July 15 Energy News

July 15, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ Though Tesla’s Gigafactory seems now set to end up far larger than was originally reported, there is competition. Bosch and its partner GS Yuasa are moving toward producing a lithium-ion battery with two-times the energy density for half the cost, with the aim being for production to begin by 2020. [CleanTechnica]

¶ While nuclear stations on average produce about twice as much electricity as renewables annually for every kilowatt installed, the high growth of solar, wind and other renewables means atomic power is fast being eclipsed as nations are turning away from the energy source after the Fukushima Disaster in Japan. [eNCA]

¶ National energy efficiency solutions company, Anesco, is working with the award-winning battery technology company, OXIS Energy, on lithium-sulfur technology. The new battery storage units will be available starting in 2016. Lithium-sulfur batteries are the lightest available, among other advantages. [PennEnergy]

World:

¶ More than £400 million was invested in independent UK renewable energy generation projects by businesses, farmers, landowners and communities last year according to a new report. The continued strong growth for independent projects comes despite changes to renewable subsidies and other uncertainties. [reNews]

Low Spinney wind farm in England under construction (Broadview)

Low Spinney wind farm in England under construction (Broadview)

¶ All twelve IKEA stores in Canada will soon have Sun Country Highway electric vehicle chargers in their parking lots, providing shoppers (and others) with free charging. Each of the 12 locations will install two 60-amp chargers, according to IKEA, with the installations taking place by the end of this August. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Australia’s growing solar energy industry might not have much support from Prime Minister Tony Abbott, but parts of the nation’s influential resources sector are conspicuously backing new off-grid solar battery storage deployments as a means to reduce their operating costs and keep remote mines viable. [Government News]

¶ German solar developer Juwi AG said a 10.6-MW solar park with storage capacity is under construction at an Australian mine, to be commissioned in early 2016. The facility will have 34,080 solar panels on single-axis trackers and a 6-MW battery. The site has a 19-MW diesel-fired generator. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ The premier of the Australian state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, says his government is close to announcing plans to boost investment and jobs in the renewable energy sector by bypassing the Abbott government’s policies. In an attack on the Abbot government, he noted that windpower creates many jobs. [The Age]

¶ UK firm Renewable Energy Generation Ltd said Wednesday it has extended its short term operating reserve contracts with National Grid for 26 MW of bio-power plants. The power plants run on bioliquid recovered from recycled waste cooking oil. The power plant in Whitemoor has a capacity of 18-MW. [SeeNews Renewables]

Biodiesel sample. Photo by Shizhao. GNU Free Documentation License. Wikimedia Commons.

Biodiesel sample. Photo by Shizhao. GNU Free Documentation License. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ The UK will miss its renewable energy targets in all except one scenario analyzed by the country’s grid operator. The findings undercut Prime Minister David Cameron’s positions. Since the last election in May, his government cut incentives for onshore wind farms and capped other incentives for clean energy. [Bloomberg]

¶ Turbine manufacturer Vestas is to supply 45 of its V126-3.3MW turbines to German utility developer EnBW. The units will be installed at onshore wind projects in the German states of Baden-Wurttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Brandenburg in 2016 and 2017. Vestas will train EnBW maintenance staff. [reNews]

US:

¶ A report from the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy says energy intensity relative to the GDP has fallen from 12,100 BTUs per dollar, in 1980, to 6,100 BTUs per dollar, in 2014. Roughly 60% of the cut came from better energy efficiency. The savings were estimated as $800 billion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ After over eight months of debate, Las Vegas data center company Switch and NV Energy have reached a compromise that will keep the tech firm as a power company customer. Under the deal, the utility will build a 100-MW solar array in North Las Vegas to generate power for Switch by the end of 2016. [Las Vegas Sun]

¶ Alabama Power petitioned the Alabama Public Service Commission last month to install up to 500 MW of renewable energy projects, including solar power, a company spokesman confirmed. The company is seeking a way to provide renewable energy for corporate customers who want it in their energy portfolios. [AL.com]

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