May 24 Energy News

May 24, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “The Pros & Cons Of Biofuels” • Even if governments wanted to change every car to an electric car, every medieval style of energy inefficient house to be exemplary in high-tech modernity and carbon neutrality, and every electricity generator to operate without burning fossil fuels, the goal could not be achieved in an afternoon. [CleanTechnica]

Different kinds of Biomass

¶ “Bitcoin Or Not, Here’s Why Concentrating Solar Power Is The New Nuclear” • The Department of Energy made the case for nuclear energy in a blog post arguing that nuclear energy provides a “clean, reliable, and resilient source of electricity” for growing needs. But nuclear has a problem. We have solar power and other clean options. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ SeaTwirl is part of research project assessing the fatigue of vertical axis wind turbines. The project is being run by the Swedish Wind Power Technology Centre, the Research Institutes of Sweden, and Chalmers University of Technology. It will focus on coming up with the most robust design as possible for a turbine, the partners said. [reNews]

Vertical turbines (SeaTwirl image)

World:

¶ Facebook and European asset manager Luxcara have entered into long-term power purchase agreements for 100% of the output and environmental attributes of three contiguous wind projects in southwest Norway. The projects will consist of 70 wind turbines of 4.2 MW each and should reach commercial operation in Q4 2019. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ A new Bloomberg New Energy Finance report focused on electric buses forecasts a surge in electric bus sales to 84% of global new bus sales by 2030. The report forecasts that electric cars will follow, but at a slower pace, reaching 28% of new car sales in 2030. But the forecasts highlight the risk of nearly single-sourced cobalt. [CleanTechnica]

Traffic with BYD buses in Shenzhen

¶ Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri inaugurated the 100-MW Ingeniero Mario Cebreiro wind park in Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires province. The wind farm, made up of 29 wind turbines, is a project of Argentina-based power company Pampa Energia SA. There are two other parks under construction in the same region, each of 50 MW. [Renewables Now]

¶ Siemens Gamesa is testing a redox flow energy storage system at the company’s La Plana research and development site near Zaragoza, Spain. The redox flow system is connected to the hybrid controller of a combined wind and PV generation system, and is supplementing the lithium-ion batteries that are already in use at the site. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Hybrid renewable system

¶ Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet has agreed to compensate utilities up to €1 billion for income lost due to the planned phaseout of nuclear power, the German environment ministry said. In 2016, a Constitutional Court ruled that a decision to decommission nuclear power stations by the end of 2022 violated property rights. [StreetInsider.com]

¶ Corrosion and holes were found in ventilation ducts in the central control rooms for 12 reactors at seven Japanese nuclear power plants. They could have exposed workers to radioactive materials in the event of an accident, Japan’s nuclear watchdog reported. One of the plants was TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture. [Asahi Shimbun]

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station (IAEA image)

US:

¶ Massachusetts made a big step forward in its push to rely more on renewable energy by agreeing to purchase 800 MW of offshore wind power from Vineyard Wind. The New Bedford-based company was one of three competing for the contract. The proposed farm is poised to become the largest offshore wind farm in the country. [WCAI]

¶ The state of Rhode Island has selected Deepwater Wind, the Providence company that built the nation’s first offshore wind farm, to develop a 400-MW proposal in federal waters far off the coast that would be more than 10 times the size of the Block Island demonstration project. Gov Gina Raimondo announced the surprise decision. [The Providence Journal]

Block Island wind farm

¶ A Vermont food company, whose products are on store shelves throughout New England, is now making its coffee using an emerging power source that’s gentler on the environment. The coffee beans look the same, dark brown as always, but the energy that now fuels operations at the Vermont Coffee Company in Middlebury is green. [NECN]

¶ The City of Norman, Oklahoma, committed to transition to 100% clean and renewable energy, according to the Sierra Club, which said Norman is the first city in Oklahoma to make the commitment. Norman’s City Council unanimously adopted the resolution, committing the city to use 100% clean energy for electricity by 2035. [Solar Industry]

Oklahoma

¶ The future of wind power in North Carolina may be decided in coming weeks by lawmakers who could revisit fears that giant turbines threaten national security in a state, which has a heavy military presence. The Defense Department Defense already has authority to put restrictions on wind turbines that could interfere with operations. [InsideClimate News]

¶ Legislation that authorizes $300 million annually to rescue New Jersey’s nuclear energy industry has been signed into law. Gov Phil Murphy also signed a measure aimed at strengthening the state’s renewable energy goals. The nuclear measure will be funded by ratepayers, but the cost of the renewable energy legislation is unclear. [PennEnergy]

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