July 2 Energy News

July 2, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “No Industry Immune To Blockchain Technology, Not Even The Electricity World” • What the blockchain technology does is to digitize generation and consumption data to permit peer-to-peer sales, allowing power to be monitored and traded without a utility middleman. A person whose solar panels produce excess electricity can sell to a stranger nearby. [Forbes]

Blockchain (Shutterstock image)

Science and Technology:

¶ A team of researchers working tirelessly to develop a new glass to store nuclear waste have found significant leads. One research scientist said, “Borosilicate glasses have high durability and are the chosen form to immobilize high-level nuclear waste. The key is to maintain durability in the very long term: thousands to hundreds of thousands of years.” [ecns]

¶ UK wave technology development company Marine Power Systems has successfully installed its prototype WaveSub wave energy converter at marine test centre FaBTest, marking the start of a new phase of sea-based testing. Wave energy could become a significant player in the UK power market, offering a competitive price for energy. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

WaveSub (MPS image)

World:

¶ German power production from renewable energy sources in the first half of 2018 totalled 104 billion kWh, 9.5% more than in the same period of 2017 and was above 100 billion kWh for the first time, according to utility E.ON. The company’s data showed the increase for the half of the year has been 33% over the past three years. [Reuters India]

¶ The Chinese plug-in electric vehicle market is at full charge, with some 94,000 units registered in May, up 127% from last year and just 8,000 units less than the current record of 102,000 units set last December. PEVs took a 5% market share in May, well above the 2.1% of 2017. If sales keep progressing this fast, expect a new all-time record in June. [CleanTechnica]

BAIC EC-180

¶ A report from the Grattan Institute says Australian federal and state governments must tell voters that government intervention to keep coal-fired power stations and other ageing assets working is a poor long-term solution. The problem of high power rates can only be fixed with credible climate policy that encourages investment. [The Guardian]

¶ Vattenfall has delivered power for the first time from the 93.2-MW Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm. The project delivered electricity to the UK National Grid on 1 July from the first two of the 11 MHI Vestas turbines to go live, according to the Swedish company. Aberdeen Bay will feature two 8.8-MW machines and nine 8.4-MW units. [reNews]

Aberdeen Bay wind farm (Vattenfall image)

¶ First power has been generated from the 90-MW Nangang offshore wind farm in China, turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA said. The wind park in Tianjin is owned by a subsidiary of PowerChina. Located off the coast of Tianjin, northeastern China, the plant uses 18 turbines of the G132-5MW model. [Renewables Now]

US:

¶ In the US, EV sales have been hovering in the neighborhood of 1% for the last two years. But EV sales in April 2018 were 1.74% of total light vehicle sales and could end up close to 2% by the end of 2018. This is primarily because of deliveries of Tesla’s Model 3. California’s EV market share reached a record 7.77% in April and could go much higher. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150

¶ Irish solar company BNRG Renewables has begun construction of a portfolio of ten solar PV projects totalling 35 MW in Oregon. The projects have secured a 20-year power purchase agreement with local utility Portland General Electric. Construction started in early June on the first three projects. All are expected to be completed by mid-2019. [Irish Times]

¶ To address the threat of rising seas and subsiding land, during the recent primary elections Foster City, California proposed a ballot measure: $90 million worth of property tax increases to fund raising the levees by 2½ metres. Foster City residents voted yes, by more than 80%. The levees should protect them for a little over thirty years. [CBC.ca]

Foster City (Kim Brunhuber | CBC)

¶ Tesla teamed up with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, one of the largest electric utilities in the US, to produce a massive battery system with a capacity of up to 1.1 GWh. The battery packs for this project will be provided by Tesla with an output capacity of 182.5 MW of power for 4 hours. PG&E can choose to increase the time to 6 hours. [TNW]

¶ During visits from energy assistance agencies, low-income households in Colorado are getting a new question: Have you considered solar panels? It is an innovative approach to solving two challenges: reducing greenhouse gas emissions as the effects of climate change appear across the state, and reducing electric bills for low-income families. [InsideClimate News]

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