June 22 Energy News

June 22, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ A little-known startup energy storage company called UET just announced a major milestone for its latest flow battery project. The company’s CEO says, “The Uni.System’s levelized cost ($/total GWh delivered over 20 year life) is multiple times lower than the cost of lithium-ion systems such as Tesla.” [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ A 34-turbine wind farm in Nova Scotia is now fully operational, making it the largest in the province. The South Canoe Wind Farm in the Municipality of the District Chester was several months behind the original schedule, but is expected to provide enough energy for about 32,000 homes. [TheChronicleHerald.ca]

Wind farm in Nova Scotia. Photo by Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada.  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. Wikimedia Commons. 

Wind farm in Nova Scotia. Photo by Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada.  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric Corp has received an order from Kyushu Electric Power Co Inc to supply a 50-MW energy storage system for installation at a power plant in Fukuoka prefecture. Consisting of sodium sulfur batteries, the system is expected to be deployed at the site by the end of March 2016. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Australian start-up RayGen Resources may tap into China’s solar power market through a small deal with renewable energy giant China Three Gorges. A deputy director of China Three Gorges’ solar energy division said RayGen’s technology could prove to be 10% to 20% less costly than normal PVs. [Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ An electric light rail project linking Canberra’s Civic to Gungahlin in the north will be powered by 100% renewable energy. The Australian Capital Territory will provide 90% renewable electricity by 2020, and the rail project’s developer will source the rest the service’s electricity requirements from renewables. [Energy Matters]

¶ In the Philippines, the Mindanao Development Authority’s one stop facilitation and monitoring center, which fast-tracks pending renewable energy projects in Mindanao, has received 290 project applications. Together, the projects could possibly produce almost 3,000 MW of electric generating capacity for the region. [Malaya]

¶ Scotland may not be able to meet ambitious climate change targets following cuts to windfarm subsidies, energy minister Fergus Ewing has warned. He said the target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions was “extremely challenging” under the UK’s plans to axe the main subsidy for onshore wind power. [Herald Scotland]

¶ A group of researchers has found tsunami traces believed to date back to between the 14th to 16th centuries near the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. The plant’s operator, Kansai Electric Power Co, said the finding does not affect its tsunami risk evaluation of the plant. [The Japan Times]

US:

¶ A report from the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy says the proposed Hudson Valley power line project only serves utility companies and their suppliers. It says New York consumers gain more with locally generated renewable energy sources, and better reliability without the lines. [Public News Service]

Power lines in the Northeastern US. Photo by Famartin.  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Wikimedia Commons. 

Power lines in the Northeastern US. Photo by Famartin.  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The sixth annual US Clean Tech Leadership Index has been released. The index, prepared by Clean Edge, a research and indexing firm founded in 2000, tracks and ranks clean-tech activities in all 50 states and the largest 50 metro areas in the US. This year, four states in the Northeast are in the top ten. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Developer Silicon Ranch Corporation and clean energy provider Green Power EMC are set to begin work on a 20-MW PV power plant in south-east Georgia. On completion, the project is set to become one of the state’s largest solar projects, according to the companies, generating around 43 million kWh a year. [PV-Tech]

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