Monthly Archives: diciembre 2016

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SolarPower Europe’s third quarter 2016 PV market update shows 1.56 GW of newly installed capacity in Europe in the months from June to September. That is about 10% less new solar power installed than the 1.73 GW in the same quarter 2015.

In the first 9 months of the year, 5.3 GW of photovoltaic systems were installed in Europe, a decline of 18% over the 6.5 GW in the same period the year before.

 

The main reason for the European market’s decline is the strong demand drop in the UK after slashing feed-in tariffs for smaller installations, and ending its support program for large-scale solar power plants end of the first quarter 2016. While the UK installed 4.1 GW in 2015, the first 9 months of 2016 only saw additions to the grid of around 1.5 GW, with the major part installed in Q1. In a few European markets demand for solar power has improved, but future developments for one of the strongest growth markets, Turkey, is very difficult to predict, due to its political situation and strong protectionist measures.

If the fourth quarter of 2016 develops similar to the previous year, total demand would be around 7.1 GW, which would mean 17% less than the 8.6 GW of new solar power additions than in 2015. SolarPower Europe had forecasted a 7.3 GW market for its medium scenario in its 5-year Global Market Outlook 2016-2020, released in June at Intersolar Europe.

Michael Schmela, Executive Advisor and Head of Market Intelligence at SolarPower Europe, says, “In light of the Paris COP21 agreement it is concerning that the European solar market growth is slowing down, especially now that solar has become the lowest-cost power source in many European regions today.While Europe has recently done little to profit from cheap solar energy, the US market celebrates its best solar quarter ever, installing 4.1 GW in Q3 alone, and anticipating a 14.1 GW size for the full year, up 88% from 2015. China might even install around 30 GW of new solar power capacity in 2016, which would be more than what Europe installed in the last 3 years put together.”

Source: SolarPower Europe

Blue Tree Asset Management (BTAM), firm specialized in the comprehensive management of renewable energy projects, widens its portfolio with the signature of a management contract of a 23 MW photovoltaic farm in Uruguay for a multinational company investing in renewable energy generation assets. This management contract is the first one of Blue Tree in Uruguay, a market where the firm expects to keep growing in 2017.

The framework for this new contract is an ambitious business plan that will lead the firm to manage 1,000 MW in three years, positioning itself in strategic markets including the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Chile, while consolidating its presence in Spain, Italy and Latin American countries where it already operates.

 

Blue Tree manages a global portfolio of more than 270 MW of photovoltaic and wind power projects for its clients, following a business model that is based on the pillars of independence and specialization, and focusing on all areas of asset management (legal, technical and financial/economic).

Blue Tree works for numerous clients with renewable energy assets, from smaller scale private investors to major institutional investors at an international level, including investment funds and banking entities.

The president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, inaugurated the first regasification terminal in Cartagena de Indias, executed by Sacyr Industrial, along with the president of Sacyr, Manuel Manrique. With an investment of $150 million, this terminal will help boost Colombian competitiveness and the development of the Caribbean coastal region.

The Sacyr Industrial contract, awarded by Sociedad Portuaria el Callao, which is partially formed by Colombiana Promigas, and the management companies of the Barranquilla and Candelaria power plants, will include the construction and commissioning of a liquefied natural gas import terminal with the capacity to handle 400 million cubic feet of liquefied gas per day, which, after being regasified, will be transported to Colombia’s national compressed gas distribution system, with a thermoelectric generation capacity of 2000 MW, equal to one fourth of Colombian consumption. The installation includes the LNG import terminal and the gas pipeline that will carry the imported gas from the bay of Cartagena de Indias to Colombia’s National System for Natural Gas distribution.

 

This regasification terminal, which meets sustainable development and environmental protection criteria, will provide a greater supply of natural gas, thus improving the reliability of the national electricity supply. Via a 10 kilometer pipeline, the imported gas will reach the National Distribution System at Mamonal; the liquefied gas is then received, stored and regasified in the floating vessel for subsequent shipment to thermoelectric agents.

This project, the first of its kind in Colombia, reinforces the strength of the Colombian Energy System and allows guaranteeing operational continuity at the five generation plants along the Colombian coast in order to satisfy the new energy demands of the area.

Source: Sacyr

Enertis has been selected by Solarpack to carry out quality control at the manufacturing facilities of a supply of PV modules totalling more than 120 MW.

The total supply will be composed of more than 410.000 units that will be installed on PV plants to be located in Chile and India.

 

A rigorous audit procedure designed by Enertis and Solarpack will be applied in the inspections that will include the overseeing manufacturing, packaging and preparation process for the transportation of the modules. All this with the goal of mitigating the quality risks associated with the large number of units in Utility-Scale projects. This kind of quality control is essential to ensure optimum operation of the photovoltaic modules during their expected lifetime.

Source: Enertis

Enair in its international expansion strategy sends more than 30 wind turbines for power telecommunication systems to Chile

Telecommunication antennas are becoming more frequent and necessary in the current era,  the growing market, focused on increasing space coverage and increasing to 4G technology or even more advanced ones.

The growth is such that the companies with the traditional electricity network do not reach all the necessary places for the location of the antennas, which are usually on top of mountain or high places to expand their range of action.

 

More and more mobile phone companies are choosing renewable energy installations and turn complete their image of Corporate Social Responsibility by spreading that they are renewable. But the main interest of these is undoubtedly the cost savings of these types of facilities, which have a payback period of 2 years.

Enair is currently involved in several international projects specifically in Chile where in December it has supplied more than 30 small power wind turbines of 3 and 5 kW. Apart from supplying this equipment’s, it participates in the design and sizing of each point and at the same time it is working on the development of  Micro networks, Smart Grid for several islands of the country.

The execution and supply of materials is usually carried out through public or private competitions where an analysis of the available technologies in the market in terms of mini-Eolic is usually carried out and awarded on the basis of technological development, given that the Enair wind turbines are approved in the country and have demonstrated their performance in advance, they become the first options. Specifically, the new PRO models thanks to their new features make it possible to reduce the amortization times and have the possibility to be installed manually without the need of cranes or heavy machinery.

Source: Enair

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Siemens has successfully entered the offshore wind market in Belgium with a first order for the 309MW Rentel wind project. The customer is Rentel NV, part of the Otary partnership, a conglomerate of leading specialists from the Belgian renewable energy industry including investment and development companies.

Siemens will supply, install, commission and service 42 wind turbines of the large direct drive platform. The output of the Rentel offshore wind power plant will be sufficient to supply approximately 300,000 households in Belgium with clean power. A long-term service agreement for a period of 17 years will provide customized offshore service and logistics solutions for the turbines, and includes Siemens’ data-driven advanced remote diagnostics and monitoring.

“We are pleased that Rentel NV has selected Siemens for our first project in the Belgian part of the North Sea,” said Michael Hannibal, Offshore CEO of Siemens Wind Power. “The advanced model of our proven direct drive offshore wind turbine platform and our advanced services will leverage the energy output of the Rentel offshore wind power plant and help to establish offshore wind power as a key pillar of a sustainable energy mix in various European countries.”

Source: Siemens

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Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President Technical Infrastructure:

Every year people search on Google trillions of times; every minute people upload more than 400 hours of YouTube videos. All of that takes an incredible amount of processing power — which means energy. Our engineers have spent years perfecting Google’s data centers, making them 50% more energy efficient than the industry average. But we still need a lot of energy to power the products and services that our users depend on. We began purchasing renewable energy to reduce our carbon footprint and address climate change — but it also makes business sense.

 

I’m thrilled to announce that in 2017 Google will reach 100% renewable energy for our global operations — including both our data centers and offices. We were one of the first corporations to create large-scale, long-term contracts to buy renewable energy directly; we signed our first agreement to purchase all the electricity from a 114 MW wind farm in Iowa, in 2010. Today, we are the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable power, with commitments reaching 2.6 GW of wind and solar energy.

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Over the last six years, the cost of wind and solar came down 60 % and 80 %, respectively, proving that renewables are increasingly becoming the lowest cost option. Electricity costs are one of the largest components of our operating expenses at our data centers, and having a long-term stable cost of renewable power provides protection against price swings in energy.

Our 20 renewable energy projects also help support communities, from Grady County, OK, to Rutherford County, NC, to the Atacama Region of Chile to municipalities in Sweden. To date, our purchasing commitments will result in infrastructure investments of more than $3.5 billion globally, about two-thirds of that in the United States. These projects also generate tens of millions of dollars per year in revenue to local property owners, and tens of millions more to local and national governments in tax revenue.

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Since the wind doesn’t blow 24 hours a day, we’ll also broaden our purchases to a variety of energy sources that can enable renewable power, every hour of every day. Our ultimate goal is to create a world where everyone — not just Google — has access to clean energy.

The science tells us that tackling climate change is an urgent global priority. We believe the private sector, in partnership with policy leaders, must take bold steps and that we can do so in a way that leads to growth.

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Dubbed Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the 20-year fund is backed by a mix of technology luminaries and heavyweights from the energy industry. The goal is to pump money into long-term energy technology that could dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The investments will likely go into areas such as electricity generation and storage, agriculture and transportation.

Investors include Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group Ltd., Jack Ma, the executive chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., John Arnold, a billionaire natural gas trader, and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, the founder of Kingdom Holding.

 

Last year, a number of these investors joined Gates in announcing the Breakthrough Energy Coalition — a group of wealthy investors who pledged to aim a large portion of their fortunes toward energy technology. The arrival of the fund marks a more concrete step by this group toward their stated goals.

“I am honored to work along with these investors to build on the powerful foundation of public investment in basic research,” Gates said in a statement. “Our goal is to build companies that will help deliver the next generation of reliable, affordable, and emissions-free energy to the world.”

Gates, co-founder of Microsoft Corp., spent much of the last year stumping for advances in energy production. He maintains that things like solar plants, nuclear power and electric cars will do little to solve global warming in the relatively near-term. The only way to halt global warming is to find an energy source that produces no greenhouse gases, Gates has said.

He has personally backed a number of energy startups and has encouraged other wealthy individuals to follow suit. Clean energy was a hot niche of venture capital investing several years ago, but many of those investments didn’t pan out and some VC firms pulled back.

Source: Bloomberg

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An international IPP has now signed a contract with the Nordex Group for PTC qualifying components corresponding to a value of 32 million US Dollars. The total volume of the customer’s upcoming US projects, based on this contract, is expected to equate to 15 times the total value of the agreement.

The manufacturer has already begun execution of the order, featuring the AW3000 turbine. This ensures that the customer can obtain the full tax benefit for its wind farms according to the “safe harbor” terms by achieving commercial operation until 2020.

 

In the US the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires wind energy projects to begin in 2016 and to be placed in service in order to qualify for the full Production Tax Credit (PTC) of 2.3 cents per kWh. However, most of execution of the order is expected to take place in 2018.

Source: Nordex Group

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Acciona Energía has started the commercial operation of its eighth wind farm in the United States. Located in Cameron County (Texas) with a capacity of 93 MW, San Román will produce clean energy annually equivalent to the consumption of around 30,000 homes. It is Acciona’s eighth wind farm in the country, giving it total wind power capacity of 721 MW.

Built in 11 months and on schedule, San Román has thirty-one AW125/3000 wind turbines of Nordex/Acciona Windpower technology that are ideal for medium winds with low turbulence like those usually found on the site. The turbines have 125-meter-diameter rotors and are installed on 87.5-meter (hub height) steel towers.

 

1,500 MW in North America

As well as San Roman, Acciona has three wind farms in Oklahoma (329 MW), one in North and South Dakota (180 MW), one in Illinois (101 MW), and two more in North Dakota and Iowa (12 MW and 6 MW respectively). It also has a 64 MW concentrating solar power plant in the Nevada desert.

In the rest of the continent, it has 181 MW of wind capacity in Canada – in Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick – and 556 MW in Mexico (all in Oaxaca).

Source: Acciona Energía

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