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Information about developments in the confusing Renewable Energies’ Markets: This information service, designed specifically for interested readers and professionals draws insiders from around the world - since all dedicated and professional engineers usual only know their own field. Lots of new inventions flood the markets. Often one cheaper than the next. Please consider that our offerings in the information service are only a selection of backstage information and publicily availabe sources.

As to our knowledge in July 2017 this is worldwide one of the most independent and most short overviews about Renewable Energies. To make conservation of natural resources a key pillar in our customers’ & partners’ sustainability teams and programmes readers will find useful information: Contents without links are from specialised engineers, insiders and / or company owners in Renewable Energies’ field. Links are – in most cases - from specialised journalists.

Royal Network & Production information system works in an alphabetical order - from the latest selected news to Information Archive since 2015. We are delighted to welcome as readers of this information service - besides the engineers and interested ones - all “clean” businessmen and businesswomen, helping us to be better neighbors to our nature and environment. Through continued efforts enabling our clients and readers to focus on discipline and compassion in their work, on cost control in diversification in Renewable Energy markets we are proud to be a part of their great financial success stories to come.

 

 

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23 March 2017, Article from dpa: Synlight is a project of DLR (German Aerospace Center) to develop new fuel for big planes. Synlight is a sun simulator – made from 149 lamps, normally used to show movies - clustered in a building in Jülich close to Aachen. It is droven by current to use the endless energy of the sun’s rays. One aim of the sun simulator is the efficient production of hydrogen / hydrogen peroxide, regarded as an environmentally friendly fuel of the future. The sun simulator is heating metal to 800 degrees Celsius, than the metal is sprayed with water vapour. The metal reacts with oxygen, the hydrogen remains.

http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/synlight-kuenstliche-super-sonne-hilft-treibstoff-forschern/19566820.html

 

please see Renewable Energy Sources/Biogas Plants

19 June 2017, backstage information: German Car industry has with the manipulations and the trickery around the exhaust gas purification not only harmed itself massively and has to pay now heavily in the USA, a worldwide search for VW managers was launched in late June 2017.  Germany’s car industry - by its only goal of making money – seems now less developed than other international car industry competitors. The best hybrid cars - combining petrol and electric – are said to be made by Japanese car industry.  And indeed also the protectors of the German car industry, the Federal Office for Motor Traffic and the Ministry of Transport / Traffic with Minister Dobrindt (now until June 2017) seem to have harmed the German industry very much: Because they seem to have covered and defended the criminal acts for years they not only have seriously damaged the progress in car industry, they have damaged the reputation of Germany.

 

12 Jan 2017, VW:  Six other leading and former managers of VW have to tremble because of criminal charges in the US because of cover-up in case of Dieselgate, one manager  was arrested by the  FBI at 07 Jan 2017 in Miami. „Responsible persons and companies are held responsible for the miscarriages of companies“, said Loretta Lynche, US minister of justice http://www.wiwo.de/unternehmen/auto/abgas-skandal-strafanzeigen-gegen-sechs-weitere-vw-manager/19241708.html und . http://www.wiwo.de/politik/deutschland/nach-manager-festnahme-anwaelte-raten-vw-vorstand-dringend-von-usa-reisen-ab/19241534.html

 

Nov 2016, ADACMotorwelt 11/2016, p. 28: The article is headed “Cheating on the track”. The ADAC checks through realistic measurements wether the exhaust gases on the test bench are manipulated. Since the beginning of the 90ties the emissions and consumption of a vehicle are examined in NEFZ, a test which takes place exclusively on the test bench in the laboratory. Nitrogen oxide is tested (NOx),  Hydrocarbon (HC), Carbonmonoxide (CO), and Carbondioxide (CO2  i.e. CO2). The NEFZ  (i.e. Neuer Europäischer Fahrzyklus) is said to have two weak points: The frame measurements are not very strict and “allow” many legal “improvements”, on the other hand the average speed on the 11 km is only 34 km/h. Thus in 2017 a new test is introduced, the WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Duty Test Procedure), with an average speed of 47km/h on 23.26 km. The problem: This good test is also a test bench cycle and the results can be manipulated by software as well as VW made it at the NEFZ. To avoid manipulation the EU introduces the RDE road measurement with a PEMS- gadget (portable emissions measurement system) and the car has to drive on true roads, a fixed share of the city, land and highway. The RDE-EcoTest of the ADAC runs 91 km, between 100 and 120 minutes and test up to three times the results of the same car.

 

Oct 2016, www.eve-magazin.de, p. 25: Abs Expert Dr. Axel Friedrich teaches the car industry the fear. Article in eve5.: Dr. Axel Friedrich is said to be the Sherlock Holmes of the Dieselgate, since 2011. He works closely with DUH (Deutsche Umwelthilfe). They knew that VW – and many other car manufacturers – in Germany betray, but they did not assume that they would dare to do this in USA also! The fraud is in the manipulation of the exhaust gas purification, which only works on the test bench, but not in the normal road life. Because of the nitrogen oxide NOx pollution in many cities there is now an EU procedure against Germany. Environmental organisations, which are consulted by Dr. Axel Friedrich sue cities and car manufacturers as Opel, Fiat, Mercedes. He assumes they will win all the processes because the statements in nitrogen oxide pollution simply are wrong. Because on average the emission of nitrogen oxides is seven times as high as prescribed. Dr. Axel Friedrich and his crew measure on the road values of 550mg/km with a prescribed limit of 80! It is expected that in EU 430,000 humans will die by nitrogen oxides. Dr. Axel Friedrich lives in Berlin, a searched for international working Abs expert. He strives for fresh air on the whole globe, since world climate change threatens our livelihood.

7/8 2016 ADAC motorwelt: The article says that since 1 July 2016 cars are not allowed to Paris City, which were approved before 1997. After 2020 an even cars older than 10 years are not allowed. This is for conservation/  protection of environment.

22 March 2016 http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/news-deutsche-umwelthilfe-bekommt-vw-dokumente-komplett-geschwaerzt/13554168.html Association German Environmental Support (DUH, Deutsche Umwelthilfe) sued against German car producers since they did not deliver requested data about the nitrogen oxide NOx. Minister Dobrindt for traffic was forced by German Ministry KBA (Kraftfahrtbundesamt) to deliver the data, which were not made public by Minister Dobrindt since Oct 2015. Now the data from VW with 581 pages were sent to DUH, most content was blackened. Dobrindt is said to be a puppet on a string from the “leaders” of the German car producers. He is said to refuse any transparency. My comment: Ridiculous, Germany is strong – despite the “leaders”.

12 Dec 2016 E-aviation: Four persons in Munich, Germany, made a new invention in e-mobility, i.e. in e-aviation: A plane for two persons that can start vertically and consumes even less energy as an E-vehicle. http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/lilium-elektro-jet-muenchner-tueftler-bauen-mini-flieger/14882514.html As to a backstage information, often there are private investors to invest in such projects, where now seem to work 35 engineers. The project is suited for small planes, not to transport more passengers. There is no information about the e-aviation plane “Solar impulse 2” flying  in 2015with Photovoltaic PV – started in Abu Dhabi – in our information service. The world is too familiar with that plane. If the new project Lilium is working with Lithium as “solar impulse 2” we do not know.

04 Aug 2016 http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/ueber-den-stau-china-testet-elektrischen-bruecken-bus/13969262.html. See also 7/8 ADAC motorwelt p. 9: The “Transit Explore Bus” runs on rails at a speed of up to 60 km/h. The e-vehicle is supposed to transport around 1,400 passengers. Soon in Northern China in Qinhuangdao a first bus is tested. When other cars are stuck in the traffic jam, the bus rolls over rails almost on top of them. See also

05 Jul 2016-10-17 http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/nahverkehr-olli-der-elektrobus-ohne-fahrer/13832382.html

22 Jan 2016 http://green.wiwo.de/airbnb-fuer-e-tankstellen-zwei-gruender-wollen-ein-crowd-ladenetz-aufbauen/

Small power plants as PV on private houses’ roofs and small wind turbines and home storage as by Teslas Powerwall are planed to be used for an electrical grid for charging of E-vehicles in Europe, since there is yet a lack of  charging stations in Europe: By a crowd founding campaign two men from Austrian Vienna want to gather money for their start-up, see please enio.at their search engine for charging stations. The Austrians developed already a net of more than 1,000 charging stations in Europe – from Swede to Croatia.

Dec 2015, ADAC Motorwelt, p.14: Porsche wants to present until 2020 the E-Bolide, in “Mission E”. The model engine offers a power output of 600 hp (440 kW) owed to two synchronous controlled E-engines, with acceleration 0 to100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. In 15 minutes it is planned to reload the battery up to 80 per cent.

7/8 2016 ADAC motorwelt: The article says the new electrically driven racing car “Grimsel” is even faster than racing cars with internal combustion engine. “Grimsel” has an acceleration of 1.513 seconds and 30 meters 0 to 100km/h – new world records. The car from the formula Student Team AMZ (Akademischer Motorsprortverein Zürich) has a weight of 168 kg and 1700 newtonmeter of torque.

16 Jan 2016: Three brothers from Austria conquer with their batteries the car industry. http://green.wiwo.de/kreisel-batterien-drei-brueder-erobern-mit-ihrem-akku-die-e-autobranche/

2 May 2016 http://green.wiwo.de/fuer-autos-und-ladesaeulen-oesterreichischer-akku-entwickler-baut-erste-batteriefabrik/ The Kreisel brothers in Austria offer their batteries now as well for planes. They already are better in costs and in range with the cars than Tesla.

19 Feb 2016 http://green.wiwo.de/e-autos-deutsches-forschungs-konsortium-will-1000-kilometer-reichweite-knacken/ TyssenKrupp wants – based on Lithium-Ion-Battery – to exceed the range of e-vehicles of 1,000 km. The cells in the battery should be arranged differently. Huge start-ups costs.

27 Oct 2016 http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/stadtflitzer-schweden-bauen-futuristisches-elektroauto/14734494.html

Uniti is a E-Vehicle with a range of 150 km with one charging of the battery, reaching a maximum of 90 km/ h. Soon it is planned to be built by company Uniti (same name as the car). Partners are scientists from Lund university. By crowd-founding-campaign FundedByMe now are collected around one million of Euro, the campaign is open until mid of Nov 2016. The car Uniti is claimed to be a milestone in more sustainable and efficient E-mobility -  due to the developers. Two persons can sit in the car, one behind the other.

Around 21 April 2017: Chinese car industry BYD Auto claims at Shanghai car fair to sell more cars as TESLA, due to the article for the second year running. The company delivers e-vehicles to taxi and bus fleets and abroad China http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/automesse-shanghai-byd-ist-der-star-der-chinesischen-elektrofahrzeug-branche/19680926-2.html Owed to a backstage information from 18 April 2017 also in Seoul e-vehicles are developed with great passion, let’s hope that soon Lithium will be replaced here by other inventions.

Jan 2016, p.20: ADAC Motorwelt: The short lines inform that Elon Musk, chief of Tesla builds a huge storage factory for batteries of E-vehicles and in addition for storage of current energy in the own house, i.e. in each single house. He is quoted as follows: “The power of the sun is enough to cover the world’s energy needs.” (My comment: This is true, but better not with Lithium, the “white gold” to start a new Yukon-river-gold-rush-run. Nevertheless Elon Musk teaches us, that we can produce & store our own current energy. We have to ask: Is than energy producing in the future business or not?

08 June.2016 http://www.wiwo.de/politik/deutschland/eeg-reform-wie-es-mit-der-oekostromfoerderung-weiter-geht/13703620.html Difficult discussions on this law’s future. (My comment: A law, which used too much tax money for companies without a proper environment assessment. In consideration of wind turbines in Germany until Nov 2016 the law actually subsidizes small farms, or even municipalities or even citizens’ wind farms.)

19 June 2017, backstage information: Because consumers want increasingly to eat cheap meat, the mass production is consistently further expanded. The incredible quantities of manure are of course also disposed on agricultural land – to a far greater extend than they can absorb. All surplus pollutants and medicines can reach the drinking water. Already now the water works are alarming because the treatment of water will be far more expensive. And the medicines as hormones can cause a mollification of the males. Please read as well Renewable Energy Sources/Biogas Plants

20 Oct 2016 Indoorfarming and Hydroponik: very good for regions with low access to water. Now tested with sewage in several counties in Germany and countries as Portugal.http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/versuchsanlage-in-wolfsburg-hydroponik-mit-abwasser/14640184.html

June 2015: Poultry industry, wild birds: “Eco-farming as well as animal welfare is being challenged by the difficulties to keep free range poultry in species-appropriate conditions, while factory poultry holdings in closed bio-securitypremises are being privilegded.” In summary: Steiof, K., J. Mooij & P. Petermann 2015: %e “wild bird hypothesis” in the epidemiology of highly pathogenic avian influenza – recent situation and critical assessment of the position of the German Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI) (state of June 2015).

Vogelwelt 135: 131–145.

30 Oct 2016 Sustainability Report - Qatar Airways’ commitment to sustainable results in increased fuel efficiency and the recycling of more than one third of waste at Hamad International Airport Qatar Airways’ commitment to sustainable results in increased fuel efficiency and the recycling of more than one third of waste at Hamad International Airport http://www.qatarairways.com/global/en/press-release.page?pr_id=pressrelease_sustainabilityreport&locale_id=en_gl

please see Renewable Energy Sources/Geo Thermal Energy Plants

20 Oct 2016 Indoorfarming and Hydroponik: very good for regions with low access to water. Now tested with sewage in several counties in Germany and countries as Portugal.http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/versuchsanlage-in-wolfsburg-hydroponik-mit-abwasser/14640184.html

please see Farming/Indoorfarming

June 2017, magazine "Schrot & Korn, p. 58: "German Minister of Agriculture accused 2016 by EU Commission for lack of implementation of the EU nitrate directive. The article mentions that he not only has blocked environmental measures and animal welfare measures, but he also abducted the new EU nitrate directive. Experts demand a new start in agricultural policy to protect the biodiversity of our planet. The farmer’s union in March 2017 found out that Germans claim that ethical and ecological claims are not yet met, especially environmental measures & animal welfare might be far better. Furthermore in monocultures lots of pesticides are applied and on the fields more manure is applied by extensive animal farming than the meadows can tolerate.

go to Car industry/Manipulation

21 May 2017: Switzerland will leave nuclear power plants, thus a democratic voting: http://www.wiwo.de/politik/europa/atomausstieg-schweiz-stimmt-fuer-die-energiewende/19833766.html

June 2017, Magazine „Schrot & Korn“, page 9: The nuclear power plant Tihange 2 in Belgium is said to be a risk power plant. However fuel rods are delivered from Germany to Tihange 2 in Belgium – with the approval of the German Federal Ministry for Environment. Minister Ms Barbara Hendricks says, owed to the laws (Atomrecht / i.e. Law for Nuclear Power and other law in EU) she has to allow that delivery. However a German lawyer, Ms Cornelia Ziehm, explained in TV (Tagesschau), that Germany has the right to stop the planned export – as in the case of Tihange 2, when the security of citizens is threatened (www.ausgestrahlt.de). As we in Royal Network & Production Alliance explained in “Why Protection” – Uranium seems to be without any risk in the ground. However mining, transportation and other handling of uranium may cause high risks to the health, especially it may cause cancer.

    09 June 2017: The U.A.E. / Abu Dhabi will not be Without Nuclear Power Plant because of Diversification says Anca Westley, marketing leader of Abu Dhabi Future Energy: “This is part of our diversification” Abu Dhabi participates in the planned world expo in Kasachstan, were nuclear power plants are in the forefront – because they do not produce CO2 (That is correct, but mining, transportation and other handling of uranium may cause high risks to the health, especially it may cause cancer! Please read “Why protection” in our website) http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/kasachstan-expo-zur-energie-der-zukunft/19912388.html Moreover the German industry hopes to build more wind turbines for the rich country Kasachstan!!! Let us hope that there are not any birds or bats to be killed. In the same article the planned leader of the German Pavillon, Mr. Heindl, says that Germany completely will retire from nuclear power. But at same time Germany plans to sell fuel rods to Tihange 2 – despite Germany has the right to stop that export www.ausgestrahlt.de).

Feb 2017 backstage information: CSP Trough-Mirror design only in very few cases does damage to birds. Therefore we're very happy about https://www.saharaforestproject.com/qatar/. We do not have to do anything with this Norwegian company, but CSP design is used instead of less efficient PV!  The site was planned in 2012 by the former Prime minister in Qatar (cooperation between Yara ASA, the worlds’ largest supplier of fertilizer and the Qatari company Qafco, the world’s largest single site producer of urea and ammonia). Now it seems to have developed to a testing area for environmental technologies, what we do appreciate very much.

Summer 2017: Dr. Abouleish, founder of SEKEM, a longstanding re-greening project in the desert in Egypt, founded sustainable Heliopolis university with many family members in 2012 (Magazin “Der Lebensbaum”, Nr. 81, Sommer 2017, p. 15). http://www.hu.edu.eg/

30 Oct 2016:  Sustainability Report - Qatar Airways’ commitment to sustainable results in increased fuel efficiency and the recycling of more than one third of waste at Hamad International Airport . http://www.qatarairways.com/global/en/press-release.page?pr_id=pressrelease_sustainabilityreport&locale_id=en_gl

May 2017, backstage information: Storage is also a problem of definition. How is it defined? As with 15 July 2017 was not able to do more research how disposal of batteries stresses the environment.

As for today in June 2017 it is not known – as far as to me - , how silicon is degraded: How is the effect of wetting PV modules on the environment? Furthermore we already mention in the information archive (below, also in alphabetical order, were you will find basics in Renewables), that PV is loosing a lot of efficiency in hot climate.

04 May 2017 Australian scientists from Deakin University and here Mazher Mohammed produce tabs, pumpes and pipes for water supply in remote areas by a 3D-printer. These printers can produce any three dimensional objects.  The printer works with solar energy and uses shredded plastic waste. The whole project will cost around 30,000 australian dollars, by Crowed Funding already 18,000 Dollar are funded.  http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/biz/solarer-3d-drucker-wasserleitungen-aus-plastikmuell/19744576.html

Backstage information Feb 2017: Solar tubes (Swiss made) are coated inside with steel-aluminium-nitrite or with steel-copper-nitrite. This micro/1000s coating will dissolve, when the tubes are damaged and come into contact with oxygen. The more important is a high quality of the solar tubes, which not all companies can claim.

26 April 2016 http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/biogas-aus-mist-neue-technik-macht-energiepflanzen-ueberfluessig/13554436.html Company Ductor from Finland claims to generate biogas from animal manure, as chicken - avoiding misuse of agricultural farmland.

March 2016 – backstage information mostly. As it seems Biogas plants which burn waste (as a special form of WTE Waste to Energy) to produce gas for both the current recovery as well as for heating and hot water are far less efficient as assumed – the efficiency seems to be only 30 % (owed to a backstage information given to me in March 2016 from a former leader in this field).  The system which runs the plants is cogeneration, which is not further funded in Germany. The engine used needs itself energy to burn the waste. “Bio gas can be produced from raw materials as agricultural waste, manure, municipal waste, plant material, sewage, green waste of food waste. It is a renewable energy source and in many cases exerts a very small carbon footprint.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biogas In short: By fermentation of biodegradable materials the gas methane, hydrogen and carbon monoxide can be oxidized with oxygen. “This energy release allows biogas to be used as a fuel;” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biogas.  

The lack of efficiency applies for large municipal biogas plants and also for smaller ones. The rest of the waste, i.e. those not biodegradable materials - around 70 % - have to be burnt again! More over in the case of smaller farm biogas plants precious farmland is misused . The main problem for nature and environment is here, that this it not essentially bio-waste but plants as mais and raps are cultivated and gassed! This means that precious agricultural land is lost for the production of food.  As a result, food prices are rising – even in the third world, because there precious agricultural land is used for crops to be gased in Europe – as far as I understand. The cultivation of these monocultures increases the use of fertilizers and pesticides. These pollute the environment, namely groundwater, surface water and soils – and are directly responsible for the destruction of species.  This is a classical example of misguided subsidies!

 

Renewable Energy Sources/Biogas plants most expensive?!

23 Nov 2015 http://www.sueddeutsche.de/bayern/subventionen-laufen-aus-die-angst-der-biogas-bauern-1.2748751: The article mentions (besides the big picture), that biogas is the most expensive renewable energy source, one kW hour costs about 15 to 22 cent. In  Germany seemingly without subventions. Rather high risk because of errors made by the human operators or by technical reasons, and manure was released into ground water and polluted a river, fish died. Restoring of this river seems to need years. Seems to be a renewable energy source which does not need storing (???). Munich Stadtwerke (driving the electrical grid in Munich) therefore in the past supported many biogas plants to feed energy into the grid, whenever a break down of grid made it necessary.

However it seems that German KfW bank is supporting with a certain amount of money, for storage systems related to biogas plants. This is bit confusing to me, if these systems are said that they do not need storage? Etc.

14 Sept 2016, http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/schifffahrt-brennstoffzellen-fuer-grueneren-antrieb/14539532.html. Ships propelled by cogeneration.

02 Jul 2016: It is planned that in Egypt in the future there will be no further subsidies for the current. Therefore there is high interest in Renewable Energies Sources. German company Heliatek offers a foil stuck on walls. As Heliatek claims the foil does have high efficiency at high temperatures as well – in contrast to conventional  PV/Photovolatic products. They are organic solar cells, which are significantly cheaper to manufacturer than PV cells. However the stated efficiency is modest. The Egypt people want to do business with these solar cells. They are stuck on steel facades . On a biogas plant in Germany the 95 sqm  delivered 5,4 kW/hour. Operator is former Energy giant RWE. Instead the Heliatek company aims to use decentralised energy world wide. Please search for the article in www.wiwo.de.

17 Mar 2015 http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/hausfassade-in-singapur-grossversuch-mit-klebenden-solarzellen-startet/13551448.html This article is about facades in Singapore to be equipped with foils from Heliatek.

20 April 2016: New PV modules from cadmium telluride cheaper and more efficient than those made from silicon. Despite world wide new producers made silicon modules very cheap a new and tested invention, the cadmium telluride thin-film cell may be a victorious competitor in the future. Scientists from US company First Solar have topped with an efficiency of 22,1 – better than the efficiency of the best silicon cell. US First Solar announced that already in the end of 2015 the prices of their cadmium telluride cells were lower than the prices from cheap Chinese poly silicon producers. http://green.wiwo.de/photovoltaik-duennschicht-module-werden-guenstiger-und-effizienter-als-silizium/

10 May 2017 Insolvency of SolarWorld - http://www.focus.de/finanzen/boerse/aktien/solarworld-insolvenz-deutschlands-bekannteste-solar-firma-ist-pleite_id_7116205.html


12 Jan 2017, SolarWorld: Some shareholders are calling for a reorientation of the group, as strategic reduction of the product range to become profitable in the day-to-day-business http://www.wiwo.de/unternehmen/energie/solarworld-tag-der-entscheidung-bei-solarworld/19243326.html

 

22 Sept 2016, Solarworld, The article http://www.wiwo.de/unternehmen/industrie/angeschlagener-photovoltaikkonzern-solarworld-in-der-bredouille/14576386.html Very difficult times for Solarworld, arguments from Assmann not believed by German insiders & institutes. As Assmann seemed to explain PV products flood the markets only since 2016. In fact, Chinese products in PV flood the markets since years as a longstanding Arab business friend wrote to Royal Network & Production Alliance years ago, in 2013. These PV markets decrease since years. The article mentions also that now in 2016 prices in PV again decreased at 25 per cent. 

3 June 2016: http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/hybrid-technologie-neue-solarzelle-verwandelt-auch-waerme-in-strom/13686814.html New solar cells developed at MIT with Nano tubes for capturing thermal energy.

One of world’s largest power stations based on solar thermal technology is planned Noor in Morocco.

04 Feb 2016:  In Morocco a consortium from Saudi Arabia and Spain are the general contractors and operators of one of world’s largest power stations, named “Noor” -  said to be one of four plants to be build. The plant is based on solar thermal technology, which is – as often mentioned by us - far higher in efficiency as PV systems. In end of 2017 the plant aims to deliver current energy for 1,2 million humans, http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/umwelt/solarkraftwerk-ein-licht-in-marokkos-wueste/12916494.html. In general solar thermal heat is used for heating and cooling, in this article only producing of current is mentioned. In the future the King’s MASEN Authority in Morocco plans eventually to sell current energy to Europe.  Such current selling business towards Germany or other European countries seems to me not to be a hit: We look for independency from conventional energy and from the grid and we have successful communities on this path.  Further more nearly each day new and tested inventions in the field of Renewable Energies - one cheaper than the other - are unveiled!

The power plant “Noor” is financed (834 Mio. Euro, i.e. more than one third of the costs) by German KfW Bank and uses German products only. German solar thermal parabolic design mirrors in 400 rows heat thermo oil from SchottSolar in a pipe system in the mirrors up to 400 ֠ Celsius.  This heat drives a conventional steam turbine from Siemens to produce current energy. Energy storage with liquid salt is from BASF. In Morocco now 1,800 persons can work on the plant for maintenance etc. There are other solar thermal systems – as installed in Doha - nearly free of maintenance – for me personally a better base for business development.

27 May 2016: Fire in Ivanpah Solar Power Facility. We informed since long time about this strange solar power plant, not to be followed http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/news-feuer-im-groessten-solarkraftwerk-der-welt/13641070.html 

24 May 2016

http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/rekord-in-suedafrika-solarkraftwerk-liefert-zwei-wochen-durchgehend-strom/13607978.html It is about a similar solar power plant as “noor” in Morocco: Based on Solar Thermal Technology, also with Siemens etc.  Operated and built by a Saudi company ACWA Power. The name of this new power plant is Bokport. World record: It is said to deliver 20 days energy without any problem and has to replace older coal power plants.

17 May 2016: Solar thermal technologies are now at the rise. The article mentions that these systems have been in the shadow and use the argument of low prices to produce energy.  http://green.wiwo.de/solarthermie-hersteller-verspricht-sonnen-strom-rund-um-die-uhr-fuer-56-cent/. If these Fresnel systems (mentioned in the article above) are pleasant to birds and maintenance persons is not mentioned.

14 Jan 2017 http://www.wiwo.de/unternehmen/industrie/sonnenenergie-israel-baut-den-hoechsten-solarturm-der-welt/19223484.html Israel claims to build the highest solar power tower of the world. Please read also in Information Archive – Renewable Energy Sources/Sun/Solar Thermal Technology/Solar Power Facility Ivanpah about solar tower systems as Ivanpah.

27 May 2016: Fire in Ivanpah Solar Power Facility. We informed since long time about this strange solar power plant, not to be followed http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/news-feuer-im-groessten-solarkraftwerk-der-welt/13641070.html

09 Sept 2016: http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/australien-solarkraftwerk-mit-weltrekord/14520730.html Big parabolic mirror with 500 sqm in Australia / Canberra might result in an efficiency of 97 per cent compared to earlier efficiency says Mr. Pye from ANU (Australian National University). The power plant has an efficiency of 100 kw/hour. It is planed to compete to fossil energy sources by lower costs and to reduce the current energy costs to 8 (eight) European cent, far lower that PV systems can offer.  

09 May 2017 We in Royal Network & Production Alliance claim since years that there never ever might be any subsidies of governments or ministries for Renewables: Companies based on own strength and best products will survive. Thus the company in the following link named Solarwatt likewise now instead of mass markets and big solar power plants concentrates on best products for final customers     http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/erfolgreich-ohne-subventionen-solarfirmen-kaempfen-gegen-billigmodule-aus-asien/19777152.html Solarwatt’s company’s owner is someone of BMW family.

 

15 Aug 2016 http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/preis-rekord-solarpark-bei-dubai-liefert-billigsten-strom-der-welt/14008810.html

With Fotovatio Renewable Ventures FRV from Spain and the semi-public company Masdar from Abu Dhabi now Dubai is about to build a PV Solar plant – mostly paid by US $ -  to offer current at a price of 2.6 Euro cent. This price seems unbelievable but Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) agreed for the third part of Sheikh Maktoum Solar Power Plant, since the Fotovatio Renewable Ventures FRV & semi-public company Masdar have guaranteed this price. Chinese group Jinko Solar and German RWE had offered a price of 3.22 Euro cent if the solar power plant would be operated fur a running period of 25 years. In 2020 it is aimed to generate sever per cent of current by Renewable Energy sources. My comment: In the future there will be no business with current owed to decentralisation.

03 May 2016 Tidal energy project http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/wellenkraftwerk-2-0-bayern-bauen-gruenstrom-generator-auf-kreta/13607938.html

German company Sinn Power, a start-up tests a new tidal project close to Heraklion in Crete.

Article in Natur + Umwelt 3-2015, pp. 15-25, see p. 20 and www.bund-naturschutz.de/themen/wasser/wasserkraft.html, Sebastian Schönauer writes: New hydropower plants are planned in Gemany under the (wrong) pretext that might forward the so called green energy supply. Power generation by hydropower plants in Germany at rivers and lakes delivers a supply already of 60 per cent – with devastating consequences.  

All small hydro power plants (under 1,000 kw) deliver only 1.5 per cent of the complete power generation in Southern Germany, i.e. Bavaria. Please read yourself about the cruel and damaging effects of these hydro power plants by your translaters, I can not do! However, there seem to be good Germans who want to conserve and help against the politicians & concrete lobby to save so many endangered species in the last natural part of huge river Donau between Straubing and Vilshofen. On only 0.5 per cent of the Southern German / Bavarian states area live 46 per cent of endangered fish species and 32 per cent of endangered birds, and so on! Please consider that you are loved by your good deeds, never ever by greed!

Wind lobby’s work was unveiled in famous BUND / association for the protection of nature by a former leader of BUND. The latter now founded his own environmental protective association: 18 April 2016 http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/umwelt/umstrittene-windraeder-wie-die-windenergiebranche-umweltverbaende-spaltet/13455180.html 18 April 2016: New association for endangered species and natural heritage founded by former leader of BUND, county NRW in Germany.  Wind Lobby unveiled working in German association BUND. The article describes that Harry Neumann, the former leader in county Rheinland-Pfalz of famous German association BUND (www.bund-naturschutz.de) for the protection of flora and fauna left the BUND and founded his own association "Naturschutz Initiative" http://naturschutz-initiative.de. He was afraid of the independence of the famous BUND, as it seemed to be under the influence of wind lobby. Due to the terms & conditions (in German “Satzung”) of the BWE (Bundesverband Windenenergie, this association being the most important interest group in wind energy in Germany at that time (18 April 2016)  the BUND will be the heir of the legacy of BWE’s assets in case BWE dissolves. There were individuals in BUND operating for both interest group, BUND and BWE. As often it was a breeding red kite raptor family that led to the escalation. In the region of Harry Neumann there were plans to build big wind turbines – without any former analysis of the risks for plants and animals, and humans of course! So Harry Neumann forced a and fighted successfully a building-battal before court! See please as well  http://naturschutz-initiative.de/neuigkeiten/124-windraeder-und-naturschutz.

Meanwhile the counties at our German Northern Coast try to avoid these big turbines, which there stay one by one – an ugly performance, dispelling tourists…

08 Sept 201617 http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/norddeutschland-deshalb-wehren-sich-die-ersten-landkreise-gegen-die-windkraft/14512328.html

Wind turbines even exploded since world climate change with heavy storms caused fires.  Like every technology, wind energy sources technology is not entirely safe.

2016-04-05 http://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/niedersachsen/lueneburg_heide_unterelbe/Feuer-zerstoert-Windkraftanlage,windrad388.html

2015-06-03 http://www.nordkurier.de/templin/windrad-steht-in-flammen-0315284106.html#

2011-09-14 http://www.lr-online.de/regionen/elbe-elster/herzberg/Windkraftanlage-bei-Beyern-steht-in-Flammen;art1056,3493082you tube film 01.02.2016 wind turbines even exploded :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqfNBVuSe9cdangerous for birds see after 3 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkbU1tS_UQc

windmill desaster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YJuFvjtM0s

The big wind-turbines of course produce much Megawatt, especially for industry. But the power has to be brought by power lines to the other counties.

New developments concentrate (backstage-information) on small wind turbines based on other technical approach. The latter planned to be built at the place were the energy is used. In the future decentralised energy systems will increase, as widely achieved already in solar systems on the roofs or close and make power lines superfluous. Some wind power generation technologies could be suitable for decentralisation – such as Slavonius Rotors, which do not kill birds or bats. However much research is a needed, to develop wind energy systems, which do not harm to our biodiversity (birds and bats).  

(please read also our information in Information Archive in letter R about Renewable Energy Sources/Wind/Big Wind Turbines/Eco Audit and Renewable Energy Sources/Wind/Big Wind Turbines/Future?: Summary: Big wind turbines can be of enormous damage to bats and birds, especially to raptors – if built at the wrong place. The problem is the industrialists’ wind lobby, which tries to ignore this impact on the biodiversity of the planet. An engineer involved in industries close to the wind turbines branch writes, to invest in scrapping might be an advice. 

 07 May 2017: Backstage information: As it seems some politicians seem to consider, how to further support wind energy, especially the “green” party. “To support” means here to support with money, given from the government. Since big companies are said to pay no taxation, the money for subsidies is paid by mid market companies, who work unbelievable hard to survive – and often do not have any time to inform themselves about the risks etc. of this Renewable energy source.

10 May 2017: The wind power industry unfortunately in the past years has been able to eliminate stork and eagles/bird of prey, with the complete trees. So the birds “vanish” – as if not have existed - and the industry does not to have take care for any distance prescribed by law to the nests. It is difficult to prove this in individual cases, but  in many cases there have already been findings to remove nests in connection with planned wind power plants.  The nature conservation authorities/state bird protection authorities react, that in the case of a removed nest, the wind power operators also do have to observe the radii/distances – because the birds might build a new nest nearby to the removed nest.  And this prescription lasts for some years - thus they hope to counteract the strategy of the wind power industry.
   
17 May 2017, Magazin Uckermarkkurier/Templin, “Adler das Nest unter den Federn weggeschlagen”: Today the rent someone gets for a large wind turbine on his field is 80,000.- (eightythousand Euros!) . For this large sum of money, criminal deeds are also committed, such as the elimination of a sea eagle nest by tree felling. As is written below the article, the nests of this rare type of bird are very secret.

http://www.kitegen.com/en/ This website contains interesting diagrams. The kite flies in 1,500 metres height – higher than in the former systems. (Please read Information Archive below: Renewable Energy Sources/Wind/Wind Dragons). As I was informed, ships ate using this system when going with the wind.

https://www.allianz.com/de/presse/news/finanzen/beteiligungen/160208_allianz-und-bank-of-america-investieren-in-windparks/ Allianz and Bank of America invest in wind parks. Due to my personal experience Allianz assurances’ own product as travel guide Sri Lanka are not proven.

29 April 2016 Wind turbines further critical

 http://www.wiwo.de/politik/deutschland/energiewende-windraeder-stehen-still-und-kosten-hunderte-millionen-euro/13515276.html. Operators of wind power plants in Germany receive money, also if they produce superfluous energy which can not be used in the grid, because there is already too much energy in the grid. The Wind power plants’ energy is wasted. This and other strange “things” in this theme caused not only a discussion about the wind turbines, especially in Schleswig-Holstein were the power plants originated, humans protest against these: http://green.wiwo.de/zukunft-der-windkraft-schwimmende-anlagen-und-schaufensterprojekte/ 

17 July 2017 backstage information of a scientist about the website http://cleantechchallenge.be/ which does not show safe Slavonius Rotors
“ I only can see ordinary wind turbines with an horizontal spindle and 3 rotor blades. These constructions are known to kill birds and bats, if erected in areas where these animals do live (which is quite often the case). The longer the blades are, the higher is the potential to harm birds and bats, due to the disc the blades are spinning. Very small turbines of this type with blades not longer then 3 meters may be quite safe for birds, but they also kill bats.
Slavonius Rotors have a vertical spindle and blades directly connected to it. There is not much known about their influence on birds or bats. Since Slavonius Rotors are normally small devices and compact, their impact should be very small. It can be assumed, that they are quite safe for birds and bats.” The website cheantechchallenge is in connection to Vito and McKinsey.
 
http://www.wiwo.de/politik/deutschland/energiewende-windraeder-stehen-still-und-kosten-hunderte-millionen-euro/13515276.html. Operators of wind power plants in Germany receive money, also if they produce superfluous energy which can not be used in the grid, because there is already too much energy in the grid. The Wind power plants’ energy is wasted. This and other strange “things” in this theme caused not only a discussion about the wind turbines, especially in Schleswig-Holstein were the power plants originated, humans protest against these: http://green.wiwo.de/zukunft-der-windkraft-schwimmende-anlagen-und-schaufensterprojekte/

May 2017, backstage information: Storage is also a problem of definition. How is it defined? As with 15 July 2017 was not able to do more research.

Furhermore: Without storage to get energy from or to store energy to most of the renewable energy sources would not be usable. It is a simple expectation only that energy storage will be a major business in the years to come. Technically there are several ways of storing energy, besides the most obvious way: Batteries. There is much research done in the area of batteries and chemicals, most of it focused on the needs for electric driving and smart phones/tablets/laptops. The requirements for energy storage for the grid differ in one utmost point, that is the size and weight, which is not really important. If a storage system is bigger and heavier while cheaper or more reliable, than it is the one chosen. Besides LiIon (LithiumIons) there are redox batteries ore even old style lead acid batteries (seldom), a different example is LiFePo/Lithium Iron Phosphate. Storage without Lithium of course is possible, there are already pilot projects, please read our other information under batteries or storage etc.. If now in the laboratory, very soon the new batteries might be implemented.  As to me it is often very important, if the university to develop is an elite university or not! However this does not count in leadership of GLs of big groups!!! And we have a lot of scientists who submit scientific projects, thus here it is very important that those who select have a great experience and knowledge.
Other ways for energy storage include water pump systems where water is pumped uphill to store energy and downhill to get the energy back. There are similar approaches with more or less complete hills discussed in research, but not yet implemented.
Also there are pilot projects (AUDI) using the energy from wind or solar to create LPG/natural gaz or similar over several steps and store it in the grid. LPG/natural gas is available at gas stations for e-vehicles. However as with July 2017 was not able to do more research.

09 Aug 2016 http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/kraftwerk-unter-der-erde-schweizer-wollen-druckluftspeicher-rentabel-machen/13982886.html: Even when RWE (former Energy giant in Gemany) with project “Adele” and Alstom Power Switzerland failed, a new company from Switzerland Alacaes. This spin-off of Airlight Energy to use renewable energies in Biasca improved a compressed air storage system in a former tunnel.

31 Oct 2016 http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/alte-speichertechnologie-start-up-entdeckt-das-schwungrad-wieder/14754416.html. A German start-up uses an old system, the flywheels, to store energy. Flywheels work with weight, the new flywheels replace weight by faster turns.

12 April 2016: Despite other sources for batteries for e-vehicles and other devices are in R & D the price for lithium has increased fivefold! http://www.focus.de/finanzen/boerse/elektroauto-boom-preis-verfuenffacht-um-diesen-rohstoff-reisst-sich-die-welt_id_5427728.html

21 June 2016 storage of produced energy as methan gases from ecological waste and wind energy http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/energiespeicherung-methan-aus-bioabfall-und-windstrom/13766452.html

As to an oral information to me it is necessary for companies to have access to more current energy, because they need that much current. Which companies are those?  Instead we produce in Germany too much current and deliver the overproduction abroad. We even pay the receivers, that these please might be so kind and take our overproduction. But storage is possible, already now. Is this is the end of a political system of “leaders” who are not interested in the needs of citizens? Here in Wirtschaftswoche we can read that scientists want to produce Biomethan from superfluous current energy, to be implemented into the earth gaz-grid.

Instead famous University in Zurich / Switzerland made an invention, how gases at the production of oil in the gulf or other regions can be used, instead of burning, i.e. to make the whole process more efficient. If we need oil for chemistry and pharmacy – than in an efficient way of being produced.

 

17 Feb 2017 AW: http://www.wiwo.de/riesiger-energiespeicher-der-strom-kommt-aus-dem-tank/19408566.html
Huge Redox-flow-storage based on vanadium, close to Karlsruhe in Germany, to work after March 2017. 19 Millions Euro used by Fraunhofer Institut for Chemical Technology. Due to the leader of the project, Peter Fischer, they try to make the storage more reasonable in the future. He claims this storage might supply an entire village with energy for around 10 hours. (Dr. von Werz: I do live in a village, what does he mean with these words? My village has 185 adults… ). When they wanted to build up a big wind energy tower close to the project, during the transport one of the big parts had a crash with a bridge.

http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/stromspeicher-weltweit-groesstes-off-grid-batteriesystem-entsteht-in-ruanda/13817014.html : Company Tesvolt from Germany is about to built the world’s largest off grid battery system with containers in Ruanda.  http://www.royal-alliance.net/archive/89-storage-batteries-batteries-for-stationary-storage-and-e-vehicles-e-mobility.

25 April 2016 For off-grid-places as construction sites a „green“ battery based on Lithium can be used, in case normal grid has a brown-out, i.e. the grid does not work. http://green.wiwo.de/solarstrom-to-go-neue-generatoren-arbeiten-ohne-diesel/#comment-175510

23 Aug 2016 Alevo is said to be closer to the commercial market. Alevo “a battery manufacturing aspirant”, a company with a mysterious huge funding produces batteries with sulfur-based inorganic lithium-ion electrolyte chemistry. http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Alevo-Moves-Closer-to-Commercial-Deployment-of-Its-Big-Battery

31 Oct 2014 http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/strombank-schweizer-bauen-neuartige-batterie-in-einer-milliarde-dollar-fabrik/13550534.html#comment-175883

Start up Alevo from Switzerland claimed having been developed batteries with 10tmes longer lifespan than other batteries. Furthermore the batteries are said to be very robust and not-flammable.

13 Oct 2016 http://www.wiwo.de/technologie/green/tech/ultra-caps-batteriehersteller-skeleton-fertigt-kuenftig-in-sachsen/14616228.html  the article is about Ultra-caps, i.e. capacitors that can store a lot of current. The new technology seems convincing. The technology is developed in cooperation with scientists of Monash university and a company which was founded in 2014 only, named Ionic Industries – both from Melbourne. They developed an electrode of nanoporous grapheme. These very fast batteries soon will be built near German city Dresden. In contrary to other systems it can load and charge in seconds. Nevertheless they can not replace batteries, the latter having a far higher capacity. Their importance seems to increases.

30 Oct 2016: The Qatar Airways Group has made conservation of natural resources a key pillar in its sustainability programme. Hamad International Airport’s waste water treatment plant allows 95 per cent of captured water to be re-used in irrigation. Facilities such as aircraft and vehicle washing incorporate water recycling-systems to further support Qatar Airways Group’s efforts to conserve natural resources

http://www.qatarairways.com/global/en/press-release.page?pr_id=pressrelease_sustainabilityreport&locale_id=en_gl

 is an NGO with huge fundings.

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