Photo credit Lauren Manning
And here are this week’s Green Numbers:
Most of the talks were very interesting but two that stood out for me were the ones given by João Torres where he discussed EDP’s smart grid project, called InovGrid and the demo of RMS (Renewables Management System) by Jose Antunes and Rita Burnay. RMS is Logica’s software for managing remote windfarms.
In discussing InovGrid João explained that despite the costs of rolling out a smart grid, EDP felt that the benefits outweighed the costs. The main benefits João saw from smart grids were:
InovGrid is one of the most advanced smart grid projects in Europe. EDP now has 3,000 micro-generators on its grid and expects to have 200,000 smart meters installed by the end of 2010.
João was extremely open during his presentation. When asked which communication protocol was best for a smart grid, he said he felt PLC was best but he admitted that it had issues. EDP, he said, have a team assessing protocols and that a lot of the details are still to be decided.
Jose Antunes and Rita Burnay gave a demonstration of Logica’s windfarm management software RMS. The software is designed to manage large numbers of remote wind turbines and allows for quick and easy drill down on information. In the demo, we were shown RMS’s live feed from over 2,000 wind turbines all over the Iberian peninsula. The software collects and stores 300-400 data points from each turbine in realtime simultaneously.
As Jose said, wind turbines typically cost in the order of €1m per MW so one of the main functions of RMS is to minimise downtime of turbines. However, because it also stores all the historical data for turbines, it is able to plot performance of each turbine against the manufacturers SLA’s. I can see this being a popular screen!
Jose also told us that Logica are taking over the management of all of EDP’s wind turbines in Europe and the America’s. This will mean they will increase the current portfolio they are managing from 2GW to 10GW (though I don’t imagine all 10GW will be under one instance of RMS!
Logica’s Chris Beard gave a fascinating talk on a new Logica offering called Smart Office but I’ll come back to that in a separate post.
Above is the video from today’s GreenMonk Energy and Sustainability show and below is the chat-stream from the show:
04:31 Tom Raftery: Can you see/hear me?
04:32 Jason Roe: yea
04:32 abby: both audible and visible, tom!
04:33 TolkienLibrary: back – o started – nice
04:34 Tom Raftery: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2009/roulette-0519.html
04:36 Tom Raftery: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M_XbeXDNnM
04:38 Tom Raftery: http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE54O1I920090525?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews
04:38 TolkienLibrary: well if you look who he works for… then i understand his point of view (the bastards)
04:39 Jason Roe: could be getting old too 😛 bit grumpy etc..
04:40 Tom Raftery: http://www.physorg.com/news162454033.html
04:41 mikethebee: This was discussed on RTE Pat Kenny today
04:41 TolkienLibrary: o nasty! guess US and Asia got some cleaning up to do
04:42 Tom Raftery: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/may/24/steven-chu-environmentalist-anger
04:44 Tom Raftery: http://www.physorg.com/news162457392.html
04:46 Tom Raftery: http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/009905.html
04:46 TolkienLibrary: US voted for CHANGE now they got OBAMA LIGHT (typical American I guess)
04:48 Tom Raftery: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/WorldWithoutOzone/page1.php
04:50 Tom Raftery: http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE54O16R20090525?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews
04:53 Tom Raftery: http://www.mywindpowersystem.com/2009/05/the-most-amazing-wind-turbines-designs/
04:55 TolkienLibrary: yes saw that earlier today. Loved some of those ideas. The balloon idea would be nice // always people complaining about the sight
04:56 TolkienLibrary: sounds great…
04:56 Tom Raftery: http://blogs.zdnet.com/sustainability/?p=410
04:57 mikethebee: Do you know what types C&F in Irleand are intending to produce after recent annoucement?
04:59 Tom Raftery: http://h71028.www7.hp.com/enterprise/us/en/halo/index.html
05:00 mikethebee: C&F (If I recall correctly) a wind turbine producer announced a major ramp up of production. Anyone know more?
05:03 TolkienLibrary: what do you think of solar panels in orbit announced by Solaren? http://www.alternative-energy-news.info/solaren-corp-to-launch-solar-panels-into-orbit/
05:06 mikethebee: I hadn’t heard of them til then, I wil research it more thx
05:06 TolkienLibrary: thanks for your opinion… also think it very expensive and ‘un-green’ to shoot solar panels up // they should concentrate on solar panels down here first
05:07 Tom Raftery: Thanks everyone for joining in and your contributions
05:07 TolkienLibrary: thnxs once again Tom… great show!
05:07 mikethebee: Thx Tom, gr8 show and content.
05:08 mikethebee: I always lose the last few seconds of the show for some reason.
A couple of interesting announcements were made in Ireland in the last week.
On the 8th of Oct., Eirgrid, the Irish grid operator launched their Grid25 strategy (pdf warning). In the strategy document they announced they are spending €4 billion reinforcing the Irish distribution grid in the expectation of a 60% rise in electricity usage.
The Irish Environment Minister, John Gormley in his Carbon Budget announced that the Irish government is going to target that 40% of electricity consumed in Ireland would be from renewable sources by 2020. This is an increase over the previously stated, already ambitious target, of 33% from renewables.
Ireland had an average electrical demand of 3.2GW in 2007. A 60% increase means an average consumption of 5GW by 2025 and an average of 4.5GW in 2020. This is the date the government has set as its target of 40% from renewables.
40% of 4.5GW means that Ireland will average 1.8GW from renewables in 2020. Assuming that this will come from wind (there is no other viable renewable energy source in Ireland), this will require 5.4GW of installed wind capacity.
Ireland currently has 1GW of installed wind capacity so to hit the target it needs 4.4GW of wind farms to be built.
That’s 366MW per annum or just over 1MW every day until 2020! A 1MW wind turbine would be a significant structure costing in excess of €1m.
So the Irish government has set as a target the sourcing of 1MW extra from wind energy every day for the next 12 years?
I also spotted today that StrategyEye in their new quarterly report are reporting that investment in the Cleantech sector is up 50% this quarter, compared to the first quarter of 2008.
The financial markets might be in trouble but renewables are definitely seeing boom times!