May 9 Energy News

May 9, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ “After the Pacific Ocean swallows villages and five Solomon Islands, a study blames climate change” • In a recent paper in the journal Environmental Research Letters, scientists link destructive sea level rise to anthropogenic, meaning human-caused, climate change. [Washington Post]

Village in the Solomon Islands. Photo taken by Irene Scott for AusAID. CC BY-SA 2.0 generic. Wikimedia Commons.

Village in the Solomon Islands. Photo taken by Irene Scott for AusAID. CC BY-SA 2.0 generic. Wikimedia Commons.

Opinion:

¶ “Does nuclear help the integration of renewables?” • French nuclear power does not facilitate the integration of wind and solar in neighboring countries. Rather, it clogs the grid and reduces flexibility. By contrast, Germany typically exports power just as demand peaks. [Renewables International]

World:

¶ Wildfires raging through Alberta are set to move away from the main oil-sands facilities north of Fort McMurray after knocking out an estimated 1 million barrels of production. A cold front scheduled to pass through the area may bring light rain that would help fire fighters battle the inferno. [Bloomberg]

Wildfires burn in Alberta on May 7. Photo by Darryl Dyck / Bloomberg

Wildfire burning out of control in Alberta on May 7.
Photo by Darryl Dyck / Bloomberg

¶ Sadiq Khan’s decisive victory in the London Mayoral elections means a “clean energy revolution” will soon be underway in the capital following the Labor mayor’s election pledge to be “the greenest mayor London has ever had.” His plan would reduce both costs and emissions. [Solar Power Portal]

¶ DeepOcean 1 UK has contracted SMD to deliver a mechanical cutting boom and cable handling system for its T3200 tracked trenching vehicle. Combining simultaneous mechanical and jet trenching, it enables protection of submarine power cables in rock and other hard ground areas. [reNews]

T3200 trenching vehicle (DeepOcean)

T3200 trenching vehicle (DeepOcean)

¶ UK-based Sainsbury’s has entered a partnership with ReFood to power several of its supermarkets with sustainable green gas. Waste will be collected from two depots, and then converted into heat, gas, and fertilizer at ReFood’s latest anaerobic digestion processing facilities. [Power Technology]

¶ The coal era has ended in South Australia this morning with the closure of Alinta’s Northern power station in Port Augusta. The state treasurer said the “sad day” came because the Port Augusta plant was based on outdated technology. Renewable energy had made it unprofitable. [InDaily]

Port Augusta's northern power station shut down.

Port Augusta’s northern power station shut down.

¶ This summer, Ikea stores will have another section, the “Solar Shop,” despite UK’s amendments on solar subsidies. Ikea is determined to invest and expand sales of solar panels. Currently, there are three UK solar shops located in Glasgow, Birmingham and Lakeside. [Nature World News]

US:

¶ The top official at the US EPA said the ongoing legal fight over regulating carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants won’t delay the nation’s accelerating shift to cleaner sources of energy. She spoke at Climate Action 2016, a conference n Washington, DC. [Sioux City Journal]

The Kintigh Generating Station in Somerset, New York. Photo by Matthew D. Wilson. CC BY-SA 2.5 generic. Wikimedia Commons.

The Kintigh Generating Station in Somerset, New York. Photo by Matthew D. Wilson. CC BY-SA 2.5 generic. Wikimedia Commons.

¶ Caterpillar and First Solar, Inc announced a strategic alliance to develop integrated solar PV micro-grid applications. First Solar will design and manufacture a pre-engineered turnkey package for use in remote micro-grid applications, such as small communities and mining sites. [solarserver.com]

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