News release from Vestas Wind Systems A/S, Olin Corporation,
Danish Technological Institute, and Aarhus University
A coalition of industry and academic leaders have developed a new technology to enable circularity for thermoset composites, the material used to make wind turbine blades. The new technology delivers the final technological step on the journey towards a fully recyclable wind turbine value chain. To enable the adoption of this new technology, and to advance a circular economy across the wind industry, a new initiative entitled CETEC (Circular Economy for Thermosets Epoxy Composites) has been established. Within three years, CETEC is aiming to present a fully scoped solution ready for industrial adoption, based on commercialization of the novel circularity technology. Continue reading here.
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NATIONAL SEIA NETWORK
Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association joins national SEIA network, Solar Power World
SEIA announced that it is adding the Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association (ISETA) as an official state affiliate. ISETA becomes the 20th SEIA affiliate, joining its neighbors Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri in the growing network of state solar advocacy groups. These formal partnerships help to connect regional organizations to additional resources and the national effort to promote solar in markets around the country.
- Study Combines Sheep Grazing and Solar Energy Production, Southeast AgNET
A recent study published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems details the effects of combining solar panels and lamb grazing on overall land productivity.
- Where should batteries be put to manage wind and solar power?, Utility Dive
Contributed article by Will Gorman, graduate student researcher in the Electricity Markets and Policy Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
- Report lays out DOE’s vision for grid-interactive efficient buildings, American Public Power Association. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Brattle Group have released a report laying out a path to accomplish the Department of Energy’s (DOE) goal of tripling the energy efficiency of buildings by 2030. A National Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings defines technology attributes, integration considerations, and barriers to achieving the full potential, adoption and deployment of grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs).
- Net-Zero America in action: America’s windy coastlines and scaling offshore wind power, by Molly Seltzer, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University
AMERICA’S LARGEST COMMUNITY SOLAR PROGRAM
Florida Power and Light Company(FPL), the state’s largest electric power supply and utility company, is investing in solar energy in a big way with a new mega-solar center in Southwest Florida. The company, which services over 5.6 million customer accounts and supports more than 11 million residents in the state, has set a goal to have 30 million solar panels installed by 2030. The new DeSoto County center has the company well on its way to its mark, with 300,000 panels already in place. Photo Credit: FPL
LARGEST BROWNFIELD COMMUNITY SOLAR PROJECT IN U.S.
Houston will turn old landfill into community solar site, contributed by Angely Mercado, GreenBiz
Houston, home to nearly 4,600 energy-related firms, is making a big investment in solar. City officials are planning to turn a landfill in the Sunnyside neighborhood into a solar farm, a move positioned as an economic development initiative with equity at its core. Once completed it will be the largest brownfield solar installation in the U.S., according to city officials.
Photo: A rendering of the community solar project planned for the Sunnyside landfill in Houston.
“More severe storms each year are going to further and further indicate the needs for resilient development,” said Ben Keys, associate professor of real estate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Keys studies the effects of climate change on real estate and the growing need for housing that can function off the grid. This goes well beyond solar panels.