May 17, 2020

Siemens Exits Nuclear Energy Business for Renewables

Siemens
Germany
Nuclear
Energy
Admin
2 min
Following the Fukushima meltdown, Siemens has decided to end its nuclear energy business, focusing instead on renewables
The chapter is closed,” says Siemens CEO Peter Löscher in regard to the companys nuclear energy business. In response to the worlds...

 

“The chapter is closed,” says Siemens CEO Peter Löscher in regard to the company’s nuclear energy business.  In response to the world’s growing concern over the safety of nuclear power, German-based Siemens will exit the nuclear sector in greater pursuit of renewable energy.

Löscher attributes the company’s decision not only to the Fukushima incident, but more to the German response.  The country, led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has banned nuclear energy, strategically closing various reactors with a goal of a nuclear free Germany by 2022.  The country will instead look to renewable sources of energy to fill the power gap.  Considering that Siemens is a German company that has had a hand in developing all of Germany’s 17 nuclear reactors, it only makes sense to follow suit and ditch nuclear for renewables. 

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"The chapter is closed for us," Löscher said. "We will no longer be involved in managing the building or financing of nuclear plants."

He adds that the decision is in response to “German society and politics' clear position on ending nuclear energy."

Siemens has had a difficult time in the nuclear energy sector this year following an order by an international tribunal demanding the company pay France’s Areva—the world leader in nuclear technology—€648 million ($927 million) for failing to meet contractual obligations in a joint venture that Siemens backed out of earlier this year.

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The announcement will inevitably terminate a long-planned joint venture between Siemens and Russian nuclear firm Rosatom to construct 400 nuclear plants by 2030.  However, Löscher did express that he wishes to continue working with the firm in other market areas.

Löscher seems hopeful for the future of renewables and Siemens’ role in bringing these technologies to the forefront.  He states, "Germany's shift towards renewable energies is the project of the century."

 

 

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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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