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 protected], Mark Jonkhof, Wind Technology Platform Leader, [email protected], 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 protected], 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, [email protected], 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 protected], 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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The 2.5-120 turbines are scheduled to be installed later this year at the Goldthwaite Wind Energy facility currently under construction in central Texas. The project is slated for commercial operation by the end of 2013. To date,
Invenergy has developed over 7,100 MW of clean energy projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including 49 wind, three solar and six natural gas power facilities. (Source: Invenergy, Utility Products, 1 May, 2013)
Contact: Invenergy, David Groberg, VP, Wind Development, (301) 610-6412, [email protected], www.invenergyllc.com
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Bioenergy will sell energy from wind farms in a government-organized auction in December at 87.77 reais a megawatt-hour. Bioenergy is one of the pioneers in the development of renewable energy projects in Brazil. Since 2002, the company has been structuring renewable energy projects in the Brazilian Northeast region to meet the new demands of the country with sustainable growth, following the concept that development and respect for the ecosystem should follow hand in hand.(Source: GE, Windtech, 5 May, 2013) Contact: Bioenergy Geradora de Energia Ltda, www.bioenergy.com.br; GE Wind, www.ge-energy.com
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Spinning Spur, comprised of 70 Siemens 2.3MW turbines, began delivering carbon-free electricity for the benefit of Southwestern Public Service Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xcel Energy, under the terms of a 15-year PPA in December 2012.
Spinning Spur II, which will utilize 87 General Electric (GE) wind turbines with a rated capacity of 1.85MW each, is slated to begin construction in June 2013. The electricity generated will be sold under a 10-year PPA.
Spinning Spur II will be EDF Renewable Energy's third project in Texas, eventually boosting the company's installed capacity in the state to 472 MW. (Source: EDF, Todays Energy Solutions, 27 April, 2013) Contact: EDF Renewable Energy, Tristan Grimbert, Pres., CEO, http://www.edf-re.com; Southwestern Public Service Company - Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com
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GE reported that it sold 584 wind turbines in the first quarter, down 15 percent from a year earlier, due in part to a delay in the renewal of a federal tax credit for buyers in renewable energy.(Source: GE, Arab News, 20 April, 2013) Contact: General Electric
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Enel Green's North American unit will hold 49 percent stake in the project with the option to increase its position to 75 percent in 2013 or 2014, and will serve as project manager.
Alabama Power Co will buy most of power under the terms of a 20-year PPA. GE and Enel previously also invested together in other U.S. wind farms, including the 235-MW Chisholm View in Oklahoma, the 200-MW Prairie Rose in Minnesota, the 101-MW Smoky Hills in Kansas and the 63-MW Snyder in Texas.
RES Americas is managing the Buffalo Dunes construction, which is expected to be completed by December, GE said. (Source: GE, Economic Times, 8 April, 2013) Contact: GE Financial Services, www.geenergyfinancialservices.com; Enel Green, www.enelgreenpower.com/en-GB/ena
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In October, 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported that Continental Wind Partners was seeking to sell a stake in Boco Rock, which will have up to 107 MW of installed generating capacity.
Bidders may acquire 50-100 per cent of Boco Rock, depending on whether General Electric's energy investment arm, GE Energy Financial Services, exercises its right to 50 per cent of the wind farm's equity.
The entire project would have an enterprise value of about $300 million. Final bids are due by the end of next month. (Source: Continental Wind, The Australian, 19 March, 2013) Contact: Continental Wind, [email protected],
www.continentalwind.com; Wind Prospect Group, +61 8 8384 7755, [email protected], www.windprospect.com
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GE's effort is being sponsored by the U.S. DOE, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and the International Association of Lighting Designers.
GE's ERS LED Scalable fixtures have a modular LED system ranging from 43 watt to 258 watt. Each wattage has 10 different optics for wide applications, with two different color Temperature options (CCT).
(Source: GE, AME 18 Mar., 2013) Contact: GE Lighting, www.gelighting.com
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Opposition to the proposal has been led by heavy industry and EU member Poland, which is highly dependent on carbon-intensive coal and argues there is no case for intervention in the market. EU business body Business Europe also opposes the Commission's plan, which is designed to be an emergency fix and a prelude to deeper reform.
EU carbon allowances fell below €3 last month to their lowest yet. On Wednesday, they rallied to just above €5 as traders speculated that next week's vote would be positive.
EU ETS supporters include Royal Dutch Shell, EDF Energy, General Electric, Alstom, Germany's E.ON, consumer good supplier Unilever and Statoil.
(Source: Europolitics,, Feb. 13, 2013)
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GE recently installed its WindBOOST control software at Zorlu Enerji Group's Gokcedag Wind Farm in the city of Osmaniye, Turkey. GE expects WindBOOST to increase the 31 GE 2.5MW turbine wind farm's annual energy output by as much as 4 percent . GE says WindBOOST is an ideal product for growing regions such as Turkey where increased development is creating energy demand in short time periods. Rotor Elektrik A.S., a subsidiary of Zorlu Enerji, owns the Gokcedag Wind Farm.
Depending upon atmospheric and other conditions, WindBOOST enables GE 2.5 wind turbines to increase their power curve up to 2.75MW. WindBOOST is automatically activated to increase each individual turbine's production and can be operated remotely. (Source: General Electric, Today's Energy Solutions, 10 Feb., 2013) Contact: General Electric Wind, www.ge-energy.com/wind;
Zorlu Enerji Group, www.zorluenerji.com
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GE CEO Jeff Immelt said the PTC extension should boost the aggregate of GE's wind orders over the next two years, but added that it was too early to say exactly how that would play out on a quarter-by-quarter basis.
(Source: GE, PR, 21 Jan., 2013) Contact: General Electric Wind, www.ge-energy.com/wind
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According to documents filed with the PSC, Invenergy and Beech Ridge II estimate that the expansion project will result in about 150 temporary construction jobs and a total annual tax revenue of $600,000 to Greenbrier County.
The Beech Ridge Wind Farm is located in Greenbrier County near Rupert, West Virginia. Invenergy owns the project and selected White Construction to provide the balance of plant (BOP) services. The site consists of 67 General Electric 1.5 MW wind turbines and now supplies 100.5 megawatts of clean renewable power.
Construction is scheduled to begin in July, 2013 for completion in Dec. 2013.
(Source: Invenergy, Register Herald, Jan. 7, 2013)
Contact: Invenergy, David Groberg, VP, Wind Development, (301) 610-6412, [email protected], www.invenergyllc.com
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The Global Molten Salt Thermal Energy Storage Market 2012-2016 report covers the Americas, and the APAC and EMEA regions. It also covers the global molten salt thermal energy storage market landscape and its growth prospects. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market including key vendors Abengoa Solar S.A., Areva S.A.S., General Electric (GE) Energy LLC., and Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne Inc. The other vendors include Siemens Energy Inc., Acciona Solar Power Inc., Applied Materials Inc., Asahi Glass Co. Ltd., Battelle Energy Alliance LLC, BrightSource Energy Inc., Corning Inc., Directed Vapor Technologies International Inc., DuPont E.I., Hitachi Ltd, and SCHOTT AG.
TechNavio's research portfolio in the Clean Tech series includes reports on the EV market, wind turbine market, solar panel market, smart grid market, fuel cell market, photovoltaic inverter market, lead acid battery market, microgrid market, EV battery market, EV charging market, CNG vehicle market, e waste market, smart water meter market. (Source: TechNavio, researchMoz, Jan. 1, 2013)
Contact: TechNavio, (630) 530-7340, [email protected], www.technavio.com; ResearchMOZ, http://www.researchmoz.us/energy-market-reports-3.html,
[email protected], http://www.researchmoz.us/global-molten-salt-thermal-energy-storage-market-2012-2016-report.html. One free hour of analyst time is available to report purchasers.
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According to AWEA, the U.S. wind industry has added more than 35% of all new generating capacity over the past five years, second only to natural gas, and more than nuclear and coal combined.
U.S. wind generation increased 27% last year and the figure is likely to be high for 2012, as the first three quarters saw a record-breaking 4,728 MW installed.
(Source: General Electric Wind, GreenTech, Dec. 19, 2012) Contact: General Electric Wind, www.ge-energy.com/wind
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In other GE News --
a group comprising GE Energy Financial Services, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and Union Bank, N.A., has invested nearly $247 million in Chicago-based Wind Capital Group's recently commissioned 201MW, 134 wind turbine Post Rock wind farm. Wind Capital Group, supported by its parent company, NTR plc, maintains a substantial equity stake in the project and serves as managing member of the project which is located 80 miles outside Wichita, KS. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. (Source; GE, Todays Energy Solutions, 9 Dec ., 2012)
Contact: Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, (504) 231-6000, www.vt.edu: General Electric, Victor Abate, Renewables VP, www.ge.com; Wind Capital Group, www.windcapitalgroup.com
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According to the utility's research and development director Wayne Lei, 18 different products have been charred and tested at Washington State University in a scaled-down apparatus. Six of the substances have warranted a longer look, including corn stover, wheat straw, poplar chips, special biomass sorghum and a methane digester fiber from cow manure left over from the digesting process. Researchers are testing whether the biomass has to be chipped, the percentage of liquid, solid and gas produced from the process as well as how much time is required and how much material can be charred at one time. Lei says Arundo donax will be the "anchor crop" for the power plant, but if other biomass proves usable they could reduce the giant cane acreage needed. The PGE plant would need about 8,000 tpd of biomass when fully operational. That volume would require 60,000-80,000 acres of irrigated land if only giant cane were used as fuel for the plant.
The fast-growing perennial giant cane plant has its drawbacks.
Some states, like California, have deemed the plant a noxious weed as it has a propensity to choke out native vegetation and take over waterways. (Source: Oregonian, Dec.2, 2012) Contact: PGE, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444, www.portlandgeneral.com
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Over the past five years, Albeo raised approximately $12.8 million from investors that included Green Spark Ventures LLC, Braemer Energy Ventures and Silicon Valley Bank, Bisberg said. (Source: GE, Nov., 26, 2012) Contact: Albeo Technologies, (866) 825-5420, www.albeotech.com; GE Lighting, www.gelighting.com
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Nine advanced technology GE 2.75-megawatt (MW) wind turbines will power Little Raith, generating electricity to power 15,000 U.K. homes. The project marks the debut installation of GE's 2.75-MW platform in the UK and offers the flexibility in generator size and overall physical parameters required by permitting in the U.K. and Ireland.
Located 20 miles from Edinburgh, Little Raith will support the European Union target for the UK to produce 15 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Additionally, the county of Fife has set a goal of reducing its carbon emissions 25 percent by 2013.
(Source: GE, heraldonline.com, Oct. 30, 2012) Contact: GE, www.ge.com;
Kennedy Renewables, Brian Kennedy CEO, www.kennedyrenewables.co.uk
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Canada's wind installed base is set to nearly double between 2011 and 2014, to an expected 10 gigawatts (GW) of capacity. Ontario will be 3.2 GW of that build out. Since 2008, wind and solar have accounted for 30 percent of energy capacity additions to the Ontario market and will comprise more than half of planned capacity additions from 2012-2016. By 2016, wind and solar are projected to account for 15 percent of Ontario's capacity mix, up from 5 percent in 2011. (Source: GE, Oct. 16, 2012) Contact: GE, Victor Abate, Renewables VP, www.ge.com
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The report claims that Yorkshire and Humber is Europe's best strategic location to build a CCS cluster and that putting this funding into the region will increase the area's economic output by 0.8 percent per year, attract as much as £11 billion in foreign investment and a further 11,000 jobs. The investment would also help attract new industries to the area as well as boost existing industries such as power, steel, chemicals and cement which have been in decline since the 1960s.
The report was commissioned by on behalf of the Yorkshire and Humber CCS Cluster Steering group, comprised of National Grid, 2Co Energy, Drax, General Electric, Amec and Tata Steel.
The report also received support from a number of high-profile organizations including the IPPR North, CBI, TUC and Committee on Climate Change.(Source: CO2Sense, Insider Media, Oct. 15, 2012) Contact: Jan Phillips , CO2Sense, + 44 0113 237 8419, [email protected], www.co2sense.org.uk
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Existing venture investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Foundation Capital, Google Ventures, Quantum Strategic Partners, Lux Capital and Bright Capital also participating. To date, Transphorm has raised $104 million.
INCJ is comsprised of the Japanese government and 27 major corporations, including Sharp, Sumitomo Electric, Toshiba and General Electric Company, Japan. INCJ has the capacity to invest up to ¥2 trillion (approximately ($25 billion).
The company says that in addition to its financial investment, Nihon Inter Electronics is now in a business alliance with Transphorm to mass-produce Transphorm's next-generation GaN (Gallium nitride) power devices. "The alliance will help bring the long-awaited practical realization, commercialization and mass production of state-of-the-art GaN power conversion solutions." (Source: Transphorn, Oct.2, 2012)
Contact: Umesh Mishra, CEO, Transphorm, (805) 967-6274, www.transphormusa.com
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Applied Exergy secured a $150,000 grant from the Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center to build a demo model and over $500,000 in grants and private investments. Local utility company Portland General Electric is evaluating the technology for future use, and the company is seeking an additional $15 million in financing for its manufacturing and infrastructure plans.
According to the company, the TAGES system should cost less than $1,000 per kilowatt-hour of generating capacity to install. The units are built to be moveable and stackable, and easily integrate into current HVAC systems. (Source: ONAMI, Corvallis Gazette Times, 16 Sept., 2012) Contact: ONAMI/Exergy, (541) 713-1348, www.onami.us
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The updated program offers a rigorous green building certification that is accessible and cost effective for commercial buildings smaller than 100,000 square feet. Ninety five percent of all commercial buildings fall into this smaller category; however, green certification is often overlooked due to its perceived complexities and cost. EAC is a specific green building solution for this building type.
The program is based on three levels of certification: Platinum, Gold, and Silver. The measures are cumulative and prescriptive, allowing for a greatly simplified certification process, which EAI's pilot program found to be missing in the market segment.
Organization that employ graduated Project Trustees from the EAC training include: Ambient Architecture, Brightworks Sustainability Advisors, Chesshir Architecture, Green Hammer Design & Build, Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch, Pinnacle Architecture, Steele Associates Architect, and System Design Consultants. (Source: Earth Advantage Institute, RedOrbit, Sept. Sept. 12, 2012) Contact:
Earth Advantage Institute, (503) 968-7160,
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More than 300 GE wind turbines are now installed in Brazil and last year, GE secured agreements to supply wind and gas turbines for projects that will produce 1.4 gigawatts (GW) of electricity.
GE's new turbine is designed to increase annual energy production by eight percent at 9 m/s, meaning that fewer wind turbines will generate the same amount of energy. This helps drive profits for wind developers, and helps keep wind energy economically viable. The new turbine has a higher nameplate, meaning it produces more electricity. Using the new model in Brazil means fewer turbines are needed on a wind farm.
Brazil has been ramping up wind installations and today is one of the world's most promising markets for onshore wind energy. By 2020, it is expected that Brazil's installed wind capacity will exceed 15 GW.
In 2011, half of all new wind power projects in Central and South America were in Brazil, and wind is the country's fastest growing source of new power generation.
Brazil also has a unique method to develop new energy projects. Called a reverse auction system, the government auctions off power projects to the developers that can do it for the lowest possible price.
(Source: GE, Aug. 30, 2012) Contact: GE, www.ge.com
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