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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

October 16 Green Energy News

Analysis:

  • “Why Are IEA Renewables Growth Projections So Much Lower Than the Out-Turn?” The International Energy Agency has had an extraordinarily poor track record in projecting the growth of solar and wind power in recent years. [Energy Collective]
  • “The future cost of nuclear: expert views differ” In a poll of experts on future costs of nuclear power, it was found the average expected cost of nuclear technologies in 2030 was around $4800 per kW, with estimates ranging from $506 to $14,156 per kW. [environmentalresearchweb]

Science and Technology:

  • The next generation of energy storage has been developed using graphene to create supercapacitors that could be used for renewable energy storage. Graphene, a one atom thick layer of graphite has high conductivity, and is also strong and flexible. [AZoNano.com]
  • Researchers at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) have found that real contribution to emissions targets is positive even in energy markets with high penetration of wind energy. [The Almagest]

World:

  • France’s ban on fracking is complete, as its constitutional court upheld a 2011 law prohibiting the practice and canceling all exploration permits. The decision effectively protects the ban from any future legal challenge. [CleanTechnica]
  • Renewable Energy Generation Limited, a UK-focused renewable energy group, has become profitable. The company posted a pretax profit of £5.8 million for the twelve months ended June 30 compared to a pretax loss of £2.0 million the previous year. [London South East]
  • GE is supplying eight of its 1.4 MW Jenbacher J420 biogas engines for a new cogeneration plant that will generate 11.2 MW of renewable on-site power at the Dan Region Wastewater Treatment Plant, the largest of its kind in Israel. [Your Renewable News]
  • Construction of what will be Australia’s largest PV power project officially commenced today, with a turning of the sod at the site of the 20 MW Royalla Solar Farm in Canberra by the ACT’s minister for environment, Simon Corbell. [RenewEconomy]
  • The 20 biggest power companies in Europe had a collective value of $1 trillion at their peak in 2008, and they are worth “only” $500 billion now. Germany’s biggest utility E-On has managed to decline a full three quarters in value. Renewable energy is partly to blame. [RenewEconomy]

US:

  • Ohio’s clean energy law has come under attack by a lawmaker affiliated with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Now, a group of 2,000 veterans, military family members and supporters is pushing back in favor of clean energy. [ThinkProgress]
  • The Top 25 companies for solar investment, ranked by installed capacity, are Walmart, Costco, Kohl’s, Apple, IKEA, Macy’s, Johnson & Johnson, McGraw Hill, Staples, Campbell’s Soup, U.S. Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kaiser Permanente, Volkswagen, Walgreens, … [PR Web]

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