February 13 Energy News

February 13, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ Researchers in Australia and the US have discovered a new class of materials called metal-organic frameworks, which have the largest internal surface area of any known substance. They can capture, store, and release chemical compounds. One potential use is removing the dissolved minerals in sea water to make it drinkable. [CleanTechnica]

“Not a drop to drink”

¶ Sea level rise is happening at rate that is rising is increasing every year, according to a study released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A professor of aerospace engineering sciences from the University of Colorado-Boulder led researchers, who used satellite data dating to 1993 to observe ocean levels. [CNN]

World:

¶ Following a Memorandum of Understanding signed in December with the Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has signed another MoU in Taiwan with the express purpose of helping to develop the Taichung Harbor for offshore wind activities. Other facilities are planned. [CleanTechnica]

Port of Taichung Harbor

¶ In 2017, 20% of all new cars in Norway were EVs. The country’s ambition is that only electric cars will be sold from the year 2025. A survey reveals that almost half of Norwegians expect their next new car to be electric. But is the electric grid ready for this? One expert says it probably is, but it might be best not to charge on Thursday nights. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Siemens Gamesa, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of wind turbines, announced this week that it is expanding its solar business, after successfully securing an order to provide a turnkey EPC solution for 160 MW of solar in India. Like some other technology-specific renewable energy companies, it is diversifying. [CleanTechnica]

Siemens Gamesa solar array (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ Additions of 52.6 GW in 2017 took the total capacity of global installed wind turbines to 539 GW by the end of December, according to figures published by the World Wind Energy Association. The statistics reveal that last year’s installations were the third annual largest ever, after the record years of 2015 and 2014. [Power Engineering International]

¶ Marine Renewables Canada is a national association for wave, tidal and river current energy. It represents technology and project developers, utilities, researchers, and the energy and marine supply chain. It has made a strategic decision to grow its focus by officially including offshore wind energy in its mandate. [North American Windpower]

Offshore wind turbine

¶ Fuel loading at the world’s first Westinghouse-designed AP1000 nuclear reactor on China’s east coast has been delayed due to “safety concerns.” It is the latest in a long line of setbacks for the project, the China Daily reported. The third-generation reactor, located in Zhejiang province, was originally expected to make its debut in 2014. [CNBC]

US:

¶ On the outskirts of Denver, not far from Denver International Airport, a grand experiment is underway. Panasonic has partnered with a consortium of local partners to transform a 400-acre patch of greenfield land into a smart district. One goal of the project is that the smart district be built as a carbon-neutral microgrid. [Power Technology]

Solar canopies in a Denver car park (Panasonic image)

¶ The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census shows that Vermont lost 232 full-time solar jobs between November 2016 and November 2017. Vermont’s solar sector was the most affected by the changes to net metering, and the organization says that the federal tariff on most imported solar panels will make matters worse. [pv magazine USA]

¶ First Solar and Arizona Public Service are collaborating on a 50-MW battery storage project linked to a 65-MW PV plant in Arizona. The project will be built by First Solar, while APS will buy the power generated and stored under a 15-year agreement. The project is expected to be operational in 2021, the partners said. [reNews]

Installing a solar system (First Solar image)

¶ Florida Power & Light has integrated a 4-MW battery storage system with its Citrus solar energy center. The battery system will increase the PV plant’s overall output. The Citrus center in DeSoto County has been operational since 2016, and FPL said the DC-coupled battery storage facility should increase output by 500,000 kWh a year. [reNews]

¶ EDP Renewables is to supply Nestle with 50 MW of wind power from the Meadow Lake 6 project in Indiana. The 15-year agreement will provide electricity to cover 80% of the energy needs of five Nestle facilities in Pennsylvania. EDPR will expand Meadow Lake 6 to 200 MW from the existing 150 MW as a result of the deal. [reNews]

Meadow Lake wind farm Indiana (Chris Light)

¶ A group of Massachusetts lawmakers unveiled a bill that aims to increase the state’s use of renewable energy. The bill released by the Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change sets a goal of making the state 100% reliant on renewable energy by 2050, expanding renewable generation and electric transportation. [New Haven Register]

¶ With 85% of votes cast, it appeared Boulder’s quest to control its energy future was ending. But in overnight counting, the tally reversed. Measure 2L passed with 51.7% of the vote, keeping Boulder on course to be the first city to municipalize its electric company in years, and the only one ever to do it with clean, local power. [CleanTechnica]

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