BioEnergy Bytes

  • BioEnergyBytesDFThis year has seen China make a significant impact on the world’s nuclear power industry, having brought three new reactors online with a total capacity of 3.2 Gigawatts (GW), according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. China currently has 20 active nuclear reactors, with a further 28 under construction. Another 10 reactors are expected to begin commercial operation between 2017 and 2025, with a total capacity of 9.56 GW.
  • Wetzel Engineering Inc. (WEI), a specialized systems engineering company serving the international wind energy industry, announced that industry veteran Gary Kanaby has joined the company as director of marketing and sales. Kanaby will be responsible for business capture activities including growing marketshare among wind farm owners and operators.
  • According to a recent report, “Microgrids in Asia Pacific” from Navigant Research, cumulative investment in microgrids across the region will total $30.8 billion from 2014 to 2023. Demand for electricity and generation capacity from renewable energy sources is growing at an unprecedented rate in the Asia Pacific region. As a result, the number of microgrid projects deployed in Asia Pacific, both for electrification purposes and as experimental test beds, is also rising.
  • DTE Energy selected 84 new solar energy projects for inclusion in Phase 2 of DTE’s SolarCurrents customer-owned pilot program. A total of 74 residential projects, representing 616 kilowatts (kW) and ranging in size from 1 to 20 kW, will be offered incentives as part of Phase 2. These projects will be built in 10 counties in Southeastern Michigan. An additional 10 non-residential projects, representing 157 kW, will be built in six counties in Southeastern Michigan. These projects range in size from 5 to 20 kW. All applications for non-residential projects were accepted into the program.

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