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North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

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Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

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Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

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Nepal gets first wind-solar hybrid system

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Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

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Chile’s largest solar power project officially open

Chile’s largest solar power project officially open

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Business

The Bioplastics industry in Korea – Where to next?

The Bioplastics industry in Korea – Where to next?

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The global bioplastics market is booming – total production capacity is set to grow 400% by 2017, and the European Commission has designatedbioplastic...

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Technology

Politics

Living Green

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

Thursday, 10 July 2014

A new group of nano explorers could change the way children learn about positive values, the environment, and believe it or not, the periodic table of...

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Renewables

Siemens welcomes Crown Estate’s new seabed rights for wave and tidal power

Siemens welcomes Crown Estate’s new seabed rights for wave and tidal power

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Siemens welcomes The Crown Estate’s announcement of agreed seabed rights for new demonstration zones and project sites around the United Kingdom’s coa...

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Low-Carbon

Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Combined geothermal-solar facility powering 50,000 homes in Nevada

The first geothermal-solar power plant in the world, the 59-megawatt Stillwater facility, is now in operation in Fallon, Nevada where it provides enough power for 50,000 local homes.

"As the first of its kind in the world, this project demonstrates how we can tap renewable energy sources to provide clean power for American families and businesses and deploy every available source of American energy," said Energy Secretary Steven Chu during the facilities dedication on May 3.

The Stillwater facility received $40 million in tax support under the Recovery Act.

A recent study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimated that work on the project created up to 75,000 jobs nationwide and $44 billion in total economic output.

The project built on the existing Stillwater geothermal plant, which opened in the area on 2009. The original facility had a generation capacity of 33 MW of geothermal power.

Enel Green Power, the renewables arm of Italy's Enel Group, expanded the capacity of the Stillwater plant by adding 26 MW of photovoltaic solar generating capacity.

Enel Green Power North America installed more than 89,000 polycrystalline photovoltaic panels on land adjacent to the Stillwater geothermal plant.

According to Enel, the PV panels alone will generate over 43 million kilowatt-hours annually, enough for 16,000 households and to avoid the emission of around 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.

By combining geothermal and solar generation, the Stillwater facility will be able to provide continuous generation capacity. The geothermal portion can make up for power fluctuations inherent to solar which is subject to changes in weather.

The Stillwater area is one of seven areas earmarked by the Energy Department for accelerated geothermal development in Nevada and Utah as part of the Obama administrations goal to expand domestic renewable energy sources. – EcoSeed Staff



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