$80 Million Staked by World’s Biggest Biogas Project on 88 Hog Manure Lagoons
In what is billed as the largest biogas project of its kind, biogas expert Roeslein Alternative Energy has partnered with Smithfield Foods and its Murphy-Brown livestock farming subsidiary to annually harvest hundreds of millions cubic feet of biogas from 88 lagoons of hog manure. The project is a relatively low-tech version of the biogas digester system which requires significant investment in infrastructure. This project, however, is simply going to leverage the existing lagoons, cover them to trap and methane-rich gas, capture and process them into usable biogas. The first 21 lagoon covers are expected to be in place this fall with full operation seen before the end of the year.
Construction Starts on Iowa’s Red Rock Hydropower Plant
The closure of the north tailwater area near Iowa’s Red Rock Dam earlier signaled the beginning of construction on a 36.4 MW hydroelectric plant which is being built along existing U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission infrastructure on the Des Moines River. The $46 million contract was awarded to Voith Hydro to supply the generators that will give the project the capability to generate up to 55MW at certain times of the year. The plant is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018.
Vikram Solar to Construct India’s First Floating Solar Plant
Vikram Solar Pvt., and Indian solar panel maker, won a bid to construct the country’s first-ever floating solar power plant on a lake in the eastern part of the country. The 15-KW pilot project will be constructed by December atop a 130 square-meter platform anchored to the lakebed next to Kolkata’s New Town Eco Park. The project will also serve as an experiment, giving data on whether above-water-solar installations will boost generation by cooling the panels as excessive hear reduce the efficiency of the panels. The project will also examine the effects of corrosion and evaporation from the lake.
Global EV Sales to Exceed 1.8 Million by 2023
New figures from Navigant Research predict that the sales of plug-in electric vehicles throughout Western Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific will balloon from 352,0000 annually to 1.8 million in 2023. The biggest markets expected during the forecast period are all urban, befitting the electric vehicles limited range. The report also predicts that Tokyo, Los Angeles and Paris will produce PEV sales in 2023 of 49,000, 39,000 and 25,000, respectively.