At the end of this month Germany’s nuclear regulators are expected to give the go ahead to the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics to start testing the world’s largest nuclear fusion reactor. If the tests are successful, the Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X) stellarator could radically alter humanity’s energy future.  The machine cost €1 billion and took 19 years to build. You can read more about it here.

In the next 20 years, energy demand in Southeast Asia is expected to rise by more than 80% due to ongoing economic growth, the strong urbanisation trend, a growing middle class, and a young population.

According to the International Energy Agency, fossil fuel subsidies in Southeast Asia amounted to $36 billion in 2014.

Global wood pellet production is about 28 million tons. 15 million tons is used for heating in the residential and small-commercial sectors and 13 million tons is used in the industrial sector for electric power generation, combined-heat-and-power applications, and large district heating projects. In the industrial sector, Europe is the most significant market, accounting for over 80% percent of global demand. In Europe wood pellets are being substituted for coal in the generation of electricity. Europe is also the biggest market for using pellets for heating, followed by North America.

Researchers at the United Nation’s University’s Institute for Water, Environment, and Health say human waste could power much of the world. They say the world’s yearly excrement, rendered into biogas, could translate into the equivalent of $9.5 billion in natural gas to generate electricity. This energy could power as many as 138 million homes—the number of households in all of Brazil, Ethiopia, and Indonesia.

Norway’s state-owned Statoil is to build the world’s first floating wind farm offshore near Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The 30 megawatt wind farm will be installed on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 km offshore Peterhead. The wind farm will power around 20,000 Scottish households. Electricity generation is expected to begin in late 2017.

The world’s largest wind farm will be built in the Irish Sea, 19 kilometres off the west coast of Britain. When it is completed in 2018 the 660 megawatt (MW) Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm will deliver electricity to more than 460,000 UK homes. The project will use a combination of 8MW and 7 MW offshore wind turbines.

The Berlin to Munich electric vehicle fast-charging corridor has now been completed. The corridor, created by BMW, Siemens, and E.ON, is composed of 8 different DC fast-charging stations spread out along the A9 highway. The corridor is 430 kilometers (267 miles) long and the EV charging stations are spaced no more than 90 kilometers (56 miles) apart. DC charging costs €3 per 10 minutes charging time while AC charging costs €2 per 30 minutes charging time.

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