Archive for July 31st, 2019

July 31 Energy News

July 31, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Greenland Is Melting In A Heatwave. That’s Everyone’s Problem” • Extreme heat bowled over Europe last week, smashing records in its wake. Now, the heatwave that started in the Sahara has rolled into Greenland, where more records are expected to crumble in the coming days. This has effects across the globe. [CNN]

Greenland (Jakec, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Turning Heat Into Light Could Make Solar Panels 80% Efficient, Rice Researchers Say” • Scientists at Rice University are turning heat into light which can be used to make electricity. They say their research could ultimately lead to solar panels that are 80% efficient, nearly four times as efficient as any panels that are commercially available today. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Porsche Has 30,000 Reservations For Its Taycan Electric 4-Door Sports Car” • The new Porsche Taycan all-electric 4-door sedan will be in production soon and the company says it already has 30,000 reservations for the car. In light of that level of interest, the initial plan to build 20,000 cars a year has been doubled to 40,000. [CleanTechnica]

Porsche Taycan (Porsche image)

¶ “University Of Cambridge Announces Science Based Target For Carbon Reduction” • The University of Cambridge in the UK announced last week that it is the first university in the world to adopt a 1.5°C Science Based Target for carbon reduction, which will see it reduce its energy-related CO₂ emissions to “absolute zero” by 2048. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India And Australia To Lead Cost Competitive Renewables In Asia Pacific” • India and Australia are expected to lead a regional shift in power generation costs over the next few years, according to new figures from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. The shift will see renewable energy sources cost competitive with fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Hamilton Solar Farm in Australia (Edify Energy image)

¶ “State Minister For Energy And Mining Opens New Engie Wind Farm To Help Power South Australia” • Engie opened its Willogoleche Wind Farm in South Australia, one of the largest renewable energy projects completed in the state. It has a capacity of 119 MW, enough to deliver renewable energy to 80,000 homes. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Welsh Port Moves 100% Of Its Electricity Usage To Renewable Energy” • In Wales, the Port of Milford Haven has continued its commitment to renewable energy by switching its energy provider to Octopus Energy. The move to Octopus means that 100% of the Port’s electricity usage is guaranteed to be coming from renewable sources. [Business News Wales]

Welsh solar array

¶ “Enel Signs With AngloAmerican In Chile Group’s Largest Renewable Energy Supply Deal” • Enel Generación Chile and global mining company AngloAmerican signed an agreement for supply up to 3 TWh of renewable energy per year over a 10-year period. It will help AngloAmerican reduce its total CO₂ emissions in Chile by over 70%. [REVE]


¶ “Coke And Pepsi Abandon The Plastics Lobby” • Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, two major sellers of plastic bottles, have made sweeping sustainability commitments. Now they are stepping away from a plastics lobbying group. The association took positions that “were not fully consistent with our commitments and goals,” Coca-Cola said in a statement. [CNN]

Plastic bottles (Shutterstock image)

¶ “New York Times Champions Two ‘Leave It In The Ground’ Proponents, Jay Inslee And Lee Wasserman” • Two op-ed pieces in The New York Times look at advocates for reducing our use of fossil fuels. They are Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington and presidential candidate, and Lee Wasserman, director of the Rockefeller Family Fund. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Ramping Up Production Of V3 Solar Roof Tiles To 1,000 Systems Per Week By End Of 2019” • Tesla CEO Elon Musk has confirmed on Twitter that the company is working to ramp up the production of its solar roof tiles to a rate of 1000 per week by the end of the year. Better solar cells could also see efficiency as high as 23%. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla solar roof (Tesla image)

¶ “Engie Secures Storage Six Pack In Massachusetts” • Engie Storage is to supply and operate a 19-MW portfolio of six energy storage systems in Massachusetts, to be coupled with solar power plants. The combined solar and storage portfolio will participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets. It is being developed by Syncarpha Capital. [reNEWS]

¶ “New Dairy Renewable Natural Gas Facility Expected To Become Largest In The US” • Calgren Dairy Fuels and Southern California Gas announced the completion of Calgren’s dairy renewable natural gas facility. The project, in the Central Valley, is expected to be the largest dairy biogas operation in the US within six months. [Bioenergy Insight Magazine]

Grazing cows

¶ “Arizona Utility Targets 400 MW Of Clean Power” • Arizona Public Service Company will add solar and wind capacity with a combined total capacity of 400 MW by 2021. The company plans to issue two requests for proposal. One is for proposals for up to 150 MW of APS-owned solar resources. The other will be for up to 250 MW of wind capacity. [reNEWS]

¶ “Georgia Regulators Raise Fresh Concerns About Nuclear Project’s Timing” • Georgia regulators are raising fresh doubts about Georgia Power’s latest timeline for completing the nuclear power expansion at Plant Vogtle, partly because of lingering risks, productivity slips and concerns about aging equipment that has not been maintained. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

Have a positively invigorating day.

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