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New rules hasten end for Europe’s dirtiest power plants
Europe’s most polluting power plants, including many large coal-fired power stations, will be forced to clean up or close down thanks to new EU rules adopted today. The revised standards demand reductions in toxic emissions, yet businesses and governments appear unprepared. EU-wide compliance with the new rules could cost as much as €15.4bn, and 82% of coal capacity expected to be online in 2021 is currently failing to meet the minimum standards. With coal already in dramatic decline, the uncertainty...
ANDRITZ AG to deliver DeNOx plant to Currenta GmbH & Co. OHG, Germany
The DeNOx plant is being built to treat the flue gases from the sewage sludge incineration line with multiple-hearth furnace VA3 and the two lime kilns VA1 and VA2. Completion of the project and start-up is scheduled for the end of 2018. By modernizing the plant, Currenta can ensure that the NOx limit, which will be lowered from 200 to <100°mg/Nm³ as from January 1, 2019 in accordance with 17.BImSchV (Federal Immission Protection Act), is met, and even generate significantly lower flue gas emissions...
Duke Energy Unveils Plans for Its First Solar Power Plants in Kentucky
Duke Energy customers in Northern Kentucky will soon benefit from clean, renewable solar energy as part of the company`s plans to develop its first solar facilities in the commonwealth. Duke Energy will build and operate three solar power plants on sites in Kenton and Grant counties, and the energy will be delivered directly to customers. "Our customers want solar," said Jim Henning, president of Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky. "And solar is something we`ve thoroughly studied and prioritized in our long-term...
Utilities Actively Adopt Virtual Power Plants to Cater to a Growing Network of Connected Systems
The surge in the number of distributed energy resources (DERs) installations across the globe is opening up the market for virtual power plant (VPP) programs. The large installed capacity of solar and wind-generation plants notwithstanding, generation is intermittent, which translates to the need for a solution that can balance the grid during low wind and solar period. Currently, utilities employ VPP solutions to integrate roof top solar plants, wind turbines, generator sets (diesel and gas) and batteries....
Construction Underway on FPL`s Eight New Universal Solar Power Plants
Florida Power & Light Company announced that construction is underway on its next eight solar power plants, continuing one of the largest solar expansions ever in the eastern U.S. The new plants, which will comprise a total of more than 2.5 million solar panels and nearly 600 megawatts of capacity combined, are all on track to begin powering FPL customers by early 2018. The company plans to build all of the new universal solar capacity cost-effectively - meaning that these investments will result in net...