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MORGENROT | August 09, 2022
Morgenrot, the cloud-based distributed computing power solution provider announces the showcase of its latest technology development, "MASAMUNE™",interactive rendering solution at SIGGRAPH 2022. "MASAMUNE™" is a cost-effective remote-and-immersive interactive streaming solution. The showcase will demonstrate its integration capability, realizing scalable and interactive rendering with photorealistic path-tracing and rasterization, on clustered systems with multiple display configurations. It will also highlight how Morgenrot is able to work with partners to integrate their technology in a scalable manner from CAVE systems to streaming solutions on mobile browsers without imposing heavy tasks.
Morgenrot's interactive rendering technology has a wide range of real-world applications especially in the field of tomography used in multiple areas of science, quantum computing, radiology etc.
Distributed data centers powered by renewable energy
Morgenrot offers cloud based distributed computing solutions that allow end users to tap on high performance computing power anytime anywhere as they need. Our proprietary algorithm Excalibur ® based platform distributes computing tasks across our data center network, and significantly improve overall performance reducing project time and cost. Morgenrot builds containerized server solutions operated by green power. We work with renewable energy providers such as wind farm operators to place our containerized data centers next to the wind farms and tap renewable electricity to generate green data.
Morgenrot offers various rendering services to meet customer needs
Render Pool® : Using GPU servers for massively distributed parallel processing powers, RenderPool ® performs high-speed rendering at a low cost. By applying our distributed computing service, 292 hours of local rendering time could be reduced to 15 hours. Morgenrot offers customized solutions that is tailored to each customer needs.
M:CPP ™: Our cloud GPU service uses the latest technology of AMD and NVIDIA's high-end GPUs targeted for various GPU based computation workloads. M:CPP frees up the problems that come up with platform selection such as cost, specifications, performance, etc. to provide GPU resources quickly for engineers to concentrate on project.
Voxel Pool ™: Morgenrot, In collaboration with Hokkaido University , developed the next generation tomography solution that delivers visualization of 3D volumetric data that bundles a huge amount of 2D images taken at ultra high resolution (technology showcase only).
Morgenrot is an engineering driven startup company that provides high performance computing power to anybody who is hungry for computing power anytime anywhere at a low cost. Morgenrot operates over 1,000 servers and plans to expand Japan's borders to provide computing power across all industries including content creation, automotive and industrial designs, medical, and various R&D fields. Morgenrot provides computing power to our customers, through human and earth-friendly digital social infrastructure.
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Duke Energy | September 01, 2022
With the completion of a new 74.9-megawatt (MW) solar facility in Hardee County, Duke Energy reached a significant milestone – it has delivered on its commitment to provide 700 MW of clean energy to Florida customers.
The Charlie Creek Solar Power Plant is the last of 10 solar sites that are part of the company's multiyear plan on file with the Florida Public Service Commission to deliver 700 MW of solar generation from 2018 through 2022.
Elected officials and community leaders joined Duke Energy today at a commemorative ribbon cutting and solar panel signing ceremony at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate this significant milestone and grand opening of the new site.
"Today we are delivering on our promise to build a cleaner, brighter energy future for our customers, By 2024, we plan to provide 1,500 MW of solar generation as part of our ongoing strategy to offer cleaner, smarter energy solutions that will benefit all Florida customers."
-Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president.
In addition to carbon reduction and the benefits of creating a diverse energy infrastructure, solar development fosters economic development and job creation in the areas that Duke Energy serves. During construction, the projects brought nearly 2,400 temporary construction jobs to the area.
All 10 solar facilities are located throughout Florida, as far south as Highlands County and as far north as Hamilton County. At peak output, the sites will generate enough energy to effectively offset the carbon emissions that would be equivalent to consuming about 140 million gallons of gasoline every year.
The 10 solar power plants under this commitment include:
Hamilton (completed December 2018) in Hamilton County. Click here for video.
Trenton (completed December 2019) in Gilchrist County. Click here for video.
Columbia (completed March 2020) in Columbia County. Click here for video.
DeBary (completed June 2020) in Volusia County. Click here for video.
Twin Rivers (completed March 2021) in Hamilton County. Click here for video.
Santa Fe (completed March 2021) in Columbia County. Click here for video.
Duette (completed November 2021) in Manatee County. Click here for photos.
Lake Placid (completed December 2021) in Highlands County. Click here for video.
Sandy Creek (completed May 2022) in Bay County. Click here for video.
Charlie Creek (completed August 2022) in Hardee County. Click here and here for videos.
Solar generation commitment
With a combined investment of more than $2 billion, Duke Energy Florida's solar generation portfolio will include 25 grid-tied solar power plants, which will benefit all Florida customers and will provide about 1,500 MW of emission-free generation from approximately 5 million solar panels by 2024. Over the next decade, the company will continue to make innovative and targeted investments in additional solar power plants, battery storage technology, community solar, transportation electrification and a modernized power grid to help meet customers' needs for diverse, reliable energy solutions.
Duke Energy Florida
Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, owns 10,300 megawatts of energy capacity, supplying electricity to 1.9 million residential, commercial and industrial customers across a 13,000-square-mile service area in Florida. Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 150 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of America's largest energy holding companies. Its electric utilities serve 8.2 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, and collectively own 50,000 megawatts of energy capacity. Its natural gas unit serves 1.6 million customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Kentucky. The company employs 28,000 people. Duke Energy is executing an aggressive clean energy transition to achieve its goals of net-zero methane emissions from its natural gas business and at least a 50% carbon reduction from electric generation by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The 2050 net-zero goals also include Scope 2 and certain Scope 3 emissions. In addition, the company is investing in major electric grid enhancements and energy storage, and exploring zero-emission power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear. Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2022 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' "America's Best Employers" list. More information is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos and videos. Duke Energy's illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.
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NextEra Energy | September 12, 2022
NextEra Energy Transmission MidAtlantic (NEETMA), a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Transmission, LLC, and WindGrid, a subsidiary of Elia Group, announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to lay the foundation to work together to develop and construct offshore wind transmission infrastructure for New Jersey if selected by the Board of Public Utilities (BPU).
"WindGrid and its parent Elia Group are leaders in the engineering, construction and operation of offshore electric transmission projects and we're pleased to be collaborating with them on our New Jersey proposals,We believe we are well-positioned to help New Jersey achieve its clean energy goals and we look forward to working with all stakeholders on making this important project a success."
-Matt Valle, president, NextEra Energy Transmission.
NEETMA has submitted a number of proposals, collectively called the NJ Seawind Connector, to the BPU to support the transmission needed to achieve the state's offshore wind goals. The NJ Seawind Connector offers New Jersey multiple solutions that would collectively deliver to the state the greatest offshore wind power with the least impact to the environment and local communities. NEETMA's superior design offers the most cost-effective approach to meeting New Jersey's clean energy needs, while protecting utility customers and providing BPU additional optionality, expandability and flexibility, and high-quality offshore wind transmission infrastructure to meet the state's future energy needs.
WindGrid builds on Elia Group's unique offshore experience in both the North and Baltic seas in Europe. To date, Elia Group has connected 13 wind farms to onshore grids and is currently operating three subsea cable interconnections. Elia Group is also working on new innovative projects such as hybrid interconnectors and energy islands. The company is at the forefront of innovative approaches in offshore grid design and is well-positioned for playing a leading role in the shaping of future offshore grid projects.
"We believe our offshore wind transmission experience will provide valuable insights and provide meaningful benefits if the NEETMA project is selected by the BPU. Thanks to our industry-leading position in offshore electric transmission, we have access to and relationships with an extensive network of technical equipment suppliers with whom we collaborate to ensure we are integrating the latest technical innovations into each of our projects. Working with NEETMA, we expect to make a meaningful contribution to accelerating the energy transition in New Jersey,"
-Markus Laukamp, chief executive officer of WindGrid.
NextEra Energy Transmission
NextEra Energy Transmission develops, finances, constructs, and maintains transmission assets across the continent. NextEra Energy Transmission operates through its regional subsidiaries to integrate renewable energy and strengthen the electric grid. The company's subsidiaries were among the first non-incumbents to be awarded projects by system operators and utility commissions in California, New York, Texas, and Ontario. NextEra Energy Transmission's portfolio includes operating assets in 10 states, six regional transmission organizations and one Canadian province, with numerous projects under development and construction. To learn more, visit www.NextEraEnergyTransmission.com.
Elia Group is a European key player in electricity transmission. Through our subsidiaries in Belgium (Elia) and the north and east of Germany (50Hertz), we operate 19,192 km of high-voltage connections at land and sea, meaning that we are one of Europe's top 5 transmission system operators. In addition to our activities as a system operator, we provide various consulting services (via Elia Grid International) and want to be a reliable partner (via WindGrid) for governments that want to proactively build offshore grid infrastructure and renewable energy developers that are looking for solutions which will allow them to securely connect and integrate their offshore energy projects into the onshore grid.
Sunnova Energy International Inc. | September 05, 2022
Sunnova Energy International Inc. (“Sunnova”) (NYSE: NOVA), a leading U.S. Energy as a Service (EaaS) provider, announced it has applied to the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) to develop a first-of-its-kind solar and storage focused “micro-utility” in California.Sunnova formed a wholly-owned subsidiary called Sunnova Community Microgrids California, LLC (“SCMC”) to own and operate EaaS offerings in new communities including energy generation, storage, and distribution infrastructure. SCMC seeks to develop largely self-sustaining micro-utilities by equipping new home communities with solar and storage to provide consumers with a better energy service that allows them to live in a more resilient home and community with latest-generation energy infrastructure. SCMC will focus on newly constructed homes, allowing the company to work with developers to design and implement distributed solar-powered microgrids for communities that will benefit from improved sustainability and clean, resilient and reliable power. These communities will be known as Sunnova Adaptive Communities™.
“Community microgrids are the future as they offer the unique ability to share excess electricity, putting the power in the hands of homeowners and significantly enhancing the resiliency of communities, Sunnova is breaking new ground by expanding its distributed energy service platform from homes to whole communities. We see a future where communities, neighborhoods, and businesses can operate independently from the legacy grid with sustainable energy sources that provide uninterrupted power.”
“We believe microgrids address a strong need in the market for more robust energy solutions and better connectivity,” added Berger. “The Sunnova Adaptive Community™ will provide consumers with the ability to produce, share, and deliver power when it’s needed most. SCMC’s application highlights the relief that the existing transmission and distribution system will experience given that most of the power that will be consumed by these communities will be generated locally from renewable resources. We hope the CPUC moves expeditiously to approve our application so that we can begin serving new communities.”
-William J. (John) Berger, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sunnova
On August 16th, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, which brings incentives for renewables and the clean technology required to monitor and control microgrids where communities share power and can island from the grid.
Today, SCMC took formal steps before the CPUC to qualify as a “micro-utility” and to request a certificate to construct and operate microgrids under Section 2780 and Section 1001, respectively, of the California Public Utilities Code. Sunnova views micro-utilities as a path forward for qualified companies to propose to construct multi-property microgrids for residential and commercial customers in California. By submitting its application to the CPUC, SCMC seeks to be the first solar and storage focused “micro-utility” company in California to be certificated to own and operate nanogrids (behind the meter) and community assets, including the distribution infrastructure (front of the meter), as part of integrated microgrid communities. SCMC community assets will include complete distribution infrastructure and energy assets including solar, battery storage, and emergency generation.
Sunnova Energy International Inc. (NYSE: NOVA) is a leading Energy as a Service (EaaS) provider with customers across the U.S. and its territories. Sunnova's goal is to be the source of clean, affordable and reliable energy with a simple mission: to power energy independence so that homeowners have the freedom to live life uninterrupted®. For more information, please visit sunnova.com.