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  • CoastalwatchCoastalwatch Forumite
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    It would appear the European Commission may have been misguided in their proposal deftly announced over the new year break!

    European Commission advisory body slams plan to label gas and nuclear ‘sustainable’

    A panel of sustainable finance experts consulted by the European Commission has thrown a spanner in the works over the proposal by the EU executive to define natural gas and nuclear power as “sustainable.”

    The suggestion, made by the commission over the Christmas and new year break, that fossil fuel gas and low-carbon energy source nuclear be included in the EU taxonomy of sustainable energy sources has proved hugely controversial.

    Late on Friday night, the Platform on Sustainable Finance body of experts consulted by the commission on the topic roundly criticized the idea gas and nuclear be considered sustainable.

    Panel member Sandrine Dixson-Declève said gas and nuclear projects contravene the central requirement that EU energy projects “do no significant harm,” to the bloc's environmental and climate change ambitions.

    Maia Godemer, research associate at analyst BloombergNEF will look back on the 2021 sustainable debt in the February edition of pv magazine. Concerning the EU sustainability taxonomy, she writes: “In its current state, the proposed greenhouse gas thresholds for natural gas could derail EU climate targets and weaken the bloc’s green investment offering, according to BloombergNEF. The inclusion of nuclear raises eyebrows due to safety and waste management issues, which could prevent the technology [satisfying] the “do no significant harm” criteria outlined in the taxonomy.”


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    Net zero to bring big costs ...... but also big benefits.

    It's so infuriating that we didn't start sooner and spread the costs out and also buy some more time. Ho hum.

    McKinsey: fundamental transformation of global economy needed for net zero

    Reaching net zero climate emissions by 2050 will require a “fundamental transformation of the global economy”, according to a report by McKinsey, one of the world’s most influential consulting firms.

    It estimates that $9.2tn will need to be invested every year for decades to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5C and end the climate emergency. The sum is a 40% increase on current investment levels and equivalent to half of global corporate profits.

    The report warns that the economic transformation will affect every country and every sector, with those most reliant on fossil-fuel-burning experiencing the most change. McKinsey, which advises many governments and large companies, also says the transition will be front-loaded with, for example, the cost of electricity rising before falling later.

    Bob Ward, a policy director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics, UK, said: “The McKinsey investment figures are not the net costs of reaching net zero globally, but instead the upfront annual costs without taking into account the benefits.

    “Investments in clean infrastructure will generate jobs, growth and huge savings, particularly by eliminating the need to buy ruinously expensive fossil fuels, and [will] yield much bigger returns when taking into account the avoided loss of lives and livelihoods from air pollution and climate change.”

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    Welcome news this morning of government investment in floating offshore wind projects. Doesn't quite match the sum promised for Northumberlands battery factory but every little helps and suggests the message about the importance of energy generation of all forms is gathering momentum. After all if we want to drive around in EV's in future, there's first off got to be energy available to make it possible.

    UK floating innovation projects secure £60m

    The UK government is today announcing 11 successful floating offshore wind projects that will receive more than £60m in public and private investment to develop new technologies.

    Each project will be awarded up to £10m from the government as it puts forward £31.6m to boost the amount of renewable energy generated in the country.

    In addition, industry will match the investment bringing the total to over £60m – driving green energy investment parts of the country including in Aberdeen, Swansea and Yorkshire.

    The Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Programme funding recipients include SenseWind, Geodis FF, Xodus Group and the ORE Catapult, which are granted £10m for a project combining a compact floating foundation with a novel anchoring system attaching it to the seabed and advanced monitoring technology that allows for maintenance to be planned and performed offshore, saving on costs of towing back to shore.


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    Welcome news this morning of government investment in floating offshore wind projects. Doesn't quite match the sum promised for Northumberlands battery factory but every little helps and suggests the message about the importance of energy generation of all forms is gathering momentum. After all if we want to drive around in EV's in future, there's first off got to be energy available to make it possible.

    UK floating innovation projects secure £60m

    The UK government is today announcing 11 successful floating offshore wind projects that will receive more than £60m in public and private investment to develop new technologies.

    Each project will be awarded up to £10m from the government as it puts forward £31.6m to boost the amount of renewable energy generated in the country.

    In addition, industry will match the investment bringing the total to over £60m – driving green energy investment parts of the country including in Aberdeen, Swansea and Yorkshire.

    The Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Programme funding recipients include SenseWind, Geodis FF, Xodus Group and the ORE Catapult, which are granted £10m for a project combining a compact floating foundation with a novel anchoring system attaching it to the seabed and advanced monitoring technology that allows for maintenance to be planned and performed offshore, saving on costs of towing back to shore.


    Does the UK lack sites for seabed wind or is it more about diversity of supply so that we can also put turbines on the Atlantic side so than when conditions are as now with the North Sea becalmed we can still get generation?
    I think....
  • Martyn1981Martyn1981 Forumite
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    michaels said:
    Welcome news this morning of government investment in floating offshore wind projects. Doesn't quite match the sum promised for Northumberlands battery factory but every little helps and suggests the message about the importance of energy generation of all forms is gathering momentum. After all if we want to drive around in EV's in future, there's first off got to be energy available to make it possible.

    UK floating innovation projects secure £60m

    The UK government is today announcing 11 successful floating offshore wind projects that will receive more than £60m in public and private investment to develop new technologies.

    Each project will be awarded up to £10m from the government as it puts forward £31.6m to boost the amount of renewable energy generated in the country.

    In addition, industry will match the investment bringing the total to over £60m – driving green energy investment parts of the country including in Aberdeen, Swansea and Yorkshire.

    The Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Programme funding recipients include SenseWind, Geodis FF, Xodus Group and the ORE Catapult, which are granted £10m for a project combining a compact floating foundation with a novel anchoring system attaching it to the seabed and advanced monitoring technology that allows for maintenance to be planned and performed offshore, saving on costs of towing back to shore.


    Does the UK lack sites for seabed wind or is it more about diversity of supply so that we can also put turbines on the Atlantic side so than when conditions are as now with the North Sea becalmed we can still get generation?
    That's probably a factor.

    I'll be honest and admit a few years ago that I didn't think the UK would deploy much floating wind. Our sea shelves aren't particularly steep, so we have vast potential for fixed offshore wind (unlike Japan, and parts of the US). But I think the 'poor' economics of floating wind have improved rapidly, so it's looking like an option for the UK now. Main benefits are that they can be built in a single location, with equipment in place and less vulnerable to weather/sea conditions, and whilst the structures are massive, you do save on the costs of installing the seabed monopile.

    I like the fact that RE is still developing and options expanding, and economics improving, it keeps the subject fun, and there's nothing better than having my doubts proved wrong.
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    edited 25 January at 1:08PM
    michaels said:
    Welcome news this morning of government investment in floating offshore wind projects.
    Does the UK lack sites for seabed wind or is it more about diversity of supply so that we can also put turbines on the Atlantic side so than when conditions are as now with the North Sea becalmed we can still get generation?
    It was reported (on this forum, possibly even this thread) that EDF are planning a 1GW floating wind farm in the Celtic Sea (roughly region "Lundy" in the Shipping Forecast).
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  • Martyn1981Martyn1981 Forumite
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    Had to post because it ticks so many boxes. So an Aussie PHS scheme utilising old gold mines. There's a small PV farm, to be extended and a new wind farm to go in, in conjunction with this 250MW/2GWh* PHS scheme, and the final box tick, operating by 2024.

    [*For scale the mighty Dinorwig PHS is about 9GWh, so this scheme is very big/fast.]

    There’s A New Kind Of Gold In Them There Pits

    An abandoned gold mine in far north Queensland is set to become the world’s first co-located solar and pumped storage hydropower plant. The 250 MW Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project, 270 km northwest of Townsville, is the first pumped hydro power station to be built in Australia in almost 40 years.

    Genex has commenced its main construction works at the Kidston gold mine. It is no small project, linking two water-filled pits to create a battery that will stabilise the North Queensland grid and potentially have the capacity to power 280,000 households. It will give the equivalent CO2 savings of taking 33,000 cars off the road.

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    Solar panel efficiency could hit 35% in just a few years.

    https://cleantechnica.com/2022/01/24/solar-panels-from-cpt-break-efficiency-barrier/amp/ 
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  • Martyn1981Martyn1981 Forumite
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    Califormia planning and rolling out huge amounts of storage this decade, in fact 11.5GW between 2023 and 2026, which I read as power not energy, so the total will depend on the split between short and longer term storage.


    PG&E Proposes 6.4 GWh Battery Storage Plan

    California is about to get more utility-scale battery storage — a lot more. Last June, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a directive requiring the utility companies serving customers in the state to install a total of 11.5 gigawatts of new electricity storage resources between 2023 and 2026. Those new  resources will help the state replace the 2.2 gigawatt Diablo Canyon nuclear plant, which is slated to retire in the middle of this decade, as well as many natural gas generating facilities. “This is enough to power about 2.5 million households in the state,” said CPUC Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen at the time of the announcement.

    According to Utility Dive, the CUPC order requires utilities to bring on a minimum of 2,000 megawatts (MW) of new resources by the middle of 2023, another 6,000 MW by 2024, and to add 1,500 MW in 2025 and 2,000 MW in 2026. The order requires PG&E to procure at least 2,302 MW of storage between 2023 and 2026. “As we work year-round to strengthen our electric system, we are also planning, engineering and building the grid for a future that harnesses the power of solar plus storage on an unprecedented scale,” said Joe Bentley, PG&E’s senior vice president for electric engineering, in a statement.
    Long Duration Storage

    Both short and longer-duration storage developers are seeing a huge market in California, driven in part by policy, Utility Dive says. The CPUC procurement order created a 1 GW carve-out for long duration storage that is able to deliver at least 8 hours of maximum capacity. Late last year, developer Hydrostor announced two long duration projects in the state — a 500 MW/4,000 MWh storage facility in Southern California and a 400 MW/3,200 MWh facility in San Luis Obispo County, both utilizing compressed air storage technology.

    California has one of the most aggressive renewable energy strategies of any US state. If you are wondering where your state will be in 5 to 10 years, all you have to do is see where California is today.

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    Europe's largest battery storage facilities set to be built in Scotland

    The Scottish Green Battery Complex is due to be operational in April 2024 and will be comprised of two 400 MW battery facilities, each providing 800 MWhrs of energy storage capacity.
    https://www-insider-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.insider.co.uk/news/europes-largest-battery-storage-facilities-26044057.amp?amp_js_v=a6&_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQIKAGwASCAAgM=#aoh=16432274067586&csi=0&referrer=https://www.google.com&_tf=From %1$s&share=https://www.insider.co.uk/news/europes-largest-battery-storage-facilities-26044057
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