November 19 Energy News

November 19, 2019


¶ “Does Nuclear Power Slow Or Speed Climate Change?” • Most US nuclear power plants cost more to run than they earn. Spending money on building new reactors, or operating most existing ones, makes climate change worse compared with spending the same money on more-climate-effective ways to deliver the same energy services. [Forbes]

Cooling towers at a nuclear plant in France (Getty Images)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Israeli Startup UBQ Says It Has The Answer To Recycling And The Circular Economy” • UBQ Materials can make raw material for plastics from ordinary household refuse. Swiss consulting firm Quantis found that using a ton of UBQ’s pellets for the same amount of polypropylene saves the equivalent of about 15 tons of CO₂ emissions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Company Backed By Bill Gates Claims Solar Breakthrough, Looks To Replace Fossil Fuels In Industrial Plants” • Heliogen, a company backed by Bill Gates, says it has developed a way to create concentrated solar energy at temperatures hot enough to replace fossil fuels in industrial processes that make significant contributions to global CO₂ emissions. [GeekWire]

Heliogen commercial facility in California (Heliogen Photo)


¶ “Amazon Deforestation Rate Hits Highest Level In Over A Decade” • The rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has risen to its highest level in 11 years. About 9,762 square kilometers (3,769 square miles) of rainforest were lost for the 12 months through July 2019, according to the release from The National Institute for Space Research. [CNN]

¶ “Boris Johnson Promises 40 GW Of Offshore Wind For UK By 2030” • The UK’s current Prime Minister, ardent Brexiteer Boris Johnson, promised more offshore wind power if his Conservative Party return to power in election to be held December 12. He is promising to increase the 2030 offshore wind target from 30 GW to 40 GW. [CleanTechnica]

Hornsea One (Courtesy of Ørsted)

¶ “A Huge Red Flag? India Shutters Power Plants Citing Lack Of Demand” • Half of India’s power generation capacity using coal and nuclear power is being shut down because of lackluster demand, the Indian Express reports. It added that while some of the shutdowns have lasted just a few days, other power plants have been closed for months. []

¶ “Iberdrola Plans Over 400 New PV MW In Spain” • Iberdrola is increasing its commitment to clean energy with over 400 MW of new PVs in Spain. Two of the projects, of 50 MW each, will be built in the municipality of Cedillo in Cáceres. The company also plans a PV plant with a capacity of more than 300 MW in the same area. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Iberdrola PV system (Iberdrola image)

¶ “World’s Largest ‘Green’ Hydrogen Pilot Begins Operation In Austria” • The world’s largest pilot plant for the CO₂-neutral production of hydrogen successfully commenced operation at a facility in the Austrian city of Linz. Doing so, it simultaneously set an international milestone in the advancement of new energy supply options. [Power Engineering International]


¶ “Australia Fires: Sydney Blanketed By Smoke From New South Wales Bushfires” • People in Sydney woke up to a city shrouded in smoke, as scores of bushfires rage across the region. Strong winds overnight brought smoke from fires inland, pushing the air quality in Australia’s largest city to beyond “hazardous” levels at times. [BBC]

Sydney (Reuters image)

¶ “Neoen plans 50% expansion of South Australia’s Tesla Big Battery” • French renewable energy company Neoen confirmed it plans to increase the capacity of the Tesla Big Battery system in South Australia. The 100-MW/129-MWh Hornsdale Power Reserve will be expanded with an additional 50 MW/64.5 MWh of capacity by Tesla. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Tasmania Sees Renewable Hydrogen As Major Economic Opportunity For Island State” • Tasmania could draw its vast hydroelectric resources to emerge as a leader in the production of renewable hydrogen, with the state’s major electricity utility predicting it could deliver by far the cheapest supply of zero-emissions gas. [RenewEconomy]

Tarralea Power Station in Tasmania


¶ “More Claims Of Greenwashing At Major US Electric Utilities” • A survey shows greenwashing among major US investor-owned electric utilities, which have been accused of using images and language suggesting disproportionately high ratios of renewable versus fossil fuel, while at the same time helping block renewable energy policies. [pv magazine International]

¶ “Principle Power Wins US Grant For Deepwater Floater R&D” • A consortium led by Principle Power has been selected for a $850,000 grant for a project to develop new mooring systems for deepwater floating wind platforms. Principle Power’s research and development initiative will investigate a variety of mooring components. [reNEWS]

Floating offshore wind turbine (Principle Power image)

¶ “Florida Municipals Break Ground On PV Giant” • In Florida, work is underway on construction of a municipal solar facility of over 223 MW. The Florida Municipal Solar Project will have approximately 900,000 panels at two sites in Osceola County and at one site in Orange County. Construction of phase one will continue until mid-2020. [reNEWS]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Announces 350-MW Order For Foard City Wind Project In Texas” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it has been selected by Innergex Renewable Energy Inc to supply 139 2.X-127 onshore wind turbines for Innergex’s Foard City Wind project. The project, of approximately 350 MW, is located in Foard County, Texas. [STL.News]

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