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Thursday, February 19, 2015


If you're deep into renewable energy and happen to be planning an around the world trip, it might be worthwhile to consider an itinerary which takes you to the five landmark projects published in Renewable Energy World.  Well, that means me, but My Absolutely Final Global Adventure (MAFGA, until I find a better acronym) currently has none of them, mostly because I've decided that the air pollution in China is deleterious to my health, and I've already been to the two American sites.

So here is one view of "enormous renewable energy infrastructure projects that kick-star revolutions" written by Terri Engels, a Boston-based green  real estate agent, which I've updated from other available info:
  • Ivanpah Solar Facility:  I've had a series of postings on this solar thermal pacesetter, located alongside the road connecting Los Angeles and Las Vegas.  A sum of $50 million was used to move 150 desert tortoises away from the project.

These Towers of Power has cost $2.2 billion and at peak produce 377 MW of electricity.
  • Gansu Wind Farm:  currently generates 5,160 MW, and is already four times larger than the 1320 Alta Wind Energy Center in California and 1064 MW Jaisamar Wind Park in India.  There will be 20,000 MW by 2020 at a cost of $17.5 billion.  This wind farm in China will be 15 times larger than #2 located in the USA.
  • The Geysers:  is a geothermal field just north of the primary wine country in California.  There are 23 geothermal plants with an installed capacity of 2,043 MW, but only 19 are operational, and the maximum production in 1987 of 1500 MW has now declined to less than 1000 MW today.  Earlier this week I had an international update of geothermal energy.

The U.S. has long been #1 with around 3000 MW, but watch out for the Philippines.  The world is at 11,000 MW, and the potential of power from the Earth has been speculated to be as high as 2,000,000 MW.  The world currently has 6,000,000 MW of installed electricity capacity.
  • Three Gorges Dam:  this $24 billion, 22,000 MW facility is eight times larger than the Hoover Dam, and is the biggest renewable energy project in the world.  More than a million people had to be displaced and landslides have killed dozens of people.  While all this sounds overwhelming, this facility last year generated 98,800,000 MWH last year, whereas the Itaipu Dam in Brazil/Paraguay produced 98,600,000 MWH.
  • London Array:  while a relatively modest 630 MW of offshore wind power, it is the largest of its kind, and a source of future renewable power for the world.  However, the 1000 MW capacity was denied permission for fear of affecting the migration pattern of the red-throated diver.

Ironically, various environmental concerns have more recently surfaced around the globe about effect on endangered species, aesthetic insults, noise pollution, foul odors, not in my backyard and similar concerns affecting major wind/solar farms, biofuel facilities, and geothermal projects.  

There are two ocean storms near Australia, Tropical Cyclone Lam now buffeting the country from the  north at 75 MPH:

and Tropical Cyclone Marcia already at 105 MPH, but expected to strengthen into a Category 3 when impacting from the east:


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