Archive for November 2nd, 2019

November 2 Energy News

November 2, 2019


¶ “Katherine Hayhoe Explains The Strange Disconnect Between Evangelical Christians And Climate Science” • Katherine Hayhoe is both an evangelical Christian and co-director of the Climate Center at Texas Tech University. She explained in an opionion piece how to resolve the conflict in America between climate science and evangelical Christians. [CleanTechnica]

Katherine Hayhoe (Credit: YouTube)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Penn State Researchers Say A 10-Minute EV Recharge Is Possible With New Battery Technology” • Researchers at Penn State claim they found a way to recharge an EV in ten minutes and are targeting five minute recharging times in the near future. The trick is to heat the battery rapidly and then cool it back down quickly. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Millions Of Masks Distributed To Students In ‘Gas Chamber’ Delhi” • Five million masks are being distributed at schools in India’s capital, Delhi, after pollution made the air so toxic officials were forced to declare a public health emergency. A Supreme Court-mandated panel imposed restrictions, as air quality deteriorated to “severe” levels. [BBC]

Hospital patients in Gurgaon (Getty Images)

¶ “Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Says Company May Purchase Technology From Tesla” • FCA CEO Michael Manley announced that his company would consider buying a skateboard or rolling chassis from Tesla to serve as the basis for electric cars from a new alliance between FCA and PSA Group, parent company of Peugeot and Citroen. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wind Powers Heerema Crane Vessels” • Heerema is involved in a project in the Dutch port of Rotterdam to use electricity generated by wind turbines in place of diesel generators for the power needs of its moored crane vessels. The aim of the project is to establish the feasibility of supplying shore-based clean electricity to large seagoing vessels. [reNEWS]

Heerema crane vessels (Heerema image)

¶ “Solar Electricity Can Retail For $0.027 To $0.036/kWh As Renewables Close In On Global Grid Parity” • The levelized cost of energy for solar and wind power continues to decline and has already reached parity with wholesale power prices in California, China, and parts of Europe, according to the latest report from BloombergNEF. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Diesel Vehicles Cancelled Out Cuts From Renewable Energy” • In Australia, greenhouse gas emissions from diesel-powered cars, utes (utility cars), and vans have risen sharply since 2011, effectively cancelling out the cut in pollution from new renewable energy that are replacing some coal-burning plants. [The Guardian]

Traffic (Photo: Dave Hunt | AAP)

¶ “Russia’s State-Owned Nuclear Giant Is Targeting Africa for its Growth” • Rosatom Corp is eyeing Africa as a priority regions to build more nuclear reactors and expand its business. Russia has signed over a dozen intergovernmental agreements on the continent in recent years and Rosatom is cooperating with more than 20 African countries. [Bloomberg]

¶ “China Is Bankrolling Green Energy Projects Around the World” • Not only is China today the world’s largest producer of solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and electric vehicles, but it has also been the top investor in clean energy for nine out of the last ten years, according to the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. [Time]

Geothermal power station in Kenya
(Michael Gottschalk | Photothek | Getty Images)


¶ “NASA And Uber Working On Our Urban Air Mobility Future” • NASA and Uber are working on urban air mobility needs. The focus is on the future for city transport for both people and packages transported by air. NASA is partnering with Uber on unmanned aircraft systems traffic management systems Uber would use for ride shares. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Great Lakes Offshore Wind: Possibility Or Pipe Dream?” • The end of a regulatory odyssey to get approval for what would be the first US freshwater offshore wind farm is now within sight for developers. Final approval is needed from the Ohio Power Siting Board for the 20.7-MW Icebreaker project, about 8 miles from downtown Cleveland in Lake Erie. [E&E News]

Ice-hardened wind farm in Finland (@Hyotytuuli, Facebook)

¶ “Nervous And Scared: Coal Workers Fear For Pensions After Murray Energy Bankruptcy” • Murray Energy’s bankruptcy puts an exclamation point on the stunning downfall of America’s coal industry. The last major company making contributions to the United Mine Workers of America’s pension plan, the company says pensions have to be dialed back. [CNN]

¶ “Native American Leaders Turn To Solar To Power Their Communities” • Over 40% of the people living in the Pine Ridge reservation have no access to electricity. And it’s hard for many Native Americans in the region to afford heating and cooling. Local renewable energy is one solution. It is also an answer to the problem of climate change. []

Demonstrating for the Earth (Jared Murphy | 90.5 WESA)

¶ “Solar, Energy Efficiency To Drive Drops In Load And Peak Demand Over Next Ten Years, ISO-NE Says” • ISO New England expects declining annual load and summer peak demand through 2028, largely due to solar and energy efficiency additions, its ten year system outlook says. But grid modernization efforts will be necessary, as well. [Utility Dive]

¶ “EDF Sues Interior, NOAA, NASA For Failure To Release Public Records Of Trump Administration Attacks On Climate Science” • EDF is suing to obtain public records of Trump administration efforts to undermine climate science. Three federal agencies failed to make the records available as required by the Freedom of Information Act. [Environmental Defense Fund]

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