The Anonymous Widower

Portugal’s Delayed 700MW Solar Tender With Storage Option Launches

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Energy Storage News.

According to the Wikipedia entry for Solar Power in Portugal, Portugal had 828 MW of installed solar power in 2018.

So 700 MW will almost double the capacity.

Note that if they had the same amount of installed solar power per square mile as the UK, Portugal would have 3 GW or 3,000 MW of installed solar power.

June 11, 2020 Posted by | Energy Storage | , , | Leave a comment

Newcomer Broad Reach Power To Deploy Increasingly Large Battery Systems In Texas

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Energy Storage News.

This is the introductory paragraph.

US-based independent power producer (IPP) Broad Reach Power has said it will build 15 projects in Texas in 2020, each of them just under 10MW / 10MWh, with construction on six of them set to begin this summer.

The article then goes on to describe the electricity industry in Texas and where the battery storage fits in.

It’s all a far cry from the Texas portrayed in soaps like Dallas.

Wind Power In Texas

Wind Power in Texas has its own Wikipedia entry and this is the first paragraph.

Wind power in Texas consists of over 40 wind farms, which together have a total nameplate capacity of over 28,000 MW (as of 2019). If Texas were a country, it would rank fifth in the world: The installed wind capacity in Texas exceeds installed wind capacity in all countries but China, the United States, Germany and India. Texas produces the most wind power of any U.S. state.

But then everything in Texas, is famed as being the biggest in the world.

Their installed capacity of 28 GW compares with 17.64 GW of installed wind power in the UK.

Solar Power In Texas

Solar Power in Texas also has its own Wikipedia entry and this is the first paragraph.

Solar power in Texas, along with wind power, has the potential to allow Texas to remain an energy-exporting state over the long term. The western portion of the state especially has abundant open land areas, with some of the greatest solar and wind potential in the country. Development activities there are also encouraged by relatively simple permitting and significant available transmission capacity.

The Wikipedia entry also says that in 2019, Texas had 4.32 GW of installed solar power.

By comparison, the UK has 8.1 GW of installed solar power. Who’d have thought that?

As Texas is 2.87 times geographically larger than the UK, if Texas had the same solar panel density as the UK, Texas would have an installed capacity of 23.2 GW.

The Need For Energy Storage In Texas

With all this installed wind and solar energy in Texas and its potential for expansion, there would appear to a massive demand for energy storage in the state.

Conclusion

What would JR think?

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Pärnu – Latvian Border Rail Baltica Contract Awarded

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Railway Gazette.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has awarded a consortium of Indra subsidiary Protec and Obermeyer Planen + Beraten a €10·8m contract to provide design and construction supervision services for the 93·5 km section of the double-track route between Pärnu and the border with Latvia.

In my view, Rail Baltica is one of the most important rail projects in Europe, if not the World.

It will connect the Baltic States to Poland and Germany, and hopefully will play a large part in reducing road traffic in the area.

June 11, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

The Newly-Decorated White Horse Room In Westbury Is Open For Bookings

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Wiltshire Gazette And Herald.

This is the introductory paragraphs.

A disused room at Westbury Railway Station has been transformed into a office area and community space.

The community rail partnership, TransWilts, has announced the completion of work to refurbish and redecorate the Westbury White Horse room.

It is an interesting concept and I’ll be interested to see how it all works out.

June 11, 2020 Posted by | Transport | , , | 1 Comment