A research team at University of California at San Diego has unveiled a new skin patch containing enzymes that feed off sweat and have real-life technological capabilities and applications. In tests, researchers used the soft, stretchable electronic-skin-based biofuel cell to power a radio for two days and now are looking at how the wearable biofuel cell might be used for wearable devices to track a person's health.
A draft law submitted to the National People's Congress would fine polluters dumping untreated contaminants into the soil up to $293,000, provide state funds to support cleanup projects and establish a nationwide monitoring network, according to China Daily. Another Chinese newspaper reported that the draft law would establish priority protection areas and ban grazing and crop growing in heavily polluted areas, among other provisions.
Wisconsin Power and Light has launched a request for proposals seeking to add 200 megawatts of wind capacity to its portfolio. The utility said that it would accept proposals for power purchase agreements, asset sales and the transfer of projects in the development and construction phases.
The Ohio Senate has added an amendment to its draft omnibus spending package that would ease the state's 1,300-foot setback distance for turbines -- a rule that the American Wind Energy Association argues has hindered wind development in Ohio for the past three years. AWEA, EDP Renewables North America, Apex Clean Energy, Amazon Web Services and almost 8,000 business groups have expressed support for easing the state's restrictive turbine siting rules.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., has proposed a bill that, if approved, would establish a National Green Bank charged with financing clean energy and energy efficiency projects at the regional, state and municipal level. Connecticut's state green bank -- one of six in the US -- has invested more than $1 billion in sustainable energy and created almost 13,000 jobs since 2011.
Renewables have become a major part of infrastructure investment in the US, according to American Council on Renewable Energy board member and BlackRock Managing Director David Giordano, whose firm oversees more than $4 billion in wind, solar and renewable energy assets. CohnReznick Capital Managing Director Nick Knapp added that utilities are increasingly interested in renewables and that wind developers have a lot more financing options than they used to.
The worldwide market for wind-related operations and maintenance is on track to reach $27.4 billion by 2025, up from $13.7 billion in 2016, according to research group GlobalData. "Offshore wind accounted for just over 8% of the total wind O&M market in 2016, and is expected to contribute 18.4% by 2025," said Power Analyst Anchal Agarwal.
At the rate that the wind industry has been advancing technologically, it's likely that 4-megawatt land-based turbines and 12-MW offshore turbines will hit the market in the next several years, according to MAKE Consulting. The report said the market is already becoming more saturated with 3-MW turbine series, which accounted for 23% of all new installations worldwide last year.
The Vermont Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules has delayed its decision on new setback and sound rules for turbines from June 30 until October. Wind advocates say the sound requirements under consideration are among the lowest in the US and would effectively block wind development in the state.
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