November 1 Energy News

November 1, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “World’s Oceans have Absorbed 60% More Heat than Previously Thought, Study Finds” • Research published in the journal Nature suggests that the Earth is more sensitive to fossil fuel emissions than experts thought, as oceans absorb heat much faster than was understood. The implications for the fight against climate change are serious. [CNN]

Great Barrier Reef (CNN image)


¶ “Double Time for Siemens Gamesa in India” • Siemens Gamesa has won an order from ReNew Power for two wind farms with a combined capacity of 177-MW in two Indian states. The wind turbine manufacturer will build a 100.8-MW project in the Kutch district of Gujarat, and a 76-MW project in the Osmanabad district of Maharashtra. [reNEWS]

¶ “EasyJet to Test Nine-Passenger Electric Airplane in 2019” • EasyJet, a low cost airline specializing in short flights in Europe and the UK, is working with US startup Wright Electric to build an electric airplane that it can use to carry passengers. The two companies intend to begin testing a nine-passenger electric airplane in 2019. [CleanTechnica]

Wright Electric airplane

¶ “German Battery Charges UK Council” • German storage specialist Tesvolt has supplied a 4-MW battery storage facility connected to a 7-MW solar park in southern England. The project, which sits on a 35-hectare former landfill site, stabilizes the power network, and it will earn West Sussex county council grid balancing revenues. [reNEWS]

¶ “MHI Vestas Continues to Expand Local Taiwanese Footprint” • Offshore wind energy giant MHI Vestas announced that it had signed a contract for the manufacture of wind turbine towers in Taiwan with CS Wind/Chin Fong as the company continues to build up its footprint in the next global offshore wind energy hub. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm in a squall (Image not by JMW Turner)

¶ “Berlin Offers 4-GW Fillip for Onshore, Solar” • Berlin has agreed to offer 4 GW of new onshore wind and solar PV capacity over the next three years. According to a draft agreement hammered out by German ruling parties CDU and SPD, some 1000 MW will be put to tender next year, followed by 1400 MW in 2020 and 1600 MW in 2021. [reNEWS]

¶ “Tesla Battery Storage Successfully Integrated with Tidal Energy Array” • A Scottish cleantech company, Nova Innovation, has integrated an existing tidal energy array with energy storage in a Tesla Powerpack. Nova Innovation’s successfully integrated power plant is the world’s first grid-connected ‘baseload’ tidal power station. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Tidal turbine (Nova Innovation image)

¶ “Share of Solar Rises to 7.46% of India’s Total Installed Power Capacity” • Renewable energy capacity additions continue to increase in India, accounting for approximately 21.41% of India’s capacity mix at the end of September 2018. In June 30, 2018, renewable energy sources accounted for 20.93% of total installed capacity. [Mercom India]

¶ “Coal Report Says Australian Exports have Peaked and are in ‘Terminal Long-Term Decline'” • Australian coal exports have entered a “terminal long-term decline,” says a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. It says high prices have pushed global energy markets towards cheaper and cleaner alternatives. [The Guardian]

Coal machinery (William West | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Fire Dies Down at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Plant” • TEPCO says power cables caught fire at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant on the Sea of Japan coast, but the fire has died down. TEPCO reported the fire at around 6:28 AM. Firefighters later confirmed the fire had died down. All 7 nuclear reactors at the plant are now offline. [NHK World]

¶ “SA’s Energy Future Unpacked” • South Africa’s energy blueprint, the draft integrated resource plan, takes nuclear off the table, but opinion is divided over the inclusion of coal in the mix. The plan envisages renewable energy making up 26% of the installed power supply in 2030; the largest allocations will be 15% for wind and 10% for solar. [Financial Mail]

Wind turbines (Photo: William Campbell-Corbis | Getty Images)


¶ “EPA Quietly Telling States they can Pollute More” • The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly signaled it may allow states to release more ozone air pollution, commonly known as smog, dirtying the air in those states and neighboring ones, though the agency had not reviewed the health impact of such a move. [CNN]

¶ “Seven US States Set to Double their Wind Capacity” • The US wind industry installed 612 MW of capacity in the third quarter, the American Wind Energy Association said. Arkansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and South Dakota have enough wind energy under construction to double their capacities. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm

¶ “Gas Companies Face Californian Wipe-Out, Say S&P, Moody’s” • Ratings agencies cay California gas companies face credit downgrades, after the state pledged to get all of its power from renewable sources by 2045. Though there is no immediate threat to most gas generators, on the long term, the stability of the industry is questionable. [Climate Home]

¶ “Engie Opens Second Front in Kansas” • Engie North America has started construction of the 196-MW East Fork wind farm in Kansas. The new wind installation is the second phase of the 276-MW Solomon Forks development. The $228 million East Fork project is located near the city of Colby in the northwestern part of the state. [reNEWS]

Have a gloriously happy day.

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