November 7 Energy News

November 7, 2018

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Reveal Strange Molecule that Can Store Sun’s Energy for 18 Years” • A Swedish research team believes it found a breakthrough for energy storage. A specialized solar thermal fluid can hold the sun’s energy for long periods of time and expel that energy on demand when activated by putting it through a catalytic process. [Forbes]

Solar heating system (Please click on the image to enlarge it.)

¶ “Wireless Charging at 120 kW by Electromagnetic Induction” • US DOE researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have now come up with an induction charging system capable of operating at a power of 120 kW, with up to a 6-inch gap between the primary and secondary coils, and at an efficiency of about 97%. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Global Wind Turbine Market Value to Hit $48 Billion by 2022, Led by APAC” • Led by the Asia Pacific region, the global wind turbine market is expected to continue to grow over the next few years, GlobalData figures show. Market value is projected to be $47.83 billion in 2022, up from $44.75 billion in 2017, driven largely by onshore development. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines in Xinjiang China

¶ “China May Increase its 2020 Solar Target to 200 Gigawatts or Higher” • China’s National Energy Administration floated the idea that it might increase its 2020 solar target to at least 210 GW, and potentially as high as 270 GW, in a move that is expected to impact China’s annual capacity additions and PV manufacturing significantly. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Non-Hydro Renewables to Replace Nuclear in Germany, Reaching 71.9% by 2030” • With Germany set to phase out its nuclear capacity by 2022, leading analysts GlobalData predicts that non-hydro renewables will almost exclusively fill the remaining capacity, and by 2030 will contribute over 70% to the country’s power mix. [CleanTechnica]

Saerbeck wind and solar

¶ “Western Australia Trials Tesla PowerBank Community Storage System” • Western Australia’s state-owned energy retailer Synergy and grid operator Western Power are experimenting with a community battery. For $1 dollar a day, families can store any excess electricity from their PV systems to a common battery for later use. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK Renewables Capacity Overtakes Fossil Fuels for the First Time” • The UK’s energy industry set another record, with renewables capacity overtaking fossil fuel capacity for the first time. A report from Drax Electric Insights shows available UK renewables capacity stands at 42 GW, while fossil fuel capacity has fallen to 40.6 GW. []

Offshore wind farm

¶ “European Battery Manufacturing to Grow 20-Fold by 2025” • Europe is on track to increase its battery-making capacity by 20 times in the next seven years, hitting 90 GWh of manufacturing output per year by 2025. The figures, from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, show Europe gaining ground on Asian manufacturing. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Floating Nuclear Power Plant Starts first Reactor in Russia” • Russia’s floating nuclear power plant achieved a sustained chain reaction of one of the two reactors at its mooring in Murmansk harbour. The Akademik Lomonosov’s second reactor will be started up and tests carried out before the plant is towed to Pevek next year. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Akademik Lomonosov nuclear plant (Credit Rosatom)


¶ “Renewables Reduced Wholesale Power Costs by $5.7 Billion in Texas” • The Economic Value of Renewable Energy to Texas, a report by the Wind Solar Alliance, is very revealing. In addition to job growth, reduced pollutants, and projected numbers for economic development, there are also figures for the economic benefits of leasing and local taxes. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Proterra and Daimler Team Up to Manufacture Electric School Buses” • At the 44th annual National Association of Pupil Transportation Conference, Proterra and Daimler introduced the latest Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner eC2 electric school bus powered by Proterra. Recharging takes about 3 hours using a 60-kW charging system. [CleanTechnica]

Electric school bus from Thomas

¶ “Clean Energy Mandate Proposition 127 Fails in Victory for Utility Company” • In Arizona, the clean energy constitutional amendment, Proposition 127, is on track to fail by a wide margin, as Arizona voters appear to have rejected a ballot measure that the state’s largest utility company claimed would raise electric power bills. [Phoenix New Times]

¶ “Insurance Company Ullico Invests in 1.3 GW of US Wind, Solar” • Ullico Inc, a labor-owned insurance and investment company based in Washington, DC, agreed to invest in a portfolio of over 70 solar and wind projects located across the US and owned by affiliates of Alberta Investment Management Corp and The AES Corp. [North American Windpower]

US wind farm

¶ “New Kansas Wind Farm to Provide 80% of Washburn University’s Power” • Washburn University, located in Topeka, Kansas, will be purchasing 4 MW of power from a new 300 MW wind farm to be constructed in northeast Kansas. The contract will cover about 80% of the energy needs of two Washburn campuses. [North American Windpower]

¶ “In Boost for Renewables, US Rep Polis Wins Colorado Governor’s Race” • Colorado has chosen Democrat Jared Polis to be governor, marking a win for the candidate’s goal of reaching 100% renewables by 2040. Campaigning, Polis had pointed to the low cost of utility-scale windpower and the benefits energy storage. [S&P Global Platts]

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