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Alstom to provide U.K. power station with biomass steam turbine

Alstom will be supplying a 45 megawatt Geared Reaction steam turbine, or GRT, to the Brigg renewable energy plant in the United Kingdom. The Brigg power station will be fueled using locally sourced straw but will also utilize wood. Slated to be operational in early 2016, the biomass power station will supply power to around 70,000 homes, displacing as much as 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide...

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Alstom to build Israel’s first pumped storage power station

Alstom is entering the Israeli market with contracts to construct, operate, and maintain the country’s very first pumped storage power station. Alstom has signed two contracts worth around $160 million with PSP Investment Ltd. for the supply of two 150 MW pump-turbines with the associated balance of plant equipment and Alstom’s Distributed Control System for the 300 MW power plant. Alstom has also...

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Philanthropist finances hydroelectric project in D.R. Congo

American philanthropist Howard G. Buffett is providing funding for a hydroelectric project on a river inthe eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Howard G. Buffett, through the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, has provided $19.7 million in funding for the construction of a hydroelectric project that will be located on a river that runs through Virunga National Park in eastern D.R. Congo....

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Largest solar-hydro project in world begins trial run in China

A 320 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant, located next to an existing hydroelectric dam in western China, has begun its trial run. According to China Daily, the Longyangxia Dam in Qinghai Province integrates both solar and hydro-power generation to bring renewable energy to the grid. It is the largest hydro-solar project in the world to date. The project was constructed by a sub...

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Canada completes $13 million-clean energy storage project

A $13 million-clean energy storage project was officially completed in Canadian province of British Columbia. The Government of Canada’s Clean Energy Fund and the utility BC Hydro each provided $6.5 million for the new one-megawatt battery unit. The Battery Energy Storage project is the first of its kind in Canada, it took two years to complete and is located within the boundaries of Yoho National Park,...

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Clean energy more cost efficient than fossil fuel – study

Getting electricity from clean sources is a lot cheaper than getting it from coal-fired power plants, according to study focusing on the various costs associated with the sources of electricity. Factoring in climate change costs as well as other health impacts, the study – titled “The Social Cost of Carbon: Implications for Modernizing our Electricity System” - shows that its more cost effective to...

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Wind and solar projected to be cost-competitive without subsidies by 2025

Wind and solar power electricity generation in the western United States is projected to become cost-competitive without help from federal subsidies by 2025, according to a study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. According to the report, “Beyond Renewable Portfolio Standards: An Assessment of Regional Supply and Demand Conditions Affecting the Future of Renewable Energy in the West,” several...

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Renewable energy polices spreading globally – Worldwatch Institute

A total of 127 countries have enacted policies to encourage the development of renewable energy projects this year found the Worldwatch Institute’s latest Vital Signs Online report. According to the Worldwatch Institute, support policies for renewable energy technologies have increased dramatically over the last decade. Starting the mid-200’s policies focused on deployment of renewable energy technologies have been enacted...

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Why energy storage is important for micro-grids in India?

When distribution and transmission lines in India are not able to supply electricity to remote rural villages, there is hope from the innovation known as “micro-grid”. Micro-grid is a small power generation grid near to the consumers. It is mostly developed by private/independent organizations. In Jan 2012, over 300 million Indian citizens had no access to electricity. Over one third (33%) of India's rural...

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IBM solution looks to integrate more wind and solar into power grid

Computing giant IBM has developed an advanced power and weather modeling technology that will increase the reliability of renewable energy resources. The IBM solution combines weather prediction and analytics to accurately forecast the availability of wind power and solar energy. This will help utilities integrate more renewable energy into the power grid. The solution, named “Hybrid Energy Forecasting” or HyRef...

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