November 30 Energy News

November 30, 2019

Opinion:

¶ “Is The World Ready To End The Coal Era And Embrace Clean Energy?” • Despite the United Nations calling urgently for an end to fossil fuels, hundreds of coal-fired power stations are being built. Is the world ready for a new era of clean, cheap energy for all? The UN is ramping up pressure on countries to end their reliance on coal. [UN News]

Motorbikes in Hanoi

¶ “Climate Change: Everything New Zealand Needs To Do To Get To Zero Carbon” • New Zealand has signed the Zero Carbon Bill into law, setting ambitious targets for 2050. The law has two targets, one for natural gas and another for everything else. Joel MacManus explores what New Zealand needs to do in order to meet them. [Stuff.co.nz]

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Salmon Can Transform A Landscape” • Protecting salmon in coastal Canada could have benefits well beyond the water they swim in. Five species of eastern Pacific salmon spawn in British Columbia. All provide a vital food source that has been supporting ecosystems and First Nations’ cultures for at least 7,000 years. [BBC]

Mountain river (Getty Images)

¶ “SUVs Are Worse For The Climate Than You Ever Imagined” • According to a summary analysis of a report by the International Energy Agency that was released on November 13, SUVs are the second-biggest contributor to the rise in global carbon dioxide emissions during the past decade. Only the power sector is a bigger emitter. [WIRED]

¶ “InnVTek Can Build A Superhighway For Nanoparticles That Is Useful In Every Chemical And Battery Process” • Innovators at InnVTek have found a way to mix and pour materials that form into gyroids so that they make membranes. That has broad implications for a number of technical needs. One thing it can enable is better batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Gyroid of intersecting curves (US DOE image)

World:

¶ “Mercedes-Benz Owner Daimler To Cut 10,000 Jobs Worldwide” • German carmaker Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, said it will shed at least 10,000 jobs worldwide as it seeks to fund the switch to electric cars. The move comes days after rival Audi said it would cut 9,500 of its 61,000 jobs in Germany for similar reasons. [BBC]

¶ “Ofgem’s Plan For Network Charges Triggers Renewables Sector Backlash” • Ofgem passed its long-awaited, controversial plan for network charges last week, despite earlier warnings against the move. The UK electricity market regulator’s Targeted Charging Review has provoked a backlash in the renewables sector. [pv magazine International]

Transmission tower (Image: analogicus | Pixabay)

Transmission tower (Image: analogicus | Pixabay)

¶ “National Grid Electricity Transmission Signs Strategic Deal With Smart Wires To Enable Greater Volumes Of Renewable Power” • NGET awarded a five-year framework agreement to Smart Wires, a power flow control technology company. This will help decarbonize the UK grid by enabling efficient transfer of more renewable power. [Energy Global]

¶ “German Climate Package ‘Lacks’ Clean Power Ambition” • German clean power groups criticized Germany’s climate legislation’s lack of ambition on renewable energy to meet the 65% goal by 2030. Renewable energy federation BEE re-iterated industry calls to expand targets for offshore wind and remove barriers to onshore wind development. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (NEAG image)

¶ “Solar Photovoltaic Power Capacity To Exceed 8,000 GW By 2050” • Global solar PV capacity is expected to exceed 8,000 GW by 2050, 18 times the current levels, according to an analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency. Solar PV could cover a quarter of global electricity needs by mid-century, second only to wind. [ETEnergyworld.com]

¶ “300 MW Of New Solar For China’s 800-kV UHV Transmission Project” • Chinese PV manufacturer JinkoSolar announced its first agreement to supply its Tiger modules, which were unveiled in October. The company said it will provide 300 MW of the new panels for an ultra-high voltage demonstration plant in China’s Qinghai province. [pv magazine International]

Qinghai province (© Michel Royon | Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Japan’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall To Record Low In 2018/19” • Japan’s carbon emissions fell 3.6% to a record low in the year to March 2019, government figures show. This is due to growing renewable energy, restarts of nine nuclear reactors, and warmer winter. Emissions had surged after the 2011 nuclear disaster at Fukushima. [Financial Express]

US:

¶ “Indianapolis Building Gets Highest ‘Green’ Building Certification Possible” • Indiana often falls behind in sustainable construction, but a new Indianapolis building just completed a $2.6 million effort toward certification as a top-tier “green” office space with LEED v4 Platinum certification. It is Guidon Designs’ redesign of an existing building. [Indianapolis Star]

Guidon Designs office (Photo: Guidon Designs)

¶ “How These Massachusetts Farmers Are Turning Manure And Food Waste Into Power” • According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, about 204 million pounds of turkey meat will be thrown away this Thanksgiving. NPR’s Allison Aubrey visits a state that is keeping its food waste out of landfills by sending it to farms to turn it into electricity. [PBS NewsHour]

¶ “US to Negotiate Carbon Trades Under Climate Pact Trump Shuns” • President Trump may be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, but the US will still be a force in negotiations as international leaders gather in Madrid next week to map out rules for carbon trading as a way to limit global emissions of greenhouse gases. [Bloomberg Environment]

Have a thoroughly fabulous day.

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