DOE Offers $20 Million for Projects that Integrate Fossil and Solar
The U.S. Energy Department announced that it will allot $20 million in new funding for two to four projects that will help integrate concentrating solar power systems with fossil fuel power plants. The DOE seeks applications from industry, universities, and national laboratories. The projects selected will work to design, build and test cost-competitive integrated CSP-fossil fuel power generating systems. The new funding aims to overcome near-term market and technological barriers for cost-effective CSP hybrid system implementation.
Japanese Companies Seeks Profit from Renewable Energy
Oji Holdings Corp., the world’s largest corporate user of renewable energy and the 2nd biggest paper producer by revenue, plans to sell clean power in Japan to take advantage of government subsidies and counter a sales slide in mainstay paper products. The company plans to spend $234 million to build two wood-fueled biomass plants in Hokkaido. It plans to start selling electricity from the units in about three years as part of a 60 billion yen investment in renewable energy, including solar, geothermal and hydro.
Schleswig-Holstein to Double Wind Capacity on Land
The German state of Schleswig-Holstein recently approved doubling the land area devoted to wind energy. The move is significant because the North-German land bordering Denmark has the highest concentration of wind energy in Germany. Wind energy has become the “work horse” of the Schleswig-Holstein economy and currently provides nearly 50% of the state’s electricity consumption from more than 3,200 MW of wind generating capacity. Schleswig-Holstein’s long-awaited decision is the first formal step in setting aside nearly 2% of the state’s land area for use by wind energy. The wind association and the state government say this decision is possible because of the widespread acceptance of wind energy that has resulted from the high percentage of local ownership.
Geo Provides Baseload Power for Christmas in California
The California Independent System Operator maintains reliability and accessibility to one of the largest power grids in the world. Everyday it reports on the production of renewable energy in California as it strives to meets its target of 33 percent of electricity from renewable sources by the end of 2020. On Christmas Day, as Californian families sat down for their Christmas meal, renewable energy provided about 2,000 MW at six o’clock in the early evening. Geothermal power delivered the most electricity on Christmas Day- over 40 percent of the total for renewables that day.