October 21 Energy News

October 21, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “UK Man Invents Aluminum-Air Battery In His Garage” • Former Royal Navy officer Trevor Jackson began experimenting with aluminum air batteries at home in 2001. Now he says he has a new electrolyte that makes it possible for his battery to power an electric car for up to 1,500 miles. One hitch is that the battery is not recharged; it is replaced. [CleanTechnica]

Household materials (Chemicum via YouTube)

World:

¶ “Thanks, Tesla – Porsche Taycan EV Outperforms Fossil Panamera Sibling” • The Porsche Taycan offers much higher performance, compared to its gas-powered Panamera sedan sibling, and is less expensive. This applies for other Porsche models as well. Surely some mistake by Porsche? Perhaps not; it has to compete with Tesla. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Commercial Rooftops Will Lead Renewables Growth In The Next Five Years” • The International Energy Agency is accused often of underrating the potential for renewables in the global energy mix. But the press release on the IEA’s Renewables 2019 report calls the potential for rooftop solar over the next five years “breathtaking.” [pv magazine International]

Installing rooftop solar (Image: CoCreatr | Flickr)

¶ “Brazil Awards 2.24 GW Of Renewables In Oct 18 Tender” • Brazil awarded renewable power supply contracts to projects with a combined capacity of around 2,245 MW in Friday’s tender, the Power Trading Chamber announced. Contracts were awarded for over 250,000 GWh at an average price of R$176.09/MWh ($42.81/MWh). [Renewables Now]

¶ “Greenpeace Urges Philippine Gov’t To Look Into Abundant Sources Of Clean, Safe, Renewable Energy” • Greenpeace called on the Philippine government to stop all plans to pursue nuclear energy, oil exploration, and coal expansion, and instead focus on maximizing the country’s abundant potential for clean, safe renewable energy. [Manila Bulletin]

Rainbow Warrior (Manila Bulletin File Photo | AFP)

¶ “Coal Miners See Future In Romania’s Renewable Energy Sector” • Like other mining areas across the world, almost all the mines in Romania’s Jiu Valley have closed. Miners are out of work, and the once thriving region is depressed. The Romanian Wind Energy Association is giving miners a chance to find work in wind power. [New Europe]

¶ “Renewable Energy To Expand By 50% In Next Five Years – Report” • Renewable electricity is growing faster globally than expected and could expand by 50% in the next five years, powered by solar energy. The International Energy Agency found that solar, wind, and hydropower projects are growing at their fastest rate in four years. [The Guardian]

Isle of May, Scotland (Mike Powles | FLPA | Rex | Shutterstock)

¶ “Trading Coal For Clean Energy, BHP Takes $1 Billion Hit At Chilean Mines” • Australia’s biggest miner, BHP, is replacing coal-fired power supplying its two copper-mining operations in Chile with renewables, cutting costs 20%. BHP said it would take a $780 million (A$1.14 billion) charge for the cancellation of its coal contracts. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “2,000 Would-Be Greta Thunbergs: London Summit Unites World’s Environment Prodigies” • The world’s largest global forum for young leaders is about to open, as over 2,000 young people from across the world converge on London. One Young World’s tenth annual summit will welcome young delegates from more than 190 countries. [The Guardian]

2018 Opening of OYW (Martyn Hicks | One Young World)

¶ “Vestas Scores 61-MW Taiwan Double” • Vestas has secured a 61-MW turbine order from WPD for the Chuangwei and Leadway wind farms in Taiwan. The Danish manufacturer will supply, transport, install and commission a total of 17 V117-3.45MW machines delivered in 3.6-MW power optimised mode. It also has a 15-year management agreement. [reNEWS]

¶ “Trade Barriers ‘Hitting Wind Industry'” • The Global Wind Energy Council is calling on world governments to refrain from putting up trade barriers that impact turbine equipment. It wants to ensure an open investment climate for companies financing the global energy transition, as dealing with climate change will need investments of $2.4 trillion per year. [reNEWS]

Installing a blade (GWEC image)

¶ “Japan Atomic Power To Get ¥350 Billion To Reboot Plant” • Japan Atomic Power Co, a wholesaler of electricity generated at its nuclear plants, is likely to receive about ¥350 billion ($3.22 billion) in funding from five major utility firms to help it resume operations at the Tokai No 2 nuclear station northeast of Tokyo, sources close to the matter say. [Japan Today]

US:

¶ “Virginia Signs Blockbuster Renewable Energy Contract With Dominion. That’s The Good News” • The state of Virginia signed a deal with Dominion Energy that it calls the largest renewable energy agreement by any US state. What could be wrong with this picture? Dominion Energy has opposed renewable energy for years and may continue to do so. [CleanTechnica]

Solar farm at sunrise (Dominion Energy image)

¶ “President’s Windmill Hatred Is A Worry For Booming Industry” • Land-based turbines are rising by the thousands from the remote Texas plains to farm towns of Iowa. And the wind boom is expanding offshore, as big corporations plan to invest $70 billion on offshore wind farms. But President Donald Trump hates wind turbines. [FOX 61]

¶ “Coal Miners Facing Layoffs As Output Dips” • It is the clearest sign yet that America’s coal country is headed for widespread job cuts: The amount of coal being produced per US miner is at the lowest level in eight years. Despite actions by President Donald Trump, US production is expected to slide 10% this year, and jobs are at risk. [NWAOnline]

Have an exquisitely pleasant day.

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