March 25 Energy News

March 25, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “Watching Nature Collapse” • I remember walking out the door of my grandmother’s house in New Hampshire in 1959. Three stretches of telephone lines across the street were covered by resting barn swallows, sitting about five inches apart. When I moved out of that house in 2004, there were no barn swallows left. [CleanTechnica]

Covered bridge over the Ashuelot River
(Photo: John Phelan, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Why Going Green is Big Business” • Bankers, insurers, and others whose job it is to assess and manage risk are increasingly aware of the threat that climate change may pose to assets. Indeed, big companies without environmental, social, and governance may find themselves liable for lack of “fiduciary responsibility.” [PlanetSave.com]

¶ “Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster In Space … Because It’s Fun” • After last month’s jaw-dropping spectacle from SpaceX, many are asking: What’s the real reason Elon Musk chose to send a Tesla Roadster, set up to blast David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” at top volume from its speakers. into outer space on his almighty Falcon Heavy rocket? [CleanTechnica]

“Printed on the circuit board of a car
in Deep space” (Image via Elon Musk)

¶ “Good news about renewables: but the heat is still on to cut fossil fuel use” • For optimists, it was tempting to view three years of flatlining global carbon emissions, from 2014-16, as the new normal. Celebrations should be put on hold, as global emissions from energy have jumped back up again, but there is hope. [The Guardian]

World:

¶ The first scheduled non-stop flight between Australia and the UK has touched down in London’s Heathrow Airport. Qantas Flight QF9 completed its 14,498-km (9,009-mile) journey from Perth in just over 17 hours. The airline is using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that was adapted for comfort on long flights. It is twice as fuel-efficient as a Boeing 747. [BBC]

Qantas airliner

¶ Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is attempting to arm-wrestle battery giant Tesla away from Adelaide. The battery, worth $50 million, capable of powering up to 30,000 homes for an hour. The premier is insistent on bringing the Tesla battery to Queensland, if the new South Australian Liberal government no longer wants it. [9news.com.au]

¶ The Coimbra Municipal Public Transportation Service has become the first transit district in Portugal to migrate to fully-electric buses with a newly signed contract for 8 of BYD’s 12-meter buses. The contract finalizing the deal was signed by the President of the Coimbra Municipality and BYD’s managing director of Europe. [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric bus in Shenzhen

¶ The Barbados Light & Power solar farm in Trents, St Lucy, is saving the country an estimated $10 million a year. The solar farm started production two years ago, pumping solar-generated electricity into the grid. BL&P is still developing plans for another solar farm and a wind farm to put more power into the country’s network. [Nation News]

¶ The potential of drones for making a variety of tasks faster, cheaper, and safer in energy sector is something numerous people have talked about and detailed. Nevertheless, though many people are excited about the subject, energy companies want to see results. Now, the Austrian Power Grid has results they can show off. [Commercial UAV News]

European transmission line

¶ Singapore’s Powering the Future study is examining how to boost solar energy production from the current 2% of power that currently comes from the sun. Though Singapore has limited land for PV panels and intermittent sunshine because of its heavy cloud, the aim is to meet 15% of peak demand through solar power. [ASEAN Economist]

¶ A team of US researchers has confirmed that St Kitts and Nevis can move forward with a planned geothermal project on the volcanic island of Nevis. According to Nevis Pages, the team from GeothermEX assessed a geothermal test well at Hamilton to determine its potential to supply of geothermal energy and found it promising. [Loop Cayman]

Nevis Peak, a dormant volcano on Nevis

US:

¶ Two US firms with global outreach, Reebok and Gensler, partnered to develop concepts for “an adaptive reuse of gas stations across the country as Fitness Hubs.” Alfred Byun, a designer at Gensler, envisions “a [new] network of fitness oases between home and work where you could stop and recharge more than just your car.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ In Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Solar Holler has a motto, “Mining The Sun.” It has been working with the nonprofit Coalfield Development Corp to help train workers to install solar panels. They are putting photovoltaic panels up on everything from nonprofits and businesses to increasing numbers of homes. [Huntington Herald Dispatch]

Shepherdstown (Wallygva, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ Recently, the study, Cultural Perspectives, Geopolitics & Energy Security of Eurasia: Is the Next Global Conflict Imminent? came to light. It states that a primary driver for US-led interference in Russian politics since the 1990s has been a US desire to dominate the oil and gas reserves of Central Asia. It was prepared by the US Army. [CleanTechnica]

¶ A team led by Southwest Research Institute is now developing unmanned aerial system technology to fly into the containment vessels of the damaged units at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station and assess conditions. TEPCO Holdings contracted SwRI, based in San Antonio, to explore the use of drones in the containment vessels. [POWER magazine]

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