October 6 Energy News

October 6, 2015

Science and Technology:

¶ SimpliPhi Power batteries use a lithium-ferro-phosphate chemistry that brings the benefits and energy density of conventional lithium-ion batteries without some of the problems. The proprietary architecture and battery management pulls this chemistry together in a unit that’s 98%, efficient with a number of important advantages. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar with SimpliPhi battery backup.

Rooftop solar with SimpliPhi battery backup.

¶ The breath-taking cynicism of Volkswagen’s fraud against regulatory authorities and consumers over emissions from its diesel cars is stunning. But it is debatable whether this is the worst act ever to be perpetrated on consumers by big car makers. VW was not the first cheater; VW was just the first to admit its wrongdoing. [RenewEconomy]

¶ The risk of serious cyber-attacks on nuclear power plants is growing, according to a new report by think-tank Chatham House. Some plants don’t understand connectivity, and believe they are safe from hacking because they think they have no internet connection. When it is shown that they do have a connection, they go into denial. [Computerworld]


¶ The Indian government will launch tenders for offshore wind leases in early 2016, with the number of zones up for grabs yet to be determined. The New and Renewable Energy Secretary said that the tenders will start in three months. The developers that offer the lower tariffs for offshore wind power will get contracts. [SeeNews Renewables]

Turbines at sea. Author: SirPecanGum. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic

Turbines at sea. Author: SirPecanGum. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 Generic

¶ Wind turbine manufacturer Suzlon group today said it has won a repeat turnkey order for 100.8 MW from Orange Renewable which will be installed at a wind park in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh to be commissioned in 2016-2017. The wind park comprises 48 wind turbine generators of Suzlon’s S111 90m, 2.1 MW wind turbines. [mydigitalfc.com]

¶ The Otahuhu B gas-fired turbine, run by Contact Energy not far from Auckland, New Zealand, has been turned off because of the increasing development of renewable energy. The company’s CEO said electricity from the 400-MW plant had been offered to the market but there wasn’t sufficient interest to keep it operating. [Stuff.co.nz]

¶ South Africa plans to build a solar park in its Northern Cape Province to produce an additional 1,500 MW. Africa’s most advanced economy is investing heavily in renewable energy to counter chronic electricity deficits, which have made utility Eskom resort frequently to controlled power cuts to prevent the grid from collapsing. [Citizen TV]

Solar and wind power in South Africa. 

Solar and wind power in South Africa.

¶ RenewableUK’s latest annual “Wind Energy in the UK” report notes that over 60% of UK onshore wind projects are now installed and operational in Scotland, and that Scottish onshore wind is now generating a higher annual turnover (£211 million) for the UK overall than England, Wales and Northern Ireland combined. [Click Green]

¶ Last Friday, the rather conservative International Energy Agency quietly released its Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2015. The report concluded that by 2020, 26% of the world’s energy will be generated by renewable sources. The agency calls it “a remarkable shift in a very limited period of time.” [Motherboard]


¶ The US electric bus market is finally getting lively, judging by news from US manufacturer Proterra. The company announced plans for a new West Coast factory to complement its first plant in South Carolina, and just opened its new California headquarters in Silicon Valley while introducing a new addition to its production line. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra Image

Proterra Image

¶ To combat climate change, some of the most influential companies have become a part of a green alliance called RE100. RE100 has 36 member companies, all of whom are moving to 100% renewable power in their operations. Goldman Sachs, Starbucks, Nike, P&G, and Walmart have all joined the campaign. [OilPrice.com]

¶ Environmentalists asked the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday to disqualify all but one member of the state’s Public Regulation Commission in a case that will determine the fate of a coal-fired power plant, arguing that four members of board have created at least an appearance of being biased through their public statements. [Albany Times Union]


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