June 8 Energy News

June 8, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ Sungrow, one of the leading PV-inverter manufacturers in the world, has released a series of inverters with 99% efficiency. The string and central inverters with a peak efficiency of 99% were developed by Sungrow’s in-house R&D team, with certification from the Austrian Institute of Technology. [Your Renewable News]

World:

¶ Increased capacity and strong winds saw Scottish wind power generation rise 83% year-on-year last month, setting a record for May. The turbines generated enough for 101% of Scottish households. WWF Scotland said on Monday as it called on the UK government to rethink its plans to curb onshore wind. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind park in Scotland. Author: Ian Dick. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Wind park in Scotland. Author: Ian Dick. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

¶ Indonesia plans to review local coal mines which do not have “clean and clear certification,” and possibly consolidate the country’s coal industry, according to the mining and energy minister. Around 4,000 mines will be reviewed because they do not have proper certification and they could be consolidated. [Platts]

¶ US-backed Mayo Renewable Power is planning a €180 million electricity generating plant for Killala, the construction of which will create up to 350 jobs. It will be Ireland’s largest independent biomass power plant. It will be fueled by woodchip biomass and produce enough electricity to power 68,000 homes. [CareersPortal]

¶ A fully renewable energy system, including all energy consuming sectors, is not only a possible but a viable solution for Finland, according to a new research by researchers from Lappeenranta University of Technology. Results show that a fully renewable energy system represents a competitive solution for Finland. [AZoCleantech]

¶ South Korea has axed plans to build four coal-fired power plants and will boost its nuclear reactor fleet by two more units, as it looks to increase the share of nuclear and gas in power generation and cut reliance on coal. The new plans would take the number of planned nuclear reactors to 36 by 2029. [Economic Times]

¶ A joint venture between UK’s SSE Plc and US-based Wheelabrator Technologies Inc has secured a £75 million ($114.6 million, €102.7 million) off-take contract for a 68-MW waste-to-energy plant in West Yorkshire, England. Its annual output would be enough to power around 160,000 households. [SeeNews Renewables]

Chipped wood. Author: Douglas O'Brien. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.

Chipped wood. Author: Douglas O’Brien. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.

¶ SunEdison Inc. plans to invest $15 billion in India by 2022, a top executive said, as the renewable-energy company seeks to deepen in its foothold in a country where power producers have struggled to meet demand. The company plans to install a total of 15 GW of wind and solar power capacity in India. [MarketWatch]

US:

¶ Three large shipping containers in an industrial park in Boothbay, Maine have batteries storing enough electricity to run 100 homes for a day, New England’s first utility-scale electricity storage system. They are part of a pilot program aimed at meeting peak demand at a fraction of the cost of new transmission lines. [Press Herald]

¶ The oil and gas industry in the US and its environmental critics are each finding reasons to hype a new EPA study on the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water. The EPA found fracking has not resulted in widespread, systemic damage to drinking water, but potential vulnerabilities do exist. [USA TODAY]

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