October 11 Energy News

October 11, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Carlsberg Is Working On Beer Bottles Made Of Paper” • Carlsberg, the Danish beer company, is getting closer to its goal of selling beer in paper bottles. Fiber bottles are better for the environment than aluminum or glass because they are sourced in a sustainable way, and because paper has a “very low impact on production processes.” [CNN]

Carlsberg’s latest paper bottle prototype (Carlsberg image)


¶ “Dyson Abandons Electric Car Project” • After making plans and spending millions, Dyson has quit the car-making business. Going forward, the company will “concentrate on the formidable task of manufacturing solid-state batteries” as well as other “fundamental” technologies like vision systems, robotics, machine learning, and AI. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Danish Six Pack Forms Taiwan Offshore Cluster” • Six Danish companies are collaborating to provide services to the offshore wind sector in Taiwan. They are ProCon Wind Energy, A-leaf, All NRG, Comtech, Hytor and Site Solution Partners. The six companies will operate independently from each other from a shared office in Taiwan. [reNEWS]

Mast sections (Pro Con Wind Energy image)

¶ “Three Battery Researchers Share Nobel Prize In Chemistry” • Three people who are primarily responsible for creating the rechargeable lithium ion battery that has become the preferred power source for personal digital devices, energy storage, and electric car batteries today are sharing the Nobel Prize for chemistry. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Equinor To Invest Nearly $550 Million In Floating Windpower Off Norway” • Equinor will invest close to 5 billion Norwegian crowns ($549 million) to build floating turbines that will supply power to several North Sea oil and gas platforms, the first such project of its kind, the Norwegian firm said. The project will have a capacity of 88 MW. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Offshore wind farm

¶ “Vietnam’s First, Southeast Asia’s Largest Floating Solar Project Secures Funding” • Da Mi Hydro Power signed an agreement with the Asian Development Bank to fund development of Vietnam’s first large-scale floating PV solar energy facility. The 47.5-MW solar energy plant will be built at the utility’s existing 175-MW hydropower plant. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Union Demands Halt To New Wind And Solar Projects In Queensland, But It’s Already Happened” • The influential Electrical Trades Union has demanded that the Queensland government put an immediate halt to all large scale renewable and energy projects until it has put together a “just transition plan” and a detailed energy policy. [RenewEconomy]

Wind farm in Queensland

¶ “Saskatchewan Launches Call To Build 300 MW Of Wind Power Capacity” • Saskatchewan is launching a new request for proposals to add up to 300 MW of wind power generation capacity. Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said the province could quadruple its wind power when a project or projects come online in late 2023 or 2024. [GuelphToday]

¶ “With Appeal Of TEPCO Acquittal, Thousands Hit By Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Seek Closure” • Plaintiffs appealed a ruling handed down by the Tokyo District Court in mid-September that found three former TEPCO executives not guilty of professional negligence. They had filed a  class action lawsuit against the executives. [The Japan Times]

Namie, evacuated (Steven L Herman, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Nearly 600 Ex-EPA Officials Want Congress To Investigate Agency Over ‘Inappropriate Threat Of Use’ Of Authority” • Nearly 600 former EPA officials are calling on Congress to investigate the Trump administration’s “inappropriate threat of use of EPA authority” against the state of California over recent environmental policies. [CNN]

¶ “California Governor Says ‘Greed’ To Blame For Power Outage As More Than 300,000 Remain In The Dark” • An angry Gov Gavin Newsom slammed California’s largest utility over its power shutoffs, saying they’re the result of years of greed and mismanagement. PG&E cut power to almost 800,000 customers Wednesday to avoid fires. [CNN]

Oakland, blacked out (Ray Chavez | San Jose Mercury via AP)

¶ “College To Build The Largest Private Solar Array In Iowa” • Thanks to a 20-year purchase agreement with Trusted Energy, Grinnell College will soon begin installing over 10,000 solar panels near campus. Starting in the spring of 2020, the College will be able to generate up to 30% of its power through solar energy. [Scarlet and Black]

¶ “Huffman Gets Bleak Input on Fisheries” • Fishing has long provided a livelihood in Northern California’s Humboldt Count, but when Rep Jared Huffman went on a listening tour, he found that is no longer true. Four important kinds of salmon have been declared overfished. This is not because of excessive fishing; it is because the climate is changing. [North Coast Journal]

Fishing boat

¶ “California, New England Will Miss 2050 Carbon Targets At Current Pace, Reports Find” • Although US cities, states, and corporations are becoming more aggressive in their aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, some of the most ambitious players are falling short of their goals, according to several recent reports. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Trump’s Push To Save Coal Is Failing. Coal Demand To Plunge To 42-Year Low” • President Donald Trump’s mission to revive America’s coal industry is failing. US power plants are expected to consume less coal next year than at any point since President Jimmy Carter was in office, according to forecasts by the DOE’s Energy Information Administration. [CNN]

Have an enchantingly beautiful day.

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