February 21 Energy News

February 21, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ Welsh startup Riversimple unveiled its prototype car. Four in-hub motors use recovery braking to charge supercapacitors that then release electricity back for acceleration. The hydrogen fuel cells don’t power acceleration; they just maintain the car’s speed. As a result, its 1.5-kg tank of hydrogen can carry it 300 miles. [BBC]

Credit: Riversimple

Credit: Riversimple


¶ The Indian government said the installed capacity of solar power crossed 5,000 MW in January and expressed confidence that the target of 18,000 MW would be achieved by 2017-end. India has initiated world’s largest renewable energy program by increasing its target from 35 GW to 175 GW capacity by 2022. [Daily Excelsior]

¶ The global oil-price bust has devastated economies across the Middle East and North Africa. There have been severe price declines in the past, but this collapse is different. Morocco’s drive to become a regional renewable-energy powerhouse offers a real option for economic development. [Daily News]

Moroccan wind farm. Photo by sqala from Biarritz, France. CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia commons.

Moroccan wind farm. Photo by sqala from Biarritz, France.
CC BY-SA 2.0. Wikimedia commons.

¶ The Japanese government has decided to offer a loan of about ¥10 billion ($89 million) to build a solar power plant with a battery system in Egypt. The plan is to build a 20-MW solar power plant with a 30-MW capacity storage facility. The plant would supply electricity to about 7,000 households. [The Japan Times]

¶ The UAE’s Ministry of Infrastructure Development has launched an initiative to establish charging stations for electric vehicles as part of its efforts to support the green economy and sustainable development. The UAE aims to become a global leader in this area, and center for green products and technologies. [Emirates 24|7]

Electric car in the UAE

Electric car in the UAE

¶ Dozens of new onshore wind turbines could be built on Scottish islands at bill-payer expense, after ministers confirmed the islands may be excluded from their manifesto pledge to end subsidies for the technology. Projects on Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles could yet qualify for even higher subsidies. [Telegraph.co.uk]

¶ Kansai Electric Power Co has found a puddle of radioactive water inside an auxiliary building at the Takahama nuclear plant’s No 4 reactor – an announcement that could throw a wrench into plans to reboot the unit later this month. The prefecture’s nuclear safety division said the leak did not affect the environment. [The Japan Times]


¶ Thinley Lhondup Lama, a village elder from Nepal, stopped by a school in Hartford, Connecticut, to offer his personal thanks for the renewable energy systems given to three villages. One arrived in 2013, after a group of eight city students built a 24-foot-tall wind turbine that was helicoptered to Thinley’s village. [Hartford Courant]

Thinley Lhondup Lama, left presents a scarf to school principal Mike Maziarz as a thank you. (Jon Olson / Special to The Courant)

¶ At an event in Colchester, Vermont, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich was asked about climate change. He said, “I know that human beings affect the climate. I know it’s an apostasy in the Republican Party to say that. I guess that’s what I’ve always been – being able to challenge some of the status quo.” [BurlingtonFreePress.com]

¶ Ford Motor Co dropped its membership in the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). In leaving ALEC, Ford joins companies such as Google, Microsoft and others that have concerns about the group’s position denying climate change and other stances they deem to be anti-environmental. [Bloomberg BNA]

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