UKRENERGO REVIEW 22-29 DECEMBER 2017
Ukrenergo review wishes you Merry Christmas and Happy New year! May this New Year brings you a peace filled life, warmth, togetherness, and much prosperity! Holidays are coming however we do not forget about our Friday tradition to provide you with the latest news within the world energy. Hence, today we are here to tell you about:
1.«Solar highway». A new high-tech motorway that will be able to generate electricity from the sun is now being built China. Expected to open by the end of the month, the country’s first solar highway is being constructed in Jinan, the capital of eastern China`s ShandongProvince. The project comes after the completion of another solar road built earlier in Jinan. According to People’s Daily Online, the two-lane highway stretching for two kilometers (1.2 miles) not only can generate electricity under sunlight, it will also be able to charge electric cars travelling on it. The road is even safe to drive on during winter as it could warm itself up, ensuring that there will be no build up of snow on its surface. To enable such technology, the innovative photovoltaic highway is being constructed with special weight-bearing solar panels connected to the city’s power grid so it could collect and provide electricity to citizens. The solar panels which generate power in in the middle layer while the the bottom part consists of the insulation layer which separates the photovoltaic system from the damp ground. The world’s first solar panel road was built last December in the small Normandy village of Tourouvre-au-Perche in France. Stretching about 1 kilometer, the road is paved with 2,880 photovoltaic panels which are also connected to a local power grid.
2.Synchronization and interconnection. Syria, Iraq discuss implementation of electricity connection agreement. Hence, Minister Mohammad Zuhair Kharboutli discussed on Wednesday with his Iraqi counterpart Qasim Mohammad al-Fahadawi the completion of the electricity connection agreement signed between Syria, Iraq and Iran. The two sides also discussed benefiting from the industrial and human resources in the reconstruction phase. Al-Fahadawi pointed out that Syria needs electricity power to increase production and implement economic projects while Iraq has a large surplus of electricity which will be reflected in the case of investment positively on the two countries. He noted that a plan was developed in order to follow-up the implementation of the project, adding that the Iraqi side will provide all the necessary support for implementation of this project. On Tuesday, al-Fahadawi arrived in Damascus accompanied by a technical delegation to complete the project of electric power connection between Syria and Iraq and set a timetable for the implementation and re-operation of high tension power lines of 400 kV and 230 kV, which will exchange electricity between the two countries. Thus, we are going to observe one of the most strategic implementations to restore Syria and to enhance the market development in the whole region.
3.Negative power prices in Germany. Germany has spent $200 billion over the past two decades to promote cleaner sources of electricity. That enormous investment is now having an unexpected impact. During last week the power prices in Germany plunged below zero. Factory owners and other major consumers were at times paid more than 50 euros, about $60, per megawatt-hour, a wholesale measure, to take power. It occurred mainly due to low demand during holidays, warm weather and strong wind. Demand is particularly low on weekends and holidays, when factories are idle and offices empty. The energy supplies that Germany depends on, however, are less predictable than they used to be. The following cases occur quite often in Germany recently. Prices for electricity in Germany have dipped below zero — meaning customers are being paid to consume power — more than 100 times this year alone, according to EPEX Spot. Negative power prices occur due to weather conditions as well. This year Christmas in Germany was warm however, the wind was extremely strong. As a result, grid possessed surplus of energy generated by wind. Besides, the other mainstays of the country’s electricity supply, especially some coal and nuclear power plants, are unable to dial back quickly enough, leading to negative prices on electricity trading markets.
4.Onion skin vs. Energy generation. In IIT Kharagpur, scientists have found an unlikely new source of electricity which is commonly found in many parts of the world: onion skins. It is hard to believe, we agree. This is causing scientists around the world to look for renewable, clean sources of energy to replace the more commonly-used nonrenewable sources. Thus, they conducted research on onion skins, which were found to have piezoelectric properties. It means onion can generate energy, as piezoelectric materials can generate currents when even the slightest pressure is applied to them. Since the onion skins are extremely thin, it only takes a very small amount of pressure to create a current, converting kinetic energy into electrical energy. Thus, our well-known onion may as well produce absolutely energy besides its other properties. The discovery of this use for onion skins implies that, with the use of it, there will be a reduction in biowaste. Onion skins have the potential to power smart pills, pacemakers, and portable devices such as watches. With this new breakthrough, the IIT scientists are continuing the global effort to find more readily-available, renewable, and clean sources of energy, in order to make this planet a better place to live.
5.Scotland breaks the record in…renewables. Renewable energy sources amounted to 54% of Scotland`s gross electricity consumprion in 2017, according to UK Government figures. Meanwhile, the results show that Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable electricity generation, with output in the first three quarters of 2017 some 19 per cent greater than the same period in 2016, and 10 per cent up on the same period in 2015 – the last record year. Scotland continues to lead the way in renewable energy in the UK with Scottish renewables. The region becomes a leader not only in UK but also across the whole globe Minister for business, innovation and energy; Paul Wheelhouse published Scotland’s first Energy Strategy on Tuesday, which includes a £20 million Energy Investment Fund a £60m Low Carbon Innovation Fund. Besides, the Minister claimed: “We are leading the way in promoting community and locally owned renewable energy”. We are striken by the position of the UK and Scottish Governments. And what`s more important – results of the following strategy are unquestioning. Seems like Scotland will totally transit to the renewables in the not too distant future.