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BANGKOK, 28 August 2016 — The province of Chiang Rai has been promoting the use of alternative energy to help achieve a sustainable reduction in farming costs.
Deputy Governor of Chiang Rai , Prajon Prajsakul chaired a seminar on Saturday on the use of alternative energy in the agricultural sector to help lower costs. The seminar was hosted by the Chiang Rai Farmers Council.
Among some 150 participants in the seminar were the heads and members of provincial farmers councils from 20 provinces, representatives of related state agencies and the private sector, as well as community leaders and farmers, who are interested in alternative energy.
Topics relevant to alternative energy, including solar power, wind power and hydro power, and their use in the agricultural sector were discussed and ideas exchanged in the hope of helping farmers pursue a sustainable profession while minimizing any adverse impact on the environment.
Mr. Prajon told participants that the looming shortage of energy and the reliance of farmers on refined fuel are resulting in higher farming costs.
Therefore, he believes that the adoption of alternative energy in the agricultural sector would be highly beneficial and help tackle existing problems while helping enhance farmers’ competitiveness.
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Electricity bills are set to rise throughout 2017 because of rising natural gas and oil prices, says the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).
ERC commissioner and spokesman Veeraphol Jirapraditkul said natural gas accounts for almost 70% of Thailand's power-generating resources, and normally price rises lag six to nine months behind global oil prices.
Gas prices will start to affect power bills from the second period (May to August). Gas prices rose by 9.35 baht per million British thermal units (BTU) or 4% from the previous January-April period, to 244.58 baht per BTU.
As a result, a fuel tariff (Ft) rate hike for May to August was approved by the ERC, rising by 12.52 satang per kilowatt-hour (kWh), Mr Veeraphol said.
Power bills were set to increase by 17.83 satang per kWh, but the ERC said the rise in the Ft was offset by a drop in gas prices during the facilities shutdown for maintenance during the previous period, keeping the hike at 12.53 satang per kWh.
"The Ft rate is rising and will continue to increase gradually until early next year," he said.
The new Ft rate combined with a base factor for May-August means an average increase for all categories of power users (business, residence and public service) of 3.508 baht per kWh, up from 3.38 baht in the first period.
The average monthly power bill in the residential sector will increase by 3.7% or 16.50 baht for consumption of 124 kWh, some 477 baht. Residential users make up almost 90% of power users.
In related news, Mr Veeraphol said the ERC is conducting a study on the possibility of delaying the commercial operation date of National Power Supply Co's (NPS) coal-fired power plant with a combined capacity of 540 megawatts in Chachoengsao province.
NPS is wholly owned by a large pulp and paper maker, Advance Agro Plc (AA). AA won an auction in 2007 to be an independent power producer, allowing operation of a coal-fired power plant. But after the licence was granted, a new constitution was implemented in 2007 with a law requiring environmental and health impact assessments (EHIA) before operations could begin.
Approvals of EHIA by the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning have sometimes taken more than a decade, and there is still no clear signal on when AA will receive approval.
It still has also not signed a power purchasing agreement with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.
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Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, continues to shore up its sales and product strategy, having secured the first order for its new turbine, the G126-2.625 MW, a product which delivers maximum output in low wind speed conditions.
More specifically, the company has entered into an agreement with Thailand's developer, Gunkul Engineering Public Company Limited, for the supply of 20 of these turbines (52.5 MW) at the Mittraphap wind farm, located in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima, in southern Thailand. PowerChina Zhongnan Engineering Corporation will carry out the engineering procurement and construction for this project.
The turbines are slated for delivery during the third quarter of this year and the project is due to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2018. In addition, Gamesa will maintain the complex for the next 10 years.
This agreement marks the company's third order in Thailand, having already been contracted to supply another 127.5 MW for this same customer. Gunkul Engineering Public Company Limited is the investment leader in renewable energy industry in Thailand. The company developed and invested in renewable energy including wind and solar power in ASEAN countries and Japan.
The G126, technological excellence
This new turbine combines a longer rotor (126 metres in diameter), nominal capacity of 2.5 MW or 2.625 MW and a range of tower heights to choose from (84, 102 and 129 metres, among other customisable features depending on site conditions).
Moreover, thanks to its extremely low power density, an outstanding capacity factor and a low cost of energy, this turbine boosts energy production with respect to the G114-2.0 MW turbine by up to 25%.Contract signed during the fourth quarter of 2016.
All-day energy from the sun may sound like a green fantasy, but a team of builders and engineers in Thailand believe they may have built a home energy system that does just that. The Phi Suea House, the brainchild of CNX Construction, led by telecommunications entrepreneur Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, wants to showcase a new power system, and prove that hydrogen and solar technology is feasible for residential construction projects. The housing project seeks to be a proving ground for a new off-grid power system that utilizes solar panels and hydrogen power. read more ...
An idea goes around the world! “Life with the energy turn” is a German film from 2012 from Frank Farenski and has the change on renewable energy on the subject. The Open Source film was financed by payments of the shown enterprises. Click here to watch parts of the original film with English translation.
An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about it: “with our own unoptimized geometry, we in fact could break the Shockley-Queisser limit.”
The Shockley-Queisser limit, which is definitely not made up, is the theoretical maximum efficiency of a solar cell, and it’s somewhere around 32 percent for the most common silicon-based ones.
You can get around this by various tricks like stacking cells, but the better option, according to David Bierman, a doctoral student on the team (and who is quoted above), will be thermophotovoltaics — whereby sunlight is turned into heat and then re-emitted as light better suited for the cell to absorb.
Sound weird? Here’s the thing. Solar cells work best with a certain wavelength of light — perhaps ultraviolet is too short, while infrared is too long, but let’s say 600nm (orange visible light) is perfect. Only some of the broad-spectrum radiation emitted by the sun is at or around 600nm, which limits the amount of energy the cell can pull out of that radiation — that’s one of the components of the Shockley-Queisser limit.
What Bierman and the others on his team did was to add a step between the sun and the cell: a carefully engineered structure of carbon nanotubes. “The carbon nanotubes are virtually a perfect absorber over the entire color spectrum,” said Bierman in the MIT news release. “All of the energy of the photons gets converted to heat.”
Normally heat is undesirable in a solar cell, as it’s just waste energy that can interfere with normal operation. But in this case, the heat is not allowed to dissipate; instead, the carbon nanostructure converts the heat back into light — at the exact optimum wavelength of the photovoltaic cell.
The result is a huge increase in efficiency, and that’s not the only benefit. Heat, unlike light, is easy to store and move. If the day’s sunlight were entirely converted to heat and stored away, it could be converted to light on demand — like, say, at night. In other words, this technique essentially allows sunlight to be saved for later.
Experimental results bore out the theory, and a prototype TPV cell performed as expected. But the tech still needs to make it out of the lab, and manufacturing the complex carbon nanomaterials in bulk is no simple task. So you won’t be using thermophotovoltaics next year or the year after — but the technique is a tremendously promising one and unlikely to be left on the shelf.
Small solar energy producers face cut in rate
Energy policymakers plan to give the private sector better access to the state solar rooftop programme in a bid to promote the use of solar power. The programme for businesses will be liberalised, allowing private companies to apply for solar rooftop development licences with a combined generating capacity of 100 megawatts, said Energy Minister Anantaporn Kanjanarat. However, companies will still be barred from selling power back to utilities read more...
All on grid systems worldwide require a working grid connection to function. In case of a powercut, the system will not function for safety reasons.
This is on grid but with the benefit of battery backup to protect against power cuts. During a power cut you have power in the batteries sufficient to run a cut-down list of the appliances in your house for a period of time.
Off Grid systems are for places with no possible connection to the grid.
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Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, continues to shore up its sales and product strategy, having secured the first order for its new turbine, the G126-2.625 MW, a product which delivers maximum output in low wind speed conditions....
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An experimental solar cell created by MIT researchers could massively increase the amount of power generated by a given area of panels, while simultaneously reducing the amount of waste heat. Even better, it sounds super cool when scientists talk about...
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German solar inverter giant SMA has unveiled its new Sunny Boy Storage 2.5 inverter, which can be coupled with Tesla’s PowerWall. SMA says that its AC coupled unit cuts Sunny Boy storage power electronic costs by half. Last week SMA...
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All-day energy from the sun may sound like a green fantasy, but a team of builders and engineers in Thailand believe they may have built a home energy system that does just that. The Phi Suea House, the brainchild of...
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