Tag: storage

Rain or Shine, Students Keep Their Solar Race Cars Going with Energy Storage

Teegan and Kira Cordova love the original Star Trek TV series. That much is obvious. The eighth-grade twins from Ken Caryl Middle School in Littleton are wearing the uniform tunics from the 1960s show — Teegan’s in red and Kira’s in blue. The model electric car they’re racing in the 25th Annual Junior Solar Sprint and Lithium Ion Battery car competitions carries the designation NCC-1701, the same identifier emblazoned across the hull of the USS Enterprise — which fits perfectly with their car’s name: “Starship Enterprise.”

MIT Clean Energy Prize Awards $400,000 to Energy Efficiency, Renewable Ventures

Earlier this month, the MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) announced the winners of the 2015 competition at the Eversource MIT Clean Energy Prize Showcase & Grand Prize Awards Ceremony, where it awarded over $400,000, including Grand Prizes of $200,000 sponsored by Eversource Energy and $75,000 sponsored by the United States Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency office. In addition, three track winners won $35,000 each, and $15,000 was awarded for the Energy for Development Prize. Audience Choice awards of $2,500 each were also distributed.

Reality Check: Maybe Energy Storage Isn’t Ready for Prime Time

Highlighting the growth of the energy storage market at the at the 2015 Energy Storage Association Conference in Dallas, Texas, Oncor’s  VP of Transmission Operations Wes Speed compared the industry to the Texas rain: “A few weeks ago we would look at the skies hoping it would rain. We would occasionally hear rain in the distance, but it would never come. This is like storage. It’s all on the horizon, and if you look at the news now, you can see it’s about to flood.”

Morocco’s 2GW Solar Plan One Step Closer

Sener Grupo de Ingenieria SA won a 500 million-euro ($542 million) contract to build one of the world’s biggest solar-thermal power plant complexes in Morocco.

Sener will begin constructing the 200-megawatt Noor II and 150-megawatt Noor III units near Ouarzazate in the south of the country, the Spanish company said Wednesday in a website statement. Sener already finished the 160-megawatt Noor I that’s to start producing this year, it said. All three units can store solar power for use at night.

The facilities are part of Morocco’s plan to install 2,000 megawatts of solar capacity by 2020. The technology involves using mirrors that concentrate sunlight to generate steam and power turbines.

Institutions including Germany’s state-owned KfW, the World Bank, African Development Bank and European Investment Bank have committed about 1.4 billion euros in financing to the Noor project.

Powering African Mines: What Role Will Renewables Play in Addressing Mining’s Current Power Crisis?

Anglo American Platinum is stepping up its investigation of renewables now that South Africa’s main energy utility, Eskom, is experiencing energy shortfalls. “This is a very big challenge for us,” says Gerhard van den Berg, the company’s principal engineer, energy. “With Eskom having shortages and not being able to supply, we’ve run into what they call stage-two load curtailment.”

Renewable Energy Is Beginning To Power Africa

According to the International Energy Agency, sub-Saharan Africa will require more than $300 billion in investment to achieve universal electricity access by 2030.

Committing more than $7 billion in U.S. government support and attracting nearly three-times that in private sector funding, Power Africa, which launched in October 2013, marks a milestone for President Obama with regard to action on climate change and clean energy, not to mention foreign relations and international development. The initiative gives the U.S. a leadership role in addressing a range of critical regional and global issues – eradicating poverty, improving health and gender equality, opening up economic opportunity and conserving ecosystems and natural resources as well as promoting clean, renewable energy. In this regard the program dovetails nicely with the U.N.’s expiring Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and its new strategic Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. 

Canada Announces Weak Climate Target

Last week, Canada has announced its contribution to the global effort to reduce greenhouse gases by announcing its post-2020 target. The target announced today is off-track to the 80 percent cut by 2050 they committed to in 2009 and significantly higher than the U.S. target. They also announced a series of new measures, but failed to address their largest source of growing emissions — tar sands.