rods during extraction to shut down cores, too hot cooling water intake temperatures because the lakes water is getting too hot during summertime, strong river dry up during summer due to high hot water exhaust levels into river from NPP's and so on. France use their NPP plants to cover up to 80% of their electricity supply, that wear and tear NPP's enormously while following peak load demands up and down during the day. In contrast the USA only use it's NPP's in baseload mode, and even then, they required up to 18000MW in pumped up storage backup, for when demand is low during late evenings or weekend.

July 08, 2010

Investors: Renewables Growth is Slower but Steady

" I am far more excited by the potential uses of smaller nuclear facilities that can be built in modular fashion or deployed in a distributed fashion. These smaller facilities are also suitable for industrial cogeneration, desalination, or district heating to make use of the waste heat. "

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2010/06/foster-wheeler-to-supply-torresol-steam-generators?cmpid=SolarNL-Tuesday-June22-2010

June 18, 2010. Foster Wheeler AG announced that a subsidiary of its Global Power Group has been awarded a contract to design, supply and provide site advisory services for two sets of solar steam generators, including preheaters, kettle type evaporators, superheaters and reheaters, as well as low pressure and high pressure feedwater heaters. The equipment delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011.
The plants will use Seners's concentrated parabolic trough technology (SENERtrough) and will have energy storage capability by means of molten salt tanks that is designed to provide up to seven hours of plant operation without sun radiation. The plants are expected to operate approximately 3,500 hours/year. The equipment will be integrated into the Valle 1 & Valle 2 Solar Thermal Power Plants, located in San José del Valle, Spain. The plants, which are owned by Torresol Energy, a company created by Spain-based Sener (60%) and the Abu Dhabi-based company Masdar (40%), will have an installed power capacity of 50 megawatts (MW) each.

http://www.pv-tech.org/news/_a/project_focus_morocco_secures_agreements_for_9billion_solar_plans/

Morocco has now reportedly secured agreements with the World Bank, the European Commission and Germany in connection with its large-scale US$9 billion solar project, which is expected to produce 38% of the country's power by the year 2020. The project consists of five power generation sites that will produce 2000MW of electricity, with a combined surface area of 10,000 hectares, in Ouarzazate, Ain Bni Math

July 08, 2010

Investors: Renewables Growth is Slower but Steady

" I am far more excited by the potential uses of smaller nuclear facilities that can be built in modular fashion or deployed in a distributed fashion. These smaller facilities are also suitable for industrial cogeneration, desalination, or district heating to make use of the waste heat. "



http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2010/06/repower-releases-update-on-5m-turbine-performance?cmpid=WindNL-Thursday-July1-2010
Almost one year after final commissioning of the Thornton Bank wind farm in Belgium, REpower Systems AG announced that availability of the six REpower 5M turbines has been consistently above 97% over a period of six months. Despite the adverse conditions in the open seas, since the turbines were officially commissioned, over 4,000 full load hours have been recorded per turbine. The wind farm is located 28 kilometers off the Belgian coast in waters between 12 m and 27 m deep, making it one of the first such wind farms to be located so far offshore.

July 13, 2010

Investors: Renewables Growth is Slower but Steady

" You mention the dangerous stuff left over from nuclear activities. Much of what you are talking about is associated with nuclear weapons production, not nuclear energy. Even so, can you tell me how many people have been injured by exposure to this admittedly dangerous material? "

About 100 000 deads from radiation inducted cancer in Ukraine alone in a decade . . .
About 200 000 malformed newborns in Ukraine alone in 20 years, all from radiation contamination
About 10 soviet nuclear submarines rotting on the bottom of the Atlantic, after some technical accident causing their sinking.

" One more thing - if off shore wind is so promising, why will consumers in New England be paying 20.7 cents per kilowatt hour for power from Cape Wind with a 3.5% per year escalation for the first 15 years? "

http://www.windpowermonthly.com/go/windalert/article/1007939/?DCMP=EMC-WindpowerWeekly

World's second biggest offshore project gets green light, the 576MW Gwynt n Môr project off the Welsh coast.
The project will significantly aid Wales ambition to supply a third of its electricity through wind. Installation of the 160 3.6MW Siemens turbines will begin late next year. These are expected to start producing electricity by 2013. Overall completion is set for 2014. The project will cost € 2 billion with € 1.2 billion of this going to Siemens, which has a five-year O&M contract. The budget also includes grid connections and two transformer platforms. (Investment of 3.5 per Watt). Permission to build Gwynt n Môr was agreed in late 2008. Gwynt n Môr will the second biggest wind farm in the world, however it falls some way short of the 1GW London Array project that is currently being build in the Thames Estuary.

July 13, 2010

Investors: Renewables Growth is Slower but Steady

" Ab24968 -- Europe installed about 10 GW of wind last year. They'll install about 10 GW again this year, making the growth curve flat. "

And the really important question : how much will the USA install this year ?

July 13, 2010

Investors: Renewables Growth is Slower but Steady

Anonymous, I do not want to answer your diatribe of questions, since I do live in Belgium, and really do not give a shit about your personal situation, or the mess the USA has created concerning renewables.

However, I inform you that I am receiving 100 percent renewable electricity on my home teller since 2006, from a utility called Ecopower cvba (google it). They invoice me 18 cents per kWh, which is the same rate that my previous utility called Electrabel invoiced me. Electrabel supplied me a mix of coal, natural gas and nuclear electricity, before I switched to Ecopower.

My point is therefore that it do NOT cost me one cent more to receive 100 percent clean electricity, so why would I bother support dirty nuclear or coal / NG power, given my personal example ?

And I inform you that Europe has signed the Kyoto Protocol, and has an Emission Trading System in place to reduce carbon emissions in a general way. I still have to see your corrupt Congressmen do the same over there. Not holding my breath on that one.

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5401870,00.html
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/article.jsp?article_id=2325

The European Union officially adopted a 20-20-20 Renewable Energy Directive on Dec. 17 2008 setting climate change reduction goals for the next decade. The targets call for a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2020 compared with 1990 levels, a 20 percent cut in energy consumption through improved energy efficiency by 2020 and a increase to 20 percent in the use of renewable energy by 2020. In 2005 renewable energies from hydro power, solar, wind, biomass or geothermal sources accounted for less than seven percent of the EU's total energy consumption.

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