June 8 Energy News

June 8, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Faster, Better, Cheaper – Fraunhofer Dry Film Battery Electrode Process Revealed” • Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials and Beam Technology IWS developed a way to make lithium-ion batteries using a dry film. It is a better, cheaper battery that is kinder to the environment. And it is already in small scale production! [CleanTechnica]

Dry film battery electrode (Credit: Fraunhofer Institute)

World:

¶ “After The Sun, Delhi Metro To Source Power From Waste” • Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is India’s largest subway system and one of the world’s largest. DMRC is the first metro project in India to source power from a waste-based power plant. It also uses a large-scale solar power project in Madhya Pradesh and 28 MW of rooftop PV systems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GreenWay Reaches 100 EV Fast Chargers In Poland!” • The Slovakian EV fast charging leader, GreenWay, has populated the country of Poland quickly with 100 EV fast chargers. GreenWay opened its first Polish fast charger in December of 2016. Its hundredth charging station in Poland is at a large shopping mall in Warsaw. [CleanTechnica]

Charging EVs in Poland

¶ “Grenergy Closes Financing On Two Wind Farms In Peru” • Grenergy, a Spanish renewable energy company, signed a financing agreement of $40 million (about €35.5 million) for the construction and development of two wind farms in Peru. The Duna and Huambos wind farms will have an installed capacity of 36.8 MW. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Santiago (Chile) Adding 200 Electric Buses In 2019” • This summer, 183 more BYD electric buses will arrive in Santiago, Chile, the Minister of Transport and Telecommunications said. They will join the 100 electric buses that BYD and local partner Enel brought to the capital last December. And 25 more will arrive in the fourth quarter. [CleanTechnica]

BYD buses in Santiago in 2018 (BYD image)

¶ “German States Say Renewables Roll-Out Need Not Wait On Grid Expansion” • Germany’s federal state premiers agreed to push ahead with the renewables roll-out without waiting for grid improvements, an article in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitungreport said. Green power can be used locally to produce hydrogen, synthetic fuels, or heat. [Clean Energy Wire]

¶ “Japan Plans Carbon Emission Cuts, More Nuclear Energy” • Japan is calling for further efforts to cut its carbon emissions by promoting renewable energy while also pushing nuclear power despite its 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. An energy policy paper adopted by the cabinet sited an urgent need to reduce carbon emissions. [Japan Today]

Unit 4 reactor building at Fukushima Daiichi (AP file photo)

¶ “Glasgow And Edinburgh Could Be Contaminated With Radiation If EDF Decides To Reopen Two Nuclear Reactors With 400 Cracks In The Core Walls, Experts Warn” • Dr Ian Fairlie, an independent consultant on radioactivity in the environment, and Dr David Toke, of the University of Aberdeen, both warn against attempts to reopen the reactors. [Daily Mail]

US:

¶ “White House Blocked Intelligence Aide’s Written Testimony On Climate Change” • White House officials barred a State Department intelligence staffer from submitting written testimony this week to the House Intelligence Committee warning that human-caused climate change could be “possibly catastrophic.” [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Melting ice (Rodrigo ABD | AP, file)

¶ “Automakers, Fearing Prolonged Regulatory Uncertainty, Tell Trump To Cut A Deal With California On Emissions” • A group of 17 world automakers wrote to President Trump asking him to abandon his plans to scrap the emissions standards. Instead, they want a compromise with California and the other states that use its tougher standards. [CNN]

¶ “Hot! Tesla Opens First Public 250-kW Supercharging Station In Fremont, California” • Tesla opened up its first public 250-kW Supercharging V3 with the addition of 8 V3 stalls at its Fremont, California, factory. The V3 stalls were opened to the public just 3 short months after Tesla’s first announcement of the 250-kW charging standard. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Fremont factory

¶ “Campaigns Go Public With Anger At Democratic National Committee As First Debate Looms” • The Democratic National Committee’s rules on debates have made some presidential candidates angry enough to complain publicly. Qualification for debates is an issue, but some candidates are angry that there will be no debate on climate change. [CNN]

¶ “Hydropower Project – Carson Dives Into Water-Generated Energy” • In Colorado, leaders at Fort Carson signed to purchase water-powered electricity starting in May 2019, increasing the installation’s commitment to investing in renewable energy. The electricity is generated at a new 7.5-MW power facility at Pueblo Dam. [fortcarsonmountaineer.com]

Power plant at Pueblo Dam (Photo courtesy of Chris Woodka)

¶ “Consumers Energy Starts New Era For Renewable Energy In Michigan with Approval Of Clean Energy Plan” • Consumers Energy received approval from state regulators for its Clean Energy Plan. It puts Consumers Energy on a path to eliminate coal and reduce carbon emissions over 90% by 2040 through use of clean energy resources. [EnerCom Inc]

¶ “Crown Chooses Wind Power In Long-Term Renewable Energy Initiative” • Crown Holdings, Inc signed a 15-year Virtual Power Purchase Agreement with Longroad Energy to use wind power in all of its US and Canadian beverage can plants, starting July 1, 2020. The electricity will come from a wind farm in Knox County, Texas. [Windpower Engineering]

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