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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby Tanada » Sun 04 Nov 2007, 07:30:17

Michigan wind farm update.
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Baycity Times wrote:BAD AXE - Michigan's Thumb may be sprouting more windmills - 25,000 acres' worth.

That's almost eight times the space allotted to 32 windmills on the state's first commercial wind farm, which has sprouted up near Elkton in recent months.

The latest project is being run by DTE Energy, a Detroit-based utility that serves the Thumb, mostly with coal-fired power, and operates a plant in Harbor Beach.

Andy Sommers, a real estate agent in Bad Axe, said he and others in Huron County seem to like the windmills that have already gone up near Elkton at the Harvest Wind Farm, owned by John Deere Wind Energy.

''I don't find them unattractive at all,'' Sommers said. ''They're rather majestic looking.''

Sommers sees windmills as an economic opportunity for the Thumb.

DTE generates just 1 percent of its power from renewable sources now, including landfill gas and three windmills at Laker Elementary School near Pigeon.

The company wants to increase its renewable portfolio, Singer said, in anticipation of state regulations and due to the need for more power in Michigan.

Besides the 25,000 acres under consideration, DTE has already signed an agreement to buy energy from a wind farm east of Cadillac. The company also has proposed to build a new reactor at its Fermi nuclear plant in Monroe County.

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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby aliendroid » Sun 25 Nov 2007, 23:52:19

aliendroid wrote: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.


That information was end of 2nd quarter, now at end of 3rd quarter report texas has 3980 MW of wind power online and 1350 MW under construction.

The USA has 5700 MW of wind power capacity under construction at this time.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby cube » Sun 20 Jan 2008, 06:57:50

To: aliendroid
link please

Two 5MW windmills have been installed off the coast of Scotland for the Beatrice Wind Farm project

This is what a 5M windmill looks like:
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby cube » Sun 10 Feb 2008, 05:56:50

France: Flamanville Nuclear Power Plant

The site currently has 2 PWR reactors that came into service in 1986 and 1987. However there is an EPR (European Pressurized Reactor) under construction there. This will be the 2nd EPR reactor. The first was in Finland which is still under construction.

timeline:
December 6, 2007 First concrete was poured
In 2012 the facility will be commissioned

picture of completed project
The EPR reactor is the one on the bottom of the pic
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby cube » Tue 17 Jun 2008, 19:05:01

woah this thread is dead.
I guess everybody would rather talk about pie-in-the-sky projects rather than what's happening "on the ground".

yes this is currently under construction!
Sanmen Nuclear Power Plant
Reactor type AP1000
Reactors planned 4 (4,400 MW)
The plant will be notable as the first implementation of the AP1000 reactor developed by Westinghouse.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby Zorlag » Tue 08 Jul 2008, 04:21:15

Solid oxide fuel cell power generator is going to be deployed at Vaasa Housing Fair this summer:

http://asuntomessut.vaasa.fi/Default.aspx?id=558491

http://www.abnnewswire.net/press/en/484 ... C3%A4.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid_oxide_fuel_cell

Small but interesting project, remains to be seen what else can be done with it.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby sch_peakoiler » Mon 21 Jul 2008, 03:22:54

cube wrote:woah this thread is dead.
I guess everybody would rather talk about pie-in-the-sky projects rather than what's happening "on the ground".



I guess the reason is different. There are already specialized energyblogs and websites like greencarcongress.com which document all more or less importand developments rather accurately. To re-report it here would be a helluva job. For example there are several GtL plants already operating and further GtLand CtL plants being built - but there is no report here about them. solar energy and wind energy are also being constantly built and you'd have a _hard_ time documenting that here.

I think it makes more sense to do reports on overall statistics like twice or thrice a year.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby raythemoneyman » Fri 08 Aug 2008, 19:01:28

It is nice that we actually can talk about projects that are "on the ground", off and running. I do enjoy being a Told You So on this. I angered friends and business associates for years saying that I prayed for $100.00 oil. I knew it was the only thing that would allow us to turn the corner. Feels good!
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby kublikhan » Sat 16 Aug 2008, 23:59:07

sch_peakoiler wrote: I guess the reason is different. There are already specialized energyblogs and websites like greencarcongress.com which document all more or less importand developments rather accurately. To re-report it here would be a helluva job. For example there are several GtL plants already operating and further GtLand CtL plants being built - but there is no report here about them. solar energy and wind energy are also being constantly built and you'd have a _hard_ time documenting that here.
I think it makes more sense to do reports on overall statistics like twice or thrice a year.
That is a good idea. No sense trying to reinvent the wheel. To that end, let me get the ball rolling with a few general progress reports:
This link covers recently completed and under development projects in the North Western US:
NW Renewable Energy Projects

40 GW of renewable energy capacity was added worldwide last year. That brings the total renewable capacity to over 1,000 GW(includes hydro). Renewable energy represents 20% of global power generation. Last year, worldwide renewable energy generated more power than nuclear did.
Renewable Energy Growth 2007
Renewable Energy 2007 Global Status Report
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby kublikhan » Sun 17 Aug 2008, 01:03:29

Wind Projects in the US:
Current installed US wind capacity: 19 GW
Wind capacity currently under construction: 9 GW
Wind capacity added in 2007: 5.2 GW
Wind capacity added first half of 2008: 2.7 GW
Projected new wind capacity for all of 2008: 7.5 GW
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby yesplease » Tue 27 Jan 2009, 00:51:43

W/o more info I don't think anyone would have a clue. Is it possible that G.E. contracted another plant to do the work?

Anyway, back on topic.
US President-elect Barack Obama's goal to double production of renewable energy over three years was proof of commitment but could be more ambitious, industry players said on Friday.

Obama asked Congress on Thursday "to act without delay" to pass legislation that included doubling alternative energy production in the next three years and building a new electricity "smart grid."


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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby peripato » Tue 27 Jan 2009, 05:13:20

yesplease wrote:W/o more info I don't think anyone would have a clue. Is it possible that G.E. contracted another plant to do the work?

Anyway, back on topic.
US President-elect Barack Obama's goal to double production of renewable energy over three years was proof of commitment but could be more ambitious, industry players said on Friday.

Obama asked Congress on Thursday "to act without delay" to pass legislation that included doubling alternative energy production in the next three years and building a new electricity "smart grid."


Unified Smart Grid.

According to its initiator, this thread is for posting "on actual facilities and infrastructure being built, not planned or under consideration, but where the ground has actually been broken and construction has started."

There's been a shitload of activity here, hasn't there?
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby yesplease » Tue 27 Jan 2009, 10:03:20

peripato wrote:According to its initiator, this thread is for posting "on actual facilities and infrastructure being built, not planned or under consideration, but where the ground has actually been broken and construction has started."

There's been a shitload of activity here, hasn't there?
Doh! I imagine a mod can move it if appropriate. That said, as a project it's infinitely (not literally ;)) more active under the current administration compared to under the last administration.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby kublikhan » Thu 29 Jan 2009, 16:40:46

Here's another wind update. In 2008, the US passed Germany to become the world's largest generator of wind power, and the country with the most installed wind capacity. Globally, wind power provides about 1.5% of electricity consumption, up from 1.3% last year. The new wind projects completed last year account for about 42 percent of the entire new power-producing capacity added across the U.S. last year.

2008:
US:
installed wind capacity: 25.3 GW
Wind capacity added in 2008: 8.5 GW

Germany:
installed wind capacity: 23.3 GW
Wind capacity added: 1 GW

World:
installed wind capacity: 120 GW
Wind capacity added: 26 GW

2007:
US:
installed capacity: 16.8 GW
wind capacity added: 5.2 GW

Germany:
installed wind capacity: 22.3 GW
wind capacity added: 1.6 GW

World:
installed capacity: 94 GW
wind capacity added: 19.7 GW

Sources:
Record-Setting 8.5 GW of New US Wind Power Capacity Added in 2008
World Wind Energy Association
Wind Power In Germany
The German Perspective
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby kublikhan » Thu 11 Jun 2009, 14:47:07

Worldwide renewable power figures for 2008:

Renewable power capacity(includes hydro):
2006 - 1,020 GW
2007 - 1,070 GW
2008 - 1,140 GW

Existing Wind Capacity:
2006 - 74 GW
2007 - 94 GW
2008 - 121 GW

Solar PV existing capacity:
2006 - 5.1 GW
2007 - 7.5 GW
2008 - 13 GW

Solar PV annual production:
2006 - 2.5 GW
2007 - 3.7 GW
2008 - 6.9 GW

Annual investment in new renewable capacity:
2006 - $63 billion
2007 - $104 billion
2008 - $120 billion

Many leadership changes and milestones in renewable energy markets and policy took place in 2008. The United States became the leader in new capacity investment with $24 billion invested, or 20 percent of global total investment. The United States also led in added and total wind power capacity, surpassing long-time wind power leader Germany. Spain added 2.6 GW of solar PV, representing a full half of global grid-tied installations and a fivefold increase over Spain’s 2007 additions. China doubled its wind power capacity for the fifth year in a row, moving into fourth place worldwide. Another significant milestone was that for the first time, both the United States and the European Union added more power capacity from renewables than from conventional sources (including gas, coal, oil, and nuclear).
Renewables Global Status Report 2009

BTW, this thread used to be stickied. Looks like it got unstickied when we updated the forums. Can we get this thread stickied again?
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby Tanada » Mon 29 Mar 2010, 11:48:40

Ventower Industries LLC will break ground Tuesday for a 115,000-square-foot facility on 38 acres at the Port of Monroe. The factory should be in operation within nine to 12 months, said Gregory Adanin, chief executive officer.
Monroenews.com LINK

This is literally less than 2 miles from my house and I find it a hopeful sign. We are sitting here at about 17% unemployment so this could be a very helpful event.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby Tanada » Tue 30 Mar 2010, 20:17:36

Groundbreaking ceremony http://www.wwj.com/Wind-Tower-Manufactu ... oe/6692685
Ventower Chairman of the board, James Viciana, says it will create 150 jobs initially.

"I've been explaining the expansion plans that we have for this business," Viciana said. "I hope you're all aware... this is phase 1."

Governor Jennifer Granholm and Congressman John Dingell were on hand for the groundbreaking of what will be a 115,000 square-foot facility.
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby kublikhan » Tue 22 Mar 2011, 15:42:27

Worldwide renewable power figures for 2009/2010:

Renewable power capacity(includes hydro):
2006 - 1,020 GW
2007 - 1,070 GW
2008 - 1,140 GW
2009 - 1,230 GW
2010 - ?

Existing Wind Capacity:
2006 - 74 GW
2007 - 94 GW
2008 - 121 GW
2009 - 159 GW
2010 - 194 GW

Solar PV existing capacity:
2006 - 5.1 GW
2007 - 7.5 GW
2008 - 13 GW
2009 - 21 GW
2010 - 36.6 GW

Solar PV annual production:
2006 - 2.5 GW
2007 - 3.7 GW
2008 - 6.9 GW
2009 - 7.1 GW
2010 - 15.6 GW

Annual investment in new renewable capacity:
2006 - $63 billion
2007 - $104 billion
2008 - $120 billion
2009 - $139 billion
2010 - $188 billion

Individual countries wind power:
China existing wind capacity:
2007 - 5.9 GW
2008 - 12.0 GW
2009 - 25.8 GW
2010 - 42.3 GW

US existing wind capacity:
2007 - 16.8 GW
2008 - 25.3 GW
2009 - 35.1 GW
2010 - 40.1 GW

Germany existing wind capacity:
2007 - 22.3 GW
2008 - 23.3 GW
2009 - 25.8 GW
2010 - 27.2 GW

Sources:
Renewables 2010 Global Status Report
China Remains Global Renewable Energy Leader
Global Wind Energy Capacity Grows 22.5% in 2010
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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby kublikhan » Mon 16 Jul 2012, 15:23:10

Highlights:
Renewables accounted for almost half of the estimated 208 GW of new electric capacity installed globally in 2011.

In the European Union, renewables accounted for more than 71% of total electric capacity additions in 2011, bringing renewable energy’s share of total electric capacity to 31.1%. Solar PV alone represented almost 47% of new capacity that came into operation. For the first time ever, in 2011 solar PV accounted for more new electric generating capacity in the European Union than did any other technology.

Since 2007, wind power has represented 35% of the US’s new electric generating capacity, more than twice the share of coal and nuclear power combined.

China ended 2011 with more renewable power capacity than any other nation.

Renewables comprised more than 25% of total global power-generating capacity (estimated at 5,360 GW in 2011), and supplied an estimated 20.3% of global electricity.

Renewable energy sources have grown to supply an estimated 16.7% of global final energy consumption.

Solar PV capacity in operation at the end of 2011 was about 10 times the global total just five years earlier, and the average annual growth rate exceeded 58% for the period from the end of 2006 through 2011.

The trend towards ever-larger wind turbines has resumed, with the average turbine size delivered to market in 2011 being 1.7 MW; the average size installed offshore was up about 20% over 2010 to 3.6 MW. Most manufacturers are developing machines in the 4.5–7.5 MW range, with 7.5 MW being the largest size that is commercially available.

Global investment in renewable power and fuels increased 17% to a new record of $257 billion in 2011. Solar spectacularly passed wind power, and U.S. investment surged in advance of expiring support policies.

By the end of 2011, PV modules were selling for between USD 1 and 1.20 per watt, which is about 76% below the average price in the summer of 2008.

Renewable power capacity(includes hydro):
2006 - 1,020 GW
2007 - 1,070 GW
2008 - 1,150 GW
2009 - 1,170 GW
2010 - 1,260 GW
2011 - 1,360 GW

Renewable power capacity (total, not including hydro)
2008 200 GW
2009 255 GW
2010 315 GW
2011 390 GW

Wind Capacity:
2006 - 74 GW
2007 - 94 GW
2008 - 121 GW
2009 - 159 GW
2010 - 198 GW
2011 - 238 GW

Solar PV capacity:
2006 - 5 GW
2007 - 8 GW
2008 - 13 GW
2009 - 23 GW
2010 - 40 GW
2011 - 70 GW

Annual investment in new renewable capacity:
2005 - $ 61 billion
2006 - $ 97 billion
2007 - $133 billion
2008 - $167 billion
2009 - $161 billion
2010 - $220 billion
2011 - $257 billion

Solar PV new annual production:
2006 - 2.5 GW
2007 - 3.7 GW
2008 - 6.9 GW
2009 - 7.1 GW
2010 - 15.6 GW
2011 - 30 GW

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Re: Energy Infrastructure Progress Report

Unread postby kublikhan » Fri 01 Feb 2013, 14:49:08

• The U.S. wind industry installed 8,380 megawatts (MW) during the fourth quarter of 2012 bringing the total U.S. wind power capacity installations to 60,007 MW and 2012 installations to 13,124 MW.
• The U.S. wind industry more than doubled its previous high quarter for installations, going from 4,113 MW during the fourth quarter of 2009 to 8,384 MW during the fourth quarter of 2012
• Wind energy became the number one source of new U.S. electricity generating capacity for the first time, providing some 42% of all new generating capacity. In fact, 2012 was a strong year for all renewables, as together they accounted for over 55 % of all new U.S. generating capacity.

What does 60 GW mean?
• Powers the equivalent of 14.7 million American homes, or the number of homes in Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada and Ohio combined.
• Represents $120 billion of investment in the U.S.
• Provides electricity generation equivalent to 14 nuclear power plants or 52 coal plants
• Avoids the consumption of 36.6 billion gallons of water annually

How did the industry get to 60 GW?
• It took more than 25 years to reach 10 GW (in 2006), then only 2 more years to reach 20 GW (in 2008).
• The U.S. wind industry hit 40 GW in 2010 and then in 2012 hit both the 50 GW and 60 GW milestone
AWEA U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2012 Market Report
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