World's largest offshore wind turbine to be installed
Deepwater Wind's 30-MW Block Island pilot Wind Farm, located off the coast of Rhode Island, U.S., will receive five Haliade 150-6 megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbines from Alstom. The project will be one of the first offshore wind farms in the U.S. and will be the first to feature Alstom's Haliade 150-6 MW –the largest turbine installed in offshore waters. The five turbines will produce approximately 125,000 MWh of electricity a year, enough to power over 17,000 homes.
The company will manufacture the direct drive wind turbines and provide 15 years of operation and maintenance support for the Block Island Wind Farm owned and operated by Deepwater Wind, a developer of offshore wind in the United States. The Haliade 150-6 MW wind turbine features Pure Torque design for efficiency and reliability and its 150-meter diameter rotor provides an energy yield that is 15 percent better than existing offshore turbines, supporting the effort to drive down the cost of energy from offshore wind.
The Block Island project could lead to a larger utility-scale offshore wind farm of more than 1 gigawatt supported by a regional transmission system linking Long Island, New York and South-eastern New England. The project is aligned with The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's “Smart from the Start” offshore wind program, which aims to accelerate the development of clean, renewable offshore wind along the eastern seaboard of the U.S.
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In 2012, Alstom was part of Dominion Virginia Power's, Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project that was selected as one of the seven U.S. Department of Energy's (DoE) advanced technology demonstration projects. Dominion Virginia Power is planning to submit a funding proposal to the DoE for the second phase of the project that will help validate the next generation of hurricane resilient offshore turbine, foundation designs and advanced controls technologies along with the new processes involved in installation and operation of such equipment.
In late 2013, Alstom successfully installed its 6MW Haliade, which at the time was world's largest offshore wind turbine, off the coast of Belgium. The company is part of a consortium led by EDF Energies Nouvelles that was awarded three projects in the first tender launched by the French government to install offshore wind turbines generating 3 GWs of wind power off the coast of France. The successful bid included a total of 240 Haliade 150-6 MW turbines.
UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service
UK fleet owners of Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models can avail of a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.
The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, which specialises in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid.
Fleet customers will save around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year.
EDF’s V2G business solution includes:
The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.
A dedicated DREEV smart phone app, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time
Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. "By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero," he said. “Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”
Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.
He added the Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging and offers economic opportunities for businesses "that no other electric vehicle does today". Click here for more information.
FirstEnergy Corp, which aims to electrify 30% of its approximately 3,400 light duty and aerial fleet vehicles by 2030, has joined the Electric Highway Coalition. The group of electric companies, which has grown to 14 members, is committed to enabling long-distance EV travel through a network of EV fast-charging stations connecting major highway systems.
The Edison Electric Institute estimates 18 million EVs will be on US roads by 2030. While many drivers recognize the benefits of driving an EV, some are concerned with the availability of charging stations during long road trips. Through their unified efforts, the members of the EHC are addressing this "range anxiety" and demonstrating to customers that EVs are a smart choice for traveling long distances as well as driving around town.
Volta Industries has installed new charging stations at Safeway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Renton, Washington.