Reduced Demand for Electricity Leads to Power Giveaways

Reduced Demand for Electricity Leads to Power Giveaways

With Britain in lockdown since March 23 and offices and factories closed, demand for electricity fell by around 15 percent in April, while at the same time wind farms, solar panels, nuclear plants and other generating sources continued to churn out power.“Power systems all around the world are entering completely unprecedented territory,” said Mr. Staffell.

3-D-printed system speeds up solar cell testing from hours to minutes

3-D-printed system speeds up solar cell testing from hours to minutes

Credit: Adam Surmiak, Xiongfeng Lin Tests on new designs for next-gen solar cells can now be done in hours instead of days thanks to a new system built by scientists at Australia's Monash University, incorporating 3-D-printed key components.

New Tesla battery poised to reshape auto economics

New Tesla battery poised to reshape auto economics

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Tesla will introduce a new battery later this year that promises longer performance and lower cost that will position the auto manufacturer to bring vehicle prices in line with gasoline-powered competitors.

Sydney 1.7MW rooftop solar “power station” switched on and playing both sides of meter

Sydney 1.7MW rooftop solar “power station” switched on and playing both sides of meter

With the DHL solar power station successfully commissioned in April, Epho says the BTPS has already successfully demonstrated two out of three of ARENA’s milestone funding requirements: to deliver the rooftop solar power to the building tenant under a power purchase agreement, and to distribute it via the separate connection into the wholesale market.

Scottish North Sea wind farm to resume construction after Covid-19 stoppage

Scottish North Sea wind farm to resume construction after Covid-19 stoppage

Neart Na Gaoithe (NnG) Offshore Wind Farm, owned by EDF Renewables and Irish firm ESB, stopped construction in March.NnG wind farm, a 54-turbine projects, was due to begin full offshore construction in June 2020 before the Covid-19 outbreak.

5 Wind Energy Giants Embracing Solar Power

5 Wind Energy Giants Embracing Solar Power

France’s EDF started out in the wind business in the 1980s, entering the U.S. market in 2002 through the acquisition of enXco. But for more than a decade, the company has been watching closely as the cost of solar energy fell, said Ryan Pfaff, executive vice president of grid-scale power at California-based EDF Renewables North America.

Biofuel for ships: Diesel and gasoline sourced from renewables

Biofuel for ships: Diesel and gasoline sourced from renewables

Dr. Andreas Menne, a mechanical engineer, and his colleagues at Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Oberhausen want to mitigate marine diesel's adverse impact on the climate with a new technology.Menne, who heads up the Biorefinery and Biofuels department, and his team are producing synthetic diesel and gasoline made from renewable resources.

Supercapacitor promises storage, high power and fast charging

Supercapacitor promises storage, high power and fast charging

Credit: Xiaonan Hu A new supercapacitor based on manganese oxide could combine the storage capacity of batteries with the high power and fast charging of other supercapacitors, according to researchers at Penn State and two universities in China.

Wirelessly charging electric cars as they drive

Wirelessly charging electric cars as they drive

"This is a significant step toward a practical and efficient system for wirelessly re-charging automobiles and robots, even when they are moving high speeds," Fan said.

Energy of the future: Photosynthetic hydrogen from bacteria

Energy of the future: Photosynthetic hydrogen from bacteria

In their current study, the Kiel researchers describe how this mechanism could be used potentially for biotechnological applications in future: they were able to couple a specific enzyme of the living cyanobacteria, a so-called hydrogenase, with the photosynthesis in such a way that the bacterium produces solar hydrogen for long periods of time, and does not consume it.

Lamprell concerned on future

Lamprell concerned on future

The company said that for it to continue to be a going concern it would require both a major renewables contract win in the first half of the year and to secure refinancing within the next 12 months.

BP looks to add 1.5GW wind and solar for huge renewable hydrogen project in W.A.

BP looks to add 1.5GW wind and solar for huge renewable hydrogen project in W.A.

Oil and gas giant BP is looking to build 1.5 gigawatts of new wind and solar capacity in Western Australia if it goes ahead with a full commercial project to build a renewable hydrogen production facility in that state, with an eye to the export market.

3-D-printed nuclear reactor promises faster, more economical path to nuclear energy

3-D-printed nuclear reactor promises faster, more economical path to nuclear energy

of Energy Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are refining their design of a 3-D-printed nuclear reactor core, scaling up the additive manufacturing process necessary to build it, and developing methods to confirm the consistency and reliability of its printed components.

Trump Administration Mulls More Power Sector Tariffs, Adding to Uncertainty for Renewables Developers

Trump Administration Mulls More Power Sector Tariffs, Adding to Uncertainty for Renewables Developers

The action comes just after President Trump released an executive order that may limit the import of bulk-power electrical equipment if it's produced by a "foreign adversary," a term as-yet-undefined by the administration.

Prime time to put transition in focus

Prime time to put transition in focus

Clearly, we have seen rapid and significant changes to business operations and Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (Areg) members and others are under greater pressure than ever to deliver results.

SolarEdge and Enphase See Growth Slowing as COVID-19 Hits Inverter Market

SolarEdge and Enphase See Growth Slowing as COVID-19 Hits Inverter Market

In the U.S., where SolarEdge held roughly three-fifths of the residential inverter market through the first nine months of 2019 according to Wood Mackenzie’s U.S. PV Leaderboard, installations fell 33 percent in April but have stabilized in the past two weeks, Lando said.

This company wants to turn your windows into solar panels

This company wants to turn your windows into solar panels

Ubiquitous Energy has started installing its solar windows on buildings, including at its headquarters in Redwood City where it manufactures the glass panels.

Engineers demonstrate next-generation solar cells can take the heat, maintain efficiency

Engineers demonstrate next-generation solar cells can take the heat, maintain efficiency

A problem with the current generation of silicon solar cells is their relatively low efficiency at converting solar energy into electricity, said Vikram Dalal, an Iowa State University Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, the Thomas M.

Fugro to reduce workforce by 10%

Fugro to reduce workforce by 10%

Releasing its Q1 results, Fugro said its revenue was still in line with last year, with growth in Asia Pacific, but decreases in the other regions, especially Europe-Africa.The company said it had “good” liquidity with around £350m in available cash.

Dubai, Abu Dhabi go head to head in solar pricing

Dubai, Abu Dhabi go head to head in solar pricing

Dubai Electric and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded the fifth phase of a solar park project to a consortium led by ACWA Power claiming a new record price.

Mixed messages on “clean hydrogen” leave door open for fossil fuels

Mixed messages on “clean hydrogen” leave door open for fossil fuels

The use of fossil fuels to produce hydrogen, combined with carbon capture and storage, will almost certainly require dedicated government support, and given the Morrison government’s track record of backing gas and coal projects, suspicions are high about a potential backdoor for channelling funds into the sector.

Southern California Edison Contracts Huge Storage Portfolio to Replace Gas Plants

Southern California Edison Contracts Huge Storage Portfolio to Replace Gas Plants

The seven energy storage projects, which still need approval from the California Public Utilities Commission, will help meet a fall CPUC order for 3.3 gigawatts of carbon-free resources to help meet the state’s grid reliability needs.

Moving forward key climate measures is how we rebuild a resilient Canada

Moving forward key climate measures is how we rebuild a resilient Canada

TORONTO — Sarah Petrevan, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement regarding the updated timeline of the federal government’s clean fuel standard.“The clean fuel standard is one of the federal government’s most important climate-pollution-fighting policies, and we’re pleased to see the government remains committed to it.“While development of the regulations has been delayed, we recognize the importance of getting it right.

Largest Solar Project in Eastern US Progresses Despite Market Uncertainty

Largest Solar Project in Eastern US Progresses Despite Market Uncertainty

Two weeks ago sPower secured tax equity financing for a 620-megawatt project it first proposed in 2018.Last month Engie North America announced a $1.6 billion tax equity financing for a 2-gigawatt portfolio of large-scale renewables projects.

Release the Kraken! Origin strikes $500m deal to smarten customer systems in digital, distributed world

Release the Kraken! Origin strikes $500m deal to smarten customer systems in digital, distributed world

Calabria expects that the company will be able to use the Kraken platform to provide new offerings to consumers to support the deployment of distributed energy systems like rooftop solar and storage.“As we go into a future world, we’ll be actually having a far more connected world, there’ll be more devices connected, there will be more storage units, there’ll be more rooftop solar,” Calabria said in response to a question from RenewEconomy.

5 Orsted US Offshore Wind Projects Face Possible Delay Due to COVID-19, Permitting Challenges

5 Orsted US Offshore Wind Projects Face Possible Delay Due to COVID-19, Permitting Challenges

“Our offshore development projects in the U.S. are moving forward, although at a slower pace than originally expected due to a combination of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) prolonged analysis of the cumulative impacts from the build-out of U.S. offshore wind projects, and now also COVID-19 effects,” Ørsted said in a statement.

Taylor, department refuse to release findings of ‘expert panel’ into emissions reductions

Taylor, department refuse to release findings of ‘expert panel’ into emissions reductions

Separate freedom of information requests, submitted to the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and to the office of federal energy minister Angus Taylor by RenewEconomy to access the findings were both refused, with each stating that the expert panel’s findings were subject to an exemption, as documents destined for cabinet consideration.

The Sunday Read: The Woman Who Might Find Us Another Earth

The Sunday Read: The Woman Who Might Find Us Another Earth

On today’s episode of “The Sunday Read,” we tell the story of a woman who has spent her life trying to find the light of other worlds.Continue reading the main story

GTM Podcasts Live: From Our Homes to Yours

GTM Podcasts Live: From Our Homes to Yours

In this episode, we take listener questions about how to use the current crisis as an opportunity.The Interchange is sponsored by Viking Cold Solutions, a leader in thermal storage for refrigerated warehouses, grocery store freezers and restaurants around the globe.

EGEB: Permian Basin has 'highest emissions ever measured'

EGEB: Permian Basin has 'highest emissions ever measured'

In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): US Permian Basin releases methane at twice the average rate of 11 other US oil and gas regions.