Postings tagged with: energy

Denis Imamovic | Feb 26, 2015

Siemens GIL in Kaprun, Austria – 45° installation to connect the Limberg hydro power plant to the grid

Overhead lines in a can – the GIL alternative to power cables

This is part 2 from my gas-insulated transmission lines blogpost-series. Here you can find the introducing part: "Power trip – Are there alternatives to overhead transmission lines?". The increasing demand for power brings high-voltage and extra high-voltage lines closer to the end users in urban areas or even the heart of cities. But space for high-voltage transmission systems is more and more restricted and environmental requirements such as EMC and fire protection are of fundamenta ...

Living Energy| Feb 25, 2015

I am a partisan, but don't call the police! - Professor Jacob Østergaard sees himself at the forefront of decentralized energy production

The energy partisan

Professor Jacob Østergaard, electrical engineer and founding head of the Centre for Electric Power and Energy at Denmark's Technical University (DTU), is a respectable scientist. It might strike one as a surprise then if he introduces himself as a partisan. “But please don't call the police,” he says to the team of Living Energy. “I’m a legal partisan, and I’m not using bombs or bullets for my revolution.” Instead, Jacob Østergaard uses steel, polymers, and the latest feats of engineering. “I’m ...

Living Energy| Feb 17, 2015

Instead of flying to Bornholm, Professor Jacob Østergaard (right) can steer the EcoGrid EU project remotely from his base at Danish Technical University, DTU

The island in building 329

It's a cloudy day in the outskirts of the Danish capital Copenhague, and the yellow-brick building the team of Living Energy is about to visit looks just like so many others at Danish Technical University (DTU). But once inside, that impression changes quickly. Behind a crowded workshop lies a modern control room, checking the energy supply of an entire island, as Professor Jacob Østergaard points out.The biggest experiment One in ten inhabitants of the Danish island of Bornholm is partaking in ...

TheEnergyBlog Team| Feb 03, 2015

Fascinating – Linkin Park live

Power the World: Sustainability and energy poverty are humanitarian issues

Interview with Linkin Park bassist David Farrell Siemens is supporting Power the World, a program launched by the U.S. rock band Linkin Park to support the United Nations initiative »Sustainable Energy for All«. This initiative aims at enabling universal energy access with a strong focus on renewable energy, distributed generation, and energy efficiency. The »Power Booth«, a specially equipped multimedia container from Siemens, Linkin Park, and Warner Music, is calling attention to Power the Wor ...

Living Energy| Jan 29, 2015

A vastly increased production of Li-ion batteries, in combination with the integration of intermittent renewable energy, is expected to foster this form of power storage

Batteries: The Storage Form with the Greatest Potential

Batteries beat other storage types in many respects. Their cost is expected to fall rapidly due to the rising popularity of electric cars.Rechargeable batteries and especially lithium-ion batteries have the greatest potential among the storage technologies, experts estimate. There are several reasons for this assessment. Batteries can be activated within seconds and are capable of storing electricity for several hours, making them very dynamic. Their charge/discharge capability is high. Yet anot ...

Living Energy| Jan 22, 2015


The variety of potential applications for energy storage is almost as diverse as the range of technical solutions

Electricity Storage: A Puzzling Picture

Electricity storage is a truly complex topic in theory. But the complexity can be reduced for decision-makers if they are presented with the right choice for a particular application.When investigating options for electricity storage, the most striking impression is the complexity of this topic. Both the sheer number and the broad variety of storage types are puzzling and almost overwhelming. The options come in very different forms: mechanical, electrical, chemical, electrochemical, and thermal ...

Living Energy| Jan 15, 2015

Preparing for the interview with CEO Bob Carter and President Todd Carter

Telling the Story

Over three days in August, Diana Smith, a journalist and resident of Texas, met up with the Carter family, who head the Dallas-based Panda Power Funds, to interviews them and research for a reportage in Living Energy. She is telling the inspiring story of the Carter’s – well, Texas-sized – hospitality!Our job was to cover intricate workings of a power plant and the people responsible for it. Like many, I get up bleary-eyed in the morning and flip on the light switch, having just a vague notion o ...

Living Energy| Jan 13, 2015

All the Carters share a big love for the wildlife

Getting Back More than You Can Ever Dream

The other of the Panda house and name, Janice Carter, invited the Living Energy media team to her office and her home to discuss her family, her work and why giving back really matters.Recently, a high school senior from a low income, inner city neighborhood in Dallas made a trip to see Janice Carter at her tenth floor office in the company’s downtown high rise. “I told her to sit in my chair,” Carter relates. As she was sitting there taking in the beautifully-appointed office and expansive view ...

Living Energy| Jan 07, 2015

The mayor of the City of Temple, Danny Dunn greets Panda Power Funds President Todd Carter

Generating Power and Tax Revenue

During a summer visit to bucolic Temple, Texas, Living Energy had the pleasure of meeting the town’s Mayor Danny Dunn. The Temple plant delivered turnkey ready by Siemens for Panda Power is the largest private investment Temple has ever seen.For Mayor Dunn, “Temple Tomorrow” is more than just a city’s promotional slogan. It is the theme adopted by Temple city leaders for its strategic vision and plan and a crucial guideline in his role governing the city. Critical to that plan is growing the tax ...

Living Energy| Dec 30, 2014

Sean Hausman is the plant manager at Temple 1, the new combined-cycle gas and steam power plant that Siemens built with the latest Flex Plant fast start capability for Panda Power

There’s Nothing Like It

Sean Hausman, plant manager of Panda Power Funds Temple 1 power station, recently showcased the advanced workings of the state-of-the-art facility to the journalistic team from Living Energy.At the busy Temple 1 plant, he is like the captain of a great ship, overseeing a vast Siemens-designed Flex-Plant™ , a 758-megawatt operation that produces enough electricity to power approximately 750,000 homes. When the plant’s twin sister, Temple 2 becomes operational in 2015, the production will double. ...