Scientists Develops Efficient Solar Powered Fuel Cells for Capturing CO2
Researchers just killed two birds with one stone by developing a new process to capture carbon dioxide and turn it into a useful chemical compound via solar energy. New Jersey-based start-up, Liquid Light Inc. along with Princeton University scientists have been able to turn a combination of carbon dioxide and water into formic acid using a fuel cell that is fully powered by solar energy. The product of the process, formic acid, is currently used as a preservative and antibacterial agent for livestock feed. It also holds potential to store energy within the electro-mechanical fuel cells that produce it.
India Set to Bring Record Coal Imports
India’s thermal coal imports may reach a record this year as overseas purchases are seen to increase to about 145 million metric tons, up from 135 million from last year, as prices hover around a five-year low. The weakest start to the monsoon in five years is threatening output from hydro-power plants, adding pressure on coal-fed generators. Another reason for the anticipated rise of coal imports is that the new Indian government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is very determined to stop large blackouts.
IBM to Help in Managing China’s Air Quality and Clean-Energy Supplies
IBM Corp. has initiated a project to help Chin manage its air quality, energy consumption as well as forecast renewable-energy supplies. The New York-based firm is working with Beijing’s municipal government on a system to determine source and level of emissions as well as predict the air quality in the capital. The project will also enable utilities to estimate the amount of renewable energy that will be available for grid transmission. China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, is now paying attentions to air quality after Premier Li Kequing declared war on smog in a speech made last March.
MHI-Vestas Partnership Gets Orders for Four 8MW Turbines
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S secured an order for four 8-MW wind turbines for a project in Denmark’s western region. The wind turbines will be supplied to Skovgaard Invest ApS and Energicenter Nord for the Velling Maersk development. Each of the four 8-MW dynamos will be set-up onshore to test the installation, operation and maintenance before the joint venture between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and Vestas Wind Systems A/S begins its offshore deliveries. Installation is expected to begin in mid-2015.