July 3 Energy News

July 3, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ Solar Impulse 2 has broken all distance and duration world records for solar aviation (80 hours and 5,663 km, or 3,519 miles). Pilot André Borschberg has also broken the record for the longest solo flight ever. Solar Impulse 2 has proven the vision of reaching unlimited endurance without fuel was not a crazy dream. [CleanTechnica]

Cartoon Credit: Solar Impulse

Credit: Solar Impulse.

World:

¶ The Philippines is set to be the home to South-East Asia’s largest solar photovoltaic power plant. Real estate developer Gregorio Araneta recently announced that it will set up a 100-MW solar PV power plant in Cadiz City after the successful implementation of a 30-MW project in the Philippines. [CleanTechnica]

¶ In Germany, Siemens has started operations at a plant at Energiepark Mainz, where hydrogen will be produced from excess wind power to be re-used as a general fuel or in natural gas pipelines. The €17 million energy storage project will provide sufficient hydrogen to power about 2000 fuel-cell cars. [Power Technology]

¶ Van Oord has installed the first monopile at the 600-MW Gemini offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. The Aeolus installation vessel placed the first of 150 foundations at the project site, located 85 km off the coast of Groningen. The monopiles range in length from 59 m to 73 m depending on water depth. [CleanTechnology News]

¶ Dong has selected Siemens to supply 7-MW turbines for the 1.2-GW Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm in England. The company will use up to 171 of the next-generation machines at what will be the world’s largest wind farm project. The contract has yet to be signed, and work may begin in 2017 for completion in 2018. [reNews]

¶ DEME, a Belgian company, has awarded Alstom a contract to supply 66 Haliade 6-MW turbines to the Merkur offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. Work on the water some 45 km off Borkum will kick off in 2016 and will be carried out by DEME unit Geosea. Alstom, is in the midst of an acquisition by GE. [reNews]

Image: Alstom

Image: Alstom.

¶ Wind energy company Windlab has started construction of the wind farm at Coonooer Bridge, 80 km northwest of Bendigo, Victoria. The $50 million (Aus) wind farm will be built in northwest Victoria with six of the largest turbines in Australia. Each will generate about 13,000 MWh of electricity each year. [Business Spectator]

¶ Costa Rica produced 98.55% of its electricity through renewable energy sources in the first half of 2015, according to data of state-run utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. The mix includes hydro, geothermal, wind, biomass and solar power. The goal for thermal generation for the year is 2.9%. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Toshiba developed a small robot in co-ordination with the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning to explore interiors of the primary containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Deployment of the robot will be carried out at the facility’s Unit 2. [Power Technology]

US:

¶ Iberdrola Renewables announced filing a potential 25-year contract to supply Vermont’s largest utility, Green Mountain Power, with wind energy from the permitted Deerfield Wind Farm. GMP would purchase 30 MW from the wind farm, under the contract submitted to the Vermont Public Service Board for review. [AZoCleantech]

¶ Fifteen years ago, California led the way to cleaner transit buses with strict tailpipe emissions standards that effectively ushered out diesel as the primary fuel for buses in the state and replaced it with natural gas. Now, California is taking the lead again by mandating a switch to “zero-emission” buses by 2040. [The Hans India]

Goodbye, natural gas.

Goodbye, natural gas.

¶ The Pennsylvania Utility Commission had proposed limits on anaerobic digesters. After receiving largely negative feedback from farmers and state agencies, it reversed course, excluding some digesters from being regulated. Now, state legislators are pushing a law to prevent limits in the future. [York Dispatch]

¶ Ameren Missouri has hopes for a large new solar array along the north side of Interstate 70. The 70-acre project will be visible from the highway for more than half a mile. The 15-MW solar plant that would produce an estimated 20,655 MWh per year, enough to power roughly 1,500 households annually. [Lake Expo]

¶ Coal is no longer king in America. That’s the latest findings from the US Energy Information Administration, which provides independent statistics and analysis of the energy sector. Coal lost its number one spot as the nation’s top electricity source for the first time on record this April, when it produced less than natural gas. [EcoWatch]

¶ The White House has categorically rejected biomass fuels as carbon neutral, saying the idea flies in the face of sound science. The administration issued a policy statement declaring its strong opposition to a House measure it believes would undermine President Obama’s ability to put environmental reforms in place. [Utility Dive]

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