October 30 Energy News

October 30, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Carbon Capture: Bright Promise Or Senseless Boondoggle?” • Researchers at MIT say they have invented a new process that is effective at pulling CO₂ out of the atmosphere at concentrations as low as 400 parts per million. Stanford’s Professor Mark Jacobson, however, points out that there is more to the story than that. [CleanTechnica]

MIT carbon capture system (MIT image)

¶ “Sustainable Paper’s Best Kept Secret: Biogas” • Paper making is energy intensive. But a French paper maker, Rolland, has started to pipe methane from a landfill eight miles away to use it in its plant. This prevents escape of a powerful greenhouse gas and uses it to replace 93% of the natural gas that would have been used to operate the plant. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Seaplanes Get Electric With Magnix And Harbour Air” • Harbour Air, based in Vancouver, says it is on schedule in the conversion of the world’s first seaplane to e-plane. It is installing a 750 hp magniX motor and connecting it to the internal systems in preparation for its first flight. Harbour Air expects to complete the test by the end of the year. [CleanTechnica]

Harbour Air ePlane1 (Harbour Air image)

¶ “SP Group Launches First Zero-Emission Building In Southeast Asia Powered By Green Hydrogen” • A building in Singapore, at SP’s training center at Woodleigh Park, operates just like other buildings, but it is not grid tied. It is powered by 100% renewable energy and it is the first zero-emission building in Southeast Asia powered by green hydrogen. [CNA]

¶ “China Uses More Renewable Energy In First Nine Months” • China’s renewable energy generation rose 11% year on year, to the end of September, to 1.44 trillion kilowatt-hours, according to the National Energy Administration. Hydropower was up 7.9%, wind power was up 8.9%, and output of solar PVs rose 28.1% from a year ago. [Khmer Times]

Solar power in China (Cao Yang | Xinhua)

¶ “Audit Finds Failings At EDF Nuclear Plant” • After a report outlining the Flamanville 3 nuclear project’s failures was issued, the French government has told energy company Électricité de France to produce an urgent action plan. The plant is seven years behind schedule and billions of euros over budget. The French government is EDF’s majority shareholder. [KHL Group]

Australia:

¶ “Victoria 50% By 2030 Renewable Energy Target Voted Into Law” • A bolstered Victorian Renewable Energy Target of 50% by 2030 is now written into law, after the Labor government’s Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Amendment Bill 2019 won the vote in state parliament. This fulfills a platform by Labor in last year’s election. [RenewEconomy]

Ararat Wind Farm

¶ “‘Dawn Of Battery Age’: AGL Inks Battery Deal In Time For Liddell Exit” • Four large batteries are to be built in New South Wales. Power giant AGL struck a deal to get them in time for the looming shutdown of its Liddell coal-fired generator. Each has a capacity of 50-MW/100-MWh. Together, they could power tens of thousands of homes. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Coalition Gives $1 Billion To CEFC For 24/7 Reliable Renewable Power” • After trying for years to abolish and hamstring the $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Australia’s federal government has injected another $1 billion into it to underwrite renewables integration and grid stabilization technologies. [RenewEconomy]

Montague island (Binarysequence, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Why GM is backing Trump in his fight against California” • General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota, and some other foreign car makers are seeking to become a parties to a legal battle the Trump Administration brought against the state of California and 13 other states that are following its lead over whether California can set its own auto emission rules. [CNN]

¶ “Getty Fire: Authorities Issue Extreme Red Flag Warning” • An “extreme red flag warning” was issued in southern California, marking the first such alert of its kind. The warning was issued by the Los Angeles weather service. The winds are expected to reach 80 mph (128 km/h) and there is concern they will help the fire spread. [BBC]

Getty Fire in the hills of Los Angeles (Reuters)

¶ “America’s Largest Private Coal Miner Files For Bankruptcy” • The slow death of the coal industry has forced Murray Energy, the country’s largest private coal miner, to file for bankruptcy protection. Murray Energy and its subsidiaries operate 17 active mines in Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Utah, and West Virginia. They employ 7,000 workers. [CNN]

¶ “Green Energy Installations In Upper Midwest Offer Best Bang For Buck” • A Harvard study finds that installing wind turbines and solar power in the Upper Midwest and mid-Atlantic regions can help maximize improvements in both public health and the economy. Windpower’s economic benefits in the Upper Midwest could be $113/MWh. [Courthouse News Service]

Renewable energy

¶ “Dominion’s Green Energy Package Comes With A Catch: Coal. Businesses Aren’t Happy” • Dominion Energy’s newest plan for a renewable energy package that environmentally conscious customers can buy is causing some big businesses, including Walmart, to push back against what they call “an unattractive offering.” [Virginia Mercury]

¶ “Non-Hydro Renewables Produce 11.4% Of US Electricity In Eight Months Of 2019” • Renewable energy sources accounted for 18.49% of net domestic electrical generation during the first eight months of 2019, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of Energy Information Administration data. Non-hydro renewable sources produced 11.44%. [Renewables Now]

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