June 28 Energy News

June 28, 2017

Opinion:

¶ “Ceding US Leadership in Advanced Energy Is a National Security Risk, Says Military Advisory Board” • A report from CNA’s Military Advisory Board advises, “As new energy options emerge to meet global demand, nations that lead stand to gain; should the US sit on the sidelines, it does so at considerable risk to our national security.” [New Security Beat]

Solar hot water tubes on display (Image: Jim Girardi |Flickr)

¶ “Mayors can outpace national leaders in fight against climate change” • Through the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, more than 7,400 cities worldwide have united in a coordinated effort to address the causes and impacts of climate change. These cities have pledged to meet ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions. [CNN]

¶ “Perry’s claims about reliability of renewables immediately debunked by regulator” • Energy Secretary Rick Perry addressed an energy conference, saying the Obama’s hostility to coal in favor of renewable energy threatens grid reliability. The next speaker, one of the nation’s top grid regulators, immediately debunked him. [RenewEconomy]

Rick Perry speaks at the 2017 EIA energy conference

Science and Technology:

¶ Ultra-thin, flexible screen-printed batteries for cheap portable devices and intermittent renewable energy are closer to reality, due to a joint project of two Australian universities to develop technology by battery energy storage firm Printed Energy. The solid state batteries are printed in a roll-to-roll process like a newspaper. [Manufacturers’ Monthly]

¶ Team Fast, a spin-off company from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, has found a way formic acid can efficiently carry the ingredients needed for hydrogen fuel cells, used to power electric vehicles. The fuel is a liquid, which means you can transport it easily and refill vehicles quickly, just as with conventional fuels. [BBC]

Fuel trailer on the back of the bus (Team Fast image)

World:

¶ The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh targets 10.7 GW of solar power by 2022, with 4.3 GW from rooftop, under its draft “Solar Power Policy 2017.” Earlier, Indian energy minister Piyush Goyal challenged Germany to a race between Munich and Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh, to be the first large city to be 100% powered by clean energy. [PV-Tech]

¶ The Quebec Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has unveiled the first action plan of the 2030 Energy Policy. According to the MENR’s document, large-scale solar, which was an option that was never seriously considered by the local government to date, will now become part of the province’s energy mix. [pv magazine]

Quebec (Photo: Max Lagace)

¶ A new 100 MW National Solar Park Program has been launched in Cambodia with the aid of the Asian Development Bank. The program is being set up by Electricite Du Cambodge and will focus on delivering 100 MW of PV capacity to the southeast Asian country in two phases of 30 MW and 70 MW respectively. [pv magazine]

¶ The worldwide delivery service UPS announced greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and future additions of more alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles to its global fleet. The company plans to generate 25% of its electricity from renewables and reduce emissions from its worldwide ground operations 12% by 2025. [Triple Pundit]

UPS electric van in London (Image: kenjonbro | Flickr)

¶ Three former TEPCO executives are set to stand trial this week on the only criminal charges laid in connection to the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, as thousands remain unable to return to their homes near the shuttered facility. This comes a little over a year after they were charged with criminal negligence. [The Japan Times]

¶ New figures show that Northern Ireland generates nearly a quarter of its electricity needs from onshore wind energy sources, and its capacity has now passed the 1-GW mark. The figures are courtesy of the Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group which represents the Northern Ireland renewable energy industry. [CleanTechnica]

Corkey wind farm (Albert Bridge, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ This year Minnesota is becoming not only a regional solar leader but a national one, with 203 MW-DC installed in the first quarter alone, largely due to a robust community solar sector. And now, Enel Green Power officially put 16 individual solar plants online, which make up the 150 MW-DC Aurora solar project. [pv magazine]

¶ NAVYA ARMA, the French maker of autonomous shuttles, announced that its first assembly plant outside Europe will be in Michigan. The state has already publicly backed autonomous vehicles on its roads with Governor Rick Snyder, who signed driverless vehicles legislation to be tested in the state, seeking to make it a global leader. [CleanTechnica]

NAVYA ARMA autonomous shuttle

¶ The University of California, Merced’s precedent-setting Triple Zero Commitment aims for 2020 include zero net energy use, the creation of zero net landfill waste, and climate neutrality on campus. The university is working with SunPower Corp to install a 5-MW solar power system with a 500-kW energy storage solution from Stem. [Power Online]

¶ A senior radiation protection technician at the closed Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant deliberately falsified safety records and failed to check workers for radiation exposure for eight months last year, according to the NRC. The NRC said the Entergy Nuclear technician failed to test employees for radiation exposure. [Santa Cruz Sentinel]

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