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First WTE plant in Egypt feasibility study completed

First WTE plant in Egypt overview.
First WTE plant in Egypt overview.

In cooperation with its long-term partner OAK, WTEI has completed the feasibility study for the first WTE plant in Egypt. Previously, we reported that WTEI entered a consortium for waste to energy projects. Later in August 2020, the feasibility study started to prepare the project for funding.

With a particular focus on the development of Concession Agreement (CA), Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and Financial Model, such documentation represents an intellectual platform for current and future opportunities.

Hydro Tasmania names Lake Cethana its preferred site for new pumped storage hydro

Lake Cethana has been selected as Hydro Tasmania’s preferred pumped storage hydro site, and it will now progress to the final feasibility stage.

The announcement comes as part of a step forward for Tasmania’s renewable energy ambitions, unveiled Dec. 15 by the Tasmanian and Australian governments. Hydro Tasmania welcomed the Prime Minister, Tasmanian Premier and Federal and State Energy Ministers to its Trevallyn Power Station to announce a bilateral memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two governments. The MOU outlines a shared path forward and further certainty for progressing Marinus Link, the new 1500-MW interconnector between Tasmania and mainland Australia, as well as the Cethana pumped hydro and hydropower upgrade opportunities in the existing portfolio that form the Battery of the Nation.

Hydro Tasmania Chief Executive Officer Evangelista Albertini said that it was an important next step for Battery of the Nation and Tasmania’s visionary renewable energy plan. “The Australian Government continues to show strong support for these opportunities and today further demonstrated their commitment to working with our state to realize this significant opportunity,” he said. “Marinus Link is a critical enabler of the Battery of the Nation. Together, these projects can support the nation’s transition to a clean energy future by providing cost-effective, dispatchable, highly flexible renewable energy, backed by deep storage capacity.”

IN DEPTH: Cracking the Conundrum of What to Do With Old Landfill Sites?

Across the EU the legacy of that is an estimated 150,000 to 500,000 historic landfill sites – many not built to today’s sanitary standards. On 31 August this year a four-year EU funded project investigating the potential to recover materials, energy and land from these sites concluded.

Until relatively recently the predominant form of waste disposal in Europe has been landfill. Across the EU the legacy of that is an estimated 150,000 to 500,000 historic landfill sites – many not built to today’s sanitary standards. On 31 August this year a four-year EU funded project investigating the potential to recover materials, energy and land from these sites concluded.

Launched back in 2016, the four year NEW-MINE research project, led by KU Leuven Institute for Sustainable Metals and Minerals was tasked with looking into the possibilities of Enhanced Landfill Mining. With project partners including German recycling equipment manufacturer, STADLER, the EU funder research explored the potential for recovering materials for recycling from closed landfill sites, as well as waste derived fuel, all while recovering increasingly valuable land for reuse.

Siemens, Duke Energy and Clemson creating H2 Orange pilot for hydrogen as CHP resource on campus

Siemens Energy, Duke Energy and Clemson University have teamed up to study the use of hydrogen for energy storage and as a low- or no-carbon fuel source to produce energy at Duke Energy’s combined heat and power plant located at Clemson University in South Carolina.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it awarded Siemens Energy a $200,000 grant for the research initiative.    

The pilot project, called H2-Orange – a nod to hydrogen gas and the collaboration with Clemson University – will ramp up in March 2021 and include studies on hydrogen production, storage and co-firing with natural gas. 

The studies will evaluate multiple forms of hydrogen production, including green hydrogen, which is created from water and has no byproducts. Hydrogen also has the potential to store larger quantities of energy more efficiently and for longer durations than current lithium-ion battery technology. 

Amazon announces plans to purchase 3.4 GW of solar and wind capacity

A bundle of announcements this week from the retail giant make it the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in the world.

Amazon and ACCIONA announced this week that ACCIONA will provide clean energy to Amazon in the United States with the electrical production corresponding to 641 MW of solar capacity via a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

The meet the PPA, ACCIONA will build four new photovoltaic plants in Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio, with a total capacity of 889 MWp. ACCIONA will invest close to US $1 billion (€835 million) over the next four years to develop these new projects.

“These four new projects with ACCIONA help us toward our goal of powering our operations with 100% renewable energy,” said Nat Sahlstrom, Director, Amazon Energy. “ACCIONA’s sizeable projects enable us to add more than 640 MW of renewable power to the grid.”