May 25 Energy News

May 25, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ The Solar Impulse 2, the experimental plane attempting to fly around the world without a single drop of fuel, is set to take off from China early Tuesday morning on the most challenging and dangerous part of its journey yet. Andre Borschberg will fly the craft alone during the non-stop flight from Nanjing to Hawaii. [CNN]

Solar Impulse SI2 in 2014. Photo by Milko Vuille. Wikimedia Commons.

Solar Impulse SI2 in 2014. Photo by Milko Vuille. Wikimedia Commons.

World:

¶ There is uncertainty about the future of wind farms in the UK. Tory pledges to “halt the spread of onshore wind farms” by ending subsidies for new projects and giving local people more power over windfarm applications left many in the industry fearing the worst and have done little for investor confidence. [FarmersWeekly]

¶ Hanwha Group unveiled an ambitious plan to turn a small islet off the coast of Korea into a 100% solar-powered community. Three subsidiaries of the Korean solar group will lead on a project to transform the island of Jukdo, replacing its four diesel generators and with 100% renewable power. [eco-business.com]

¶ Goldman Sachs Group Inc plans to establish a bond facility to target $1 billion in investment in renewable energy projects in Japan, people familiar with the plan said. The initiative is part of Goldman’s 2012 plan to channel investments totaling $40 billion into renewable energy projects over the next decade. [GlobalPost]

¶ The construction on a 2.3-MW floating solar power plant has been completed in Hyogo prefecture, western Japan. It is the world’s largest floating solar power plant in terms of output. The plant is expected to generate 2,680 MWh every year. It is more efficient than land-based systems because the water cools the panels. [Xinhua]

¶ For a second consecutive year, Hydro-Québec posted a net result of $1.8 billion for the first quarter. Thanks to the company’s skillful sales programs and the solid performance of its generating and transmission facilities in very cold winter temperatures, the net result totaled $1,788 million in 2015. [Your Renewable News]

¶ Roughly 1% of Australia’s geothermal energy, which is shallower than five kilometres, could supply the nation’s total energy requirements, government estimates reveal. In the state of Victoria, some of the best geothermal areas are below beds of brown coal. The government seems to prefer the coal. [Sydney Morning Herald]

Geothermal plants do make steam, but not smoke. Wairakei Power Station in New Zealand. Photo by QFSE Media. Wikimedia Commons.

Geothermal plants do make steam, but not smoke. Wairakei Power Station in New Zealand. Photo by QFSE Media. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Testing for the first turbine at Dutch offshore wind park Eneco Luchterduinen has been successfully completed, so the wind park is now generating energy for the grid. Installation of other wind turbines is progressing well. At present, Van Oord’s offshore installation vessel Aeolus sets up the 31st wind turbine. [Your Renewable News]

¶ Recent bids in Jordan confirmed last year’s results from Dubai: Solar is now cheaper than gas-fired power in this region, with major implications for energy strategies. Bids in Jordan’s recent solar auction were just over 6¢/kWh, slightly above the record 5.84¢ from Acwa Power last November in Dubai. [The National]

¶ In the Philippines, Citicore Power expects to roll out a 250-MW solar farm with Solar Philippines this year, and develop a 60-MW hydropower facility in Luzon that will be constructed early next year. The company is also eyeing putting up a 12-MW biomass facility in the Visayas early next year. [The Manila Times]

¶ The International Atomic Energy Agency criticized Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Japanese regulatory authorities for their failure to prevent the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster despite knowing the risk of large tsunami hitting the facility, according to a copy of an IAEA report. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ A disagreement over funding has Democrats and Republicans of the Maine legislature divided and a pair of key bills on energy lodged in a committee. One issue is whether the governor should be allowed to have the power to appoint the director of the Efficiency Maine Trust. Another is a typo in a law. [Lewiston Sun Journal]

¶ Blue Sphere Corp, a clean energy company that develops, manages and owns waste-to-energy projects, has announced that they will break ground on their a project in Johnston, Rhode Island, on Wednesday, May 28. The 3.2 MW of energy will come from uneaten food that would normally end up in local landfills. [GoLocalProv]

¶ Kansas City is famous for a lot of things: cattle, barbecue, and jazz to name a few. Now there may be more. Kansas City Power & Light announced a plan to install more than 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations over its service areas, which are in and around both Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas. [Automotive News]

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