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  • The alternative to coal in South Africa

    With a desperate need for dispatchable generation, South Africa should be readily embracing CSP as a low-carbon, sustainable, base load energy alternative. So why do its energy authorities remain unconvinced? This question has formed the subject of Part 2 of the CSP Today South Africa Guide. London, UK October 11 2011 Forget green energy: while most nations are concerned ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Hydrogen Generator Fuel

    Hydrogen is a very valuable alternative to fossil fuel for distributed energy generation, delivering a high powered solution with minimal environmental and safety concerns. Green businesses, telecomm providers, governments, and renewable energy advocates can now produce on-demand energy for their assets, at minimal cost and using commercially available equipment. This article will look at the ...


    By Verde LLC

  • Alternative matrices for India's future power demands

    Against the planned capacity addition of 41,110 MW during the 10th Plan, only 21,180 MW could be added. The plan to alter the power mix by enhancing the nuclear power generation capacity of 4120 MW at current levels to 20,000 MW by the next decade seems too ambitious, with only 1% of global uranium reserves. The exercise to source uranium by signing the 123-Agreement with the USA is held up. With ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental impacts of integrating wind energy systems and supplemental energy generation and storage systems

    Wind energy systems offer a promising alternative energy source due to the environmental, economic, and social benefits and, as a result, have garnered support for development and implementation. One of the major drawbacks of wind energy, however, is its variability due to the stochastic nature of wind, thus, supplemental energy generation or storage technologies are required. In this study, a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Integration of pump storage hydro with wind energy

    Renewable energy has significant advantages as it does not contribute to Greenhouse Gases (GHG). Wind energy is a renewable energy alternative that is being installed worldwide. However, wind energy is unpredictable and thus, unavailable as compared to conventional generation. The availability of wind energy compared to conventional power plants is a cause of contention. Currently, the rate of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Solar Plus Energy Storage - A guide to maximizing production and profit with a DC converter

    Traditional storage plus solar (PV) applications have involved the coupling of independent storage and PV inverters at an AC bus, or alternatively the use of multi-input hybrid inverters. Here we will examine how a new cost-effective approach of coupling energy storage to existing PV arrays with a DC-to-DC converter can help maximize production and profi ts for existing and new utility-scale ...


    By Dynapower Company, LLC.

  • Fuel reduction potential of energy management for vehicular electric power systems

    In the near future a significant increase in electric power consumption in vehicles is to be expected. To limit the associated increase in fuel consumption and exhaust emissions, smart strategies for the generation, storage/retrieval, distribution and consumption of the electric power can be used. This paper considers a vehicle configuration with a conventional drive train. Two energy management ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nanostructured vanadium oxide based systems: their applications in supercapacitors

    Synthesis and characterisation of nanostructured vanadium oxide based systems and their application in energy storage devices, namely supercapacitors, is presented. Vanadium oxide has been synthesised using a hydrothermal route in presence of various templates. X-ray diffraction studies reveal the formation of vanadium (IV) oxide as majority phase. SEM and TEM results depict presence of different ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Fuel alternatives for heavy equipment

    High fuel prices are leading composters and wood grinders to reevaluate diesel-guzzling heavy equipment, looking to alternatives that are both more cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. This could be as “simple” as filling up existing machines with biodiesel blends, could involve swapping out a diesel model for an electric one, or even go as far as generating electricity on site to power ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Modelling performance of ultracapacitor arrays in hybrid electric vehicles

    This paper describes the development of a computer model to model performance of ultracapacitor arrays in hybrid electric vehicles. A Power-Based Model (PBM) was created and the results were compared with data from the University of Idaho's ultracapacitor hybrid Future Truck. The PBM accurately predicts vehicle fuel economy and allows quick simulation speed. This model includes a derived Internal ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Wind power generation in China: present status and future prospects

    With the rapid economic development and huge amount of population, China is becoming one of the largest energy consumption countries in the world. This results in a heavy pressure on electricity supply in China. The potential wind energy storage is very large in China due to its large territory and nature conditions. Considering the energy-saving and environment factors, wind power, with its ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Concentrating Solar Power

    Technology Overview   By collecting solar energy during daylight hours and storing it in hot molten salt, concentrating solar power technologies like power towers give utilities an alternative method for meeting peak loads. (Warren Gretz)  Concentrating solar power plants produce electric power by converting the sun’s energy into high-temperature heat using ...

  • Coal-to-liquid fuels poised for a comeback

    Converting coal into liquid fuels is known to be more costly than current energy technologies, both in terms of production costs and the amount of greenhouse gases the process emits. Production of coal-to-liquid fuel, or CTL, has a large carbon footprint, releasing more than twice the lifecycle greenhouse gases of conventional petroleum fuels. However, with the rise in energy prices that began ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • How fire can be tamed

    Combustion dies at the interface between breathable air and macroscopic pieces of certain involatile fuels. If fed only them, in a compressed oxygen chamber, it makes an almost sunlike flame that cannot run wild. If upon dilution to manageable coolness the ash drops to the chamber bottom, and from there can be removed without the diluent, true harnessbrokenness is possible. Excess oxygen can be ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • A new application of hydrogen

    A new application of hydrogen is being deployed which is helping solve humanity’s ever-evolving energy woes. Traditionally, hydrogen has a large number of applications – used in everything from industrial products to food packaging. Ammonia used in fertilizer and industrial processes amounted to 160 Million tons worldwide in 2011; hydrogen is a primary component in ammonia. The market ...


    By Verde LLC

  • CSP cost forecasts undervalue benefit to future grid balancing

    CSP generation costs could drop to $77/MWh by 2025 but storage and hybrid solar plants can provide further value by following load, Jose Alfonso Nebrera, Director of Spanish engineering firm ACS SCE, said at the MENASOL 2016 conference on May 26. Global renewable energy expansion is reducing the cost of solar and wind energy while increasing grid intermittency and the need for ...


    By New Energy Update

  • UK energy – time to face some hard truths

    How can the UK meet its future energy needs? Tom Delay, CEO of the Carbon Trust, looks at how we can solve the problem with our energy future. The future of nuclear power in the UK looks well and truly stuck. The whole episode illustrates how high the stakes are at present for our energy future. Last month the new nuclear plant at Hinckley C was granted planning permission but we ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Determining performance characteristics crucial for CSP

    As the development of large-scale CSP projects begins in the United States, the ability to accurately determine the performance characteristics in the efficiency, heat losses and overall power output of plants under operation is essential for generating widespread confidence in CSP technologies. After more than 10 years in hibernation, parabolic trough technology has been revived again with ...


    By New Energy Update

  • Con Edison to pilot $15M virtual power plant project

    New York utility Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) plans to launch a pilot virtual power plant (VPP) project in June to test out the business case for integrating aggregated fleets of residential solar-plus-storage systems into the grid, Jamie Brennan, director of demonstration projects at Con Edison, told Energy Storage Update. The project will link hundreds of solar and battery storage systems ...


    By FC Business Intelligence

  • Sunny Boy Storage is affordable and also flexible applicable

    Independent and affordable electricity supply for your home – until now that was not feasible from a technical perspective. But that’s exactly what the new SMA battery inverter Sunny Boy Storage offers. In March, the inverter has been honored with the Innovation Prize at the PV symposium Bad Staffelstein. Volker Wachenfeld, Executive Vice President of the SMA Offgrid ...


    By SMA Solar Technology AG

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