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LAES – Liquid Air Energy Storage Animation 2018

Scale: 5-100s MW power
Duration: 12 hours or more
No location constraints, unlike pumped hydro or CAES

[highviewpower.com] – Highview company site
[wikipedia.org] – Liquefaction of gases
[wikipedia.org] – Cryogenic energy storage
[wikipedia.org] – Claude Cycle
[deepresource] – Liquid Air Energy Storage
[cryohub.eu] – Cryogenic Energy Storage for Renewable Refrigeration and Power Supply
[rechargenews.com] – Liquid-air storage offers cheapest route to 24-hour wind and solar
[energy-storage.news] – Fossil fuel plant in England will get 250MWh liquid air energy storage makeover from Highview Power
[spectrum.ieee.org] – Liquid Air Could Store Renewable Energy and Reduce Emissions

Buildings Covered With Solar Panels

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The Copenhagen International School for Nordhavn is covered with 12,000 solar panels, which is sufficient to provide 50% of the buildings electricity needs.

Now Korean researchers have announced a breakthrough with capturing solar energy via semi-transparent windows.

[cleantechnica.com] – Opaque To Transparent Solar Photovoltaics — Have Koreans Identified The Ideal Tech To Transform Windows Into Solar Power Producers?
[cell.com] – Neutral-Colored Transparent Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaics

Tesla Announces 1 Million Mile Car Battery

Tesla announced in 2019 it would bring a 1 million mile car battery to the market in 2020. Signs are that progress is being made.

[cleantechnica.com] – Is Tesla A Step Closer To The 1 Million-Mile Battery?

Scale Model KLM Flying-V

The Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands is working on a scale model of a V-shaped plane, that promises to reduce fuel cost with 20%. The project is sponsored by KLM. The model is expected to be ready for real test flights later this year.

[tudelft.nl] – Flying-V Energiezuinig vliegen op de lange afstanden
[wikipedia.org] – Flying-V jet

DELFT – TU Delft preparation of model Flying V. FOTO GUUS SCHOONEWILLE

e-Genius Update

Video from 2018. The e-Genius team is working on a hybrid version that would dramatically increase the range of the aircraft, currently at 400 km all-electric.

Original e-Genus video from 2015

[solarify.eu] – Airbus-Chef will bald elektrisch fliegen
[geo.de] – Norwegen will elektrisch fliegen – Flugzeugbauer teilen die Vision
[ingenieur.de] – Airbus plant das vollelektrische Fliegen

First Monopiles Installed at Borssele Offshore Wind Project

The Borssele I-V 1.5GW offshore wind project is currently the largest in the world (but not for long). This is Ørsted’s first project in the Dutch part of the North Sea. The first and largest monopile of a weight of 1,188 ton and a length of 76 meter has been rammed into the seabed. Borssele I-II is expected to be operational later this year and will produce sufficient electricity for 1 out of 8 million Dutch households. The 94 monopiles in total will have been installed by April, after which the towers and Siemens-Gamesa turbines can be installed in a couple of months more.

[pzc.nl] – Eerste funderingen van windpark Borssele zijn gezet
[deepresource] – Making Your Mark in Borssele, Offshore Wind Project

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Metal Fuel Gets a Subsidy Boost

A club a students of the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, called TeamSolid, is working on a new energy storage system, based on a fuel cycle: {iron powder –> burning, producing heat for a Stirling engine –> producing iron rust powder –> reduction to iron powder, which costs energy}:

TeamSolid managed to get a 20 kW system to work and now are provided with the opportunity to scale up to 100 kW, thanks to 1 million subsidy from the province of North-Brabant. Interested corporations foot the remaining 1.8 million euro. The 100 kW installation will bu utilized by the Bavaria-brewery. In order to brew beer, Bavaria needs steam and electricity, that are currently both provided by burning natural gas. The goal is to burn iron powder rather than natural gas in order to avoid CO2-emissions. Many third interested companies are watching from the sideline to see if something could be in it for them.

[ad.nl] – Miljoen euro subsidie voor ‘Metal Power’ TU/e-studenten
[teamsolid.org] – Team Solid official project site
[deepresource] – Metalot Campus
[deepresource] – Nyrstar – The Next Royal Dutch Shell?

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Upgrading the Aeolus

Van Oord Installation Walney Extension Wind Farm

[wikipedia.org] – Walney Wind Farm

Making Your Mark in Borssele, the Largest Offshore Wind Project in the World

Boskalis-Westminster N.V. hallelujah-videos concerning the Borssele 1.5GW offshore wind project in the Netherlands.

[wikipedia.org] – Boskalis
[nl.wikipedia.org] – Borssele Windpark

New Aeolus Video

This latest video shows the Aeolus with a new, larger crane, enabling the ship to handle the largest wind turbines to date.

The Aeolus is probably the most advanced offshore wind-turbine installation ship in the world today. German-built, Dutch owned, this ship is able to install a monopile for the latest 10-12 MW wind turbines within 24 hours. If we would add two days for the installation of the tower, nacelle and blades and assume that a simple, much cheaper barge would deliver all these parts at sea, eliminating the need for the expensive Aeolus to fetch these part from the port itself, we arrive at a hypothetical installation capacity of 100 MW per month or 1.2 GW per year. The Netherlands consumes on average 13 GW electricity 24/7/365. That is 11 years installation time. However, even these large turbines have a capacity factor of 60%, so 13 GW real installation (ignoring storage issues), with 6 MW per 10 MW nameplate turbine or 60 MW/month of 720 MW/year, would require 18 years installation time.

Think about it, a single ship is (in theory) able to replace the entire fossil fuel-based power production capacity of a country like the Netherlands, with a population of 17 million, that has the highest electricity consumption per capita in the entire EU, in 18 years time. As a rule of thumb, multiply this with a factor of 2 in order to create a truly renewable energy base, powering everything, including transport and space heating, with heat pumps.

One ship, the Netherlands, 36 years.

Europe has many of the jackup ships.

[deepresource] – Huisman Installation Aeolus 1600 Ton Crane
[deepresource] – Crane Aeolus Jack-Up Vessel Being Upgraded
[deepresource] – The Giants of a New Energy Age
[deepresource] – The Enormous Energy Potential of the North Sea

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Bosch Announces Complete Autonomous Driving Sensor Package

Lidar does with light what radar does with radio waves. It sends out a beam of light and tracks the photons that bounce back to paint a digital picture of what lies ahead. In theory, it should be the ultimate tool for creating self-driving systems, but it has several drawbacks… Only the parallel deployment of three sensor principles — cameras, radar, and Lidar — can insure that automated driving will offer maximum safety, the company says. “By filling the sensor gap, Bosch is making automated driving a viable possibility,” Bosch board member Harald Kroeger says.

[bosch-presse.de] – Safety to the power of three: Bosch completes sensor portfolio for automated driving
[cleantechnica.com] – Bosch Says It Has Lidar Sensors Ready To Go, But Offers Few Details
[wikipedia.org] – Lidar
[wikipedia.org] – Self-driving car

Bye-bye Walkman – Sony Announces Electric Car

Sony is good at keeping secrets and at this year’s CES auto show in Las Vegas, out of the blue, presented an electric car, the VISION-S. The news is very fresh and raises many questions, like will this car go in production and if so, by who? Austrian-Canadian Magna-Steyr, the auto supplier that had a large input? As you could have expect from Sony, the car is stuffed with electronics. The car has two electro-motors, delivering a performance overkill of 272 hp, 100 kmh in 4.8 seconds and a top speed 240 kmh. Fast-green if you will. The range is not communicated by Sony. Apart from Magna-Steyr, other companies on board are Nvidia, Bosch, ZF en Qualcomm.

[theverge.com] – Sony surprises with an electric concept car called the Vision-S.
[autoweek.nl] – Sony presenteert VISION-S in Las Vegas

Siemens eHighway

In the follow-up project, ENUBA 2, Siemens entered into a partnership with Scania, a Swedish company. The focus is on optimizing the integration of the drive system and pantograph into the vehicle and on providing the necessary traffic control systems.
The picture shows a driving scene at the extended eHighway test track in Groß Dölln, Germany

In Germany there are now several test roads for the purposes of developing an overhead line system for trucks. Locations: Hessen, Schleswich-Holstein and Brandenburg.

[spiegel.de] – Sieht so der Laster der Zukunft aus?
[wikipedia.org] – Trolleytruck

Schleswich-Holstein test highway

Hessen test highway

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Storage the Big Picture

Storing Solar Heat for Decades

[bloomberg.com] – An Energy Breakthrough Could Store Solar Power for Decades
[deepresource] – Long Term Storage of Heat in Isomers
[moth-poulsen.com] – Moth Poulsen personal site
[twitter.com] – Moth Poulsen Twitter account
[dailymail.co.uk] – Scientists discover extraordinary way to turn normal windows into emission-free solar panels which can store energy for nearly TWO DECADES

Thermal Storage with Norbornadiene-Quadricyclane

MSM – Molecular Storage Material, L-PCM – Localized Phase-Change Material

University of Houston proposed a new solar thermal battery:

Efficient solar thermal energy harvesting and storage are critical steps toward utilizing the abundant solar irradiation that reaches the surface of the earth. Current solar thermal approaches rely on costly high optical concentration systems, leading to high heat losses by hot bulk materials and surfaces. At the same time, the energy stored in the form of thermal energy has inherently large temporal losses. Here, we combine the physics of molecular energy and latent heat storage to introduce an integrated, simultaneous harvesting and storage hybrid paradigm for potential 24/7 energy delivery. The hybrid paradigm utilizes heat localization during the day to provide a harvesting efficiency of 73% at small scale and ∼90% at large scale. Remarkably, at night, the stored energy by the hybrid system is recovered with an efficiency of 80% and at a higher temperature than that of the day, in contrast to all of the state-of-the-art systems.

[cell.com] – Full Spectrum Solar Thermal Energy Harvesting and Storage by a Molecular and Phase-Change Hybrid Material

[uh.edu] – New Hybrid Device Can Both Capture and Store Solar Energy

Lithium-Sulfur Battery Breakthrough

Researchers from Monash University in Australia have presented a lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery that they claim will enable mobile phone batteries with a charge that lasts five days or car batteries with a range of 1,000 km. The battery cells have been produced in Germany at the Fraunhofer Institute and were tested and patented in Australia.

[independent.co.uk] – ‘World’s Most Efficient Battery’ Can Power a Smartphone For Five Days
[sciencedaily.com] – World’s most efficient lithium-sulfur battery
[eurekalert.org] – Supercharging tomorrow: Monash develops world’s most efficient lithium-sulfur battery

WindFloat Atlantic Floating Offshore Wind Park Operational

3 floating wind structures, equipped with 8.4 MW Vestas turbinbes, have been connected to the grid, 20 km out of the coast of Viana do Castelo, North-Portugal.

[renewableenergyworld.com] – EDP reports first WindFloat Atlantic wind turbine connected to grid
[offshorewind.biz] – First WindFloat Atlantic Turbine Sets Sail
[wikipedia.org] – Floating wind turbine
[Google Maps] – Location

Siemens-Gamesa Offshore Wind Tower Installation Cycle

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