December 19 Energy News

December 19, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “IBM Develops New Battery Technology That Can Be Made From Seawater” • IBM’s research arm detailed its work on a new battery design that doesn’t require any heavy metals to build and could potentially be more efficient than today’s lithium-ion technology. One of the new battery’s advantages is that it is free of cobalt and nickel. [SiliconANGLE News]

IBM battery research (IBM image)

World:

¶ “Renewables In The Kingdom Of Bhutan: Supporting The Pursuit Of Happiness” • The Kingdom of Bhutan is known for its Gross National Product, measuring the happiness of its people. Central to the issue of happiness is provision for sustainable and equitable development. A new assessment report has been released by IRENA. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “Electricity North West Goes 100% Renewable As It Moves Towards Carbon Neutral Ambitions” • Electricity North West is to lead by example by switching the electricity powering its sites to renewables. Depots and offices owned by ENW are now being powered by renewable electricity generated from Walney Wind Farm off the coast of Cumbria. [Current News]

Electricity North West workers (ENW image)

¶ “World Refugee Crisis: Renewables Can Provide Low-Cost Reliable Power Supply To Refugee Settlements” • On-site renewable energy solutions can cost-effectively supply refugee communities with low-cost reliable electricity, according to the findings of a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “GE Secures 150-MW Cypress Deal In Brazil” • GE Renewable Energy has secured an order for its Cypress onshore turbines totaling about 150-MW from Rio Energy in Brazil. The order is for 30 machines operating in the 4.8-MW to 5.1-MW range to extend the Serra da Babilonia wind farm, which is located in the state of Bahia. [reNEWS]

GE Cypress wind turbine (GE image)

¶ “Vestas Goes Intertidal In Vietnam” • Vestas has developed a customised solution for the 50-MW Dong Hai 1 intertidal wind project in Vietnam. Vestas will deliver the solution to local EPC construction contractor Bac Phuong JSC at the project site, which is covered in water at high tide and has some of the turbines uncovered at low tide. [reNEWS]

¶ “How Switzerland Is Dismantling Its First Nuclear Power Station” • Switzerland is switching off its first nuclear power station on Friday. However, pressing the “off” button is just the beginning of an estimated 15-year decommissioning process. The plan is that in 15 years, all traces of the nuclear power station at Mühleberg will have disappeared. [swissinfo.ch]

Mühleberg nuclear plant (sda-ats)

Australia:

¶ “Australia Heatwave: All-Time Temperature Record Broken Again” • Australia saw its hottest day ever on Tuesday, with average highs of 40.9°C (105.6°F) across the country. That record fell on Wednesday, when the average highs were 41.9°C (107.4°F). With increased fears of fires, a state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales. [BBC]

¶ “Renewable Energy Investments Could Absorb The Closure Of Yallourn Power Station In Three Years According To Modelling” • Immediate investments in renewable energy and storage could absorb closing the Yallourn coal-burning power plant 10 years ahead of schedule, according to modelling released by energy analyst RepuTex. [Latrobe Valley Express]

Yallourn Power Station (Latrobe Valley Express file photograph)

¶ “Queensland Backs 1.2-GW Wind Farm” • The government of the Australian state of Queensland is throwing its support behind a 1200-MW onshore wind farm, the largest in the country. The developer, Forest Wind Holdings, confirmed construction of the wind farm could commence as early as the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to approvals. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “First US Long-Duration Liquid Air Storage Project Planned In Vermont” • Highview Power Storage and Encore Renewable Energy are planning to build the country’s first liquid air energy storage system in northern Vermont, in a bid to address transmission issues in the region. The proposed project will be at least 50 MW. [Utility Dive]

Liquid air energy storage (Credit: Highview Power)

¶ “Bob Murray Paid For Science Denial Instead Of His Coal Workers’ Wages As Company Went Bankrupt” • While his company spiraled into bankruptcy, Robert Murray spent tens of millions from the company coffers to pay himself, his successor, and several anti-science and anti-environment lobby groups, according to new court filings. [Electrek]

¶ “Maine Floater Inks Power Supply Deal” • Aqua Ventus 1, a floating wind farm of up to 12 MW off the coast of Maine, has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Central Maine Power Company. The wind farm will use a floating concrete hull developed by the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbine (MHI Vestas image)

¶ “Missoulians To PSC: NorthWestern’s Power Plan Leads State On A Path To Ruin” • NorthWestern Energy, the monopoly utility in Montana, wants to continue burning coal. Dozens of people lined up in Missoula to accuse the utility of contributing to planetary decline. Most described its plan as antiquated and out of touch with reality. [Missoula Current]

¶ “California Solar Plant Secures Financing” • Solar Frontier Americas has closed on the tax equity commitment and debt financing for its 210-MW Mustang Two PV project in California. SFA is the US-based renewable energy business of Idemitsu Kosan, a Japanese energy company. The solar farm is slated to start commercial operation in 2020. [reNEWS]

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