March 20 Energy News

March 20, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Can We Go Back To A Clean Future With Hybrid Airships?” • China is betting big on airships for freight with a partnership with French company Flying Whales. Better access to remote areas and big cost savings are the reason, but will airships open a path to cleaner air transport? There are a number of reasons to believe they can. [CleanTechnica]

Flying Whales home delivery

¶ “Storing Energy By Heating Stones To 600 Degrees Could Power Denmark For Hours” • High-temperature thermal energy storage can be cheap, non-degradable, and environmentally friendly. A new system uses storage materials combined with known charging and discharging technology to improve cost and the efficiency of energy storage. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Global Wind Installs Seen At 723 GW Over Next 10 Years” • Global wind power capacity additions in 2019-2028 are seen to reach 723 GW, with a third of them in China, a report by Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables says. The global capacity is currently close to 600 GW, so it will more than double over the next 10 years. [Renewables Now]

Blades installation (Portland General Electric)

¶ “EDPR Wins 492 MW In Colombia Auction” • Renewables operator EDP Renovaveis has won two wind farm contracts in an auction held by the Colombian government. The 20-year contracts are for the 212-MW Alpha and 280-MW Beta onshore projects that EDPR is developing, both of which are expected to enter production in 2022. [reNEWS]

¶ “India’s Mega Renewable Energy Target To Drive Growth Of Wind Energy Sector: WoodMac” • Aggressive renewable energy target in India and “explosive” growth in the offshore sector are expected to drive a 10-year CAGR of 12.2% in the wind energy sector in Asia Pacific, excluding China, said a report by Wood Mackenzie. [EnergyInfraPost]

Offshore wind farm

¶ “Germany Looks To Put Thermal Storage Into Coal Plants” • The German Aerospace Center is investigating whether the country’s coal plants could be reused as energy storage assets. A pilot project will replace the boiler of an old coal plant with a molten salt thermal storage tank that will be heated using excess renewable energy. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Coal-Based Power Tariff May See Hike To Boost Renewables” • To make thermal power stations more flexible to accommodate renewable energy, Indian tariffs of coal-based electricity may be raised by as much as ₹0.45/unit (0.65¢/kWh), or about 13%, depending on the amount of green energy being generated by solar and wind plants. [EnergyInfraPost]

Coal-fired power plant

¶ “Romania’s Nuclearelectrica, US NuScale Power Sign MOU For Small Modular Reactors’ Use” • Nuclearelectrica, the operator of Romania’s sole nuclear facility, the Cernavodă nuclear power plant, has signed a memorandum of understanding with US-based NuScale Power to explore potential uses of small modular reactors in Romania. [SeeNews]

US:

¶ “Climate Change Comes To American Heartland” • Parts of the several states in the Midwest have been devastated by a wicked combination of frozen ground, accelerated snow melt, and 1 to 2 inches of rain. All of these can be attributed to some degree to changes in climatic conditions associated with a warming planet and climate change. [CleanTechnica]

Flooding in Nebraska (Credit: Nebraska National Guard)

¶ “Entergy Arkansas Plans 100-MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project” • The Arkansas subsidiary of Entergy Corp plans a new 100-MW solar power plant with a 30-MWh battery storage component. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy will build the solar park near the city of Searcy, Arkansas. The project is expected to be completed by 2021. [Renewables Now]

¶ “US Clean Energy Jobs Increased 3.6% In 2018 To Nearly 3.3 Million” • There are nearly 3.3 million Americans now working in the clean energy industry, according to a new analysis published by the national nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs). The figure shows an increase of 3.6% from the previous year. [CleanTechnica]

Solar installers (SunPower image)

¶ “North Carolina Solar Power Output Increased By 36% In 2018, According To EIA Report” • According to an Energy Information Administration “Electric Power Monthly” report, North Carolina produced 7.2 million MWh of solar generation in 2018, a 36% increase. It was third in the nation for connecting new solar projects in 2018. [Daily Energy Insider]

¶ “S2A Modular Offers Affordable Net Zero Homes With Tesla Renewable Energy Components” • S2A Modular is building a factory in California to build homes using net-zero energy. The best news is that with its modular approach, S2A Modular can provide a superior building for about 20% less money than a traditional structure. [CleanTechnica]

One of several designs of S2A Modular homes

¶ “Monopolies In Michigan Fear Solar, Deliver Some Of Nation’s Most Expensive Electricity” • Analysis by researchers at Michigan Technological University shows how Michigan utilities use political influence to push back against distributed solar systems, leading to the Upper Peninsula having some of the nation’s highest electricity rates. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “US Government Knew Climate Risks In 1970s, National Petroleum Council Documents Show” • A series of newly discovered documents clarify the extent to which the US government, its advisory committees and the fossil fuel industry have understood for decades the impact CO₂ emissions would have on the planet. [DeSmog]

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