July 21 Energy News

July 21, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ Lark Energy has secured a UK patent for a new renewable solar thermal technology that uses a Fresnel lens to concentrate solar irradiation, which in turn heats tubes containing water to make steam. The angle of the lens can also be adjusted using a vertical axis to track the sun’s rays, maximizing the levels of irradiation. [Solar Power Portal]

Larkfleet thermal system

Simone Perini, renewable energy
development engineer, and the Larkfleet thermal system

¶ It’s no news that Greenland is in serious trouble, but now, research has helped quantify just how bad its problems are. A satellite study, published last week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, suggests that the Greenland ice sheet lost a whopping 1 trillion tonnes of ice between the years 2011 and 2014 alone. [The Independent]

World:

¶ Energy consumed at data centers could account for as much as 2% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Google is using artificial intelligence to reduce the amount of energy it uses to cool its immense data centers. The company said it managed to reduce the energy used to cool them by as much as 40%. [Telegraph.co.uk]

Google's DeepMind algorithms have been put to work at its immense data centres. Credit: Google.

Google’s DeepMind algorithms have been put
to work at its immense data centres. Credit: Google.

¶ Europe could risk losing its place as a global investment hub for renewables unless the EU delivers a mechanism to meet post-2020 goals, according to industry associations. To reach a 2030 target, ten European renewables associations said, the EU has to hold member states to account if they fail to meet goals. [reNews]

¶ Vattenfall has committed to the construction of the 92.4-MW Aberdeen offshore wind farm off northeast Scotland for £300 million. The Swedish utility acquired the 25% stake in the project previously controlled by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group ahead of the final investment decision. [reNews]

Rendering of the project Donald Trump opposed, saying it would ruin the view from his golf course. (Vattenfall image)

Rendering of the project, which Donald Trump opposed,
saying it would ruin the view from his golf course. (Vattenfall image)

¶ Latin America is on target to install 2.7 GW of new solar PV capacity in 2016, according to new figures from IHS Markit. However, IHS Markit, a leading critical information, analytics, and solutions broker, is quick to warn that challenges, such as administrative delays, still remain for the Latin American solar PV market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Greenpeace Japan said it has discovered radioactive contamination in Fukushima’s riverbanks, estuaries and coastal waters at a scale hundreds of times higher than pre-2011 levels. One sample taken along the Niida River showed cesium-134 and cesium-137 at levels of 29,800 becquerels per kilogram. [The Japan Times]

A Greenpeace Japan member removes sediment samples from a remotely operated grabber at Lake Biwa. | © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace

A Greenpeace Japan member removes sediment samples from a
remotely operated grabber at Lake Biwa. | © Christian Åslund / Greenpeace

¶ Mainstream Renewable Power said it remains committed to building a £2 billion wind farm off the Scottish coast despite losing a legal battle brought by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. It will now wait on the Scottish government’s decision on whether or not to appeal before it decides its next move. [Irish Examiner]

¶ The latest data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance for the second quarter in 2016 shows investment in large scale wind in Australia at its highest levels since 2013, just before the Abbott government was elected and brought investment in large scale renewable energy to a halt. Solar power investment is off, however. [RenewEconomy]

Emu Farm Wind. Photo by malagaguy. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

Emu Farm Wind. Photo by malagaguy. CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.

US:

¶ New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland have filed lawsuits in their respective state courts seeking millions of dollars in damages from VW for emissions from diesel engines. The attorneys general say they will name people who lied, who destroyed evidence, and who in upper management knew and failed to act. [gas2]

¶ Los Angeles has its first apartment building that was designed, built, and permitted so tenants could use solar power and achieve net-zero energy usage. The 20 eco-apartments are sited downtown. The Development Design Manager at Hanover Company, which was responsible for them, described them. [CleanTechnica]

Image Credit: Hanover Company

Eco-apartment building. Image Credit: Hanover Company

¶ Switch has two massive data centers in Nevada, and has been active in using solar power to lower its energy costs and reduce its carbon footprint. It says it started trying to buy solar power from NV Energy in 2011. Now Switch has filed a lawsuit, alleging that solar power in the state, from NV Energy, is overpriced. [Solar Love]

¶ Hawaiian Electric Industries, parent company of the state’s dominant electric utility Hawaiian Electric Co, announced Tuesday that it is not for sale following regulatory rejection of its acquisition by Florida-based NextEra Energy. HEI also has withdrawn an application to import liquefied natural gas from Canada. [Utility Dive]

Credit: Hawaiian Electric

LNG carrier. Credit: Hawaiian Electric

¶ Glacier Ridge Wind Farm LLC filed an application last week asking the North Dakota Public Service Commission for permission to build a 300.15-MW wind farm with up to 87 turbines north-east of Valley City. It is the largest individual wind farm permit in state history, and utility regulators had warnings relating to grid reliability. [INFORUM]

¶ Alterra Power Corp has reached agreement with Inovateus Solar to acquire an 80% stake in two solar farms totalling 20 MW in the Midwest. Alterra is developing and arranging financing for a 7-MW facility in Indiana, expected to be complete by the end of 2016. A 13-MW project in Michigan is planned for development in 2017. [reNews]

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