October 28 Energy News

October 28, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Fraunhofer To Develop Battery Inverter For Whole-Area UPS And Renewables Integration” • Fraunhofer and its industrial and academic partners are developing a battery inverter that can be grid connected under normal operation but can use renewables generators within its area to form an island grid, for whole-area uninterrupted power supply. [pv magazine Australia]

Renewable energy (Image: Kenueone | wikimedia)

¶ “Trapping Light Inside Solar Cells Can Boost Solar Panel Output By 125%” • Researchers at the University of York, working with the NOVA University of Lisbon, say they found a way to boost solar cell output by up to 125%. The research permits use of much thinner slices of PV silicon to produce the same amount of electricity as the thicker PVs used today. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Tel Aviv-Yafo Will Charge Electric Buses Invisibly From The Road” • Wireless electric vehicle keeps improving, and all of the concerns about efficiency and may drift away. The city of Tel Aviv-Yafo partnered with ElectReon and Dan Bus Company to implement an “electric road” pilot project. It will charge buses along 600 meters of a 2 km road. [CleanTechnica]

Wireless construction (Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality image, cropped)

¶ “Tesla Megapack Batteries Coming To New South Wales” • New South Wales has begun embracing renewable energy in a big way, having recently introduced two renewable energy zones, one north of Sydney and another to the west of it. The first of the state’s big batteries is scheduled to be installed at the Wallgrove substation in western Sydney. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “London’s Mayor Takes On Heavy Vehicle Scrappage To Fight Air Pollution” • The mayor of London is launching a heavy vehicle scrappage scheme to help reduce air pollution. It will give out grants of £15,000 to scrap a heavy vehicles and replace them with a compliant vehicles or to retrofit diesel vehicles up to the class’s Euro VI standards. [CleanTechnica]

Volta Zero delivery truck (Courtesy of Volta Zero)

¶ “Greenpeace Welcomes Philippine Moratorium On New Coal Plants, Urges Transition To Renewable Energy” • Greenpeace welcomed a Philippine moratorium on new coal plants but said it will only go well if the country transitions to renewable energy. A Greenpeace report shows the country can easily get 50% of its power from the sun and wind by 2030. [Manila Bulletin]

¶ “Global Offshore Wind Pipeline Has Grown 47% Since January” • The total pipeline of global offshore wind projects has grown by 47% since January despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according the latest RenewableUK report. Just over half of the pipeline is in Europe (99.6 GW). The UK retains its top spot with a pipeline of 41.3 GW, up 12% since January. [reNEWS]

Wind power on the ocean (Mark König, Unsplash)

¶ “South Korea Vows To Go Carbon Neutral By 2050 To Fight Climate Emergency” • South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, has declared that the country will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, bringing it into line with other major economies. He vowed to end its dependence on coal and replace it with renewables as part of its Green New Deal. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “Three Tidal Turbines
 Pop Into New York City’s East River” • Marine energy company Verdant Power has plopped three tidal power turbines into New York City’s East River on one array. The Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project is the first US-licensed tidal power project. The project is a demonstration, and more turbines are on the way. [CleanTechnica]

Turbine installation (Verdant Power image)

¶ “How To Go Solar At Your School – Solar Schools Report Published” • Generation180 published a new edition of its report on solar in US schools. It includes “new data and trends on solar uptake at schools nationwide, how schools are saving millions in energy bills (with little-to-no upfront investment), and a national ranking of all states for solar on schools.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Army Gets $7.2 Million For 5 To 10 Year Plan For Better Energy Storage” • In its latest effort to tackle the energy storage problem, the Army announced that the University of Maryland has won $7.2 million in Army funding to lead a new alliance aimed at leaping over the hurdles in the way of next-generation rechargeable batteries. [CleanTechnica]

US soldiers in the field (Credit: Sgt Effie Mahugh)

¶ “Rhode Island Requests Proposals For 600 MW Of Offshore Wind Energy” • Rhode Island Gov Gina M Raimondo announced a competitive request for proposals to procure up to 600 MW of offshore wind energy. The request is in line with an executive order putting Rhode Island on a path toward 100% renewable electricity by 2030. [Windpower Engineering]

¶ “Scout Completes 130-MW Indiana Wind Project” • Scout Clean Energy has completed construction and closed tax equity funding on a 130-MW wind farm in Indiana. The Bitter Ridge wind farm uses GE 2.82-MW wind turbines. The project will bring Scout’s operational portfolio of onshore wind energy generation to 843 MW. [reNEWS]

GE wind turbines (GE image)

¶ “MBTA Switches To 100% Renewable Energy Starting Jan 1” • The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has signed a contract to switch its electricity supply to 100% renewable energy starting January 1. The move will save an estimated $3.5 million dollars annually at a time the agency faces large budget cuts from Covid-19 ridership dips. [Cambridge Day]

¶ “NuScale Faces Questions On Nuclear Reactor Safety And Financing Its First Project” • NuScale Power wants to build the first US small modular nuclear reactor complex by decade’s end and has recent federal safety approvals. But its reactor design faces significant safety questions that were not resolved by an NRC review completed in August. [Greentech Media]

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