Archive for February 24th, 2020

February 24 Energy News

February 24, 2020


¶ “Is Gothenburg Europe’s Greenest City?” • In the mid-1980s, Sweden’s minister of the environment, Birgitta Dahl, toured Gothenburg and declared the decaying and dirty blue-collar city “a courtyard to hell.” Properly chastened, political and business leaders vowed to transform the gritty 17th-Century city into a beacon of urban sustainability. And they did. [BBC]

Canal in central Gothenburg

¶ “Speaking The Truth About Power: The Coalition Is Hurting Reliability, Affordability And Competition” • While the Australia renewables sector faces an investment drought, the government is deterring billions in renewable energy investment because of its climate denialism. The result is more expensive and less reliable power. [Crikey]

¶ “Five Strategies That Achieve Climate Both Mitigation And Adaptation Simultaneously” • Climate actions have often fallen into one of two strategies: mitigation efforts to address emissions of greenhouse gases, and adaptation efforts to withstand impacts of climate change. There are strategies, however, that fall into both. Here are a few. [CleanTechnica]

Shenzhen’s electric buses (Kyle Field, CleanTechnica)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Radical Hydrogen-Boron Reactor Leapfrogs Current Nuclear Fusion Tech” • HB11 Energy, a spin-out company from the University of New South Wales, claims to have developed a completely new form of fusion. “We are sidestepping all of the scientific challenges that have held fusion energy back for more than half a century,” its director said. [Daily Times]

¶ “Super Duper Supercapacitors Could Accelerate Electric Car Revolution” • Scientists at University College London and the Chinese Academy of Sciences say they developed a graphene-based supercapacitor that can safely charge at high speed, hold a record amount of energy, and store it for a long time. Their paper appeared in Nature Energy. [CleanTechnica]

Supercapacitor (University College London image)


¶ “Solar Power Just Miles From The Arctic Circle? In Icy Nordic Climes, It’s Become The Norm” • For years after northern Finland’s largest printing plant blanketed its facility’s eight roofs with solar panels, the curious beat a path to the extraordinary spectacle. Today, Kaleva Media’s rooftop PV park is no longer a curiosity. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “How Scotland’s Parks Could Heat Homes With Low-Carbon Energy” • Scotland’s parks could provide low-carbon energy to heat 15% of the country’s homes, according to new research. A study of 3,500 green spaces suggested urban parks could be used to generate significant amounts of energy by capturing the heat in the ground. [BBC News]

Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park (Getty Images)

¶ “RWE Team Puts Floating Wind To The Test” • RWE Renewables and Saitec Offshore Technologies joined forces to test affordable ways to install and operate floating offshore wind farms. The companies set up a pilot project called DemoSATH that will start testing a floating platform for wind turbines off the Basque Coast in 2021. [reNEWS]


¶ “Booming Australian Gas Exports Countering Efforts To Cut Emissions In Australia And Globally” • Australia’s booming gas sector is becoming a drag on efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Reductions in emissions from electricity, agriculture, and transport were offset by emissions associated with exports of gas, especially to Japan. [ABC News]

Gas flare (Reuters image)

¶ “Software Billionaires Pledge $12 Million In Solar For Natural Disaster Relief” • Australian areas hit by fires are relying on diesel generators to get by. Some are going without power. Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes and his wife Annie committed up to $12 million for solar and battery systems for disconnected communities. [Energy Matters]

¶ “Plans For Cairns Hi-Tech Energy Facility Underway” • Design and construction of the $6 million Microgrid and Isolated Systems Test facility in Cairns has commenced. The R&D hub will be undertaken by Cairns-based Osborne Construction Solutions and Babinda Electrics. It is first large-scale facility of its kind in Queensland. [Energy Magazine]

Cairns (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Wide Bay’s Energy Infrastructure Boom” • The Queensland Government has granted development approval for one of the largest grid-connected wind farms in the southern hemisphere, Forest Wind. The Wide Bay-Burnett region project is proposed to be comprised of up to 226 turbines, with a capacity of as much as 1,200 MW. [Energy Magazine]


¶ “State Fund, Engie To Build Solar, Storage And EV Charging Stations In California” • The State Compensation Insurance Fund and Engie North America have announced an agreement to build solar PV panels, energy storage systems, and EV charging stations across seven different State Fund locations throughout the state of California. [Saurenergy]

Solar canopy

¶ “Morgan Stanley Says 47 GW Of US Coal Capacity Could Be Uneconomic By 2024” • Investment bank Morgan Stanley published a report claiming that nearly 50 GW of US coal-fired power capacity will be unable to compete against renewables by 2024. It advises utilities to replace coal plants with cheaper renewable projects. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “US DOE Provides Funds For Clean Coal Research As Coal-Fired Plants Retire At Near-Record Pace” • The US DOE has committed $64 million in federal funding for the cost-shared research and development of smaller, more efficient, and cleaner coal-fired power plants, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. [Power Technology]

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