- EDF and Stornetic have launched a joint project on advanced smart grid storage solutions to assess performance of flywheel energy storage technology. Stornetic will deliver a DuraStor energy storage device by June 2017. It will be installed and assessed at the EDF Concept Grid site in Moret-sur-Loing near Paris. [Renewable Energy Magazine]
- Nearly 70% of the Kenyan population relies on costly and polluting energy sources. But a green transition is underway, as ever more Kenyans turn to solar power to meet their daily energy needs. A small solar system can cost about the same as a diesel generator, and it is as reliable, but there is no fuel and no pollution. [Deutsche Welle]
- Finland is widely expected to become the first country in the world to actually ban the use of coal-burning power stations. Coal currently provides around 8% of the country’s energy needs. At the present time it is only regional states that have outright banned coal such as Oregon in the United States and Ontario in Canada. [Huffington Post UK]
- Researchers at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra say the cost of a 100% renewable energy future is very low. They designed an optimization model of their national electricity market (NEM) using solar, wind, pumped hydro, and high-voltage transmission lines. The model said the cost would be $90/MWh. [EcoGeneration]
- A solar project in Cohasset, if approved and completed, will join the ranks of 87 other approved renewable energy projects on closed landfills across Massachusetts, according to data from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. At a cost of $1.7 million, the project would deliver about 735,000 MWh per year. [Wicked Local Cohasset]
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