A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- GE Global Research is developing a tiny turbine about the size of an average desk that is powered by CO2 so hot and pressurized that it forms what is called a “supercritical fluid.” This supercritical fluid is a state where the heat and pressure is so extreme that the distinctions between liquid and gas no longer exist. The small turbine is designed to harnesses the power of the supercritical fluid and researchers are testing to determine if this fluid would make the turbines as much as 50 percent efficient at turning heat to electricity.
- Approximately 50 GW of solar panels were installed in 2015, a 25 percent over 2014. Three countries were responsible for more than half of this growth with China (15.3 GW), Japan (11 GW) and the U.S. (7.3 GW) leading the world in the growth of solar energy deployment.
- Construction of wind turbines is at the highest level seen in the past three year according to the AWEA. In 2015, there was more than 8,500 MW of wind power capacity built, nearly double that of 2014. Of this, 3,600 MW (or 42 percent) was in Texas.