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12th Annual Platts Global Energy Awards

The 2010 Platts Global Energy Awards will be announced on the 2nd of December 2010 at Cipriani Wallstreet in New York City. This is the 12th year of energy awards from Platts, the finalists have been announced out of a field of 200 from the world over.

Finalists were chosen from a list of well over 200 nominations, based on their performance for each category’s criteria within the designated time frame. The Energy Company of the Year will be selected from this overall list of finalists by the independent panel of judges including former regulators, past heads of major energy companies, leading academics and international energy experts.

Platts is a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies. It is the leading global provider of energy and metals information and the world’s foremost source of benchmark price assessments in the physical energy markets headquartered in New York. Since 1909, Platts has provided information and insights that help clients make sound trading and business decisions, and enable the markets to perform with transparency and efficiency.

Fast Facts about the Platts Global Energy Awards:

  • Platts receives more than 200 nominations each year
  • Nominations have come from more than 30 countries including Brazil, India, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Russia, Switzerland, Argentina, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States
  • This is the eighth year in a row that Capgemini is the principal sponsor of the Platts Global Energy Awards; this is the third consecutive year that Elster Group is a co-sponsor and SolArc is the celebration sponsor.
  • Platts is proud to count former OPEC energy ministers, national regulators, former heads of major energy companies and leading academics and legislators among its judges, past and present
  • Each category has 4-6 key criteria against which the judges will evaluate each nomination
  • The Platts Global Energy Awards have been described by past entrants and winners as both the “World Series” and “Academy Awards” of energy
  • More than 500 energy industry executives attend the black-tie Platts Global Energy Awards recognition dinner.Source – Platts Global Energy Awards 2010
  • MagneGas: Recycling Liquid Waste Into Usable Fuel

    CNN Money.com™ had an article titled From Trash to Gas, it piqued my interest and following it I got to a video link about MagneGas™ a natural gas alternative and metal working fuel made from liquid waste such as sewage, sludge, manure and certain industrial and oil-based liquid wastes. The Company’s patented Plasma Arc Flow™ process gasifies liquid waste, creating a clean burning fuel that is essentially interchangeable with natural gas, but with lower green house gas emissions. MagneGas™ can be used for metal cutting, cooking, heating, powering bi fuel automobiles and more.

    The MagneGas technology has been developed by the Italian-American scientist Dr. Ruggero Maria Santilli. He developed a new class of fuels called MagneFuels™. The Company MagneGas founded in 2007 in Florida sells a device which turns waste water into clean water and a natural gas alternative.

    Prof Santelli calls his machine the PlasmaArcFlow Recycler™, it can convert everything from sewage water to used motor oil to MagneGas™ a synthetic natural gas alternative.

    The PLASMA ARC FLOW(TM) process gasifies a number of liquid waster into usable byproducts. The byproducts include: A fuel MagneGas, heat, carbon precipitates and sterile effluent fuid which can be used for irrigation or as a liquid fertilizer (ongoing research).

    The machine can process 2000 gallons of sewage an hour and produce just under a 1000 cubic feet of gas an hour.

    There are 3 kinds of PlasmaArcFlow Recycler™

    1. “Total Recyclers” – intended for maximum conversion of liquid to fuel. Waste is converted to MagneGas™ and a carbon deposit which the company is trying to find uses for in the production of electrodes etc.
    2. “Linear Recyclers” intended for the sterilization of bio-contaminated liquid wastes (such as city or ship sewage) via its single passage through one or more electric arcs. This results in the production of MagneGas, carbon precipitates, plus sterilized liquid that can be processed further via industrially available filters and other systems to produce final effluent as clean as requested by local environmental requirements.
    3. “Total-Linear Recyclers” for the processing of farm manure and ship or city sludge via their treatment in the Total Mode until the entire liquid is sterilized and its solid content is carbonized. The liquid is then processed in the Linear Mode for the removal of carbonized solids and completes other processes as may be required by local environmental authorities. This process results in MagneGas, carbon precipitants plus sterilized liquid that can be processed further via industrially available filters and other systems to produce final effluent to meet local environmental requirements.

    What Makes MagneGas Different:

    • MagneGas™ is produced from liquid waste and the byproduct clean water, can be used to water plants lawn etc.
    • MagneGas™ is a greener, cleaner and safer alternative to acetylene in torches used in metal work.
    • MagneGas™ manufacturing costs 1/3rd of what petroleum costs, can be produced anywhere and produces virtually no emissions when it burns.
    • It has been available for fleets since 2006.
    • MagneGas™ can be used in place of natural gas in any automobile.
    • MagneGas™ will be cheaper than propane and other alternatives. MagneGas™ can be used instead of acetylene in torches for metal working.
    • MagneGas™ has is in the process of building a 200kW PlasmaArcFlow™ refinery for a DDI International in China, which should be done by end of this year.
    • PlasmaArcFlow™ ranges from a 50KW unit that produces MagneGas™ for a metal cutting shop up to a 1 megawatt plant capable of processing various liquid waste in high volume.
    • It has the lowest Green Gas emissions when compared to fossil fuel. The refinery has no odor or noise pollution as it runs quietly in a completely sealed environment. The fuel can be used for metal cutting, cooking, heating, or powering natural gas bi fuel automobiles.

    Check out the video below – 1.What is the latest with MagneGas™ 2.Video About MagneGas™
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    If MagneGas™ works like the manufacturers say and becomes a viable alternative for natural gas, the day might not be far before we see towns and cities turning their trash and sewage into fuel to run vehicles.Less Pollution, trash to fuel what is more Green!

    CNN Money has this video report from Fortune Magazine HERE

    Source for data and Pictures – MagneGas

    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.

    The AK1000™: World’s Largest Marine Turbine

    Atlantis Resources Corporation one of the world’s leading developers of Marine Power Systems, unveiled the largest and most powerful tidal power turbine ever built, the AK1000™ on August 11th 2010 at Invergordon, Scotland. The AK1000™ is due for installation at a dedicated berth at the European Marine Energy Centre (“EMEC”), located in Orkney, Scotland later this summer.

    The AK1000™ is seventy three feet tall and weighs one hundred and thirty tons. According to the CEO Timothy Cornelius “The turbines turn at six to eight revolutions per minute, so are incredibly slow turning and will have zero impact on the surrounding environment.” Hypothetically therefore the turbine rotors should cause no harm to the marine environment and its residents.

    Timothy Cornelius added: “The unveiling and installation of the AK1000™ is an important milestone, not only for Atlantis, but for the marine power industry in the United Kingdom. The AK1000™ is capable of unlocking the economic potential of the marine energy industry in Scotland and will greatly boost Scotland’s renewable generation capacity in the years to come.”

    So what is Tidal Current Power?

    Tidal current technology is a form of hydropower and harnesses the energy in tides and converts it into usable power.

    Tidal current power is different from wave power. Wave power harnesses power of the waves while Tidal Current technology extracts energy from the high tide bulge created by the gravitational pull of the Moon and Sun moving horizontally around the Earth’s surface.

    As per the Atlantis, Sea water, which is 832 times denser than air, gives a 5 knot ocean current more kinetic energy than a 350 km/h wind; therefore ocean currents have a very high energy density. Hence a smaller device is required to harness tidal current energy than to harness wind energy.

    Tidal Power and Tidal current power differ in that, Tidal power requires the building of barrages to manage and direct the flow of the current etc… the civil construction cost and impact on the environment is much higher in the tidal power barrage systems.

    Tidal Power facts:

    • The first large scale tidal power system the Rance Tidal Power station in Brittany, France, started functioning in 1966! It is still the largest tidal power station based on installed capacity.
    • Tidal power stations were first developed and tested in the 1970’s; they harness the water masses that periodically flow into sea bays and drive conventional hydro turbines when the tide goes out. The disadvantage of this technology is that they require large barrages in the sea.
    • Unless taken to extremes, Tidal Current power system does not require blocking of any waterways, and hence does not have the adverse environmental effects associated with Tidal Barrages.
    • Tidal current energy takes the kinetic energy available in currents and converts it into renewable electricity.
    • As oceans cover over 70% of Earth’s surface, ocean energy (including wave power, tidal current power and ocean thermal energy conversion) represents a vast source of energy, estimated at between 2,000 and 4,000 TWh per year, enough energy to continuously light between 2 and 4 billion 11W low-energy light bulbs.
    • USA and UK could produce 15% of power they need from the Ocean itself.

    On the whole the project sounds and looks really good and it has been working in Australia. Will wait to see how it works out in Orkney, Scotland.

    If what they say about no impact on the environment proves to be true, this is definitely another way to harness green energy and keep the environment clean simultaneously. Live Green!

    Read the Press release from Atlantis HERE

    Check out the video of Tidal Turbines in Manhattan:

    Links of Interest:

    Source of pictures and Info Atlantis Website

    Voith Hydro

    There is a study going on the effect of tidal power systems in Orkney read the press release here

    Suggested reading from Amazon:

    Ocean, Tidal, and Wave Energy: Power from the Sea (Energy Revolution)