Archive for June 18th, 2019

June 18 Energy News

June 18, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “They Want To Create Floating Islands To Convert Sunlight Into Energy” • Researchers in Switzerland and Norway are trying to recycle carbon dioxide to make fuel. In a study published this month, the group proposes to use marine-based floating islands of solar cells to make hydrogen, extract CO₂ from sea water, and react them to make methanol. [CNN]

Solar system on water (Kevin Frayer | Getty Images)

¶ “Flesh-Eating Bacteria In New Jersey Reveal One Possible Effect Of Climate Change, Study Says” • In the past two years, five cases of Vibrio vulnificus, a flesh-eating bacterial infection, have been tied to Delaware Bay. Water temperatures have been rising there in recent years, making favorable conditions for the bacteria, according to a study. [CNN]

¶ “Atlantic Ocean ‘Running Out Of Breath'” • A huge research program has been launched to assess the health of the Atlantic Ocean. The iAtlantic project is the biggest ever mounted in the planet’s second largest ocean. The international program has more than 30 partners and is funded by the EU. Edinburgh University will co-ordinate it. [BBC]

Remotely-operated underwater vehicle (Sid Frisby)

World:

¶ “Norway Updates: Subaru, Mazda, And Ford Sales Plummet, Hydrogen Car Sales Frozen, Tesla Sales Jump” • In Norway, Subaru sales are down 66% in 2019, Mazda sales are down 45% in the last three years, and Ford sales are down 50% over the last ten years. Automakers and dealers slow to electrify are suffering, as Teslas and other EVs sell. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Beijing Opens New Bicycle Expressway” • Beijing opened a bicycle expressway connecting the residential neighborhoods of Huilongguan in Changping District with the rapidly developing high tech industrial zone in the Haidian district just 6.5 km away, according to China Plus. It cuts a commute taking 90 minutes to one of 25 minutes. [CleanTechnica]

Beijing bicycle expressway

¶ “Climeworks Starts Paid Carbon Dioxide Removal” • A Swiss company, Climeworks, is now allowing anyone in the world to turn their travel emissions into stone. Climeworks is taking CO₂ from the atmosphere and sequestering it in stone. They also sell it to industries that use it. These include carbonated beverages, greenhouses, and chemicals. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Sales Of Nissan e-NV200 Electric Vans Up 200% In UK” • For lots of business owners in the UK, the reduced costs to run the Nissan e-NV200 make it the perfect vehicle for their needs. Sales of the small delivery van, which is based on LEAF architecture, are up 200% year on year in the UK, according to a Nissan press release. [CleanTechnica]

Nissan e-NV200 (Nissan image)

¶ “Statkraft Forges UK Storage Links” • Norwegian utility Statkraft is partnering with battery developer Statera Energy to deliver 1 GW of flexible power supply. Under the 15-year strategic partnership, Statera will provide 50 MWh of storage capacity for a UK facility. High efficiency gas reciprocating engines will also be added. [reNEWS]

¶ “German PV Crew Delivers Egyptian Hat-Trick” • German developer Ib Vogt started commercial operations at three solar farms with a combined capacity of over 166 MW at the Benban complex in Egypt. The projects are the MMID 30, Phoenix 50, and BSEP 50. They were awarded under the second round of Egypt’s feed-in tariff program. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Ib Vogt image)

¶ “Ireland Commits To 70% Renewables With New Action Plan” • The Irish government released the country’s Climate Action Plan for 2019. It calls for a 70% renewables share in the total power mix by 2030. It almost triples the current 4.5 GW renewables capacity goal for 2030 as it calls for the installation of 13.2 GW of renewable capacity. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Erratic Policy ‘Stymying’ Renewables Growth” • Erratic policy is holding back renewable energy from its potential for cutting carbon emissions and meeting climate and development targets, according to a report by REN21. The report also said more clean power capacity was installed than fossil fuel and nuclear power combined for the fourth year in a row. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Pixabay image)

¶ “Synthetic Fuels: Supporting Wärtsilä’s Vision Of A 100% Renewable Energy Future” • As Wärtsilä continues to pursue a 100% renewable energy future, one emerging technology that looks set to play a major part in the process is synthetic fuel production, which generates synthetic fuel from excess CO₂ emissions. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

US:

¶ “Sunrun Brings Brightbox To New Jersey, Expands In New York State” • Sunrun, the leading home solar and battery provider in the US, announced that it was expanding its offerings in two key markets. The company is bringing its Brightbox home solar and battery service to residents of New Jersey, and it is expanding its offerings in New York state. [CleanTechnica]

Sunrun Brightbox installation (Sunrun image)

¶ “Boulder-Based Scout Energy Developing 200-MW Wind Farm In Minnesota” • A renewable energy developer based in Boulder, Colorado, plans to construct a 200-MW wind farm in Minnesota in 2021. At a cost of about $220 million, the Three Waters Wind Farm will have 71 turbines of 2.82 MW each, spread over 45,000 acres. [Boulder Daily Camera]

¶ “After 12 Years, The Oregon House Passes Controversial Carbon-Reduction Bill” • After more than six hours of debate, the Oregon House passed House Bill 2020, a long-awaited effort to meet the state’s carbon emission reduction goals. The bill is called “Clean Energy Jobs Bill” to emphasize the new green energy jobs it may create. [Willamette Week]

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