March 24 Energy News

March 24, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ Siemens has unveiled a new solution for the protection of offshore wind turbine rotor blades against leading edge erosion. The protection layer is designed to absorb the impact energy from rain drops and other particles and thereby protect the leading edge from fatigue damage. [reNews]

Horns Rev 2 (Dong Energy)

Horns Rev 2 (Dong Energy)

World:

¶ Barely a month after South Africa launched the continent’s first solar airport after Kochi India, the country has recorded another major milestone in renewable energy as it opens an additional solar PV plant in the Northern Cape province, Solar Capital De Aar 3, a 75 MW plant. [Atlanta Black Star]

¶ Scotland’s huge Longannet power station is to produce its last electricity on March 24, ending coal-fired generation north of the border. Scottish Power said the 2,400-MW power station on the banks of the Forth in Fife would burn through its remaining coal stocks by about 3:00 pm. [Financial Times]

© PA

© PA

¶ Plans for a 46-MW solar farm in Northern Ireland, moved one step closer after the country’s environment minister said they should be approved. But the site’s developer must now race against time to complete the project before the 31 March 2017 Renewables Obligation deadline. [Solar Power Portal]

¶ Pattern Energy Group and Green Power Investment announced completion of the 42-MW Futtsu Solar PV power station. Pattern Energy and GPI are joint venture partners that developed the installation in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture. TEPCO has a 20-year agreement to buy all power produced. [PV-Tech]

¶ Japanese egg producer ISE Group, French energy major Total SA and US solar firm SunPower have initiated construction work on a 27-MW PV park in Japan’s Ishikawa prefecture. It is being built on 25 ha (61.8 acres) of land and will provide enough power for over 8,900 local homes. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar installation in Japan. Author: Official US Navy Page. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Solar installation in Japan. Author: Official US Navy Page.
License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

¶ UK Members of Parliament grilled EDF Energy boss Vincent de Rivaz over the troubled Hinkley C nuclear plant in Somerset. He insisted that the project was definitely going ahead – but refused to say when the “final investment decision” was due. Confused? So were the MPs. [The Ecologist]

US:

¶ Fueled by tax credits and the prospect of energy savings, municipal solar-array projects are operating in five towns on Martha’s Vineyard. Oak Bluffs will soon join them; the town is now before the Martha’s Vineyard Commission seeking a permit for a four-acre solar system. [Martha’s Vineyard Times]

A solar array installed at the Tisbury landfill. – File photo by Michael Cummo

A solar array installed at the Tisbury landfill.
File photo by Michael Cummo

¶ US renewables, excluding hydropower plants, now hold a combined share of roughly 9.5% of the country’s total available installed generating capacity according to FERC. The country’s total wind power capacity totals 74.6 GW, while its operational solar plants are 15.6 GW. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ GE has finished building the offshore platforms for America’s first offshore wind farm. The first foundation for one of the five turbines that will eventually end up totaling 30 MW. GE hopes the wind farm will provide about 90% of Block Island’s electricity demand. [CleanTechnica]

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