China Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Locomotive

Posted on December 1st, 2010 by

China showcases its new hydrogen fueled train, Duke Energy completes a 51-MW wind farm in Colorado, and the Department of Energy grants supercomputers for research.

China Unveils Hydrogen Fuel Locomotive

Secretary Chu lauded China’s strides in the energy market. In fact, the nation has made huge progress in the area and China has also improved in their mass transit programs. They are even building a Asia-Europe rail network and expanding on their national high speed rail lines. Now, the Chinese have unveiled a fuel cell light rail locomotive for local transportation. The locomotive is powered by a permanent magnet motor and hydrogen fuel cells. Both work together to run a synchronous motor and frequency converter. This permits the train to produce and use power efficiently, reducing energy use by up to 20 percent.

Duke Energy Completed Colorado Wind Project

Duke Energy has completed its Colorado Wind Farm, giving the company nearly 1,000-megawatts of wind generation capacity at its nine wind farms in the U.S. The farm has 34 General Electric turbines that are 1.5-MW each. The entire 6,000 acre farm is in Burlington, Colorado and can generate 51-megawatts of electricity. The project, dubbed the Kit Carson Windpower Project is the second commercial wind project Duke Energy brought to fruition in 2010. Their other project, the World Windpower Project near Casper, Wyoming began operations in October.

DOE Grants Supercomputers for Research

The DOE has granted the largest amount of supercomputing time in history to 57 research projects that will use the computer simulations for virtual experiments. The innovative projects involve ideas that would not be testable in the natural world. The two supercomputers the projects will use have a computational capacity equal to 135,000 quad-core laptops. Such research is expected to deliver more efficient solar cells, improved biofuel production, and other solutions. Companies such as GE and aircraft producer Boeing have partnered with the project to use the computers to develop stronger wind turbines and jet engines.

Second Wind Launches Community Outreach Program

Leading wind measurement company, Second Wind, launched a new program to power the growth of local wind power projects. The Community Wind Information Service will use the company’s unique measurement technology to carry out analyses for individuals that wish to develop wind turbines on farms, schools, and other community lands. The new project will allow community members to ensure their project is cost-effective and a true benefit for their area. The measurement campaign will be carried out by the Triton Sonic Wind Profiler; then, Second Wind will analyze the Triton data and produce a Wind Information Report that includes detailed estimates and other factors the customer should consider before installation. All services are priced under $50,000.

Sustainable Energy Receives Fewer Subsidies than Fossil Fuels

Sustainable energy receives 12 times less in subsidies worldwide as compared to energy from fossil fuel, according to a new report from the USC Marshall School of Business. There are also higher start-up costs for green investments and low prices for products, all factors that keep investment in the area from booming. Companies find themselves unable to store energy created by renewables, according to the students. The group recommended better policy regulations to provide incentives to green businesses and presented their findings to an advisory council of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, a 21-nation group.

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