Archive for June 27th, 2018

June 27 Energy News

June 27, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ Around the world, coral reefs are being wiped out by rising sea temperatures, a consequence of climate change. But in some places, there are corals that are able to withstand the heat. Marine biologists are trying to learn what gives these corals their ability to survive warming seas and whether genetic technology could be used to save dying coral reefs. [CNN]

Grouper and coral

¶ John Goodenough invented the lithium-ion battery. Now aged 95, he claims to have invented a new solid state battery with remarkable features. He and his fellow researchers claim their batteries can last for more than 23,000 charge/discharge cycles and have the highest known relative dielectric constant. But the numbers raise some red flags. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Swedish company Azelio says it has developed new technology that could make concentrated solar power suitable for projects as small as 500 kW or as large as 20 MW, according to a report in Renewable Energy Magazine. The key to the Azelio system is that is uses molten aluminum to store heat and a Stirling engine to generate electricity. [CleanTechnica]

Stirling engine

World:

¶ The ongoing renewables surge in Australia is making it harder for the Tony Abbott coal lobby push to gain traction against the National Energy Guarantee. Green Energy Markets predicts clean energy will supply 33.3% of market generation in the eastern states by 2020, rising to 40% by 2030. The NEG goes for 32% to 36% by 2030. [Energy Matters]

¶ Environmental impact non-profit CDP announced that the 115 of the world’s largest purchasers it works with, which together represent annual spend of over $3.3 trillion, are requesting environmental data from over 11,500 suppliers. The list of 115 companies includes behemoths like Walmart, CVS Health, Target Corporation, and Tesco. [CleanTechnica]

Loading containers on a ship

¶ India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy reiterated an offshore windpower capacity target of 5 MW by 2022. It also set a new capacity target of 30 GW by 2030. The announcement came about 18 months after Suzlon Energy started measurements of wind quality off the coast of Gujarat. India’s target for onshore windpower is 60 GW.  [CleanTechnica]

¶ Norwegian developer Equinor has installed and officially launched the batwind storage system at the 30-MW Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm. The 1-MW battery is located at the project’s onshore substation. Hywind features five Siemens Gamesa 6-MW turbines atop spar foundations and entered commercial operations last year. [reNews]

Offshore wind turbines (Image: Oyvind Gravas | Equinor)

¶ Xavier Ursat, Group senior executive vice president of EDF in charge of new nuclear projects and engineering, and Andreas Lusch, President and CEO of GE’s Steam Power business, announced signing of a strategic cooperation agreement between GE and EDF for the planned construction of 6 EPR reactors in Maharashtra, India. [New Kerala]

US:

¶ Dickinson College, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, has taken a step towards taking control of its electricity usage with the installation of 12,456 solar panels on a 12-acre plot adjacent to the school. The system represents about 5 solar panels per student and will offset 25% of the usage of the electricity used by the school each year. [CleanTechnica]

Dickinson College solar farm

¶ BP Plc, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp escaped blame for the public costs of global warming when a US judge ruled that lawsuits by cities against oil companies are not the answer to climate change. The court did accept the reality of human caused climate change, and the cities are reviewing whether they should appeal. [Los Angeles Times]

¶ Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine, a San Francisco Bay Area company, announced it received a $3 million grant by the California Air Resources Board to build the first hydrogen fuel-cell ferry in the US. If hydrogen fuel cells become more widely adopted, the demand could also provide California with support to store renewable energy. [San Francisco Examiner]

Fuel-cell ferry (Courtesy rendering)

¶ In Irvine, California, the Irvine Water District and Michelson Capital announced the completion of the nation’s largest behind-the-meter energy storage project at the Irvine Ranch Water District’s Michelson Water Recycling Plant. The new 2.5-MW/15-MWh installation is a part of a distributed network of 11 energy storage installations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would relax the state’s strict wind turbine setbacks rules but again weaken renewable and energy efficiency standards. House Bill 114 would roll back the state’s on-again, off-again clean energy standards, which resumed 18 months ago after a 2014 law suspended them for two years. [Energy News Network]

Wind turbines

¶ Following a strategic review, GE has announced a focus on aviation, power and renewable energy. GE says its energy strategy, driven by GE Power and GE Renewable Energy, is based on offering a range of energy solutions across the electricity value chain. GE is shedding positions in oil services, healthcare, and transportation. [North American Windpower]

¶ Warming waters have reduced the harvest of Alaska’s prized Copper River salmon to a fraction of last year’s harvest, Alaska biologists say. The runs of Copper River salmon were so low that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shut down commercial harvests last month, cutting a season that usually lasts three months to less than two weeks. [The Japan Times]

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