At the end of each month PennEnergy’s editorial staff will present its top ten picks for the best news content in the power and petroleum sectors.
Below is a showcase of the most engaging content in the power industry published in March. Each selection features a short summary and a link to the original article. Enjoy!
Small modular nuclear reactor to be employed at DOE Savannah River Site: The U.S. Energy Department announced three public-private partnerships to develop deployment plans for small modular nuclear reactor technologies at Savannah River Site facilities, near Aiken, South Carolina. Click here to read full article.
New chemical technology could lead to batteries able to store 3x more energy: Sandia researchers have developed a new family of liquid salt electrolytes, known as MetILs, that could lead to batteries able to cost-effectively store three times more energy than today’s batteries. Click here to read the full article.
NRC approves new post-Fukushima nuclear power rules: The first set of new rules for nuclear power plants in the U.S. since last year's catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactor in Japan has received initial approval. Click here to read the full article.
MIT study finds room to store a century's worth of CO2 from U.S. coal-fired power plants: A new study by researchers at MIT shows that there is enough capacity in deep saline aquifers in the United States to store at least a century’s worth of carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s coal-fired power plants.Click here to read the full article.
U.S. spends heavily on renewables, but programs draw down: While most of last year's government spending stemmed from renewable energy subsidies, several of these programs, accounting for roughly 60 percent of all tax incentives or more than half of all spending, came to a close at the end of last year. Click here to read the full article.
Nuclear power majors RWE, E.ON abandon plans for new UK reactors: RWE npower and E.ON announced they would not proceed to develop new nuclear power projects in the UK through the Horizon joint venture. Both utilities will now focus on finding a new owner for Horizon Nuclear Power. Click here to read the full article.
EPA proposes first carbon emissions standard for future fossil-fuel-fired power plants: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the first Clean Air Act standard for carbon pollution from new fossil-fuel-fired power plants. Click here to read the full article.
HyperSolar discloses plan for breakthrough renewable hydrogen, natural gas technology: HyperSolar, the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen and natural gas using water and solar power, announced specific details of its plan for the development of the world’s first nanotechnology-based, zero-carbon process for the production of renewable hydrogen and natural gas. Click here to read the full article.
U.K. to set carbon limits to accommodate gas-fired power generation: Britain's Energy and Climate Change Secretary announces measures to be included in the intended Electricity Market Reform legislation to provide certainty to gas investors along with plans to publish a new gas generation strategy in the Autumn. Click here to read the full article.
Cybersecurity a growing issue for utilities: The U.S. has seen a growing interest in cybersecurity even over the past year, with a number of high-profile cyber attacks occurring in 2011. Click here to read the full article.