October 22 Energy News

October 22, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “Counting the Ways to Store Renewable Energy” • A mind-boggling array of energy storage technologies is being tested in labs and workshops across the globe. Among them are chemical, electro-chemical, mechanical, and thermal energy storage systems, all competing to get the attention of whoever whats to store energy. [Chemical & Engineering News]

Offshore wind power (Shutterstock image)

¶ “World’s First Successful Ammonia Synthesis Using Renewable Hydrogen” • JGC Corp and Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology announced that a joint project used renewable energy to generated hydrogen and synthesize ammonia from the hydrogen, then used the ammonia to fuel a gas-powered generator. [ChemEngOnline]

¶ “Sunflare’s Lightweight Solar Lets Solar Go Where it Couldn’t Go Before” • Sunflare’s CIGS solar cells are manufactured with a proprietary technology that prints the cells onto a stainless steel backing. The sheet of stainless that they’re printed on is durable and flexible, and opens up new options for how and where solar panels are placed. [CleanTechnica]

Sunflare’s Solar Power International show display

World:

¶ “New trial launched to create ‘green’ gas from solar power” • Energy company Jemena has partnered with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency in a $15 million trial to convert excess solar and wind power into hydrogen gas. The hydrogen will be stored, distributed, and used in Jemena’s New South Wales gas network. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Suzhou Forum Calls for Faster Energy Transformation for Better Lives and Prosperity” • The Third International Forum on Energy Transitions met in Suzhou, China, aiming to identify solutions to scale up renewable energy innovations, accelerate power sector transformation, and increase renewable energy financing. [Modern Diplomacy]

IRENA director Adnan Amin in Suzhou

¶ “Taiwan triumph for Siemens Gamesa” • Ørsted has chosen Siemens Gamesa as the preferred supplier for the first 900-MW of the Greater Changhua offshore wind farms in Taiwan. Siemens Gamesa will deliver approximately 112 of its 8.0-167 machines for the project. The wind farm’s offshore construction planned to start in 2021. [reNEWS]

¶ “Atlantis makes Scots tidal splash” • Simec Atlantis Energy has redeployed two Andritz Hydro tidal turbines at its 6-MW MeyGen Phase 1A array in the Pentland Firth off Caithness in Scotland. The company said the two 1.5-MW machines had restarted generation at full capacity following maintenance at its Nigg Energy Park base in Easter Ross. [reNEWS]

Andritz turbine

¶ “SA’s renewable energy stance riles nuclear industry” • South Africa’s nuclear energy industry is unhappy with the country’s energy plans, which pave the way for the adoption of renewable energy. The Integrated Resource Plan covers coal, natural gas, windpower, solar, and hydropower, but does not even mention nuclear in the mix. [ITWeb]

US:

¶ “Walmart Will Buy Energy from New Randolph County Wind Farm” • Walmart has agreed to buy 60 MW of power from the Headwaters II wind farm, which is expected to begin operation in Randolph County, Indiana, sometime in 2020. The purchase is part of a larger agreement between the company and EDP Renewables. [Palladium-Item]

Randolph County wind farm

¶ “San Diego on Verge of Getting Electricity Choice” • The city of San Diego has adopted a Climate Action Plan that calls for a 50% cut in greenhouse emissions by 2035, as well as 100% renewable electric power generation in the same timeframe. Now, it has to work out the details of how it will do that, with or without its utility, SDG&E. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Duke Energy Florida Restores More Than 75,000 Customer Outages in the Panhandle Following Hurricane Michael; Rebuilding Efforts Continue” • Duke Energy Florida has restored power to more than 75,000 customers. Nearly 3,800 customers in Bay and Gulf counties, where systems were heavily damaged, still have no electricity. [Yahoo News]

Michael’s wreckage (Photo: Florida National Guard)

¶ “Portland-based Hopworks Urban Brewery Now Powered by 100% Renewable Energy Supplied by 3 Phases Renewables” • In Portland, Oregon, Hopworks Urban Brewery is having leading West Coast clean energy supplier 3 Phases Renewables supply their brewery and restaurant with 100% renewable energy. The deal saves HUB money. [New Kerala]

¶ “OPPD proposes goals of 50% renewables, 20% cut in ‘carbon intensity'” • The Omaha Public Power District board’s latest draft of Strategic Directive 7 sets a goal of providing at least 50% of its retail electricity from renewable resources while aiming to reduce the utility’s overall “carbon intensity” by 20% from 2010 to 2030. [Omaha World-Herald]

Have an ecstatically gleeful day.

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