India Hydro Costs Blow Out

Cost Estimates for 1,200-MW Indian Hydroelectric Project now more than US$1.74 B

India’s Union Cabinet has approved cost revisions for India’s intergovernmental agreement with the Royal Government of Bhutan to implement the 1,200-MW Punatsangchhu-1 hydroelectric project on Bhutan’s Punatsangchhu River.

In 2006, estimates for the project amounted to US$554 million, but information released by the Union Cabinet on July 22 now project cost for the project at US$1.74 billion.

Bhutan, which has a population of less than one million, is sandwiched between eastern India and the Tibetan Plateau. Bhutan’s mountain peaks are neighbors to Mount Everest and the Bhutan Himalayas are permanently snow-capped and have glaciers that extend down long valleys.

According to the Asian Investment Bank, about 75% of all electricity generated in Bhutan is exported to India and the revenue from the exports constitutes 25% of its gross domestic product. Another 25% contribution to the GDP comes in the form of hydropower infrastructure construction.

The Punatsangchhu-I hydroelectric project is located in the Southern Himalayas, about 80 km east of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu. The project’s new concrete dam is 130 m in height by 239 m in length and reaches across the Punatsangchhu River. The facility includes an underground powerhouse that will generate power via six 200 MW turbines when complete in 2019.

India is funding the project with a 40% grant and 60% loan.

According to local reports, cost increases resulted from a number of issues including serious geological problems faced by the project. In July 2013, the right bank of the dam site slid by more than 5 m.

Additional facility details include:

  • Two diversion tunnels at 11 m in diameter by 2724 m in length;
  • Four de-silting chambers, each 330 m long by 18 m wide by 24 m deep;
  • A headrace tunnel at 10 m in diameter by 8.9 km in length;
  • A surge shaft, 24.5 m in diameter by 128.5 m in height;
  • Two pressure shafts at 6 m in diameter by 433 m long, and six penstocks at 3.32 m in diameter;
  • A tailrace tunnel is 10 m in diameter by 1.3km long;
  • An underground transformer cavern that will accommodate 20 single-phase generator transformers each at 13.8 kV/400 kV and 82 MVA capacity; and
  • Two double circuit 400 kV transmission lines, 186 km in length

Source: Renewable Energy World, July 2015

July 27, 2015Permalink

European Union Agree Landmark CO2 Cut

The European Union have made huge steps to reduce CO2 emissions across Europe by setting ambitious but achievable targets. This is in response to the United Nations report published in April 2014 which stated clearly that the world must rapidly move away from carbon-intensive fuels in order to curb climate change.The landmark deal means that the EU have agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels.

The EU Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard, said she was “very proud” that the leaders “were able to get their act together on this pressing climate challenge”. Ed Davey, the UK’s Energy Secretary, described the deal as “a historic moment”.

“Europe has sent a clear and firm message to the world that ambitious climate action is needed now,” Mr Davey said.

“This morning only five countries in Europe had climate targets post 2020, now 28 countries do.

“It’s good for consumers because we can decarbonise at the lowest possible cost using a diverse mix of technologies. And it’s good for business as it provides the certainty they have been calling for to unlock billions in low carbon investment.”

The EU is already on target to cut its CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020, compared with 1990 emission levels.

EU officials earlier said they wanted the EU to have an “ambitious position” in the run up to the UN climate change conference in Paris in December 2015.

By stark contrast the Australian Government are proposing to actually reduce the Renewable Energy Target. The impact of this will significantly reduce investment in renewable energy causing 1,000 of job losses and continued damage to the environment, and this despite the fact that Australia is one of the world’s worst greenhouse gas emitters per capita, due to its heavy reliance on the nation’s vast reserves of cheap coal for electricity.

Who will actually benefit from a RET reduction? Not surprisingly the answer is the coal & gas power companies who stand to make billions as a result of a weakened RET.

And the losers? Consumers and small businesses with increased power bills, reduced investment will cause massive job losses in the sector and of course an additional 150 million tonnes of carbon pollution will be spewed into the atmosphere.

The Climate Change Institute August 2014 Report can be found here-:

Click here to read the CCI Report “Who Really benefits from A Reduced RET”?

 

October 27, 2014Permalink

Project Update March 2014

Project Update March 2014:

Eurogen Power specializes in the development and installation of a unique range of renewable energy systems designed specifically to harness the kinetic energy contained in moving bodies of water and convert that into more useful forms of energy such as electricity, clean and purified water and liquid hydrogen.  Eurogen Pty Limited owns 100% of the global Intellectual Property and subsequent Licensing Authority to supply and operate Eurogen River Platforms worldwide. Provisional Patent Application filed on 6 March 2014 and will remain in place until 6 March 2015.

Eurogen has developed and designed robust energy transference units to provide a cheaper, environmentally less damaging and altogether cleaner option of power generation for residential, commercial and government clients offering outstanding service using high quality products delivered at competitive prices. Eurogen River Platforms can combine non-polluting, continual power generation with the production of clean, purified water at each of its selected sites from each unit deployed and in addition provide energy security through decentralized power generation.The Eurogen turbines represent a paradigm shift in thinking about how turbines work, and why a different approach is needed for the successful commercialization of free flowing ocean or river currents.

• A novelty search by patent attorneys Spruson & Ferguson revealed that Eurogen technology is novel and unique with nothing that even remotely resembles the Eurogen Power Station available anywhere in the world. 

• The Eurogen Power Station is designed as a modular base-load electricity generator.

• Rivers such as the Danube, Rhine, Ruhr, Nile, Congo and many others in North America, Africa, China and parts of Asia could all feasibly accommodate thousands’ of 100kWe units. 

• The units can also function in small, remote, rural communities with a few installations at each site. 

• The capital costs per MWe for the Eurogen Power Stations are at the lower end of the industry scale. There are no carbon emissions and no requirement for cooling water. 

• The Eurogen River Power Station is designed to be installed adjacent to many of the thousands of existing facilities worldwide enhancing decentralized base-load generation. 

• 200 x Eurogen River Platforms can provide 20 MWe of electricity and 5 Million Litres of purified water per day.

 

March 31, 2014Permalink

NEWS ALERT REVISITED! Shocking New Report Confirms Massive Freshwater Consumption in Fossil Fuel and Nuclear Power Generation

In June 2013 a report was published which confirmed what we at Eurogen have known for quite some time – namely the staggering amounts of freshwater that are used to generate electricity from coal and nuclear fired power stations. The report, Burning Our Rivers: The Water Footprint of Electricity found that for every gallon of residential water used in an average household, five times more is used to provide that home with electricity generated from  fossil fuel and nuclear power plants (40,000 gallons each month).

The report also concludes that electricity generated by coal, nuclear and natural gas power plants is the biggest  consumer of freshwater in the U.S., accounting for more than 50% of all fresh surface water withdrawals from rivers and lakes. This is more than any other economic sector, including agriculture, and occurs at a time when all other sectors are reducing water withdrawals. Unbelievably the water footprint of electricity is highest for hydropower: each day, enough water to meet the demands of more than 50 million people evaporates from reservoirs behind hydroelectric dams.

Put another way more than 25% of the freshwater withdrawn by fossil-fuel power plants to cool their generators goes up in steam; the remainder carries pollutants and excess heat into rivers and waterways, causing fish kills and algae blooms. Nuclear and fossil-fuel electricity generators are being subjected to growing demands on freshwater usage that in turn compromises their ability to generate electricity. Recent ‘brown outs’ in Europe are a worrying trend. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of this and are active in expressing their preference for ‘green’ electricity. Enormous carbon emissions from fossil fuel power stations and the massive water consumption necessary to cool the fossil fuel and nuclear power stations are often not factored into the calculations.

There is a world-wide renewable energy resource that can replace fossil fuel and nuclear power stations. There is a technology suite that can exploit and commercialise that resource thanks to the development team at Eurogen. Europe will not lose 35% of its fresh water to cool the fossil fuel and nuclear power stations and countries like Spain, France, New Zealand and others should not experience ‘brown outs’ particularly in summer high temperatures.

What is required is a ‘base load’ generator that does not generate carbon dioxide, and an alternate base load generator of electricity that does not require massive amounts of freshwater for cooling.

The time for Eurogen Power has come.

Click Here to read Burning Our Rivers:The Water Footprint of Electricity

July 23, 2013Permalink

NEWS ALERT: Fossil Fuel Subsidies Bombshell

Let’s Talk Subsidies….

Little known fact #1: total subsidies for global fossil fuels have been estimated at between $775 billion in 2010 and more than $1 trillion in 2012,

Little known fact #2: total subsidies for global renewable energy stood at just $66 billion in 2010 and $88 billion in 2012.

Little known fact #3: the fossil fuel energy sector has been heavily subsidized since 1918.

This is according to new research conducted by the IMF and International Energy Agency and is clearly contrary to the public perception that only the renewable energy industry receives subsidies.

In fact the IMF went as far as stating that “Government subsidies of gasoline, electricity and other energy sources amount to about $1.9 trillion a year and should be ended or offset with taxes used to battle climate change and pay for social programs”. “It is time for subsidies to end and carbon taxation to be put in place,” said IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton.

The biggest offender was by far the United States, with $502 billion. China were second with $279 billion, and Russia were third with $116 billion.

The most significant finding carried out in the study is that most of the problem is the failure to correctly place a price on carbon pollution. Global warming is the ultimate example of a market failure in which one market enjoys the benefits while the other pays the costs.

These are true and real costs to society that are ultimately picked up by taxpayers. The continual and perpetual burning of fossil fuels have alarming direct and indirect consequences, and yet bizarrely thanks to these enormous subsidies governments are making it cheaper than ever for fossil fuel energy generators to continue polluting the atmosphere.

The study found that the direct effect of eliminating all fossil fuel subsidies would be a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of as much as 13 percent, as well as having positive knock on effects by reducing fossil fuel demand and increasing investment and jobs in clean energy.

Click Here to see how the $775 Billion is broken down

Click Here to see a perspective on “Hidden Costs” of burning Fossil Fuels

Eurogen is committed to reducing CO2 emissions, creating new jobs and delivering clean, pollutant free green power into the grid on a 24/7/365 basis.

July 16, 2013Permalink

NEWS ALERT: EU Confirms Untapped Potential for River Power 2013

On 3rd April 2013 the EU recognized the massive, and as yet untapped, potential in river power in Europe by stating that  “Small hydro power with very low head or pressure differences below 2.5 m is a significant renewable resource, with an estimated unused potential in rivers alone of e.g. 600 to 1000 MW in the UK and more than 500 MW in Germany. The economically and ecologically efficient utilisation of this hydro power bracket still constitutes an unsolved problem since conventional turbines are not cost effective, and since they are considered to have a negative ecological impact”.

As those involved with Eurogen Power are astutely aware our uniquely designed turbines are not only cost effective but our power stations also have zero ecological impact on the environment. This statement from the EU has confirmed what those at Eurogen Power already know  –  that we have not only correctly identified both the physical and commercial environment with which to successfully deploy our technology but that our business strategy is also correct and very much “on track”.

Project Update April 2013

Project Update April 2013:

Support and backing for Eurogen Power received from the Minister for the Environment & Economic Development, The Honourable David O’Byrne MP on behalf of the Tasmanian Government.

Provisional Patent Application filed on 6 March 2013 and will remain in place until 6 March 2014.

Detailed analysis completed on grid connection policies in Germany and in particular the “Shallow Cost Sharing” approach as stated in the German Renewable Energy Act (EEG) 2008 (updated 2010) specifically relating to priority and guaranteed grid connections for renewable energy generators. This is also stated in the EU Directive 2009/28/EC issued on 23 April 2009 relating to priority and guaranteed grid access.

Support received from the University of Tasmania for technology optimisation and on going development for Eurogen Power following detailed assessment.

April 22, 2013Permalink