QUICK NEWS, April 9: Air Travel Troubles From Climate Change; California Moves Ahead With Floating Wind; Four Mileposts For Solar
Air Travel Troubles From Climate Change Here's How Climate Change Could Make Air Travel Even Worse; Rising seas, increased storms, and other effects from climate change will take a toll on your travel plans.
Laura Yan, April 8, 2018 (Popular Mechanics)
“…[Climate change] is going to disrupt your future travel plans, especially if you're planning to fly. Weather disruptions will mean more delays and cancellations, strengthening jet streams at high altitudes means more turbulence, and traveling against the jet stream (like flying from Europe to the U.S.) means your flights will take longer…Heat waves and rising temperatures cause the air to thin , which makes it harder for planes to generate enough lift during takeoff…[Scientists predict] 10 to 30 percent of flights scheduled during the hottest time of the year will require weight restrictions…[A Boeing 737 would require lightening by three passengers.] Short runways — like those at New York's LaGuardia Airport — will be especially vulnerable…[Unexpected storms could damage equipment and terminals, and flood] low-lying areas like airports in coastal regions. Blistering heat can literally melt airport tarmacs…” click here for more
California Moves Ahead With Floating Wind Consortium to develop floating offshore wind farm off California coast
Michelle Froese, April 3, 2018 (Windpower Engineering)
“The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) has selected a consortium of companies to enter into a public-private partnership to pursue the development of [a 100 to 150-MW floating offshore wind farm more than 20 miles] off the Northern California coast… The consortium says it is pleased to bring proven technology, development expertise, and financial capabilities to the partnership, which will work toward a flagship project for the floating offshore wind industry in California and the US in general… The wind resource off the Humboldt County coast is the best off California with average wind speeds of more than ten meters per second, inducing expected high-capacity performance from wind farms…[The consortium] is comprised of Principle Power Inc., EDPR Offshore North America LLC, Aker Solutions Inc., H. T. Harvey & Associates, and Herrera Environmental Consultants Inc. The] project partners will continue proactive community and stakeholder outreach…” click here for more
Four Mileposts For Solar 4 Bold Predictions for Solar Energy; There are big changes coming to solar energy in 2018.
Travis Hoium, April 9, 2018 (The Motley Fool)
“The solar industry…[is] a long-term, multitrillion-dollar opportunity…Here are a few trends…[First Solar will benefit from the U.S. tariff on imported modules and cells because it is] the only company that had a large [domestic] manufacturing presence…[JinkoSolar (NYSE:JKS) plans to build] a $50 million module assembly plant in Florida…[SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR)] is eyeing two manufacturing sites in the U.S...Energy storage is going mainstream…[As it] becomes easier to justify financially, the market will grow exponentially…Tesla is going to shrink into solar oblivion…[Its] buyout of SolarCity is looking worse by the day, highlighted by just 87 MW of solar installations in Q4 2017, down 57% from a year earlier…The Middle East is going to taking solar energy seriously…Saudi Arabia recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Softbank to build 200,000 MW of solar…[First Solar, SunPower, Vivint Solar, and Sunrun are] well ahead of small, regional installers in developing energy storage and they should be able to exploit that advantage…” click here for more