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March 4 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “Waltzing in the dark. Will Russia shut off gas supplies to Europe?” With the successful Ukrainian uprising underway, Europe must start thinking about coping strategies if the conflict were to escalate. [Resilience]

Science and Technology:

  • Group reports by leading climate scientists are notoriously hard to read, but The US National Academy of Sciences and the U.K. Royal Society have released a very readable new report, “Climate Change: Evidence & Causes.” [Energy Collective]
  • Physicists at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences(SEAS) envision a device that would harvest energy from Earth’s infrared emissions into outer space. Recent technological advances can transform the heat imbalance into DC power. [Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences]
  • A US-based renewable energy company has successfully completed field trials that used data from a nacelle-mounted Lidar wind sensor to correct a yaw error and increase total energy production from an errant wind turbine by up to 1.8%. [Windpower Engineering]

World:

  • Senior officials from the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India’s MNRE for the implementation of 7.5 GW worth of solar power projects. [pv magazine]
  • Poultry manure is the latest biomass fuel to be certified in Europe. The decision means poultry muck as an animal-by-product can be combusted on farms to create renewable energy. Biomass firm BHSL said the decision was good news for UK farmers. [Farmers Guardian]
  • Ghana is on course to develop the largest single utility-scale solar PV park in Africa after finalizing plans for a 155 MW PV plant at Asiamah in the Western Region of the country. [pv magazine]
  • German utility RWE posted its first net loss in 60 years, down €2.8 billion for 2013 following €4.8 billion of impairments to its conventional power plant fleet. The operating result for renewables division RWE Innogy was up 7% to €196 million. [reNews]
  • PA Consulting Group’s Energy Investment Map 2014 identifies the potential of 31 different countries in energy sectors. They rank Denmark top for renewable energy investors. Denmark expects to get 50% of its electricity from offshore wind by 2020.  [Copenhagen Capacity]
  • In what could be a potential game changer for wider adoption of renewable energy as a bigger component of utility grids, a large, 5 MW modular battery storage system is planned for construction later this year in Aachen, Germany. [Green Building Elements]
  • Ministers from the 13 EU ‘Green Growth Group’ countries have released a joint statement, urging the European Council to adopt a climate and energy framework going forward to 2030. [PV-Tech]

US:

  • The DOE is targeting from $1.5 billion to $4 billion for a new renewable energy project loan guarantee program that could open the door to solicitations for a range of smaller-scale, distributed and grid-integrated projects by the end of this year. [Energy Collective]
  • Apple investors can expect to have a stake in the future of the planet. That’s the message Apple CEO Tim Cook sent on Friday at Apple’s annual shareholders’ meeting, after a conservative think tank derided the company for its sustainability efforts. [CleanTechnica]
  • In the face of record high prices for propane, homeowners who use it to heat their homes are beginning to consider more reliable, less costly alternatives. Increasingly, many are turning to geothermal heat pumps. [Your Renewable News]
  • US developer Infinity Wind Power’s 110MW Sunflower project has received approval from Stark County, North Dakota.  The proponent proposes to build up to 55 turbines on 11,000 acres of leased land in Stark and Morton counties. [reNews]

 

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