Renewable Energy

April 2024
Combining GaN and Liquid Cooling for Greater Energy Efficiency in AI Data Centers

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Figure 1: Projected electricity consumption of data centers (2015 – 2030) [6]

The data center industry is at a crossroads, facing unprecedented transformation due to the surge in generative AI and other emerging technologies. This surge has massively increased the power consumption on servers, putting a strain on data centers around the world. Data centers already account for about 2 perce
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Date:
04/30/2024
New Offshore Wind Turbines Can Take Away Energy from Existing Ones

A wind LiDAR for collecting data on wind energy, weather and air movements.

­As summer approaches, electricity demand surges in the U.S., as homes and businesses crank up the air conditioning. To meet the rising need, many East Coast cities are banking on offshore wind projects the country is building in the Atlantic Ocean. For electric grid operators, knowing how much wind power the
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Date:
04/29/2024
Secretary Haaland Announces New Five-Year Offshore Wind Leasing Schedule

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland

­In remarks at the International Partnering Forum conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, today, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland will announce a new five-year offshore wind leasing schedule, which includes up to 12 potential offshore wind energy lease sales through 2028. Future offshore wind energy le
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Date:
04/24/2024
TDK Offers Snap-In Capacitors with Increased Compactness for General-Purpose Applications

TDK Offers Snap-In Capacitors with Increased Compactness for General-Purpose Applications

­TDK Corporation announces the new EPCOS B43659 series of snap-in aluminum electrolytic capacitors. This is the next generation of ultra-compact general-purpose components for voltages of 450 V (DC) featuring an extremely high CV product. It provides the same features and serves the same applications as
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Date:
04/23/2024
Ceremonial Inauguration of Bavaria's First Grid-Closed 5-Megawatt Hydrogen Production Plant in Pfeffenhausen

In the presence of Bavarian Prime Minister Dr Markus Söder, State Minister Hubert Aiwanger (Bavarian State Minister for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, Stmwi), District President Rainer Haselbeck (Government of Lower Bavaria) and District Administrator Peter Dreier ...

­Last Friday, in the presence of representatives from politics and the media, the shareholders of Hy2B Wasserstoff GmbH and the project partners, the go-ahead was given for the commissioning of the first grid-connected 5-megawatt hydrogen production plant in Bavaria at the site of the future hydrogen centre in
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Date:
04/23/2024
Kohler Launches New KD Series Industrial Generator

Kohler Launches New KD Series Industrial Generator

­Kohler Power Systems, part of Kohler Energy, expands its industry-leading KD Series line of industrial generators with a new model, KD800 for 50hz markets. This generator features a new advanced engine (KD18L06) that can also run on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as a renewable fuel source.  This new model
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Date:
04/22/2024
Wärtsilä Engines Again the Choice for Major Texas Utility Power Plant Project

From left to right: Andreas Bucheler, Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Wärtsilä; Risto Paldanius, Vice President, Americas, Wärtsilä; Randa Stephenson, LCRA Executive Vice President and Chief Op

­Technology group Wärtsilä has again been awarded a major contract by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), a river authority based in Austin, Texas, that provides wholesale power to the Texas power grid. Following an order by LCRA for ten Wärtsilä engines generating an output of approximately 190 MW
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Date:
04/17/2024
KYOCERA AVX Launches Two New Snap-In Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitor Series

KYOCERA AVX Launches Two New Snap-In Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitor Series

­KYOCERA AVX, a leading global manufacturer of advanced electronic components engineered to accelerate technological innovation and build a better future, released two new series of snap-in aluminum electrolytic capacitors: the SNA Series and SNL Series.  SNA and SNL Series snap-in aluminum electroly
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Date:
04/17/2024
Infinigen Renewables Announces Strategic Solar+ Battery Storage Project in Puerto Rico

Leslie Hufstetler, CEO of Infinigen Renewables

­Infinigen Renewables, a leading solar renewables company and ArcLight Capital Partners ("ArcLight") today announced a milestone power and battery infrastructure project – a ~15 MW storage project paired with a ~32 MW Solar Project in the Yabucoa Municipality of Puerto Rico.  Infinigen, a wholly ow
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Date:
04/17/2024
Nova Clean Energy Closes Acquisition of 1 Gigawatt Wind and Solar Development Asset Portfolio from BNB Renewables

Ben Pratt, President of Nova Clean Energy

­Nova Clean Energy (‘Nova’) announced the acquisition of HyFuels, a more than 1 gigawatt portfolio of mid-to-late-stage wind and solar development projects as well as an earlier stage green ammonia project. Located on the Texas Gulf Coast, an area of rapidly increasing power demand and a leading center fo
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Date:
04/16/2024
PSDcast – New Company to Help with Electric Transition

Gustavo Cibrian, Product Portfolio Manager, Battery Interconnect Systems, ENNOVI

­Interplex recently launched the company ENNOVI, which according to their press release, will help customers get to the electric future faster and is primed to support the sector’s drive for innovation, improved efficiency, and reduced environmental impact. And on the line to discuss that is Gustavo Cibrian, Product Po
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Date:
04/15/2024
Electrolyzer Market: Consistent Uptick in Number of Green H2 Players

Electrolyzer company expansion continues. Source: IDTechEx

­As green hydrogen increasingly garners recognition as a pivotal tool for decarbonizing various industries, the electrolyzer market is also observing a steady and consistent rise in the number of companies venturing into the development of electrolyzer stacks and production facilities. These companies have di
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Date:
04/12/2024
New Quantum Material Promises Over 190% Quantum Efficiency in Solar Cells

Schematic of the thin-film solar cell with CuxGeSe/SnS as the active layer.

­Researchers from Lehigh University have developed a material that demonstrates the potential for drastically increasing the efficiency of solar panels.  A prototype using the material as the active layer in a solar cell exhibits an average photovoltaic absorption of 80%, a high generation rate of photoe
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Date:
04/12/2024
Engineers Making a Better, More Profitable Grid for Distributing Solar Power

Iowa State engineers are working to make the power grid better at integrating renewable power plants, such as the Alliant Energy Solar Farm at Iowa State University.

­If you’re the Midcontinent Independent System Operator – the organization that manages the flow of high-voltage electricity across a central stripe of the U.S. and Canada, from Manitoba, Michigan and Minnesota through Iowa and all the way to Louisiana – you want energy supplies to meet the energy demands of
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Date:
04/12/2024
PSDcast – Community Solar w/ Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman

Pivot Energy's Josh Levy

­Renewable energy provider Pivot Energy has partnered with Tapestry, Inc., which represents lifestyle brands like Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman. The goal includes six community solar projects in Illinois, totaling 33 megawatts. And on the line to discuss this is Pivot Energy’s Josh Levy.
Date:
04/11/2024
Splitwaters Selected by Akna Energy for 20 MW Green Hydrogen Plant

Splitwaters Selected by Akna Energy for 20 MW Green Hydrogen Plant

­Paving the path for a Sustainable Green Economy...Splitwaters, a Houston‐based electrolyzer manufacturer and EPC firm has signed an agreement with Akna Energy, LLC for a 20 MW Green Hydrogen Plant to be built & in operation in late 2025. This plant will be the first of many Green Hydrogen plants that Ak
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Date:
04/03/2024
The Bioenergy Imperative

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Figure 1: Biomass is expected to form an important part of the energy mix in 2050 (copyright International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA))

­Today’s fossil fuels are essentially ancient solar energy trapped in dead plant matter, compressed under rocks for thousands of years, and transformed into concentrated fuels whose embodied energy can now be released through burning or other chemical processes. But what if we could radically accelerate the
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Date:
04/01/2024
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