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A ground-breaking announcement that the South Sumatran government in Indonesia, has agreed a deal with IMS ECUBES, to provide a comprehensive range of zero-carbon energy infrastructure to underpin the Asian Games in 2018 has boosted the status of hydrogen energy as the world’s future power infrastructure enabler.

The announcement is made against the backdrop of the rapid progress being made with the cross border FutureFlow project, in Europe, which has already identified demand-response and distributed generation capable of providing high quality system services for TSOs, this includes also high energy efficiency hydrogen fuel cell-based technologies, across the four countries involved in the project, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Slovenia.

The announcement by His Excellency, Mr Alex Noerdin, Governor of South Sumatra at the European Utility Week Expo in Barcelona, will see IMS ECUBES provide hydrogen-enabled power generation, demand- and supply-side management and hydrogen fuel cell enabled zero emission mobility.

Making the announcement, His Excellency, Mr. Alex Noerdin, Governor of South Sumatra in Indonesia, said:

“Despite being a region rich in coal, oil and gas resources, my government has a resolute belief in the need for us to take steps to secure a sustainable, green future. Accordingly, we’ve been searching for many years for an economically feasible solution to deliver green and affordable power.

That detailed, painstaking analysis has led us to seek a hydrogen-based solution and to rely on the expertise and capabilities of IMS ECUBES

“That detailed, painstaking analysis has led us to seek a hydrogen-based solution and to rely on the expertise and capabilities of IMS ECUBES. We are confident that in addition to the grid power and zero emission mobility solutions that IMS ECUBES will deliver for those involved in the Asian Games, there will be ongoing benefits for the residents of South Sumatra as a key legacy of this decision.

“We are monitoring exiting developments in Europe, particularly the FutureFlow project, whose cross-border supply balancing and redistribution ambitions I believe may provide a model for nations across our region.

David Gerbec, Power Market Services Expert at ELES, the Slovenian electricity Transmission System Operator leading the FutureFlow project, said:

“There is an accelerating shift toward both electricity generation from renewable sources and more efficient, demand-led power provision by electricity transmission system operators. The resulting steady phasing-out of conventional, fossil fuel power plants is already fostering exciting innovation across the energy generation and supply ecosystem, both in terms of energy supply balancing and re-dispatching and the development of new energy markets. The European-funded, €13m four-year FutureFlow pilot project, led by ELES is at the heart of that wave of innovation, both in Europe and further afield.

Dr Ben Todd, Chief Technical Officer at IMS ECUBES said:

“Important progress is being made in decarbonising power generation through the move to lower carbon fossil fuels, e.g. from coal to natural gas, on the path to fully renewable sources. The intermittent nature of renewable energy supply presents multiple technological challenges however. Hydrogen fuel cell-based technologies, particularly when applied to grid-balancing and power redistribution, offer multiple benefits and far lower carbon emissions than current alternatives.

“The approaches being tested at scale both in the FutureFlow pilot project in Europe and the ambitious deployment in South Sumatra will provide important reference cases for the accelerating roll-out of MW-scale hydrogen enabled power grid solutions.”

Aleksander Gerbec, President of IMS ECUBES said:

“This announcement is an early realisation of the growing interest in the unique capacity for hydrogen fuel cell technology to provide rapid-response energy demand balancing. This is a critical benefit, as governments increasingly move away from fossil fuel- power generation and toward a decarbonised power mix – including natural gas and hydrogen as key enablers for both power generation and zero emission mobility. Moreover, it demonstrates the critical role that far-sighted, committed leadership plays in ensuring that energy generation and supply challenges are tackled head-on and as early as possible.

“This approach, already underway in Europe, through the FutureFlow project, led by ELES, will create new opportunities to develop the power generation and supply ecosystem, as well as developing completely new business models and value chains. In short, the wider South Sumatran economy will benefit from the committed leadership decision made by its government.”

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Are the UK Governments Plans for the Energy Sector Smart?

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The revolution in the energy sector marches on, wind turbines and solar panels are harnessing more renewable energy than ever before – so where is it all leading?

The UK government have recently announced plans to modernise the way we produce, store and use electricity. And, if realised, the plans could be just the thing to bring the energy sector in line with 21st century technology and ideologies.

Central to the plans is an initiative that will see smart meters installed in homes and businesses the length and breadth of the country – and their aim? To create an environment where electricity can be managed more efficiently.

The news has prompted some speculation about how energy suppliers will react and many are predicting a price war. This could benefit consumers of electricity and investors, many of whom may be looking to make a profit by trading energy company shares online using platforms such as Oanda – but the potential for good news doesn’t end there.

Introducing New Technology

The plan, titled Smart Systems and Flexibility is being rolled out in the hope that it will have a positive impact in three core areas.

  • To offer consumers greater control by making smart meters available for all homes and businesses by 2020. Energy users will be able to monitor, control and record the amount of energy they use.
  • Incentivise energy suppliers to change the manner in which they buy electricity, to offer more smart tariffs and more off-peak periods for energy consumption.
  • Introduce new standards for electrical appliances – it is hoped that the new wave of appliances will recognise when electricity is at its cheapest and at its most expensive and respond accordingly.

How the Plans Will Affect Solar Energy

Around 7 million houses in the UK have solar panels and the government say that their plan will benefit them as they will be able to store electricity on batteries. The stored energy can then be used by the household and excess energy can be exported to the national grid – in this instance lower tariffs or even payment for the excess energy will bring down annual costs significantly.

The rate of return on energy exported to the national grid is currently between 6% and 10%, but there are many variables to take into account, such as, the cost of battery storage and light levels. Still, those with state-of-the-art solar electricity systems could end up with an annual profit after selling their excess energy.

The Internet of Things

Much of what the plans set out to achieve are linked to the now ubiquitous “internet of things” – where, for example, appliances and heating systems are connected to the internet in order to make them function more smartly.

Companies like Hive have already made great inroads into this type of technology, but the road that the government plans are heading down, will, potentially, go much further -blockchain technology looms and has already proved to be a game changer in the world of currency.

Blockchain Technology

It has already been suggested that the peer to peer selling of energy and exporting it to the national grid may eventually be done using blockchain technology.

“The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”

Don and Alex Tapscott, Blockchain Revolution (2016)

The upshot of the government’s plans for the revolution of the energy sector, is that technology will play an indelible role in making it more efficient, more flexible and ultimately more sustainable.

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4 Case Studies on the Benefits of Solar Energy

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Demand for solar energy is growing at a surprising rate. New figures from SolarPower Europe show that solar energy production has risen 50% since the summer of 2016.

However, many people are still skeptical of the benefits of solar energy.Does it actually make a significant reduction in our carbon footprint? Is it actually cost-effective for the company over the long-run?

A number of case studies have been conducted, which indicate solar energy can be enormously beneficial. Here are some of the most compelling studies on the subject.

1.     Boulder Nissan

When you think of companies that leverage solar power, car dealerships probably aren’t the first ones that come to mind. However, Boulder Nissan is highly committed to promoting green energy. They worked with Independent Power Systems to setup a number of solar cells. Here were the results:

  • Boulder Nissan has reduced coal generated electricity by 65%.
  • They are on track to run on 100% renewable energy within the next 13 years.
  • Boulder Nissan reduced CO2 emissions by 416,000 lbs. within the first year after installing their solar panels.

This is one of the most impressive solar energy case studies a small business has published in recent years. It shows that even small companies in rural communities can make a major difference by adapting solar energy.

2.     Valley Electric Association

In 2015, the Valley Electric Association (VEA) created an 80-acre solar garden. Before retiring from the legislature, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid praised the new project as a way to make the state more energy dependent and reduce our carbon footprint.

“This facility will provide its customers with the opportunity to purchase 100 percent of their electricity from clean energy produced in Nevada,” Reid told reporters with the Pahrump Valley Times. “That’s a step forward for the Silver State, but it also proves that utilities can work with customers to provide clean renewable energy that they demand.”

The solar energy that VEA produced was drastically higher than anyone would have predicted. SolarWorld estimates that the solar garden created 32,680,000 kwh every year, which was enough to power nearly 4,000 homes.

This was a major undertaking for a purple state, which may inspire their peers throughout the Midwest to develop solar gardens of their own. It will reduce dependency on the electric grid, which is a problem for many remote states in the central part of the country.

3.     Las Vegas Casinos

A number of Las Vegas casinos have started investing in solar panels over the last couple of years. The Guardian reports that many of these casinos have cut costs considerably. Some of them are even selling the energy back to the grid.

“It’s no accident that we put the array on top of a conference center. This is good business for us,” Cindy Ortega, chief sustainability officer at MGM Resorts told Guardian reporters. “We are looking at leaving the power system, and one of the reasons for that is we can procure more renewable energy on the open market.”

There have been many benefits for casinos using solar energy. They are some of the most energy-intensive institutions in the world, so this has helped them become much more cost-effective. It also helps minimize disruptions to their customers learning online keno strategies in the event of any problems with the electric grid.

4.     Boston College

Boston College has been committed to many green initiatives over the years. A group of researchers experimented with solar cells on different parts of the campus to see where they could produce the most electricity. They discovered that the best locationwas at St. Clement’sHall. The solar cells there dramatically. It would also reduce CO2 emissions by 521,702 lbs. a year and be enough to save 10,869 trees.

Boston College is exploring new ways to expand their usage of solar cells. They may be able to invest in more effective solar panels that can generate far more solar energy.

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