May 17, 2020

Solar Millennium picks PV over Solar Thermal at Blythe

solar millennium
Blythe
California
Solar
Admin
2 min
Solar Millennium has picked photovoltaic (PV) panels over concentrated solar thermal for its massive Blythe solar power project
Solar Millennium is making a drastic move that it hopes will prove wise in the long-run. The company and subsidiary Solar Trust of America have decide...

 

Solar Millennium is making a drastic move that it hopes will prove wise in the long-run.  The company and subsidiary Solar Trust of America have decided to completely change the type of solar power technology used at its massive Blythe, California solar project.  Initially, the project was slated to use concentrating solar power (CSP), which uses mirrors to focus sunrays and harness thermal heat energy to power turbines.  Now, the companies collaborating on the project believe photovoltaic (PV) panels are the way to go.

Solar Trust of America has cited the lower costs of converting to PV over thermal energy.  The switch also opens the door to more favorable lending options. 

Construction on the 500 megawatt first phase of the Blythe project had already begun prior to the announcement of the technology switch.  When completed, the Blythe project will provide an impressive and unprecedented installed solar capacity of 1,000 megawatts.

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Solar Millennium forfeited a $2.1 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy for construction of phase one of the project to make the switch to PV. 

Solar Millennium plans to continue to pursue CSP projects throughout the world. "Our long-term strategy remains unchanged,” says CEO Christoph Wolff. "We see solid demand for CSP in the world's growth markets such as Africa, the Middle East, India and China. This is also true for Southern Europe where we have just achieved financial close on our fourth CSP plant in Spain.

"We strongly believe solar thermal technology will continue to fuel our market growth. The advantages of CSP as a grid-stabilizing renewable energy source with storage capabilities are obvious and highly valued by utilities elsewhere in the world. They will soon become systematically acknowledged in the US, as well. This includes the use of hybrid PV/CSP plants."

More than 60 percent of the total utility-scale installed solar power in the U.S. is CSP, and 70 percent of new developments currently under construction use CSP.  However, Photovoltaics are finally reaching price parody with traditional energy sources like coal and nuclear.  High manufacturing capacity and low costs will see PV taking a more prominent role in solar energy development from here on out.  The fact that this, one of the largest solar projects in the world, has decided to convert from CSP to PV should be a sign of things to come. 

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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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