Cool PLanet previously received investments from Google and General Electric and $91 million in federal loan guarantees to build its first plant. The company now plans to build two additional production facilities in Louisiana, according to the Times-Picayune. Cool Planet broke ground in February 2013 and expects the plant to be operational in late 2015 or early 2016. The refinery will produce up to 10 million gpy of reformate, a drop-in ingredient in gasoline and jet fuel that can be added during the regular refinery process.
The Port of Alexandria is expected to invest as much as $12 million in the Cool Planet plant project. The funding will come from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the Red River Waterway Commission.
(Source: Cool Planet, Town Talk, 11 Mar., 2015) Contact: Port of Alexandria, (318) 473-1848; Cool Planet Energy Systems, Howard Janzen, CEO, Mike Rocke, (940) 584-0490, email@example.com, www.coolplanet.com
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Sungevity , which leases solar panels to homeowners, has partnered with Lowe's, General Electric, and
the North Carolina Sierra Club to bring solar energy to the state. (Source: Sungevity, dailytarheel.com, 2 Mar., 2015) Contact: Sungevity, Alec Guettel, Co-Founder, Andrew Birch, CEO, (510) 496-5500, www.sungevity.com
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According to FTI Consulting director Feng Zhao,
global wind capacity additions in 2014 surpassed 50 GW and all top 10 wind turbine OEMs broke individual installation records.(Source: FTI Consulting Inc., Vestas, SeeNews, 22 Feb., 2015) Contact: FTI Consulting, (410) 224-8770, www.fticonsulting.com
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The consortium's project -- the Integrated Seawater Energy and Agriculture System -- addresses address the issues of energy security, carbon emissions, desertification, food security, and agricultural pollution through the use of an integrated, closed-loop agricultural system that produces food and biofuel feedstock.
The technology uses coastal seawater to raise fish and shrimp for food, whose nutrient-rich waste-water then fertilizes plants rich in oils that can be harvested for aviation biofuel production. The plants thrive in arid, desert conditions and don't require fresh water or arable land to grow. Lastly, the effluent is diverted into cultivated mangroves before being discharged back into the sea, further removing nutrients and providing valuable carbon storage.
A pilot project is expected to be up and running before the end of the year. (Source: GE, Masdar Institute, Others, Jan., 2015) Masdar Institute, 011 +97 1 2810 9333, http://www.masdar.ac.ae; General Electric, http://www.ge.com/sa
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With the Haliade™ 150, Alstom has designed a simple, robust and efficient offshore wind turbine, one of the largest of its kind in the world to date. The Haliade™ 150-6MW is a direct-drive wind turbine that works without a gearbox and features a permanent magnet generator designed by GEPC (General Electric Power Conversion), specialists in energy conversion. Like all Alstom wind turbines, the Haliade™ is founded on Alstom Pure Torque® technology, which protects the generator by safely deflecting bending stress towards the tower, optimizing turbine performance. (Source: Alstom Renewable Power, 26 Jan., 2015) Contact: Alstom Renewabe Power, Cecile Dodat , firstname.lastname@example.org, 011 +33 1 4149 79 42, www.alstom.com
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According to GE, its Durathon batteries are half the size and one-quarter the weight of the equivalent large-format lead-acid batteries that it can replace in industrial and grid settings. The Durathon battery also has a with longer life span and safer operating characteristics than competing lithium-ion batteries. (Source: General Electric, 22 Jan., 2015) Contact: GE Energy Storage, Prescott Logan, GM, www.geenergystorage.com
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PGE`s latest large-scale wind project went online in Washington State in December. The Tucannon River Wind farm consists of 116 wind turbines with capacity of 267 megawatts. The new wind farm helped PGE meet the 2015 goal for Oregon's Renewable Portfolio Standard, which calls for PGE to supply 15 percent of the electricity used by its customers from qualified renewable resources by 2015 and 25 percent by 2025.
Wartsila`s total installed capacity in the United States is approximately 2400 MW. (Source: Wartsila Corp, 15 Jan. 2015) Contact: Wartsila Power Plants, Wayne Elmore, Regional Director, (281) 233-6213, email@example.com, www.wartsila,com; PGE, Jim Piro, Pres., CEO, www.portlandgeneral.com
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The projects, which are in Santo Inacio, Santa Rosa, Sao Geraldo and Sao Sebastiao, were acquired in 2014 by Casa dos Ventos, led by global investment firm Salus, from Agentinean turbine manufacture and developer Impsa.
(Source: GE, Windpower, Others, 15 Jan., 2015) Contact: Impsa Wind, Federico Bianchi, 011 +54 11 6090 0800, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.impsa.com; Casa dos Ventos, 011 +55 71 3271 8650, www.casadosventos.com.br; GE Wind Energy, www.ge.com/in/wind-energy
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The SEC order includes two F-class gas turbines, a 7F.05 and a 7F.03; steam turbine; generators; heat recovery steam generators (HRSG); condenser; boiler feed pumps; Mark VIe distributed control system and a long-term service agreement. Financial details were not disclosed.
(Source: GE, Saudi Electricity Company , Utilities-me.com, 4 Jan., 2014) Contact: Saudi Electricity Company, Ziyad M. Alshiha, CEO, www.se.com.sa; GE, Hisham Albahkali, Pres.,CEO for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, http://www.ge.com/sa
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The new "turnkey" wind farm, which utilizes 16 Gamesa G52 wind turbines, was financed by the Spanish Enterprise Internationalisation Fund (FIEM), and completed two months ahead of schedule.
Iberdrola is also building the 61 MW Kinangop Wind Farm which will utilize 38, General Electric 1.6 MW wind turbines.
Iberdrola is active in
almost 40 countries with its subsidiary being responsible for turnkey projects for other companies in the group and for third parties. (Source: Iberdrola, RE Mag., Others, 17 Nov., 2014) Contact: Iberdola , www.iberdrola.es; Gamesa Corp., http://www.gamesacorp.com; Kenyan Electricity Generating Company Ltd., www.kengen.co.ke; Spanish Enterprise Internationalisation Fund, www.orfisaikc.com/en
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GE has also revealed a collaboration with Arlington, Mass.-based PurposeEnergy Inc., whereby GE's AnMBR technology and PurposeEnergy's Tribrid-Bioreactor will be combined as a solution to reuse industrial wastewater while also converting waste into energy.
PurposeEnergy's Tribrid-Bioreactor is an AD system engineered specifically for food and beverage industry byproducts. According to GE, combining the AnMBR technology and the Tribrid-Bioreactor results in a complete retention of biomass and prevents the discharge of both organic and inert solids. (Source: GE Power & Water, 29 Sept., 2014) Contact: GE Power & Water,
Yuvbir Singh, GM, Engineered Systems, https://www.gepower.com;
PurposeEnergy Inc., (617) 202-9156, www.purposeenergy.com
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The company will install and operate a smaller, 50 kilowatt fuel cell generator at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New Yotk. College officials say the deal will open the door to new career fields for students. (Source: GE, Various Other Sources, 26 Aug., 2014)
Contact: GE, www.ge.com; Hudson Valley Community College, (518) 629-4822, https://www.hvcc.edu
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According to the consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, raising energy efficiency levels of UPS systems in data centers from 90 to 98 percent can save $3 billion annually in energy costs. "Many UPS units still operate at alternating-current-to-direct-current conversion efficiency levels of around 93 percent," said Thrash. "A small increase in efficiency from just 93 to 94 percent has the potential to yield up to $1.4 million in energy costs over 10 years." The white paper, UPS Efficiency -- Why Energy Efficiency Numbers Add Up , examines the technology and market issues driving UPS multi-mode energy efficiency technologies, including GE's eBoost UPS efficiency technology.
The white paper is available HERE. An additional technical white paper, GE's eBoost Technology -- Reducing Data Center Power Consumption, Ensuring Power Quality is available for download HERE.
(Source: GE, 25 June, 2014) Contact: GE, Critical Power Business, www.gecriticalpower.com, www.ge.com
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Moving forward, GE and Alstom will form three 50/50 joint ventures, including one in Alstom's offshore wind and hydro businesses.
The two companies will also hold a 50 percent stake in a global business combining Alstom Grid and GE Digital Energy, as well as create a 50/50 global nuclear and French steam alliance. The French government will hold a preferred share.
General Electric (GE) has also signed a MoU to sell its signaling business to Alstom for approximately $825 million. The signaling business is a provider of on-board and wayside signaling systems and communications solutions for the global rail industry.
(Source: Alstom, NAW, 23 June, 2014) Contact: Alstom, Patrick Kron, CE, www.alstom.com; GE, www.ge.com
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Upon completion, Panhandle 1 will consists of 118 General Electric 1.85 MW wind turbines. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close following the commencement of commercial operations in June 2014.
Following commencement of commercial operations, approximately 77 percent of Panhandle 1's expected output is contracted under a 13-year energy price hedge, with an A-/Baa2 credit-rated affiliate of Citibank, with the balance paid at Electric Reliability Council of Texas' (ERCOT)spot market prices.
(Source: Pattern Energy, May, 2014) Contact: Pattern Energy, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, email@example.com, www.patternenergy.com; ERCOT,
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The project, part of Welspun's 308-MW operational solar portfolio, is in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Power from the project is sold to the Madhya Pradesh state utility.
With this transaction, GE has exceeded $10 billion in renewable energy investment commitments worldwide, including $1.8 billion in solar power commitments in seven countries. GE Financial Services expects it will invest more than $1 billion annually in renewable energy projects, its fastest-growing energy sector.
(Source: GE Energy Financial Services , ctpost.com, 2 May, 2014) Contact: GE Financial Services, Kevin Walsh, Manager Director and Head of Power and Renewable Energy, Jaclyn Cole, (203) 961-2934, www.geenergyfinancialservices.com, www.ge.com
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Although the investors in the round were not identified, Cool PLanet previously received backing from
Google, BP and a consortium including General Electric, ConocoPhillips and NRG Energy. In a regulatory filing, the company said $51 million of the new funding will repay some debt.
(Source: Cool Planet Energy Inc., Others, Denver Business Journal, 3 April, 2014) Contact: Cool Planet Energy Systems, Howard Janzen, CEO, Mike Rocke, (940) 584-0490, firstname.lastname@example.org; Commercial Biochar Sales (888) 564-9332, email@example.com, www.coolplanet.com
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Magnetocaloric refrigeration uses a water-based fluid rather than a chemical refrigerant such as Freon to transfer heat from inside the refrigerator and achieve the cooling process. Instead of a compressor, magnets are used to create a magnetic field that agitates particles in the fluid causing it to cool. The strength of the magnetic fields determines how cold the fluid becomes, and in turn, how quickly it cools the refrigerator.
The lack of refrigerant also will make recycling used refrigerators easier and cheaper.
(Source: GE, ohio.com, 13 Mar., 2014) Contact: GE Appliances, Venkat Venkatakrishnan, Dir. of Advanced Technologies, www.ge.com/about-us/research
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The 2.75-120 is part of GE's brilliant wind turbine platform and utilizes the power of the Industrial Internet to analyze tens of thousands of data points every second, driving higher output, improving services productivity and creating new revenue streams for customers.
(Source: GE Power & Water, 10 Mar., 2014) Contact: GE Power & Water, Lindsay Theile, (518) 385-3194, firstname.lastname@example.org, Laura Aresi , +39 02 67335622, email@example.com, www.ge.com
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Plans for the project hit the drawing board in October 2012 and the facility was fully renovated by April 2013.(Source: GE, Albany Business, 27 Feb., 2014)
Global Wind Turbine Repair Innovation Lab, www.ge-energy.com/wind
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GE initially acquired a minority ownership stake in the 143-MW project in late 2012, prior to the first 60 MWp going online. Following construction completion and the achievement of commercial operations in August, the group purchased the remaining stake and converted the entire structure to a single investor lease. EDF is providing long-term operations and maintenance for the project.
Catalina Solar includes over 1.1 million thin-film PV solar modules from First Solar and Solar Frontier. The project's clean energy, which is being purchased by San Diego Gas & Electric Company, is sufficient to power 35,000 homes annually and offset 250,000 MTPY of greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: GE Financial Services, Dec., 2013) Contact: GE Financial Services,
Kevin Walsh, Manager Director and Head of Power and Renewable Energy, Jaclyn Cole, (203) 961-2934,www.geenergyfinancialservices.com, www.ge.com; EDF Renewable Energy,
Tristan Grimbert, Pres., CEO, www.edf-re.com
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Second only to China, Turkey is currently experiencing the fastest rise in electricity consumption in the world. The current rate of consumption is expected to double by 2023.
(Source: GE, ANSA, 26 Nov., 2013) General Electric, www.ge.com
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The first turbine design that will be tested was manufactured by General Electric's Power and Wind Division.
(Source: Clemson University, WSOCTV, 21 Nov., 2013) Contact: Clemson University, Restoration Institute, John Kelly, Exec. Dir., (843) 554-7226, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.clemson.edu/restoration
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Between this week's auction and the reserve power auction that took place in August, GE secured a total of 1 GW of commitments for wind energy. (Source : GE, 22 Nov., 2013) Contact: GE, Jean-Claude Robert, GM Latin America, http://www.ge-energy.com
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GE supplied the Chelveston Wind Farm with nine GE 2.85MW wind turbines and will deliver nine GE 1.6MW wind turbines to the Burton Wold wind farm extension in Kettering. The Chelveston Wind Farm will provide 25.65MW of power to the grid. The wind farm was commissioned in September 2013 and entered full operation in October 2013. The Burton Wold wind farm extension will provide 14.4MW of power.
Project plans were developed by First Renewable Ltd. John Laing, a specialist investor in, and manager of, infrastructure assets principally for the public sector, is the owner and operator of the projects. GE has signed long term service and maintenance agreements for both wind farms. (Source: GE, 6 Nov., 2013) Contact: General Electric, www.ge-energy.com; John Laing, +44 (0) 20 7901 35-7, www.laing.com
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The new battery
is a joint development between GE's Mining and Energy Storage businesses within GE's Transportation Division.
(Source: GE Energy Storage, PR, Wall Street Cheat Sheet, 28 Sept., 2013) Contact: GE Energy Storage, Prescott Logan, general manager, www.geenergystorage.com
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The GE deal is part of Algeria's efforts to construct its own power stations, buying only the turbines from foreign suppliers. The new plants are intended to put an end to Algeria's frequent rolling power blackouts and complete power cuts during peak usage periods. (Source: General Electric, AFP, 22 Sept., 2013) Contact: General Electric, www.ge.com
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Pickens told the hosts of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he had "lost [his] ass in the [wind] business." He added, "the jobs are in oil and gas."
In 2008, Pickens debuted his "Pickens Plan" which aimed to increase the nation's use of wind energy and decrease America's dependence on OPEC oil. With the help of investors he spent $80 million on TV ads to promote his plan and $2 billion on General Electric wind turbines. Pickens hoped that once the wind farm was constructed, it would be the largest in the world. The plan collapsed after natural gas prices fell and selling wind power was no longer economically feasible. He lost $150 million of his personal fortune on the failed wind plan.
After his failure in the wind market, Pickens revamped his Pickens Plan to focus on the use of natural gas as well as any other American-based energy source. He has made moves to convert all trucks from using gasoline to natural gas. As part of this effort, he has encouraged Obama to use subsidies in order to incentivize the trucking industry to make the switch.
Pickens says that this new endeavor is mainly an effort to "end America's addiction to foreign oil," though critics also speculate that although the former billionaire is now 84, profits are driving his interest in energy policy.
The American energy man wants the world to know that he will be able to survive living off of his mere $950 million. When ESPN's Darren Rovell confronted Pickens over Twitter about his new status as a millionaire, Pickens tweeted, "Don't worry. At $950 million, I'm doing fine. Funny, my $1 billion charitable giving exceeds my net worth." (Source: Daily Caller, Sept. 16, 2013)
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GE has also announced the opening of wind services centers in Bahia and Grande do Norte, Brazil. Together, the new service centers will employ more than 100 service technicians and engineers that will monitor wind operations and weather as well as dispatch local technicians for wind farm maintenance. (Source: GE, 6 Sept., 2013) Contact: GE, www.ge.com
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Ahmed joined First Solar from General Electric in January 2013 and was tasked with leading the company's business development efforts across the Middle East, excluding Saudi Arabia. Now,
as VP of business development for the MENA region, he will now also be responsible for other fast-growing markets, including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt, in addition to his existing remit.
(Source: First Solar, Arab News, 20 Aug., 2013) Contact: First Solar, (602) 414-9300, www.firstsolar.com
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The Tucannon River Wind Farm, formerly known as Lower Snake River Phase II, is adjacent to the Lower Snake River Phase I project, a 343-MW wind power plant completed in 2012. (Source: Siemens, Aug, 2013) Contact: Siemens, http://www.siemens.com; PGE, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444, www.portlandgeneral.com
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Partnering with the Sandia National Laboratories (Sandia) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, GE's work focused on advancing wind turbine blade noise prediction methods. Aerodynamic blade noise is the dominant noise source on modern, utility-scale wind turbines and represents a key constraint in wind turbine design. Efforts to reduce blade noise can help reduce the cost of wind energy and increase power output. In fact, GE predicts a 1 decibel quieter rotor design would result in a two-percent increase in annual energy yield per turbine. With approximately 240GW of new wind installations forecasted globally over the next five years, a two-percent increase would create 5GW of additional wind power capacity. That's enough to power every household in New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles, combined.
To ensure that GE's wind blades do not pose noise issues today, airfoil level acoustic measurements are performed in wind tunnels, field measurements are done to validate acceptable noise levels, and noise-reducing operating modes are implemented in the control system. Better modeling will help maintain the current low noise levels while boosting output.
GE's testing involved Sandia's Red Mesa supercomputer running a high-fidelity Large Eddy Simulation (LES) code, developed at Stanford University, to predict the detailed fluid dynamic phenomena and resulting wind blade noise. For a period of three months, this LES simulation of the turbulent air flow past a wind blade section was continuously performed on the Red Mesa HPC. The resulting flow-field predictions yielded valuable insights that were used to assess current engineering design models, the assumptions they make that most impact noise predictions, and the accuracy and reliability of model choices. (Source : GE Global Research, Business Wire, Aug. 15, 2013)
Contact: GE Global Research ,Media,
Todd Alhart, (518) 387-7914, email@example.com, Mark Jonkhof, Wind Technology Platform Leader, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ge.com/research; Sandia Nat. Lab., Matt Barone, (800) 294-8358, www.sandia.gov
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According to the Estonian Wind Power Association, Estonia erected a record number of wind turbines last year with a total capacity of 86 MW that led to the overall capacity of 269 MW. By the end of 2012, wind energy produced about 5.5 percent of Estonia's total electricity consumption. In 2011,
Estonia became the first European Union member to exceed its 2020 renewable energy target. The nation's share of renewable energy in final energy consumption reached 25.9 percent in 2011, surpassing its 25 percent target.
(Source: General Electric, PR, 13 Aug., 2013) Contact: Estonian Wind Power Association, www.tuuleenergia.ee/en; GE Wind, www.ge-energy.com
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PGE plans to spend $500 million, including development acquisition costs, building a 267 megawatt wind farm, and will break ground this year so as to qualify for a federal renewable energy production credit. the project will have to break ground before the end of the year.
PG&E will install 116 Siemens turbines on the 20,000 acre site and plans to have the project online in the first half of 2015.
(Source: Portland Generalc Electric, Union Bulletin, 2 Aug., 2013) Contact: Portland General Electric, www.portlandgeneral.com; Puget Sound Energy, Kimberly Harris, President & CEO, (425) 454-2000, Roger Garratt, Dir. Financial Planning and Strategic Initiatives, www.pse.com
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For customers of Pacific Power in Oregon, the incentive rises to $1.10 per watt of installed capacity for systems up to 35 kilowatts, up from $0.75 per watt, and for systems 36-200 kW starts at $1.10 per watt and declines to $0.50 per watt as the system increases in size. The maximum incentive for a single customer is $100,000 and the maximum system size eligible for funding is also 1,000 kW.
The Oregon Public Utility Commission, which oversees the operations of Energy Trust, recently set a performance benchmark for Energy Trust to install 0.66 aMW of solar and small wind generation in 2013. Energy Trust intends to reach half of that goal through commercial and industrial solar installations. (Source: Energy Trust of Oregon, OPB, July 16, 2013) Contact: Energy Trust of Oregon, Peter West, Pres., Oliver Kesting, Business Sector, (503) 546-6862, www.energytrust.org
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SKWID (Savonius Keel & Wind Turbine Darrieus) from Tokyo-headquartered Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company (MODEC) promises to convert power from offshore winds, as well as from the ocean itself, into usable energy, according to the company. Because the turbine does not need external power to operate, MODEC envisions it being used to power remote islands where it is difficult to maintain onshore electricity facilities, as well as other applications for general electricity needs in coastal areas.
SKWID is comprised of two core components: the Savonius Current Turbine and the Darrieus Wind Turbine. The former harvests energy from ocean currents and then transmits that energy via a gearbox located in the turbine to increase the rotation of the latter, according to information posted on the company's website.
The Savonius is comprised of split-cylinder-shaped buckets that rotate in one direction, regardless of current direction, at the same speed as the current so as not to disturb the ocean ecosystem. The Darrieus is omnidirectional and rotates with a rectangular sweep, which allows it to catch twice as much wind when compared to onshore wind turbines of the same diameter that turn in a circular movement. (Source: Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company, July, 2013) Contact: Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company, MODEC, +81 3 5290 1200, www.modec.com; Mitsui, www.mitsui.com
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GE's Tetra miniMAX LED signage lighting is touted to increase panel illumination by 20 percent while providing annual energy savings of about 43 percent. The Tetra miniMAX system is used for miniature channel letter lighting for logo letters and is also suitable for cove lighting, accent or border lighting for commercial buildings.
In other stores, China Resources Vanguard was looking to replace old inefficient lighting systems that required frequent maintenance. GE retrofitted the interior of several Vanguard supermarkets with its T5 Watt-Miser system which has a slim profile and claims to offer a long life of 25,000 hours.
GE's complete outdoor and indoor supermarket lighting solution is expected to save China Resources Vanguard an estimated 20 percent, or about $26,607 in energy costs annually, with a project payback period of two years.
China Resources Vanguard, one of the largest retail groups in China, has more than 4,000 retail outlets in more than 100 major cities. (Sources; GE, China Resources July 15, 2013) Contact: General Electric Lighting, www.gelighting.com
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The process begins with the conversion of biomass, including wood chips, into a clean-burning gas which is then burned through a process known as the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC). Research into the new hybrid electrical generators is taking place in Gleason, TN, where six of the machines are currently in operation. Excess electricity generated by the tests will be sold to the TVA. A similar operation is underway in Covington, Tennessee, where city officials are negotiating with PHG Energy to assist them in converting wood and sewage waste into electricity.
The next stage of development will be the production of one to five-MW models, which will require gasifiers capable of producing eight times the output of current models (Source: GE, iTech Post, 23 June, 2013) Contact: GE, Brad Garner, President, GE Heat Recovery Solutions Division, www.ge.com; PHG Energy, (615) 471-9299, http://www.phgenergy.com
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GE won the contract as part of a competitive bid process that must still be approved by state, local and regional regulators and officials. (Source: Consumers Energy, 20 June, 2013) Contact: Consumers Energy, http://www.consumersenergy.com; GE Wind, www.ge-energy.com
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The 267-MW project will utilize 116 wind turbines manufactured by Siemens Energy Inc., each with a nameplate generating capacity of 2.3 MW. When complete in 2015, the project will provide enough clean, renewable energy to power 84,000 homes.
RES Americas was the original developer of the Lower Snake River wind farm, and in 2009 sold the development assets to PSE, at which time PSE assumed the role of owner and developer of the project. RES Americas also performed the BOP construction on the 343 MW Lower Snake River Wind Project -- Phase I, which was completed in 2012. PSE owns and operates that project.
Combined with PGE's existing owned and contracted renewable power generating resources, PGE's acquisition of phase two of the Lower Snake River wind farm will allow PGE to meet state standards requiring the utility to supply 15 percent of its power from qualifying renewable sources beginning in 2015. (Source: RES, 13 June, 2013) Contact: RES-Americas, Andrew Fowler, COO, (303) 439-4225, www.res-americas.com; Portland General Electric, www.portlandgeneral.com; Puget Sound Energy, Kimberly Harris, President & CEO, (425) 454-2000,
Roger Garratt, Dir. Financial Planning and Strategic Initiatives, www.pse.com
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Cool Planet's investors include Google Inc., General Electric Co., BP Plc., ConocoPhillips , NRG Energy Inc. and Exelon Corp. (Source: CoolPlanet, FuelFix, 7 June, 2013)
Contact: Cool Planet, Howard Jansen, CEO, Mike Roach, Business Dev., email@example.com, www.coolplanet.com
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PGE drew upon this expertise for the design, engineering, integration and testing of the Salem Smart Power Center. Eaton modified its award-winning Power Xpert™ inverters seamlessly into the site's energy storage system. The inverters are designed to maximize energy harvest from renewable resources and transform energy into clean, reliable alternating current.
(Source: Eaton Corp, PR, Altenergymag. 6 June, 2013) Contact: Eaton, Bill Miller, Global Marketing Director, www.eaton.com/eess; Salem Smart Power Center, www.portlandgeneral.com; www.PortlandGeneral.com/smartgrid.
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PGE has also agreed to purchase development rights from Puget Sound Energy for Phase Two of the Lower Snake River wind farm near Dayton Wash., north of Walla Walla. The project comprises 116 Siemens wind turbines, each with a nameplate generating capacity of 2.3 megawatts, for a total nameplate capacity of 267 megawatts. It will be built by renewable power developer RES Americas Construction Inc.
PGE is slated for completion in time to meet renewable energy standards in 2015. (Source: PG&E, Oregon Live, June 3, 2013) Contact: PGE, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444, www.portlandgeneral.com; BPA, (503) 230-3000, www.bpa.gov
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Portland General Electric (PGE) and Eaton Electrical Service and Systems, an industrial manufacturer, developed the new $23 million project. The initial investment included $178 million in matching funds from the US DOE. There are 15 other such DOE funded smart grids around five states in the Pacific Northwest.
The power center's smart grid system allows PGE to store renewable energy, something that could not be done with previous technology. Software within the grid allows the electric utility to store energy when production costs are low and draw energy from the storage device when prices are higher.
The smart energy grid was developed as part of the Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project (PNW-SGDP). The project creates micro-grids to serve areas of several hundred homes and businesses.
(Source: Salem Smart Power Center, Various Other Sources, iTech Post, 22 June, 2013) Contact: EnerDel, Cave Roberts, CEO, (317) 703-1800, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.EnerDel.com
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GE's announcement comes two months after the company revealed its "brilliant" turbine. Duke Energy tested a 36-megawatt battery system at a wind farm in West Texas. (Source: Invenergy, Other, Energy Digital, 16 May, 2013) Contact: Invenergy, David Groberg, VP, Wind Development, (301) 610-6412, email@example.com, www.invenergyllc.com
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Suzlon, which committed India's biggest convertible bond default in October, reported difficulties in carrying out orders due to a lack of working capital in the past three quarters. The company completed a 95 billion-rupee ($1.8 billion) debt reorganization plan last month that will allow it to execute $7 billion of orders, according to a statement by Group Chief Financial Officer Kirti Vagadia.
Meanwhile, Danish turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S, which tied with GE as the world's biggest turbine maker, posted an 87 percent drop in installations to 34 MW, IWTMA figures showed.
In total, India wind installations dropped 47 percent on year to 1.7 gigawatts of wind capacity after the expiry of government incentives, according to IWTMA figures. (Source: IWTMA, Bloomberg, 10 May, 2013) Contact: Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers' Association, www.indianwindpower.com; Suzlon, www.suzlon.com; Vestas, www.vestas.com
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The system consists of a power conversion system supplied by S&C via its PureWave Storage Management System (SMS), and General Electric Durathon sodium nickel chloride battery modules. The PureWave SMS converts the wind energy to direct current, which charges the batteries and -- as needed -- reverses the flow to take the energy from the batteries and convert it into alternating current for use by the utility, Maritime Electric Co. Ltd.
The energy storage system will be delivered to the institute in September and is expected to be operational by the fall of 2013. (Source: Wind Energy Institute of Canada, Renew Grid, 9 May, 2013) Contact: Wind Energy Institute of Canada, Scott Harper, CEO, (902) 882-2746, www.weican.ca; S&C Electric Canada Ltd, (416) 249-9171, http://www.sandc.com
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