Archive for January 5th, 2020

January 5 Energy News

January 5, 2020


¶ “Ten Cool Solar Power Stories You May Have Missed” • Too much cleantech news is a good thing, but it sometimes means I need to stuff a bunch of big stories into one article. Here’s a roundup of some cleantech stories no one wanted to take and write full pieces about. This particular roundup is 100% focused on solar power. [CleanTechnica]

STEAG solar array (Photo: Aleks Velde, courtesy of STEAG)

¶ “Nuclear Power Is ‘Clean’ – If You Ignore All the Waste” • Nuclear power generates electricity without greenhouse gases or other air pollutants. But it hasn’t been extensively deployed to fight climate change because of safety fears, the high cost of construction and, perhaps most significantly, nuclear power’s hazardous waste. [Mother Jones]

¶ “Plan Your Plot For 2020: Think About Seeds And New Beds” • It may be the depths of winter, but spring is coming. Order seed this month to avoid missing out on more interesting varieties. Support small suppliers if you can; organic if possible. You can maybe start off hardier seed in a propagator, or sow late-winter leaves if you have a cold frame. [The Guardian]

Treviso-style chicory (Photo: Allan Jenkins | The Observer)

¶ “Australian Bushfires Point To An Ominous Pattern” • Scenes playing out across Australia are apocalyptic. Bushfires have burned millions of acres and ravaged more than 1,000 homes in New South Wales alone. The pictures may look like something out of a dystopic science fiction film – or even Dante’s Inferno – but this is now Australia’s reality. [CNN]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tesla Has Two Of Australia’s Top Three Safest Cars Of 2019” • In the latest annual ranking from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program, two out of the top three safest cars in Australia were electric vehicles. ANCAP said the top 3 safest cars for 2019 were the Tesla Model X, Tesla Model 3, and Mercedes-Benz CLA, which ranked highest. [CleanTechnica]

Crash testing a Tesla (Photo courtesy IIHS)

¶ “Lithium For Tesla Battery Uses Less Water Than 11 Avocados” • Reportedly, 3,840 liters (1,104 gallons) of water are evaporated for a 64-kWh battery. According to the director of the Helmholtz Institute for Electrochemical Energy Storage, this is the amount of water used to producte in 250 grams of beef, 10 avocados, or 30 cups of coffee. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Australia Fires: A Visual Guide To The Bushfire Crisis” • Record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fueled a series of massive bushfires across Australia. The fires, burning since September, have intensified over the past week. High temperatures and strong winds are forecast for the weekend, creating further fire risk. [BBC]

How one fire can start another fire miles away

¶ “North Wales Town Set To Become The Greenest In The Country” • Corwen is building a ground-breaking energy project. The town already has its own community hydro-electric project fed by the Pen y Pigyn Reservoir. But now it wants to boost its energy output by signing up 60 local households that have their own generating capacity. [North Wales Live]

¶ “The World’s Largest Floating Wind Turbine Just Came Online” • The largest floating wind turbine to date went online off Portugal. One of the three platforms that will make up the WindFloat Atlantic off-shore wind farm was grid connected with a 20-km (12.4-mile) cable on New Year’s Eve. Together, the three will power about 60,000 homes. [ScienceAlert]

Floating wind turbine (Principle Power image)


¶ “Fifteen New Electric Articulated Buses Deployed In NYC – 500 Planned To Serve All Five Boroughs” • New York City’s MTA has deployed the first phase of its new all-electric articulated bus fleet. The 2020–2024 Capital Plan includes $1.1 billion to acquire 500 new electric buses to serve all 5 boroughs. This first phase includes 15 buses. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Avangrid Betting Big On Renewable Energy” • Avangrid is pushing forward with multi-billion-dollar initiatives to create two wind farms off the coast of Nantucket, about 30 miles south of Cape Cod. Together, they would add more power to the New England grid than the company’s controversial $1 billion Maine transmission project. [Lewiston Sun Journal]

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¶ “Ten Puerto Rican Schools Receive Resilient Microgrids” • The Rocky Mountain Institute, Kinesis Foundation, and Save the Children have installed ten renewable microgrids in 10 schools in the mountainous region of Puerto Rico. Many of the schools that received microgrid systems were without power for six months after the hurricanes of 2017. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rocky Mountain Power To Expand Amount Of Wind Power Serving Its Customers By End Of 2020” • Rocky Mountain Power, which is part of PacifiCorp, announced that it’s moving forward with its “Energy Vision 2020” initiative. To do so, by the end of this year it will significantly expand the amount of wind power serving its customers. [KUTV 2News]

Wind turbines (Screenshot: Rocky Mountain Power)

¶ “Native American Tribe Leads The Microgrid Revolution In California” • The tsunami of 2011, which led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, also flooded parts of California. It made the Blue Lake Rancheria Native American tribe realize how vulnerable they were to power outages, and the tribe has built a microgrid for its casino. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Target Has Installed 500 Solar Power Systems” • According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Target has been one of the top US corporate solar power installers for 5 straight years. In 2015, it committed to achieving 500 solar power installations by 2020. In December of 2019, Target announced that it reached its goal (a little bit ahead of schedule). [CleanTechnica]

Have an altogether elevating day.

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