March 3 Energy News

March 3, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Freak Weather ‘Will Make Life Harder For Business'” • First we had the Beast from the East, then the joint hottest summer on record, and now February winter temperatures have soared to all-time highs. The UK’s weather is getting more difficult to predict, and for UK businesses that is creating both opportunities and headaches. [Myjoyonline.com]

Weather

Science and Technology:

¶ “Garbage In, Energy Out: Synova Power Turns Waste Into Electricity” • The concept of turning bio waste into energy has been around for a while. But what about the biggest culprit, plastic? What if you could put bio and petrochemical waste in one end and get electricity out of the other? Synova Power says it has a practical, working solution. [Entrepreneur]

World:

¶ “Dubai’s DEWA Invites Developers For Fifth Phase Of Solar Park” • Dubai Electricity and Water Authority issued a Request for Qualification for developers to build and operate the fifth phase of its Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. The solar park aims to generate 1,000 MW by 2020 and 5,000 MW by 2030. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Solar array

¶ “WB Okays $185 Million To Expand Renewable Energy Generation In Bangladesh” •  The World Bank has approved $185 million to install up to 310 MW of renewable energy generation capacity in Bangladesh and to mobilize the private sector to participate with a goal of meeting the growing demand for electricity in the country. [The Daily Star]

¶ “In Jujuy, China Is Building Latin America’s Largest Solar Plant: Cauchari” • In the Argentine province of Jujuy, at 4,000 meters above sea level, banners inscribed with Chinese characters flap outside a temporary office perched on a barren desert. The 300-MW plant shows increasing cooperation between China and Argentina. [Buenos Aires Times]

Cauchari solar plant (Photo: Fermin Koop)

¶ “Batteries Can Help Renewables Reach Full Potential In Africa” • In Sub-Saharan Africa, nearly 600 million people still live without access to reliable and affordable electricity, despite the region’s significant wind and solar power potential and burgeoning energy demand. Batteries can help them get reliable electric power. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “Spain And Morocco Sign Interconnector Deal” • Spain and Morocco have signed an agreement on the construction of a power interconnector under the Straits of Gibraltar. The 700-MW is due to be commissioned before 2026. Spain’s two existing cables to Morocco are Europe’s only electricity interconnections with Africa so far. [Energy Reporters]

Strait of Gibraltar

¶ “Solar Power Accounts For 50% Capacity Addition In 2018” • Solar power for the first time in India made over 50% power capacity addition in 2018 although Goods and Service Tax, safeguard duty, and land and transmission issues took a toll on large-scale power installation, according to a Mercom India Research report. [Financial Express]

¶ “Australia Plans Ambitious Hydropower Project” • Australia is planning to build a multibillion-dollar underground hydropower station in the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales. It is a huge and complex engineering task, which is to back up wind and solar power with pumped storage. It could generate electricity for 500,000 homes. [Voice of America]

Winter sports in the Snowy Mountains (VOA file photo)

¶ “Angus Taylor Again Falsely Claims Australia’s Greenhouse Emissions Are Falling” • The energy minister has again insisted Australia’s emissions are going down, when the government’s official figures show emissions continue to increase, as the government struggles to sell the latest incarnation of its energy policy. [The Guardian]

¶ “Achieving Paris Climate Target Could Add Billions In Fisheries Revenue” • Achieving the Paris Agreement global warming target could protect millions of tonnes in worldwide fisheries catch, as well as billions of dollars of annual revenues for countries with fisheries, a study found. The study was published in the journal Science Advances. [Financial Express]

Some of the world’s 260 million marine fishery workers

¶ “NRA Eyes Seabed Watch Of Caldera Near Kagoshima Nuclear Plant ” • The nightmare scenario of a volcanic crater erupting and spewing a pyroclastic flow over a nuclear power plant, causing catastrophic levels of radiation to be released, does not appear to be on the horizon. But Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority is not taking chances. [Asahi Shimbun]

US:

¶ “78% Of Tesla’s 2018 Model 3 Sales Were Online – Musk Email Sheds Light On New Sales Strategy” • An email Elon Musk sent to Tesla employees explains some of the reasons for Tesla’s shift in sales strategy from brick-and-mortar stores to an online focus. Notably, 78% of all Model 3 sales in 2018 were already conducted online. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3

¶ “Lawmakers Question Carbon Tech Proposed In Plan To Keep San Juan Plant Running” • A New York hedge fund negotiating with the city of Farmington to take over the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station proposes to make it cleaner with a carbon capture system. But the technology is controversial and untested at this scale. [New Mexico Political Report]

¶ “The ‘Grandfather’ Of Climate Science Leaves A Final Warning For Earth” • Wallace Broecker was the man who popularized the term “global warming” and first described the critical role the world’s oceans play in the climate. Days before his death, he urged scientists to consider deploying a last-ditch solar shield to stop global warming. [NBCNews.com]

Have an inspiringly awesome day.

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