Biden management to invest US$ 26 million in renewable grid demonstration projects

Aug 4, 2022 07:31 PM ET
  • United States President Joe Biden has actually launched a US$ 26 million-funded project that will certainly demonstrate the US electrical energy grid can accurately run totally on renewables as well as energy storage space.
Biden management to invest US$ 26 million in renewable grid demonstration projects
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With the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the programme will check into just how renewable energy can maintain grid reliability as well as permit it to stay attached throughout disturbances or reboot it in case of a shut down.

As the grid was initially built to deliver power from fossil fuel plants, the introduction of renewable energy at scale has meant the demands to check the development of new tools that are handling a significantly complex network.

Jennifer Granholm, United States Secretary of Energy, claimed: "Thanks to funding from President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, DOE is verifying that transitioning to solar, wind, and also other renewable energy resources can maintain the lights on without service disturbances, while developing good paying jobs."

The programme will fund approximately 10 projects that demonstrate how solar PV plants, wind as well as energy storage space with a capacity mix of a minimum of 10MW can sustain the power grid by immediately getting used to various demands and interruptions in addition to stopping blackouts.

More investment right into cadmium telluride

Moreover, the DOE has actually launched a Cadmium Telluride Accelerator Consortium with a financing of US$ 20 million to lower the cost of cadmium telluride (CdTe), improve its effectiveness and also create brand-new markets for solar cell items. CdTe is the key product for thin-film solar manufacturing championed by United States producer First Solar.

The consortium will be led by solar supplier First Solar, the University of Toledo in Ohio, Colorado State University, CdTe module producer Toledo Solar, and Sivananthan Laboratories.

This news comes less than a month after the DOE spent US$ 56 million to support solar manufacturing, with one of the schemes especially targeted at CdTe.

Moreover, the consortium has a broad study strategy that includes CdTe doping techniques, characterising as well as checking out new CdTe calling materials, and job to allow a bifacial CdTe module.

Via the DOE, the Biden management has been purchasing numerous projects in the past few weeks as it was being stonewalled by senator Joe Manchin on accepting the Build Back Better Act.

Late last week the West Virginia senator approved a deal with bulk leader Chuck Schumer to vote on the currently referred to as Inflation Reduction Act which will certainly include US$ 369 billion in energy security and environment modification programmes over the next decade as well as is readied to improve domestic PV manufacturing.

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