April 26 Energy News

April 26, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ In wave power systems, the challenge has been to design a machine that can withstand the brutal power of the ocean, and to find a gap in the market in the face of plummeting costs of other renewables. Carnegie may have found the answer with its CETO wave energy projects. [Power Technology]

Carnegie's CETO wave energy

Carnegie’s CETO wave energy

¶ Hydrogen fuel is a tremendous alternative to fossil fuels when it comes to powering both consumer and commercial applications. You may have read about them: cars, forklifts, refrigerated trucks, aircrafts, and now even personal electronics such as laptops and cell phones. [Huffington Post]

World:

¶ Ukraine is holding commemorations to mark the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. The UN-backed Chernobyl Forum estimated up to 9,000 people could eventually die from radiation exposure, although Greenpeace claims the figure could be as high as 93,000. [BBC]

Candles were lit at a ceremony in Slavutych, a town built to re-house workers who lived near the nuclear plant.

Candles were lit at a ceremony in Slavutych, a town built
to re-house workers who lived near the nuclear plant.

¶ The Saudi cabinet approved sweeping economic reforms to move the country away from its dependence on oil profits. Just over 70% of revenues came from oil last year, but falling prices hurt. Part of the plan is to sell shares in state-owned oil giant Aramco to create a sovereign wealth fund. [BBC]

¶ Mitsubishi Motors Corp, which acknowledged last week that it had intentionally lied about fuel economy data for some of its models, said an internal investigation found such tampering dated back to 1991. President Tetsuro Aikawa told reporters the probe was still ongoing. [Asahi Shimbun]

¶ Germany already leads Europe’s nascent power-to-gas industry and insiders are expecting policies that will give it further support. Energy storage insiders expect German policymakers to reward power-to-gas (P2G) adoption as a logical next step to the country’s leadership in the field. [Solarplaza]

P2G System. Audi image

P2G System. Audi image

¶ Mumbai bus transportation authority BEST has announced plans to convert all CNG and diesel-powered buses into electric buses. Due to increasing population pressure and lack of space to expand city infrastructure, promoting public transport is the only option for many Indian cities. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia plans to generate 9.5 GW of electricity from renewable energy by 2030, it said on Monday as it approved its Vision 2030 reform plan. The plan, a package of economic and social policies is designed to free the kingdom from dependence on oil exports. [Al-Arabiya]

¶ A South African solar power plant set a new African record for continuous supply of electricity. During its first month of commercial operation, the 50-MW Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power plant produced electricity for a continuous period of 161 hours, over six days. [Gulf Digital News]

The Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power plant.

The Bokpoort Concentrated Solar Power plant.

¶ The French President has promised to begin the shutdown of the aging Fessenheim nuclear power plant, because of environmental and safety concerns. Fessenheim, near the German and Swiss borders, houses two 920-MW reactors and has been running since 1978. [RT]

¶ EDF has again pushed back the date for making a decision on the 3,200-MW Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant project. The decision at this point will not be made earlier than September, according to French media reports. [Nuclear Street – Nuclear Power Plant News, Jobs, and Careers]

US:

¶ RES Distributed, which develops and operates wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects, announced an agreement with Pedernales Electric Cooperative to develop, construct, and manage a 15-MW distributed portfolio of PV projects in Texas Hill Country. [Your Renewable News]

The Applied Materials 24.8-kW solar array in Austin, Texas. Photo by Larry D Moore. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

Applied Materials 24.8-kW solar array in Austin, Texas. Photo by Larry D Moore. CC BY-SA 3.0 unported. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Massachusetts officials have approved over $1 million in funding to support upgrades to hydroelectric facilities in Orange, Ware, and West Springfield in a bid to increase the state’s clean energy generation by around 1.2 million kWh per year. [International Water Power and Dam Construction]

¶ Construction is set to begin on the 180-MW Bloom Wind Farm in Ford County, Kansas, about 20 miles south of Dodge City. It will consist of 42 turbines with blade sweeps of 492 feet. Overall the farm will sit on 15,000 acres of privately-owned land. [Dodge City Daily Globe]

¶ Ecoplexus Inc, a developer of solar PV systems, announced it has commissioned six solar PV projects, totaling 54 MW in North Carolina. The six projects, reaching $79 million in project value, represent the completion of Ecoplexus’ second and third portfolios in the state. [pv magazine]

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