October 12 Energy News

October 12, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ The electric vehicle wireless charging solutions firm Evatran has revealed that it expects to offer wireless charging systems compatible with 80% of the electric vehicles currently on the roads of North America by the end of 2017, according to recent reports. The receiving coil is attached to the underside of the vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

Image via Plugless

Image via Plugless

World:

¶ Australia’s national solar PV market appears to be slowly rebounding, with rooftop solar installs in September 2016 reaching 66 MW for the month, their highest level since July 2015. This is led by growth in the commercial market and particularly in South Australia. In Western Australia, growth “continued off a new base.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ UK smart grid outfit Reactive Technologies has successfully demonstrated transmission of data via the National Grid. For the first time, data was sent and received across the electricity network through subtle changes made to the grid frequency by modulating the power consumption of the transmitting devices. [reNews]

T-pylon (National Grid image)

T-pylon (National Grid image)

¶ A study from the London School of Economics, examining 34 developed and developing countries for their carbon intensity, has found that low-carbon sectors are outpacing their less-productive, higher carbon-intensive sectors and the general economy in terms of growth, while increasing jobs and skill levels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Siemens has been awarded a contract for the turbine supply
of the Zadar VI Extension onshore wind project in Croatia. The project will have 13 wind turbines of the type SWT-3.4-108, rated at 3.4 MW each, with a 108-meter rotor. Commissioning of the 44.2-MW facility is set for the summer of 2017. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Onshore wind turbines (Siemens image)

Onshore wind turbines (Siemens image)

¶ Queensland has three “credible” options to achieve a 50% renewable energy target by 2030, a panel of experts said. A draft report said “significant government policy action” would be needed for Australia’s biggest carbon polluting state to reach the target, but the impact on electricity prices would be “broadly cost neutral.” [The Guardian]

¶ According to leaked plans from the German federal network agency, and published on in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the government has had to halve its original target for expanding its windfarms in the gale-beaten northern flatlands because it cannot extend its power grid quickly enough to the energy-hungry south. [The Guardian]

Windfarm in Germany (Photo: Bloomberg / Getty Images)

Windfarm in Germany (Photo: Bloomberg / Getty Images)

¶ At the end of June wind capacity worldwide reached 456,486 MW, which corresponds to 4.7 % of the global electricity demand. In the second half of 2016, an additional 40 GW are expected, for a total to approximately 500 GW. The announcement was made by the World Wind Energy Association in its half-year report. [Sun & Wind Energy]

¶ General Electric plans to buy a maker of wind-turbine blades for $1.65 billion (€1.5 billion), bolstering the renewable-energy business amid growing demand for clean power. The deal for LM Wind Power, based in Denmark, will enhance GE’s ability to serve customers in the wind power markets, the companies said. [Irish Times]

GE wind turbines (Photo: Danny Lawson / PA Wire)

GE wind turbines (Photo: Danny Lawson / PA Wire)

¶ The International Atomic Energy Agency, which oversees United Nations nuclear operations, says a nuclear power plant was successfully hacked three or four years ago. The hackers also made an attempt to steal uranium which could have powered their dirty bombs. The information comes from the agency’s director. [Techworm]

US:

¶ Increased access to solar power will allow 65% of Stanford University’s electricity to come from renewable resources by the end of 2016, according to a Stanford News press release. Solar panels will also be added to 16 more buildings on campus by the end of this year. The university will supply 53% of its own power. [The Stanford Daily]

Solar panels on California grid (Courtesy of Sun Power)

Solar panels on California grid (Courtesy of Sun Power)

¶ Arizona Public Service said it has become the first utility outside of California to reach 1 GW of solar energy capacity, counting both direct ownership and projects with which it holds power contracts. The figure includes 499 MW of utility-scale projects and 551 MW of rooftop PV, from investments of about $2 billion. [pv magazine USA]

¶ While Uber is currently used mainly as an alternative for taxis, the services it offers could be used in a number of other fashions as well. One example is the way Summit, New Jersey, is now using the service as part of a pilot program that aims to reduce congestion at the parking lots used by the town’s train station. [CleanTechnica]

Summit train station (Photo by Dougtone, CC BY-SA)

Summit train station (Photo by Dougtone, CC BY-SA)

¶ Iron Mountain Incorporated, a global leader in storage and information management services, signed a power purchase agreement, under which the company will purchase 10% of the energy produced at the Amazon Wind Farm Texas. The PPA provides enough electricity for 30% of its North American electricity footprint. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Borrego Solar Systems has launched a new division focused on megawatt-scale energy storage solutions, both stand-alone and tied to solar installations. The new storage division will be based in Massachusetts and will serve customers nationally. Borrego will focus on long-duration energy storage for the power grid. [Utility Dive]

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