Germany Inaugurates Offshore Wind Farm
Germany’s first offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea was inaugurated at a ceremony attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The 50-MW park will generate 185-gigawatt hours of electricity per year, enough to power about 50,000 average sized homes. There are now two parks off the two coasts, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Renewable energy accounts for 17 percent of Germany’s electricity, the majority of which is generated through wind power.
Two Schools Win DOE National Science Bowl
A Sacramento high school team and a middle school team from San Ramon won the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl. Mira Loma High School won the first prize, an all-expense trip to the International Science School in Sydney, Australia. And Gale Ranch Middle School defeated Shahala Middle School from Vancouver, Washington for the championship. One hundred teams participated in the DOE’s competition. The first National Science Bowl was in 1991, to encourage students to pursue careers in math and science.
Connecticut High School Powered with Solar Fuelcell
UTC Power has planned to install a fuel cell at Hamden High School in Hamden, Conn. that will provide up to 90 percent of the school’s annual electricity requirements. The 400-kW fuel cell will also produce thermal energy as a byproduct that will be used to heat the school, including the swimming pool. The heat and power system will be supported in part by the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The CCEF also supported 4-kW solar installation at a community center and a 5-kW system at a local middle school.
Wall Underway Around Japanese Nuclear Plant
A wall is going to be built around Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant to protect it from future tsunamis, according to reports published Monday in the Mail and Guardian. The wall will be about two meters high (10m above sea level) and 500 meters long, made of rocks and wire mesh. Tokyo Electric Power also plans to triple the number of nuclear workers on staff to reduce radiation exposure of individuals. Confidence in the government has slipped in its handling of the nuclear disaster, according to polls.
By: Krishna Patel
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