January 21 Energy News

January 21, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tokyo University of Science Working on Sustainable, Nontoxic, Potassium-Driven Rechargeable Batteries” • Tokyo University of Science researchers have been studying potassium-ion batteries. They say their performance is similar to lithium-ion batteries, or even better. Also, they are nontoxic and use plentiful materials. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Machine Learning Experts Issue Call To Arms For Climate Focus” • The global machine learning community isn’t just applying the technology in an ad hoc manner, they are calling for their community to pay attention to several major areas of high value for climate change. Machine learning can be used to find key climate change solutions. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Works Begin At Dogger Bank, The World’s Largest Off-Shore Wind Farm” • Construction is underway at the gigantic Dogger Bank off-shore wind farm being built off the UK. It will outsize all others. Currently, the 659-MW Walney wind farm is the world’s largest. Dogger Bank will have a capacity of 3.6 GW. It is expected to begin operating in 2023. [New Atlas]

GE Renewable’s Haliade-X turbines (GE Renewable Energy)

¶ “Coal Makes A Comeback In India, New Capacity Up 73% In 2019” • India witnessed a sharp rise in new coal-based power generation capacity last year, with dirty power plants accounting for 44% of the total new power generation capacity added in the country. The share is a huge increase from just 21% in 2017 and 25% in 2018. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Added 50 Gigawatts Of Renewable Energy Capacity In Last Five Years” • India added 50 GW of renewable energy capacity over the last five years. Government data shows that between March 2015 and December 2019, India added 98 GW of power generation capacity, 52% of which was based on renewable technologies. [CleanTechnica]

Vestas wind turbines (John Turp | Moment | Getty Images)

¶ “Wind Energy Powerhouse Vestas Announces Plans For ‘Zero-Waste’ Turbines” • Vestas said it is aiming to produce “zero-waste” wind turbines by the year 2040. The Danish company said that this would be accomplished through a “circular economy approach” in the design, production, service, and end-of-life parts of the value chain. [CNBC]

¶ “Romania To Exit Deal With Chinese Company For New Nuclear Reactors” • Romania’s Government will exit the deal with the Chinese partner for the construction of reactors 3 and 4 at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant, prime minister Ludovic Orban announced in an interview with Hotnews.ro. He is looking for a new partner. [Romania-Insider.com]

Cernavoda nuclear plant (Photo: nuclearelectrica.ro)

¶ “Japan’s Resol Switches On 37-MW PV Plant In Fukushima” • Japanese company Resol Holdinds Co Ltd announced that commercial operations have started at a 37-MW PV plant in Fukushima Prefecture. With a total of 112,104 solar panels, Fukushima Ishikawa covers 72 hectares (177.9 acres) in the city of Ishikawa. [Renewables Now]


¶ “Most Australian Chief Executives Believe Climate Crisis A Threat To Business” • PwC’s annual survey of CEOs shows bosses are preparing to cut jobs and don’t think Australia is doing enough to deal with global heating. That dismal picture will doubtless get worse when the effects of the past month’s deadly bushfires take hold. [The Guardian]

Australian bushfire devastation (Dan Himbrechts | EPA)

¶ “A New Disaster In Australia: Toxic Water” • The recent rains have resulted in ash washing into streams and rivers, poisoning the fish. The result is massive fish kills on rivers that run through areas that burned. The ash from the burned landscape is not only toxic to fish; it kills other wildlife also. And of course, it is also toxic to human beings. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Majority Of Electric Cars In Australia Are Charged With Renewable Power” • A whopping 75% of electric cars in Australia are charged almost exclusively with renewable power, according to an informal poll of 400 owners conducted by Future Smart Strategies managing director and electric vehicle advocate Prof Ray Wills. [The Driven]

Charging a Kona in New South Wales

¶ “Australian Renewables Sector Poised For New Records In 2020: Rystad” • Australia’s renewable energy market looks to another record year in 2020. Rystad Energy expects wind and PV projects totaling 3.6 GW to complete commissioning, up from 2.6 GW in 2019. The forecast comprises 1.96 GW of utility PVs and 1.57 GW of wind. [EcoGeneration]


¶ “Renewable Energy At Record Levels; Fossil Fuels Face Uncertainties” • Tensions in the Middle East and differences between California and the White House have left the energy sector staring at uncertainty. National and state officials seem diametrically opposed in their approach to addressing the issue of imported oil. [Long Beach Business Journal]

AES Alamitos Energy Center (Photo: Brandon Richardson)

¶ “New Jersey & New York Push EV Purchase & Charging Incentives” • The states of New Jersey and New York ramped up their support for the transition to electric vehicles. New Jersey Gov Phil Murphy signed a new incentive package into law, and New York Gov Andrew Cuomo announced new incentives for installing EV charging equipment. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Energy Choice Falls Flat At Florida Supreme Court After Utility Offensive” • The Florida Supreme Court ruled on January 9 to keep the “Energy Choice” initiative off the Florida ballot in the upcoming general election. Doing this, they were siding with investor-owned utilities and quashing an effort to break up their electric monopolies. [Energy and Policy Institute]

Have a radically superior day.

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