The state-of-the-art Hydrogen Assisted Renewable Power (HARP) energy storage project in British Columbia is now operational and supplying power to the remote community of Bella Coola. The HARP system is expected to reduce Bella Coola’s annual diesel consumption by 200,000 litres, which will lower greenhouse gas emissions by 600 tons annually. The project, a partnership between BC Hydro, GE, and Powertech, is supported by British Columbia and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).
According to data, the United States military accounts for two percent of America’s oil energy use and 93 percent of the federal government’s energy use. So in early 2010, the United States Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, issued a plan to significantly increase the Navy’s use of renewable energy. The stated goals include demonstrating a Green Strike Group in local operations by 2012 and to sail it by 2016; cutting the use of fossil fuels in vehicles by 50 percent by 2015; getting half of all installations’ energy from renewable sources, and have half of installations be net-zero in energy usage by 2020; getting half of the Navy’s energy usage from alternative sources by 2020.
Tampa Electric is participating in two Department of Energy funded demonstration projects. In the first, Tampa Electric has partnered with Siemens for a project at the utility’s Big Bend Power Station to capture CO2 emissions from conventional coal-fired power plants using a green tech solution developed by Siemens.
The brutal heat wave punishing the American northeast has underscored the need for smart grid technologies. Bob Gilligan, vice president of General Electric’s Digital Energy business says it is imperative to invest overhauling the power infrastructure. “As record-breaking temperatures in the northeastern United States have consumers turning up their air conditioners, our overburdened electric grid is taking center stage,” he says. “The heat wave is causing spikes in power demand, increasing the probability of service disruptions. This provides an example of the demand levels the grid can expect to see in the future as penetration of electric heating and cooling continue to expand, and as new demands like plug-in electric vehicles enter the market.”