- “New Energy Storage ‘Water Battery’ Breakthrough” • One of the projects to emerge from the US DOE’s focus on energy storage is a new pumped hydro turbine design from Obermeyer Hydro Inc. Obermeyer’s contribution to the cause involves a new reversible pump turbine design that is slim and compact enough to fit in a well. [CleanTechnica]
- “Montana’s High Court Rules Utility Cannot Discriminate Against Solar Energy” • The Montana Supreme Court rejected NorthWestern Energy’s attempts to shut out competition from local or customer-owned solar projects that would help meet the state’s electricity needs. The court found the utility discrimiated against such projects illegally. [Earthjustice]
- “Researchers Improve ‘Anti-Solar’ Energy Production” • So-called “anti-solar” panels capture energy by radiating the Earth’s heat at night. Authors of a study published in the journal Optics Express say they have developed a method that, in simulations, has improved energy generation in anti-solar panels by as much as 120%. [Voice of America]
- “Australia Fires: Similar Or Worse Disasters ‘Will Happen Again'” • An inquiry into the recent massive bushfire disaster in Australia has found the country should expect “worse” in the years to come. The review – which looked at New South Wales, the worst-hit state – made sweeping proposals aimed at better preparing for future fire seasons. [BBC]
- “JERA Unveils 520-MW Ishikari Bay Project In Japan” • JERA, a Japanese utility, has taken the wraps off the 520-MW Ishikari Bay offshore wind farm off Hokkaido. The company has filed an environmental assessment with the Japan’s Economy Minister for up to 65 turbines in shallow waters. A battery storage facility is also planned. [reNEWS]
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