May 17, 2020

Israel gets First Solar Farm

Solar
Power
Energy
arava
Admin
2 min
Arava Power develops the first solar farm in the nation of Israel, marking the countries new drive toward solar renewables
On Sunday—World Environment Day for those who didnt know—Israel officially launched development of the countrys first solar farm. Developer...

On Sunday—World Environment Day for those who didn’t know—Israel officially launched development of the country’s first solar farm.  Developer Arava Power announced that the medium-sized 4.95-megawatt solar farm is first of over 400-megawatts of new solar installations planned for construction in southern Israel. 

The Arava Desert will serve as host to the new solar farm, providing renewable energy to the surrounding kibbutzim of Ketura, Lotan and Grofit.  The field will contain approximately 18,500 solar panels.

“Israel is in last place among industrial countries in solar energy development even though we should be leading the pack,” company co-founder and CEO Yosef Abramowitz says.  “At less than one percent [renewables], we are betraying our own energy security.  This is a down payment on the solar future of the State of Israel.”

Arava Power struggled for five years to initiate development of the solar farm, with government red tape slowing progress.  However, the project is just the first of some planned 45 future solar installations across the country.  14 other solar fields are currently being prepared for construction.

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Israel has set a cap of 300-megawatts for medium-sized fields, like the Arava installation, despite an estimated 1,200-megawatts worth of applicable space and energy at the country’s disposal.  Larger fields, like the 40-megawatt project being planned by Arava Power across the street from the current field, are still pending government approval from Israel’s Finance Ministry. 

According to Abramowitz, development is occurring at far too slow a pace, and of the over 600 license applications for solar project pending approval, only 16 to 20 are approved on a monthly basis. “It’s essentially a $20 billion market between now and 2020, and we’re announcing a $2 billion jumpstart,” Abramowitz added. “And the Treasury wants to freeze, block and cut? They’ve got to be kidding–where is the prime minister?”

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May 4, 2021

Awesense launches digital clean energy marketplace

Renewables
Digitaltransformation
cleanenergy
Dominic Ellis
3 min
The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation

Awesense has launched what it claims is the only energy-focused repository of solutions built to drive the industry's decarbonization agenda.

The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation, uniting applications, solutions and algorithms to solve energy and grid challenges.

Solutions listed on the marketplace cover a range of cases, and launch companies include Doosan GridTech, Kitu Systems, vadiMAP, LO3 Energy, ENGIN, Utilidata, Clir Renewables, ChargeLab, SensorLink, Exeri, Easy SmartGrid, and Athena Power.

“We are welcoming a new era in the decarbonization of energy systems,” said Mischa Steiner, CEO of Awesense. “The goal of achieving a clean energy future requires collaboration amongst key industry players in the utilities and energy sectors. Sharing resources through the Marketplace means that our customers and partners have a truly seamless approach as we work towards our common goal - ultimately, decarbonizing the world’s energy system.”

Utilities, consulting companies, and other organizations struggle to develop solutions that can be scaled across many jurisdictions due to complex data integration and the lack of a standard, open data model. Using the solutions offered throughout the Marketplace, organizations can rapidly accelerate their transition to a decentralized, decarbonized future and develop solutions that are scalable across industry. The platform will open up new revenue streams in areas such as:

  • Distributed energy resource integration and control

  • Electric vehicle charging

  • Demand response and smart-home management

  • Grid services

  • Intelligent asset management

  • Transactive energy

  • Microgrid management

  • Advanced distribution system management

The new marketplace builds on Awesense's Digital Energy Platform, a digital twin based energy analytics platform that allows utilities to scale at the same pace as the rapidly changing technology landscape of the energy grid.

Together, the Open Energy Data Model and the Awesense Marketplace removes hurdles around data mapping and transformation, expedites data preparation and refining, and provides a common framework for companies to collaborate.

“The energy-specific data model allows utilities, technology companies, consulting firms, and other vendors to build solutions that can be easily integrated by other energy companies, to make a real impact on the industry as a whole, and develop new revenue streams for their organizations” said Steiner. “We’re looking forward to seeing the Awesense Marketplace grow as more partners committed to energy decarbonization join us.”

There are no simple solutions to putting the world on a sustainable path to net-zero emissions, according to the IEA. Reducing global CO2 emissions will require "a broad range of different technologies working across all sectors of the economy in various combinations and applications." it notes

Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia formed

Amp Power Australia has established the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a strategic portfolio of large scale integrated Solar PV, Wind and Battery Energy Storage assets located in South Australia. The hub also includes the siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex, forming part of the South Australian Government's Hydrogen Action Plan. 

The portfolio, acquired from EPS, includes three large Solar PV projects totalling over 1.3 GW of generation, located at Robertstown (636 MW), Bungama (336MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388MW) with a total BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio.

Amp's expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform 100% owned by Amp, which provides a diverse portfolio of disruptive and interoperable grid edge solutions, and includes a smart transformer, which enables real-time autonomous management and optimised dispatch of all forms of distributed generation and loads across the grid. 

Palmetto recently opened its marketplace in Arizona, and is now serving 20 states across the country, claiming its proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application "are all designed to democratize access to clean energy".

 

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