August 8 Energy News

August 8, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Cheap Renewable Energy: Cracking The Photosynthetic Process That Enables Plants To Split Water” • Scientists have identified an important photosynthetic process that enables plants to split water and powers all plant life on Earth. The process could make possible a limitless supply of cheap renewable fuel. [Phys.Org]

Hydrogen (Australian National University image)

¶ “Inside The ‘Living Laboratory,’ A Neighborhood Of Smart Homes In Alabama” • Reynolds Landing is a neighborhood of 62 smart homes developed by Alabama Power near Birmingham. The utility company is experimenting to imagine how homes will look in 2040, with predicted growth of microgrids and the internet of things. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Global Renewable Energy Market 2018 By Top Manufactures With Production And Forecast To 2025” • The Global Renewable Energy Market is projected to reach $2,152.9 billion by 2025 and is expected to grow at 4.90% during forecast period 2018 through 2025, according to a report recently produced by Big Market Research. [Innovative Reports]

Renewable energy

¶ “EU Cash Backs 547-MW Spanish Wind Build” • The European Investment Bank is to provide up to €385 million for 21 wind farms in Spain totaling 547 MW.  They are being built by Alfanar, which is based in Saudi Arabia. The projects, which are located across Spain and will generate approximately 1.491 GWh of electricity per year. [reNEWS]

¶ “Argentina Auctions 259 MW Of Clean Power” • A total of 38 renewables projects, totaling 259 MW, won in Argentina’s latest auction. Ten wind projects were awarded 128.7 MW and 13 solar plants won for a total capacity of 96.75 MW. For wind farms, the average weighted price was $58.04/MWh, while for solar the price was $57.59/MWh. [reNEWS]

Working on a wind turbine (ALE image)

¶ “A Global Drinks Giant Is Spending Over $200 Million To Build ‘Green’ Breweries In Africa” • Diageo, the British owner of iconic brands including Guinness and Johnny Walker, is going green at brewing sites across Africa with an ambitious investment drive worth $218 million. It will install solar power, biomass boilers, and water recovery equipment. [Quartz]

¶ “TEPCO Taps Peer, Toshiba, And Hitachi To Resume Nuclear Project” • TEPCO is in talks with Toshiba, Hitachi, and Chubu Electric Power on a joint venture to resume a stalled nuclear plant project in northern Japan, Nikkei has learned. They would form a company to build, operate, and maintain the Higashidori nuclear plant. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Nuclear plant in Japan (Mugu-shisai, Wikimedia Commons)

Australia:

¶ “Oz Regulator Sues Wind Farm Operators” • The Australian Energy Regulator started proceedings in federal court against four wind farm operators in South Australia for alleged breaches of the National Electricity Rules in 2016. Proceedings concern events arising from severe weather conditions that damaged transmission lines. [reNEWS]

¶ “Winds Of Change For Renewable Energy Future” • Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has officially opened one of Queensland’s largest wind farms, another major step towards a cleaner future for the state powered by renewable energy. She said the $400 million 53-turbine project was part of the renewable energy boom in Queensland. [Mirage News]

Windy Hill Wind Farm in Queensland
(Carole Mackinney, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Investors Interest In Renewable Energy Assets And Corporate PPAs Remain, Allens Says” • There is continued investor interest in both renewable energy assets and corporate power-purchase agreements, according to the multinational law firm Allens. It confirmed another PPA matter with a deal linked to cereal maker Kellogg’s. [Australasian Lawyer]

US:

¶ “Smithfield Foods Completes ‘Manure-To-Energy’ Project In US” • US pork processor Smithfield Foods completed a major ‘manure-to-energy’ project in Missouri. The firm has built a pipeline from one of its pig farms in the state to the natural gas mainline. It sends low-pressure natural gas to the pipeline for the city of Milan. [Bioenergy Insight Magazine]

Pigs at a farm

¶ “New Mexico Ranked Third In The Nation For Wind Energy Development” • According to the AWEA’s Q2 market report, New Mexico has 2,774 MW of windpower under construction or development, trailing Wyoming’s 4,831 MW and Texas’ 9,015 MW. It is ahead of Iowa, with 2,623 MW, and South Dakota, with 2,183 MW. [Carlsbad Current-Argus]

¶ “Dominion Energy Plans To Build Four Storage Pilots And Study Them For Five Years” • Virginia utility Dominion Energy asked regulators for permission to build four battery storage facilities as pilots to test the technology’s functionality. After expected completion in 2020, Dominion will study the pilot operations for five years. [Greentech Media]

Dominion Energy solar array

¶ “Regional Water Authority To Be Completely Powered By Green Energy” • In South Central Connecticut, the Regional Water Authority announced that it has signed a contract allowing it to be completely powered by renewable energy, starting in December 2019. The contract will not increase energy costs over what it pays today. [Milford Mirror]

¶ “Ormat Commences Operation of First Geothermal Solar Hybrid Power Plant” • Ormat Technologies, based in Nevada, has commenced commercial operation of its first geothermal and solar hybrid project. The project is a 7-MW AC solar expansion of its Tungsten Mountain geothermal project in Churchill County, Nevada. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Have a superlatively exhilarating day.

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