Hybrid Sources of Electricity: EDP Renewables (EDPR, Madrid, Spain), a global leader in the renewable energy sector and one of the world's largest wind energy producers, and Vestas (Aarhus, Denmark), the global leader in wind energy, announced March 27 they have built a turbine-coupled hybrid demonstrator with solar at the Janda III wind farm in Cádiz. The hybrid demonstrator is a combination of an existing Vestas V112-3.0 MW turbine and 372 kW of a new solar photovoltaic (PV). The PV power is fed to the turbine as direct current, which is then converted and transformed by the turbine's ad-hoc modified power conversion system in order to export the power to the grid. By combining wind and PV, the demonstrator offers increased capacity factor and annual energy production. See the whole article here.
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Rising Tides: A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warns of the alarmingly increasing frequency of high-tide flooding, “which can wash water over roads and inundate homes and businesses.” The report says that “By 2100, high tide flooding will occur ‘every other day’ (182 days/year) or more often…within the Northeast and Southeast Atlantic, the Eastern and Western Gulf, and the Pacific Islands.” Under the more serious “intermediate” scenario, high-tide flooding will become a daily occurrence. The high-tide flooding is linked directly with sea-level rise – caused by global warming, though Trump’s cabinet of climate skeptics would disagree – and will only continue to worsen in the coming decades, bringing devastating impacts with it.
Citizens want Bradenton to pledge to run solely on renewable energy like Sarasota has done. Check out this article from the Bradenton Herald and contact the commissioners with your thoughts. Article link.