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Midweek Update: July 01, 2015; Vol. 4, No. 26, June 29, 2015

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NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly captured this photo of an aurora from the International Space Station on June 23, 2015. Image Credit: NASA

The dancing lights of the aurora provide spectacular views on the ground, but also capture the imagination of scientists who study incoming energy and particles from the sun. Aurora are one effect of such energetic particles, which can speed out from the sun both in a steady stream called the solar wind and due to giant eruptions known as coronal mass ejections or CMEs.

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I am sure Americans are preparing for July 4th barbecue and fireworks, as part of the Independence Day Celebration.

The Space Weather team at the Met Office has been keeping a close eye on solar activity over recent days. A large solar storm resulted in the northern lights being seen as far south as Dorset and             Bournemouth on Monday night.                                                                                                                 

Large Solar Storm Brings Spectacular Views of the Aurora (Renewable)


  • Softbank ventures into Renewables: Plans to reach 1 GW objective in 2015                                
  • Solar Frontier’s prototype ultralight and bendable CIS thin-film modules used by PSA                 Singapore: Modules can be directed at sunlight in a flexible fashion with high energy efficiency
  • 200 MW Solar Park in Dubai: According to the consortium, the project’s tariff of 5.84 USD cents per kilowatt-hour establishes a new global benchmark                                                                   
  • Cisco goes solar: 20 megawatt (MW) solar energy facility that will generate clean, reliable solar power for delivery to Cisco's San Jose headquarters                                                                         
  • Michigan Utility Plans Community Solar: Assigns 10 MW capacity for the program                        
  • Japan enters Japanese market: Adds 526 MW to identified ROFO list, including 128 MW in Japan and 398 MW in New Mexico                                                                                                                 
  • Infigen sells solar portfolio: Sells all its properties  

The three party venture (Softbank, Bharti, and Taiwan’s Foxcom) plans to invest in the 100 GW plan. SBG Cleantech is committed to contributing to the Government of India's mission of 24x7 power for all and the renewable energy target by 2022. The company intends to participate in the 2015-16 round of solar power plant tenders ‎under the National Solar Mission (NSM) program and state-specific solar programs. (Description of only one of the above items)

Renewable Energy Joint Venture in India by Softbank and Bharti (Renewable); PSA Singapore Installs Solar Frontier’s Prototype Ultralight and Bendable CIS Modules (Renewable); First Solar Modules to Power Landmark 200MW Solar Photovoltaic Project in Dubai (Renewable); NRG to Develop 20MW Solar Energy Facility for Cisco (Renewable); Consumers Plans Community Solar (Renewable); Infigen Sells Us Solar Development Pipeline (Renewables)

Enzyme-based Carbon Capture process at pre-commercial test phase: The GTS RPB technology is        based on the principle of increasing, by orders of magnitude, the effective surface area of a liquid to facilitate gas absorption and maximizing the amount of a gas to be absorbed by the liquid phase. This commercially proven technology has an excellent operational record in other gas-liquid mass transfer applications.                                                                                                                                                  

Capture equipment 20 times smaller than conventional equipment. This would significantly reduce capital costs, as well as increase the applicability of CO2 capture at many emitter locations where space and footprint considerations are as important as cost, such as power plants and refineries.

CO2 Solutions Partners with GasTran Systems for Lower Cost Carbon Capture Process (Utility News)

EPA issues rules for underground storage tanks: The revised requirements will also help ensure consistency in implementing the tanks program among states and on tribal lands.                       

Adding secondary containment requirements for new and replaced tanks and piping; adding operator training requirements; introduces safety criteria which currently do not exist.

EPA Strengthens Underground Storage Tank Requirements to Improve Prevention and Detection of Leaks (Oil and Gas)

Wind Energy Rolls On:

  • Pattern Acquires 90 MW in Wind facility: Will increase Pattern growing our operations in            Canada to four facilities with a total of 430 owned MW                                                                 
  • 70 MW Windfarm in Uruguay: Gamesa to build windfarm to supply power to state utility UTE    
  • TRIG Acquires 433 MW of Fred Olsen Wind Assets in Scotland: TRIG plans to acquire more wind assets                                                                                                                                                  
  • Another offshore wind project joins the fray: Dong starts construction of 580 MW offshore wind facility                                                                                                                                                  
  • EDF acquires wind fam in Texas: acquired up to 200 megawatt (MW) Salt Fork Wind Project        from Cielo Wind Power                                                                                                                      

Several Wind Energy deployments pick up speed as Wind Turbines have shown to be very effective.


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