Optimizing Phase Change Materials Could Reduce Power Plant Water Consumption

Environmental News Network

Trillions of gallons of water are used annually to prevent power plants from overheating. Optimizing Phase Change Materials Could Reduce Power Plant Water ConsumptionA Texas A&M research group is looking into alternative methods of cooling steam turbines.

Greenpeace against Arab world’s first nuclear power plant

Green Prophet

The first nuclear energy plant in the United Arab Emirates goes online on the Gulf Coast east of Qatar. The plant in Abu Dhabi was set to open in 2017 but its start-up was delayed for what officials say were “safety requirements” according to the BBC.

A redesign helps an Enel power plant transition away from coal

Inhabitant

In a competition to create designs to update power plants in Italy, Frigerio Design Group takes the win with its forward-thinking and innovative approach

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Israeli solar power plant to generate electricity day and night

Green Prophet

This one-way process, means that the energy center can act as a “buffer” between the solar field and the power block, and dispatch the power of the sun’s heat when it is needed. The facility will be backed up by biomass to produce power during the four hours of the day that solar energy can’t be utilized. Energy biomass Dimona Israel plant solar Solar Energy solar power plant solar thermal energy Solar energy is a pretty hot topic right now.

Protecting Americans from Power Plant Pollution

Sierra Club Compass

On September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency will release new safeguards against carbon pollution that, if expectations are on target , will confirm something investors, governors, community leaders, and everyday Americans have been saying for a decade -- in the 21st century, it just doesn't make sense to build new coal-fired power plants.   As a result of that scrappy, tenacious effort, almost no one is trying to build a new coal plant in America today.

Radioactive Material Was Stolen From an Egyptian Nuclear Power Plant

Green Prophet

A search is underway to find whoever stole a safe containing radioactive material from Egypt’s first nuclear power station. . While hundreds of protestors surrounded the El Dabaa nuclear power plant in Egypt last week, someone managed to sneak in and steal some of its radioactive material. Located on the Mediterranean Sea , the Dabaa nuclear plant still under construction was the scene of violent protests as 500 Egyptians showed up to demand its relocation.

A redesign helps an Enel power plant transition away from coal

AGreenLiving

In a competition to create designs to update power plants in Italy, Frigerio Design Group takes the win with its forward-thinking and innovative approach. The Andrea Palladio power plant in Fusina (Venice) needs a facelift. Related: Powerbarn is a bioenergy plant offering power to 84,000 families Named the “Resilience Lab Grid,” the project was selected by a committee made up of representatives from Enel, the University of Venice IUAV and the City and County of Venice.

15 year study: Coal power plants create extreme rainfall

Green Prophet

It found that filtration systems on modern coal-fired power stations are the biggest individual source of ultrafine particles (UFPs) ahead of urban road traffic. The research aircraft followed the ultrafine particles for more than 1000km and could still identify from which power plant they originated. That means that there can be less rain close to the power station and more intense rain further away.”.

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Ormat adds another geothermal power plant to America

Green Prophet

Ormat Technologies, one of the world’s leading geothermal green energy power plant companies, has already tapped the earth’s geothermal energy sources in Europe, the USA, Russia, Indonesia, Central and South America, and a 100 Megawatt plant in New Zealand. A new Ormat geothermal plant project, the Don A. Campbell Geothermal Power Plant, has just been completed in Mineral County Nevada in the USA.

"How Stringent Are the US EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants?"

Environmental Economics

In March 2012, the EPA announced a proposed carbon pollution standard for new power plants. Matthew J. Kotchen and Erin T. Mansur: In the absence of legislation for a US national climate policy, regulatory responsibility has fallen to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Then in September 2013, the EPA withdrew the proposal upon issuing a revision as part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.

EPA greenhouse gas emission limits on new power plants may not be cost minimizing

Environmental Economics

s proposal remain confidential, experts predict that it will include separate standards for carbon dioxide emissions from plants fired by natural gas and by coal. Plants using comparatively clean gas would be permitted to emit perhaps 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour, a ceiling within easy reach using modern technologies. Coal-fired plants, meanwhile, may be allowed to emit as many as 1,400 pounds per megawatt-hour. Shame on you!

$571m solar power plant planned for Spain

EcoFriend

Mridul Jerath: The power of the Sun has delivered a large number of solar photovoltaic systems across the world over the past decade. Sun Power builds and connects solar power plants on-time and on-budget. Currently the western expanse of Spain dubbed as Extremadura, is planning to construct a photovoltaic power plant, the largest of its kind, in the region. 571 Million Solar Plant.

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Jordan Quietly Opens First Combined Gas and Oil Shale Power Plant

Green Prophet

While Israeli activists fight oil shale exploration, Jordan quietly opens a combined gas and oil shale power plant next door. . While activists continue to fight against oil shale testing in Israel because of its potentially harmful environmental and social impacts, on the other side of the Dead Sea, Jordan has just opened its first combined gas and oil-shale power plant. The 373 MW Qatraneh Power Plant is expected to increase electricity generation by 12 per cent.

No New Dirty Power Plants, Yes to Renewable Energy!

Sierra Club Compass

Why All Parents Should Take Action Against Dirty Fossil Fuel Power Plants. Pio Pico Dirty Power Plant: Bad for the health of our families, bad for our pocketbooks, and bad for our climate Because I care about Iskra''s health, I am concerned about California''s push to build more dirty power plants. One example is the Pio Pico Power Plant that San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is proposing to build in San Diego.

Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Announces End of Operations

Sierra Club Compass

Yesterday, the Entergy Corporation announced its plans to close and decommission its Vermont Nuclear Power Station located in Vernon, Vermont. The station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and move to shut down in the fourth quarter of 2012.   Earlier closure this year includes the Kewaunee nuclear power plant, in Wisconsin; the two-unit San Onofre facility , in California; and Crystal River, in Florida.

World’s largest solar power plant goes live in Morocco

Green Prophet

Morocco has activated the Noor I concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, the first part of a three-phase development in the Sahara Desert intended to supply more than a million homes with electricity by 2018. The 500,000 crescent-shaped solar mirrors of Noor I, which sits on thousands of acres of desert terrain near Ouarzazate, will generate up to 160 MW of power.

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What the New Power Plant Carbon Standard Means for Coal

Sierra Club Compass

On Friday, September 20, the Environmental Protection Agency released draft carbon pollution standards for new power plants. If finalized as written, the draft will make it impossible to build a new, conventional, climate-destroying coal plant in the U.S. As I wrote earlier this week , despite much whining by the coal industry, the simple fact is that no one is building new coal plants anymore. Conventional coal plants release at least 1,700 lbs/MWh.

Morocco to Tender Two More Solar Power Plants

Green Prophet

Morocco recently announced that it has pre-selected several solar power producers to build two additional concentrated solar power plants (CSP) in Ourzazate. Saudi Arabia’s Acwa Power , which is currently building a 160MW CSP plant in the same area, is among the firms picked to bid. Acwa’s 160MW plant will generate energy at a cost of just $0.19

Fukushima nuclear power plant to release contaminated water into ocean

AGreenLiving

Ten years after an earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant , Japan has announced plans to release contaminated water from the plant into the ocean. Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant’s operator, has kept the water in huge tanks. Fukushima nuclear power plant to release contaminated water into ocean. Green a-has-expressed bbc china chinese community-information fish japan nuclear plant

Abu Dhabi’s Shams 100 MW CSP Solar Power Plant To Switch On … Soon

Green Prophet

Shams 1 will displace 175,000 tons of CO 2 per year and its power output will be enough to power 20,000 homes. Abu Dhabi’s push into clean energy is to get a massive boost by the end of the year with the Shams 1 Concentrated Solar Power plant going live in the emirate and will begin supplying solar power to residents in the city. Almost all of Dubai’s current power supply comes from burning natural gas.

Earthquake Damage to Japanese Nuclear Power Plants Should be Warning to Mideast Planners

Green Prophet

Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami waves in Japan have left that entire country in a state of shock, and power outages – even in the country’s capital, Tokyo. magnitude quake, the most massive Japan has ever experienced and the 7 th largest in world recorded history, has not only caused a disastrous amount of property damage as well as well as loss of life, it has also resulted in some damage to a few of the country’s 52 nuclear power plants.

Conventional Power Plants Get Hybrid Dance Partner, the Sun

Green Prophet

Traditional power plant operators have been loathe to adopt renewables for infrastructure investment. While solar energy is the environmentally-friendly alternative of choice for power plants, it’s an expensive option because of the equipment and technology needed to harvest the sun’s rays. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher says that “going hybrid” is a quicker and cheaper route to cleaner electrical power.

Floating Power Plants from Turkey to Ease Energy Cuts in Lebanon

Green Prophet

In some parts of the country, outside of Beirut, people are often without power for twelve hours a day. Business & Politics Energy energy shortages floating power plantLike Egypt, Israel, and the Palestinian territories , Lebanon has been slammed with energy shortages this summer. These cuts have inflamed the local populace, sometimes resulting in tire-burning protests that further degrade the environment.

EPA: Coal Power Plants Must Install Pollution Controls By 2016

Eco Friendly Daily

In 1990, the United States Congress granted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the right to regulate air pollution created by power plants. The power plants being impacted by the new regulations are those using coal power generation. 1,400 such power plants exist across the U.S. However, power plants are one of the greatest sources of air pollution nationally.

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Arava Power Switches on Solar Power Plant at Kibbutz Ketura

Green Prophet

The folks at Arava Power , based at Kibbutz Ketura near Eilat will be inaugurating Israel’s first full solar field on Sunday, June 5, World Environment Day. The event will be an opportunity to brush shoulders with some big players in renewable energy: Siemens Project Ventures, which has already participated in the development of 14 international power plant projects, is a stakeholder in the Arava Power venture. :: Arava Power.

Newest Alternative Energy – Portugal’s Wave Power Plant

Eco Friendly Daily

This is quite an amazing breakthrough in power generation. A Scottish company will deploy sausage-shaped tubes off Portugal to create the world’s first commercial wave power plant, providing electricity to 1,500 homes from 2006, a partner in the Scottish firm said on Friday. Ocean Power Delivery (OPD) will build the wave farm about three miles off Portugal’s northern coast, near Povoa de Varzim, OPD’s Norwegian backer Norsk Hydro said.

Landmark Wind Power Plant To Be Built In Pakistan

Green Prophet

A landmark wind power project is set to be built in south Pakistan, which will form part of the 6% target renewable energy in the total power mix by 2030. million to Pakistan’s first privately owned wind farm by the Turkish company, Zorlu Enerji Electrik Uretim, that is utilising it to raise the power output from the current 6 megawatts (MW) to 56.4 million in Zorlu Enerji Pakistan Limited to support the construction of the only wind power project in the Sindh Province.

10,000 Turks Gather To Protest Coal-Fired Power Plant

Green Prophet

“We don’t want a thermal power plant to come to our Gerze…” On Saturday, the Turkish Black Sea town of Gerze — population 11,260 — was host to a 10,000-strong protest against a coal-fired power plant. “The pollution that is going to be caused by that plant will affect the environment, health, economy, climate and the [people's] livelihood beyond repair,” said P?nar

Plans For Turkey’s First Nuclear Power Plant Revealed

Green Prophet

Located in the southern province of Mersin, on the Mediterranean Sea, the Akkuyu nuclear plant has been controversial since it was first proposed in the 1970s. The meltdown at the Japanese Fukushima nuclear plant last year didn’t stall Turkey’s plans to build its own nuclear reactors. Like many Middle Eastern countries, as Green Prophet reported , Turkey announced its intent to continue full-speed with its nuclear power program.

Can Bio Coal Turn Coal Power Plants into Green Energy Producers?

Green Living Ideas

Is it possible to turn coal power plants into renewable energy producers? According to the supporters of bio coal, the answer is yes – coal plants can burn bio coal, created from biomass, without retooling their storage, handling, or burning systems. Bio coal is somewhat similar to charcoal, but created from biomass harvested from plantations, urban [.] [ Can Bio Coal Turn Coal Power Plants into Green Energy Producers?

Plans to close coal-fired power plants in a coal state

Environmental Economics

They say the new power mix is what will be needed to keep their rates as low as possible amid tightening environmental regulations, even as electricity demand grows.

California to Shut Down State’s Most Polluting Power Plant

Green Living Ideas

California’s dirtiest power plant–the Potrero Point station located on San Francisco’s southeastern waterfront–could close this fall according to Mayor Gavin Newsom. The 40 year old, diesel-powered plant is the cause of heavy pollution in one of San Francisco’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Tags: News and Events oil burning power plants pollution San Francisco

Largest solar powered plant by OLN starts operation in Indonesia

EcoFriend

Utilizing the power of sun this time in the outer islands of Indonesia, it has build a Solar Power Center. Since Saturday the Morotai island community, district Morotai, Northern Maluku province can feel proud as they are enjoying the electricity generated from eco friendly power plants. PLN to Operate Largest Solar-powered Plant.

Putting pollution controls on Mill Creek power plant to create hundreds of jobs | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com

Environmental Economics

Construction of four new pollution scrubbers at Louisville Gas & Electric’s Mill Creek power plant will create nearly 700 jobs over three years and allow the site to generate electricity more cleanly for decades, company officials said Thursday. With this groundbreaking, we begin a new chapter in this plant’s history,” said Victor Staffieri, the chairman, chief executive officer and president of LG&E and KU Energy.

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Newest Alternative Energy – Portugal’s Wave Power Plant

Eco Friendly Daily

This is quite an amazing breakthrough in power generation. A Scottish company will deploy sausage-shaped tubes off Portugal to create the world’s first commercial wave power plant, providing electricity to 1,500 homes from 2006, a partner in the Scottish firm said on Friday. Ocean Power Delivery (OPD) will build the wave farm about three miles off Portugal’s northern coast, near Povoa de Varzim, OPD’s Norwegian backer Norsk Hydro said.

Thousands In Bangladesh March for 5 Days to Stop Proposed Coal-Fired Power Plant

Sierra Club Compass

The participants -- men and women, students and professionals -- joined this massive undertaking with one unifying goal: to stop the 1,320-megawatt Rampal coal-fired power plant backed by the Indian state-owned National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and the Bangladesh state-owned Power Development Board (PDB). trillion taka), according to Professor Anu Muhammad, Secretary Chair of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports.

Victory in California: Troubled San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant Will Close

Sierra Club Compass

San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, as seen from the north from San Onofre State Beach (Photo: Wikimedia Commons).   Last Friday, Southern California Edison announced that it will permanently close its San Onofre nuclear plant, located right above a popular surfing and recreation area between Los Angeles and San Diego. All of these activities were vital in securing the closure of this plant. The decision to close the plant confirms what we’ve known all along.

Will burning birds shut down Brightsource, world’s largest solar thermal power plant?

Green Prophet

The switch was flipped this week as California’s Ivanpah solar thermal power plant went live. The 392 megawatt concentrating solar plant (CSP) is now delivering renewables to power the equivalent of 140,000 homes in California. The plant is located on five square miles of the Mojave Desert, near the California / Nevada border, and is the largest CSP plant of its kind in the world. Business BrightSource California concentrated solar power CSP Israe

Negev Energy Wins Bid for Israel’s Largest Concentrating Solar Power Plant

Green Prophet

Spain’s super solar giant Abengoa has teamed up with Israel’s Shikun & Binui Renewable Energy (SKBN) to build a concentrating solar power plant in the Negev desert. When the company announced their win of the BOT tender of the Ashalim plant, they also claimed it will be the largest of its kind in the country. Recall that Abengoa is the company behind the first solar power plant that can operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of weather conditions.

Power Plant in Ohio to Retire, Not Refuel With Natural Gas

Sierra Club Compass

  Muskingum River Plant, Waterford, OH (Photo: Google Maps ). On the heels of President Obama’s climate action speech, coal-fired power plants will soon be retired, mitigating what’s been a persistent risk to human health and the environment. Environmental Protection Agency finally came to an agreement with AEP to shut down four units of the Muskingum River Nuclear Power plant, with plans to study the feasibility of refueling a fifth unit with natural gas.

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Solar Winds Desert Power Plant to harness clean energy for local grids

EcoFriend

And once again we are here to talk about another interesting effort of his, the Solar Winds Desert Power Plant. Desert Power Plant by Michael Jantzen. Desert Power Plant by Michael Jantzen. Desert Power Plant by Michael Jantzen. Designed for arid climates, the Solar Winds Desert Power Plant is proposed for large public gathering places, located amidst public parks.

Turkish Natural Wonder Threatened By Erosion And Power Plant, Geologist Says

Green Prophet

A hydroelectric power plant built on a nearby river could also pose a threat to the rock formations, says Kasapo?lu, A UNESCO World Heritage site, the iconic “fairy chimney” rock formations of Cappadocia, in central Anatolia, draw more than 1 million tourists to Turkey each year. Only 300 of the formations are officially registered with the Tourism Ministry, according to official statistics, although the 40-square-kilometer site is covered with them.

Nevada to benefit from first hybrid solar geothermal power plant

EcoFriend

This world’s first hybrid Solar-Geothermal plant is great option for all the eco-friendly construction companies. This plant with a capacity of 59 MW of clean energy is capable of fueling more than 50,000 homes. World’s First Hybrid Solar-Geothermal Plant. Geothermal power is a flexible source of energy which can support the intermittent needs of renewable sources of energy like wind energy or solar energy.