Southwest Windpower Creates Its Most Efficient Turbine Yet

Posted on January 7th, 2011 by

Southwest Windpower creates its most efficient turbine yet, AES’s power storage facility ready for operation and the Empire State ?Building becomes New York’s largest commercial purchaser of renewable power.

Southwest Windpower’s Extermely Efficient Turbine

Southwest Windpower, one of the world’s premier suppliers of distributed wind generators, is have quite the week.  Just recently, one of the company’s co-foudners, Andy Kruse, was appointed to serve on a new Rewneable Energy & Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee for the Department of Commerce. And yesterday, the company unveiled its most efficient turbine to date—the Skystream 600 at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show. The new turbine is capable of producing 74 percent more energy for commercial residential use as compared to the older model. The turbine is among the most efficient power grid-connected turbines available, providing an average 7,400kWh of clean energy annually per household. The turbine will be publically available in March of this year so that consumers can easily connect to wind power and use the internet to measure how much energy is generated through their machinery.

AES Power Storage Facility Ready for Operation

AES Energy Storage has announced that the company’s 8-MW battery-based storage system project has reached commercial operations. The first of its kind in the US, the initiative aims to deliver instant responses to grid operator requests for power in an effort to level the variability of generation and demand. The system is located in Johnson City, New York and is capable of supplying 20-MW of reserve capacity upon full completion. The project uses AES’s patented frequency regulation performance algorithm that provides optimal energy storage. The DOE awarded AES a $17.1 million loan guarantee for phase two of the project.

The Empire State Building Becomes New York’s Largest Commercial Purchaser of Renewable Power

The Empire State Building in New York has become to the largest commercial purchaser of renewable power in the state.  The building will purchase 55 million kilowatt-hours worth of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) every year from Green Mountain Energy’s parent company NRG Energy. The purchase will cover the building’s yearly power consumption.  A large-scale purchase such as the one that the 2.85 million sq.ft. building  is pursuing is a movement that is popular among business and institutions seeking to improve their green statuses.

LDK Solar Invests in Solar Power Inc.

LDK Solar has acquired a 70 percent interest in Solar Power Inc. for $33 million. The investment is beneficial to both parties because it boosts SPI’s balance sheet so that the company can continue developing its project pipeline and project portfolio. SPI’s pipeline and improved portfolio will in turn give LDK Solar with module supplies for large scale projects. LDK will also purchase parts of SPI’s manufacturing equipment and take manufacturing control of SPI’s facility in Shenzhen, China. Through the deal, SPI will be able to focus more on the development and construction of solar projects while LDK increases its revenue.

Fulcrum to Expand Biofuel Production

Fulcrum BioEnergy, yet another biofuel producer, announced a feedstock supply agreement with Waste Management of Nevada for the delivery of post-sorted municipal solid waste. The waste is to be sent to the Sierra BioFuels Plant, Fulcrum’s first large-scale production facility for biofuel conversion. The agreement allows Fulcrum to expand the Sierra plant’s capacity through the increased feedstock. The plant is slotted to begin construction immediately so that commercial operations can begin by 2012.

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