Offshore wind farm developers could slash construction costs by assembling offshore wind turbines and their foundations in a port and then transporting them to the project's location for installation, according to the University of Delaware. Researchers found that the process would reduce installation time from three days to 10 hours.
Boralex and Infinergy will jointly invest $8.6 million in Scotland's wind industry through 2019 with the goal of developing up to 10 wind farms with a combined capacity of 325 megawatts, said the companies. "Facing declining state subsidies for wind energy all around Europe, the choice to focus on Scotland, knowing it possesses the most favorable wind conditions in Europe, made it very logical both strategically and tactically," they said.
Statkraft and British wind firm Airvolution Energy are looking to add up to 300 megawatts of installed land-based wind capacity in Scotland, said the companies. Airvolution Commercial Director Gary Freedman said the duo is interested in both new and partially completed projects.
Grid resiliency is a real issue, but Energy Secretary Rick Perry's proposed rule favoring coal and nuclear power plants isn't the best solution, said Philip Rossetti, a data analyst with think tank American Action Forum. The Institute for Energy Research, several federal lawmakers and the Sierra Club have also raised objections about the proposed rulemaking.
Vietnam's Power Engineering Consulting Joint Stock Co. 2 has received a grant from the US Trade and Development Agency backing its 100-megawatt Tan Thuan offshore wind project in Vietnam. PECC2 said the project would be built in two phases, one with a capacity of 24 MW and another with 76 MW.
A research team at Washington State University has created jet biofuel from lumber waste. The team demonstrated its work with an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Washington, D.C. last November.
As part of Nuclear Science Week, four scientists from Idaho National Laboratory answered questions for a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" Q&A-style event. "We thought it would be great to start a conversation about the future of advanced nuclear energy, including reactor designs, fuel types, industry engagement and some of the ideal uses for advanced nuclear systems," INL Director of Nuclear Systems Design and Analysis Phil Sharpe wrote.
The US needs to focus on building new reactors, as it cannot afford to fall behind as a leader in nuclear energy technology, writes Lawrence Weber. "It is time for us -- and 'us' means everybody -- to quit squabbling about petty differences and start working toward the survival of our country," he writes.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., wrote a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asking it to make regulations to support the nuclear and coal industries as Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed. "I encourage you to ensure that coal-fired and nuclear baseload units, which make our electric delivery system more resilient and provide essential reliability services, are appropriately valued and compensated for their beneficial attributes," he wrote.
The International Youth Nuclear Congress and the World Association of Nuclear Operators signed an agreement to cooperate on initiatives related to the younger generation of nuclear professionals. The groups may now work together on boosting professional development opportunities and making young workers familiar with WANO.