March 10 Energy News

March 10, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Countries Building Miniature Nuclear Reactors” • The proponents say it’s time for small modular nuclear reactors, especially for reducing CO₂ emissions. Critics say small modular reactors have the same problems as large reactors, with safety issues and the unresolved questions over radioactive waste. And can they even compete with renewables? [BBC]

Control room of a small modular reactor (NuScale image)

¶ “Stock Market Turmoil Undermines Claimed Energy Dominance Benefits Of US Shale Drilling” • The oil price war threatens the already troubled US shale oil and gas industry and challenges the resilience of the Trump administration’s “energy dominance” theory. Relying on a shaky shale industry may have left the US economy more vulnerable. [DeSmog]

¶ “Six Ways The Agricultural Resilience Act Equips Farmers To Fight The Climate Crisis With Science” • At a time when farmers are on the heels of a difficult year and preparing for another season, the Agricultural Resilience Act offers a welcome dose of hope and inspiration. Even better, it’s steeped in science. Here are six things to know. [CleanTechnica]

Desoto Lakes Organic Fields (Cynthia Shahan)

¶ “EU Climate Law Sets The Stage For A Green Transformation” • Publication of the EU’s climate law prompted the usual confusing mixture of responses. While some described setting a legal target for climate neutrality by 2050 as a critical milestone, others decried a failure to set tighter targets for 2030. The reality, as ever, is complicated. [pv magazine International]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Water Splitting Advance Holds Promise For Affordable Renewable Energy” • A collaborative research team, including scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Washington State University, said it has developed a system using relatively inexpensive and abundant materials as catalysts for electrolysis to produce hydrogen. [Los Alamos Reporter]

Dongguo Li of WSU and Yu Seung Kim of LANL (LANL image)

World:

¶ “Startup Aims To Turn Brewery Wastewater Into Fuel” • New South Wales startup SwitcH2 has technology it claims will allow breweries to turn their wastewater into fuel. The system uses electrolysis to separate out the hydrogen while oxidizing the organics in the wastewater. The hydrogen can then be used as a fuel. [Australian Brews News]

¶ “Floating Renewable Battery Launched To Recharge Boats In Amsterdam Port” • Danish battery sharing pioneer Skoon Energy partnered with the Port of Amsterdam to launch a floating battery service. It will provide mobile energy storage in the port and inner city of Amsterdam, reducing the use of diesel to recharge boat batteries. [The Driven]

Skoon Energy battery

¶ “Heineken Mexico And Enel Green Power Mexico Close A 100% Renewable Energy Agreement” • For a decade, the agreement will provide Heineken with 28.8 GWh of solar and wind energy each year, for operations at its beer plant in Meoqui, Chihuahua. That amount avoids emissions of more than 16,100 tons of CO₂ per year. [REVE]

¶ “Applications Open For Community Wind And Solar Farms” • Communities across Ireland can now get into the renewable energy business by submitting bids to build their own wind and solar developments. Successful applicants will be awarded State contracts to generate green power for the national electricity grid. [The Irish Times]

Visitors to Templederry community-owned wind farm

¶ “Innogy Seals Alberta PV Power Play” • Innogy is to supply electricity from its 27-MW Canadian Vauxhall solar farm to West Fraser Timber’s sawmills in Alberta. The 10-year power purchase agreement will start in May this year, Innogy said. About 45,000 MWh of electricity will be delivered each year from the project, also known as Prairie Sunlight 3. [reNEWS]

¶ “Infigen Inks Collector Wind Farm PPA In Shift To Renewable Retailing” • Infigen Energy, which started out as a wind farm developer, is turning itself as an integrated electricity company, expanding its operations to provide electricity retailer services for large customers. It signed a PPA for 60% of the output of the Collector Wind Farm in Alberta. [RenewEconomy]

Wind farm (RenewEconomy)

US:

¶ “Honolulu Sues Petroleum Companies For Climate Change Damages To City” • Honolulu city officials, lashing out at the fossil fuel industry in a climate change lawsuit filed March 9, accused oil producers of concealing the dangers that greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum products would create, while reaping billions in profits. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Democratic Senators Push To Include FERC Reform In Comprehensive Senate Energy Bill” • Democratic senators filed amendments to the American Energy Innovation Act that would have prevented the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from carrying out some of its controversial orders. The bill would make FERC more politically balanced. [Utility Dive]

Pushing for change (Brian Tucker | Industry Dive)

¶ “US Renewables Groups Hail Landmark Clean Energy Bill In Virginia” • After Virginia’s General Assembly passed landmark clean energy legislation that doubles its offshore wind goal to 5.2 GW and clears the way for big deployments of solar and storage, US renewable energy groups hailed the move as transformational. [Recharge]

¶ “DOD Awards Contracts For Development Of A Mobile Microreactor” • The Department of Defense has awarded contracts to three teams for each to begin design work on a mobile nuclear reactor prototype under a Strategic Capabilities Office initiative. They are BWX Technologies, Inc; Westinghouse Government Services; and X-energy, LLC. [HSToday]

Have an outstandingly fortunate day.

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