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November 16 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • Solid-state batteries capable of delivering on a 400+ mile range per single charge are a real possibility and possess “great potential” according to Volkswagen’s Chairman of the Board Dr Martin Winterkorn. If such a battery can be economically manufactured, then that would more-or-less turn the industry upside-down. [CleanTechnica]

World:

  • The UK’s Junior Minister for Energy and Climate Change, Amber Rudd, recently made a rather blunt statement that solar farms “are not particularly welcome in the UK.” This follows closely on the heels of comments by the UK’s Environment Secretary that she didn’t want English farmland to have “its appearance blighted by solar farms.” [CleanTechnica]
  • With India getting ready to give a big push to tap solar energy in the next six to eight years, the Indian prime minister pushed for a global effort to make clean energy available to all. In his statement on energy at the G20  summit in Brisbane, Australia, he stressed the major economic opportunity for all countries. [Times of India]
  • Serbia’s Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antic opened the largest solar power plant in Serbia in Kladovo on Saturday. It is owned by a Serbian company that invested €3 million in it. Renewable energy sources account for 21% of Serbia’s power production currently and that share will go up to 27% by 2020, he pointed out. [InSerbia News]
  • Danish developer DONG Energy has been named as the preferred partner to create a wind farm off the coast of the Isle of Man. It could accommodate up to 100 turbines and potentially generate 700 MW of electricity for the UK, generating an income of at least £5 million per year for the Isle of Man Government by 2023. [Isle of Man Today]
  • Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott may have thought he left global climate change off the agenda for the G20 summit in Brisbane, but US President Obama and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon put it in the spotlight through a series of actions in the past few days. Obama ensured climate change was front and center before he even got to Australia. [Mashable]

US:

  • The Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s microgrid project, the “Complete System-Level Efficient and Interoperable Solution for Microgrid Integrated Controls,” aims to standardize the toolkit for managing and controlling an effective, reliable, and safe microgrid. It is now two years in, and the fruits of the labor are starting to show. [CleanTechnica]
  • Arizona Public Service Co. recently opened a solar power plant near Gila Bend that brings the state’s largest utility closer to its renewable-energy goals. The Gila Bend Solar Power Plant is the newest in APS’ AZ Sun program, which now includes seven solar-energy plants around the state. Two more solar plants are in the permitting and planning stages. [azcentral.com]
  • Another big renewable energy project is coming to Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. Thursday the Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville hosted a pre-proposal conference for companies interested in building and operating a large combined heat and power project on Redstone Arsenal. [AL.com]
  • President Barack Obama will pledge $3 billion to a United Nations climate-change fund that’s intended to help poor nations boost renewable energy and counter the ill effects of global warming. With pledges in place from Germany and France, and one coming from Japan, the Green Climate Fund is nearing its goal of securing $10 billion in pledges. [Businessweek]

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