China Starts Up First Nuclear Cogeneration Project—at AP1000 Plant

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Tue, 03 Dec 2019 20:53:22 +0000

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China has started up its first commercial nuclear cogeneration system, using two newly operational AP1000 reactors at the Haiyang Nuclear Power Plant to heat 700,000 square meters of housing.  Shandong Nuclear Power Co. (SDNPC), a subsidiary of State Power Investment Corp. (SPIC), and owner of the Haiyang plant, on Nov. 15 said the first phase […]

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China Ramping Renewables, and Building More Coal Plants

Credit to Author: Darrell Proctor| Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 16:00:24 +0000

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Officials in China in 2017 said the country—the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases—would move away from coal-fired power generation. They promptly canceled more than 100 coal power plant construction projects. But coal remains king in China, which in the past two years has added 43 GW of coal-fired generation capacity, according to a report […]

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EV-Based Virtual Power Plants Shift Peak Load and Save Money

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 15:45:10 +0000

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A recent study found that electric vehicle (EV) batteries used as a utility virtual power plant (VPP) could shift the entire residential peak load to nighttime hours with only 10% EV market saturation. The research was conducted by Jackson Associates, an Orlando, Florida-based firm that does energy forecasting, data development, and energy-related analysis. The study […]

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Financially Flailing Eskom Scrambles to Complete Defect-Ridden Coal Plants

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 14:53:46 +0000

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South Africa’s state-owned utility Eskom was forced to slash 2,000 MW on a rotational basis nationwide on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17. The newest round of power cuts—the first in nearly seven months—highlight the state-owned utility’s scramble to avert financial disaster stemming in part from the fast-tracked construction of two 4.8-GW coal-fired power plants: Medupi […]

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What Can You Do with a Superconductor? A Lot! [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:14:16 +0000

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What is a superconductor? One definition says, “a material that can conduct electricity or transport electrons from one atom to another with no resistance.” “At the base physics level, what a superconductor does is it moves a lot more power per unit volume or per unit weight, so you have a very high energy-dense material […]

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POWER Digest [July 2019]

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Taishan-2 EPR Achieves Criticality. A second EPR unit in China’s Guangdong province attained a sustained chain reaction on May 28, marking another major milestone for Framatome, EDF, and China General

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Chile Presents a Coal Exit Plan

Credit to Author: POWER| Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Chile, a country that relied on coal for about two-fifths of its power generation in 2016, in June announced it would mothball eight coal plants, totaling 23 GW, of its existing 28-plant coal fleet over the

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As Renewables Surge Ahead of Coal, Lawmakers Introduce National Renewable Standard 

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2019 11:56:23 +0000

A bill introduced by Senate Democrats on June 26 establishes a national electricity standard that would require large retail suppliers to source at least 1.5% of their power from renewables by 2020 and gradually grow that share through 2035.  The measure comes a day after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) revealed monthly generation from renewable […]

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Apagón: A Blackout Sweeps South America

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:33:26 +0000

Authorities have initiated a far-reaching investigation into an unprecedented blackout that on June 16 hit a wide swath of South America—most of Argentina and Uruguay, and parts of Paraguay—affecting tens of millions of people.  The massive blackout—apagón—is thought to have originated in a disturbance that affected two high-voltage lines, Colonia Elia Y Mercedes and Colonia […]

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India’s Coal Future Hinges on Advanced Ultrasupercritical Breakthroughs

Credit to Author: Sonal Patel| Date: Thu, 06 Jun 2019 13:49:47 +0000

India is striving to conserve coal and slash its carbon emissions. The country which depended on coal for 56% of its total capacity of 356 GW as of May 2019, wants to reduce coal’s share to 45% of a planned capacity expansion to 480 GW by the end of 2022. During that period, it will […]

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