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  • Falling Renewable Power Costs Open Door to Greater Climate Ambition

    Renewable power is the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world already today, the latest report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows. The report contributes to the international discussion on raising climate action worldwide, ahead of Abu Dhabi’s global preparatory meeting for the United ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • ABB Wins Large Power Transmission Oorder from China’s State Grid

    ABB has won a large order to supply converter transformers and high-voltage equipment for an 800 kilovolt (kV), ultrahigh-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission link, owned by the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), in China’s Shaanxi and Hubei provinces, in the North West and Central regions of the country.The 1,100-kilometer-long power transmission link will transport up to 8,000 ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • U.S., Canada, Japan, Netherlands, and European Commission Launch New Hydrogen Initiative Under The Clean Energy Ministerial

    At the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) meeting, a new international hydrogen partnership was announced under the leadership of the United States, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the European Commission with participation of several other CEM member countries. The International Energy Agency (IEA) would be coordinating efforts under this initiative. For the first time under the Clean ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Grid Mod: Dialing in Hydroelectric Generators' Responses to Market Signals

    How do you reduce error between scheduled hydro-generation and the actual power produced? BPA's answer: Form a tight partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and evaluate existing systems and processes for areas of improvement.For years BPA, USACE and the Bureau of Reclamation have dealt with varying levels of Station Control Error (SCE) on the non-big 10 federal projects. The non-big 10 ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • Are solar modules on mountain tops a solution for power shortages in winter?

    A Swiss study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that solar modules on snow-capped peaks can play an important role in reducing the gap between demand and production during the winter months. In Switzerland there is a ban on new nuclear power plants and the existing plants, today accounting for no less than 35% of energy production, ...


    By Ilumen

  • Kyrgyz Republic launches bidding for rehabilitation of Uch-Kurgan

    Kyrgyzstan’s state power producer Electric Power Plants (EPP) invites sealed bids from eligible bidders by 31 May for the replacement of the electromechanical generation equipment and hydraulic steel structure of the 180 MW Uch-Kurgan hydropower plant on the river Naryn. The works include the design, manufacturing, delivery, installation, testing, commissioning, and completion of works and ...

  • Consulting services sought for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa hydropower

    Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO), an autonomous body of the Government of Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, with responsibility for fast tracking development of the energy sector of the province, invites expressions of interest from qualified consultants by 15 May to assist with the implementation of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hydropower Development ...

  • Venezuela struggling to restore thermal power units

    Venezuela´s state-owned utility Corpoelec and state-owned oil company PdV are struggling to restart thermal generating units in the wake of successive catastrophic blackouts triggered by a breakdown of the Opec country's main hydroelectric complex. Barely 6GW of Corpoelec's 34GW of total installed thermal and hydroelectric generation capacity was operational as of mid-April, according to an ...


    By Argus Media Ltd.

  • Study highlights sound primary energy factor approach needed to inform consumers on the real efficiency of heaters

    The Research Center for Energy Economics (FfE), today published a study on the Primary Energy Factor (PEF) for electricity and the corresponding CO2 Equivalent Emission Factor (CEEF) applicable to technologies coupling heat and electricity sectors. ...


    By COGEN Europe

  • Vanuatu seeks EPC contractor for Brenwe hydropower plant

    The Vanuatu Project Management Unit (VPMU), on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management of the Pacific island state of Vanuatu, invites sealed bids by 31 May from engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors for the development of the 422 kW Brenwe hydropower plant on the island of Malekula, the second largest island of the archipelago. The run-of-river project, on ...

  • Perkins presents new hybrid technologies on three engines at bauma Munich 2019

    Perkins is presenting a dedicated team and new technologies focused on hybrid and electric power solutions that are relevant and adapted to meet the specific needs of construction machines at bauma 2019. Following a significant investment in hybrid engines and electrification research, Perkins is showing a range of technologies that will add real value to original equipment ...

  • Renewable Energy Now Accounts for a Third of Global Power Capacity

    The decade-long trend of strong growth in renewable energy capacity continued in 2018 with global additions of 171 gigawatts (GW), according to new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) today. The annual increase of 7.9 per cent was bolstered by new additions from solar and wind energy, which accounted for 84 per cent of the growth. A third of global power capacity is ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • NREL Supports New Strategies to Accelerate PSH Development

    The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) to offer a new prize that will help to accelerate commissioning times and reduce cost and risk in pumped-storage hydropower (PSH) projects. The Furthering Advancements to Shorten Time (FAST) Commissioning for PSH Prize seeks fresh solutions and ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • ABB Working to Meet Needs of Smart Cities Globally

    From small to mega cities, ABB is helping modern cities deal with the increasing pressure of rising populations and aging infrastructure by working with governments and citizens to implement initiatives focusing on Smart Utilities, Smart Buildings, Smart Transportation and Smart Industries.Most recently in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, a city with expanding boundaries and an increasing population, ABB ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • New record low solar power price? 2.175¢/kWh in Idaho

    Idaho Power has agreed to pay $21.75/MWh for 120 MW of solar power in a 20-year power purchase agreement with Jackpot Holdings. The solar facility will offset a soon-to-close coal plant in Nevada starting in 2022. ...


    By pv magazine

  • ‘Growing Israel’ along with Eilat-Eilot

    On March 13, 2019, a round table event took place at the King Solomon Hotel in Eilat as part of the “Growing Israel” Project led by Nir Barkat, former mayor of Jerusalem, and today a Likud Knesset candidate together with the Porter Institute of Harvard, the Israeli Kohelet Policy Forum and a number of philanthropists. The idea on which the project is based is to advance growth ...

  • The Penguin celebrates its two year continues deployment anniversary

    The Wello Penguin (WEC-1) wave energy converter has survived another year in the harsh Orkney climate and is celebrating it’s second continues deployment anniversary. Funded thanks to the European Commission’s research and innovation programme, Clean Energy from Ocean Waves (CEFOW) research project coordinated by Fortum, the Penguin was originally deployed in 2012. The wave energy ...


    By Wello Oy

  • Venezuela´s oil ports closed, output stalled

    Venezuela´s main oil terminals remain closed and most upstream production is shut in five days after a catastrophic blackout swept across the Opec country, according to officials at state-owned PdV and its labor federation. PdV safety inspectors are currently assessing the extent of potential structural damages that terminal infrastructure may have suffered because of the ongoing blackout, ...


    By Argus Media Ltd.

  • NREL Data Book Reveals Trends in U.S. and Global Renewable Energy Growth

    U.S. renewable electricity grew to 19.7 percent of total installed capacity and 17.7 percent of total electricity generation in 2017, compared to 18.3 percent of total installed capacity and 15.6 percent of total electricity generation in 2016 according to the 2017 Renewable Energy Data BookPDF, now in its 10th edition. Installed global renewable electricity capacity also continued to ...


    By Smart Grid Observer

  • PdV oil ops taking longer to restore than power

    Venezuela´s state-owned PdV is struggling to restore its upstream and downstream operations that were mostly shut down after a catastrophic nationwide blackout that started to ease yesterday. Three heavy crude upgraders, a blending plant and other facilities at the Jose terminal in Anzoátegui state remain suspended ...


    By Argus Media Ltd.

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