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  • Ukrenergo review 13-20 october 2017

    Thank God it`s Friday ©

    It means Ukrenergo is ready to wrap you in a refreshing adventure of the latest energy news from all over the world.

    Make yourself comfortable and… ready, steady, go in the exciting information flow from Ukrenergo!  

    1. Floating power station.The world`s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland , is being developed near the Scottish coast.

    The project was developed by Statoil, the Norwegian power giant together with the Masdar Energy Company from Abu-Dhabi.  Statoil will install a 30 MW wind turbine farm on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 km offshore Peterhead.  The onshore operation and maintenance base will be located in Peterhead, also drawing on resources from Statoil’s existing office in Aberdeen. Statoil will install a 1MWh Lithium Batwind battery based storage pilot system. Battery storage has the potential to mitigate intermittency and optimize output. This can improve efficiency and lower costs for offshore wind. 

    The wind farm will power around 20,000 households.

    With fixed turbines, offshore wind is optimal for 20-50 meters water depth. With floating structures, further expansion will be enabled in new deep-water areas around the world.

    1. Is South Australia The Epicenter Of Energy Innovation

    At a time when the global energy industry is undergoing dramatic change, South Australia could very well be the epicenter of innovation.

    The South Australian government just announced plans for a solar power plant that will generate up to 150MW of electricity by using thousands of giant mirrors to direct sunlight to the top of a 227-meter thermal tower.

    And earlier this year, Elon Musk made headlines with the news that his company will help build the world’s largest lithium ion battery to store renewable energy in the state.  The state government said Musk had confirmed his pledge made on Twitter in March that he could deliver the battery within 100 days of signing the contract or it would be delivered free.

    One may also observe some kind of innovative thinking at SA Power Networks– the utility responsible for operating and maintaining the electricity distribution network for the entire state of South Australia. Australian authorities prove there are about 50 large-scale renewable energy projects under construction across the country. The scale of the changes is impressive.

    1. Shift of emphasis. UAE officials chose a course on the sustainable development of the  energy efficiency and Cleantech innovations. It is easy and all too common for Europeans and Americans seeing cleantech announcements from the UAE to write them off as PR fluff or greenwashing. However, the facts prove the opposite. Dr. Al-Hosany, Executive Director of Sustainability at Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, reported the company heads in te right direction.  It has been running Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week and the World Future Energy Summit for a decade — key annual cleantech events in the region and even globally. Masdar Energy invested in some leading clean energy projects around the world, such as the giant London Array wind farm in the UK, early Gemasolar and Valle I and II concentrated solar power (CSP) plants in Spain, and more recently the Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm, among many others. It also developed an innovative, record-breaking CSP plant in Abu Dhabi, Shams 1. UAE impresses as well by the attention they put on the full sustainability triangle — environmental, business, and social sustainability.  Many ignore the social side when focusing on this topic, and it’s genuinely refreshing to see how consistently and effectively Dr. Al-Hosany has kept her teams and colleagues focused on the social matters. These are clearly not an afterthought but an essential element of what they are doing. A focus on gender equality in cleantech and raising the profile smart women in cleantech is perhaps nowhere as strong as it is in Masdar and the UAE. Inspiration as it is.
    2. Who is to be the first one? Automakers and suppliers of automotive technology are making big moves toward transforming the very nature of vehicles and the amount of fuel they consume. Electric vehicles and self-driving cars are gaining strong support from investors, venture partners, government officials, shareholders, and customers. However, how close are we to seeing these electrified, autonomous, advanced vehicles on our roads?

    Last year, automakers were surprised to see Tesla take nearly 400,000 pre-order down payments for its upcoming Model 3 electric car.  Volkswagen was the first traditional automaker to plunge in, kicking off its all-electric ID platform with a concept hatchback sedan at last year’s Paris Motor Show. VW’s Audi and Porsche brands have been moving forward on their own EV model launches, including Audi e-tron models and high performance Porsche Mission E electric sports cars. Last month, German competitor Daimler’s chief Dieter Zetsche said its Mercedes-Benz division will offer electric versions of all its models by 2022 Volvo made a big splash in July by announcing that every Volvo it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor, appearing as all-electric cars, plug in hybrids, and hybrid powertrain options.  “Green” era has already started. Global power tendencies have consolidated the positions in the automotive world. However, the issue of the additional infrastructure development is still urgent. Additional power generations will be extremely in need to charge such a great amount of e-cars.

    1. US army within electric revolution. 

    Can you imagine a whole brigade of all-electric Abrams tanks powered by those new ‘Solar farm in a box’ systems being deployed in combat zones? It is not quite there yet, but the US Army is apparently aware that it is a likely possibility due to their long-standing close links with the auto industry, which is currently in an important electric transition. During the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting last week, Donald Sando, the Maneuver Center of Excellence’s deputy to the commanding general, which develops future requirements for individual soldiers and the maneuver force, claimed that electric vehicles will play an important role in the US Army relatively soon. “That’s a generational change. It’s significant; and we’re going to do it; and we’re going to need industry’s help. There’s plenty of people who say we can’t do it”. Sando referenced the Next-Gen Combat Vehicle program, which is currently spending $700 million on two prototypes made by a SAIC-led team at the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center. As you would imagine, not much information is available about the project which is due in late 2022, but Sando is suggesting that the prototypes could end up being electric.

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