Grid, Solar

Tampa’s Largest Solar Power Project is Complete 

Burns & McDonnell has completed the 23 megawatt (MW) Big Bend Solar project in Tampa, Florida. Situated near the Big Bend Power Station, the 106-acre solar photovoltaic (PV) project contains 202,000 thin-film PV panels that can power 3,300 homes. This is the first utility-scale solar project of  Tampa Electric.

The panels have sensors and drive motors to track the movement of the sun, thus delivering 20% more energy gain than fixed installations. The Solar Plant has DC to AC inverters provided by SMA.

According to Burns & McDonnell Principal Matt Brinkman, “The Big Bend Solar Plant is significant in proving utility-scale PV is cost competitive with traditional generation for regulated utilities.”


Amazon Should Stop Listing of Pollinator-Toxic Products – Environmental Groups 

Neonicotinoid pesticides are harmful for pollinators, and they are present in several products for the home and garden. More than 30 environmental and public health groups have urged Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop listing of products linked to pollinator declines. This demand comes shortly after the federal government listed the rusty patch bumblebee as an endangered species.

According to the group, Amazon should “use its influence as the largest online retailer in the U.S. to lead marketplace change and protect pollinators by prohibiting the sale of pollinator-toxic neonicotinoid pesticide products, educating consumers on the availability of safer, “pollinator friendly” alternatives.”


Asia Pacific Region Leading Centrifugal Pumps Market – Frost & Sullivan

Due to high demand for mechanical seals in China and India, the Asia Pacific region is out performing other regions. Asia pacific registered 40.6% of the pump sales. Europe accounted for 29.2% of the total sales. North America’s market is expected to grow by 0.5% this year.

According to Frost & Sullivan Industrial Automation & Process Control Industry Analyst Arun Prasath, “As technology steers the market toward predictive maintenance and diagnostics, manufacturers should tap into a growing demand for efficient, automated, smart pumps that are environment-friendly and can seamlessly integrate with smart grids and Internet of Things.”


Tri Global Continues to Dominate the Texas Wind Energy Market

According to the U.S. Wind Industry Fourth Quarter 2016 Market Report, out of the 5,400 megawatts (MW) of wind power projects currently under construction in Texas, 3100 MW are being developed by Tri Global Energy.

According to Chairman & CEO Tri Global Energy John Billingsley, “For many rural communities in Texas, wind is critical to economic development – and I expect this to remain the case for some time to come.” He further said, “Based on our success here, we are now expanding our presence in other rural communities across the country.”


A Look at Airborne Wind Energy

With $200 million investment from company’s such as Google, EON, and Softbank, Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) has become a notable emerging technology. AWE involves electricity generation with drones, kites, or turbines airborne at altitudes where the wind is stronger and more consistent. AWE could also cost less than a traditional wind turbines.

IDTechEx Research has published a new report on AWE titled Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) 2017-2027. According to author of the report Chairman of IDTechEx Dr Peter Harrop, “Four developers plan to commercialise their AWE systems in the next four years, others promise sales later. Several will succeed – the market may grow in a similar way to traditional wind turbines.”