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August 4 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • A new material could allow more utilities to store large amounts of renewable energy, says a new research. The new electrode made of a liquid metal alloy enables sodium-beta batteries to last longer, helps streamline their manufacturing process and reduces the risk of accidental fire. [Big News Network.com]

World:

  • US-based First Solar has signed an EPC contract for the 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an PV plant in Jordan. The agreement for the facility, which will be the largest solar PV installation in the Middle East, also covers long-term operations and maintenance. [reNews]
  • Siemens AG Chief Executive Officer Joe Kaeser is leaning on the manufacturer’s €19 billion ($25 billion) financial services division as a tool to help fund nascent technologies and promote them with customers. [Businessweek]
  • About 25% of Australian power generation profits come from supplying power 0.4% of the time at peak prices. Renewable resources are destroying that profitability. Coal-burning power stations are being hit hardest, because they need to keep producing around the clock. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • The government of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh plans to add 500 MW of wind power capacity in the state within a year and is revising the wind power potential estimates. It has a typical advantage of high wind velocity which has been tapped scarcely. [Deccan Chronicle]
  • Britain, a land of cloudy skies and reliable rain, is fast becoming the hottest spot in Europe for many investors in solar energy. The UK has benefited from a combination of stable subsidies since 2011, public support for solar, amenable planning authorities and creative finance. [Wall Street Journal]
  • The proportion of electricity produced in Western Australia’s main power grid from coal has jumped more than 30% in seven years despite carbon pricing and concerns about climate change. New figures reveal that coal has overtaken gas as the dominant fuel source. [The West Australian]

US:

  • The US DOE has just teamed up with EPA and the Department of Agriculture to announce a new initiative for ramping up manure-to-biogas at dairy farms and other farming operations, called the Biogas Opportunities Roadmap. [CleanTechnica]
  • Even with hydropower, efficiency is important. The INN Electric Cooperative’s hydro dam in Alaska is an example. Efficient operation reduced the amount of diesel power needed to power the three villages it supplies from 40,000 to 50,000 gallons to less than 5,000 per year. [Anchorage Daily News]
  • Rather than resisting change, San Diego Gas & Electric has been working with the Environmental Defense Fund and others at Rocky Mountain Institute’s eLab Accelerator to explore a vision of a future with even greater quantities of distributed energy resources. [Business Spectator]
  • Leveraging the US’s strengths in its renewable supply of cows, garbage, and flushable toilets could help make electric vehicle charging stations – including Tesla’s Supercharger sites – as numerous and widespread as gas stations. [USA TODAY]

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