May 31 Energy News

May 31, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ The currents of the Bay of Fundy would easily generate enough power for all of Atlantic Canada’s needs, but have been too monstrously strong to be tamed. Now, Cape Sharp Tidal is betting on two turbines it will start installing in June. Each 2-MW turbine weighs 1,000 tonnes. []

A turbine being built for the Cape Sharp Tidal project. Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press.

A turbine being built for the Cape Sharp Tidal project. Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press.

¶ UK-based company Renovare Fuels Limited has co-invented technology which can convert landfill gas into high-quality clean energy in the form of liquid diesel and gasoline fuel suitable for all motor vehicles. This would allow landfill operators to sell the fuel for vehicles. [Renewable Energy Focus]


¶ Battery storage technology has the potential to reshape not just the energy sector but also Australian elections. An Australia Institute report includes polling indicating that 71% of Australians would be more likely to vote for a party that supported distributed small-scale solar and storage. [The Guardian]

¶ Neyveli Lignite Corporation Ltd will set up a 20-MW solar project in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has proposed to install about 50-MW of solar PVs on Attam Pahar, South Andaman and at Kishorie Nagar, North Andaman. [Business Standard]

Solar trackers, still in a nighttime position at sunrise.

Solar trackers, ready to turn to a daytime position at sunrise.

¶ An ambitious plan to ramp up Tasmanian renewable energy production is the centerpiece of the State Opposition’s budget reply delivered in State Parliament. In the wake of the energy crisis, Labor promised 500 MW more new wind and solar generating capacity over 10 years. [ABC Online]

¶ Falck has kicked off commercial operations at its 22.5-MW Kingsburn wind farm near Stirling in Scotland. The Italian developer said all nine Nordex N90/2500 turbines are now producing power, ahead of the original schedule. Kingsburn is an extension of the Earlsburn wind farm. [reNews]

¶ The electric bus market has been singled out as a potential game changer for battery development, due to growing e-bus demand and the need for sizeable batteries to power them. A report highlights the prospects of this industry and the significant role being played by China. [Power Technology]

Electric buses in China.

Electric buses in China.

¶ The EU parliament makes a series of recommendations in a report on how to move towards an energy market that benefits citizens, empowers them to take ownership of the energy transition, produce their own renewable energy and become energy-efficient. [Sun & Wind Energy]

¶ UK authorities are underestimating the risks of devastating terrorist attacks on nuclear plants and shipments of radioactive material, according to an expert report. Nuclear facilities are vulnerable to mass drone strikes, sophisticated cyber attacks, and terrorist infiltrators. [The Ferret]


¶ Minnesota Power is planning community solar gardens, but critics say it is bending state guidelines to benefit its own bottom line and not necessarily to benefit community groups as the state legislature intended when it passed a community solar law in 2013. [Duluth News Tribune]

Minnesota Power plans to build two new "community solar garden" projects in Duluth. Minnesota Power photo.

Minnesota Power plans to build two new “community solar garden” projects in Duluth. Minnesota Power photo.

¶ Wind energy is growing faster than any other type of energy generation in the USA. The American Wind Energy Association is clearly proud of the results achieved over the last five years: The installed capacity more than doubled over five years, to almost 74 GW at the end of 2015. [Sun & Wind Energy]

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