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  • Ukrenergo review 29 March – 5 April

    The next issue of Ukrenergo review will tell about the trends of increasing the share of RES in the world’s energy. 

    The transition of Norwegian taxi drivers to wireless charging for electric vehicles, Bloomberg plans to use modern technologies to monitor the decorbanization of energy companies, how Germany plans to extract hydrogen from industrial scale and much more.

    1.The share of RES in the generation of electricity has reached 30% 

    Percent of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in electricity production has grown in the six regions of the world. Despite the fact that Asia accounts for 61% of new renewable energy facilities, and power capacity of “green” generation increased by 11.4% palm of victory in the rate of growth belongs to Oceania, where in the  last year an increase of 17.7% was recorded . Such data was released by The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the annual report on the generating capacity of RES – Renewable Capacity Statistics 2019 .

    In general, with the results of 2018, the installed capacity of RES has reached 2351 GW, which is 7.9% more than in the previous year. Thus, the present generation of renewable energy is about one third of generating capacity in the world. Half of the “green” capacities belongs to the hydroelectric station – 1172 GW , to the wind power plants – 564 GW, a bit less to the solar ones – 480 GW. This trend of “sun” and “wind” significantly  precedes other sectors, as it was indicated on the official website of IRENA.

    The Agency report delivers also the results of the analysis of the development of selected sectors of RES:

    Hydropower . In 2018 , the  growth continues to slow down, but China has added significant new capacity – +8.5 GW .

    Wind energy. Global power sector increased by 49 GWh compared to 2017. The largest share of the expansion of the wind power was, as before, in China and the United States. Growth in these markets reached 20 GW and 7 GW, respectively.

    Bioenergy.  There is a  little development of the sector. More than half of the increase in bioenergy capacity in 2018 is accounted for by China – an increase of 2 GW, Britain – +900 MW, and India – +700 MW.

    Solar generation. Installed capacity of solar generation increased last year by 94 GW.

    Geothermal energy  increased by 539 MW in 2018, the most of the growth accounts for Turkey (+219 MW) and Indonesia (+137 MW), followed by the United States, Mexico and New Zealand.

     

    2.Norway’s taxis will switch to a wireless charging method for electric cars 

    Norway, which is the leader in the development of electric transport and plans completely to abandon petrol and diesel cars by 2025, declared that in its capital, Oslo, from 2023, the fleet of taxi services will be 100% made up of electric cars. Engerati.com.

    The Scandinavian power company Fortum (Fortum) intends to equip the city infrastructure with wireless inductive charging systems to service the electric taxi fleet. Charging systems will be built into the roadway on taxi parks, and the cars will be equipped with appropriate receiving devices. Fortum promises that the charging power will be about 75 kW, according to the Energati electronic resource.

    Wireless charging technology will be provided by the American company Momentum Dynamics, which already has the experience of introducing induction charging systems in the United States for electric buses, and today adapts its technology to passenger cars. The system of wireless charging has been developing for about two decades and can finally be applied on an industrial scale, Navigant Research reports in a recent report. This factor can affect future car sales. Despite of the reduction in the cost of electronics, the decisive factor in switching to an electromobile remains a convenient infrastructure for their charging.

     

    3.Bloomberg wants to use a tracker to monitor decarbonization in power companies

    Michael Bloomberg announced plans to use a tracker to monitor the level of greenhouse gas emission in major energy companies. SmartestEnergy.com reports.

    An American billionaire, who is the United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Issues and Chair of the Working Group on Financial Stability Issues with questions about disclosure of Financial Information in the Field of Climate, said that this tracker will help companies to control their progress in achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Announcing about an importance of using such a tracker is scheduled for September this year during the UN Summit, Smart Energy reports.

    “Energy companies play an important role in reducing emissions that lead to climate change. We knew that replacing coal with green energy is beneficial for our health, and more recently for our wallet. The problem is that we do not have access to data that would show how energy companies contribute to the reducing greenhouse gas emissions, “- said the entrepreneur.

    The tracker will analyze the indicators that reflect the progress of energy companies in the transition to the using of renewable energy sources and track how close they are to the agreement with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

    Bloomberg said that such a service would be useful both for energy companies and for investors who need more information about the climate-related risks faced by their investments.

     

    4.The UK plans to spend £ 102.5 million on smart technology testing and power generation 

    Ministry of Energy and Clean Growth of Great Britain announced the launch of four projects to test the work of smart technology in its energy sector. EnergyLiveNews.com reports. The government fund “Prospering from the Energy Revolution Challenge” of 102.5 million pounds aims to provide cleaner, cheaper and more stable electricity for consumers. The purpose of the fund is to create intelligent local power grids which will combine RES generation, heat supply, transport technologies with systems of accumulation and storage of electricity and software.

    Government officials argue that test projects will demonstrate how business companies can develop a local energy sector, thereby helping consumers and fostering economic growth.

    In particular, the following projects will be implemented in the UK:

    • A project to connect electricity storage and storage systems directly to the transmission system, as well as to deploy a terrestrial heat pump network to support tenants of social housing.
    • Use of software that will create a virtual power system that combines local power, transport and heat networks into a single managed system.
    • Use of software for the local energy market, which will allow you to manage virtually the network load and trade electricity among market participants.
    • The latest project will integrate production and consumption management systems into private residential facilities, transport infrastructure and commercial facilities.

    Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said: ” We are at the start of a green revolution, as we move to more digital, data-driven smart systems that bring us cleaner and cheaper energy. These projects are part of a wider industrial strategy and aim to change the way in which electricity is handled. “

     

    5.Germany plans to produce hydrogen on an industrial scale

    The new project in northern Germany aims to use “Power-to-Gas” technology on an industrial scale which, by means of electricity, splits water into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen, in turn, is synthesized with carbon dioxide (CO2) into methane, which is subsequently pumped into gas networks. This is reported by CleanEnergyWire.org.

    The project is headed by the Swedish energy company Vattenfall, a local producer of renewable energy ARGE Netz and the manufacturer of heavy vehicles MAN.

    Also, the creation of a Power-to-Gas Center for inter-sectoral decarbonisation in northern Germany is foreseen. Managing Director of MAN Energy Solutions Uwe Lauber said that the project would provide environmentally friendly gas for the entire German gas network and help secure the country’s leading position in the production of hydrogen and the market for synthetic fuel. “Considering the possibility of opening a LNG terminal (liquefied natural gas) in the region in the future, there are significant prospects for processing the imported gas by adding” green “synthetic gas,” added Lauber.

    Power-to-Gas technology is considered as the foundation of the future energy system of Germany, as it allows the use of electricity from renewable energy sources for further use, for example, in vehicles. Technology is currently expensive enough, but scientists from the Munich University of Technology have found a way to make it cheaper.

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