Mercedes-Benz Cars plants to source electricity from German wind farms

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Mercedes-Benz Cars has entered into a power purchase agreement with Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, enabling Mercedes-Benz Cars to source electricity directly from wind farms in Germany, whose subsidies from the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) expire after 2020. Norwegian energy provider Statkraft supplies the renewable energy from six community-owned wind farms. From 1 January 2021, the EEG subsidy will run out for about 6,000 German wind power plants.

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Japanese public-private partnership to test end-to-end H2 supply chain using wind power to begin this fall; 2nd-life hybrid batteries for ESS

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Electricity generated at the Yokohama City Wind Power Plant (Hama Wing) will power the electrolytic production of hydrogen, which will then be compressed, stored, and then transported in a hydrogen fueling truck to four sites: a factory, a vegetable and fruit market, and two warehouses.

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Wind, Natural Gas, Solar Provide More U.S. Power, Replacing Coal

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And the good news for electric-car drivers is that the grids that supply their electricity have been getting cleaner--and will likely continue to do so this year and into the future. natural gas electric utilities plug-in cars solar clean energy energy wind energyOne of the advantages of electric cars is that they get cleaner as the emissions associated with generating the electricity to power them decrease.

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MIT proof-of-concept demo of ionic wind propulsion for aircraft

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MIT researchers have demonstrated that an aircraft with a 5-meter wingspan can sustain steady-level flight using ionic-wind propulsion. He expects that in the near-term, such ion wind propulsion systems could be used to fly less noisy drones.

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BP selects Tesla batteries for pilot storage project at US wind farm

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BP Wind Energy, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Rolling Thunder I Power Partners LLC, has signed a purchase agreement to install a high-storage battery at its Titan 1 Wind Farm in South Dakota. The project is the first of its kind in BP’s US-operated wind business and a potential step forward in the performance and reliability of wind energy. Situated on 7,500 acres in Hand County, Titan 1 Wind Farm is wholly owned and operated by BP Wind Energy.

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Bloomberg NEF forecasts falling battery prices enabling surge in wind and solar to 50% of global generation by 2050

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Wind and solar power generation will surge to almost 50% of world generation by 2050 (“50 by 50”), supported by precipitous reductions in cost, and the advent of cheaper and cheaper batteries that will enable electricity to be stored and discharged to meet shifts in demand and supply, according to the new annual Bloomberg NEF New Energy Outlook (NEO) 2018. trillion of that going to wind and solar and a further $1.5

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Tesla to supply 100MW/129 MWh Powerpack to South Australia wind farm

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Through a competitive bidding process, Tesla was selected to provide a 100 MW/129 MWh Powerpack system to be paired with global renewable energy provider Neoen’s Hornsdale Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia. Tesla Powerpack will charge using renewable energy from the Hornsdale Wind Farm and then deliver electricity during peak hours to help maintain the reliable operation of South Australia's electrical infrastructure.

2017 60

A123 Systems to supply Li-ion energy storage system to Dongfang Electric Corporation for evaluation for wind power solutions

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Li-ion battery manufacturer A123 Systems will supply a 500kW Li-ion energy storage solution to Dongfang Electric Corporation (DEC), the third largest manufacturer of wind turbines in the People’s Republic of China and the country’s largest exporter of power equipment. The government has set ambitions goals to increase wind power in China to about 170GW by 2020, and DEC looks forward to doing our part to help reach this target. Batteries Power Generation Wind

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Toyota and partners begin full-scale operation of showcase project to supply low-carbon H2 to fuel cell forklifts

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The goal of the project is to implement and evaluate a low-carbon hydrogen supply chain which will utilize hydrogen produced from renewable energy in facilities along Tokyo Bay (in Yokohama and Kawasaki) to power 12 fuel cell forklifts. a hydrogen supply chain feasibility study.

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Circular economy: Magnets from old hard drives could wind up in EV motors

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As some of the world’s largest automakers ramp up production for a generation of electric vehicles, the supply of one of the most important ingredients—rare-earth elements—is surely a cause for concern. Rare-earth elements—especially neodymium—are in short supply because of their limited production locations, much of.

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Toyota and public and private partners in Japan to trial renewable CO2-free hydrogen supply chain

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Major corporate and public sector partners in Japan are launching an effort to test a full carbon-neutral hydrogen supply chain powered by renewable wind energy. As plans currently stand, the project will involve: A system to produce hydrogen by electrolysis using wind power.

2015 103

Honda Transmission contracts with Juhl Wind for two utility-scale wind turbines at Ohio plant; up to 10% of electricity for operations

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announced an agreement with Juhl Wind , Inc. to develop, install, and operate two utility-scale wind turbines (each rated at about 2MW) to generate electricity for the plant’s operations. The two wind turbines will supply up to approximately 10% of the plant’s electricity. Based on their location and actual wind speeds, combined output from the two wind turbines is estimated at 10,000-megawatt hours (MWh) per year. Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc.

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A123 Systems to supply 11MW Grid Battery System to Sempra Generation for the Auwahi Wind project in Hawaii

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A123 Systems will supply an 11MW Grid Battery System (GBS) to Sempra Generation for the Auwahi Wind project in Maui, Hawaii. The advanced energy storage solution is designed to smooth variable wind power generation, which is expected to help maintain the stability to Maui’s electric grid. A123’s GBS storage system is designed to facilitate the smooth and efficient operation of the wind farm.

E.ON Power-to-Gas facility begins commercial operations; wind-to-H2

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The plant uses wind power and Hydrogenics’ electrolysis equipment to transform water into hydrogen, which is then injected into the existing regional natural gas transmission system. has inaugurated commercial operations at its Power-to-Gas (P2G) facility in Falkenhagen, Germany. Earlier post.)

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4 companies jointly propose $8B green energy initiative for LA area; Wyoming wind, Utah storage, transmission

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Four companies—Pathfinder Renewable Wind Energy, Magnum Energy, Dresser-Rand and Duke-American Transmission—have proposed a first-in-the-US, $8-billion green energy initiative that would bring large amounts of clean electricity to the Los Angeles area by 2023.

NTNU study finds ships’ and spare parts’ contribution to offshore wind power lifecycle impacts has been underestimated

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Components: WT = wind turbine; Fnd = foundation; EC = electrical connections, including substation; Inst = installation; IOo = input-output, other; Mnt = Maintenance, excluding replacement parts; RP = replacement parts; EOL = end-of-life. Lifecycle analysis Power Generation Wind

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Vattenfall contracts with BMW for up to 1,000 new 33 kWh Li-ion batteries this year for storage projects in wind farms

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The first energy storage from the BMW-i3 batteries is being built at the 122 MW onshore wind farm “Princess Alexia” near Amsterdam. Pending on a final investment decision the largest battery storage will be built at the Vattenfall wind farm Pen y Cymoedd (230 MW) in South Wales—a 22 MW storage facility, which will help to support the stability of the country-wide power grid in the UK as part of the so-called EFR (Enhanced Frequency Response) service.

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Energiepark Mainz comes online; hydrogen from wind power; Siemens 6MW electrolysis system

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The energy park will produce hydrogen using electricity from neighboring wind parks. Today, most of the hydrogen that Linde supplies to filling stations is already green. It is also linked to four neighboring wind parks that belong to the Stadtwerke group.

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US Departments of Energy and Interior unveil national offshore wind strategy and major offshore wind initiatives

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Unveiling a coordinated strategic plan to accelerate the development of offshore wind energy, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced steps forward in support of offshore wind energy in the United States, including new funding opportunities for up to $50.5 million for projects that support offshore wind energy deployment and several high priority Wind Energy Areas in the mid-Atlantic.

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Study: new international agreements needed to ensure sustainable supply of minerals and metals for low-carbon energy tech

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A study by an international team of researchers warns that the global transition to global low-carbon energy technology could be at risk unless new international agreements and governance mechanisms are put in place to ensure a sustainable supply of rare minerals and metals.

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Maxwell Technologies to acquire Nesscap Energy for $23M; strengthens position in automotive, industrial, wind

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Key benefits of the transaction include: Expanded and solidified opportunity in Wind, Automotive, and Industrial Markets. In wind pitch control, the transaction creates a leading-edge product portfolio including a full range of competitive small cell and large cell offerings.

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GE Receives $1.4B Contract to Supply Turbines for Largest Wind Farm Yet Built in the US

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billion contract from independent power producer Caithness Energy to supply wind turbines and provide services for an 845-megawatt (MW) wind farm project to be located in Oregon. The wind farm, called Shepherds Flat, has received the majority of the necessary government permits to operate and is ready to be built. When completed it will be larger than any wind farm currently in operation around the globe. GE has received a $1.4

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ABB wins $1B order for offshore wind power connection

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ABB has won an order worth around $1 billion from the Dutch-German transmission grid operator TenneT to supply a power link connecting offshore North Sea wind farms to the German mainland grid. The completed link will be capable of supplying more than 1.5 million households with wind-generated electricity. ABB will design, engineer, supply and install the offshore platform, the offshore and onshore converter stations and the land and sea cable systems.

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MIT study finds shift to green energy sources could mean crunch in supply of key rare earth elements

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Of particular significance, one country (China) controls 98% of current supply (production). For example, in 1978 Zaire controlled 48% of the cobalt supply and yet political unrest in Zaire resulted in a disruption to global supply that became known as the “Cobalt Crisis”.

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PNNL study finds that PHEVs and BEVs could serve as feasible resource to offset grid imbalances caused by integration of large amounts of intermittent wind generation

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The report examined grid conditions in the Northwest Power Pool, which covers Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming; many of them home to abundant wind resources and wind energy projects. The size of the vehicle battery matters for supplying balancing services.

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Honda begins operation of 1st wind farm by an automaker in Brazil; covering electricity needs for annual local auto production

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Honda Energy), Honda’s wind power generation business subsidiary in Brazil, has begun operation of its wind power generation facility. Honda thereby the first automaker in Brazil to start a wind power generation business. Striving to attain this goal, Honda has been strengthening its initiatives on a global basis to reduce CO 2 emissions from all business activities, including production and the supply chain. Honda Energy do Brasil Ltda.

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Honda secures auto industry’s largest renewable energy purchase; 60% reduction in CO2 from N.A. manufacturing operations

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Seeking to slash CO 2 emissions from its North American manufacturing operations, Honda has entered into long-term virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for renewable wind and solar power that will cover more than 60% of the electricity that Honda uses in North America. Starting in fall of 2020, Honda will purchase 530,000 MWh/year from 120 MW of wind power generated by the Boiling Springs Wind Farm in Oklahoma, a 150 MW development of the energy company E.ON.

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Siemens and StatoilHydro Launch 2.3MW Floating Wind Turbine

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Siemens and StatoilHydro have launched a floating megawatt-class wind turbine, Hywind. The companies hope to use the research project to demonstrate that wind turbines that are not permanently anchored to the ocean floor can also make a significant contribution to the power supply.

2009 96

Toyota and partners launch low-carbon hydrogen supply-chain project in Japan

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The Association was established in October 2017 to promote the commercialization of a low-carbon hydrogen supply chain and to bridge entities including industry, academia, and government throughout the prefecture in order to achieve this.

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East Anglia Offshore Wind, Ltd. To Develop 7.2GW Wind Farm For UK

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East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd., gigawatt wind farm off the eastern coast of the United Kingdom. The array, which would be built in phases, has the potential to supply power roughly equivalent to the demand of four to five million UK households. Vattenfall already owns the 90MW Kentish Flats wind farm off Herne Bay, Kent, and expects to complete the Thanet offshore wind farm, a 300 MW array comprised of 100 3MW Vestas V90 wind turbines, sometime this year.

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Clariant supplying SNG catalyst for methanation unit in Audi’s new “Power-to-Gas” plant

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Clariant, a global provider of specialty chemicals, has supplied a proprietary CO 2 -SNG (synthetic natural gas) catalyst for the methanation unit of Audi’s new power-to-gas facility in Werlte, Germany. million cubic meters of renewable synthetic methane per year, chemically binding some 2,800 metric tons of CO 2 and equivalent to supply 1,500 new Audi A3 Sportback g-tron vehicles with an annual mileage of 15,000 CO 2 neutral kilometers.

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CMU researchers find controlled charging of PHEVs can cut cost of integration into electricity system by 54-73%; higher benefits with wind power

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The magnitude of these savings is ~5% to 15% higher in a system with 20% wind penetration compared to a system with no wind power, and the savings are 50–60% higher in a system that requires capacity expansion.

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BASF and Nornickel partner to supply cobalt and nickel battery materials

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Start-up is planned for late 2020, enabling the supply of approximately 300,000 full electric vehicles per year with BASF battery materials. The new plant in Harjavalta will utilize locally generated renewable energy sources, including hydro, wind and biomass. Additionally, BASF and Nornickel have signed a long-term, market-based supply agreement for nickel and cobalt feedstocks from Nornickel’s metal refinery.

2018 68

ITM Power to deploy solar-powered hydrogen refueling station at CEME; wind-powered public H2 station opens in South Yorkshire

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The CEME site has one of the largest arrays of photo voltaics in the south of England, consisting of 717 panels designed to supply 115 kW, which will provide power to the station. This resulted in an award of contract to supply three ITM Power electrolyzer-based refueling stations. UK-based ITM Power signed an agreement with The Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME) to deploy a Hydrogen Refueling Station (HRS) at the CEME site in Rainham, UK.

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Continental supplying 48-volt belt starter generator with integrated power electronics for Audi A8

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Continental is supplying the 48V belt-starter generator with integrated power electronics that is at the heart of the mild-hybrid (MHEV) system that is standard on Audi’s new A8.

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Report: Hitachi Chemical to quadruple output of large lithium-ion batteries for wind and solar

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will more than quadruple production capacity for large lithium ion batteries (LIBs) for solar and wind power generation. back-up power supply during power outages and partly employed for practical use. The Nikkei reports that Hitachi Chemical Co. The company will spend ¥2.2 billion to boost capacity at a plant of subsidiary Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., according to the report. Hitachi Chemical recently integrated Shin-Kobe fully into its business, making it a 100% subsidiary.

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German power-to-gas facility opens green methanation plant; €28M STORE&GO project

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This stored energy is then available as backup whenever there is an insufficient supply of solar and wind power. The wind-to-gas pilot plant “WindGas Falkenhagen” was constructed in 2013 to store wind energy in the natural gas grid.

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Penske Backs Out of Saturn Deal; Brand to Wind Down

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PAG) has terminated its discussions with General Motors Company to acquire the Saturn brand, citing concerns directly related to the future supply of vehicles beyond the supply period it had negotiated with GM. As a result of PAG’s decision, said GM President and CEO Fritz Henderson, GM will be winding down the Saturn brand and dealership network, in accordance with the wind-down agreements that Saturn dealers recently signed with GM. Penske Automotive Group, Inc.

Fraunhofer and Univ. of British Columbia to partner on sustainable energy production; wind, fuel cells, biomass

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Fraunhofer and The University of British Columbia UBC in Vancouver, Canada will partner to develop technologies for sustainable energy production and supply; on 21 December 2012, Fraunhofer and the Canadian university signed a framework agreement for a collaboration spanning several years. Using the surplus electricity from wind or solar power plants to generate hydrogen is a possible option for energy storage. Wind is a significant component of the energy mix of the future.

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IRENA report finds renewable power costs at parity or below fossil fuels in many parts of world

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The report, “ Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014 ”, concludes that biomass, hydropower, geothermal and onshore wind are all competitive with or cheaper than coal, oil and gas-fired power stations, even without financial support and despite falling oil prices.

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UK supports Gigastack feasibility study with ITM Power, Ørsted, Element Energy; gigawatt-scale PEM electrolysis

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Gigastack, funded by the BEIS Hydrogen Supply Competition, will demonstrate the delivery of bulk, low-cost and zero-carbon hydrogen through gigawatt-scale polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis, manufactured in the UK. Ørsted will demonstrate the synergy between GW-scale offshore wind energy deployments and hydrogen that will enable the continued decarbonization through renewables and a continued cost out of offshore wind power projects.

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Study Finds Wind Power Could Meet Chinas Entire Projected Power Demand for 2030

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A study by researchers at Harvard University and Tsinghua University shows that there is enough wind in China to generate electricity to supply the nation's entire projected demand for 2030 (about twice what is used now) at reasonable prices per kilowatt-hour. Combustion of coal accounts for ~80% of total electricity production, and wind is currently a minor contributor to China’s total electricity supply (0.4%).

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Worlds Largest Offshore Wind Farm Array To Go Ahead

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billion (about $US3 billion) in building the first 630MW phase of the London Array offshore wind farm in the Thames Estuary. Once complete, the scheme will be the world’s largest, and the first 1GW, offshore wind farm. The project will supply enough power for around 750,000 homes—or a quarter of Greater London homes—and displace the emission of. wind farm will be installed on a 90 square mile site and will be built in two. DONG Energy, E.ON

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