DOE launches $500m effort to turn mines into clean energy hubs

A $500 million program funded by the bipartisan infrastructure package aims to transform current and form mines into clean energy hubs.
The Dept. of Energy (DOE) issued a Request For Information (RFI) to inform how the program will support clean energy project development.

The clean energy hubs could feature solar photovoltaic systems, microgrids, geothermal energy, direct air capture, fossil-fueled power generation with carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration, energy storage, including pumped storage and compressed air, and advanced nuclear, DOE said.

Two of the clean energy demonstration projects funded under this program must include solar energy and DOE is seeking information from respondents about opportunities to use domestically-manufactured solar for these projects.

DOE is seeking feedback from a wide rang

e of stakeholders, including industry, community organizations, environmental justice organizations labor unions, and state and local governments.
Public input is sought on how to design the program such that it will best encourage private-sector investment in similar projects leading to economic development for underserved communities located near current and former mine land while advancing environmental justice.

Vestas receives 145 MW order from Leeward Renewable Energy to power the Panorama Wind Farm in the US

PORTLAND: Vestas has secured a 145 MW order to power the Panorama Wind Farm in Colorado, U.S., which is owned by Leeward Renewable Energy.

This order consists of a mix of 2 MW platform turbines including V120-2.2 MW, V110-2.2 MW, and V110-2.0 MW turbines. This order follows Vestas’ earlier agreement with Leeward Renewable Energy to supply 61 MW of V110-2.0 MW and V120-2.2 MW turbines to repower the Crescent Ridge Wind project in Illinois.

‘We’re proud to once again partner with Leeward Renewable Energy on a project that extends the successful run of Vestas’ 2 MW platform in the state,’ said Jeff Fuchs, Vice President of Sales for Vestas in North America.

‘Leeward is pleased to partner with Vestas and deliver sustainable wind energy and economic benefits to the people of Colorado,’ said Andrew Flanagan, Leeward Renewable Energy’s Chief Development Officer.

The order includes supply and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, designed to ensure optimised performance of the asset.

Turbine delivery will begin in the third quarter of 2021 and construction is expected to be completed in December 2021.

NASA chief hails ‘unique’ Russia-US cooperation in space


WASHINGTON: The Russian-US cooperation in space is unique and extraordinary and must not cease, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in an interview after talks with Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin.”Despite the politics, and some of the rather less than soft statements you hear that sound more political, nevertheless if you talk to the Russian space workers, they want this cooperation to continue with the Americans. So I talked to Rogozin about this. I’ve said, ‘This is unique, the kind of relationship where we can be at peace cooperating with each other, no matter what our rivalries are on terra firma.” We are partners in space, and I don’t want that to cease,” Nelson said.

He added that Russia and the United States have “extraordinary cooperation” in space.

“We’ve seen, for example, just recently they’ve got some kind of module that they are going to launch to the International Space Station, which I think is a pretty good indication that they’re not going to abandon it in four years,” Nelson continued.

“Our politics have become very strained. But where is the one area that we have been able to cooperate? It’s been ever since 1975 when an American spacecraft in the middle of the Cold war rendezvoused and docked with a Russian spacecraft, and the crews lived together for nine days. Ever since we have been cooperating,” the NASA chief said.

Earlier, Rogozin said, he hoped that NASA formulates its position on cooperation with the Russian state corporation before the summit of Russian and American presidents in Geneva without being “a passive observer.” Prior to that, he said Russia could only plan to cooperate with the US in space after the US sanctions against Russian space enterprises were lifted.