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June 7 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A team of students has calculated that for the low cost of $5.00, your home could be transformed into a smog-eating house that could eliminate pollution-causing nitrogen oxides from the air just by sitting there. This is done with a coating of $5 worth of titanium dioxide. [CleanTechnica]
  • According to a new peer-reviewed scientific report from the Club of Rome, industrial civilisation is likely to deplete its low-cost mineral resources within the next century, with debilitating impacts for the global economy beginning in the next decade. [Resilience]

World:

  • Tata Power has announced the introduction of natural ester filled distribution transformers across the Mumbai distribution area. The objective of introducing these green and fire-safe installations is to ensure safe and sustainable distribution of electricity. [Times of India]
  • The Australian coal industry is at significant financial risk of stranded assets as major global powers act on climate change, with regulatory changes threatening to destabilise a number of Australian projects. [RenewEconomy]
  • Europe’s power, gas and coal markets are in a sharp down from their highs. Power and coal futures are down by around 40% since peaking after the Fukushima Disaster of 2011 pushed prices up. Solar and wind power have added generating capacity while demand has fallen. [Reuters]
  • President Michelle Bachelet of Chile has inaugurated the Amanecer Solar CAP plant, which was developed, built, and interconnected by SunEdison. The plant has a capacity of 100 MW, enough to supply 125,000 Chilean homes, at a cost of $250 million. [PennEnergy]
  • Vestas is to supply a EnBW/Borusan joint venture with 158.4 MW for three wind farms in Turkey. The Danish manufacturer will supply, install and commission a total of 48 V112-3.3MW turbines at the Mut, Harmanlık and Koru RES wind power plants. [reNews]
  • Snake-like buoys sitting off the coast of Scotland have been tested to the point they have proven their reliability, Pelamis Wave Energy said. Two machines sitting at the European Marine Energy Center in Orkney have logged 10,000 hours of grid-connected service. [UPI.com]
  • A huge wind farm featuring 67 turbines built high above Loch Ness has been given the green light by the Scottish Government. The Stronelairg project is near the Highland tourist village of Fort Augustus but is not visible from areas usually visited by tourists. [Scotsman]
  • Europe faces hotter-than-usual weather through August as German solar-energy production is set to advance to a record, potentially driving power prices lower. Power prices are projected to drop, even as temperatures hit new highs. [Businessweek]

US:

  • Some critics of the EPA’s new requirements for power plants argue that forcing emissions reduction will curtail economic growth. But the recent experience of states that already cap carbon emissions reveals that cutting emissions may not hurt economic growth. [New York Times]
  • The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has approved the winning bids to build the 250 MW Beacon solar PV project in Kern County, California along with 50 MW of PV within Los Angeles. Contracts still need to be approved by the Los Angeles City Council. [solarserver.com]

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