November 7 Energy News

November 7, 2019

Science and Technology:

¶ “Another Energy Tech Breakthrough Involving Jellyfish” • Jellyfish may very well have the power to save the planet. The marine creatures have long been studied for their potential to help combat major diseases from cancer to Alzheimer’s, but now they can help us with something that affects everyone on the planet: energy. []

Jellyfish (Dan90266, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Italy To Become First Country To Make Learning About Climate Change Compulsory For School Students” • From next year, Italian school students in every grade will be required to study climate change and sustainability. The lessons will be built into existing civics classes. Italy would like to make itself a world leader in environmental education. [CNN]

¶ “Order To Ban Extinction Rebellion Protests In London Unlawful, Court Rules” • London’s Metropolitan Police imposed the four-day ban on October 14, prohibiting any assembly of more than two people linked to the Extinction Rebellion protests called the “Autumn Uprising.” London’s high court has ruled that the order was unlawful. [CNN]

Extinction Rebellion demonstration

¶ “Investors Are Dumping Oil. So Why Would Anyone Buy Saudi Aramco?” • Demand growth for crude is slowing, which is an inconvenient truth for bankers pitching the Saudi Aramco IPO at a valuation of up to $2 trillion. Institutional investors are under growing pressure to ditch the oil assets they already own, and the investment case for Aramco seems weak. [CNN]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Powers Google In Sweden” • Siemens Gamesa has secured an order to supply its turbines for a 254-MW wind farm that will power Google’s data center in Sweden. The Stavro wind farm, in north Sweden, will use 62 turbines rated at 4.1-MW to supply Google and other customers. It is expected online by the end of 2021. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Engie To Invest In 2 GW Of Australian Renewable Energy Projects” • Engie, based in France, is developing an investment fund in Australia to support 2,000 MW of solar and wind projects over the next 10 years, Reuters reported. Augustin Honorat, CEO of Engie Australia and New Zealand, said that investors appear to have particular interest. [EnerCom Inc]

¶ “Battery Supply Constraints On The World Market And Electricity Blackouts Spur South African Battery Assembly” • After the Powerwall’s launch, problems soon arose from the seemingly insatiable demand. There were not enough of the batteries for America, let alone Africa. Three startups intend to keep the lights on in South Africa. [CleanTechnica]

Freedomwon 5 kWh LiFePO₄ battery (Remeredzai Kuhudzai)

¶ “Japan Accused Of Trying To Justify Nuclear Dump” • Shaun Burnie, a senior nuclear specialist at Greenpeace, said a Japanese government claim that it will soon run out of room at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power to store contaminated water plant is not true, and is simply an attempt to justify discharging polluted water into the Pacific Ocean. [Taipei Times]

¶ “GE Inaugurates Cherbourg Blade Plant” • GE Renewable Energy has officially inaugurated the LM Wind Power blade factory in Cherbourg, France. The facility will combine the manufacture of 107-meter long blades for the Haliade-X 12-MW offshore wind turbine and other blade models for its customers in France and abroad. [reNEWS]

Cherbourg Blade Plant (GE image)


¶ “Walmart Is Re-Energizing Tesla Solar Systems After Settling Lawsuit With Tesla” • Reuters reported that Walmart and Tesla have settled a lawsuit Walmart filed in July, claiming that Tesla solar panels caught fire on the roof of seven stores in the US. In a court filing, Walmart voluntarily discontinued without prejudice, dropping the lawsuit. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Massive Wind Turbine Blade Arrives In Massachusetts For Testing” • A 107-meter-long wind turbine blade was moved to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Wind Technology Testing Center for testing. The blade, designed to be used on GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X 12MW offshore wind turbine, is to be subjected to a series of fatigue tests. [CNBC]

Turbine blade (Aram Boghosian | GE Renewable Energy)

¶ “Electric Moped Startup Revel Secures $27.6 Million In New Funding” • Electric moped startup Revel, based in New York, recently secured $27.6 million in new funding. The EV sharing startup already has more than 1,400 electric mopeds operating in its Brooklyn, Queens, Washington, DC, and Austin, Texas service areas. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Natural Gas Fracking Boom Turns Bust For Big Fracker” • Chesapeake Energy was among the first to take advantage of the natural gas fracking free-for-all sparked last year, when the Trump* administration opened up more public lands for drilling. Now Chesapeake is blaming the supply glut for its current predicament, which is pretty bad. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “EDP Renewables, Shell Energy North America Sign 200 MW Solar Project” • EDP Renewables SA, through its fully owned subsidiary EDP Renewables North America LLC, and Shell Energy North America, have closed on a 15-year power purchase agreement for 200 MW that will bring the Sandrini Solar Park to Kern County, California. [ESI Africa]

¶ “AES And Google Form Clean Power Team” • AES Corporation is entering into a 10-year strategic alliance with Google to accelerate the growth and adoption of clean energy. They will leverage Google Cloud technology to pioneer innovation in the sector an to develop and implement solutions that enable broad adoption of clean energy. [reNEWS]

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