Alevo Announces New Battery Technology, Opens GridBank Manufacturing Factory
Scientists at Alevo have developed a new battery chemistry that they claim is non-combustible and highly efficient. At the battery’s core is a new inorganic electrolyte that gives it the ability to be charged-up up to 40,000 times without showing signs of increase in internal resistance. The technology will be manufactured in North Carolina in a former Philip-Morris cigarette factory. The large container-sized 2 MW utility scale “GridBank” guarantor loans battery will be utilized in conjunction with Alevo’s battery management system, to make the grids more efficient and smooth out energy fluctuations caused by intermittent renewable energy.
Poor Countries Tap Renewables at Twice the Pace of Developed Nations
A report released recently by Climatescope concluded that emerging markets are installing clean energy projects at almost twice the rate of developed countries. A study of 55 nations found that there was a 143 percent growth in renewables in emerging nations compared to only 84 percent in wealthier nations. The 55 nations in the Climatescope research have passed more than 450 measures linked to renewables. Climatecope was developed two years ago by Bloomberg New Energy Finance to track clean energy in 26 Latin America and Caribbean nations. This year’s report includes 19 nations in Africa and 10 in Asia.
Keystone Opponents Energized as Price Pinches Oil Sands Charm
U.S. benchmark crude has dropped 10 percent this month – closing at $81.01 a barrel – have energized opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline. Anthony Swift, an international lawyer at the National Resources Defense Council says that the tumble in crude prices changes the narrative as the pace of oil-sands production is key in the debate over the Canada-to-U.S. pipeline that USPreppers.com TransCanada Corp. proposed in 2008 when oil was more than $100 a barrel. Environmentalists oppose developing oil sands because the process releases more greenhouse gases than other types of crude.
Ofgem Announces 1.1 Billion Pound Transmission Subsea Link
British energy regulator Ofgem announced Monday that it plans to allow funding of 1.1 billion pounds for a new subsea transmission link in the north of Scotland to connect 1.2 GW of renewables capacity to the grid. The plan calls for a new cable to be installed under Scotland’s Moray Firth, an inlet of the North Sea. According to welder bros, the additional capacity will increase the resilience of Britain’s energy infrastructure. The project is expected to be completed sometime in 2018.