First Algal Biofuel Powered Military Helicopter
The U.S. military has made it clear that biofuels will power its vehicles into a renewable energy future. The navy has already tested biofuel blends in its jets, but how about helicopters? Well, the U.S. Navy has tested a 50/50 algal biofuel blend in one of its Seahawk helicopters, marking the first time in history a military aircraft has been airborne by way of algae-derived biofuel.
In spring 2010, the U.S. Navy successfully flew its “Green Hornet” jet on a 50/50 blend of camelina-derived biofuel. Yet, even then, the Navy had its eyes set on algae biofuels, which hold untold promise in scalability.
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San Francisco’s Solazyme, Inc. provided the algal biofuel, called Solajet HRJ-5. “Solazyme is honored to be working with the US Navy and DLA-Energy in driving forward the testing and certification process for advanced biofuels,” says Solazyme CEO Jonathan Wolfson. "The successful flight demonstration of the Seahawk helicopter on a 50/50 blend of Solajet HRJ-5 and petroleum-derived jet fuel marks a significant milestone in this process, and reinforces the Navy’s commitment to securing our nation’s energy supply.”
Solazyme has been working in partnership with Honeywell UOP since 2009 on multiple military contracts, aiding in refining processes.
Solazyme’s algal biofuels can serve as drop-in replacements to traditional petroleum fuels, and may further secure an independent United States armed forces, free from reliance on foreign oil. Solazyme is the first company to ever provide microbially-derived fuels to the U.S. Navy.
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
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