Archive for January 7th, 2019

January 7 Energy News

January 7, 2019


¶ “Hydrogen May Have a Future on the Rails” • Perhaps, finally, hydrogen’s moment has arrived. Electricity from renewable sources can be used to split water into oxygen and hydrogen through electrolysis. That “green hydrogen” can then be used in fuel cells to generate electricity. It can also be used to power rail transportation. [Red, Green, and Blue]

Hydrogen powered train (Photo: R Frampe | Alstom)

¶ “The Ugly Face America Shows the World: How Its Climate Policies Undercut Global Goals” • America, the globe’s biggest CO2 contributor, has chosen withdraw from the Paris Agreement and instead tries to buttress its sinking coal sector. Its policies undercut global goals even as its own energy markets move away from fossil fuels. [Forbes]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Silvopasture Can Mitigate Climate Change. Will US Farmers Take it Seriously?” • Trees absorb and sequester large amounts of carbon over time. The sequestering process is rendered even more powerful when they are used together with grazing and planted on “marginal” land that is not great for growing crops, such as woodland edges. [Civil Eats]

Cattle grazing in a silvopasture forest in Georgia 
(Photo: USDA National Agroforestry Center)

¶ “The End of Coffee: Could Australia Save the World’s Beans?” • Demand for coffee is expected to double by 2050, but climate change is expected to render more than half of the land used for growing coffee unsuitable in that time. So scientists at Australia’s Southern Cross University are testing twenty “climate-resistant” varieties. [The Guardian]


¶ “New Solar Farm Expected to Save Seychelles $1 Million per Year” • Seychelles is expected to save over $1 million annually once the construction of a solar farm on Romainville Island, off the main island of Mahe, is completed later this year, said a top official. The 5-MW solar PV system will be installed by the Public Utilities Company. [Seychelles News Agency]

Seychelles wind farm (Patrick Joubert, CC BY 4.0)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Production Could Start in China This Year. And Model Y?” • Tesla is aiming to start Model 3 production in China by the end of the year. Production would ramp up slowly, so Elon doesn’t anticipate high-volume production will start until 2020. Nonetheless, that is about 1,000 years sooner than Tesla critics expected. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Japan Plans to Build Biggest Offshore Wind Power Plant” • TEPCO is considering building one of the Japan’s biggest offshore wind farm, it has been learned. The plant’s generating capacity is expected to be over 1,000 MW, the equivalent of the power produced by a nuclear power reactor. One potential location is Chiba Prefecture. [REVE]

Floating wind turbine at Fukushima

¶ “French Firm to Build 40-MW Solar Plant in Eldoret” • French solar firm Alten Africa, based in Kenya, has picked compatriot renewable energy firm Voltalia to build its 40-MW solar plant in Eldoret, a city in the western part of the country. Alten said Voltalia has already started construction at the Uasin Gishu project. [Daily Nation]


¶ “Years of Shoddy Safety Policies Leave Pacific Gas and Electric Facing Bankruptcy” • After being suspected a culprit of the last devastating Californian wildfires, PG&E is reportedly facing bankruptcy. The utility is not only facing severe criticism over its recurring lack of security prevention in recent years, but also gigantic lawsuits. [CleanTechnica]

Camp Fire

¶ “Researchers Say Solar and Wind Energy Could Be the End of Coal in Texas” • Texas is a renowned producer of fossil fuels, such as coal and oil, but researchers at Houston’s Rice University claim that increased solar and wind energy adoption could be all Texas needs to quit coal for good. Texas does not even need batteries for such a transformation. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

¶ “Cuomo Calls Elon: Can Tesla Put NYC Subway System Back on Track?” • The MTA, which operates the New York City subway and bus system, is under the control of the governor, not the city. The system used to be one of the best in the world, but today it need help, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked for it from Elon Musk.  [CleanTechnica]

New York subway station

¶ “Texas Cities Leading Transition to Renewables” • In 2018, Georgetown became the first city in Texas to get 100% of its electricity from renewable sources. Now conservationists are pushing Austin, Bryan, Garland, San Antonio, and others to join 100 cities nationwide that have committed to transition away from fossil fuels. [Public News Service]

¶ “We Are All in This Together: California, Puerto Rico Officials Join in Climate Fight” • In the wake of mudslides, wildfires and hurricanes, elected officials from Southern California joined Carmen Yulin Cruz, the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital city, promising to support each other in responding to climate emergencies. [USA TODAY]

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