September 5 Energy News

September 5, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ Researchers produced a 15% boost to wind generation across a single project using “wake steering” and “total wind farm control” alongside a Zephir lidar unit. The test used three turbines. By yawing two of the upwind turbines to laterally deflect their wakes, the rearmost was able to increase production 15% for the wind farm. [reNews]

Zephir lidar unit. Credit: Zephir.

Zephir lidar unit. Credit: Zephir.

World:

¶ Solar power generation capacity of 4.8 GW is likely to be added this year in India, as installations are picking up, says a report by Mercom Capital Group. The report also said that power distribution companies continue to be a “drag” since they are showing reluctance to buy solar energy amid low electricity prices. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ India has set an ambitious target of achieving 100,000 MW of solar power capacity by 2022 as well as doubling farm incomes. Both these targets can be a game changer for rural India if implemented in unison, suggests a recent study by the International Council for Research in International Economic Relations. [Livemint]

Solar power can help water crop fields and augment farm incomes by feeding the surplus power generated into the grid. Photo: Bloomberg

Solar power can help water crop fields and augment farm incomes by
feeding the surplus power generated into the grid. Photo: Bloomberg

¶ State-run mining major Coal India will develop solar power plants of 600 MW capacity in four states, under the second phase of its plan to set up a total 1,000 MW green energy plants. The Solar Energy Corporation of India has already floated tenders for development of solar capacity in the second phase. [Khabar India]

¶ UK energy storage manufacturer RedT has completed testing of a 75-kW/1.68-MWh vanadium redox flow battery system to be installed on the Scottish island of Gigha. The London company will install by the end of the year seven 15-kW/240-kWh vanadium redox flow batteries to remove constraints on the island’s 1MW wind farm. [reNews]

RedT battery storage at Power Networks Development Centre (RedT)

RedT battery storage at Power Networks Development Centre (RedT image)

¶ The Philippine Energy Department may limit the exposure of renewable energy sources in areas where there are transmission line constraints, an official said over the weekend. An official said the department was trying to avoid duplicating the situation in Negros island where there was too much solar concentration in one area. [The Standard]

¶ Australia has announced the launch of the AUS$20 million ($15 million) Clean Energy Seed Fund, to provide seed and angel funding to ventures developing clean energy solutions. The fund will target investments in thirty to fifty startups over a 5 year period. Artesian Venture Partners will manage the fund. [DEALSTREETASIA]

Wind farm in Australia

Wind farm in Australia

¶ India has proposed to implement a large-scale project of solar street lights in Bangladesh to ensure energy efficiency and promote renewable energy, via Energy Efficiency Services Ltd. The Indian high commissioner proposed to start a pilot project of installing solar street lights in any particular area using Indian fund. [Dhaka Tribune]

¶ September 5 marks one year since the lifting of an evacuation order for Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, that was imposed following the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. However, of Naraha’s registered population of 7,300, fewer than 10%, only 681, people had returned to live there. [AsiaOne]

Kindergarten pupils playing at the Kohitsuji kindergarten in Fukushima city, soon after soil removal and decontamination in 2011. Photo: AFP

Kindergarten pupils playing at the Kohitsuji kindergarten in Fukushima
city, soon after soil removal and decontamination in 2011. Photo: AFP

US:

¶ Roughly 3.4 GW of large-scale wind and solar parks went into service in the US in the first seven months of 2016, though there were no wind additions in July, according to a report by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The country put 7.1 GW of natural gas-fired power stations online in January to July. [SeeNews Renewables]

¶ Hydropower producers Brookfield Renewable Partners LP and Hydro-Quebec are seeking support under New York’s recently adopted Clean Energy Standard, which has support for small hydropower facilities along with non-hydro renewables. The companies want support for large hydropower as well. [SeeNews Renewables]

Author: grendelkhan. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.

Hydro dam. Author: grendelkhan.
License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.

¶ Xcel Energy claims to be the biggest wind power producer in the nation, 12 years running. It has a new 100-turbine Odell wind farm in southern Minnesota. The Odell farm will power over 100,000 homes. Xcel plans to have 35% of its power generated through renewable sources by 2030. [La Crosse’s NewsTalk 1410AM 92.3FM]

¶ Western communities are facing effects of a warming climate with slower and earlier snowmelt, reducing stream flows and possibly the amount of water reaching reservoirs used for drinking water and agriculture, a recent study says. Counterintuitively, as the climate warms, there is actually a slower snowmelt. [Growing Produce]

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