THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Thursday

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Can concentrated solar power act as energy storage? DOE wants to know more

The Department of Energy has issued a formal request for information on methods to allow concentrated solar power (CSP) to commercially deploy as cost-competitive energy storage by generating electricity through turbines running on supercritical carbon dioxide, rather than the steam-driven generators used in many existing CSP facilities…


Tesla Grid-Scale Battery In South Australia To Get 50% Larger

Tesla’s 129 MWh Hornsdale battery in South Australia was the biggest grid-scale battery in the world when it went into service two years ago. Now Neoen, the French company that operates the Hornsdale facility, says it will increase the capacity of the system by 50% to 150 MW/193.5 MWh.
Scott Morrison, the idiot in chief who happens to be…

We know that the 100 megawatt capacity of the existing Hornsdale battery has saved South Australian electricity consumers $40 million per year since its inception. This 50 per cent increase in capacity to the battery, plus the additional services that we will receive, will add an additional $47 million per year of savings to South Australia electricity consumers

Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Energy Minister for South Australia

China coal-fired power capacity still rising, bucking global trend: study

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China raised its coal-fired power capacity by 42.9 gigawatts (GW), or about 4.5%, in the 18 months to June, connecting new projects to the grid at a time when capacity in the rest of the world shrank, according to a study published on Wednesday. China also has another 121.3 GW of coal-fired power plants under construction, U.S…

Over 40% of China’s existing coal fleet is already estimated to be loss making.

Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

Largest New York City solar project – with battery – set for JFK Airport

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced this week that California solar company SunPower would develop a 13MW solar and 7.5MW battery storage project at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City – a project described as “a major step forward in meeting the agency’s aggressive sustainability goals.”The 13 MW/7.5 MW…

As the first transportation agency in the country to embrace the Paris Climate Agreement, the Port Authority is committed to integrating clean energy technology at all of its facilities.

Port Authority chairman, Kevin O’Toole

Column: How algae could save the airline industry

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the annual number of airline passengers worldwide will increase to 8.2 billion by 2037. The predicted demand for air transportation is so staggering that Boeing has estimated that airlines across the globe will need to hire over 600,000 pilots within the next 20 years to keep up…


UK climbs world rankings for green energy attractiveness, EY says

Britain has overtaken Japan, which drops to eighth, while China remains top of the rankings and the US keeps second place in EY’s biannual renewable energy country attractiveness index (Recai). The report, which ranks 40 countries, said spending on green energy in the UK was “picking up pace” despite “uncertainty” brought about by Brexit. EY claimed the…

It is time to shed the stereotype of being slow to change, show strong leadership and take strong action on multiple fronts – including deploying new technologies, investing in energy efficiency and advocating for carbon pricing.

Benoit Laclau, EY Global Energy Leader

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