NREL Scientists Model Methane-Eating Bacteria

A research team including scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently explored how the bacteria Methylomicrobium alcaliphilum 20ZR uses methane, an abundant greenhouse gas, and converts it to valuable product precursors.

Major Study on Geothermal Potential Gets Underway in May

New Zealand’s GNS Science. providers of earth, geoscience and isotope research and consultancy services, has secured funding to begin a six-month project that aims to identify the areas of greatest potential for development of geothermal heat for direct use such as in horticulture, hot pools, accommodation facilities, and industrial applications. The possibility of small scale electricity generation will also be considered.

Airbus Releases Video of Vahana Test Flight

Vahana, the all electric, self-piloted, VTOL aircraft from A³ by Airbus, successfully completed its first full-scale flight test, reaching a height of 5 meters (16 feet) before descending safely. The test was completed on January 31, 2018 at the Pendleton UAS Range in Pendleton, Oregon. Its first flight, with a duration of 53 seconds, was fully self-piloted and the vehicle completed a second flight the following day. Now, they have released the video to prove it.

Long-term positive for renewables: An interview with Ellen Shenette, manager of EDF Climate Corps

The Trump administration’s proposed plans to cut the DOE’s renewable energy and energy efficiency program budgets by 65 percent comes on the heels of Trump’s 30 percent tariff on solar imports. EDF Climate Corps wrote an analysis on the potential repercussions of both the tariff and budget cuts on the renewable energy industry, which also suggests the U.S. is handing over its leadership in this sector to countries like China. The company also published a new report on the status of the U.S. clean energy and sustainability workforce, which found that although Trump’s tariffs have already hurt the industry, long-term market growth is projected.

Con el desbroce de matorral para biomasa se reduce un 80 por ciento el riesgo de incendio

En la reunión final del proyecto Enerbioscrub, del que se publicará un reportaje en el próximo número de Energías Renovables, se dieron a conocer algunos datos más del mismo, incluido que el riesgo de incendio de una de las zonas desbrozadas ha disminuido entre un 60 y un 80 por ciento. Es uno de los objetivos primordiales de esta iniciativa enmarcada en el programa LIFE de la Comisión Europea: la reducción del riesgo de incendios gracias al aprovechamiento energético de matorrales de zonas marginales.

LATINOAMÉRICA: En 2017, la eólica creció en la región el 16%, y prácticamente alcanza los 22 GW instalados totales

El Consejo Global de la Energía Eólica (GWEC, según sus siglas en inglés) ha publicado el informe mundial estadístico del sector correspondiente al año pasado, en donde se revela que en América Latina -es decir los países comprendido desde México hacia el sur- durante 2017 se han instalado 3.057 MW, para alcanzar un total de 21.896 MW de capacidad, lo que representa un crecimiento respecto de 2016 del 16,2%.