THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Wednesday

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Disruption IV: The New Threat Disruptionware Poses to the American Energy Sector

Over the past few months, I have written about the threat first identified by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT) called disruptionware. We have previously described what disruptionware is, how it works, and outlined some of the defenses that can be used to defend against a multitude of disruptionware attacks…


What rural Alaska can teach the world about renewable energy

I flew into Unalakleet, Alaska, on a late fall day. With about 700 people, Unalakleet is large by rural Alaska standards and serves as a regional hub. The village is located on a sandy spit of land where a clear river meets the turbid water of the Bering Sea. Out the plane window the sun shone bright, glittering off the wind-tossed whitecaps of the sea…

We are up to 99.7 percent renewable energy. Our conversion to renewables has resulted in no increased cost to consumers in nearly 20 years.

Lloyd Shanley, power generation manager at Kodiak Electric Association, Inc.

Four solar power plants to be built at Russian-owned Brod oil refinery

Capital.ba has learned that the four solar power plants (RNB Solar 1, RNB Solar 2, RNB Solar 3, and RNB Solar 4) should be put in operation in early December. The projected annual output for each of the four facilities is 280 MWh of electricity. The installed capacity of units RNB Solar 1, 3, and 4 will be 238 kW each, while RNB Solar 2 is planned to have…


Tinted Solar Panels Can Help Farms Generate Clean Energy While Growing Food

In a future world, leafy vegetables may not be grown in rows of crops under the sun. Instead, they may be grown indoors beneath tinted semi-transparent solar panels that will allow farmers to grow food and produce energy. That’s the future imagined in a recent study that shows how the use of this technology can benefit farmers and the climate…

The reason plants are green is because they reflect back the green [light] and they use all of the red. These transparent solar panels use the wavelength of light that the plants don’t want, so they’re kind of orangey-red solar panels. That’s really cool because then plants get what they want, and then you get the rest of the energy for electricity.

Elinor Thompson, a senior lecturer of science at the University of Greenwich

Climate change impact on green energy production

As the climate of the planet is changing, as evidenced by record-setting hot summers and extreme weather events, many researchers are looking to more renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind farms. In a paper for the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy, researchers investigate whether the power generated by solar and wind…

We found that the general temporal trends in annual solar and wind power generation due to climate change are small, being at the order of 0.1% of its average production per decade.

Jing Huang, one of the authors

A power plant carved out of a mountain in the Scottish Highlands gets £1 million upgrade

A hydroelectric pumped storage facility housed in a hollowed-out Scottish mountain is to benefit from a £1 million ($1.32 million) upgrade to improve its efficiency. Drax Group’s Cruachan Power Station, also known as the “Hollow Mountain,” has a capacity of 440 megawatts and is able to provide power to over 90,000 homes…


How the Energy Storage Industry Responded to the Arizona Battery Fire

The energy storage industry didn’t wait for the outcome of Arizona Public Service’s year-long investigation into the battery fire that injured four firefighters in April 2019 to start improving the safety of grid batteries. The McMicken fire set off a series of shadow investigations, as battery suppliers, developers and customers pieced together…

The APS event was a learning experience for the whole industry to come out with safer standards and practices. It is [no longer] reasonable…to build a solution that doesn’t have the ability to vent gases.

Danny Lu, senior vice president at storage integrator Powin Energy

Propelling the transition: The battle for control of virtual power plants is just beginning

The largest power plants in the U.S. — massive feats of engineering like the over 5,000 foot-long, 6,800-MW capacity Grand Coulee Dam — are proving to be no match in scale to the combined power of the rooftops and basements of homes and businesses across the country. Distributed energy, including rooftop solar, on-site batteries to store…


Construction begins on Singapore’s pioneering floating solar plant

This marks a significant milestone in building one of the world’s largest inland floating solar PV systems. This system will not only help to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and thus carbon emissions but also build Singapore’s climate resilience for a more sustainable future. This large-scale floating solar PV system at Tengeh Reservoir – the first of its…


A New Blow to the Solar-Energy Supply Chain

Tongwei Co. halted output at a polysilicon factory in southwest China because of flooding, the latest blow to the solar supply chain that has seen rare cost increases this summer due to disruptions. Tongwei, the world’s No. 3 polysilicon producer last year, said it isn’t clear when the Sichuan province plant will restart, and didn’t say whether…


Zimbabwe: ZSE Switches to Solar Energy

As part of its strategy to cut on costs and promote sustainable renewable energy, the country’s flagship bourse, the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) has switched to solar energy and expects to save up to US$ 42 000 in electricity spending, 263Chat Business has established. The 40 Kilo-volt-amperes (kVA) solar plant was commissioned yesterday by…


Aluminum energy storage coming to Abu Dhabi

Swedish aluminum energy storage start-up Azelio will install a ‘verification project’ showcasing its thermal storage technology by the end of next month in Masdar City in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. A press release issued by the Swedish company today revealed the project is on track for completion this quarter after Azelio recently signed a…

As Abu Dhabi’s home of innovation and R&D, Masdar City is proud to be the location for this pilot project that has the potential to improve battery storage capability for renewable energy projects. The success of this project could help aid a sustainable recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic and advance the energy transition around the world.

Yousef Baselaib, executive director of sustainable real estate at Masdar

NRECA, DOE to showcase diverse uses of storage technology with 4 battery installations

The adoption of new technology and innovative solutions for grid resilience aren’t limited to the realm of large utilities with substantial funding, according to NRECA. The four projects announced this week will demonstrate the wide variety of uses batteries could serve in rural applications, Khair added. At the military bases, of course, the batteries…


Schneider Electric and Huck Capital Launch ‘Energy-as-a-Service’ Microgrids for the Mass Market

The past decade has seen an evolution in the microgrid market aimed at bringing the benefits of emergency backup generation — and in some cases, the clean-energy value of solar and batteries — to a class of customers that can’t afford the complex, site-specific engineered systems of the past. “Modular microgrids,” built around standard…

We’ve worked very hard to develop sophisticated modeling tools to optimize the investments. You’ve got to automatically understand if this thing will pencil.

Mark Feasel, Schneider Electric’s president of smart grid

Solar, wind, storage investment collapses as risks on developers grow

New investment in large-scale solar, wind and storage projects in Australia continued to slump in the second quarter of the year as Australia’s perennial grid woes and policy uncertainty continued to undermine investor confidence. At $600 million, investment in financially committed projects was at its lowest level in the last three…

At the moment, projects are experiencing significant and often unanticipated delays through the grid connection process, which is having a big impact on the commercial terms of these projects and increasing risks for investors. Network congestion and system-wide challenges are contributing to unanticipated changes including technical requirements, creating uncertainty about the next steps, and timing of resolution for project developers.

CEC Chief Executive, Kane Thornton

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