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September 2015 Issue
Germany Hits Record
Renewable Energy Consumption
Germany set a new clean energy national record by meeting 78 percent of daily electricity demand with renewable sources, reported UN Climate Action.
The record occurred when peak energy demand was 61.1 GW on a Saturday afternoon this summer.
German energy expert Craig Morris found that a stormy day across northern Europe combined with sunny conditions in southern Germany resulted in record generation. Renewables produced a total of 47.9 GW of power, with wind and solar energy producing 40.65 GW, biomass making up 4.85 GW, and hydropower contributing 2.4 GW.
Germany’s renewable energy policy requires the phasing out of nuclear energy by 2022; cutting greenhouse gases at least 80 percent by 2050; and, at minimum, doubling the share of renewables in the country’s energy mix by 2035.
EFOY Pro Powers
ZephIR Wind Lidar
SFC Energy has integrated its EFOY Pro 2400 fuel cell into the ZephIR wind lidar’s power product. EFOY Pro ensures uninterrupted operability and data availability of off-grid wind energy applications, even in harsh conditions, for up to 12 months of autonomous operation.
ZephIR Power is a low-cost, standalone power system for the ZephIR 300 wind lidar.
Tidal Power Partnership
At Bay of Fundy
A new partnership will install a tidal power turbine at the Cape Sharp site on the Bay of Fundy.
Open Hydro’s new generation of turbines will be deployed in Minas Passage later this year, and Ocean Sonics will deploy four icListen Smart Hydrophones mounted on the turbine base to detect the presence of sea mammals and fish nearby.
The partnership will produce an improved software and user interface that notifies personnel in real time of the presence of fish and sea mammals, giving stakeholders a better understanding of the interaction between the wildlife and turbines. The overall project is directed by Emera Inc. and is expected to run until 2018. Ocean Sonics is joined by Tritech, whose Gemini Imaging sonar can locate fish. The Sea Mammal Research Unit, based in the U.K. with offices in Canada, is also involved. Each company contributes to the cost of the project, topped up by funding from the Offshore Energy Research Association in Nova Scotia and InnovateUK in Britain.
First US Offshore Wind
Farm Starts Construction
Deepwater Wind has begun on-site construction for its Block Island Wind Farm offshore Rhode Island.
Gulf Island Fabrication, traditionally involved in oil and gas projects, has been chosen for the off-site construction of the foundations for this project, which is on course to be the first U.S. offshore wind farm.
Analysis of Effects of
Turbulence on Tidal Arrays
The TiME (Turbulence in Marine Environments) project is entering the final stages of data analysis, following the success of turbulence measurement surveys.
The project, developed to improve the understanding of the effect of marine turbulence on tidal arrays in Scottish waters, is being delivered with partners Ocean Array Systems, ABPmer and IT Power, while being funded by the Scottish government and managed by the Carbon Trust.
Partrac conducted comprehensive turbulence measurement surveys in the challenging tidal environments of the Sound of Islay and the Inner Sound, Pentland Firth. The first-round tidal sites were selected for their commercially viable characteristics to ensure captured survey data and guidance supports the ongoing commercial development at these two sites.
The surveys were designed to measure turbulence using different methods and technologies so that each can be evaluated and turbulence can be mapped across a tidal energy development site.
ABPmer is incorporating the data in resource characterization; Ocean Array Systems is providing turbulence characterization and hydrodynamic analyses; and IT Power is contributing knowledge of engineering design, device performance and tidal turbine array modeling.
Following data analysis, industry guidance is expected to be released later this year, providing a unified framework for measuring, classifying and predicting the effect of turbulence on resource assessment, device design/operation and array yield.
MMT to Conduct Inspections
At Race Bank Wind Farm
MMT has been granted a contract from DONG Energy Wind Power for UXO inspections and excavations of various contacts with option on disposal and removal at Race Bank Offshore Wind Farm, off the east coast of England.
Race Bank will have 91 wind turbine generators, two offshore substations and two export cables. Based on previous surveys, a number of ferromagnetic and acoustic contacts have been identified at discrete locations that may impede wind farm component installation and, therefore, must be inspected visually to confirm their identity. Many of the ferromagnetic contacts are expected to be caused by objects buried by marine sediments.
3Sun Wins Two
3sun Group has won the Scottish Power Renewables Offshore Wind Award and the Best Skills Initiative Award at this year’s EEEGR Awards.
The awards celebrate the best of the East of England’s energy industry.
The Scottish Power Renewables Offshore Wind Award recognizes the company that has made the most significant contribution to offshore wind in the East Anglian region and awards the winner £1,000 to donate to a local charity of choice.
The Best Skills Initiative Award recognizes a scheme that demonstrates a skills initiative to aid and enhance the development of individuals within an organization in the energy sector. 3sun Group was awarded for its Pre-Apprenticeship program.
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