Here is this week’s round up of greentech news – now with links to the original story
Electric sports car maker Telsa revealed an innovative solution to time it takes to recharge the car’s lithium-ion battery. The battery is swapped for a fully charged one in only 90 seconds read more
Ikea has become the second largest private producer of solar power in the US. By 2020 the company aims to be producing more power than it uses making it a net energy provider read more
A recent report from Navigant Research estimates that the worldwide market for small wind systems will exceed $700m by 2018
Community wind projects where small groups of local people group together to enter a power purchase agreement with a utility are gaining popularity in the US more details
The worlds first commercial wave farm will soon open in Tuscany. London-based wave energy company 40South Energy will install a 150-kilowatt module capable of producing a steady flow of power find out more
Our round-up of the week’s most exciting greentech news
Smartphone users in New York will be able to recharge their phones at solar powered charging stations thanks to AT&T and Goal Zero.
The project was launched following hurricane Sandy when many residents had difficulty keeping their phones charged. Each station will have multiple connectors to support a range of devices and a battery to enable charging after dark.
Chinese wind power provider Donghai Wind Power Co announced plans to commence the second phase of its Donghai Bridge wind farm near Shanghai at the end of the year. The $310m facility will produce 100MW using 28 turbines.
The Indonesian government allocated $302m to explore geothermal energy resources. Indonesia is belived to have potential geothermal generating capacity of 29,038 MW.
A 106 year old hydroelectric power station that has been closed since June 2012 is expected to partially reopened by the end of 2013.
The six turbines at Thomson Hydro Station flooded when over 10 inches of rain fell in the region.
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Two Chinese companies Sinohydro Corporation Ltd and Chinese National Electric Engineering Co (CNEEC) commenced work on the 700 MW Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Plant in Nigeria. The power plant was first conceived in 1982 but was unable to commence due to a lack of funds.
Swedish architecture firm Belatchew Arkitekter have put forward an intreging proposal using piezoelectric generation.
If the project goes ahead the Söder Torn tower in Stockholm will increase by 16 stories including 14 stories dedicated to piezoelectric generation. The tower would be covered with millions of straws, each with a polymer coating and a core made of piezoelectric material. As they move in the wind the stresses exerted on each straw would create a current that is channelled into the generator room inside the building.
Deep Earth Energy Production Corp announced plans for Canada’s first geothermal power plant. The 5 MW plant is expected to cost $34m with construction starting in 2014.
The EU imposed tariffs as high as 67.9 percent on solar panels from China as the trade war between them intensified. The EU claims that Chinese producers have been “dumping” imports and European producers have suffered “material injury” as a result.
Back up to date here is the greentech news for the week
Shares in electric car maker Telsa (TSLA) rose past $100 for the first time during the week before slipping back to $97.76 at Friday’s close. Telsa’s shares are up nearly 250% on a year ago.
The Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte has become the first of many stadiums in Brazil to be fitted with a solar powered roof. The $16m project installed a 1.4MW solar array that will feed electricity back into the grid.
Google has added a another green power investment, the unconventional Californian start-up Makani Power. Rather than generating power from fixed turbines Makani makes flying turbines. These robot-piloted kites are able to tap into stronger more consistent wind sources flying much higher than even the tallest windmills. The planes collect energy using wing-mounted turbines and transfer it to the ground via a conductive tether.
The UK government has approved the go ahead of a 500MW extension to the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm. When completed in 2017 the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm provide enough electric power for half a million homes via 140 turbines.
Bluefield Solar Income Fund, a new investment fund, has announced a £150m share offering aimed at investing in large-scale solar schemes.The fund will be listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE), shares will be priced at £1 each.
NASA revealed a thruster system that sounds like it comes straight out of Star Trek, a solar-electric ion propulsion engine! While the voltage required to produce the ion beam could theoretically come from any source it is likely to be generated by a mixture of nuclear and solar power. NASA scientists explained that “The ion propulsion system’s efficient use of fuel and electrical power enable modern spacecraft to travel farther, faster, and cheaper than any other propulsion technology currently available. Ion thrusters are currently used for stationkeeping on communication satellites and for main propulsion on deep space probes.”