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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby Starvid » Wed 16 Nov 2005, 16:52:42

And yeah, one more thing. The Swedish utilities are at last getting their tumbs out when it comes to wind power. They will build a total capacity of about 7 TWh. This equals pretty much the output from a 1000 MW nuclear reactor. Price tag is $4,2-4,8 billion.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby Starvid » Tue 22 Nov 2005, 09:48:33

New Russian reactor in commercial operation.
The Kalinin-3 V-320 nuclear reactor, which started up late in 2004, has commenced commercial operation. With modern Russian process control technology the 950 MWe unit has an expected life of 50 years, compared with 30 years as standard for Russian plants. Rosenergoatom is planning to start construction of unit 4 in 2006, with a view to operation in 2010.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby Tanada » Mon 19 Dec 2005, 19:43:35

New commercial windfarm in Michigan breaks ground.

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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby Starvid » Tue 20 Dec 2005, 18:31:32

China: Construction of phase two of the Ling Ao nuclear power plant began on 14 December. Using improved second-generation technology, the project to build two 1000 MWe PWRs is the third commercial nuclear power plant built by China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Co in Guangdong province. The company also constructed the Daya Bay and Ling Ao Phase I plants. Unit one of phase two is scheduled to begin commercial operation in December 2010 and unit two in August 2011.

Namibia: Rio Tinto has approved the proposal to extend the production life of the Rossing uranium mine through to about 2016. Management at Rossing Uranium - which is 68.6% owned by Rio Tinto - have spent the past three years preparing a comprehensive investment proposal to extend the mine's life. The project - which should return the mine to its full production capacity of 4000 tonnes U3O8 per year within the next two years - involves capital expenditure of US$112 million, about half of which will be for new mine equipment and the other half for refurbishing the mill.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby justgas » Fri 30 Dec 2005, 10:57:07

December 22, 2005
California utility regulators approved a large contract for deployment of solar thermal concentrators that use Stirling engines.

http://renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/ne ... y?id=40914

http://www.sandia.gov/news-center/news- ... rling.html
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby aahala » Fri 30 Dec 2005, 19:37:41

Here's some recent additional US wind farms completed and their
MW capacity:

Trimont, MN 100; Kumeyaay, CA 50; Wolverine, ID 64; Elk River, KS 150
Maple Ridge, NY 198; Hopkins Ridge, WA 150.

A few days after Hopkins Ridge was completed, it was reported the farm
averaged 111 of the 150 capacity over a particular twenty four hour period. That's about three times the long run average production of
nameplace capacity of US wind farms generally.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby Starvid » Tue 10 Jan 2006, 09:42:38

Pakistan: The first concrete was poured for the second reactor at the Chashma nuclear power plant (Chasnupp) on 28 December 2005. Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz was present at the ceremony and pressed the button that started the concrete pouring process. The main contract for construction of Chashma-2 - a 300 MWe PWR - was signed on 4 May 2004 between China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) and the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC). (Associated Press of Pakistan, 28 December; CNNC, 30 December) Pakistan is reportedly negotiating the purchase of six to eight nuclear power reactors from China over the next 10 years. The deal could cost US$7-10 billion and would involve adding 3600-4800 MWe of capacity using a series of 600 MWe reactors. The plants are expected to be completed by 2025, with construction starting by 2015, a senior Pakistani official told the Financial Times.

China: The Tianwan-1 nuclear power reactor - a Russia-designed VVER-1000 - achieved first criticality on 20 December 2005, China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) announced. The unit will now undergo tests at low power prior to commissioning of the reactor. (CNNC, 21 December; see also News Briefing 05.47-12) Meanwhile, a contract for nuclear island design and technical services for phase two of the Lingao nuclear power plant in Guangdong province was signed on 22 December between the Beijing Institute of Nuclear Engineering (BINE) and China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding Corp (CGNPC).
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby cube » Tue 14 Feb 2006, 12:04:33

Lets not forget the nuke plant being built at Bushehr, Iran. The project was originally started in the 1970's when the Shah was in power. However because of delays due to political and economic "instability" over the years, the project has yet to be completed.

The Bushehr plant has 2 reactors and one of them appears to be near completion while the other has not been worked on for quite some time. Aside from the nuke plant, Iran also has other facilities under construction:
uranium enrichment plant at Natanz
heavy water production facility at Arak
uranium ore mines at Saghand
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby Tanada » Fri 24 Feb 2006, 12:12:49

Chineese news service reports new Coal to Oil plant under construction now.

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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby MrBean » Mon 27 Feb 2006, 19:11:34

Record Year for Global Wind Energy
http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/re ... y?id=44188

Posted this also as a new thread, before I saw this.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby kmann » Sun 25 Mar 2007, 23:59:48

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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby MonteQuest » Mon 26 Mar 2007, 01:12:11

Gee, a year and a half and not much progress.

You'd a thought that the technofixers would have flooded this thread.

I guess we will have to wait until complacency turns to panic.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby kaktus » Mon 26 Mar 2007, 03:40:18

Trying to light up your Monday:

More than 2.200MW of wind power capacity was installed in Germany during 2006.

Germany has clearly taken the lead in wind power investment. they get 7% of electricity from wind now.


Source: http://www.dewi.de/
Slide show: http://www.dewi.de/dewi_neu/englisch/th ... _06_PK.pdf
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby cube » Mon 26 Mar 2007, 13:52:16

Lets not forget the EPR nuke plant being built in Finland....and yes this is under construction right now! Unfortunately there are construction delays. here's mock up pic of what it will look like when completed:
I assume the EPR reactor is the half dome in the pic while the other 2 are the older ones currently in use now.
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A bit of info about the EPR:
1) 3rd generation nuke design
2) passive safety
3) possibility for extended life == 60 years
4) large reactor == 1600 Mwe

IMHO there's nothing "amazing" about this new technology. It's an improvement obviously but certainly not a great leap forward. It's primary advantage is economies of scale....kinda like if you bought a gallon of milk you'd pay less per quantity then if you bought a half pint. :wink:
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby IslandCrow » Thu 29 Mar 2007, 03:28:26

BBC News: World's most powerful solar plant


Portugal has inaugurated what it says is the world's most powerful solar power plant.

The array of electricity-generating solar panels covers about 60 hectares (150 acres)..... enough energy to supply 8,000 homes.....
The 11-megawatt plant has 52,000 photovoltaic modules, which will produce 20 gigawatt hours of power each year....

Portugal is developing wind, solar and wave power projects as part of a plan to invest $10bn (£5bn) in renewable energy over the next five years.

Prime Minister Jose Socrates has said he wants 45% of Portugal's power consumption to come from renewable energy by 2010.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby MonteQuest » Sat 31 Mar 2007, 16:03:07

Remember:

Let us use this thread to post reports on actual facilities and infrastructure being built, not planned or under consideration, but where the ground has actually been broken and construction has started.


In other words, reality.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby Tanada » Sun 01 Apr 2007, 21:36:28

USEC American Centerfuge prototypes have completed testing and the first cascade will begin operating in mid 2007. The first production units for the lead cascade are being installed in March and April 2007 and will be tested extensively before actually receiving any Uranium for processing.

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USEC is now working towards beginning commercial plant operations in late 2009 and having approximately 11,500 machines deployed in 2012, which would provide about 3.8 million SWU capacity, based on our current estimates of machine output and plant availability.




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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby Ferretlover » Thu 21 Jun 2007, 14:05:11

For reference:
Energy Maps of US US Dept of the Interior found at: http://www.msnbc.com/modules/eoe/energy.asp

Maps re: nuclear, electrical, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, natural gas, oil, hydroelectric and coal.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby aliendroid » Sat 03 Nov 2007, 03:16:41

Texas has 3300 MW of wind power online and 1200 MW under construction right now. Texas plans to have about 25,000 MW of wind power as soon as possible.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

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