Forecast predicts European wind capacity will hit 252GW by 2022 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Monthly:Wind energy capacity will grow at an average 17.4GW per year up to 2022 across the continent, according to a new report by WindEurope. The trade body forecasts 86.9GW will be installed over next five years, reaching a total of 258GW in operation in Europe by 2022.Germany, Spain and the U.K. will continue to lead Europe for highest national capacity, but countries such as the Benelux nations, Norway, Turkey and France will all make important contributions to the 258GW total.Globally, Europe will account for a quarter of new total capacity additions by 2022. It also argued that with more encouraging policy frameworks in place, even more new capacity could be added in the next five years.The majority of the 86.9GW increase will be onshore, WindEurope stated in its report, Wind energy outlook in Europe: 70.4GW (81%) compared to 16.5GW (19%) of new offshore wind. Currently, onshore wind accounts for 90.7% (160.2GW) of Europe’s total installed capacity of 176.5GW, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.Germany will remain the country with the most installed capacity, reaching 73GW in 2022, up from 59GW today. Spain (30GW by 2022, up from 23.2GW today) and the UK (26GW by 2022, up from 19.3GW today) will remain in second and third place, WindEurope stated. However, due to strong growth in other countries, Germany’s share of the new installations will fall from 40% on average over the last five years to 24%, it added.More: European capacity to exceed 250GW by 2022
China’s Shanxi Coal plans big investment in solar cell manufacturing sector FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Mid-tier Chinese coal miner Shanxi Coal International Energy Group is planning a significant investment in the competing business of making high-tech solar power cells.The state-owned firm will lead a joint venture to build a 3-gigawatt solar manufacturing plant for 3.19 billion yuan ($461 million), according to a statement on Friday. It’s the first phase of a project that will grow to 10 gigawatts — the equivalent of the generating power of 10 nuclear power plants — producing high-efficiency cells through so-called heterojunction technology.While unusual, Shanxi Coal’s foray into rival territory isn’t a first. Jinneng Group, a provincial coal peer, also has a solar cell and panel manufacturing business. Shaanxi Coal Industry Co., meanwhile, holds a 3.88% stake in the world’s biggest solar wafer-maker LONGi Green Energy Technology Co.China is both the world’s biggest coal and solar producer. Despite its dirty credentials and role in global warming, such is coal’s importance to cheap power and employment in the nation it won’t be fading away anytime soon, even as renewable energy takes bites out of its dominant share of the power generation pie.According to Shanxi Coal, the rationale for its investment is to help with the province’s energy transition and meet the need for state firms to get behind strategic emerging industries.The company will own an 88.5% stake in the venture, Shanxi Coal International Photovoltaic Power Technology Co. The rest will be held by Huzhou Junhua Siyue Equity Investment Partnership and Ningbo Qixian Enterprise Management Consulting Co.More: A Chinese coal miner is getting into solar production
A major milestone has been reached on the new Antarctic wharf project at Rothera Research Station.Following two months of deconstructing the old Biscoe wharf, the first frame of the new 74-meter long structure has been lowered into place.Over the weekend, divers completed the final part of the wharf deconstruction along the sea bed, making way for the first 55–tonne frame to be installed on Tuesday.Lowered carefully into position onto temporary guides from a 300-tonne crane, the operation took 12 hours. In relatively warm and sunny conditions, the team worked throughout the evening fine-tuning the frame setting to within 40mm tolerance.This precision engineering was critical to ensuring the alignment for the new wharf, which will provide safe berthing and efficient operations for the new RRS Sir David Attenborough.In total 20 frames will make up the wharf’s skeleton, with seven due for installation during this season by Construction Partner BAM and Technical Advisor Ramboll.BAM Project Engineer Ian Wenkenbach said: “Two years of planning came to bear fruit on Tuesday, with the successful installation of the critical first frame. The full-scale trial assembly and lift undertaken back in September in the UK ensured that the operation here in Antarctica went according to plan.”Importance of the new Antarctic WharfThe new wharf at the Rothera Research station will provide safe berthing and efficient operations for the new 129-meter long Polar Research Vessel, the RRS Sir David Attenborough.The commissioning of the RRS Sir David Attenborough is part of a major government polar infrastructure investment program designed to keep Britain at the forefront of world-leading research in Antarctica and the Arctic.This £200m commitment represents the UK government’s largest investment in polar science since the 1980s. It includes a raft of modernization across the BAS estate.Supporting BAS is a Technical Advisor team led by Ramboll, which includes Turner & Townsend and NORR Architects, working alongside BAS’s construction partners BAM.
By Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – Holders Manchester City began their assault on the FA Cup with a 4-1 victory over fourth-tier Port Vale but Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers face an unwanted replay after drawing 0-0 at Molineux yesterday.Goals from Oleksandr Zinchenko, Sergio Aguero, Taylor Harwood-Bellis and Phil Foden made it a routine day for City, although Tom Pope had equalised for a Vale side sitting 74 places lower in the standings.Manchester United, like City, made multiple changes to their starting lineup at Wolves in a tie that never caught fire.United failed to land a single attempt on target although Marcus Rashford struck the bar before Matt Doherty had a goal ruled out for Wolves. Leicester City, second in the Premier League, beat Wigan Athletic 2-0, Bournemouth beat Luton Town 4-0 and Portsmouth won 2-1 at Fleetwood in the day’s other late kickoffs.Earlier, third-tier Rochdale held Premier League Newcastle United to a 1-1 draw with 40-year-old substitute Aaron Wilbraham grabbing a late equaliser at Spotland. Goals by Connor Jennings, Emmanuel Monthe and a late Paul Mullin penalty earned third-tier Tranmere Rovers an unlikely 3-3 draw at Watford after they trailed 3-0 at halftime.There were two top-flight casualties. Last season’s beaten semi-finalists Brighton & Hove Albion went down 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday and Aston Villa lost 2-1 at Fulham. As has become customary in the FA Cup, Watford and Villa both nine changes to their starting lineups, one less than Southampton who avoid an upset as they beat Huddersfield 2-0 to reach round four.Although the FA Cup has lost some lustre, Port Vale’s Pope provided one of the day’s memorable moments.When Zinchenko’s long-range effort put Manchester City in front the floodgates looked set to open. Instead, the 34-year-old Pope powered a thumping header beyond Claudio Bravo from David Amoo’s cross to spark wild scenes of celebration among Vale’s 8 000 visiting fans.They were only level for seven minutes, however, before Aguero finished off good work by Foden. DEFLECTED SHOTCity needed a VAR intervention to have Harwood-Bellis’s goal ruled legal, the youngster deflecting in John Stones’ shot despite initially being ruled offside before Foden completed the scoring.Vale manager John Askey said his team were “fantastic”.“I was worried before the games that teams have come here and got annihilated,” he said. “When our goal went in you started to dream a little bit.”Wolves, playing their 36th game of a marathon season, will have another match to prepare for after their stalemate with a United side who face neighbours Man City in the League Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday.Both sides lacked intensity in the first half in which the only save was Sergio Romero’s from Doherty’s rasping volley.There was more urgency after the break and Rashford almost made an immediate impact when his shot was blocked by Wolves’ Conor Coady and looped against the woodwork. Raul Jimenez hit the outside of the post for Wolves and Doherty’s goal was disallowed after his header went in off his arm, but excitement was in short supply.Despite the fixture pile-up, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he was happy with the draw.I’m happier to be in the replay than going out – it’s a tough place to come,” he said.Leicester, also in League Cup semi-final action next week, made 10 changes to the side who won at Newcastle on New Year’s Day. They needed an own goal by Wigan debutant Tom Pearce to go ahead before Harvey Barnes added their second.
Waterford provide the opposition with Derek McGrath’s side unbeaten this year.Tipp manager Eamon O’Shea admits the Deise are the form team having failed to beat them in the three meetings between the sides this year.However O’Shea says the Premier are looking forward to the game. Throw-in is at 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon with live coverage here on Tipp FM in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.