November 28 Energy News

November 28, 2014

Science and Technology:

¶   Stanford engineers have invented a revolutionary coating material that can help cool buildings by radiating heat away from them and sending it directly into space. A new ultrathin multilayered material can cool buildings without air conditioning by radiating warmth from inside the buildings into space while also reflecting away the heat of sunlight. [Science Daily]


¶   Hard on the heels of last week’s historic US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change, in which China pledged for the first time to cap its CO2 emission by 2030, China’s State Council has just announced a new energy strategy action plan that includes, also for the first time, a cap on national coal consumption by 2020. [Energy Collective]

¶   Oil prices came crashing down Thursday to trade below $70 per barrel after OPEC announced it was leaving oil production levels unchanged. The low price is bad news for certain oil-producing countries like Russia, Nigeria and Venezuela, which depend on prices of at least $90 a barrel. While they last, lower oil prices could also halt the US shale oil boom. [CNN]

¶   Solar power is expanding dramatically around the world, with capacity expected to triple by 2020, according to a report by UK-based research firm GlobalData. The study forecasts installed capacity of currently 136 GW will expand to 414 GW by the end of the decade in 2020. The bulk of new installations are expected in emerging Asia. [Gulf Times]

¶   The Tokyo metropolitan government aims to install solar panels across the capital to produce 1 GW in electrical power along the system by 2024, four times the current amount, it said in a report. The aim is to raise the proportion of renewable energy in power consumption in the capital to 20%, up from about 6% in 2012. [Asahi Shimbun]

¶   The importance of alternative energy sources increases amid falling oil prices, which naturally affect the budgets of fossil fuel producing countries. Azerbaijan has great potential for the development of alternative energy – 4500 MW of windpower, 1500 MW of biomass, 800 MW of geothermal, and 350 MW of small hydro. [AzerNews]

¶   The Indian government has received proposals from twelve states for setting up of solar power parks/ultra mega solar power projects with a total capacity of 22,100 MW. The the biggest of these is to be a 7,500 MW park to be set up in Leh and Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir. There have been hundreds of proposals. [I Government]

¶   Next month, European Union ministers will debate urgent ways to improve cross-border energy links to make the 28-nation bloc less dependent on imported fuel, especially from Russia, a draft document shows. They will address fragmentation of Europe’s energy market, long been a source of frustration to many EU nations. [Economic Times]

¶   Japan is now confident it can process all 320,000 metric tons of highly contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant by the end of March 2015, the deadline designated in the plant’s decommissioning roadmap. The water processing system has finally started working stably after more than a year of adjustments. [Wall Street Journal]


¶   Several automakers have been investing in the establishment of a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure ahead of the launch of fuel cell vehicles, but building new fuel stations has proven to be a time consuming process. Honda is among these automakers and has announced plans to begin building new hydrogen stations in California. Hydrogen Fuel News]

¶   Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp, a renewable energy company, announced plans for a 10-MW solar PV project in Bakersfield, California. Bakersfield II Solar will be located on 64 acres of land next to a 20-MW project already in the works. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2015, with completion in 2016. [Bakersfield Californian]

¶   Apex Clean Energy will sell wind energy generation to East Texas Electric Cooperative and Northeast Texas Electric Cooperative. The purchase will bring 101.2 MW of renewable wind energy into the mix for the cooperatives in east Texas. The wind project would be enough power for over 56,000 homes. [CSP World]

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