Green ILC

Energy for Innovation, Innovation in Energy

KEK Supercomputer Second in the Top Green500 List →

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Large computing farms, supercomputers and servers are heavy electrical power consumers to the point that reducing energy consumption has become one of the main issue in CPU and system developments. The Green500 list has been created to support the efforts towards improving computing efficiency and reducing power consumption. In its last issue, the two top ranks are taken by systems for the nuclear and high-energy physics applications

New Hydraulic Wind Turbine →

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In January 2013, test operations of an innovative wind power generation facility with a hydraulic drive train began at MHI Yokohama Dockyard & Machinery Works.
The adoption of wind power has skyrocketed in recent years due to global demands for renewable energy, and MHI has now developed the world’s first hydraulic drive train to use Digital Displacement® Transmission (DDT*) technology. The product was created during the development of a new hydraulic drive train system for offshore wind turbines, a project which began in September 2011 with support from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). This operation testing will accelerate the realization of the world’s largest 7 megawatt-class wind power generation facility.
(*) Digital Displacement® Transmission is a registered trademark of MHI.

Green Session at LCWS 2014

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The Green-ILC project as well as other initiatives at the ESS, CLIC and others are meant to be merged in a more global endeavor beyond projects and frontiers, because the energy consumption challenge is quite universal.

EUCARD2 EnEfficient

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EUCARD2 is a European granted accelerator R%D network program with many working groups each related to future accelerator development issues. One of these the WG 3: ENEfficicient is for Energy Efficiency. A workshop has been organized on June 3-4 2014. Many interesting talks are available here.

Liquid Air in the Energy and Transport Systems →

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The Liquid Air Energy Network (LAEN) is the new forum for the advocacy and development of liquid air as an alternative way to harness waste and surplus energy within power and transport.

- Liquid air is a novel, energy storage solution that could play a key role in the low carbon energy future.

- The UK has world class expertise in both mechanical engineering and cryogenics.

The use of liquid air for grid-based energy storage could increase energy security, cut greenhouse gas emissions and create a new industry for the UK worth at least £1bn pa and 22,000 jobs to the UK. Liquid air technologies could also significantly increase the efficiency of road vehicles, particularly in commercial buses, vans and refrigerated lorry fleets.

CEA Liten →

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Liten (Laboratory for Innovation in New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials) is an institute forming part of the CEA’s Technological Research Division. It is one of Europe’s leading research centres in the new energy technology field.

It is worth noting the Liten presentation in Japanese.

Mega Solar Plant in Japan →

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From SolarServer

Marubeni puts online Japan’s largest solar PV plant at 82 MW
The Oita PV plant sits in an industrial part of Oita City, on the edge of the Suo Channel. Image: Marubeni

Marubeni Corp. (Tokyo) has held an opening ceremony for a 82 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant which it has commissioned in Southern Japan’s Ōita Prefecture. This is the largest PV plant completed in Japan to date.

Marubeni began commercial operation of the Oita plant on March 12th, 2014, fifty days ahead of schedule, and began construction on the project in March 2013. Electricity from the plant is being sold to Kyushu Electric Power Co. Inc. (Fukuoka, Japan) under a 20-year contract.

Ivanpah: World Largest Solar Plant →

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The time has come to witness the largest solar thermal project in the world
With our parent company NRG Energy, Inc., along with Google, BrightSource Energy and other investors, we have built the largest solar thermal project in the world, which was completed in early 2014. Located near Ivanpah, Calif., in the Mojave Desert, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System generates nearly 400 MW of electricity — nearly double the amount of commercial solar thermal energy now generated in the United States. Because of this, POWER Magazine crowned it the Plant of the Year, the highest honor.