Future Power Technology: Issue 73

6 April 2016 (Last Updated April 6th, 2016 07:30)

In this issue: Chile’s Mirror of Tarapacá dual-energy development, Carnegie Wave Energy’s subsea pods, the value of storing energy, non-waste nuclear experiments, clean coal plants, upgrading the US grid, and more.

Future Power Technology: Issue 73

Future Power Technology Issue 73

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The heart of Chile’s Atacama Desert will be home to Espejo de Tarapacá, the Mirror of Tarapacá. This dual-energy development will generate solar power in the day to drive water to a hydro plant at night, solving the problem of power intermittency that is so common with renewables. We profile this project which is hoped to create cheap, clean electricity for Chile.

Also in renewables, we speak to Carnegie Wave Energy about its subsea pods that are making zero-emission electricity, and investigate the real value of energy storage. Plus, we learn about Germany-based Max Planck Institute’s experiment to generate nuclear energy with no waste.

In traditional markets, we explore how best-in-class technology could create the cleanest coal-fired plants, and ask why the US is investing $220m in its national grid infrastructure.

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In this issue

Going deep to harness wave power: Carnegie CETO systems
Carnegie Wave Energy has announced a new round of financing agreements for its CETO 5 and CETO 6 wave energy projects. We speak to Carnegie to find out more about the unique, underwater system that creates zero-emission electricity.
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The Mirror of Tarapaca: Chile’s Paired Power
Valhalla’s Espejo de Tarapacá project in the Chile’s Atacama Desert will combine solar and hydro power technologies to run a 300MW pump hydro plant. We learn more about the project, which will provide cheap electricity for Chile without the problem of power intermittency.
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The true cost of stored energy
Factoring in cost alone is leading to misconceptions of the real value of energy storage, according to a report by the World Energy Council. The tendency to focus on investment barriers is skewing perceptions to make it seem more expensive than it really is, so we investigate the true value of stored energy.
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Stellar Performance in the Fusion Race
Germany’s Max Planck Institute is about to activate the Wendelstein 7-X reactor in an experiment which could, in theory, generate an endless supply of clean energy without the nuclear by-products. We discover how it works.
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Supercritical mass
Despite its decline, coal will play a significant role in the global energy mix for many years to come, so the question is – what is the cleanest way to exploit coal power? We explore German coal-fired power plant RDK 8’s supercritical boiler technology, which may have the answer.
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Upgrading the US
The US Department of Energy is to spend $220m on upgrading the country’s power grid over the next three years. We look into what needs to be done to improve the grid, and the implications of grid-connected renewable energy projects in the future.
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In the next issue

Dublin-based OpenHydro recently installed the first of two tidal turbines at EDF’s site in Brittany, north-west France. It is due to connect to the grid by the summer to become one of the world’s first grid-connected tidal turbine arrays. We explore this project which is paving the way for EDF and OpenHydro to collaborate on the larger Normandie Hydro project of installing seven tidal turbines off Normandy by 2018.

Plus, we speak to the organisations monitoring solar cell efficiency ratings to learn the importance of independant analysis, hear about the UK’s plans to trial an ‘intelligent street’ in London that will employ solar and kinetic technologies, and look into the innovative fusion projects in Canada that are slowly changing the public’s perception of nuclear.

Also, we report on how plant designers are moving with the times to develop new high-efficiency, low-emission coal-fired plants, as well as finding out about the effects of improper coal ash disposal.

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