Archive for August 19th, 2019

August 19 Energy News

August 19, 2019

Electric Aircraft:

¶ “After The Hoversurf Bike Comes The eVTOL Hoversurf Formula” • Hoversurf Hoverbike is now working on another electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) air vehicle, the Hoversurf Formula. From a flying electric bike to an air taxi, the Hoversurf Formula is a larger eVTOL aircraft matching others in the industry. [CleanTechnica]

Hoversurf Formula taxi (Screenshot)

¶ “Lilium Flirts With Biomimicry, Wins Red Dot Award” • Lilium is getting closer to fulfilling our urban air mobility dreams with a design for an eye-catching air taxi. It recently won a prestigious award from the Red Dot Design Award organization, in its 2019 “Design Concept” category for novel concepts and products not yet on the market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Embraer, Bell, Brazil, And Uber Elevate Are Shaping Our Urban Air Mobility Future” • The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition is over and heads are spinning. Aviation startups are challenging our current air mobility system with urban air mobility. Embraer, Bell, Brazil, and Uber Elevate are a few of the innovators. [CleanTechnica]

EmbraerX eVTOL aircraft (Courtesy Embraer)


¶ “Finally, Australia Is About To Have A Plan To De-Carbonise The Grid” • The new Australian Energy Market Operator’s scenario planning for the future grid assumes the absence of a carbon price, because the political reality is that there probably will not be one. Nevertheless, it includes a scenario in keeping with a 1.5°C temperature rise. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Greta Thunberg: How Is Her Climate Mission Going?” • Teen activist Greta Thunberg is now five days into her boat journey across the Atlantic ocean, as she sails to attend two big climate change conferences in the US. The journey will take around two weeks on a high speed yacht, called the Malizia II. She said the food is good and she has not been seasick. [BBC]

Greta Thunberg at sea (@GretaThunberg, via Twitter)

¶ “Andhra Pradesh To Target Only Corrupt Green Projects” • Andhra Pradesh has shown a sign of changing its controversial stand that contracts with renewable energy companies should be renegotiated to bring down tariffs. A top-ranking official told ET that the state was only targeting projects where corruption was evident. [Economic Times]

¶ “Bac Lieu Promotes Use Of Renewable Energy In Shrimp Farming” • Specialists and scientists gathered at the Conference Promoting Renewable Energy Investment for Vietnamese Shrimp Industry in the Mekong Delta province of Bac Lieu. They are promoting the use of renewable energy to develop shrimp farming sustainably. []

Shrimp harvesting in Bac Lieu province (Photo: VNA)

¶ “Indonesia Has The Potential To Generate 788,000 MW Of Power From Renewable Energy Sources” • Indonesia, which has a pollution problem, has a potential to generate 788,000 MW of power from renewable energy sources such as wind power, solar, tidal, and geothermal. This is more than 14 times the country’s current electricity consumption. [REVE]

¶ “Infracapital Scores Finnish Wind Double” • Infrastructure equity investment company Infracapital reached an agreement to acquire two Finnish wind projects from OX2. Together, the Kropuln and Storbacken wind farms will have 14 turbines. Construction will begin in autumn 2019 with commercial operations expected in late 2021. [reNEWS]

Wind farm in Finland (OX2 image)

¶ “North Of Scotland To Bring Winds Of Change” • A group of companies joined together to forge an offshore wind industry in the North of Scotland that aims to provide 30% of UK energy production by 2030. The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership also seeks to that will take expertise from the north east around the globe. [Press and Journal]

¶ “World’s Longest Offshore Wind Turbine Blade Arrives In UK” • The world’s longest offshore wind turbine blade has arrived at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s testing facilities in Blyth, Northumberland. It is 107 meters (351 feet) long, a world record. It will help drive a Haliade-X 12 MW turbine built by GE Renewable Energy. [The Maritime Executive]

Longest turbine blade


¶ “Offshore Wind To Hit ‘193 GW By 2030’ Says NREL” • The global offshore wind market could reach a total installed capacity of 193 GW by 2030, a report from the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has found. NREL is projecting accelerated growth in the next decade, with cumulative capacity ranging from 154 GW up to the 193 GW. [reNEWS]

¶ “Just What Are Ford And Rivian Up To?” • Ford has invested $500 million into Rivian, an electric vehicle startup that bought the former Mitsubishi factory in Normal, Illinois. Rivian showed off two large electric vehicles at the Los Angeles auto show last year, a pickup truck and a utility vehicle. Both deliver nearly 200 horsepower to each wheel. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian utility vehicle (Rivian image)

¶ “MD’s New Clean-Energy Task Force Cuts Out Green Groups” • Maryland’s Republican Gov Larry Hogan signed an executive order establishing a task force to recommend where to site solar and wind projects. The new group includes key government, industry, and agricultural stakeholders, but no environmental groups. [Public News Service]

¶ “US Plans To Send Nuclear Reactors To Space” • While the nuclear energy industry is struggling to stay afloat in the US, bogged down by public and political mistrust, crushing nuclear waste-maintenance costs, and a market flooded by cheap natural gas, the country has grand plans for nuclear power on the Moon and Mars. [RT]

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