September 19 Energy News

September 19, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ When a boat pitches in waves, it creates inertial energy. The EU-funded SeaKERS project developed tools to harness this renewable energy for charging yacht batteries. The project team is now planning to commercialize its invention. In the past, onboard generators have often been large, loud, polluting, unreliable. [The Maritime Executive]

Yacht club

Yacht club

¶ Scientists are a step closer to using Australia’s iconic gum trees to develop low-carbon renewable jet and missile fuel. Dr Carsten Kulheim from The Australian National University says renewable fuels that could power commercial airplanes were limited and expensive, but a solution could be growing all around us. [Gizmodo Australia]


¶ European renewables investor Luxcara has acquired the 111.2-MW Egersund wind farm in Norway from Norsk Vind Energi. The wind farm will feature 33 Senvion turbines and will be commissioned in August 2017. The site is considered to be one of the best-suited locations in Europe for generating wind energy. [reNews]

Senvion image

Senvion image

¶ Seventeen months after his Late Show finale, David Letterman returns to television to host an upcoming episode of National Geographic’s climate change docuseries Years of Living Dangerously. Letterman’s episode features his travels to India to examine how that nation provides energy to its entire population. []

¶ The CEOs of Tonga Power Limited and Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology Co Ltd have signed a long term Power Purchase Agreement at the Zhuhai Singyes headquarters in China for the construction and commissioning of a 2-MW solar facility in Tonga, at Matatoa, on the King’s land at Mata-ki-‘Eua. [Matangi Tonga]

Nuku Island (Photo by Stefan Heinrich, CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Nuku Island (Photo by Stefan Heinrich,
CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ The Indian Energy Minister said the Union government has increased the target for the production of power from renewable sources from 1,800 MW to 6,000 MW by 2020 and the government of the state of Karnataka has stepped up its efforts to reach the target. The state government would focus on solar and wind power. [The Hindu]

¶ The South Korean government will provide incentives for solar power plant operators to set up bulk energy storage facilities as part of its efforts to foster local renewable energy. Those who install the energy storage system at their solar power plants will be given additional points on assessment of their renewable energy certificates. [Yonhap News]

Photovoltaics in Korea

Photovoltaics in Korea

¶ Australian battery technology developer Redflow says the first of its ZCell residential battery storage systems are due to be delivered to customers next month after the first shipment of batteries arrived in Australia. The batteries will be installed into the Australian-made enclosures before being shipped to customers. [RenewEconomy]

¶ The government of Aruba has a goal to become 100% independent of fossil fuels by the year 2020. In order to achieve that, the island has been investing in wind power, solar, biogas, and energy storage to serve its 42,000 customers. Aruba has a 30-MW wind project that provides 17% of its electricity, an 26 MW more is coming. [RTInsights]

Center of Oranjestad, capital of Aruba (CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

Center of Oranjestad, capital of Aruba
(CC BY SA, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Bulgaria will consider the repayment of 800 million levs ($456.8 million / €409 million) to Russia’s Atomstroyexport as compensation for the scrapped Belene nuclear power plant project, according to Bulgaria’s prime minister. The project had been cancelled in 2012 because of disagreements over costs. [SeeNews]


¶ On September 9, a 36-inch pipeline was shut down in Alabama, after it began leaking thousands of gallons of gasoline into the Cahaba River. Six different states declared emergencies in anticipation of significant fuel shortages resulting from the shutdown, but so far the news has barely scratched its way onto the national radar. [CleanTechnica]

The Cahaba River. Photo Pat Hayes via, creative commons license.

The Cahaba River. Photo Pat Hayes via,
creative commons license.

¶ Vermont utility Morrisville Water and Light has appealed a state finding that utility officials say could turn a marginally profitable hydroelectric dam into an operation that loses more than $100,000 a year and poses downstream dangers. Agency of Natural Resources officials said federal law required them to rule as they did. []

¶ Lower prices, clean, reliable energy and jobs are reasons states, companies and utilities are calling for more renewable electricity. States representing roughly a quarter of the US population have chosen to raise their renewable energy goals higher over the past year. Much of this will be supplied by wind power. [Morning Consult]

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