August 19 Energy News

August 19, 2016

Opinion:

¶ “Dirty power games: Coalition steps on the gas” • Yet more evidence has been produced about the dirty power games being played in the South Australian energy market, as the federal government promotes new gas field development. What is needed is new competition in the market, not new gas. [RenewEconomy]

Australian gas pipeline.

Australian gas pipeline.

¶ “Clean energy doesn’t require a nuclear renaissance” • Reducing carbon is cheaper and more quickly achieved without adding nuclear capacity. This is because of opportunity cost: Money spent on nuclear projects is not used for efficiency and renewables, which reduce carbon emissions more effectively and less expensively. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Science and Technology:

¶ A tiny device, half the size of a postage stamp, which can rapidly disinfect water with solar energy, has been developed by researchers at Stanford University and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. One scientist said, “We just dropped it into the water and put everything under the sun, and the sun did all the work.” [CleanTechnica]

The device works by using solar power to make hydrogen peroxide.

The device works by using solar power to make hydrogen peroxide.

¶ EarthSpark International has built a 93-kW solar-powered microgrid in the small town of Les Anglais (population 3,000 in the central area), which currently supplies clean reliable power to approximately 2,000 people. The microgrid could be a model of how to bring electricity to the 1.2 billion people still living in the dark. [RenewEconomy]

World:

¶ Investment in Europe’s offshore wind sector reached €14 billion in the first six months of 2016, which was more than the whole of 2015, a report by data provider Planet OS says. The Offshore Wind Energy 2016 Market Report said 75% of the growth came in the UK, with European capacity increasing 4.2% during the period. [reNews]

London Array. Credit: reNEWS.

London Array. Credit: reNEWS.

¶ National Grid has cut its forecasts for the number of big new power plants expected to be built in the UK in coming years, while admitting its estimates for the growth of solar farms and other small-scale generators were almost 50 times too low. In four years, it has cut projections of large new power plants by more than half. [Telegraph.co.uk]

¶ German biogas plant specialists Weltec Biopower are to build an 800-kW biogas plant for Colombia’s largest egg producer. The plant generates electricity from gas produced by anaerobic digestion, in which organic material is broken down by microorganisms in an airtight container, and produce fertilizer for the farm. [Energy Digital]

The electricity produced by anaerobic digestion will power farm operations.

The electricity produced by anaerobic digestion will power farm operations.

¶ A new anaerobic digestion facility in Nottinghamshire, which will produce renewable energy from agricultural feedstock, has received £13.2 million in funding. Half of the funding will come from the Recycling and Waste LP Fund, specifically formed in 2015 to fund small-scale recycling and waste projects in the UK. [Resource Magazine]

¶ The recent power supply auction in Chile got a solar bid of $29.1/MWh (€25.65/MWh) for the Maria ElenaPV park, built by SunEdison. That bid marks the world’s record lowest for solar. The previous record was an offer of $29.9/MWh for the 800-MW third phase of a 5-GW solar power complex in Dubai. [SeeNews Renewables]

The 100-MW Amanecer Solar Park in Chile by SunEdison. Author: Gobierno de Chile. License: Attribution 2.0 Generic.

The 100-MW Amanecer Solar Park in Chile by SunEdison. Author: Gobierno de Chile. License: Attribution 2.0 Generic.

US:

¶ Two heads of the EPA, one under Presidents Nixon and Reagan, and one under George H W Bush, signed a joint statement released last week on Clinton’s campaign website. In it, they say, “Donald Trump has shown a profound ignorance of science and of the public health issues embodied in our environmental laws.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ Fred Olsen jack-up vessel Brave Tern has lifted the final turbine at the 30-MW Block Island project in Rhode Island, a long-awaited milestone for America’s first offshore wind farm. “The Block Island wind farm is now fully constructed,” Deepwater Wind’s CEO said on Twitter. Crews are working on electrical connections. [reNews]

Final turbine installed at Block Island. Deepwater Wind photo.

Final turbine installed at Block Island. Deepwater Wind photo.

¶ There is a way that you can cover half of your home’s electricity use with clean wind energy, at no additional cost, thanks to a unique offering from Arcadia Power. This program is available across 450 utilities, in all 50 US states, is for renters and homeowners alike, doesn’t require a contract or equipment installation. [Treehugger]

¶ Apple announced this week that it has moved one step closer towards its goal of being 100% renewable energy powered, with two big pieces of news. Apple final assembly sites now zero waste compliant, and major supplier Lens Technology has agreed to run its Apple operations entirely on renewable electricity. [CleanTechnica]

 

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