Archive for March 19th, 2018

March 19 Energy News

March 19, 2018


¶ “GE Aims Coal-Killing Energy Storage Solution At Willing Customers” • The US DOE recently floated the idea of carving out a place for small coal power plants in the distributed energy landscape of the future, but it looks like the agency’s latest attempt to save coal is a day late and a dollar short. GE is pitching energy storage. [CleanTechnica]

GE energy storage


¶ The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is to set up India’s first offshore wind turbines at an estimated investment of ₹300 crore ($45 million), the ministry’s Joint Secretary said. The MNRE proposed to install four to five wind turbines, each with the capacity to generate minimum of 6 MW of power, possibly starting within six months. [NYOOOZ]

¶ South Korea will draw out a long-term energy plan that aims to reduce its high dependence on nuclear and coal power and expands the portion of renewable sources in the next 22 years, the energy ministry said. The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said a working group is discussing an energy plan for the years 2019-2040. [Yonhap News]

Floating solar farm near Seoul

¶ Incoming South Australian Premier Steven Marshall revealed that the new Liberal government will not continue with Jay Weatherill’s plan to install batteries in thousands of low-income households. The Liberal plan will instead focus on means-tested subsidies for battery systems and inter-connectivity with New South Wales. [Gizmodo Australia]

¶ Suzlon announced it has won two projects of 300 MW and 200 MW under the Solar Energy Corporation of India bidding process. The projects are to be implemented in Kutch district in Gujarat. The projects will provide electricity to about 3 million households and curb about 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. [Business Line]

Suzlon wind turbines

¶ A state government clean energy program means Queensland schools solar energy systems could save more than $10 million a year in power bills each year. Over the next three years, $97 million will be spent to help schools across the state cut their combined energy bill by around 20%. Their annual power bill tops $50 million. [Energy Matters]

¶ Shell is taking tentative steps away from the oil and gas sector, in which it has flourished for over a century, and toward more renewables. In an effort to move towards a less carbon-intensive energy system, Shell has been investing in biofuels, carbon capture and storage technologies, as well as green energies such as wind and solar. [Power Technology]

Bradenstoke solar park (Photo courtesy of Shell)

¶ Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was not holding back any punches: “Without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible.” The crown prince is visiting the United States this week. Washington could refuse to support Arabian nuclear power ambitions, but Arabia could take its business elsewhere. [Stratfor Worldview]

¶ March 17, was a perfectly cloud-free spring day, with high solar production and low overall consumption, and it was perfect for Israel to break its solar power record. At 12:07 PM, solar energy was producing 13.4 % of the total electricity being consumed in the country. It was a new record, according to the Israel Electric Corporation. [The Times of Israel]

Solar tower in the Negev desert (AP | Oded Balilty)

¶ A Japan-led nuclear power plant project in Turkey may cost more than twice as much as initially projected. Japan and Turkey agreed to the project in 2013. The estimated total cost, pegged at around ¥2 trillion ($18.8 billion) at the time, has since ballooned to more than ¥5 trillion yen, according to sources close to the matter. [Nikkei Asian Review]


¶ Worldwide, 1.2 billion people have little or no access to electricity. A man in Grass Valley, Nevada, is on a mission to help solve the energy poverty crisis. Angelo Campus is the CEO of BoxPower Inc, a startup company that provides off-grid communities with affordable microgrid systems in shipping containers. [The Union of Grass Valley]

BoxPower unit at the Nevada County Fairgrounds

¶ The DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy announced $32 million of funding for solid oxide fuel cell research, an idea aimed partly at propping up the US coal industry. The DOE recently floated the idea of putting up money for small modular coal power plants. And Arizona voted a $12 million tax cut for a coal plant. None of these ideas is likely to work. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Each year, the San Diego County Water Authority will save about $100,000 with the commercial-scale storage batteries that were recently installed at the agency’s Twin Oaks Valley Water Treatment Plant near San Marcos. The batteries were installed at no charge as part of an agreement with Santa Clara-based ENGIE Storage. [Times of San Diego]

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