- Every year, botanists in the UK look for flowers in bloom on New Year’s Day. Even given Britain’s mild climate, it seems surprising that they usually find about twenty or thirty species flowering. This year, however, they were stunned. They found flowers of three hundred and sixty-eight species. [BBC News]
- Battery startup Aquion Energy made a deal with an off-grid residential estate in Hawaii to supply a 1-MWh Aqueous Hybrid Ion battery. The battery will be combined with the Bakken Hale estate’s 176 kW solar PV system to provide for almost all of its electricity use — allowing for a completely off-grid setup. [CleanTechnica]
- The latest ultra mega solar power project announced in India is in the state of Gujarat, the state that originated the concept of solar parks. It will also include wind energy installations. The new project announced under India’s ultra mega solar power policy will provide 5 GW of solar and wind power combined. [CleanTechnica]
- Addressing the 7th Vibrant Gujarat Investors, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon today termed the year 2015 as ‘the most important year for humanity’ and called for working towards a better and sustainable world with special emphasis on inclusive growth and prevention of climate change. [Day & Night News]
- Switzerland-based ABB has commissioned the 500-kV Skagerrak 4 HVDC link between Norway and Denmark. The project sets a new record in transmission voltage using voltage source converters. Two 700MW VSC stations will use semiconductors to convert electricity from high-voltage AC to DC and back. [reNews]
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