Category Archives: Green Press Release

SolarTie™ Efficiency for Grid Connected PV Power Plants

At the Solar Power International North America’s largest Business to Business Solar Event, American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC) a global power technologies company exhibited their SolarTie™ Grid Interconnection Solution for Photovoltaic power plants. As alternative energy gathers steam and becomes more available the need for large scale grid connected solar projects are inevitable.

Standardized, distributed intelligence will make the power grid smarter. However, massive new transmission capacity is needed to incorporate large renewable energy sources. Current power line technologies using semiconductors require huge towers, with huge footprints, to transmit the necessary amounts of electricity from wind- or solar-rich areas to urban areas.

SolarTie™ combines two of AMSC’s proven and proprietary technologies – D-VAR® STATCOM solutions and Powermodule™ power converter systems – that are today connecting over 15 Gigawatts of renewable energy to the grid.

What is new about SolarTie™ Interconnection Solution?

  • Industry’s First Optimized Utility-Scale PV Interconnection System Introduced at Solar Power International 2010
  • Provides Centralized Control of Real and Reactive Power at the Point of Interconnection
  • Enables Developers to Meet the Most Stringent Grid Interconnection Requirements With Proven, Cost-Effective Technology

With a base rating of 1.4 megawatts (MW) and a turn-on voltage of up to 1,000 volts (VDC), the SolarTie™ solution is one of the most robust power inverter systems on the market. AMSC says in addition, SolarTie™ customers will benefit from:

  • The services of AMSC’s highly skilled and experienced Network Planning and Applications Group;
  • Solar inverters based on AMSC’s proven PowerModule™ platform;
  • The ability to control real and reactive power at the Point of Interconnection;
  • AMSC’s proprietary Smart Grid Interface (SGI) Controller, which directs SolarTie inverters and reactive power elements to provide efficient energy production and precise regulation at the Point Of Interconnection (POI); and
  • Easy integration with STATCOMs and/or capacitor and reactor shunt banks for additional reactive support if installed as part of the system.

By coupling best-in-class power converter capabilities with AMSC’s world-renowned dynamic reactive compensation technology, the SolarTie product represents the industry’s first fully optimized solution for utility-scale PV power plant developers. The addressable market for SolarTie™ solutions is expected by industry analysts to be approximately $2 billion by 2015.

Video of Jack McCall, Director of Business Development AMSC talking about the SolarTie

Source – Press Release from AMSC here

EPA Green Power Community Challenge

GPP

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is kicking off its national “Green Power Community Challenge,” a year-long campaign to encourage cities, towns, villages, and Native American tribes to use renewable energy and fight climate change. Purchases of green power help to prevent greenhouse gas emissions and also help accelerate the development of new renewable energy capacity across the United States.

To participate in the challenge, a local government must join EPA’s Green Power Partnership and use green power in amounts that meet the program’s purchase requirements. The local government must also conduct a campaign to encourage local businesses and residents to collectively buy or produce green power on-site in amounts that meet EPA requirements.

Green power is generated from renewable resources such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and low-impact hydropower. Green power resources produce electricity with an environmental profile superior to conven tional power technologies, and produce no net increase of greenhouse gas emissions.

The Challenge will begin on September 20, 2010. EPA will update the rankings in December 2010, March 2011, and June 2011. Communities will be able to review the standings and make changes to their purchases until September 1, 2011, when the final green power use is determined. Throughout the Challenge EPA will provide technical and outreach assistance to participants to help them increase their green power usage rates.

The winning GPCs will receive special recognition from EPA, including being featured on the GPP website and in a nationally released press announcement. The two winning GPCs will also receive awards and be featured in an outreach and media event.

More information on EPA’s Green Power Community Challenge: http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/gpcchallenge

More information about EPA’s Green Power Communities:
http://epa.gov/greenpower/communities/index.htm

Ampyx Power A Rising Star in Airborne Wind Power

We have decided to highlight new Green Technology companies which are vying to make an impact in the field of Alternate Energy, Auto industry etc…This being so close to the starting of the Airborne Wind Energy Conference of 2010 at Stanford University, we decided to choose one of the Air Borne wind energy companies.

Ampyx Power

The company we are covering is Ampyx Power; a young company located in the Hague.  Ampyx Power is developing the PowerPlane, a machine that can extract energy from the wind much more economically than wind turbines.

What is the Power Plane?

Above is a picture of the 10 kW PowerPlane on the cable. The wing span of the aircraft is a little over 5 meters.

The principle of operation of the power plane is based on the aircraft’s flying patterns in the sky and generating high tension forces in the connecting tether. The system generates power as the cable is unwound from a drum located at the ground. When the cable is fully unwound, the aircraft performs a dive and part of the cable is retrieved quickly in order to minimize power losses. It is the difference in tension during retrieval that allows net energy to be generated. When the cable is retrieved to its original condition, the process is repeated.

The team is aiming at completion of automation for the 10kW prototype by end of 2010. Ampyx has secured financing from the European fund for Regional Development and the press release is attached below.

Airborne Wind Energy Startup Ampyx Power secures subsidy from the European fund for regional development

The Hague, 14.09.2010 – The energy technology startup company Ampyx Power has succeeded in securing a subsidy from the European fund for regional development. This subsidy will allow Ampyx Power to finalize the automation of the prototype PowerPlane system. The PowerPlane system has the potential to generate renewable energy at costs similar to fossil fuel generated electricity.

Ampyx Power develops a straightforward Airborne Wind Energy system, which successfully utilizes winds at higher altitudes for energy production. The PowerPlane system uses a glider plane to unwind a cable from a winch during flight and thereby propel a generator on the ground. The expected costs of this way of energy production are significantly lower than those of commonly used wind turbines and comparable to grey energy production.

The subsidy from the European fund for regional development was obtained through the Kansen voor West program in the city of The Hague, the Netherlands.

Together with the investment deal earlier this year with the Norwegian energy company Statkraft, Europe’s biggest producer of renewable energy and Byte, a Dutch IT company, this completes the financing required for full automation of electricity production with the company’s current 10kW PowerPlane prototype and start the next development phase of scaling up to a 100KW system.

Ampyx Power plans to demonstrate fully automated power production in late 2010. The development of a commercial 1MW PowerPlane is expected to be finalized in 2013.

Website – http://www.ampyxpower.com/


Airborne Wind Energy Startup Ampyx Power secures subsidy from the European fund for regional development
The Hague, 14.09.2010 – The energy technology startup company Ampyx Power has succeeded in securing a subsidy from the European fund for regional development. This subsidy will allow Ampyx Power to finalize the automation of the prototype PowerPlane system. The PowerPlane system has the potential to generate renewable energy at costs similar to fossil fuel generated electricity.
Ampyx Power develops a straightforward Airborne Wind Energy system, which successfully utilizes winds at higher altitudes for energy production. The PowerPlane system uses a gliderplane to unwind a cable from a winch during flight and thereby propel a generator on the ground. The expected costs of this way of energy production are significantly lower than those of commonly used wind turbines and comparable to grey energy production.
The subsidy from the European fund for regional development was obtained through the Kansen voor West program in the city of The Hague, the Netherlands.
Together with the investment deal earlier this year with the Norwegian energy company Statkraft, Europe’s biggest producer of renewable energy and Byte, a Dutch IT company, this completes the financing required for full automation of electricity production with the company’s current 10kW PowerPlane prototype and start the next development phase of scaling up to a 100KW system.
Ampyx Power plans to demonstrate fully automated power production in late 2010. The development of a commercial 1MW PowerPlane is expected to be finalized in 2013.Airborne Wind Energy Startup Ampyx Power secures subsidy from the European fund for regional development
The Hague, 14.09.2010 – The energy technology startup company Ampyx Power has succeeded in securing a subsidy from the European fund for regional development. This subsidy will allow Ampyx Power to finalize the automation of the prototype PowerPlane system. The PowerPlane system has the potential to generate renewable energy at costs similar to fossil fuel generated electricity.
Ampyx Power develops a straightforward Airborne Wind Energy system, which successfully utilizes winds at higher altitudes for energy production. The PowerPlane system uses a gliderplane to unwind a cable from a winch during flight and thereby propel a generator on the ground. The expected costs of this way of energy production are significantly lower than those of commonly used wind turbines and comparable to grey energy production.
The subsidy from the European fund for regional development was obtained through the Kansen voor West program in the city of The Hague, the Netherlands.
Together with the investment deal earlier this year with the Norwegian energy company Statkraft, Europe’s biggest producer of renewable energy and Byte, a Dutch IT company, this completes the financing required for full automation of electricity production with the company’s current 10kW PowerPlane prototype and start the next development phase of scaling up to a 100KW system.
Ampyx Power plans to demonstrate fully automated power production in late 2010. The development of a commercial 1MW PowerPlane is expected to be finalized in 2013.