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Archive for the month “October, 2012”

South Africa To Invest $5.4B In Renewable Energy

Capacity: 1,400 MW of electricity.
Investment volume: $5.4 billion.
First part program encompass 28 wind and solar projects.
Operational date: between 2014 and 2016.
Current dependency on coal for electricity: 85%
Total installed capacity: 41,000 MW.

Another 19 projects are selected for phase two of the program.
Phase one + two: 3,725 MW renewable energy until 2016.
Another 3,200 MW planned until 2020.

Next to this more than 9,000 MW of new electricity produced from coal, gas, regional hydro and co-generation at industrial plants by 2025.
Other plans include a tender for 9,600 MW worth of nuclear power.

[reuters.com]

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London Array Wind Farm

London Array project has begun producing electricity. When finished this offshore wind farm will be the largest in the world. Location: 12 miles off the coasts of Kent and Essex in the Thames Estuary. Capacity after completion first phase: 470,000 households. Start project: March 2011. Wind turbines installed to date: 151 or 175 at the end of phase one (630 MW). Phase two (if started) will add another 240 MW. Ownership: E.ON 30%, Abu Dhabi–based Masdar 20%, Dong Energy 50%. E.ON believes that the costs of offshore wind energy can be reduced with by 40% by 2015.

[londonarray.com]
[guardian.co.uk]

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Pipelines

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Pipelines are fascinating. They connect separated regions. The energy content represents the equivalent of billions of virtual human energy slaves. Pipelines decide the fate or emergence of alliances, pipelines can spark wars.

[wikipedia – pipeline transport]
[wikipedia – List of oil pipelines]
[wikipedia – List of natural gas pipelines]

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Turkish Pipelines

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Turkey is a hub between Europe and the Middle East and as such of enormous geopolitical importance. Here an inventory of the pipelines, existing and projected, through Turkey. Pipelines have the potential to make and break alliances and could spark wars. It is likely that the western initiated civil war in Syria has to do with attempts to block the plans of a ‘Shia pipeline‘ from Iran, via Iraq and Syria to the Mediterranean, servicing the vast and lucrative European market.

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The European Supergrid

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The Friends of the Supergrid is a group of companies and organisations with a mutual interest in promoting the policy agenda for a European Supergrid.

[friendsofthesupergrid.eu]

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Where Does Everybody Gets Its Oil From?

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USA 2010

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Pete Schwartz Discusses Oil Reserves And Depletion

Solar Panels Already Pay Off

[Dutch language video] Peter Meijers, director of IBC Solar, does a simple calculation, showing that a solar installation on a roof, directed towards the south, in a weatherwise relatively grey country like the Netherlands, already pays off handsomely. A Kwh from the grid in the Netherlands costs 0.23 euro. Based on a 20 year lifetime, solar panels can produce electricity for merely 0.13 euro. Meijers stresses that in 2011 prices for solar panels have come down with 30%. A typical installation cost 2260 euro (that’s an Apple MacBook Pro MD104N/A 15 inch). Meijers does not expect that prices will come down much more in the coming years. This calculation shows that at least for private households in countries like the Netherlands, the energy transition still could be smooth and that the installation of solar panels could be compared with the invasion of the personal computers in nearly all Dutch households over the past twenty years.

[GreenemNL Youtube]

EROEI


A child will understand that if you have a garden with potatoes planted in it and if you harvest these potatoes at the end of the season, that there are two applications possible for the potatoes: consumption and seed for the next harvest. With energy it is much the same. Before you have a windturbine installed, able to produce electricity for decades to come (consumption potatoes), you first have to invest a lot of energy to get the machine installed in the first place (the seed potatoes). And a child will also understand that it would not make sense to install the windturbine if it takes more energy to install it than it will ever generate during its productive lifetime. Fortunately it doesn’t. Some estimates state that a windturbine can generate 18 times the amount of energy necessary to produce the windturbine. That number is called EROEI (or EROI), Energy Return On Energy Invested. The graph shows the EROEI values for all sorts of energy sources. For a table with the same values, see below.

[wikipedia]

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Solar Power From The Sea

DNV unveils its SUNdy floating solar field concept. Many countries are turning to solar technology and renewable energy because of a need for alternative energy sources and environmental concerns. To help meet these needs, DNV has developed SUNdy, a large-scale offshore solar field concept which launched at Singapore International Energy Week.

[dnv.com]

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Venezuela Wants Its Gold Back


221 tons to be precise, most from Britain. This is usually a sign of diminishing trust and anticipation that things in the near future could be different than before.

[dailymail.co.uk]

A year ago Venezuela withdrew its gold from Switserland and relocated it in Russia, China and Brazil. Venezuele clearly is putting its cards on SCO/BRICs rather than Anglosphere/The West.

[businessinsider.com]

Oh, and than there is Germany that wants to know if Fort Know really still harbors its gold? Why is Germany’s gold stored in the US anyway?

[zerohedge.com]

Uprise Energy 50 kw Portable Power Center

Portable wind turbine.

[upriseenergy.com]

Google in Megawatt


Impressive picture from Google datacenter in Iowa. Here is where your google searches (three billion per day), youtube requests and gmail are processed, as well as in twelve other, similar data centers around the world. Power consumption world wide: 260 MW. It is Google’s policy to apply electricity from renewable sources and for this gets a best note from Greenpeace.

[spiegel.de]
[google datacenter gallery]

Global Gas Reserves

[spiegel.de]

Wikipedia:
[Natural gas]
[List of countries by natural gas proven reserves]
[List of countries by natural gas production]
[List of natural gas fields]

Japanese Ambassador About Fukushima

The ambassador Kohei Murata paints a bleak picture of the situation in Fukushima.

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Norway Wants to Become Europe’s Battery Pack

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Because wind and solar energy are inconsistent, energy managers are looking for ways to fill in the gaps when it is dark outside and the air is still. A Norwegian company wants to turn hydroelectric power stations in the north into Europe’s battery packs.

[spiegel.de]

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International Energy Security Risk Index 2012


The International Energy Security Risk Index, a first-of-its-kind energy risk indicator, uses quantifiable data, historical trend information, and government projections to identify the policies and other factors that contribute positively or negatively to international energy security.

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Making Sense Of The Goldprice


It is not always easy to make sense of the stream of financial news that is fired at us from the media. Here however is an easy to remember rule of thumb, namely the correlation between the gold price and the amount of money around. For the past five years the correlation between these quantities was an astonishing 0.94. That’s lockstep.

[lewrockwell.com]

How Many Solar Panels Needed To Power Entire World?


Actually, surprisingly little: 496,805 square kilometers. That’s Spain. And this is the replacement of the world consumption of energy in all of its forms (barrels of petroleum, cubic meters of natural gas, watts of hydro power, etc. or 199,721 TW•h per year). And there would be more than enough otherwise useless space in the Sahara to do that. Not that we advocate that, for political reasons. It’s better to have a distributed system, like panels on every roof, just like there are hundreds of millions of computers under these roofs as we speak.

[landartgenerator.org]

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Iran considers halting uranium enrichment


Tehran may stop its enrichment of high-grade uranium if it is given nuclear fuel for research and medical reactors in exchange, Iranian officials said. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast said during a Eurasian media summit in Kazakhstan on Friday that, “If a guarantee is provided to supply the 20 percent [enriched] fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor, our officials are ready to enter talks.” German newspaper Der Spiegel earlier quoted Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi as saying that, “If our right to enrichment is recognized, we are prepared to offer an exchange.”
[rt.com]

Comment: We would be highly surprised if the US would accept this offer as it is our view that the US is using the uranium enrichment issue as a pretext for its global hegemony agenda, supported by both wings of the US one party political system.

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