Renewable Energy

BrightSource, Abengoa drop Palen solar project

The Desert Sun

BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar said Friday they won’t be going ahead with the proposed Palen solar project, in part because construction wouldn’t be finished by the end of 2016 and so it wouldn’t be eligible for the expiring 30 percent investment tax credit, The Desert Sun reports.

Perovskite could lower solar costs

The Wall Street Journal

If efficiency of perovskite continues to improve, the crystalline structures may offer a cheaper alternative to silicon or could be partnered with it to make better solar cells, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Spanish island aims to be 1st to go all-renewable


El Hierro, a part of Spain’s Canary Island chain, hopes to become the first island in the world to get all of its power from renewable energy, now that its Gorona del Viento wind and water turbine farm has started operation, NPR reports.

Glen Canyon Dam marks 50 years as power source

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other officials marked the 50th anniversary of power generation by Glen Canyon Dam, a structure that helped usher in a new era in the Southwest.

Glen Canyon Dam, situated near the Arizona-Utah border, is a source of water and power for seven states in a region prone to drought.

Japan making progress toward zero energy buildings

The Wall Street Journal

The Japanese goal – to make all public buildings zero energy by 2020 with private buildings following in the decade after that – isn’t unrealistic, an analyst told The Wall Street Journal, which reports that Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. hopes to put side solar panels into mass production next year.

OnForce Solar teams with Bronx school on training

The New York Times

Trying to build a local pool of workers, OnForce Solar is teaming with Bronx Community College to create a technology hub in the New York City borough that will offer training and encourage start-ups, The New York Times reports.

Texas aims for 2015 start to energy efficiency program

The Texas Tribune

An energy efficiency program to give low-income Texas residents tools that will work with smart meters should be ready to go in January, more than three years after the state Public Utility Commission had hoped to have something in place, The Texas Tribune reports.

Global solar flight to start, end in Abu Dhabi

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft is planned to start and finish its first round-the-world flight from the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi, a government-backed renewable energy company in the oil-rich Gulf federation said Thursday.

The choice of Abu Dhabi as the launch site for the historic journey is likely to bolster the wealthy emirate's efforts to position itself as a champion of renewable energy. It controls the bulk of the vast petroleum reserves in the Emirates, a seven-state federation that ranks among the largest oil exporters in OPEC.

Renewable energy plan hinges on huge Utah caverns

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A proposal to export twice as much Wyoming wind power to Los Angeles as the amount of electricity generated by the Hoover Dam includes an engineering feat even more massive than that famous structure: Four chambers, each approaching the size of the Empire State Building, would be carved from an underground salt deposit to hold huge volumes of compressed air.

The caverns in central Utah would serve as a kind of massive battery on a scale never before seen, helping to overcome the fact that — even in Wyoming — wind doesn't blow all the time.

Car-mounted wind energy device tested in Korea

Los Angeles Times

Car-mounted technology called flutter-driven triboelectrification has the potential to generate enough energy to charge a cell phone or tablet, according to Korean researchers writing in the journal Nature Communications, the Los Angeles Times reports.


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