Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Ridiculous Amount of Energy It Takes to Run Bitcoin - IEEE Spectrum

Elon Musk's Giant Battery Set for Testing in South Australia

Trump Rejects Icahn-Backed Bid to Change Biofuel Mandate - Corn Lobby Cheers

Miami History Threatened by Rising Sea Levels

Russia Says "No Problem" on Radiation Spike

Global Energy Storage Market Growth Projection - BNEF

Source: BNEF, November 2017


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ArcStar Energy



Mexico sets world’s lowest solar price; Energy storage to hit 125 GW by 2030 | New Energy Update

US wind O&M costs estimated at $48,000/MW; Falling costs create new industrial uses: IEA | New Energy Update

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Mexico publishes requirements for clean energy certificates - Note Acciona Project

Mexico Releases Auction Results!

Mexico announced preliminary results of energy auction

20.11.2017: The National Energy Control Center (CENACE) and the Mexico’s Department of Energy (SENER) announced preliminary results of the third long-term energy auction. According to the Mexican government, a total of 46 bids were submitted for 5.49 TWh, out of which 16 bids were preliminarily selected. According to Mercom Capital Group, a record low tariff of $0.0177 per kWh was quoted by Enel Green Power for supplying a total of 883,696 MWh of power annually across two projects representing a capacity of approximately 290 MW.
The recent bids represent a decline of nearly 35 percent, from the lowest bid quoted in Mexico's second energy auction conducted in October last year. Solar may account for around 55.35 percent of contracted power with 3 TWh and 58.31 percent of clean energy certificates. Overall, the auction could award contracts for 5.49 TWh and 5.95 million clean energy certificates, says CENACE.
The results and the official winning bids and ruling will be released by SENER and CENACE on November 22.


Monty Bannerman

ArcStar Energy



Saturday, November 18, 2017

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


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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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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 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 |