Archive for June 22nd, 2018

June 22 Energy News

June 22, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ The results from the first experimental agrophotovoltaic program by the Fraunhofer Institute For Solar Energy Systems near Lake Constance in Germany found combining agriculture and farming increased the output of the land by 60% over what it would be if the same land was devoted 100% to farming or 100% to solar panels. [CleanTechnica]

Agrophotovoltaic system (©Fraunhofer ISE)


¶ Mainstream Renewable Power has installed first of 50 turbines at the 170-MW Sarco wind farm in northern Chile. The Aela Energia-owned project, developed and built by Mainstream, features 3.4-MW Senvion turbines. The components were brought 160 km from the Port of Las Losas to the project site in Chile’s Atacama region. [reNews]

¶ Hybrit, which plans to make steel without using any fossil fuels, has broken ground in Sweden for its first pilot plant. Its CEO said that if the new process were applied to all of Sweden’s steel-making industry, the nation’s carbon emissions could be reduced by 10%. Hybrit is a consortium of Vattenfall, steel maker SSAB, iron ore producer LKAB. [CleanTechnica]

Making steel

¶ The world’s first sea-going car and passenger ferry fuelled by renewable energy is to be developed in Scotland. The vessel’s fuel will be produced from renewable electricity marking a paradigm shift towards entirely emissions-free marine transport. The supported development is expected to cost around €12.6 million. [Scottish Construction Now]

¶ BYD and its local partner Alexander Dennis Ltd have won London’s first order for fully-electric double-decker buses. The deal will see 37 BYD ADL Enviro400EV buses serving London’s transit passengers in the spring of 2019. London currently has five electric double-decker buses. It still has more than 6,800 double-decker buses to replace. [CleanTechnica]

London electric double-decker bus

¶ Backbenchers in Australia’s Coalition government are speaking in favor of its energy plan after complaints from former prime minister Tony Abbott. An unlikely alliance could kill the policy; Greens MP and Australia Capital Territory Climate Change Minister Shane Rattenbury joined Mr Abbott in dismissing the plan. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ NEC Energy Solutions announced that they have completed and commissioned the largest energy storage system in Europe for EnspireME. The 48-MW energy storage system, located in Germany, has over 50 MWh of storage capacity and will generate revenue from the primary reserve market by providing reactive power for grid stabilization. [Business Wire]

Energy storage system in Jardelund, Germany

¶ As in other Latin American countries, China has become a strong investor in Argentina. But the environmental impact and economic benefits of this are subjects of discussion among local stakeholders. Energy is a key interest. One Argentine NGO’s study focuses on China’s financing of hydroelectric, nuclear, and hydrocarbon projects. []

¶ The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games aims to power them with renewable energy. All electricity will be derived from renewable energy sources. The committee also plans to use rental and lease services so that 99% of the goods procured for the Tokyo games will be reused or recycled. [The Japan Times]

Solar panels (Getty Images)


¶ Hawaii has the country’s most aggressive Renewable Portfolio Standard, a plan to double renewable energy penetration by 2021, and multiple counties committed to a 100% renewable public transportation system. And Maui College just announced that it will become the first school in the country to be powered by 100% solar energy. [pv magazine USA]

¶ The Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center of Stony Brook University will play a key role in a nationwide research and development consortium for the offshore wind industry. Support will come from a public-private partnership of state governments, the offshore wind industry, utilities, and research laboratories. [Windpower Engineering]

Offshore wind farm

¶ Texas has some innovative microgrid projects as developers leverage its many opportunities. Electrical Midstream is a case in point. It is among 12 microgrid developers chosen to participate in the Microgrid Financing Connection program, which was launched at the Microgrid 2018 conference to match projects with financing. [Microgrid Knowledge]

¶ US oil and gas operations release far more methane into the atmosphere than the federal government estimates, causing much more harm to the environment and undermining the case for cleaner-burning natural gas as a bridge fuel to a carbon-free future, according to a study published in the prestigious journal Science. [Houston Chronicle]

Searching for a gas leak (Photo: Andrea Morales, STR | NYT)

¶ New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled an energy storage roadmap to guide the state to a 1.5-GW target by 2025. The plan offers guidance on how storage can provide value to consumers, meet grid demands, and accelerate deployment. It also highlighted ways to deal with permitting and siting issues and to cut indirect costs. [reNews]

¶ Connecticut Gov Dannel P Malloy signed two bills related to climate change and renewable energy. The Democratic state executive said he signed the bills because climate change “poses a threat” to the state’s residents. One bill contains provisions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and looks ahead to sea level rise. [Electric Light & Power]

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