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Solar Floating Energy: A Smart Blue Innovation
Floating solar energy installations are on the rise. With Norway’s extensive experience and history from the maritime, offshore and energy industries, the country is well equipped to lead technological development in this solar floating segment. Solar Floating Energy Energy consultancy giant DNV GL has given its seal of approval to an innovative large-scale solar floating energy 'membrame' being developed by Norway’s Ocean Sun, as the design heads for its first full-scale installation as part of a project on a hydropower in Albania. Smart Blue Innovation Being engineered for operations in coastal waters and on man-made reservoirs. The Ocean Sun system uses modified silicon PV modules mounted on a flexible hydro-elastic floating membrane thus creating a solar energy producing 'powerhouse'. Recommended:  Green Energy: The WaveRoller Sustainable Clean Ocean Power DNV GL’s so-called 'conformity statement' – which verifies the design methodology of the solar floating energy structure and ensures it complies with various standards and recommended practices, including in this case for Norwegian aquaculture – clears the way for a technology qualification process involving review of the Open Sun concept’s solar energy production, PV cells, electrical system and membrane. Solar Floating Energy: 5 Systems The Norwegian outfit has already built five systems, the oldest of which nearly three ago, of a range of sizes totalling 300kW, but the 2MW project at the Banja Dam, operated by compatriot utility Statkraft, is by far the biggest and will help further accelerate one of the world’s fastest-emerging renewables sectors. {youtube}                Largest Floating Solar Power Plants in The World! The Countries' Supersized Floating Solar Farms Hydropower operators have large plans to invest in solar floating energy solar solutions in their man-made reservoirs and hook it up to their already existing grid connections, but they need to be sure that the solar floating structure is sustainable, durable and safe. This verification by DNV GL is a vital first step in demonstrating Ocean Sun’s readiness for deploying robust floating solar solutions. Recommended:  Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: Underwater Kite Blue Innovations: DNV GL DNV GL is an international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Høvik, Norway. The company currently has about 14,500 employees and 350 offices operating in more than 100 countries, and provides services for several industries including maritime, renewable energy, oil & gas, electrification, food & beverage and healthcare. It was created in 2013 as a result of a merger between two leading organizations in the field,  Det Norske Veritas (Norway) and Germanischer Lloyd (Germany). DNV GL is the world's largest classification society, providing services for 13,175 vessels and mobile offshore units (MOUs) amounting to 265.4 million gt, which represents a global market share of 21%. It is also the largest technical consultancy and supervisory to the global renewable energy (particularly wind, wave, tidal and solar) and oil and gas industry, 65% of the world's offshore pipelines are designed and installed to DNV GL's technical standards. Solar Energy Developing and expanding solar floating power opens tremendous new opportunities in providing the world with sufficient renewable blue energy. The conformity statement is the first of its kind and was issued following a thorough verification process which sets the standard for the expansion of floating solar globally and opens opportunities to scale up solar energy production around the world. A World Bank report on floating solar concluded the potential of the technology even under conservative assumptions to be 400GW. With coastal and open-sea build-out, the market would be enormous. Recommended:  Green Hydrogen Power: The Enormous Potential Worldwide Though floating solar remains an emerging technology, in-land arrays are being seen as an increasingly attractive option for large-scale PV deployment on reservoirs and alongside hydropower facilities, especially where land is limited. The largest such project currently is a 150MW development in Anhui, China, but, as Recharge has reported, that is soon set to be overshadowed by massive developments elsewhere in the world, including a 1GW plant in India and an sprawling 2.9GW complex off South Korea . The world largest floating solar array outside China is the  BayWa’s 27.4MW Bomhofsplas project in the Netherlands. Photo by: BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH. Having completed three floating PV projects with 25 MW cumulative capacity in the Netherlands, BayWa is now constructing the 27.4 MW Bomhofsplas Floating Solar Farm in the country  Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Key Energy Storage Or Too Good To Be True? Do you like this article about Gravitricity or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write and publish your own article about renwable energy? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Floating solar energy installations are on the rise. With Norway’s extensive experience and history from the maritime, offshore and energy industries, the country is well equipped to lead technological development in this solar floating segment. Solar Floating Energy Energy consultancy giant DNV GL has given its seal of approval to an innovative large-scale solar floating energy 'membrame' being developed by Norway’s Ocean Sun, as the design heads for its first full-scale installation as part of a project on a hydropower in Albania. Smart Blue Innovation Being engineered for operations in coastal waters and on man-made reservoirs. The Ocean Sun system uses modified silicon PV modules mounted on a flexible hydro-elastic floating membrane thus creating a solar energy producing 'powerhouse'. Recommended:  Green Energy: The WaveRoller Sustainable Clean Ocean Power DNV GL’s so-called 'conformity statement' – which verifies the design methodology of the solar floating energy structure and ensures it complies with various standards and recommended practices, including in this case for Norwegian aquaculture – clears the way for a technology qualification process involving review of the Open Sun concept’s solar energy production, PV cells, electrical system and membrane. Solar Floating Energy: 5 Systems The Norwegian outfit has already built five systems, the oldest of which nearly three ago, of a range of sizes totalling 300kW, but the 2MW project at the Banja Dam, operated by compatriot utility Statkraft, is by far the biggest and will help further accelerate one of the world’s fastest-emerging renewables sectors. {youtube}                Largest Floating Solar Power Plants in The World! The Countries' Supersized Floating Solar Farms Hydropower operators have large plans to invest in solar floating energy solar solutions in their man-made reservoirs and hook it up to their already existing grid connections, but they need to be sure that the solar floating structure is sustainable, durable and safe. This verification by DNV GL is a vital first step in demonstrating Ocean Sun’s readiness for deploying robust floating solar solutions. Recommended:  Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: Underwater Kite Blue Innovations: DNV GL DNV GL is an international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Høvik, Norway. The company currently has about 14,500 employees and 350 offices operating in more than 100 countries, and provides services for several industries including maritime, renewable energy, oil & gas, electrification, food & beverage and healthcare. It was created in 2013 as a result of a merger between two leading organizations in the field,  Det Norske Veritas (Norway) and Germanischer Lloyd (Germany). DNV GL is the world's largest classification society, providing services for 13,175 vessels and mobile offshore units (MOUs) amounting to 265.4 million gt, which represents a global market share of 21%. It is also the largest technical consultancy and supervisory to the global renewable energy (particularly wind, wave, tidal and solar) and oil and gas industry, 65% of the world's offshore pipelines are designed and installed to DNV GL's technical standards. Solar Energy Developing and expanding solar floating power opens tremendous new opportunities in providing the world with sufficient renewable blue energy. The conformity statement is the first of its kind and was issued following a thorough verification process which sets the standard for the expansion of floating solar globally and opens opportunities to scale up solar energy production around the world. A World Bank report on floating solar concluded the potential of the technology even under conservative assumptions to be 400GW. With coastal and open-sea build-out, the market would be enormous. Recommended:  Green Hydrogen Power: The Enormous Potential Worldwide Though floating solar remains an emerging technology, in-land arrays are being seen as an increasingly attractive option for large-scale PV deployment on reservoirs and alongside hydropower facilities, especially where land is limited. The largest such project currently is a 150MW development in Anhui, China, but, as Recharge has reported, that is soon set to be overshadowed by massive developments elsewhere in the world, including a 1GW plant in India and an sprawling 2.9GW complex off South Korea . The world largest floating solar array outside China is the  BayWa’s 27.4MW Bomhofsplas project in the Netherlands. Photo by: BayWa r.e. renewable energy GmbH. Having completed three floating PV projects with 25 MW cumulative capacity in the Netherlands, BayWa is now constructing the 27.4 MW Bomhofsplas Floating Solar Farm in the country  Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Key Energy Storage Or Too Good To Be True? Do you like this article about Gravitricity or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write and publish your own article about renwable energy? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Solar Floating Energy: A Smart Blue Innovation
Solar Floating Energy: A Smart Blue Innovation
Sustainable Eco Home: Hemp, Solar And Off Grid
Completely off-grid? A project in Marocco combines hemp and solar to make an innovative eco-building. There is a team of various organizations who completed the construction of a pioneering eco-building in Morocco. The construction is made of hemp with a high-tech solar energy system. You will not be needing electricity for this residence. Sustainable Eco Home: Competion The residence is built as a single-family home to be a participant in the 'Solar Decathlon', organised by the United States Department of Energy and Morocco's Centre de recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles. This competition takes place every two years and challenges students to create solar-powered buildings. The most recent edition was on the African continent, in Ben Guerir, Marocco. Eco Home: Advanced ‘spaceship’ The residence looks like a spaceship. Monika Brümmer, a German architect and natural builder, was the leader of the project. The challenge was to make a hemp composite with the use of vegetable bio-resins, where technical or synthetic components are avoided, according to Brümmer. The building is circular and has 24 exterior panels. This will give interior comfort because of the optimal damping and thermal phase shift and through the osmosis of the components in the hemp concrete formula. {youtube}                                                         Hemp houses could be greener, fire-resistant Hemp Meets High-tech The SUNIMPLANT was built for around $120,000, a lot cheaper than most of the buildings in the competition. The residence of 90 square meters has the following additional features: A double layer. It is made of a mixture of earth, hemp, pozzolan and lime. These products are all produced locally. The exterior is spherical and aerodynamic. It has 24 semi-flexible photovoltaic panels, sponsored by DAS-Energy. There are curve bio-composite panels. They are made from hemp wool, which improves the performance of the photovoltaic panels by covering their backs against the weather extremes of the semi-arid area of Ben Guerir, where temperatures hit 42°-46°C (107°- 114°F) in the shade during the construction phase last August and September. High-quality glass from the French glass manufacturer Saint Gobain. Recommended:  A Tiny House Shaped As The Lunar-Lander: Australia Recommended:  Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health Sustainable Eco Home: International Cooperation Unfortunately, they were dealing with funding restrictions. Otherwise, they could have delivered more exceptional performance, according to Brümmer. The original plans for the construction were to install hemp-clay boards and internal dividing walls and floors. Adrar Nouh participated in the architectural design, designed the hemp materials and contributed to the construction of the building. Other contributors to the SUNIMPLANT project were the Moroccan National School of Architecture and the National School of Applied Sciences, both located in Tetouan, Morocco, and the German Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics. Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your off grid house?  Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Completely off-grid? A project in Marocco combines hemp and solar to make an innovative eco-building. There is a team of various organizations who completed the construction of a pioneering eco-building in Morocco. The construction is made of hemp with a high-tech solar energy system. You will not be needing electricity for this residence. Sustainable Eco Home: Competion The residence is built as a single-family home to be a participant in the 'Solar Decathlon', organised by the United States Department of Energy and Morocco's Centre de recherche en Energie Solaire et Energies Nouvelles. This competition takes place every two years and challenges students to create solar-powered buildings. The most recent edition was on the African continent, in Ben Guerir, Marocco. Eco Home: Advanced ‘spaceship’ The residence looks like a spaceship. Monika Brümmer, a German architect and natural builder, was the leader of the project. The challenge was to make a hemp composite with the use of vegetable bio-resins, where technical or synthetic components are avoided, according to Brümmer. The building is circular and has 24 exterior panels. This will give interior comfort because of the optimal damping and thermal phase shift and through the osmosis of the components in the hemp concrete formula. {youtube}                                                         Hemp houses could be greener, fire-resistant Hemp Meets High-tech The SUNIMPLANT was built for around $120,000, a lot cheaper than most of the buildings in the competition. The residence of 90 square meters has the following additional features: A double layer. It is made of a mixture of earth, hemp, pozzolan and lime. These products are all produced locally. The exterior is spherical and aerodynamic. It has 24 semi-flexible photovoltaic panels, sponsored by DAS-Energy. There are curve bio-composite panels. They are made from hemp wool, which improves the performance of the photovoltaic panels by covering their backs against the weather extremes of the semi-arid area of Ben Guerir, where temperatures hit 42°-46°C (107°- 114°F) in the shade during the construction phase last August and September. High-quality glass from the French glass manufacturer Saint Gobain. Recommended:  A Tiny House Shaped As The Lunar-Lander: Australia Recommended:  Hemp: High-Performance Stuff For Buildings, Fashion, Health Sustainable Eco Home: International Cooperation Unfortunately, they were dealing with funding restrictions. Otherwise, they could have delivered more exceptional performance, according to Brümmer. The original plans for the construction were to install hemp-clay boards and internal dividing walls and floors. Adrar Nouh participated in the architectural design, designed the hemp materials and contributed to the construction of the building. Other contributors to the SUNIMPLANT project were the Moroccan National School of Architecture and the National School of Applied Sciences, both located in Tetouan, Morocco, and the German Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics. Recommended:  Tiny Houses Tips And Tricks: Minimalistic Living Experience Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about your off grid house?  Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Sustainable Eco Home: Hemp, Solar And Off Grid
Sustainable Eco Home: Hemp, Solar And Off Grid
Green! The New Black: Are Renewables, Renewables?
Removed from the climate change and renewables debate is the only thing that might save us: getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption. Why is this not the issue? Because that would be bad for profits, bad for business. Are Renewables, Renewables? Have we environmentalists fallen for illusions, 'green illusions', that are anything but green, because we’re scared that this is the end—and we’ve pinned all our hopes on biomass, wind turbines, and electric cars? No amount of batteries are going to save us! Recommended: Electric Cars: Truly Green Or A New Kind Of Liability? Green! The New Black: Video's                                                               The Uncertainty Has Settled (Full film) After eight years of travelling through conflict and poverty zones, Marijn Poels - a progressive filmmaker/journalist - decides to take some time off. In the Austrian mountains no less. It confronts him unexpectedly with the roots of agriculture and its modern day perspective. Globalisation and climate politics are causing radical changes such as farmers becoming energy suppliers. But the green ideology raises questions. The scientific topic of climate change has now become incontrovertibly a matter of world politics. Poels faces a personal conflict. Are we doing the right thing?  Recommended:  Green Energy Which Is Not Renewable: Who’s Afraid Of Thorium                                                Why renewables can’t save the planet | Michael Shellenberger  Environmentalists have long promoted renewable energy sources like solar panels and wind farms to save the climate. But what about when those technologies destroy the environment? In this provocative talk, Time Magazine 'Hero of the Environment' and energy expert, Michael Shellenberger explains why solar and wind farms require so much land for mining and energy production, and an alternative path to saving both the climate and the natural environment. Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment and President of Environmental Progress, a research and policy organization. A lifelong environmentalist, Michael changed his mind about nuclear energy and has helped save enough nuclear reactors to prevent an increase in carbon emissions equivalent to adding more than 10 million cars to the road. He lives in Berkeley, California.                       Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Teaser | Directed by Jeff Gibbs Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It's too little, too late.        Michael Moore film Planet of the Humans removed from YouTube British environmental photographer’s copyright claim prompts website to remove film that has been condemned by climate scientists. Michael Moore’s film Planet of the Humans has been removed from YouTube. YouTube has taken down the controversial Michael Moore-produced documentary Planet of the Humans in response to a copyright infringement claim by a British environmental photographer. The movie, which has been condemned as inaccurate and misleading by climate scientists and activists, allegedly includes a clip used without the permission of the owner Toby Smith, who does not approve of the context in which his material is being used. In response, the filmmakers denied violating fair usage rules and accused their critics of politically motivated censorship. Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Fast, Versatile Energy Storage Solution, UK Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about renewables? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Removed from the climate change and renewables debate is the only thing that might save us: getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption. Why is this not the issue? Because that would be bad for profits, bad for business. Are Renewables, Renewables? Have we environmentalists fallen for illusions, 'green illusions', that are anything but green, because we’re scared that this is the end—and we’ve pinned all our hopes on biomass, wind turbines, and electric cars? No amount of batteries are going to save us! Recommended: Electric Cars: Truly Green Or A New Kind Of Liability? Green! The New Black: Video's                                                               The Uncertainty Has Settled (Full film) After eight years of travelling through conflict and poverty zones, Marijn Poels - a progressive filmmaker/journalist - decides to take some time off. In the Austrian mountains no less. It confronts him unexpectedly with the roots of agriculture and its modern day perspective. Globalisation and climate politics are causing radical changes such as farmers becoming energy suppliers. But the green ideology raises questions. The scientific topic of climate change has now become incontrovertibly a matter of world politics. Poels faces a personal conflict. Are we doing the right thing?  Recommended:  Green Energy Which Is Not Renewable: Who’s Afraid Of Thorium                                                Why renewables can’t save the planet | Michael Shellenberger  Environmentalists have long promoted renewable energy sources like solar panels and wind farms to save the climate. But what about when those technologies destroy the environment? In this provocative talk, Time Magazine 'Hero of the Environment' and energy expert, Michael Shellenberger explains why solar and wind farms require so much land for mining and energy production, and an alternative path to saving both the climate and the natural environment. Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine Hero of the Environment and President of Environmental Progress, a research and policy organization. A lifelong environmentalist, Michael changed his mind about nuclear energy and has helped save enough nuclear reactors to prevent an increase in carbon emissions equivalent to adding more than 10 million cars to the road. He lives in Berkeley, California.                       Michael Moore Presents: Planet of the Humans | Teaser | Directed by Jeff Gibbs Michael Moore presents Planet of the Humans, a documentary that dares to say what no one else will this Earth Day — that we are losing the battle to stop climate change on planet earth because we are following leaders who have taken us down the wrong road — selling out the green movement to wealthy interests and corporate America. This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids. It's too little, too late.        Michael Moore film Planet of the Humans removed from YouTube British environmental photographer’s copyright claim prompts website to remove film that has been condemned by climate scientists. Michael Moore’s film Planet of the Humans has been removed from YouTube. YouTube has taken down the controversial Michael Moore-produced documentary Planet of the Humans in response to a copyright infringement claim by a British environmental photographer. The movie, which has been condemned as inaccurate and misleading by climate scientists and activists, allegedly includes a clip used without the permission of the owner Toby Smith, who does not approve of the context in which his material is being used. In response, the filmmakers denied violating fair usage rules and accused their critics of politically motivated censorship. Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Fast, Versatile Energy Storage Solution, UK Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about renewables? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Green! The New Black: Are Renewables, Renewables?
Green! The New Black: Are Renewables, Renewables?
Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: Underwater Kite
Renewable energy is most important in the fight for a healthier planet. Greenhouse gases cause climate change: we are in despairing search of the alternative energy solution to decrease the most devastating effects on our earth.  Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: A Clear Mission Marine energy developer Minesto may have this solution: it's innovative ‘underwater kite’ technology extracts energy from tides and ocean current. Is this the way to reap the immense ocean power potential? SEV, the primary energy supplier for the Faroe Islands, thinks so and signs the first enormous deal. Photo by: Minesto The marine energy developer Minesto was founded in 2007 as a spin-off from Swedish aerospace manufacturer Saab. With a team of more than fifty professionals with different technical skills and extensive experience, Minesto is working on a clear mission: to offer products for power production from the oceans that will supply customers with clean and mostly predictable electricity at highly competitive costs. Their patented concept Deep Green, with which the Sweden-based company hopes to expand the global ocean energy potential, has already won several awards. How does the technology work? This ‘underwater kite’ works in a rather simple way. It is the same concept as a kite flying in the wind, but Minesto attached a turbine to the kite and placed it underwater. The kite’s wing is pushed upwards by the underwater current and steers the kite in an eight-shaped trajectory, that will reach 'a speed several times the actual stream speed', Minesto explains on its website. “As the kite flies in the current, water flows through the turbine at the same speed and electricity is produced in the generator.” Through cables, the electricity can be transmitted to shore. Minesto’s underwater kite harvests power from low-flow tidal streams and ocean current streams—with velocities between 1.2 m/s and 3 m/s. Recommended: Green Electric Power: A Zero Carbon Global Economy Underwater Kite: Minesto And SEV Minesto's first underwater kite prototype (Deep Green Ocean) was largely tested at Queen’s University Belfast marine energy test site called Strangford Lough. The Deep Green technology was first industrialized at the Holyhead Deep site near North Wales. The company’s next move is big: Minesto signed a contract with SEV, the main energy supplier for the Faroe Islands with a population of about 51,000 people. Minesto’s innovative technology can be decisive in helping the Faroe Islands achieve its goal to phase out oil entirely by 2020. A large-scale build-out of tidal energy of between 30 MW and 70 MW is part of the long-term plan. {youtube}                      Portraits of Sustainability Pioneers: Dassault Systèmes presents Martin Edlund of Minesto In this collaboration, SEV commits to purchase the electricity generated by Minesto’s tidal energy converters, part of the company’s unique subsea kite technology called Deep Green. Supplying clean and dependable energy for islands can be hard, as wind and solar power are too unpredictable and island energy is polluting, Minesto is currently developing DGIM, “a stand-alone tidal and ocean current energy converter for off-grid applications,” as we can read on their website. Recommended: Worlds Cleanest Battery Blue Energy Storage: The Netherlands Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: Competitive Advantages What makes this technology so different? The Deep Green kite is small-sized and will have no visual and minimal environmental impact. The ability to operate at low velocities makes Minesto's Deep Green technology the only technology to be cost-efficient in both tidal and ocean currents. Minesto compares their technically exploitable potential of tidal streams and ocean currents – useful for more than 600 GW of capacity - with the currently under 400 GW of nuclear power capacity installed globally. Photo by: Minesto Still, the commercialization of the company's technology is reliant on market confidence – which might take some time. That might give competitors time for a battle related to pricing, product quality, dependability, and financing terms. Minesto is still highly dependent on subsidies. The marine technology developer received 44.6 million dollars in total from public agencies, because the underwater kite technology fits most government's ambition to reduce climate change and stimulate innovation. Recommended:  Airborne Wind Energy Systems: A New Way Of Energy Supply Blue Energy In The Ongoing Energy Transition In an interview with Engineer Live, CEO Martin Endlund says that his company expands the overall energy potential by approaching resources that no other energy developer is concentrating on. “When you add to that the cost structure that is related to the unique competitive advantages of our technology, and the fact that we can exploit continuous ocean currents, we are talking about low-cost baseload renewable power,” Endlund says. “This means that we make ocean energy a highly relevant and urgently needed complement to the energy mix in the ongoing energy transition.” Will blue energy take over the world? Minesto is hoping to be the one to do it. And with their latest milestones, they might just will. Before you go! Recommended: The Illusions Of Renewables. Solar And Wind Will Not Save Us Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about Kite Energy? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Renewable energy is most important in the fight for a healthier planet. Greenhouse gases cause climate change: we are in despairing search of the alternative energy solution to decrease the most devastating effects on our earth.  Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: A Clear Mission Marine energy developer Minesto may have this solution: it's innovative ‘underwater kite’ technology extracts energy from tides and ocean current. Is this the way to reap the immense ocean power potential? SEV, the primary energy supplier for the Faroe Islands, thinks so and signs the first enormous deal. Photo by: Minesto The marine energy developer Minesto was founded in 2007 as a spin-off from Swedish aerospace manufacturer Saab. With a team of more than fifty professionals with different technical skills and extensive experience, Minesto is working on a clear mission: to offer products for power production from the oceans that will supply customers with clean and mostly predictable electricity at highly competitive costs. Their patented concept Deep Green, with which the Sweden-based company hopes to expand the global ocean energy potential, has already won several awards. How does the technology work? This ‘underwater kite’ works in a rather simple way. It is the same concept as a kite flying in the wind, but Minesto attached a turbine to the kite and placed it underwater. The kite’s wing is pushed upwards by the underwater current and steers the kite in an eight-shaped trajectory, that will reach 'a speed several times the actual stream speed', Minesto explains on its website. “As the kite flies in the current, water flows through the turbine at the same speed and electricity is produced in the generator.” Through cables, the electricity can be transmitted to shore. Minesto’s underwater kite harvests power from low-flow tidal streams and ocean current streams—with velocities between 1.2 m/s and 3 m/s. Recommended: Green Electric Power: A Zero Carbon Global Economy Underwater Kite: Minesto And SEV Minesto's first underwater kite prototype (Deep Green Ocean) was largely tested at Queen’s University Belfast marine energy test site called Strangford Lough. The Deep Green technology was first industrialized at the Holyhead Deep site near North Wales. The company’s next move is big: Minesto signed a contract with SEV, the main energy supplier for the Faroe Islands with a population of about 51,000 people. Minesto’s innovative technology can be decisive in helping the Faroe Islands achieve its goal to phase out oil entirely by 2020. A large-scale build-out of tidal energy of between 30 MW and 70 MW is part of the long-term plan. {youtube}                      Portraits of Sustainability Pioneers: Dassault Systèmes presents Martin Edlund of Minesto In this collaboration, SEV commits to purchase the electricity generated by Minesto’s tidal energy converters, part of the company’s unique subsea kite technology called Deep Green. Supplying clean and dependable energy for islands can be hard, as wind and solar power are too unpredictable and island energy is polluting, Minesto is currently developing DGIM, “a stand-alone tidal and ocean current energy converter for off-grid applications,” as we can read on their website. Recommended: Worlds Cleanest Battery Blue Energy Storage: The Netherlands Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: Competitive Advantages What makes this technology so different? The Deep Green kite is small-sized and will have no visual and minimal environmental impact. The ability to operate at low velocities makes Minesto's Deep Green technology the only technology to be cost-efficient in both tidal and ocean currents. Minesto compares their technically exploitable potential of tidal streams and ocean currents – useful for more than 600 GW of capacity - with the currently under 400 GW of nuclear power capacity installed globally. Photo by: Minesto Still, the commercialization of the company's technology is reliant on market confidence – which might take some time. That might give competitors time for a battle related to pricing, product quality, dependability, and financing terms. Minesto is still highly dependent on subsidies. The marine technology developer received 44.6 million dollars in total from public agencies, because the underwater kite technology fits most government's ambition to reduce climate change and stimulate innovation. Recommended:  Airborne Wind Energy Systems: A New Way Of Energy Supply Blue Energy In The Ongoing Energy Transition In an interview with Engineer Live, CEO Martin Endlund says that his company expands the overall energy potential by approaching resources that no other energy developer is concentrating on. “When you add to that the cost structure that is related to the unique competitive advantages of our technology, and the fact that we can exploit continuous ocean currents, we are talking about low-cost baseload renewable power,” Endlund says. “This means that we make ocean energy a highly relevant and urgently needed complement to the energy mix in the ongoing energy transition.” Will blue energy take over the world? Minesto is hoping to be the one to do it. And with their latest milestones, they might just will. Before you go! Recommended: The Illusions Of Renewables. Solar And Wind Will Not Save Us Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about Kite Energy? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: Underwater Kite
Vortex Turbine Blue Energy: Underwater Kite
Solar Heat: Play Between Mirrors And A Tower
Capturing sunlight is becoming quite a valuable business. Farmers have dedicated large parts of their land to solar panels instead of cows or crops. Harnessing and selling solar energy is decidedly better, not only from a sustainability point of view, but also considering the payback.   Tower Generating Massive Amounts Of Solar Energy As there is only so many surface area that solar panels, their generators and batteries can be placed on, it was a matter of time before some wise person invented a way of minimising the actual square footage required for the maximum amount of solar panels. Insert a magnificent new invention, straight out of any sci-fi movie: the solar tower. Solar towers Seville, Spain The solar tower, more commonly known as a solar power tower, encompasses the strength of solar energy in one tower structure to generate massive amounts of electricity. It also involves the use of movable mirrors, or heliostats, which are laid out in a field to gather sunlight and re-direct those beams towards the tower - soaking up all the precious rays. Effectively, the solar tower collects the solar energy generated by all those movable mirrors placed around it. These mirrors do not require a lot of space, making it highly effective. They are computer-controlled, tracking the position of the sun on two axes. Over the course of the day, it gets the light just right and tilts the mirror the exact right way to aim it at a receiver at the top of the tower.   From Water Towers To Liquid Salt Towers The earliest versions of the tower used the heat from those rays to warm up water. The steam resulting from this process powered a turbine, resulting in electricity. In later versions of the tower, the water was replaced by liquid salts. It was found that the heat capacity of those salts is higher than that of water. This increases efficiency and allows for storage, which means that power can even be generated on cloudy days.   So, in a nutshell, the tower functions as a hub that receives and transforms solar energy. Coupled with the capacity of some kind of battery or other energy storing device, this means that a solar tower can produce energy 24/7. It effectively created a way of overcoming one of the major problems associated with solar energy - its lack of continuity when the sun stops shining. {youtube}                                           Heliostat - The Solar Power Of The Future | How Cities Work | Spark Cleaner Than Most Alternatives This is not the only advantage of solar towers. Compared to other forms of generating energy, including the polluting coal plants or natural gas solutions, solar towers are very clean. They do not result in any air pollution, water pollution, nor do they create any greenhouse gases. Not directly, anyway - the production and installation of a solar tower does result in some pollution, but its operation is much cleaner than its alternatives. Recommended:  Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light On Perpetual Green Energy Toxic, Water Intensive And Bird And Insect Killing There are also downsides. First, there are some pretty toxic materials used in the construction of the tower - most notably photovoltaic cells. Second, the clearing of land to make space for the tower and its mirrors does result in the loss of habitat for animals and plants.   Third, they require quite a bit of water for its operation, which could be problematic for those living around it if it happens to be scarce. Fourth, creating energy through solar towers ranks at the top of the list of bird- and insect unfriendly methods. If a bird or insect flies through the beam transmitted to the tower, it will be burned and killed.   Recommended:  Amazon Water War: Fires, Hydro Dams, Climate Change S.O.S. Mohave Desert As The Playground Despite these disadvantages, there have already been quite a few of those big boys installed around the world. The very first one was built in the Mohave Desert, in an area used as a playground for this innovation - as it also housed the second and third, each slightly more efficient and better than its predecessor. At this time, there are a grand total of 54 solar towers operating around the world. The majority of those are located in China, Spain, South Africa and the United States, with the remainder in Morocco, India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. China has announced a dozen more, that will become operational in the next decade or so. Quite a few countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa are building or planning as well. Not a coincidence: the ideal location for solar towers is one that is flat, dry, and not too windy. There must be some water supplies nearby, while rain or snow are to be avoided at all costs. A large number of sun hours and minimal cloud cover are desirable as well. In essence, this describes a desert or desert-like area, which explains the above mentioned locations. Great Alternative For Solar Fields The solar tower is a great alternative for ‘regular’ solar panel fields, with its generation of continuous and clean energy. The downsides can be mitigated, except for one - the pretty stringent environment requirements. Although it is good to see that the countries that are lucky enough to possess areas suitable for this use are making good use of it. Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Key Energy Storage Or Too Good To Be True? Do you like this article about Gravitricity or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write and publish your own article about renwable energy? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Capturing sunlight is becoming quite a valuable business. Farmers have dedicated large parts of their land to solar panels instead of cows or crops. Harnessing and selling solar energy is decidedly better, not only from a sustainability point of view, but also considering the payback.   Tower Generating Massive Amounts Of Solar Energy As there is only so many surface area that solar panels, their generators and batteries can be placed on, it was a matter of time before some wise person invented a way of minimising the actual square footage required for the maximum amount of solar panels. Insert a magnificent new invention, straight out of any sci-fi movie: the solar tower. Solar towers Seville, Spain The solar tower, more commonly known as a solar power tower, encompasses the strength of solar energy in one tower structure to generate massive amounts of electricity. It also involves the use of movable mirrors, or heliostats, which are laid out in a field to gather sunlight and re-direct those beams towards the tower - soaking up all the precious rays. Effectively, the solar tower collects the solar energy generated by all those movable mirrors placed around it. These mirrors do not require a lot of space, making it highly effective. They are computer-controlled, tracking the position of the sun on two axes. Over the course of the day, it gets the light just right and tilts the mirror the exact right way to aim it at a receiver at the top of the tower.   From Water Towers To Liquid Salt Towers The earliest versions of the tower used the heat from those rays to warm up water. The steam resulting from this process powered a turbine, resulting in electricity. In later versions of the tower, the water was replaced by liquid salts. It was found that the heat capacity of those salts is higher than that of water. This increases efficiency and allows for storage, which means that power can even be generated on cloudy days.   So, in a nutshell, the tower functions as a hub that receives and transforms solar energy. Coupled with the capacity of some kind of battery or other energy storing device, this means that a solar tower can produce energy 24/7. It effectively created a way of overcoming one of the major problems associated with solar energy - its lack of continuity when the sun stops shining. {youtube}                                           Heliostat - The Solar Power Of The Future | How Cities Work | Spark Cleaner Than Most Alternatives This is not the only advantage of solar towers. Compared to other forms of generating energy, including the polluting coal plants or natural gas solutions, solar towers are very clean. They do not result in any air pollution, water pollution, nor do they create any greenhouse gases. Not directly, anyway - the production and installation of a solar tower does result in some pollution, but its operation is much cleaner than its alternatives. Recommended:  Solar Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light On Perpetual Green Energy Toxic, Water Intensive And Bird And Insect Killing There are also downsides. First, there are some pretty toxic materials used in the construction of the tower - most notably photovoltaic cells. Second, the clearing of land to make space for the tower and its mirrors does result in the loss of habitat for animals and plants.   Third, they require quite a bit of water for its operation, which could be problematic for those living around it if it happens to be scarce. Fourth, creating energy through solar towers ranks at the top of the list of bird- and insect unfriendly methods. If a bird or insect flies through the beam transmitted to the tower, it will be burned and killed.   Recommended:  Amazon Water War: Fires, Hydro Dams, Climate Change S.O.S. Mohave Desert As The Playground Despite these disadvantages, there have already been quite a few of those big boys installed around the world. The very first one was built in the Mohave Desert, in an area used as a playground for this innovation - as it also housed the second and third, each slightly more efficient and better than its predecessor. At this time, there are a grand total of 54 solar towers operating around the world. The majority of those are located in China, Spain, South Africa and the United States, with the remainder in Morocco, India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. China has announced a dozen more, that will become operational in the next decade or so. Quite a few countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa are building or planning as well. Not a coincidence: the ideal location for solar towers is one that is flat, dry, and not too windy. There must be some water supplies nearby, while rain or snow are to be avoided at all costs. A large number of sun hours and minimal cloud cover are desirable as well. In essence, this describes a desert or desert-like area, which explains the above mentioned locations. Great Alternative For Solar Fields The solar tower is a great alternative for ‘regular’ solar panel fields, with its generation of continuous and clean energy. The downsides can be mitigated, except for one - the pretty stringent environment requirements. Although it is good to see that the countries that are lucky enough to possess areas suitable for this use are making good use of it. Before you go! Recommended:  Gravitricity: Key Energy Storage Or Too Good To Be True? Do you like this article about Gravitricity or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write and publish your own article about renwable energy? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
Solar Heat: Play Between Mirrors And A Tower
Solar Heat: Play Between Mirrors And A Tower
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