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Ancillary Systems for the Future: The SmartNet Project in the EU

Ancillary Systems for the Future: The SmartNet Project in the EU

A three-year project funded through Horizon 2020 — the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation — is aiming at re-thinking electricity grid operations to support higher amounts of renewable energy.
Predicting PV Plant Power Fluctuations and Optimising Energy Storage

Predicting PV Plant Power Fluctuations and Optimising Energy Storage

The ability to accurately predict and prevent power fluctuations is of considerable importance to solar PV (photovoltaic) plant operators in terms of sustaining profitability, estimating revenue returns and ensuring customer quality of service. Variations in solar irradiance can cause rapid fluctuations in power generation, reducing the quality and reliability of the power generated by large grid-connected PV plants.
Project financing for wind: Pointers and pitfalls

Project financing for wind: Pointers and pitfalls

Once considered mere hobby horse projects for environmentalists, wind energy developments are now treated with the same respect as any other type of large energy project. Their financing has also graduated from the largely asset-based financing applied to early, smaller projects, to major project finance structures accepted and applied by the international financial community. Stefan Schmitz considers the issues involved.
Can the Geothermal Industry Overcome Challenges to Raising Capital?

Can the Geothermal Industry Overcome Challenges to Raising Capital?

Geothermal energy presents baseload clean energy at a lower cost than many other renewable energy alternatives. Despite this compelling value proposition, long development horizons and the risks associated with exploration and drilling activities present hurdles to developing the country's rich geothermal potential. Financing projects that use conventional geothermal technology remains challenging in the uncertain economic environment.
Mexico & Agaves: Moving from Tequila to Ethanol

Mexico & Agaves: Moving from Tequila to Ethanol

With a history that stretches well back into pre-Columbian times, certain varieties of the Agave family are beginning to capture the attention of investors and researchers interested in indigenous plants and trees in countries around the world that are not used to produce food and have attributes that make them prospective sources of ethanol.
Can HCPV Compete with Low-Cost PV Panels?

Can HCPV Compete with Low-Cost PV Panels?

Say 'PV' to even the most astute of solar observers, and the conversation will most likely turn to the low-cost polysilicon panels that have come to largely define the industry. Their production is at scale, their technology is well vetted and their installed costs continue to decline.
Technology: The Hydroelectric Industry’s Role in Integrating Wind Energy

Technology: The Hydroelectric Industry’s Role in Integrating Wind Energy

A report by CEATI demonstrates that hydropower is one of the most flexible and valuable generation assets on the grid. Hydro facilities with large reservoirs have the greatest potential as system balancing resources, the report shows.