Vattenfall has won a permit to develop the Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm off the coast of the Netherlands and is expected to bring the 700 to 750 megawatt project online in 2022, according to the nation's government. The project is expected to be the first of its kind worldwide to be built without any support mechanisms.
Siemens Gamesa has won a contract to supply a wind farm under development by Iberdrola and various partners in the Canary Islands with seven 2.6-megawatt 114 turbines for a total capacity of 18 MW, according to the companies. The Chimiche 2 project will be built in the island of Tenerife.
Quest Offshore Resources, a US analytics firm and data provider, has formed an arm focused on analyzing floating offshore wind projects. The firm said its Quest Floating Wind Energy unit will use the data to drive "better decision making" in the industry.
Vineyard Wind's proposed offshore wind farm in Massachusetts and other projects will help the state curb its carbon dioxide emissions and deserve the support of cities like Barnstable, writes Gordon Starr. "Vineyard Wind will produce clean, reliable, renewable energy, and Barnstable should step up and support this forward-looking project," he writes.
The Platte River Power Authority in Colorado can achieve its net-zero goal for carbon generation by 2030 and do it for a cost premium of 8% or less, according to a study from Siemens. Observers say the report indicates net zero energy from renewables can reach cost parity with fossil fuels in a coal-dominant area like PRPA's, then renewables can compete anywhere.
The UK Offshore Wind Industry Council has detailed a new 2030 Vision that would lift the nation's installed offshore wind capacity from 13 gigawatts to 30 GW by 2030.
With funding from an Energy Department Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies grant, Westinghouse Electric will develop a wireless transmitter to monitor reactor vessels and Pennsylvania State University's Radiation Science and Engineering Center will test the device. The RSEC will test to ensure the wireless signal isn't degraded by the high neutron and gamma radiation field.
If advanced technology allows nuclear power plants to be built for $2,000 per kilowatt and gas prices act as forecast, the percentage of the energy mix made up by nuclear power could be as much as 60%, according to an analysis by the Electric Power Research Institute. That share could increase to 80% or more if carbon emissions policies or other revenue streams are put in place.
A research program at the University of Iowa is investigating ways to store used nuclear fuel safely and training scientists in radiochemistry to bolster an aging workforce. The program has received funding from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Energy Department, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
More than 30 nations are working toward building nuclear power programs for the first time, while many other countries are strengthening their nuclear sectors for more reliable, carbon-free energy, writes geoscientist Scott Montgomery. The US is at a crossroads where it must choose to retain its leadership in nuclear technology or see another country guide the industry.