Monthly Archives: diciembre 2013

Solar-Decathlon-Europe-2014

Special report published in December 2013 focusing on the Solar Decathlon Europe Competition 2014.

Plateau Team proposes colonising the roofs of existing buildings. Plateau Team continues developing its SymbCity project to participate in the next edition of Solar Decathlon Europe, a competition that promotes research in the development of sustainable and self-sufficient houses. The aim of the participant teams is to design and build a house that consumes the least amount of natural resources and produces the minimum waste during its life-cycle and its construction in Versailles during the final stage of the competition, where a jury of experts will subject the project to different tests.

Ressò, the entry from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña for Solar Decathlon Europe 2014. Vallés Higher School of Architecture (ETSAV), part of the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC), is taking part for the third consecutive time in the Solar Decathlon Europe competition, organised by the French government, which will take place in Versailles, near Paris, in the summer of 2014. The Ressò team sees refurbishment as the way forward, given the high number of uninhabited new homes and a very inefficient pre-existing housing stock, both
of which make a new-build policy unjustifiable. The team is also working on the urban model, interactions between buildings and opportunities for growth.

Solar Decathlon 2014. Mexico to take part in this competition for the first time. For the first time Mexico will be taking part in the European edition of Solar Decathlon 2014 at the Palace of Versailles, France. The project, called CASA, brings together a cross-disciplinary group of students as well as support from researchers from renewable energies and engineering institutes, among others. CASA aims to provide a resilient, symbiotic and regenerative solution for the housing problems in the Valle de México’s metropolitan area.

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Alstom signed a contract worth €30 million with the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to build the geothermal power plant “Los Humeros III – Phase A”, located in Chignautla, state of Puebla. This power plant will have an installed capacity of 25 MW and will produce an average of more than 200 GWh per year of renewable energy, equivalent to the annual energy used by 40,000 people in Mexico.
This Alstom turnkey project includes all of the engineering, as well as the power plant construction, set-up equipment, steam turbine, turbo generator, systems control and high voltage electric substation, and related equipment. The power plant is expected to start operations during the second quarter of 2016, and will operate using heat obtained by drilling steam extraction wells at a depth of up to 3,500 meters (11,500 ft.).


Mexico has the fourth biggest geothermal power reserves in the world, just behind the United States, the Philippines and Indonesia. “Los Humeros III Phase A” power plant will operate in tandem with 2 other geothermal power plants recently installed by Alstom in the same area (Los Humeros IIA, and Los Humeros IIB). Combined with the new power facility, those three projects will have an installed capacity of 75 MW, meeting the annual power needs of 120,000 local inhabitants.
During nearly five decades of Alstom’s presence in Mexico, the company has installed over 11,000 MW of power generation equipment in the country, which represents almost 20% of the country’s total power capacity.

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Over the last six months, Ingeteam has commissioned twelve PV plants in France, with a total capacity of 45.2 MW. These plants are located in the southern-most part of the country. Ingeteam, which specialises in electrical engineering and in the development of frequency converters, motors, generators and control systems, is now strengthening its position as a leading inverter manufacturer.
Ingeteam first became established in France in 2010. Since then, the company has implemented some 30 projects of more than 1 MW and has participated in the commissioning of more than 240 MW. Specifically, Ingeteam supplied inverters to 25% of the projects awarded by the Energy Regulatory Commission in mainland France and in French overseas provinces and territories.
In the course of 2013, Ingeteam was awarded some major projects in France comprising 156 MW of solar inverters supplied to the French market, in addition to service contracts in the wind-power sector and its involvement in the construction of a number of hydraulic works.
Ingeteam is a flexible company, capable of adapting to meet the needs of each specific project. This is reflected in the fact that Ingeteam is the first company to supply its customers with 1 MW solar inverters. Furthermore, this year Ingeteam has also started up control cabinets for the telemanagement of the electrical grid in France (DEIE).

Iberdrola and BMW Ibérica entered into an agreement with the ultimate goal of advancing the progressive roll-out of electric mobility in Spain, as part of the commitment towards sustainability and technological innovation shared by the two companies.
The agreement was signed in Madrid by Guenther Seemann, Executive Chairman of the vehicle manufacturer, and Aitor Moso, Retail Manager in the electrical utility.
The agreement has been entered into for a year and will be renewed on an annual basis unless either of the parties decides otherwise. It provides a framework for collaboration that includes mutual recommendation of the products and services currently offered by the two companies in the area of electric mobility, as well as many other aspects.
Iberdrola therefore undertakes to guide its customers towards choosing electric vehicles manufactured by BMW, while the car manufacturer will do the same in relation to Iberdrola’s Green Energy supply, 100% from renewable sources.
Under the terms of the arrangement, the two companies will also explore the possibilities of collaboration on innovation projects linked to electric mobility and technological initiatives with a view to exchanging information and helping to improve market penetration for this type of cars.
As part of this context of collaboration, IBERDROLA designed and carried out the installation of charging points for electric vehicles at the corporate headquarters of BMW Ibérica, as well as at the exclusive BMW i points of sale.

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Hochtief, an ACS subsidiary in Germany, received a new vessel, called Vidar, on 12th December in Bremerhaven, which will enable it to build offshore wind turbine arrays.
As well as these arrays, it is also designed to handle the construction of offshore oil and gas rigs. It was made for carrying out these activities in the North Sea region, thanks to an enormous deck area, large load capacity and a powerful crane which can lift up to 1,200 tonnes. The stability required for these installation operations is achieved by raising its structure above sea level, supported by large piles (it is a jack-up vessel). It has the capacity to install new generation wind turbines of any size at depths of up to 50 metres.
It will start operating from this month onwards, installing the blades on the turbines in the Global Tech I array in the North Sea, together with its twin vessels Thor and Innovation (all built in the Polish shipyard of Crist), which are already working.
Jack-up Vidar
The intention in using this vessel is to reduce times and construction costs on offshore arrays, particularly bearing in mind the tough environmental conditions in these waters.
Hochtief is one of the companies which has made the biggest commitment to offshore wind, both in building wind turbine arrays and their component parts, and in chartering out its equipment to other firms.

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Isolux Corsán has gained a strong foothold on the U.K. photovoltaic solar energy market with the award of three new contracts for building the Penare, Egmere and Parley solar plants in addition to the project for building the 31.6 MWp Stradishall solar plant located in Suffolk County. This latter project, which will commence operation in late 2013, will be producing 30,200 MWh/year, an amount of electric power capable of supplying 8,000 households.
The new Stradishall solar plant, totaling an area of 59.5 hectares, will be comprised of 127.200 modules and will be preventing the emission of 33,120 tons of CO2 and 94,213 kg of nitrogen oxide into the atmosphere. The power generated by this plant will be injected into the system of the UK Power Networks, the electric power distribution network operator covering southeastern England, the East and London.
The other three contracts are for the construction and commissioning of the new solar plants in Penare, Egmere and Parley, totaling the amount of 61 million euros in all. These projects are being executed in collaboration with the developer British Solar Renewables. The Penare plant, located in Cornwall County, will have 24.2 MWp of power and a production of 11,486 MWh/year, covering an area of 21.9 hectares, and its 44,544 modules will be able to annually supply more than 3,000 households. The Western Power Distribution Company will be receiving the energy generated by this facility.
The Egmere solar plant in Norfolk County, will have 11.1 MWp of power, will be producing 20,703 MWh/year for UK Power Networks and will total an area of 38.2 hectares. This plant will consist of a total of 84,960 modules, and its production will assure the supply of 5,480 homes per year. Lastly, the Parley Plant in Dorset County will total an area of 38,295 hectares and will have a production of 26,769 MWh/year for the SSE Utility Solutions Company. With 21.2 MWp of power, its 96,864 modules will make it possible to cover the consumption of 7,090 homes per year.
These three plants combined will be preventing the emission of 64,659 tons of C02 and 183,928 kg of nitrous oxide into the atmosphere. Banco Santander has placed its trust, by way of a corporate capital investment, in Isolux Corsán’s experience for these new projects, in addition to the three solar plants of a 15 MW installed power connected to the Western Power Distribution network which this Company completed in this country in 2011.

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3TIER®, a Vaisala company and global leader in renewable energy assessment and forecasting, today announced it is collaborating with EREDA, a renewable energy engineering, Construction and Operation services provider. This collaboration will provide project owners, developers, financiers, and other stakeholders with a high quality, integrated service offering to support and speed critical refinancing efforts in process throughout Spain.In the past few years, wind farm performance has become a crucial issue within the industry. Understanding underperformance has become the central topic of numerous discussions and studies aimed at determining the accuracy with which measurements, pre-construction estimates, climate variability studies, and turbine performance models represent real-world conditions. In the face of below expectation production numbers, operating wind projects are increasingly required to renegotiate their initial financing terms as part of business strategy or altering market conditions.
Continual changes to Spain’s energy regulations, including retroactive reductions of feed-in-tariffs, the introduction of new taxes, and a moratorium on new renewable energy projects, have transformed the renewable energy sector. Projects whose financials were based on old policies now have to change their entire structuring to stay afloat and remain profitable. In extreme cases, market participants who own large amounts of project debt must evaluate refinancing or sales options to reduce losses and the financial risks of their portfolio.
3TIER and EREDA’s collaboration integrates re-evaluation and due diligence services that will address the needs of the Spanish market and many other countries throughout Europe. Together their offerings include reforecasting long-term energy potential and forensic analysis to uncover the causes of underperformance using advanced wind modeling techniques, spatial mapping, wake analysis, and on-site operational evaluations.
Both companies have been present in the global renewable energy sector for over a decade, offering a depth of experience few providers can match. 3TIER currently forecasts over 130 GW of installed wind capacity worldwide and has performed over 900 pre-construction assessments for wind and solar projects around the world. The company’s experience in long-term climatology and energy estimation includes helping solar clients across the globe secure over €3.7 billion in financing. Madrid-based, EREDA has worked extensively in Spain as well as throughout North and South America; Africa and the EMEA region, covering a wide range of technical services, ranging from resource studies and wind farm performance analysis to renewable installation and asset management related to more than 30 GW of wind and solar projects.

ZEM2ALL (Zero Emissions Mobility to All), which aims to see the mass roll-out of e-mobility become a reality, has celebrated its first year with the 160 e-vehicles involved in the programme travelling more than one million kilometres. Conventional combustion-engine vehicles travelling the same distance would have emitted 72 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere; equivalent to that produced per annum by 10 households in Spain (https://vms.zem2all.com/des/html/#/menu/top.html). Users recharged their vehicles over 25,000 times at the charging points in order to cover this distance.
ZEM2ALL is a ground-breaking initiative aimed at offering individuals and businesses access to e-mobility.
40 more vehicles will be added at the start of 2014, taking the fleet to 200 vehicles as planned. These new vehicles will be earmarked for lease hire firms and for car sharing, and during the first phase, users will have an Endesa conventional charging point.
All users also have access to the largest fast-charging network rolled out in Europe, with a total of 23 points installed throughout Malaga. During the initial phase, this fast-charging infrastructure was used solely by ZEM2ALLparticipants, but from next year any e-vehicle user will be able to take advantage of it. For more information on the initiative please contact: info@zem2all.com
The vehicles and their associated infrastructure are connected to a control centre that sends them useful real-time information that makes moving around the city much easier and more efficient; for example, the whereabouts of the nearest charging point and the best route to reach it. Smartphone applications have also been developed that enable every user to manage and receive information about their car and charging.
Furthermore, six of the project’s charging points are bidirectional (V2G), enabling the vehicle not only to be charged but to also send electricity back to the grid when it is needed by the system due to high electricity demand. V2G technology is an important step in the development of smart grids which need tools to help optimise output and distribution and improve the supply and demand balance between electricity producers and consumers.
ZEM2ALL is a joint initiative between Spain and Japan, supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), and Malaga City Council. The Spanish element is spearheaded by Endesa, and also involves Telefónica and Ayesa. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries leads the Japanese part of the project, alongside its partners Mitsubishi Corporation and Hitachi.

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The 531 MW hydroelectric project, 60% owned by AES Gener and 40% by Antofagasta Minerals (AMSA), involves an investment of approximately US$ 2.05 billion, which will be financed with loans of up to US$ 1.217 billion, and capital provisions from AES Gener and AMSA proportionate to their respective stakes.
The financing was organised in a Project Financing structure over a 20-year period by a syndicate of multilateral and commercial banks, both Chilean and foreign, made up of Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID), International Finance Corporation ( IFC), Corpbanca, Banco de Crédito e Inversiones, Banco Itaú Chile, Banco del Estado de Chile, KfW Ipex-Bank GmbH and DNB Bank ASA, in compliance with strict international environmental and social standards.
The following will take part in building Alto Maipo: the Austrian firm Strabag SpA, the Chilean subsidiary of Austria Strabag AG, and Constructora Nuevo Maipo SpA, a consortium between the German firm HOCHTIEF A.G. and the Italian company CMC Di Ravenna, which will be in charge of building the tunnels; for their part, the subsidiaries in Brazil and Chile of the German firm Voith Hydro will be responsible for supplying and assembling the electromechanical equipment in the plants.
The General Manager of AES Gener, Luis Felipe Cerón, indicated that it will start working around 2018, adding: “it is a key initiative for the country’s development. Together with our Cochrane plant, located in the Large Northern Interconnected System (SING), these are the most important projects under construction and will enable us to meet the country’s increasing energy demands”.

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Abengoa has received a nearly US$2 million competitive awardfrom the US Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative to improve manufacturing and assembly of their innovative large aperture parabolic trough collector over the next two years. A parabolic trough collector is the mirrored structure that is commonly used in utility-scale CSP plants, such as Solana in Arizona.
The goal of this DOE SunShot Initiative project is to improve the cost competitiveness of CSP and will apply precision automation technologies to the manufacturing and final assembly of Abengoa’s new SpaceTube® collector, an advanced parabolic trough design of over 26 feet (8 meters) aperture width. Leveraging the improved structural efficiency and component standardization of the SpaceTube®, the objective of the new R&D project is a major reduction on the total cost versus the existing commercial trough technology. This SunShot award and Abengoa’s innovative designs will help to overcome long-standing technical barriers, making solar energy more accessible for communities and businesses.
Abengoa was selected by the DOE based on the company’s capacity to commercialize the results into the next generation of parabolic trough technology. The fruits of previous partnerships are, among others, two 280 MW solar plants in the U.S.: Solana, the largest parabolic trough plant in the world, located in Arizona with a storage system that can produce electricity for six hours at maximum capacity after sunset; and the Mojave Solar Project, located in California. The company leads the parabolic trough technology sector worldwide with 16 plants in operation. Abengoa has a total solar installed capacity of 1,223 MW in operation, 430 MW under construction and 210 MW in the pre-construction phase distributed in across 27 plants.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort that aggressively drives innovation to make solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources before the end of the decade. Learn more at http://www.energy.gov/sunshot.

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