[Nov. 17] Hey, Read This!
It’s Friday here in San Diego and it’s unseasonably warm, with temperatures in the high 70s. I would complain about wanting it to be cooler, but I’m afraid there are people out there who can throw shoes at me from the east coast.
While I’ll be spending my weekend outside in the sun, I’m sure many of you won’t, and for that, I feel for you. So, as a peace offering, please enjoy these stories from our humble site, as well as some other thought-provoking pieces.
Understanding the PR Risks of Solar Energy
“From damage to wildlife to cost concerns, there are several public relations issues that have the potential to affect the demand for solar energy among consumers. Most would consider these issues extremely minor when compared to the dangers and damage associated with fossil fuel production and use, but nonetheless, these ‘problems’ with solar energy are important to recognize and understand.”
Renewable Energy in Scotland Generated Enough Electricity to Power 100 Percent of Residential Needs for October
“In figures published by WWF Scotland, wind came out on top as the big winner generating 982,842 MWh of electricity. This is enough to power 3,045,000 homes in the UK and equivalent to 126 percent of the energy needs for residences within Scotland.”
What Would it Cost for the World to Go 100 Pecent Renewable?
In this infographic from QuickQuid, we see just what it would cost for the world to run on 100 percent renewable energy.
How Off-Grid Energy is Helping Reduce Costs in the Mining Sector
“You might be surprised to hear that a new frontier of renewable energy usage lies in the mining sector. While they’re not at odds with one another, mining and renewable energy would hardly be routinely placed in the same camp. However, renewable energy is making its way into the sector for one very good reason: it’s extremely cost effective.”
For Your Consideration:
How This Stealthy Startup Inked 50MW of Distributed Storage in California
Jeff St. John for Greentech Media
“The winners of Southern California Edison’s 250-megawatt energy storage procurement that were announced Wednesday are mostly well-known companies with a long track record of projects in the ground. That includes giants like AES Energy Storage and NRG Energy, as well as startups like Stem and Ice Energy that already have megawatts deployed.
And then there’s Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS), a San Francisco-based startup, which emerged from stealth mode this week with a 50-megawatt contract to provide utility-scale, behind-the-meter battery storage across the west Los Angeles basin.”
Can SolarCity Crack The Code Of Boosting Business Beyond Solar Homes?
Ucilia Wang for Forbes
“SolarCity has charged ahead as the leader in the U.S. residential solar market. It’s a hard one to beat and, as its executives pointed out yesterday during a call to discuss their third-quarter earnings, market data showed that their crews put more solar panels on home roofs than their next 50 competitors from April through June this year.
The company hasn’t grown as quickly in the commercial market that serves businesses, government agencies and nonprofits.”
How the GOP Could Shake Up U.S. Energy Policy
Bruce Kennedy for CBS MoneyWatch
“What's next for America's energy policies and initiatives in the wake of the massive political changeover in Washington?
President Barack Obama has made energy— and the national transition toward alternative and renewable energy sources— a signature focus of his administration. But with both the House and Senate coming under Republican control in January, some of those energy initiatives might be delayed, derailed or halted entirely.”
Is Shell Boosting Its Presence in Cleantech?
Julia Pyper for Greentech Media
“In recent years, the trend has been for Big Oil to back out of the renewable energy and cleantech business.
In September, Chevron Corp. finalized the sale of its renewable energy subsidiary OpTerra Energy Services. The oil giant also sold the energy efficiency and renewables arm of Chevron Energy Solutions, a division of Chevron USA, and pulled back funding for biofuel projects.”
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Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage
Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050.
How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.
Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:
- The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
- Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
- Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities
Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.
There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.
Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.
Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.
Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.
It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.