Archive for December 21st, 2019

December 21 Energy News

December 21, 2019


¶ “A Year Of Resistance: How Youth Protests Shaped The Discussion On Climate Change” • Fridays for Future now estimates that more than 9.6 million strikers in 261 countries have participated in climate strikes. And Greta Thunberg herself has met with hundreds of communities and numerous heads of state. But she was not the first to strike. []

Climate strike (Shutterstock image)

¶ “100% WWS Part 1: Jacobson’s New Study Displaces 99.7% Fossil Energy With Massive Savings” • Mark Z Jacobson and team of scientist at Stanford have just released a new study covering 143 countries representing 99.7% of fossil fuel CO₂ emissions. It’s an update and maintains the mix of technologies. Like the earlier studies, it omits nuclear and CCS. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Created A New Sponge That Could Clean Up Oil Spills” • The secret to cleaning up water contaminated by oil may lie in the cheap, common polyurethane foam used in mattresses, enhanced with a special coating. In a study published in Nature Sustainability, Scientists found the material consistently captured almost all of the oil in under three hours. [Grist]

Oil cleanup (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Renewable Hydrogen Will Drink The Fossil Fuel Milkshake” • Hydrogen is a zero-emission fuel but is usually manufactured by using fossil fuels. Hydrogen gas can be pried loose from water by electrolysis, but that has always been impractical because it takes too much energy. But now, wind and solar are here in force, and renewable hydrogen comes with them. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Australia Fires: A Visual Guide To The Bushfires And Extreme Heat” • Australia is grappling with massive bushfires fueled by record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought. Fires in New South Wales have already burned at least 2.7 million hectares (7.4 million acres – Vermont is 6.16 million) this season, destroying over 700 houses. Here is a visual guide. [BBC]

Australian bushfires (Getty Images)

¶ “Rolls-Royce Electric Airplane Unveiled And Ready To Race” • Rolls-Royce wants to build the world’s fastest electric aircraft and has now begun integrating its electrical propulsion platform into it. The plan is for the e-plane to reach over 300 mph (480+ km/h) by late spring 2020. The airplane, the ACCEL, was unveiled at the Gloucestershire Airport. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Id Mjahdi Is Africa’s First Fully Solar-Powered Village” • A small village in Morocco, Id Mjahdi, is the first village in Africa to become completely solar powered. Cleanergy, a Moroccan solar company, chose to redo the village because it literally needed everything. People typically used a candle one hour each night and walked miles for water. [CleanTechnica]

Id Mjahdi (Image via Twitter)

¶ “Netherlands Supreme Court Orders Government To Cut Carbon Emissions 25%” • On December 20, 2019, the Supreme Court of the Netherlands became the first to order a national government to cut greenhouse gas emissions in order to address the ongoing threat of climate change. We note that much of the Netherlands is below sea level. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Investor Partners On Greek Wind Quartet” • Enora and Quantum Energy Partners affiliate 547 Energy International European Holdings are developing four wind farms totaling 135 MW in the Greek region of Macedonia. The partners secured four 20-year power purchase agreements with the country’s Regulatory Authority for Energy. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Master Wen | Unsplash)


¶ “Christianity Today Calls On Evangelicals To Dump Trump” • The editor in chief of Christianity Today, a magazine that caters to the evangelical community, called for the removal of Donald Trump from office. Why is CleanTechnica reporting on this? Because of the Trump administration’s mulish refusal to deal with environmental issues. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “After Nearly A Decade Of Anxiety Over Pensions, Coal Miners See Light At The End Of The Tunnel” • Union coal miners and retirees breathed a collective sigh of relief after the US Senate passed a spending bill that includes support for miners’ pensions. The pensions had been at risk because of the coal industry’s downturn. [89.3 WFPL News Louisville]

Coal Miners Statue in Kentucky (J654567, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “New York’s Solar Capacity Surpasses 2-GW Mark” • The New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that 2 GW of solar capacity has been installed across the state. This means NY is now able to power 244,000 homes using solar energy. As many as 12,000 solar jobs may have been created since 2011. [Smart Energy]

¶ “Con Edison Climate Study Details Projected Impacts To Energy Systems Through The 21st Century” • Extreme heat, coastal storm surge, inland flooding, and more violent storms are the most significant climate-driven impacts to Con Edison’s energy delivery systems and its customers through the 21st century, a report from the utility says. [EIN News]

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