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July 1 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Though solar panels and wind turbines in the Eastern US do not produce as much electricity as they do in the West, they have far more positive effects on health, because the power they are replacing is more likely to come from coal. [90.5 WESA]
  • Australian National University researchers have developed a material that can store large amounts of power rapidly – and with very little energy loss. Based on the mineral rutile, a mineral of titanium dioxide, it may be developed for capacitors for grid electric storage. [Energy Matters]
    … The hope is that the new material could open the door to electric cars that can be recharged in minutes, and wind and solar power that can top up the grid as needed. [The Australian]

World:

  • Tokelau is preparing to move into a second phase of its 100 percent renewable energy project. Last year, Tokelau became the first country in the world to source all its electricity from solar power. Now, it is planning to fuel its emergency backup generators with coconut oil. [Radio New Zealand International]
  • In Australia, the Greens will push for a 90% renewable energy target by 2030, party leader Senator Christine Milne has announced. [BigPond News]
  • Wind, sun, tidal, thermal – one legacy of the Fukushima Disaster is a surge in interest in Japan in all things renewable within the energy industry. Prime Minister Age said of this, “The times are changing. We are in the age where consumers themselves produce power.” [Ammon News]
  • Japanese company Mitsui Ocean Development & Engineering Company, has developed the SKWID, a floating wind and current hybrid power generation system. [Energy Harvesting Journal]
  • Some 40% of farmers in the UK are now using renewable energy compared with only 5% identified in 2010. The Farm as Power Station project involving Nottingham Trent University, Forum for the Future and Farmers Weekly found 30% of those had opted for wind installations. [reNews]

US:

  • US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has approved a 500 MW wind energy project proposed by BP Wind Energy North America, which will power 175,000 houses and create about 750 jobs. The wind farm will have 243 wind turbines. [NewNet]
  • Gilchrist Metal Fabrication Company, of Hudson, New Hampshire, has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for powering the company’s facility with 100% renewable energy. The fabrication facility is powered entirely by wind. [PR Web]
  • About 10% of electricity in the United States is fueled by enriched uranium originally produced in Russia for nuclear warheads, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration. They announced last week that the fuel source will be used up this year. [Forbes]

 

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