Amazon buys wind power in Scotland in new renewable push

Recharge News | October 24, 2019

Amazon will take power from a wind farm in Scotland and more solar in the US, in the latest ramp-up of its renewable energy commitments. The web retail giant said a 50MW PPA with a wind project in on the Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland will be “the largest corporate wind power deal in the UK” delivering 168GWh annually when it starts producing power in 2021. Further details of the project, to be called the Amazon Wind Farm, were not disclosed. Corporate deals with the likes of Amazon are seen as a big prize for UK onshore wind, which is locked out of the British government’s contract-for-difference renewables support mechanism. Amazon will also take power from 215MW of solar at plants in North Carolina and Virginia in the US, where the online group is already a major procurer of renewable energy. All three projects will deliver power to help green the consumption of data centres run by its Amazon Web Services unit. Amazon said it already has 1.6GW of wind and solar under its wing as part of a push to become 100%-renewable by 2030.

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Renewable gases can be produced by anaerobic digestion of wet biomass, gasification of woody solid biomass, or the so-called power-to-gas process, where renewable electricity is used for hydrogen (H2) production using electrolysis in order to split H2O in a first step and transform the H2 into methane in a second step.

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Renewable gases can be produced by anaerobic digestion of wet biomass, gasification of woody solid biomass, or the so-called power-to-gas process, where renewable electricity is used for hydrogen (H2) production using electrolysis in order to split H2O in a first step and transform the H2 into methane in a second step.

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Vestas Launches 15 MW Offshore Wind Turbine

Vestas | February 11, 2021

Vestas announced designs for a 15 megawatt (MW) seaward wind turbine on Wednesday, with the Danish firm wanting to introduce a model one year from now prior to sloping up creation in 2024. As per the Aarhus-settled organization, the monster V236-15.0 MW turbine will actually want to create about 80 gigawatt hours out of every year. This, it claims, would be sufficient to control roughly 20,000 European family units, saving more than 38,000 metric huge loads of carbon dioxide all the while. Vestas is the furthest down the line organization to push forward with the improvement of a sizeable seaward wind turbine. GE Renewable Energy's Haliade-X can be arranged to 12, 13 or 14 MW, while Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is chipping away at a 14 MW turbine which can likewise be helped to 15 MW whenever required. As innovation has created, the size of wind turbines has expanded. In a new report, industry body WindEurope said the normal appraised limit of turbines introduced in Europe a year ago was 8.2 MW, a 5% expansion on 2019. Limit alludes to the greatest sum a turbine can deliver, not really the thing it is presently producing. Wednesday likewise saw Vestas discharge its yearly report for 2020. The firm said its benefit for the year came in at 771 million euros ($934 million), somewhat better than the 700 million euros it detailed for 2019. Vestas' income in 2020 hit 14.8 billion euros, a 22% expansion contrasted with 2019.

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GREC and Community Energy Complete Construction of 10 MWdc Colorado Solar Projects Portfolio

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company | March 30, 2021

Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC ("GREC") announced today that construction has been finished on a 10 MWdc portfolio comprised of five community solar nurseries in southern Colorado. The solar projects were bought in 2019 from Community Energy ("CE"), who likewise remained on to deal with the designing, acquisition, and construction ("EPC") all through the structure cycle. Alongside an underlying EPC supplier, the portfolio likewise accompanied long haul membership concurrences with solid speculation grade offtakes, under Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Community ("SRC") program. The five community solar nurseries (Alden, Monte Vista 2, Rock Creek 2, Platteville, and Alamosa Solar South) are situated in provincial regions of the state, and administration a wide scope of supporters. This incorporates a populace of pay qualified families, who get given solar credits through the task, bringing down their electric bills every month. GREC additionally gives the chance to the portfolio's business supporters—which are all school locale, philanthropies, and districts—to save money on their influence bills, without introducing their own housetop exhibits. These business endorsers get solar credits for the energy created by a lot of the solar venture, offering them a less difficult approach to use and support clean force. “We’re glad to have begun our relationship with CE on a project that helps highlight the need for, and benefits of, local solar gardens, while also bringing value to our investors,” said Charles Wheeler, CEO of Greenbacker. “And we look forward to working together again in the future.” “Community Energy has been developing community solar gardens in Colorado since 2013, and is pleased to have worked with the Greenbacker team on our largest portfolio of solar gardens in the state,” said Ben Griffin, Director of EPC and Asset Management for Community Energy, Inc. “These projects will provide very real economic and environmental benefits to the wide range of subscriber customers and communities that are participating.” About Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC is a publicly reporting, non-traded limited liability energy company that acquires and manages income-generating renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and other energy-related businesses. The projects in which we invest, such as solar and wind facilities, sell power under long-term contract to high credit worthy counterparties such as utilities, municipalities, and corporations. About Community Energy Community Energy has developed and financed 2,000 MW of renewable energy power projects across the country, including 1,300 MW of solar power. Community Energy combines power marketing and development expertise to build renewable generation projects economically and at scale. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania and Boulder, Colorado, the Company has been a leading renewable energy developer for more than 20 years, developing many of the first utility-scale wind and then solar projects in the United States.

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SoCalGas and Bloom Energy Showcase Technology to Power Hydrogen Economy with Gas Blending Project

SoCalGas | December 15, 2021

Southern California Gas Co., the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, and Bloom Energy announced a project to showcase the future of the hydrogen economy and the technologies needed to help California reach carbon neutrality. The companies will collaborate to generate and then blend hydrogen into a university customer’s existing natural gas network to demonstrate how the natural gas infrastructure can be decarbonized, while balancing future energy supply and demand. The project is set to launch next year on the campus of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. California has ambitious climate goals, and a successful energy transition will require companies to collaborate and implement innovative projects.This unique demonstration could help our state transition to a carbon neutral future.” California State Assembly member Chris Holden The collaboration will utilize Bloom Energy’s solid oxide, high temperature electrolyzer to generate hydrogen, which will then be injected into Caltech’s natural gas infrastructure. The resulting 10 percent hydrogen blend will be converted into electricity without combustion through existing Bloom Energy fuel cells downstream of the SoCalGas meter, producing electricity for a portion of the university. For the purpose of this project, the electrolyzer is designed to generate hydrogen from grid electricity. At scale, the electrolyzer and fuel cell combination could enable long duration clean energy storage and low-carbon distributed power generation through the gas network for businesses, residential neighborhoods, and dense urban areas. When configured as a microgrid, it could also provide resilient power when and where energy is needed most, protecting businesses, campuses or neighborhoods from widespread power outages. Bloom’s high-temperature electrolyzer produces hydrogen more efficiently than low-temperature PEM and alkaline electrolyzers. Because it operates at high temperatures, the Bloom Electrolyzer requires less energy to break up water molecules and produce hydrogen. Electricity accounts for nearly 80 percent of the cost of hydrogen from electrolysis. By using less electricity, hydrogen production becomes more economical and will accelerate adoption. The Bloom Electrolyzer is also designed to produce green hydrogen from 100 percent renewable power. A new economy-wide technical analysis released by SoCalGas revealed that fuel cell technology, powered by clean fuels like hydrogen, can provide additional reliability and resiliency that will be in increasing demand as California moves towards its decarbonization goals. Today, SoCalGas is actively engaged in more than 10 pilot projects related to hydrogen, including its award-winning H2 Hydrogen Home. SoCalGas is also evaluating the potential to use existing infrastructure for transporting hydrogen through testing and demonstration at its engineering analysis center and is collaborating with California's other gas utilities and research institutions to develop a hydrogen blending standard for regulatory review. Bloom Energy is engaged with industry leaders to accelerate the global hydrogen economy, including projects related to producing low-cost, green hydrogen and utilizing nuclear energy to create clean hydrogen. About SoCalGas Headquartered in Los Angeles, SoCalGas® is the largest gas distribution utility in the United States. SoCalGas delivers affordable, reliable, and increasingly renewable gas service to 21.8 million consumers across 24,000 square miles of Central and Southern California. Gas delivered through the company's pipelines will continue to play a key role in California’s clean energy transition—providing electric grid reliability and supporting wind and solar energy deployment. SoCalGas' mission is to build the cleanest, safest and most innovative energy company in America. In support of that mission, SoCalGas is committed to the goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in its operations and delivery of energy by 2045 and to replacing 20 percent of its traditional natural gas supply to core customers with renewable natural gas (RNG) by 2030. Renewable natural gas is made from waste created by dairy farms, landfills, and wastewater treatment plants. SoCalGas is also committed to investing in its gas delivery infrastructure while keeping bills affordable for customers. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra, an energy services holding company based in San Diego. About Bloom Energy Bloom Energy’s mission is to make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world. Bloom’s product, the Bloom Energy Server, delivers highly reliable and resilient, always-on electric power that is clean, cost-effective, and ideal for microgrid applications. Bloom’s customers include many Fortune 100 companies and leaders in manufacturing, data centers, healthcare, retail, higher education, utilities, and other industries.

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