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Efficient low-cost system for producing power at night

ScienceDaily: Energy Technology News - Чтв, 2020-08-13 22:22
Researchers have designed an off-grid, low-cost modular energy source that can efficiently produce power at night. The system uses commercially available technology and could eventually help meet the need for nighttime lighting in urban areas or provide lighting in developing countries.

Wind and solar provide nearly 10% global output in H1

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Чтв, 2020-08-13 18:35
Wind and solar is providing a growing share of global electricity generation, according to new research, but analysts warn the energy transition is still too slow

Researchers make green chemistry advance with new catalyst for reduction of carbon dioxide

ScienceDaily: Energy Technology News - Чтв, 2020-08-13 17:06
Researchers have made a key advance in the green chemistry pursuit of converting the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into reusable forms of carbon via electrochemical reduction.

Collapse of weather mast at proposed wind farm site under investigation #AUS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Чтв, 2020-08-13 14:35
A meteorological mast at the site of the proposed Delburn wind farm has collapsed, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage. OSMI Australia confirmed that the mast was vandalised and, as a result, collapsed in an uncontrolled manner. OSMI director Peter Marriott said he was “incredibly disappointed” about the damage caused. “We were notified through an internal system that the mast had failed and upon inspection it was clear that it had fallen to the ground, it was very . . .

Permit application stalls as recommendation revised #IL

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Чтв, 2020-08-13 14:31
A decision on whether a proposed wind farm in Morgan County will move forward will wait two more weeks as county officials update a draft recommendation with 41 conditions proposed by Patrick Engineering. The Morgan County Board of Appeals received an independent report from Patrick Engineering that provided the board with several conditions that will be added to a recommendation for the county board. The conditions would need to be met prior to project approval from county commissioners. Holly McCoy-Nelson, . . .

Zoning ordinance moves to Gibson County Commissioners #IN

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Чтв, 2020-08-13 14:31
The decision to implement zoning in Gibson County will move to the county commissioners. The county’s advisory plan commission voted in favor of the issue. Gibson is the only county in Indiana that doesn’t have a county-wide zoning ordinance. To change that has prompted ongoing debate for at least a year. During the advisory plan commission meeting, Wednesday people heard about the process of getting to where they are now and making the decision to move forward with zoning. Many . . .

Wind farm activity questioned at meeting #KS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Чтв, 2020-08-13 14:31
A letter from a Dickinson County resident questioning the county’s policy regarding the wind farm located south of Abilene in Marion County left commissioners wondering if there are new developments. During the Aug. 6 Dickinson County Commission meeting, Commissioner Craig Chamberlin said the commission had received an email asking questions about the Diamond Vista wind farm, owned by Enel Green Power North America. The wind farm is in Marion County, just south of the Dickinson-Marion County line. Although wind farm . . .

Ex-defendants want wind farm to pay #KS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Чтв, 2020-08-13 14:31
Defendants dropped from a suit filed by Expedition Wind are seeking reimbursement of $34,242.50 in legal expenses along with sanctions against the wind-farm company. Tom Britain, Susan Mayo, Brandon Butts, and Michelle Butts, along with Randall Eitzen, who remains a defendant, were sued in April for $35 million. They were accused of tortious interference and abuse of process by Eitzen. Eitzen, lead plaintiff in three suits earlier filed against the county, the wind farm company, and the planning commission, also . . .

Appeal on refusal of Budweiser logo on Gwent Levels wind turbine #WLS

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Чтв, 2020-08-13 14:31
A Budweiser advert could still be displayed at the top of a 150-metre high wind turbine on the Gwent Levels near Newport if a planning appeal is successful. The contentious turbine, recently granted planning permission to be 20-metres taller than originally planned, will be built on a field off Rush Wall Lane near Redwick to provide renewable energy for the Magor brewery. But while the turbine has won approval, a plan to display the logo of the brewery’s flagship brand, . . .

Judge invalidates Trump rollback of law protecting birds #USA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Чтв, 2020-08-13 14:31
The Trump administration argued the deaths of birds that fly into oil pits, mining sites, telecommunications towers, wind turbines and other hazards should be treated as accidents and not subject to prosecution.

Plans being drawn up for new wind farm near Walkerburn #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Чтв, 2020-08-13 14:30
Plans are being drawn up for another wind farm in the Borders to add, if approved, a dozen further turbines to the scores already dotted across the region’s skylines. A scoping report for a windpower site comprising 12 turbines up to 180m tall on land north and east of Old Caberston, near Walkerburn, was submitted to Scottish Borders Council planners this week, paving the way for an application at a later date. The wind farm at Scawd Law now being . . .

Vineyard Wind to pay town $34.4 million in mitigation money #MA

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Чтв, 2020-08-13 14:30
Vineyard Wind has agreed to pay the town $34.4 million over the next 45 years as financial mitigation for the 84-turbine offshore wind farm it’s proposed 14 miles southwest of Madaket that some town officials, preservationists, fishermen and environmentalists see as potentially environmentally and visually devastating. The offshore wind-energy company has also agreed to move the first row of turbines back on its 250-square-mile, 800-megawatt-project site, paint the turbines a non-reflective gray color and install an aircraft detection lighting system . . .

Third petition questions energy security #SCT

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Чтв, 2020-08-13 14:30
Shetland Islands Council (SIC) has received a third petition from islanders concerned with the decision making process that led to the approval of the Viking Energy wind farm and associated infrastructure. Petitioners are particularly concerned that a proposal to replace Lerwick power station with a liquid natural gas (LNG) power station to secure long-term energy security for the isles has – as they see it – not been considered fully. Twenty three signatories, led by Colin Fraser from Whiteness, are . . .

Ruling sets up renewable energy fight between Corp Comm, lawmakers #AZ

National Wind Watch: News Watch - Чтв, 2020-08-13 14:30
The Arizona Supreme Court may have opened the door to allowing the legislature to overrule the Corporation Commission on renewable energy standards, a longtime goal of some conservative lawmakers who dislike the mandates imposed on electrical utilities. On July 31, the court upheld the commission’s decision to appoint an interim manager for Johnson Utilities, a Pinal County water company, following a series of issues, including problems with low water pressure and overflowing sewage. The case had nothing to do with . . .

Renewables boost RWE profits in H1

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Чтв, 2020-08-13 13:48
Wind and solar earnings helped RWE increase its earnings in the first half of the year following its acquisition of renewable energy assets from E.on — along with higher prices for coal and nuclear generation

Covid-19 costs mount as Nordex posts €71 million H1 loss

Latests news from Windpower Monthly - Чтв, 2020-08-13 11:27
“Major production stops” and site interruptions pushed up costs and drove German turbine manufacturer Nordex to an operating loss in the first half of the year

Without Congressional Action, It Would Take 15 Years to Recover Energy Efficiency Jobs

Efficiency News - Срд, 2020-08-12 19:48

When last month’s clean energy unemployment analysis was released, we here at the Alliance were pleased to see that after devastating job losses since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the energy efficiency sector added back 71,800 jobs in June. However, with hundreds of thousands of efficiency workers still unemployed, we knew it was far too early to breathe easy, and many questions remained about whether the growth would hold. Unfortunately, July’s report – released today by E2, E4TheFuture, and other partners – confirms what we suspected: energy efficiency job growth stagnated in July, adding back just 2,100 jobs for a growth rate of 0.1%. Many states saw only single digit growth; for example, West Virginia added a grand total of four efficiency jobs in July.

At that rate of growth, it would take 15 years just to recover the energy efficiency jobs lost since February – and that’s only if gains continue, with increasing concern that losses are becoming permanent. This is particularly painful given that prior to COVID-19, energy efficiency had a strong growth rate, adding more jobs over the past five years than any other energy industry.

With 357,870 energy efficiency workers – 15% of the workforce – still out of a job, this report provides concrete evidence that the sector will not rebound on its own any time soon and that Congress should intervene with stimulus measures. Labor statistics for the economy as a whole also indicate this: national job gains slowed significantly since June, and initial job loss filings remain at a level more than 50% higher than any week in our history prior to March.

While economy-wide relief is needed, the reports demonstrate the parallel need for targeted stimulus policy, with different sectors reacting in distinct ways to the shockwaves of the pandemic. For example, leisure and hospitality saw nearly 5% growth in July, accounting for one-third of the gain in employment seen in the monthly Department of Labor report. While all job losses are distressing, Congress should focus on sectors that can have the biggest impact and are susceptible to permanent damage. The construction and manufacturing workers who make up the efficiency workforce are largely dependent on the overall health of the economy and consumer confidence, which dropped six points between June and July alone.

To that end, the Alliance has put together a series of proposals that can both get energy efficiency workers back on the job quickly while addressing long-term recovery. Multiple reports have already proven that an energy-efficient stimulus would be effective; for example, an analysis released last week by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy found that proposed efficiency stimulus measures would create 1.3 million jobs. The Alliance’s tax policy proposals alone would create nearly 600,000 of these positions. Although COVID-19 negotiations on the Hill have stalled, we hope lawmakers on both sides of the aisle recognize the clear need and solution to save this workforce as talks continue.


Upcycling plastic waste toward sustainable energy storage

ScienceDaily: Energy Technology News - Срд, 2020-08-12 18:53
Engineering professors and their students have been working for years on creating improved energy storage materials from sustainable sources, such as glass bottles, beach sand, Silly Putty, and portabella mushrooms. Now they have turned plastic soda bottles into a nanomaterial for use in batteries. Though they don't store as much energy as lithium-ion batteries, supercapacitors made with the material can charge much faster.

Countries transitioning to zero carbon should look at more than technology cost

ScienceDaily: Energy Technology News - Срд, 2020-08-12 18:53
A 'one-size-fits-all' approach to producing cleaner energy based on cost alone could create social inequalities, finds a new study.

Countries transitioning to zero carbon should look at more than technology cost

ScienceDaily: Wind Energy News - Срд, 2020-08-12 18:53
A 'one-size-fits-all' approach to producing cleaner energy based on cost alone could create social inequalities, finds a new study.
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