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The San Diego County Water Authority is preparing to raise the 220-foot-high San Vicente Dam by as much as 117 feet.
To develop a design for the proposed 675-MW Keeyask station, Manitoba Hydro integrated computational fluid dynamics modeling and physical modeling.
Interest in new pumped-storage hydroelectric projects is increasing across the United States, with developers proposing 22 projects in 11 states totaling 22,459 MW.
The levelized electricity cost of concentrating solar power plants depends on both the available solar resource and development costs of investment, financing and operation. Plants under the same price and financing conditions in the south western United States or upper Egypt, will have a levelized electricity cost 20% to 30% lower than in southern Spain or the north African coast. This is because the amount of energy from direct sunlight is up to 30% higher (2600–2800 kWh/m2 a year compared with 2000–2100 kWh/m2 a year). The solar resource is even lower in France, Italy and Portugal, while the best solar resource in the world is in the deserts of South Africa and Chile, where direct sunlight provides almost 3000 kWh/m2 a year.
To reduce time needed to troubleshoot operational problems and to get units back on line quickly at seven of its eight hydro plants, Sacramento Municipal Utility District is converting to programmable logic controllers from hard-wired, relay-based logics.
COMPANY NEWS Belgium to upgrade units on Meuse River Belgium utility SPE N.V. plans to upgrade hydropower units on the Meuse River in southern Belgium. SPE operates seven projects totaling 65 MW. Six are on the Meuse — Ivoz-Ramet, Monsin, Ampsin-Neuville, Andenne, Lixhe and Grand-Malades. The seventh, Floriffoux, is on the Sambre River. SPE seeks design, delivery, assembly and commissioning […]
Orlando Wagner and Jochen Hauff compare the booming renewables market with other sectors where a boom has been followed by a bust, on the lookout for danger signals. They conclude that the renewable energy sector has strong foundations - but does have some areas of vulnerability, which they examine in detail. They conclude that industry should 'de-hype' the boom, and that a long-term, harmonized renewables support system is important to stabilize the investment framework and enable investors to fulfill the ambitious political targets in Europe - and elsewhere.
In late 2018, I put out the call to see how many fellow energy nerds I could gather to indulge me in combining my passion for energy analysis and clean power policy with my love of fantasy sports. By the end of January 2019, I had my cast of characters who somehow thought this idea was as fun as I did (isn’t the Internet the greatest tool for finding people who share your interests?) and I released my Draft Preview. Coordinating this draft among 14 different teams with different time zones and schedules chock-full of actually helping to save the planet proved no easy task, but by the end of March we had conducted 5 rounds of picks for a total of 70 selections in this Inaugural Fantasy Energy League!
COMPANY NEWS EDP buys two projects in Brazil EDP Energias do Brasil, the Brazilian holding company of Energias de Portugal (EDP), has acquired two hydro projects in Mato Grosso state, from local group Bertin, with a total capacity of 49.5 MW. Although the value of the deal was not disclosed, total investments in the projects are estimated at BRL304 million […]
Two natural resource agencies, a university, and a power producer are working to test whether regulation of ramping rates of hydroelectric turbines can provide ecological benefits while, at the same time, minimize production losses.