A new report from Frost & Sullivan states that high voltage direct current (HVDC) is the “only viable technology” for offshore wind transmission because it’s not possible to transmit electricity via underwater cables with alternating current (AC). The report, European Smart Grid Market – Advanced Component prepared by senior research analyst Vikas Ravindran, also says HVDC benefits a smart grid because it can “mitigate the intermittency effects from increased output from solar and wind power.” The HVDC market earned €550 million in 2008, and is estimated to reach €973.7m in 2015.
General Electric researchers are working with Arizona Public Service to determine the best way to integrate large amounts of solar power into the current grid, funded by a $3.3 million High Penetration Solar Deployment grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The team will identify systems and technologies that optimize grid reliability and efficiency with high concentrations of distributed solar generation.
Engineering and technology company Siemens has appointed Matthew Chinn the new managing director of the Energy Sector UK & North West Europe cluster, effective immediately. Chinn previously worked in the Energy Service Division, where he was responsible for European Service.
GAMA Energy A.S., a joint venture between GAMA Holding A.S. and GE Energy Financial Services, have announced the partnership’s first wind energy projects in Turkey, a 22.5-megawatt wind farm in Sares and a 10-megawattwind farm in Karadag. Both are located in the western region of Turkey. The projects have a combined cost of €54 million ($71 million) and feature thirteen of GE’s 2.5-megawatt wind turbines.