September 7 Energy News

September 7, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “Drones & AI Used To Quickly Inspect Wind Turbines” • The French drone software startup Sterblue’s technology employs drones and AI to inspect such industrial infrastructure as power lines, power towers, and wind turbines. Drones get up close to wind turbines and record high-quality images, which are then analyzed using AI. [CleanTechnica]

Drone inspecting a wind turbine

¶ “Research Breakthrough Reduces the Cost of Solar Cell Production by 10%” • Researchers at Aalto University in Finland and Michigan Technical University, working with a dry etching process for PVs that captures more of the sunlight that hits it, say the manufacturing cost of their solar cells is 10% less than for conventional cells. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Big wind, solar farms could boost rain in Sahara: study” • A study in the journal Science used computer modeling to simulate the effect of covering 20% of the Sahara Desert with solar panels and installing three million wind turbines there. In addition to slowing global warming, it would also give a small but beneficial boost to rain. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Wind turbines reflected on the water

World:

¶ “August the ‘cleanest energy month of the year in modern times’ in UK” • Fossil fuel generation in the UK fell to record lows last month, while renewables provided a quarter of all electricity, making August “the cleanest calendar month of the year in modern times” energy experts at consultancy EnAppSys said. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “‘Bold’ Climate Action Could Deliver $26 Trillion In Economic Benefits Through 2030” • A report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate shows that benefits of climate-smart growth are “significantly” underestimated. It says “bold climate action” could drive at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Studying under an electric light

¶ “Facebook to build $1 billion Singapore data center, first in Asia” • Facebook said it will invest over $1 billion to build a data center in Singapore, powered by renewable energy and adapted to the tropical climate. The center, its first in Asia, is expected to be operational around 2022, hosting Facebook servers and IT operations. [The Borneo Post]

¶ “Aberdeen Bay ready to party” • Vattenfall officially opened its 93.2-MW Aberdeen Bay offshore wind farm, also known as the European Offshore Wind Deployment Center, off the coast of Scotland. The project has two MHI Vestas V164 8.8-MW turbines and nine 8.4-MW machines. Swire Blue Ocean jack-up Pacific Orca installed the turbines. [reNews]

Aberdeen Bay wind turbines (Vattenfall image)

¶ “Wind turbines could cover 40% of the current electricity consumption in Germany” • Windpower, along with solar, hydropower and biomass, should cover 65% of German electric power needs by 2030, according to the German government. Optimal distribution of the plants on the German mainland by the operators is a prerequisite. [Phys.org]

¶ “Three new solar farms and battery storage system to power NT airports” • Three solar farms and a large-scale battery storage system will be built in the Northern Territory as part of $300 million expansion of airport facilities. The project is co-funded by the $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund of the federal government. [One Step Off The Grid]

Darwin Airport

¶ “Japan acknowledges first radiation-linked death out of Fukushima” • Japan‘s Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare admitted that a man employed at the Fukushima nuclear power plant died of lung cancer linked to radiation exposure. Three reactors melted down in March 2011 when a tsunami hit the Fukushima area. [Preston Business Review]

¶ “No future: Even existing coal to be beaten by renewables and storage on costs” • A new report authored by Australian and international researchers suggests there is no prospect for a new coal generator in Australia, and even existing coal generators are going to be challenged by the falling costs of renewables and storage. [RenewEconomy]

Liddell coal-burning power plant

US:

¶ “US Energy Storage Deployments Increase 200% Year-Over-Year” • Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables published its US Energy Storage Monitor, collaborating with the Energy Storage Association. It showed that 156.5 MWh of energy storage were deployed in the second quarter of 2018, up 200% over Q2 ’17 (which was particularly low). [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Statehouse Rally Marks Final Week Of Energy Veto Override Campaign” • Hundreds of people from the timber and renewable energy industries rallied at the New Hampshire State House for legislators to overturn two of Governor Sununu’s vetoes. The people say the vetoes were wrong and could put them out of business. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

Rally in Concord (Annie Ropeik | NHPR)

¶ “NextEra Energy establishes carbon dioxide emissions rate reduction target as part of its commitment to creating a sustainable energy future” • NextEra Energy, Inc announced a new CO2 emissions target. It already reduced its CO2 emissions rate by 52% since 2001, and it plans to reduce the rate more than 65% by 2021. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Augusta commission endorses 100% green energy goal” • Solar power has a place in Augusta, Georgia. Augusta Commissioners approved a resolution support a goal of 100% clean energy by 2050. The resolution wants Augusta to hit 80% renewable energy us by 2030. This is to protect the earth and to avoid a climate catastrophe. [WJBF-TV]

Have a wonderfully merry day.

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