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September 2 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A key engineering executive at Continental A.G. is predicting car tires could be made of 100-percent renewable raw materials by 2020, but cautions that finding acceptable substitutes for materials used widely today is not a given. [Tire Business]

World:

  • Germany set a new record in July by providing 5.1 terawatt-hours of electricity from solar. That beat its record production of 5.0 terawatt-hours of electricity from wind in January of this year. [Energy Collective]
  • South Australiais one the leading regions in the world in the take-up of variable renewable energy sources such as wind energy and rooftop solar PV, and could be the first industrial economy to reach 50% variable generation. [RenewEconomy]
  • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has contracted Parsons Brinckerhoff to examine the potential for use of renewable energy by existing fossil fuel power stations through hybridisation in Australia. [Business Spectator]

US:

  • The US Geological Survey and the Fish and Wildlife Service released a report that cites a fracking wastewater spill as the probable cause of a mass die-off of blackside dace, a federally listed threatened species. [CleanTechnica]
  • Despite tremendous growth in wind energy capacity in the U.S., the antiquated energy distribution system is preventing wind from reaching its full potential—often forcing wind farms to throttle back on windy days. [AllGov]

 

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