NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, January 27: SOLAR-POWERED MARS ROVER ROLLS ON; NEW ENERGY’S FUTURE IS JUST A SET OF WIRES AWAY; COST OF BATTERY STORAGE CAN DROP 70%

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    Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    QUICK NEWS, January 27: SOLAR-POWERED MARS ROVER ROLLS ON; NEW ENERGY’S FUTURE IS JUST A SET OF WIRES AWAY; COST OF BATTERY STORAGE CAN DROP 70%

    SOLAR-POWERED MARS ROVER ROLLS ON NASA's Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Longevity Milestone With Assist From the Sun

    Alyssa Newcomb, January 26, 2016 (ABC News)

    “…Opportunity, the solar-powered Mars rover that has exceeded its planned three-month life span, [just] celebrated its 12th birthday…NASA said the golf cart-sized Opportunity had a ‘very active’ winter since the bot, which uses solar energy, was able to receive cleaner solar rays -- even during the dark Martian winter. Martian years are 1.9 times longer than Earth years, making this Opportunity's seventh winter on Mars…Opportunity has spent the past few years exploring a 14-mile-wide crater named Endeavour…Using its robotic arm, Opportunity has been able to examine the composition and texture of the rock's interior. NASA credited Opportunity's surprising longevity -- 48 times longer than planned -- to choosing north-facing slopes in the winter that allow Opportunity's solar panels to collect energy…NASA predicts Opportunity will have plenty of sunlight to keep it going through the year.” click here for more

    NEW ENERGY’S FUTURE IS JUST A SET OF WIRES AWAY The US could slash energy-production emissions by 78% in just 15 years, report shows; This could be us, but you're playing.

    Fiona MacDonald, 27 January 2016 (ScienceAlert)

    “The US could cut greenhouse gas emissions from electricity production by an incredible 78 percent below 1990 levels within just 15 years - AND keep up with growing energy demand in the process, according to [Future cost-competitive electricity systems and their impact on US CO2 emissions] from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)…[I]f it wanted to, the US could be getting most of its electricity from existing solar and wind technology by 2030, at hardly any extra cost to consumers. All it'll take is the construction of 'electron superhighways' to transmit electricity across the country…[B]ased on technology that already exists, it would be totally feasible for wind and solar to power the majority of the country – the only thing we need to improve is how we move that electricity around the country...[E]ven if the price of renewable energy doesn't decrease as predicted, the US could still cut its CO2 emissions by 33 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and could deliver electricity at 8.6 cents per kilowatt hours - cheaper than the 9.4 cents per kilowatt hour Americans paid in 2012…” click here for more

    COST OF BATTERY STORAGE CAN DROP 70% E-storage: Shifting from cost to value 2016

    January 2016 (World Energy Council)

    “…[Energy] Storage is often perceived as too expensive because of the way the calculations are done which do not fully take into account the value it brings to certain situations…[ World Energy Resources Report 2016, E-storage: Shifting from cost to value 2016 – wind and solar applications concludes] that a narrow focus on levelised cost alone can be misleading…[The report] estimates that with the many new technologies in the pipeline, storage costs of energy will fall by as much as 70% over the next 15 years. Solar storage will become more competitive as new battery technology drives prices down, and wind storage more attractive as technical advances in areas such as composite materials enables the power generated by wind turbines to increase…[The right policies to drive these changes must]…Go beyond just costs…Examine storage through holistic case studies…Work with operators and regulators to accelerate the development of flexible markets…Establish supporting policies and an enabling regulatory framework…Consider storage as a key component for grid expansion or extension…” click here for more

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