September 7 Energy News

September 7, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ New research says even “safe” levels of particulate and nitric dioxide (NO2) air pollution are associated with a notably increased risk of severe heart attacks. The levels in question are well below recommended limits in Europe, so great many people there are probably exposed to such levels at times. [CleanTechnica]

Traffic Jam in Delhi. Auto emissions include NO2. Photo by NOMAD. CC BY 2.0.

Traffic in Delhi. Auto emissions include NO2. Photo by NOMAD. CC BY 2.0.


¶ Singapore’s public electric vehicle (EV) charging network will be getting a fair boost over coming days, thanks to a new partnership between Greenlots, BMW Group Asia, and CapitaLand that will see the network expanded notably. The companies focus on real estate, automobiles, and EV network technology, respectively. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Despite moves by the UK’s Conservative government to curb onshore wind and other renewables while going “all out for shale”, Tory supporters favored wind over shale, with 58% opting for a turbine and 23% for a well. Among 2,000 people of the general population, the vote was 65% for wind and 14% for shale gas. [Western Daily Press]

¶ Conergy, of Hamburg, Germany, has signed a new contract with B.Grimm Power Limited, one of Thailand’s foremost energy producers, to construct a solar PV power plant with a capacity of 8 MW, supporting the government’s goal to have 20% of the country’s energy needs supplied by renewable sources by 2036. []

¶ A company has come up with a method to create biofuel pellets from palm oil effluent. Set up in 2012, the Kuala Lumpur-based company Hyper Fusion International is exporting these pellets to its business partner in South Korea. The CEO says the company is not interested in renewable energy so much as sustainability. [Daily Express]

¶ Nordisk Vindkraft inaugurated the 144-MW Sidensjo wind farm in Sweden, which it built for Munich’s municipal utility firm Stadtwerke Muenchen. The wind park has 48 turbines made by Siemens. It is estimated to produce 400 GWh of power annually, avoiding emissions of 380,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in Sweden. Author: Jämtkraft. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

Wind farm in Sweden. Author: Jämtkraft. CC BY 2.0.

¶ SunEdison has installed solar panels at eight stations on a Delhi Metro line, making it the first line in DMRC’s network to be completely solar-powered. SunEdison is also working on solar power stations for the Yamuna Bank station and Yamuna Bank yard. Collectively, these two arrays will have a capacity of 1.9 MW. [pv magazine]

¶ Solarcentury has won a contract to design and build a 6-MW solar farm on Ameland Island in the northern part of the Netherlands. The project is a collaboration between the municipality of Ameland, the Amelander Energy Cooperative and Dutch energy supplier Eneco. It is the largest to date in Holland. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ In Australia, new TV advertisement that explains the “endless possibilities” of coal in providing “light and jobs” has been labelled “ludicrous” and “desperate” by environmental groups. The groups also criticised a claim that the new coal technology will reduce the emissions by up to 40%. [International Business Times AU]

¶ UK Prime Minister David Cameron is poised to sign a landmark deal next month to allow China to build a prototype nuclear reactor in Bradwell, Essex – which would become the first Chinese-operated facility in the West. The deal, part of a wide-ranging civil nuclear pact between Britain, France and China, may be sealed in October. []


¶ A coalition of environmental groups is threatening to sue the EPA, alleging that it has been stalling over the last few years on the issue of oil+gas industry waste regulation despite clear links, shown by much research, between waste disposal via underground injection wells and earthquakes in Oklahoma and Ohio. [CleanTechnica]

House damage in central Oklahoma from the magnitude 5.6 earthquake. Photo by Brian Sherrod, USGS. Public domain.

House damage in central Oklahoma from the magnitude 5.6 earthquake in 2011. Photo by Brian Sherrod, USGS. Public domain.

¶ New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that construction will start on the area’s first ever large scale anaerobic food waste digester system. Located in the Long Island hamlet of Yaphank, it is expected to handle 160,000 tons of waste annually, including solid food waste, fats, oils, grease, and grass clippings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Massachusetts ranks among the best in the country for solar energy, but there is increasing concern that Governor Charlie Baker is hampering progress. Environment Massachusetts ranked Massachusetts fourth in the nation last year for new solar capacity per capita. But the net metering program is hitting its limits. [ecoRI news]

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