September 14 Energy News

September 14, 2018

Opinion:

¶ “A Million Climate Deniers Flee Hurricane Florence, Never Stop To Ask Why” • As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas and Virginia, a million climate deniers are rushing to escape the brunt of the storm without ever stopping to ask why they are in the path of one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the Atlantic coast. [CleanTechnica]

Hurricane from space

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘Golden Sandwich’ Photoelectrode Harvests 85% Of Sunlight” • Scientists at the Research Institute for Electronic Science at Hokkaido University created a photoelectrode that captures 85% of sunlight and uses it to create hydrogen. The “golden sandwich photoelectrode” is still experimental, but the implications are potentially enormous. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “DNV GL Predicts Global Energy Demand To Peak In 2035” • The world’s energy demand is expected to decline from 2035 onward, according to global risk management and quality assurance company DNV GL. It published a report predicting that the demand decline will result in a reshaping of energy investment trends. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind farm

¶ “All GE Haliade turbines installed at 396-MW Merkur offshore wind farm” • The last GE Haliade 150-6MW turbine is in place at the 396-MW Merkur offshore wind farm in the German North Sea, GE Renewable Energy said on Twitter. Commissioning of the 66 Haliade turbines will continue until through the end of the year. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Europe keeping dirty fuels alive; will spend $68 billion in hidden subsidies by 2040” • Europe will spend almost €58 billion ($68 billion) by 2040 to scale up coal, gas and nuclear plants, according to the analysis and data gathered by Greenpeace. Of these subsidies, 98% will be spent on capacity mechanisms to ensure supply. [Down To Earth Magazine]

Thermal power plant (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Construction begins on Sweden’s largest PV plant” • Swedish-Swiss engineering multinational ABB has started construction on a 5.5-MW solar project in Säve, near Gothenburg. The company is providing a substation with switchgear, relays, and distribution transformers, together with all of the control equipment and inverters. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Facebook’s €300 million Irish data center site is 100% powered by renewable energy” • Facebook’s new €300 million data center park in Clonee, County Meath, is powered 100% by renewable energy, the company said. Every detail for sustainability and renewable energy at the site was considered, even down to a plan for saving the bees. [Siliconrepublic.com]

Managers at the new site (Image: Robbie Reynolds, Facebook)

¶ “Wind and solar power are unstoppable, even without government support: Deloitte report” • Australian wind and solar power are booming despite the Australian government’s retreat on carbon emissions and energy policy, a Deloitte report claims. The report also says Australia enjoys the lowest global cost for solar panels. [Energy Matters]

¶ “Leading businesses team up with London Mayor to go green” • A group of 11 leading businesses, including Tesco, Sky, and Siemens, have joined forces with the Mayor of London to make it the world’s greenest city. The business group will work with Sadiq Khan to cut levels of pollution and emissions “far in excess of government targets.” [Energy Live News]

London (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Gambia moves forward with first large-scale PV project” • The World Bank has issued a request for expressions of interest to select consultancy providers for a PV project of 10-20 MW in Gambia. The utility National Water and Electricity Company Ltd is planning to develop the project in the western part of the country. [pv magazine International]

US:

¶ “Gas-related explosions set fire to homes near Boston” • At least one person has been killed and others injured in 60 to 80 incidents thought to be gas explosions and fires in towns north of Boston. A fire chief said investigators suspect the fires were caused by “over-pressurisation of a gas main” belonging to Columbia Gas lines. [BBC]

Damaged house (Getty Images)

¶ “NY To Phase Out Hydrofluorocarbons, Thumbs Nose At Trump Administration” • Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that his administration will phase out the use of HFCs, one of the most powerful climate pollutants on earth. This contravenes Trump administration federal mandates not to regulate HFCs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Bringing 3 New ‘Grohmann Machines’ Online to Reach 8,000 Battery Packs per Week” • After a tour of Gigafactory 1, a team at Worm Capital shared some of the things they saw. They said that the existing production assets at GF-1 should allow it to achieve a sustainable rate of 6,000 Model 3 battery packs per week. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Powerwall production

¶ “Legislators Narrowly Override Sununu’s Biomass Veto, But Fall Short On Net Metering” • New Hampshire’s timber industry scored a major victory as legislators narrowly voted to overturn the governor’s veto of a bill subsidizing biomass plants. But they fell just short of overturning a veto of a bill subsidizing net metering. [New Hampshire Public Radio]

¶ “US climate change pledges: What America’s states are doing without Trump” • When Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the worldwide effort to halt global warming was put at risk. Now local governments are subverting their leader by working individually to fulfill the US climate change pledges. [Compelo]

Have a triumphantly effective day.

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