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RENEWABLE ENERGY FROM THE OCEAN ONE STEP CLOSER WITH COMPLETION OF BIOWAVE CONSTRUCTION
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Source: BPS

SYDNEY - Ocean energy company, BioPower Systems (BPS), has completed the construction and onshore testing of a 250kW bioWAVE pilot demonstration unit.

The project is supported by an AUD11 million ($8.4 million) grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), a AUD5 million grant from the Victorian Government and AUD5 million equity from BPS.

The unique bioWAVE comprises a 26-meter tall oscillating structure that sways back-and-forth beneath the ocean swell, capturing energy from the waves and converting it into electricity fed into the grid via an undersea cable.

The structure is scheduled for deployment at Port Fairy in Victoria Australia later this year. The data collected from the project, combined with the experience gained, is expected to help drive down the cost of wave energy, and contribute to further development of the bioWAVE towards commercial production.

Importantly, during infrequent extreme wave events, the structure will automatically assume a "safe" position lying flat against the seabed. This reduces the structural design requirements (and hence cost) while maintaining reliability.

"Achieving practical completion of the bioWAVE is a major milestone in the development of this technology," said the CEO of BPS, Dr Timothy Finnigan. "We look forward to seeing it operating in the Southern Ocean, developing the next generation machine and exploiting the technology around the world."

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht said the AUD21 million project would further cement Australia's position as a leader in renewable wave energy.

"Once successfully installed, it will be the second ARENA supported device to supply wave energy to a major Australian grid, feeding 250 KW into the National Electricity Market," Frischknecht said.

Source:  BioPower Systems
Associated URL: biopowersystems.com
Source Date: June 30, 2015
Posted: 07/02/2015

 
 
SCORPION-LIKE SMALL ROBOT TO INVESTIGATE INTERIOR OF FUKUSHIMA DAIICHI NUCLEAR POWER STATION UNIT 2
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Source: Toshiba

TOKYO - Toshiba Corp said it and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) have developed a small robot to investigate the interior of the primary containment vessel (PCV) of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Unit 2. Training of robot operators will begin in July, with the aim of deployment on site by the end of August.

Developing procedures and methodologies for removing fuel debris from the PCV requires an understanding of its distribution. The robot will be used to determine the location and positioning of fallen objects, if any, and conditions along access routes to the PCV base. This must be done prior to a full investigation around the PCV base.

The robot is approximately 54cm long and 9cm high and wide, and is equipped with two cameras, LED lights, a radiation dosimeter and a thermometer. Remotely operated by a wired cable, the robot will enter the PCV along a pipe approximately 10cm in diameter.

LED lights and CCD cameras are attached to both the front and rear of the robot. Once the robot reaches a point near the center of the PCV, the operator will raise the rear section, like the tail of a scorpion and video the interior of the PCV: the robot will illuminate its surroundings with the LED lights, and swivel its rear to capture a wide area of the PCV, even in darkness or fumes. The robot is designed to be self-righting, so rollovers are not a concern.

Toshiba and the IRID will continue to develop technologies that contribute to the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

Source:  Toshiba
Associated URL: toshiba.co.jp
Source Date: June 30, 2015
Posted: 07/02/2015

 
 
ABB WINS $85 MILLION ORDER TO BOOST QATAR'S POWER, WATER SUPPLIES
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Source: ABB

ZURICH - ABB has won an order worth around $85 million to provide turnkey substations to help integrate electricity from a new independent water and power plant (IWPP) into the country's grid.

The IWPP will use Qatar's natural gas resources to produce 2,520 megawatts (MW) of power and desalination capacity of around 600 million liters of water daily, helping supply drinking water and power to one of the economic zones that Qatar has made a centerpiece of its plans to modernize and diversify its economy.

Qatar, on a peninsula east of Saudi Arabia, is building ambitious infrastructure including rail, energy and water desalination facilities. Such projects, undertaken with expertise from ABB, will help prepare the country's economy to accommodate a growing population that exceeds two million now and is expanding at about three times the rate of Gulf neighbors.

Source:  ABB
Associated URL: abb.com
Source Date: June 30, 2015
Posted: 07/02/2015

 

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