Renewable Energy

March 2023
Helsinki Shuts Down Coal-Fired Power Plant, Cutting Emissions by a Fifth

Helsinki Shuts Down Coal-Fired Power Plant, Cutting Emissions by a Fifth

­Helsinki has pledged to become carbon neutral by the year 2030. At the moment, the city’s most noteworthy source of direct emissions is district heating. Shutting down the coal-fired power plant in Hanasaari will result in a significant emissions reduction. According to estimates, Helsinki’s total emissions wi
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Date:
03/31/2023
RWE and Energy Partner to Define Route to Market for Offshore Wind in the Gulf of Mexico

RWE and Energy Partner to Define Route to Market for Offshore Wind in the Gulf of Mexico

­RWE which owns and operates one of the cleanest large-scale U.S. power generating fleets, have agreed on a partnership to analyze the Gulf of Mexico offshore wind market. The companies today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly evaluate the delivery of clean energy from offshore wind to industrial cu
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Date:
03/30/2023
onsemi Develops IGBT FS7 Switch Platform with Leading Performance for Industrial Markets

Asif Jakwani, senior vice president and general manager of the Advanced Power Division, On Semi

­onsemi announced a new range of ultra-efficient 1200 V insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) that minimize conduction and switching losses at a performance level that is industry-leading in the market. Intended to enhance efficiency in fast switching applications, the new devices will be primarily us
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03/29/2023
Riedon Unveils Digital DC Current Sensors - Making Current Measurement Even Easier

Riedon Unveils Digital DC Current Sensors - Making Current Measurement Even Easier

­Following the market traction achieved by its SSA Smart Shunt current sensor series, specialist power and precision resistor manufacturer Riedon Inc. has just announced another major product innovation.  The new SSD Smart Shunt series consists of highly-integrated digital system-in-package (SiP) dev
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Date:
03/29/2023
Argonne, Progress Rail, Test Low-Carbon Fuels on the Path to Decarbonizing the Rail Industry

Michael Cleveland, director of Advanced Energy for Progress Rail

­In response to sustainability goals, the freight rail industry is working to boost the use of lower-carbon intensity fuels in diesel-powered fleets to support global efforts in mitigating climate change. Biodiesel and renewable diesel are two types of biofuels, which are produced from organic materials including
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Date:
03/29/2023
A New Hybrid Fuel Cell with Both Water Purification and Power Generation

A New Hybrid Fuel Cell with Both Water Purification and Power Generation

­Due to the growing problems of environmental degradation and energy scarcity, there is an increasing demand for sustainable and renewable energy technology development. Over the past few decades, energy extraction from wastewater to develop efficient energy conversion technologies had been extensively studied. Em
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Date:
03/29/2023
PSDcast – Renewable Energy vs. Coal

Energy scientist and author Jack Kerfoot

­Coal is going through a mini renaissance right now in Europe, mainly as a result of the war in Ukraine, but we’ve also seen coal usage drop dramatically over the last couple decades globally. What’s behind that and will renewables completely supplant coal?
Date:
03/17/2023
Perovskite Solar Cells from the Slot Die Coater - A Step Towards Industrial Production

The wet coating with a standard ink composition: the wet perovskite thin films (left) has a rib-like structure. The corresponding SEM image (right) of the annealed perovskite film shows inhomogeneities.

­Metal halide perovskites are considered to be a particularly low-cost and promising class of materials for next-generation solar modules. Perovskite solar cells can be produced with coating processes using liquid inks made from precursor materials and various solvents. After coating, the solvents evaporate an
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Date:
03/16/2023
SolarEdge Announces New 'Rate Saver' Solar + Battery Solution to Keep Solar Winning in the NEM 3.0 California Market

The newly announced SolarEdge Home ‘Rate Saver’ reduces battery system cost by up to 38% and provides industry-high power yield for maximum Time-of-Use savings, offering superior payback periods.

­SolarEdge announced its new SolarEdge Home ‘Rate Saver’ solar + battery solution for California. As the State transitions to a self-consumption market under the new NEM 3.0 Net Billing Tariff, the new DC-Coupled solar + battery solution provides homeowners who do not require home back-up a more cost-effective wa
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Date:
03/09/2023
Ohio University Awarded $2 Million from Department of Energy to Develop Products from Coal Waste

Damilola Daramola, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Ohio University

­The Department of Energy (DOE) announced it has funded six research and development projects that will repurpose domestic coal resources for high-value graphitic products and carbon-metal composites that can be employed in clean energy technologies. Ohio University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy an
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Date:
03/03/2023
EtherCAT Measurement Terminals in Wind Farm Monitoring

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Figure 1: A diagram of the circuit showing the distributed I/O to place accelerometers and full bridge strain gauges terminated close to the measurement locations

­The UK aims to build enough wind farms to power every household by 2030. The potential of wind power was demonstrated by a recent record, when on a single day in January wind farms produced 19,835 megawatts, which is enough to cover more than half of England’s electricity needs. The increased investment in
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Date:
03/01/2023
Meeting Narrow-band Power Line Communication Requirements in Smart Grid Infrastructure Designs

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Figure 1: As more renewable energy sources have been added to the grid, it has been become largely de-centralized where power comes from a variety of local sources

­Today’s smart energy grids must be able to access real-time data collection through sophisticated communication, monitoring and control capabilities giving operators the ability to manage increasingly decentralized power generation and remedy any outage situations. Adding renewables and energy storage to th
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Date:
03/01/2023
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