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November 14 Green Energy News

Opinion:

  • “OPEC Doesn’t Take Electric Cars Seriously” Just how dominant will oil remain? In the latest OPEC World Oil Outlook report, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries thinks that electric cars will have almost no impact on oil usage. I say let’s prove them wrong. [Gas 2.0]
  • “More Lies From ALEC About Climate Change” I don’t envy Lisa B. Nelson, the new CEO at the American Legislative Exchange Council. If Nelson thought she was going to be able to quietly go about her business when she joined the secretive lobby group, she was sadly mistaken. [Huffington Post]

Science and Technology:

  • Aquion Energy announced the second generation of its Aqueous Hybrid Ion battery and energy storage system technology. The new technology reportedly offers an increase in energy “of up to 40%,” without any increase in the size or weight of the S-Line Battery Stack or the M-Line Battery Module product lines. [CleanTechnica]
  • A new kind of battery is by far the cheapest of a new generation of large, long-lived batteries enabling heavy use of intermittent energy sources for microgrids. It is produced by Aquion Energy, a company spun out of Carnegie Mellon University. It costs about twice as much as a lead-acid battery. [MIT Technology Review]

World:

  • A cool summer and increased levels of hydro generation has resulted in a significant reduction in coal-generation in China over recent months, with coal consumption in August down by 11%. A large impact, has been on coal imports, which have fallen by half, with heavy impact on Australia. [CleanTechnica]
  • A landmark lawsuit that challenges the lax regulation of hydraulic fracturing in Canada has just scored a major victory. An Alberta Chief Justice dismissed all key arguments made by the government of Alberta against the lawsuit, including the fear of a flood of lawsuits against a government dependent on hydrocarbon revenue. [Resilience]
  • The UK’s Energy Secretary unveiled a £10 million fund to support community-owned renewable energy schemes in England. The Urban Community Energy Fund will give community groups in England the opportunity to bid for grants of up to £20,000, or loans of up to £130,000 to help kick-start their projects. [Click Green]
  • Small Scale Power Generation Sector through renewable energy sources such as wind power, solar power and biomass sources has contributed effectively to the generation of electricity in Sri Lanka and the country expects to reach a target of 20% of the power supply by renewable energy by 2020. [Colombo Page]
  • Reliance Power has commissioned a 100-MW concentrated solar power project in India by successfully synchronizing the grid and power generation. It is the world’s largest CSP project based on compact linear Fresnel reflector technology, provided by Areva Solar. [Business Standard]
  • The UK’s first 2-MW lithium-titanate battery is to be connected to the energy grid as part of a new research project to tackle the challenges of industrial-scale energy storage. The project aims to provide tests of the technological and economic challenges. [The Guardian]

US:

  • The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is supporting research and development in the field of energy storage by partnering with nine companies. The program is designed to develop new clean technologies, create prototypes, bring them to be real-world applications. [CleanTechnica]
  • Energy developer Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. has announced two grid-scale energy storage projects near Chicago . Each will use lithium iron phosphate batteries with a 19.8 MW capacity, capable of storing 7.8 MWh. The two projects will be named Jake and Elwood. [JD Supra]
  • Imergy Power Systems has landed its first battery order in the United States with Hawaiian renewable energy company Energy Research Systems. The company purchased four ESP5 vanadium flow batteries, which are capable of 5 kW of capacity and can store up to 30 kWh of electricity. [pv magazine]

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