Saturday, November 18, 2017

NY State PSC Regulatory Mandate on Energy Storage Due by December 2017


Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy



Thursday, November 16, 2017

GE Engineer's Dream

GE's huge 3D metal printer makes aircraft parts // Engadget

GE has unveiled its previously-announced 3D metal printer, suitable for making aircraft parts. At the manufacturing trade show formnext in Germany, the GE Additive team revealed the as-yet-unnamed machine, demonstrating its ability to print parts as large as 1 meter in diameter directly from a computer file. Using additive manufacturing technology, the machine fuses together thin layers of metal powder with a 1-kilowatt laser.

The machine has the potential to build even larger parts, too, thanks to its scalable nature, plus its design can be configured to add more lasers if required. Mohammad Ehteshami, part of GE's Project ATLAS team (Additive Technology Large Area System), said it had already been used to print a jet combustor liner. "It can also be applicable for manufacturers in the automotive, power and space industries," he added.

The printer, which is still in beta stage, draws on additive manufacturing technology which is already being used by several GE businesses. GE Aviation is building the Advanced Turboprop, a commercial aircraft engine made largely of 3D parts. Using the technology designers reduced 855 separate parts down to just 12. According to Ehteshami, the machine is "an engineer's dream".

Source: GE


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World’s Biggest Wealth Fund Wants Out of Oil and Gas

Telefónica touts plastic optical fiber for in-home networks - Lightwave

Amid Global Electric-Car Buzz, Toyota Bullish On Hydrogen Fuel Cells

After Nuclear Debacle, Utility Asks To Cut S. Carolina Rates

Federal Utility: $900M To Move Power Plant Ash To Landfill on Same Site! - another hidden but real cost of coal becoming visible

Germany's Siemens To Cut 6,900 Jobs At Power, Drives Units - Disruption from renewables now painfully present for most efficient nat gas generation

Monday, November 13, 2017

Boston Dynamics 'new' SpotMini robot ready for a walk

Boston Dynamics 'new' SpotMini robot looks ready for a walk // Engadget

Boston Dynamics isn't a part of Google/Alphabet anymore, but that won't stand in the way of new robot videos, like this latest teaser for a revamped version of its dog-like electric SpotMini robot. Described only as the "new SpotMini" it looks sleeker and more production ready than any version we've seen before. There's no creepy manipulator arm mounted on top and it's covered in plastic, revealing only a set of 3D vision cameras on the exterior.

SoftBank has started rolling out robots in Japan, and it can't be too long before we see its latest acquisition deliver something for the US. Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert said, "I happen to believe that robotics will be bigger than the Internet" at a conference in October, and this could be the company's first step towards making that happen.

Source: Boston Dynamics (YouTube), Boston Dynamics


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US showing at Bonn climate conference

Friday, November 10, 2017

BBC News: Apec summit: Trump and Xi offer competing visions for trade

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What Trump's Odd Comment on China Trade Reveals

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Lamborghini Unveils a Self-Healing Electric Supercar powered by supercapacitors

GOP Senators Say Wind Tax Credit Is Safe in Their Tax Overhaul

Multinationals Scurry to Defuse House Tax Bill’s ‘Atomic Bomb’

Fossil Fuels Will Be Main Energy Source For Decades Says OPEC

World's Biggest Shipping Company Counts Cost Of Cyberattack

Leclanché receives order for a 15 MWh battery storage project from German SWB | $333/kWh

Monday, November 6, 2017

Trump Xi: Property man meets career communist

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Trump Is Leaving Japan Empty-Handed on Trade

How McConnell May Have Inadvertently Undercut the Coal Industry and Perry's "not very clever" Coal Order

Friday, November 3, 2017

What’s the Utility Repair Cost When Two Big Hurricanes Hit the Power Grid? $2.5 Billion

First Solar and NextEra contingent strategies

US Makes Final Finding On Canadian Softwood Imports

Rick Perry under fire for suggestion fossil fuels can reduce sexual assault | US news | The Guardian

2015 US Average Annual Number and Duration of Power Outages - Per Customer

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Electric Power Industry Report (EIA-861) 2015



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ArcStar Energy



Carmakers Join Forces In Europe To Make Electrics Widespread

US Factory Orders Up 1.4 Percent In September

> Annual Microgrid Implementation Spending by US Department of Defense Expected to Exceed $1 Billion in 2026 Navigant Research

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Most definitive climate study, just released, leaves no more room for doubters and deniers

The World's Tiniest Power Market Will Leverage Big Data to Sell Solar - Bloomberg

US Workers' Productivity Jumps 3 Percent In Third Quarter

Musk Affirms Perry's Charter Membership in the Trump Morons Club

ITC published recommendations regarding imports of crystalline PV products |

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Americans Are Officially Freaking Out about Trump

Sweden Pays for Trump Whistle-Blower to Attend UN Climate Talks

Canada signs flurry of Small Modular Reactor contracts in Bid to become leader in this technology with no proven market | Nuclear Energy Insider

Small group scoops international effort to sequence huge wheat genome : Nature News & Comment

WElink Energy to start construction of 221 MW PV plant in Portugal |

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Puerto Rico contract controversy

Here's What's In That $300 Million Whitefish Contract

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

FERC Proposes New Security Management Controls for Grid Cyber Systems

BBC News: Deutsche to pay $220m over Libor probe

Fines in lieu of criminal prosecutions still rolling in from the financial crash

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US smashing its clean energy forecasts

E.ON Texas wind battery gains point to expanding storage openings | New Energy Update

Note that even big wind, which needs and benefits more from time-shifting and frequency regulation than solar and an open market like Texas, the message on batteries is still "getting there" on the economics and needing regulatory help (good luck on that from Trump and Perry).

US solar boom set to make PV with storage cost competitive by 2020 | New Energy Update

The predictions referenced in this article are from NREL, so should be considered solid as far as market data and forecasts go. If you read between the lines and in the context of what we are doing with fuel cells, you will likely conclude that even when paired with a zero fuel/low-cost source of energy to charge them, and focus only on discharging them for maximum demand/rate arbitrage, batteries are still very much in early adoption phase, heading to a successful business and investment model, but they are no there today. The Cost/Benefit numbers show that IRRs actually degrade very substantially when batteries are added to a solar investment. For this and a number of other reasons in addition to their basic economics (reliability, manageability, bankability etc), if NY utilities are looking for immediate and proven demand relief solutions that they can implement at will, conform to NWA/REV/REC programs will still be viably operating over long contract periods, only FC’s and solar fit those criteria today. Let’s all hope their award decision is based on objective facts and not the sizzle and future potential of energy storage.

We will likely want to increasingly bring storage into market opportunity assessments, but for now, only if a battery developer/operator is capable of mitigating the risks and being financeable.

US solar boom set to make PV with storage cost competitive by 2020 | New Energy Update

Fwd: Tesla and Vestas Partner in $160 Million Australian Project - Renewable Energy World

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Tesla and Vestas Partner in $160 Million Australian Project

October 19, 2017

novel $160 million renewable energy project combining wind, solar and storage technologies reached financial close.

Tesla Inc. will supply batteries and Vestas Wind Systems A/S will supply turbines for the first phase of the Kennedy Energy Park, according to a Thursday statement on the website of project co-developer WindLab Ltd. The project is located in Queensland Australia and will be financed by the Clean Energy Finance Corp. and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

The 60.2 megawatt development will be the first to connect the three renewable power technologies to the Australian grid through a single connection point, once it is completed by the end of 2018, according to the statement. The combination will help provide reliable supplies of electricity, overcoming one of the biggest downsides to intermittent renewable energy generation technologies.

Don't Miss: Can Storage Expand Wind's Share of the Energy Mix?

"Hybrid solutions combining wind, solar and storage hold a huge potential for Australia," said Clive Turton, President of Vestas Asia Pacific. The first phase could lead to a larger 1.2-gigawatt energy park in the region.

The project in Flinders Shire, in north-central Queensland, will deploy 12 of Vestas's V136-3.6 MW wind turbines as well as 15 megawatts of solar panel capacity and a 4 megawatt-hour Tesla lithium ion battery, all managed by Vestas' control system.


Pegging the All-In, Installed Cost of a Tesla Powerwall 2

Then Apple CEO Steve Jobs opened the doors to what has turned out to be a vast, new global retail market for smartphones and mobile/wireless telecommunications when he introduced the first touchscreen iPhone to the world in January 2007.
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Project equity will be provided equally by developers Windlab and Eurus Energy Holdings Corp, and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation will provide $93.5 million of debt finance on a long-tenured, non-recourse basis, according to the statement. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will also provide $18 million in the form of a subordinated refundable grant, it said.

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Lead image: Vestas Turbine. Credit Pixabay.

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Pegging the All-In, Installed Cost of a Tesla Powerwall 2

Should FPL customers pay to clean up Turkey Point's canals?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hurricane Irma will be 'quite expensive' for FPL customers

Sonnen to deliver 3,000 storage systems for Arizona community |

First Solar to support trade case petitioners Suniva and Solarworld, GTM |

Uh Oh. FS breaks ranks with the rest of the industry. I will admit that they have been in a constant race with their supposedly lower cost thin film chasing PV to no margins. Since they are exempt, tarrifs would be an instant demand and margin creator, although at the expense of everyone else in the value chain.

Survey: Manufacturing In New York Accelerated In October

Fwd: Neutron star collision triggers worldwide discoveries

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Multiple cosmic mysteries may be solved by the observation of a merger between two super-dense neutron stars. | 
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Hello Nature readers,

Today we delight in the torrent of discoveries unleashed by gravitational wave, γ-ray, optical, X-ray and radio observations of a spectacular collision between two super-dense neutron stars.

Artist's impression of colliding neutron stars
A simulation of the merger of two neutron stars (W. Kastaun/T. Kawamura/B. Giacomazzo/R. Ciolfi/A. Endrizzi.)

Neutron-star merger is source of heavy elements, gamma ray bursts

An epic collision between two super-dense neutron stars has simultaneously solved multiple cosmic mysteries. Observations confirm that such explosive stellar encounters are a source of mysterious short γ-ray bursts. Also, that neutron-star collisions are where gold, platinum, uranium and many rare earth elements are formed. Researchers published several dozen papers in at least five journals today based on the event, which was detected on Earth on 17 August.

By the numbers

• Name of the neutron-star collision event: GW170817
• Distance from Earth: 40 million parsecs (130 million light years)
• Amount of gold flung into space: about 10 times Earth's mass
• Duration of the gravitational-wave signal: 100 seconds (the longest ever observed)
• Research teams involved in observations: over 70 on all seven continents
• Authors of the overview paper in The Astrophysical Journal Letters: 3,566

How a stellar event ripples around the world

The neutron-star collision detected on 17 August kicked off the strongest and longest gravitational-wave signal ever seen on Earth, spotted first by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) in the United States and by its Italy-based counterpart Virgo. Discover how such an event triggers a worldwide network of smaller telescopes, often built on a shoestring budget, to spring into action to search for flares of light coming from the same spot.

"We could all use a nap. And a pizza."

Astrophysicist Shane Larson describes the life-changing experience of observing a neutron-star collision, why the part he's most excited about is measuring the expansion of the Universe, and the biggest thing we don't know about the discovery: what is the thing left over?

Artist's impression of colliding neutron stars
A simulation of the merger of two neutron stars (W. Kastaun/T. Kawamura/B. Giacomazzo/R. Ciolfi/A. Endrizzi.) Can't see the animation? Click to watch it in your browser.

Prepare for larger, longer wildfires

The brutal, immediate effects of climate change have arrived in western North America in the form of wildfires. We need ambitious, flexible plans to adapt, says climate change researcher Kathie Dello.

How Congress derailed the DEA's war on opioids

The epidemic of opioid-related deaths in the US has been allowed to run rampant because drug distributors are lobbying Congress on an epic scale, says an investigation by The Washington Post and 60 Minutes. Congress has passed laws reducing the Drug Enforcement Administration's power to freeze suspicious narcotic shipments that may end up on the black market.

The particle pioneer

Fifty years ago, Steven Weinberg published the iconic paper that gave rise to the standard model and inspired the CERN experimental programme. He tells of the pleasure of seeing one of your 'squiggles' come to describe reality, how science is like sexing a chicken, and why finding the standard-model Higgs boson (and nothing else) is a "nightmare scenario".

Quote of the day

"You can afford rent! You can have a family! You can report sexual harassment!"

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