November 22 Energy News

November 22, 2014


¶   “The Green Industrial Revolution: Here Now” The Green Industrial Revolution, with its extraordinary new technologies and promise of thousands of new green jobs, is trying to come to America. It is hampered by the lack of a national energy policy, and a political process that is beholden to the fossil fuel industry. [Huffington Post]

Science and Technology:

¶   The weather may be cold across most of North America this week, but back in October, temperatures were soaring around the world, in some places, reaching record levels over what is normally seen during the month. With the trends seen so far in 2014, this year may take the top spot as the hottest year ever recorded. [The Weather Network]

¶   The next breakthrough in grid capacity may not be battery storage. Ultracapacitors are faster, discharging in fractions of a second rather than seconds, perform over broader temperature ranges (-40°C to +65°C) and provide more power. Batteries still have a place, as they have the advantage of greater capacity. [CleanTechnica]


¶   Sir David King, former chief scientist and champion of the nuclear newbuild, says Britain might be able to do without atomic power altogether, and that the real priority should be on developing ways of storing electricity so as to be able to depend on famously intermittent sun and wind. []

¶   SunPower is banking on the rather blunt predication that the solar energy industry will become a $5 trillion dollar industry within only 20 years, according to recent statements. The company’s head, Tom Werner, made the prediction at the company’s recent day-long annual briefing in San Jose, California. [CleanTechnica]

¶   The market research firm IHS has just projected that the home energy storage market will grow 10 times over from 2014 to 2018, going from 90 MW in 2014 to 900 MW in 2018. Areas of growth are expected to include Germany, Australia, Italy, the UK, California and Hawaii. [CleanTechnica]

¶   Railways, one of the biggest consumers of energy in India, is moving towards harnessing green power with a 26-MW wind project proposed to be built in Rajasthan. The project, the biggest renewable energy initiative by the national transporter, is to be set up in Jaisalmer in about nine months. [Daily News & Analysis]

¶   The Turkish and US governments have signed a memorandum of understanding over co-operation to spur a big expansion of the wind power sector in Turkey. The co-operation should develop 3 GW of wind turbine capacity to be manufactured in Turkey, with the two nations targeting at least $500 million worth of investments. [Recharge]


¶   Two new reports on tight oil, or “difficult” oil extracted by fracking and horizontal drilling, and bitumen mining in North America strip away the marketing hype on extreme hydrocarbons and conclude that their futures may be volatile and shorter than advertised, while producing only a small fraction of the oil expected. [Resilience]

¶   In California, Marin Clean Energy will work with Pacific, Gas and Electric to provide electricity to Napa’s unincorporated areas. The group’s “light green” renewable energy option will have 50% of the electricity coming from wind, solar, geothermal, small hydroelectric and other renewable energy sources. [Napa Valley Register]

¶   Walmart has been showing off its green credentials lately. But look a little closer and this emperor’s outfit isn’t all that it appears to be. Only 3% of Walmart’s US power is supplied by its renewable energy projects and special green power purchases, according to data the company submits to the EPA’s Green Power Partnership. [Grist]

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