June 1 Energy News

June 1, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “A Huge Energy Storage Deal Raises Major Doubts” • After a Japanese maker of gas turbines and a US owner of salt caverns teamed up to develop a massive energy storage project, based on hydrogen and compressed air, doubts have come up. Neither technology has a track record. Neither customers nor funding have been identified. [MIT Technology Review]

Wind turbines (Louis Moncouyoux, Unsplash)

¶ “Wood Mackenzie Highlights China’s Solar Dominance In New Stunning Visualization” • In a global solar PV market outlook, leading energy market intelligence firm Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables published a stunning visualization that displays China’s rapid rise to dominance of the solar industry, starting in 2011. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Microbe-Grown Electronics: An Alternative To Plastic” • Our cellphones, laptops, headphones, and watches are all objects that we depend on, that we use constantly, and that are filled with plastic. And while electronics are often thought of as inevitably reliant on plastic, there are natural alternatives. A company called Aivan is demonstrating them. [CleanTechnica]

Headphones (Photos via Aivan)

¶ “Climate Change Is Already Affecting Global Food Production – Unequally” • The world’s top 10 crops – barley, cassava, maize, oil palm, rapeseed, rice, sorghum, soybean, sugarcane, and wheat – supply in total 83% of all calories grown on cropland. Research shows climate change is affecting production of these key resources. [Science Daily]

World:

¶ “UK Goes Two Weeks Without Coal Power” • The UK has gone two weeks without any power generated from coal-fired sources, setting a new record, according to the National Grid Electricity System Operator. The last coal generation came off the system at 3.12pm on 17 May, it said. The previous record was eight days, one hour and 25 minutes, set on 9 May. [reNEWS]

Polluting coal generation (Pixabay image)

¶ “1.5X Oversubscription In India’s Latest Solar Tender” • Finally, a ray of hope for the Indian renewable energy market with the latest and fourth national-level solar power tender issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India oversubscribed. Recently, a slew of state and central-level tenders had been unsubscribed by project developers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Communities Around Australia Are Taking Clean Energy Into Their Own Hands, The Indi Win Built On That” • The rural Victorian electorate of Indi is making history with the election of Independent Dr Helen Haines, after another Independent, Cathy McGowan, retired. She won partly because of a climate platform based on energy democracy. [The Guardian]

Dr Helen Haines (Supplied photo)

¶ “Breaking! Tesla Model 3 Blasts Into Asia Pacific Region As Configurator Opens For Six More Countries” • Tesla opened up the Tesla Model 3 vehicle configurator to a handful of new countries in the greater Asia Pacific region today as the electric car company began stretching its wings beyond its initial Asian beachhead in China. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Confirms Yunlin Job” • Siemens Gamesa has been confirmed as turbine supplier for WPD’s 640-MW Yunlin offshore wind farm in Taiwan. The project will feature 80 of the 8.0-167 model, with the manufacturer also providing a 15-year long-term service agreement. Construction is expected to start in 2019. [reNEWS]

Siemens Gamesa turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Food markets in Madrid to be powered with renewables in 2019” • Spanish renewable power marketer Gesternova SA has won a contract to supply electricity to food markets in Madrid throughout 2019, the company announced. The customer is MercaMadrid SA, a food wholesaler and manager of produce markets in Madrid. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Hungary Plans €1 Billion Greenhouse City Powered By Renewable Energy” • Hungary has revealed plans to build a new carbon-neutral greenhouse-filled farming city to be powered by renewable energy sources. The €1 billion agricultural center is proposed for the border between Hungary, Austria and Slovakia. It will cover 330 hectares. [Dezeen]

Greenhouse (Pixabay image)

¶ “UK Clean Power Jobs ‘Fall 30%'” • UK jobs in the renewable energy sector have fallen by about 30% since 2015, according to a report from Prospect, a trade union for professionals. It said direct employment across offshore and onshore wind, solar, bioenergy and other renewables was about 26,200 in 2017, down from 36,700 in 2014. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “Duke Energy Acquires 60-MW Solar Project In Colorado” • Duke Energy Renewables, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, has acquired the 60-MW Palmer solar project in El Paso County, Colorado, south of Colorado Springs. With more than 200,000 solar panels, the project will supply enough energy for 19,000 households. [Compelo]

Solar project (Photo courtesy of Duke Energy Corporation)

¶ “Ohio’s Nuclear Bailout Plan Balloons To Embrace Coal” • While other states embrace renewable energy, Ohio is heading backward. A bill passed this week by the Ohio House would subsidize nuclear and coal power while cutting state support for renewable energy and energy efficiency. And utility customers will foot the bill. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Pilgrim’s Shutdown Ends Nuclear Power Era In Massachusetts” • It took about five hours for the Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth to shut down permanently after 47 years of generating electricity. Technicians reduced Pilgrim’s power output gradually before launching the final step of inserting control rods at 5:28 pm. [Valley News]

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