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  • Prysmian completes DolWin3 German offshore wind farm

    Prysmian Group has announced the commissioning of the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) offshore grid connection project DolWin3, off the German North Sea coast. Prysmian, a global energy and telecom cable systems group, secured this project in February 2013, with a contract awarded by Alstom Grid (now GE Grid GmbH) on behalf of the Dutch-German grid operator TenneT. DolWin3, the third offshore grid connection in the “DolWin” cluster, links the offshore converter platform DolWin Gamma, located about 85 km offshore in the North Sea, to the German mainland, with the purpose of transmitting 900 MW of clean and renewable energy into the national grid. Prysmian was responsible for the supply, installation and commissioning of the HVDC ± 320-kV extruded submarine and land power cable connections with a rating of 900 MW and the associated fibre optic cable system, covering a 78-km land route and an 83-km subsea route. The cables were produced at the Prysmian Group’s center...

  • Vestas exec: ‘We should be outraged’

    In a panel discussion during POWERGEN Europe/ European Utility Week 2019, Vestas Group Senior Vice President, Morten Dyrholm said that the world should be outraged the there is so much pushback against renewable energy even as the technology is now cost-competitive with fossil fuels. Dyrholm was participating in a session titled, “How to keep the system stable and affordable with 100% RE” with other panelists from CRE, the French regulatory commission; the Smart Network for the Energy Transition; RTE; and EDP Distribuição. Having spent the last 15 years in the wind industry, Dyrholm said he was pleased with the progress of the wind industry because it is now cost-competitive with fossil energy and doesn’t need subsidies. “I look at where we are and I think it’s incredible,” he said. “I’ve been in wind for 15 years and I spent a lot of those years talking to policymakers.” Morten Dyrholm Dyrholm said he used to only attend wind industry conferences, b...

  • US solar companies are stockpiling solar panels

    By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg America’s rooftop solar installers are stockpiling massive volumes of panels and other equipment before a key federal tax credit for the industry starts shrinking next year. On Tuesday, Sunrun said it’s collecting enough equipment to help qualify 500 megawatts worth of planned installations for the full investment tax credit, which currently covers 30% of a project’s costs. For comparison, the company deployed 373 megawatts in all of 2018. Support is growing for an extension of renewable energy tax credits “as the single highest-impact, actionable policy opportunity to combat climate change,” Sunrun Executive Chairman Ed Fenster told analysts in a call Tuesday. But “the chance of passage in any specific moment in time is difficult.” Sunrun isn’t the only one amassing inventories. Solar company SunPower Corp. told investors during a recent earnings call that it was sourcing enough equipment to help qualify 200 megawatts worth of ...

  • The Europeans are coming for US power markets

    By Lars Paulsson, Jesper Starn and Christopher Martin, Bloomberg Prodded by their own governments into slashing emissions and getting out of coal, European companies are a step ahead of their U.S. counter parts. Orsted A/S, the world’s biggest offshore wind developer, in October opened an office in Chicago, while Danske Commodities A/S set up a subsidiary in Connecticut in the summer. Oil trader Trafigura Group Ltd. is also expanding into electricity. The European and U.S. markets are the most mature in the world and transparency has increased greatly in the past decade. Millions of data points on supply and demand, from sunshine in Spain to Texan wind levels, are fed into sophisticated software that more and more frequently also trade on its own. But the penetration of renewables into the grid has has gone further in Europe. “There’s definitely a trend here,” said Peter Henry, managing director at HW Anderson Ltd. in New York, who has hired for utilities, banks and t...

  • European Utility Week / POWERGEN Europe rebrands to Enlit

    Clarion Energy (part of Clarion Events) today unveiled Enlit – the new name for European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe – in front of 18,000 industry leaders in Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. The result of a six-month creative consultation with market-leading Larsen Energy Branding, Enlit is the world’s only complete energy event. It will bring clarity to the global energy transition and define the roles of all those involved in powering the next generation of the industry. Visitors to Enlit will enjoy a truly inspirational and immersive experience with content created and curated specifically for tomorrow’s new energy professionals; while Enlit exhibitors will have unprecedented access to the people driving the future of the industry and the ability to reach a global audience under one brand. “The energy transition is defining the way we harness, trade, deploy and use energy, which is changing radically, rapidly and continuously,” said European Utility Wee...

  • Tidal energy is predicable, cheap and has great global potential

    In a session called “Emerging Renewable Energy Technologies,” at POWERGEN Europe, three different tidal energy solution providers delivered the message that tidal energy has a place in the energy mix of tomorrow. Drew Braxland, Director with Atlantis Turbines and Engineering Services gave the audience a glimpse at the Raz Blanchard pilot array in Normandy, France. It’s a 4-turbine project with installed capacity of 1.5 MW. The four turbines are each connected to one hub and connected to the grid by a single cable. Blaxland emphasized that servicing the turbines, despite that fact that they are underwater, is not an issue. He said his company has proved that it can connect a turbine to the grid in 30 minutes and when performing O&M, the turbine can be lifted from the sea, serviced on the deck of a boat and returned to the ocean in under 24 hours. Blaxland said the market potential for tidal energy is near 100 GW. Chris Milne, CFO of Orbital Marine then presented ...

  • Military experience provides natural transition to clean energy careers, veterans say

    Some veterans are on a new mission to bring more of their colleagues into the clean energy workforce. Kevin Johnson served as a captain in the U.S. Army and spent a year stationed in Baiji, Iraq, home to a major oil refinery. The war made clear to him the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.  Johnson was stationed “at the heart of the oil infrastructure in Iraq,” he said, “watching the infrastructure being attacked on a daily basis and having my soldiers ask me, ‘When are we going home?’”  That was the genesis of Johnson’s career in clean energy.  “I knew that when I got out that I wanted to be on the other side of that fight,” he told the Energy News Network.  In 2015, Johnson and several colleagues — including one from the Army — founded CleanCapital, a New York firm that acquires and manages clean energy projects on behalf of investors. Johnson also worked with several other clean energy companies over the past decade. Today ...

  • Managing surplus renewable power in a net zero carbon system with smart curtailment

    With heightened focus on the means of transitioning to a net zero carbon energy system (and economy) in the next decade there are significant questions for the power system to address.  These include how to secure the system and customer supplies at levels equivalent or better than today and how to build a network infrastructure to transport electrical energy to new large electrical loads from transport and heat.  One big question to go with those is how to deal with the unavoidable renewable power surpluses and deficits that will existing when providing 100% of electrical energy needs from clean sources averaged over the course of a year. Since wind power, solar power and other forms of renewable power have outputs subject to their variable primary energy sources then solutions are required to ensure that there is enough zero carbon energy available at all times and in all places.  So, what are the solutions and how should they be deployed to deliver the best possibl...

  • Initiate! energy start-up and innovation program goes global

    Calling all energy talent! The Initiate! programme, where many start-ups and innovators in the energy and power sectors got their flying start, is going global! Since its launch in 2014, as part of energy event European Utility Week’s practical programme on the expo floor, the platform has been bringing together start-ups, students, corporate executives, public sector innovators and investors from around the world. Initiate! director Sietske Jacobs Not just another innovation theatre, Initiate! strives to make true impact. “We’re so proud of how Initiate! has evolved and become a global movement that breeds talent, empowers next-gen energy entrepreneurs and creates impactful programmes to move our industry forward” says Initiate! director Sietske Jacobs. “In recent years we have tested the concept by organising programmes in Asia, the US, Australia and Africa and the success of these events has convinced us to roll out the comp...

  • Collaboration and partnership key to energy transition

    At the kickoff keynote session during POWERGEN Europe/European Utility Week 2019, speaker after speaker urged industry collaboration and partnerships as the only way that the world will meet its decarbonization goals. Indeed, this conference is the first time that POWERGEN Europe and European Utility Week have been housed under the same roof as co-located events. The move is part of the Clarion Energy goal of being an end-to-end power event, serving the industry from the energy end-user to the power generator itself. The keynote began with a look at the growth of renewable energy in a speech given by the IRENA director general, Francesco La Camera. He showed via a series of slides the great momentum that renewables are gaining all over the world but said there is still a long way to go. IRENA estimates $110 trillion will be needed to meet Europe’s 2050 decarbonization goals, an amount that is equivalent to investing about 2 percent of global GDP per year. However, Le Came...

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