January 6 Energy News

January 6, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “A History Of Climate Change Science And Denialism” • Reading recent media reports, you could be forgiven for thinking that climate change is a sudden crisis. Nevertheless, scientists have understood the greenhouse effect since the 19th century, and the potential for human-caused global warming for decades. Denialism has a history. [History News Network]

Global warming

Science and Technology:

¶ “Battery Recycling Will Be The New New Thing, And JB Straubel And Kore Power Are Leading The Way” • Nearly 11 million tons of lithium-ion batteries are expected to reach the end of their useful life by 2030. Elements in them, including nickel, lithium, cobalt, and others, won’t disappear, however, and they can be recovered. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Satellites Are Changing Climate Science” • Traveling around the planet at 15,660 mph, NASA’s ICESat-2 aims a six-beam, green-spectrum laser toward Earth’s surface, constantly measuring the glaciers, ice sheets, sea ice, oceans, and tree canopies far below. It is one of several new satellites giving us new insights into climate change. [Mother Jones]

Launch of ICESat-2, Sept 15, 2018, (Bill Ingalls | NASA | Getty)

World:

¶ “Australia Fires: Rain Brings Relief But Huge Blazes Expected Ahead” • Sooty rain fell on Australia’s east coast, from Sydney to Melbourne, with “torrential” rain reported in some parts of New South Wales. But officials warned it would get hot again soon and huge fires in Victoria and NSW could meet to create a larger “mega blaze.” [BBC]

¶ “Denmark Passes Magic 50% In Renewable Electricity Generation Milestone” • 2019 was a record year for renewable electricity generation in Denmark. National media reports that half of Denmark’s electricity came from from renewables. The Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farm went online in 2019, accounting for much of the increase. [CleanTechnica]

Hornsea One offshore wind farm (Courtesy of Ørsted)

¶ “Onsite Renewables Vital For Refugee Camps Says UN” • A report from the UN states that onsite renewables can supply refugee communities cost-effectively with reliable electricity. There are currently almost 26 million refugees in the world, and the study says that unreliable energy exposes them to additional risks. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Irish Voice Wind Energy Support” • More than three-quarters of Irish people are in favor of wind energy, according to a survey carried out by Interactions on behalf of the Irish Wind Energy Association. The poll found that 79% back wind power, with 52% strongly in favor of the technology. Only 4% oppose wind energy, with 2% strongly opposing it. [reNEWS]

Wind farm in Ireland (Energia image)

¶ “MGen Unit To Start Work On 50-MW Philippine Solar Project This Month” • A consortium led by Philippine power producer Meralco PowerGen Corporation expects to begin building works on a 50-MW solar park in Bulacan province this month, a top official said. The San Miguel solar park will sell its output to Meralco over 20 years. [Renewables Now]

¶ “JRE Commissions 44-MW Solar Park In Fukushima” • Japan Renewable Energy began commercial operation of a 44-MW solar park in Fukushima prefecture, according to information on the company’s website. The PV plant is expected to generate enough electricity to provide for the power needs of about 13,200 households. [Renewables Now]

Solar park in Japan (Minoru Karamatsu, Creative Commons)

¶ “Japan To Transform Fukushima Into Renewable Hub, But Activists Skeptical” • A project sponsored by the state-owned Development Bank of Japan and Mizuho Bank seeks to transform Fukushima Prefecture, where three nuclear reactors melted down in 2011, into a center that will power the region with 100% renewable energy by 2040. [Green Queen Media]

US:

¶ “Police Department Adds 2020 Tesla Model 3 And Explains Why” • Asked why he chose the Model 3, Police Chief Koskinas says he “believes in being green.” However, the car’s unmatched performance for the money, its 5 star safety rating, its top-of-the-industry collision avoidance technology, and its low lifetime cost also were factors. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla police car for Westport, Connecticut (image via Twitter)

¶ “California Offers Up To $9,500 To Purchase Used Or New Electric Vehicle, Focus On Lower-Income Motorists” • New EV incentives help California residents with lower incomes improve air quality and fight climate change. They can now get $9,500 in EV incentives in certain regions, or even $14,000 under some specific circumstances. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “With New Democratic Leadership, General Assembly Faces Flood Of Energy Proposals” • The week after Democrats were swept to power in Virginia’s General Assembly, environment and clean energy activists struggled to get their sea legs in the new ocean of legislative possibilities that suddenly opened up before them. [Virginia Mercury]

Dominion Energy coal-fired power plant (Ryan Kelly)

¶ “Innovative New Orleans School Puts Focus On Environment, Climate Change” • A high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. New Harmony High School opened in 2018 and has about 100 south Louisiana students. [WBRZ]

¶ “Energy Storage 2020: It’s Not Just About Lithium-Ion Batteries Any More” • The DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency, or ARPA-E, is funding research by ten organizations with a goal of creating long term energy storage systems that cost 5¢/kWh or less. Five of them are scheduled for completion in 2020 and the rest in 2021. [CleanTechnica]

Have a laudably fruitful day.

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