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San Pedro, Dominican Republic.- President Danilo Medina and executives of the group Antillean Gas, Ltd, broke ground Tuesday to build a natural gas terminal, at a cost of RD$13.0 billion (US$302.3 million), which he affirms means major savings for the country, on competitive prices and guaranteed supply.

Antillean Gas Vice President Rolando González said the use of a cheaper and cleaner fuel will allow the transformation of more than 1,000 megawatts of power generation. The facility will store 127,000 cubic meters of natural gas, with a yearly supply of more than one million metric tons.

"We're pleased with the Dominican government’s and the business community’s vote of confidence, since this major investment will allow good results for the energy system, the industrial sector and the entire country," the executive said.

For Vicini group senior executive Juan Vicini, the terminal would supply natural gas would allow converting thousands of megawatts from several power plants located in San Pedro (east), and fuel distribution to residential, industrial and transport customers.

Antillean Gas Ltd, is formed by the companies COASTAL (Propagas and Tropigas), PROMIGAS, IPSON, InterEnergy and BW.

Leading local and foreign companies collaborated in the ambitious facility’s design, engineering, construction and operation within COASTAL’s terminal, located on San Pedro’s coast.

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Written by: Radar, 18 Feb 2014 1:13 PM
From: United States, Aspen Hill, Maryland.

Allow me to state the obvious: There's no progress without energy.
In order to power our industry, our vehicles, homes, street lights, etc, we must have cheap and reliable electricity.
This facility will reduce the price per kilowatt, and possibly render other, expensive fossil-fueled plants, obsolete. The money saved and the convenience of steady power is what progress and prosperity is all about.
Medina said he wants to resolve the electricity dearth before his term is up. Well, I think he's half way there. The two mega generators being built and this supply facility, will, in concert, cover all our power needs, save fuel, money, and rely less on Maduro's oil and his volatile govt.
Our future looks bright, even at night.
Written by: josean This user is banned, 18 Feb 2014 2:03 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

Classic hyperbolic exaggeration!

Written by: JHCL2016, 18 Feb 2014 2:14 PM
From: Dominican Republic, PA' LANTE: Danilo 2016 * Leonel con Visión 2020!

Fyi... We are paying 3X more for Natural gas due to the harsh Winter... and still going in the North East...

By the time they are done, they'll have to fall back to coal...

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Written by: Atabey, 18 Feb 2014 3:34 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

DR's Energy Portfolio needs to have a mixed balanced: Hydro, Thermal, Coal, Gas, Oil, Solar, Wind. Heck, if possible, Nuclear, too.

Danilo en la Cima!

Written by: josean This user is banned, 18 Feb 2014 6:30 PM
From: United States, Guillermo President 2016 Because Our Future Depends On It!

The NARCO PLD has been unable it is nearly 14 years running the country to come up will a coherent plan to recycle and dispose of common everyday garbage and now the IDOT IRS Atabey is calling for a nuclear plant.

Written by: Atabey, 22 Feb 2014 11:09 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

A way to double the efficiency of solar cells is about to go mainstream (

Semprius’s panels are now being tested at 14 sites around the world. How much they will cost to make when manufacturing is running at full tilt is not yet clear, but Dr Rogers said that Siemens, a big German firm which is one of Semprius’s investors, reckons that they have the potential to produce cheaper electricity than coal-fired generators can. Solar energy obviously cannot replace fossil fuels completely until the problem of banking some of what is collected during the day, for use at night, is solved. But at this sort of cost it can make a useful (and unsubsidised) contribution.

Edit: Semprius's performance site; 35.5% conversion efficiency.
Written by: Atabey, 22 Feb 2014 11:30 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

And more developments ahead.

Nanotubes Soak Up the Near-Infrared Sun

Patricia Daukantas

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Top: Single-chirality carbon nanotubes in solution (left) and as a film (right). Bottom: Cross-sectional diagram of the near-infrared solar cell.

By exploiting the strong ability of carbon nanotubes to absorb infrared wavelengths, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.A.) want to harvest the portion of the solar spectrum that we can’t see. The team has devised an all-carbon, near-infrared photovoltaic cell filled with single-walled nanotubes (Adv. Mater., doi: 10.1002/adma.201202088).
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