August 28 Energy News

August 28, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “From Bio Waste To SCOBY Packaging” • MakeGrowLab has a material that can replace plastic packaging. Its SCOBY product is home-compostable, has a shelf life of 2 years, is a microbial and oxygen barrier, is insoluble in water and impermeable to water, and is 100% free from plastic and microplastic. And SCOBY is even edible! [CleanTechnica]

SCOBY packaging (MakeGrowLab image)

¶ “Why The Arctic Is Smoldering” • More than four million hectares of Siberian taiga forest have gone up in flames, the Russian military were deployed, people across the region were choked by the smoke, and the cloud spread to Alaska and beyond. Fires have also raged in the boreal forests of Greenland, Alaska, and Canada. [BBC]

¶ “New Electric Aircraft Motor Lab Aims For 1-MW Electric Airplane Motor” • You know a new industry is born when investments pour in and results encourage more spending. Now, a new lab, the Collins Electric Aircraft Lab, wants to offer urban air mobility and the general electric aviation world a 1-MW electric airplane motor. [CleanTechnica]

Hybrid Electric Aircraft (United Technologies image)

¶ “This New York Agency Cut Its Energy Usage By 40%, And So Can You” • At the office of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the thermostats used to be set at 73°F, regardless of the season. By lowering them to 68°F during the winter and raising them to 78°F in the summer, the agency reduced its energy usage by 40%. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Heat From London Underground To Be Used To Warm Homes In Likely World First” • Londoners often complain about the stifling heat on certain Underground lines. In what is believed to be a world first, waste heat from the Northern Line is to be harnessed to heat homes and businesses in parts of London by the end of the year. [CNN]

Underground (Oli Scarff | Getty Images)

¶ “Payment Dues Of State DISCOMs Now Total ₹82 Billion to Solar, Wind, Hydro Power Producers” • Indian distribution companies have been defaulting on payments for renewable energy. Central Electricity Authority data shows that 472 renewable projects had unpaid dues totaling ₹82.3 billion (about $1.14 billion) as of July 31, 2019. [Mercom India]

¶ “Việt Nam To Have 2,000 MW Of Rooftop Solar Power Capacity In 2020” • Việt Nam’s total rooftop solar power capacity is expected to reach around 2,000 MW by the end of 2020, according to Việt Nam Electricity. More than 4,000 households have installed 200 MW of rooftop solar power systems during the past three months. [Viet Nam News]

Rooftop solar power in Việt Nam (Lê Đức Hoảnh | VNA/VNS)

¶ “Victorian Greens Continue Push For 100% Renewable Energy By 2030” • The Victorian Greens will move an amendment in State Parliament this week to boost the Victorian Renewable Energy Target for 2030 to 100%. A bill to take the state to 40% by 2025 to 50% by 2030 had been introduced by the Andrews Labor Government earlier. [Solar Quotes]

¶ “Russia Pushing ‘Unsuitable’ Nuclear Power In Africa, Critics Claim” • Russia is attempting to gain influence in Africa, and earn billions, by selling developing nations nuclear technology that critics say is unsuitable and unlikely to benefit many people. Rosatom has approached the leaders of dozens of African countries in the past two years. [The Guardian]

Rosatom and Congo officials at signing (Mikhail Metzel | TASS)


¶ “CNN Announces Details For Climate Crisis Town Hall” • CNN announced the candidate lineup for its unprecedented prime-time event focused on the climate crisis. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls will appear in New York at back-to-back town halls on Wednesday, September 4, taking audience questions about their climate plans. [CNN]

¶ “Teen Eco-Activist Greta Thunberg To Arrive In New York After 2-Week Sail” • Eco-activist Greta Thunberg is expected to arrive in New York City on Wednesday, two weeks after she set sail from the English coastline, as part of her campaign to pressure politicians to put climate change at the top of their agendas. [NBC New York]

Home sweet home for 14 days (Greta Thunberg via Twitter)

¶ “sonnen And Wasatch Group Launch Largest Residential Virtual Power Plant – 12.6 MWh” • A community of apartments in Utah is being built with 12.6 MWh of sonnen’s ecoLinx battery systems. It will have 600 of sonnen’s 20-kWh ecoLinx intelligent energy storage units installed across the community into a single virtual power plant. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “STracker’s Elevated PV Brings Community Solar To Ashland” • An elevated 34-kW community solar tracker installation was completed at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum, kicking off Ashland Community Solar. ACS is founding a community solar co-op and developing ten 200-kW community solar systems in Ashland, Oregon. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Elevated solar system (Courtesy of STracker)

¶ “Wind Energy Retains Lead Over Hydropower, According To Latest EIA Report” • The latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” shows both solar and wind continued to grow. US wind generation increased by 0.9% to 7.8%, topping by hydropower by 0.4%. Solar power accounted for 2.7% of the nation’s total net generation. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Project To Give LA Record-Cheap Solar Power Stymied By DWP Labor Union Concerns” • Los Angeles has been sitting on a contract for record-cheap solar power for over a month. City officials have declined to approve it because the city-run utility’s labor union raised concerns. It is still fuming over a decision to shut down three gas-fired power plants. [KTLA]

Have an amazingly superlative day.

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