March 28 Energy News

March 28, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Greenland’s Most Critical Glacier Is Suddenly Gaining Ice, But That Might Not Be A Good Thing” • Greenland’s largest and most critical glacier, Jakobshavn, is gaining ice, according to NASA researchers. This might sound like good news, but the reason for the ice accumulation might spell disaster in the long run. [CNN]

Glacier (Joe Raedle, Getty Images Europe, Getty Images)

¶ “Awesome Solid State Battery Breakthrough News” • In theory, solid state batteries will cost less, last long, and be able to go through more charging cycles than traditional lithium-ion batteries. They may have higher energy density, weigh less, and be smaller. The need no cobalt, and they do not explode or catch fire. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “How Hydrogen Is Transforming These Tiny Scottish Islands” • Scotland’s Orkney islands produce more clean energy than their inhabitants can use, so they make hydrogen for fuel with the excess energy. If all goes according to plan, by 2021 the islands will have the world’s first sea-going car-and-passenger ferry fueled only by hydrogen. [BBC]

Wave energy generator (Credit: Alamy)

¶ “Global Energy Demand Increased 2.3% In 2018, Pushing Energy-Related Emissions Up By 1.7%” • Global energy demand increased by 2.3% in 2018, the fastest growth this decade, driven by a strong global economy and increased heating and cooling needs. This drove global energy-related CO₂ emissions up by 1.7% to 33 gigatonnes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “RenewableUK Seeks Plan For Large-Scale Deployment Of Floating Wind” • RenewableUK, the trade body for the wind and marine energy industries in the UK, launched a new industry group, the Floating Wind Steering Group, with the intention of developing a strategy for the large-scale deployment of floating wind technology. [CleanTechnica]

Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm

¶ “Vestas ‘Tops’ 2018 Turbine Orders Chart” • Global wind turbine orders grew 31% in 2018, with Danish manufacturer Vestas securing the most deals, according to a new report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The report, “Global Wind Turbine Order Analysis: Q1 2019,” said Vestas booked 14.2 GW of orders in 2018. [reNEWS]

¶ “Strong Support For South Australia’s 100% Renewables Target” • Residents of South Australia have shown overwhelming support for the 100% Renewable Energy Target by 2030, a poll indicates. Of those surveyed, 69% said they were in favor of the target regardless of their political affiliation, The Australia Institute found. [pv magazine Australia]

Hornsdale wind farm and power reserve (Image: Neoen)

¶ “IEA: One-Quarter Of Global Power Is Renewables” • Over 25% of global power output is from renewable sources, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency. The paper “Global Energy & CO₂ Status Report,” said renewables grew by 4% in 2018, representing almost one-quarter of global energy demand growth. [reNEWS]

¶ “East Java Sees Geothermal As The Most Relevant Renewable Energy” • For Java, geothermal energy is the most relevant form of renewable energy, according to East Java’s Deputy Governor, who said, “As much as 40% of the total geothermal energy in the world is in Indonesia.” East Java has thirteen potential sites for geothermal development. [ThinkGeoEnergy]

Indonesia (Sakuntala Stei | Flickr, creative commons)

¶ “Making Metals With Renewable Energy” • In what’s been described as a first-of-a-kind project, Element 25, an Australian company specializing in manganese production, will test such renewable energy solutions as wind and solar for powering the electrowinning processes in the production of electrolytic manganese metal. [pv magazine Australia]

US:

¶ “Electric Vehicles Are Driving Rates Down: How Do EVs Impact Electricity Rates?” • Some people believe that charging EVs will necessarily stress the electric grid, resulting in costly upgrades that drive up electric rates. Analysis conducted by Synapse Energy Economics found the opposite has been observed in the real world. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3

¶ “Trump’s Clean Car Rollbacks Would Cost Drivers More Money, Finds Surprised Bush-era Official” • A study by President George W Bush’s anti-regulatory czar found that the current fuel efficiency and emissions standards are good for the economy as a whole, mostly due to the significant savings American drivers would see at the pump. [DeSmog]

¶ “US Devotes More Coal-Killing Dollars To Cut Solar Costs” • Bad news for the US coal industry just keeps rolling in, and now natural gas stakeholders also have a reason to fret. The US Department of Energy has just announced a new $130 million round of funding aimed at driving the cost of solar power down, down, down. Ouch! [CleanTechnica]

Concentrating solar power

¶ “Mitsubishi Launches US Renewable Energy Subsidiary” • Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas has launched Oriden, a US-based renewable energy solutions provider. Located in Pittsburgh, Oriden will be fully backed by MHPS to pursue end-to-end offerings of renewable energy solutions for customers independently. [PV-Tech]

¶ “Clock Ticking On Pennsylvania Nuke Subsidy Bill Hearings” • Pennsylvania lawmakers proposed a $500 million plan to subsidize the state’s nuclear fleet, but hearings on the issue still appear to be weeks away. They do not have much time. Exelon promised to begin the four-month deactivation process for Three Mile Island on June 1. [RTO Insider]

Have an agreeably great day.

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