Agreement on building a 15-GW hydrokinetic plant

Officials from China and the Netherlands have signed an agreement that could create a 15-GW hydrokinetic plant off the Chinese coast.
The project would involve the construction of a 30-km by 60-km T-shaped dam that would be fitted with a number of conventional low-head turbines.

The Dutch consortium, called POWER (Partners Offering a Water Energy Revolution), says the massive length of the project will influence tidal patterns, simultaneously producing high and low tides on opposite sides of the structure.

Water passing through the turbines would then produce energy in a process POWER is calling “Dynamic Tidal Power” (DTP), potentially giving it enough capacity to rank among the largest hydropower projects in the world, the consortium says.

POWER says much research, development and testing must be done before a full-size plant can be built, however. “A lot of work must be done to determine if Dynamic Tidal Power is a feasible option for China,” says National Energy Administration of China representative Peng Cheng.

The Chinese group, founded in August 2012 by China’s National Energy Administration, consists of a number of Chinese companies and research institutes that will work with the POWER consortium.

“We hope that a suitable demonstration project can be designed in the coming year or two,” Peng says. “If that demonstration process proves successful, we will have a solid basis from which to investigate the application of full-scale Dynamic Tidal Power.”

More details can be found here.

World University Rankings: Netherlands and China rising

The Times Higher Education (THE) posted this interesting graph on the 2012-13 World University Rankings website.


The graph is showing an outstanding performance of the Netherlands, both in terms of the number of institutions in the top 200, as well as in terms of average change in rank per university. There are now 12 Dutch institutions in the top 200, lagging only behind the US (31) and UK (31). At the same time Asian universities are showing a very good performance as well, to such an extent that THE is speaking of a “tilting balance of power”. Although Mainland China has a mere two entries in the top 200, Hong Kong is represented by 4 institutions. This is an impressive feat for such a small territory. More analysis to be found here.