Germany Facing Mass Blackouts Because The Wind And Solar Won’t Cooperate



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Germany’s energy network nearly broken down in January because of poor execution from wind turbines and sun based boards, as indicated by information from a noteworthy exchange union.

Wind and sunlight based power plants failed to meet expectations in January, 2017, as a result of shady climate with almost no wind, setting the phase for monstrous power outages.

A noteworthy power outage nearly happened Jan. 24 and was just avoided when German vitality providers “also took the last reserve power plant,” Michael Vassiliadis, leader of the union which speaks to power plants IG Bergbauchemie Energie, told columnists. The nation’s energy matrix was strained to as far as possible and could have gone disconnected altogether, setting off a national power outage, if only one power plant had gone disconnected, as per Vassiliadis.

“he renewables could not even offer five percent [of total power demand.] Coal, gas and nuclear power kept the country almost in the first place under the electric current,” Vassiliadis said.

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Tesla Runs Tau In American Samoa Island On Solar Power

Tesla has announced their solar panels are nearly entirely powering the island of Ta’u in American Samoa.

SolarCity developed a microgrid with 1.4 megawatts of solar generation capacity — enough to power nearly 100% of the island, according to a SolarCity blog posted on Tuesday. The microgrid is enabled by 60 Tesla Powerpacks, the company’s large commercial battery, which can store solar energy at night.


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Australian scientists just set a new solar power efficiency record

Scientists at the Australian National University have set a world record for efficiency for a solar thermal dish generating steam for power stations.

The team halved energy losses and achieved a 97 percent conversion of sunlight into steam through a new receiver for a solar concentrator dish. This beats commercial systems by about seven percentage points.

 


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Europeans Using Solar Power To Transform Urine Into Beer

For the second year in a row, a team of researchers at Belgium’s Ghent University is collecting urine at one of Europe’s largest festivals, Roskilde. The researchers are hoping that by the time next year’s festival rolls around, one of the country’s breweries should have plenty of recycled urine beer to pour out for adventurous drinkers. The first time around, researchers say the goal was to extract nutrients that could be used as fertilizer. According to an article last summer, more than 25,000 liters of urine were collected and the fertilizer that was produced from it provided nourishment to a barley crop. This year, the researchers were after another critical beer ingredient: water.

 

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Solar Impulse completes historic round-the-world trip

A solar powered plane has landed in Abu Dhabi, completing a historic round-the-world trip with stops in India, Asia, Europe and North America.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for 15 years,” said Solar Impulse chairman and pilot, Bertrand Piccard, in an impromptu speech on the tarmac shortly after landing.

“We should never accept the world to be polluted only because people are scared to think another way,” Piccard said.

The pre-dawn landing Tuesday by pilot Bertrand Piccard marks the end of an epic 25,000-mile (40,000-kilometer) journey. The plane made 16 stops, including in India, China, the U.S., Italy, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates — where it first took off.

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China’s New Large Solar-Powered Drone Reaches 20,000 Meters in Altitude



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China’s first domestically designed large solar-powered unmanned plane reached above 20,000 meters in altitude on its test flight in the country’s northwest regions recently.

The drone was developed by the China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA), it’s developers kept the exact size of the drone as a secret, but it is believed to be about 14 meters long with a 45 meter wingspan according to earlier prototypes.

 

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UK firm powers 49,000 homes through solar energy in Nigeria

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, UKAID, in a bid to increase electricity supply in Nigeria, has provided solar energy to 49,000 homes within the Nation.

According to the agency in charge of the programme in Nigeria ‘SolarNigeria’, the funds from the UK DFID will be used to scale the market for solar home lighting and power across the Nigeria through to 2020.

This initiative is considered as an innovative programme that will help solar suppliers and financiers in Nigeria to scale up and allow households to access this equipment on full commercial terms. It has also approved additional N4, 75 billion for the programme to help scale the market for solar home lighting and power in Nigeria through to 2020.

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