100x faster 3D printing: Rather than building up plastic filaments layer by layer, new approach lifts complex shapes from a vat of liquid

Researchers Create A 3D Printing Process That Is 100 Times Faster Than Normal, by Steve Hanley in Clean Technica, January 14th, 2019  3D printing is more than just a curiosity. For producing components in small numbers, it is much less expensive that making molds and dies. Conventional production techniques get very inexpensive when volumes reach 100,000 or more, but for prototypes that may …

Stand alone prices for installed battery storage (20 mw with 4 hr storage)dropped 40% from the previous year. Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy

Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy, by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, January 13th, 2019  S&P Global reports the cost of solar with battery backup dropped precipitously in 2018. In a few cases in the sunny Southwest region of the United States, several tenders for solar plus storage came in at under $30 per megawatt-hour last year. Stand …

Top regulatory developments before PUCs in 2018

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE on GT Media: The Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2018 Advanced Energy Economy looks back at the top regulatory developments of the past year, by Coley Girouard, Jan 18, 2019, on GTM The Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2018 In July, we published a list of the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2018 — so far. With 2018 behind us, we …

San Diego begins to tap city’s vast solar parking lot potential

January 18th, 2019 by Charles W. Thurston on Clean Technica San Diego has an untapped 500 megawatt solar potential at commercial sites within the city, with parking lots representing three-quarters of the total, according to a new survey by the Clean Coalition. The San Diego Solar Siting Survey identified 120 sites that could host 1 megawatt (MW) of solar, and suggested the number of host …

US & Canadian glaciers melting 4x faster than a decade ago

Satellite images show glaciers in US and Canada, excluding Alaska, are shrinking four times faster then in previous decade, by Emily Holden in Washington, The Guardian, Sat 19 Jan 2019  The Klinaklini glacier in British Columbia. Photograph: Brian Menounos Glaciers in western North America, excluding Alaska, are melting four times faster than in the previous decade, with changes in the jet stream exacerbating the …

Another take on how to accomplish a GND

Energy Innovation’s take on how to accomplish a Green New Deal Following a year in which U.S. carbon emissions from energy rose, after years of declines, Green New Deal (GND) proponents are calling for a plan to convert 100% of the electricity supply to renewable energy, among other decarbonization initiatives. The big picture: Although a massive undertaking, this energy transition is technologically feasible and …

Costs of electricity were going to go up with replacement of aging coal plants. Renewables make it cheaper and cleaner.

This article was adapted from the Repower Australia Plan. Australia’s fossil fuel generators are ageing Most of Australia’s remaining (and largest) coal power stations were built in 1970s and 80s. Typically, coal and gas-fired power stations are built to last 35 to 40 years and if they are looked after they might last 50 years, albeit with more frequent breakdowns. In New …

Construction equipment is going electric, Volvo CE now favors electric over diesel for smaller machines

Fred Lambert, Electrek, Jan. 17th 2019 9:39 am ET Volvo CE, the Volvo Group’s construction equipment subsidiary, announced that it will stop development of diesel engine-based compact wheel loaders and compact excavators in order to sell electric versions instead. The electrification of transport is also spreading to other industries. Now construction and mining equipment are being increasingly electrified. We previously reported on a …

Losing Earth? Realign with Original Free Peoples’ Great Law and Find Her Again

By David Ratcliffe, rat haus reality press,  November 18, 2018, Essential Reading | co-globalize | rat haus | Index | Search | tree ( PDF | text only formats ) The law prevails, what we call the Great Law, the common law, the natural law. The law says if you poison your water, you’ll die. The law says that if you poison the air, you’ll suffer. The law says if you degrade where you live, you’ll suffer. The …