August 30 Energy News

August 30, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Shrimp, Fish, And Solar: A Recipe For Success” • Fraunhofer ISE is leading experiments that combine solar power with aquaculture along the Mekong River in Vietnam. Many shrimp and fish farms use greenhouse-like structures to keep the water free of contaminants, and Fraunhofer is using the structures for solar power. [CleanTechnica]

Shrimp and solar (Credit: Fraunhofer ISE)

¶ “Tesla Patents Hinged Solar Roof Tile Mounting Frame With Integrated Wiring” • Tesla keeps on innovating with its solar roof tile installation process. A newly granted patent covers a hinged frame with integrated wiring that could speed up the physical installation and significantly simplify the wiring required for solar roof tiles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Truth Of Climate Change Is Recorded By Centuries Of French Wine Harvests” • Newly published records of grape harvests over 6.5 centuries reveal recent changes to Western Europe’s climate are like nothing we have seen before. Vintners and merchants in Burgundy have been keeping records of the wine harvests for 664 years. [IFLScience]

Wine records (Thomas Labbe)

World:

¶ “Coal’s Share Of UK Power Generation Drops To Record Low Of 0.7%” • The share of UK power generated by coal hit a record low of 0.7% between April and June, according to new figures published by the government. The data show that coal-fired generation is now a record 63% lower than during the same period in 2018. [Energy Live News]

¶ “World’s Largest All-Electric Ferry Enters Revenue Service In Denmark” • Ellen, the largest all-electric ferry in the world, completed sea trials, survived shakedown cruises, celebrated its maiden voyage, and has now entered revenue service on the 22-mile route between the cities of Søby and Fynshav, on islands in southern Denmark. [CleanTechnica]

Ellen (Credit: European Commission)

¶ “World Bank To Provide Bangladesh $185 Million For Renewable Energy” • The government of Bangladesh signed a $185 million financing agreement with the World Bank to build generating capacity for approximately 310 MW renewable energy in a bid to contribute to reliable, affordable electricity and cleaner air. [Dhaka Tribune]

¶ “Australian University Unveils New Renewable Power System” • The University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland has a new thermal energy storage system that promises to cut its energy usage 40%. Power from a 6,000 panel solar array chills 4.5 million liters water. The cold water is used to power the university’s air conditioners. [The University Network]

USC’s “water battery”

¶ “World Bank To Provide Bangladesh $185 Million For Renewable Energy” • The government of Bangladesh signed a $185 million financing agreement with the World Bank to build generating capacity for approximately 310 MW renewable energy in a bid to contribute to reliable, affordable electricity and cleaner air. [Dhaka Tribune]

¶ “Deutsche Bucht Nears The Finish Line” • Northland Power has completed installation of 31 MHI Vestas turbines on monopile foundations for the 269-MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. There are only two turbines still to be installed, the company said. First power was delivered from the project last month. [reNEWS]

Deutsche Bucht (Northland Power image)

¶ “WNA Report: Global Nuclear Energy Capacity Rises For Sixth Straight Year” • The World Nuclear Association says that global nuclear generation increased in 2018 for the sixth straight year. Reactors worldwide produced more than 2500 TWh of electric energy, about 10% of global demand. The increase was most dramatic in Asia. [Power Engineering Magazine]

US:

¶ “Aptera Is Back, Baby! New, Improved Electric Car Will Have 1,000 Mile Range” • Aptera, which had a very innovative car design, went bankrupt in 2011. Now it is coming back, after changing the design to an EV. The company claims its new design will permit a driving range of 1,000 miles using a 100 kWh battery. [CleanTechnica]

Aptera concept (Aptera image)

¶ “EPA Proposes Rule Easing Regulation Of Methane Emissions” • The EPA announced a proposal to ease regulation of methane emissions, because it believes the Obama administration improperly regulated it. Methane is a particularly potent greenhouse gas believed to contribute significantly to climate change. [CNN]

¶ “100% Solar Power Is A Snap For Fifth Third Bank, So Where’s Everyone Else?” • Fifth Third is the first US bank and Fortune 500 company, and the first publicly traded company anywhere (on Earth, that is) to offset all of its carbon footprint by claiming the entire output from a single PV project through a power purchase agreement. [CleanTechnica]

Fifth Thirds’ renewables switch (screenshot via Fifth Third)

¶ “Xcel Energy’s Eastern New Mexico Wind Farm Going Into Service In 2020” • Xcel Energy announced construction of the 522-MW Sagamore Wind Project in New Mexico will begin this year and will be finished by the fourth quarter of 2020. The wind farm will generate enough electricity to supply annual power needs for 194,000 homes. [Carlsbad Current-Argus]

¶ “Green Mountain Power Partners With Sunrun To Expand BYOD Storage Program” • Green Mountain Power, which has 265,000 customers and is Vermont’s only investor-owned utility, is continuing to expand its bring-your-own-device (BYOD) battery storage program with the addition of Sunrun’s Brightbox home solar battery system. [Utility Dive]

Have a pleasantly exciting day.

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