December 3 Energy News

December 3, 2016

Science and Technology:

¶ Batteries are not the cheapest way to store grid power. There are many different kinds of storage technologies, each with different characteristics. To be a sensible economic investment, the benefits have to outweigh the costs. Storage has to match the type of demand, considering how much power is needed, and for how long. [Gizmodo Australia]

Storage power ratings

Storage power ratings – Please click on the image to enlarge it.


¶ China’s coal prices have soared this year due to domestic supply issues as the country tried to cut overcapacity. But new analysis suggests China’s coal demand will stabilize at around 4 billion tonnes, demand which will be able to be met easily with domestic supply, leading to the eventual phase-out of coal imports. [CleanTechnica]

¶ German wind turbine maker Senvion SA started operation of the 150-MW Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n wind farm in Quebec. The project is a 50/50 partnership between Canadian developer Innergex Renewable Energy Inc and the three Mi’gmaq communities located on the territory of Gespe’gewa’gi, namely Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj. [SeeNews Renewables]

Senvion wind turbines (Source: Senvion, all rights reserved)

Senvion wind turbines (Source: Senvion, all rights reserved)

¶ According to a Greenpeace report, deaths from air pollution are underreported in India by 600,000 people per year. It kills over 1.6 million people in India, and the same number in China, every year. The main culprit is fossil fuels, particularly coal, and as use of these products increases, so do deaths caused by their pollution. [New Kerala]

¶ According to preliminary figures from the Power Trading Chamber, Brazil’s November wind power output rose by 57% on the year to 4,519 MW. Wind power’s share in total electricity generation grew to 7.3%. There was also growth in solar and biomass generation, though hydropower generation declined slightly. [SeeNews Renewables]

Wind farm in Brazil (Author: Otávio Nogueira, CC BY SA)

Wind farm in Brazil (Author: Otávio Nogueira, CC BY SA)

¶ An experimental Wave Hub renewable energy test site off the north coast of Cornwall is about to host its first commercial operation, after an Australian-based company announced plans to construct and operate a wave farm there. The annual output is due to rise to 15 MWh per year by 2020; enough to power 6000 homes. [Maritime Journal]

¶ The 23.1-MW Falcon Ma’an solar park in Jordan has been tied to the grid, according to an announcement by Enerray SpA. The facility is powered by JinkoSolar modules and uses SMA Solar Technology AG’s Medium Voltage Power Station. The solar park is expected to generate 147 million kWh of electricity per year. [SeeNews Renewables]

Solar array (Image by Enerray)

Solar array (Image by Enerray)


¶ An official with the company seeking to buy the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant says it can dismantle the power plant for the money currently in its decommissioning fund. The CEO of NorthStar says if his company can’t dismantle the plant for the $580 million in the fund, then his company would make up the difference. [Electric Light & Power]

¶ Wayland, Massachusetts is harnessing the power of the sun thanks to four new solar arrays. The town expects to save more than $100,000 per year through a partnership with Ameresco, based in Framingham. Ameresco will maintain and operate the arrays, which have over 4,200 panels, for the next two decades. [Wicked Local Wayland]

Wayland Middle School (Photo by Andrew Bakinowski, Ameresco)

Wayland Middle School (Photo: Andrew Bakinowski, Ameresco)

¶ Massachusetts regulators are looking for an independent evaluator to help develop and run an upcoming call for offshore wind power. The state’s Department of Energy Resources has issued a request for quote, and responses are due by 9 December. Massachusetts is required by law to contract 1.6 GW of offshore wind by 2027. [reNews]

¶ When the Block Island Wind Farm officially goes online this month only four of its five offshore turbines will be operating. Turbine 2 broke down in early November during routine testing. It turned out that a 6-inch drill bit had been left behind between the turbine’s generator and direct-drive system during assembly of the 6-MW turbine. [ecoRI news]

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