Archive for April 10th, 2020

April 10 Energy News

April 10, 2020


¶ “Staying On Course: Renewable Energy In The Time Of COVID-19” • Decisions on addressing the social and economic impacts of the pandemic come at a time of profound uncertainty about long-term effects of the crisis on the world’s societies. The response must accomplish more than just to bail out the existing socio-economic structures. [Modern Diplomacy]

Francesco La Camera, IRENA Director-General (Image: IRENA)

¶ “It Is The Best Of Times, It Is The Worst Of Times: EV Sales Predictions Are All Over The Place” • EV sales are going to plummet in 2020. EV sales are going to surge in 2020. It all depends on who is doing the talking. Wood Mackenzie predicts EV sales will drop 40% this year, mostly due to the coronavirus. But they might be wrong. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Here Comes More And Better Farming With Solar Panels” • Solar panels are sprouting up on farmland like mushrooms after the rain. Farmers are starting to learn how to do their farming within solar arrays. In a new green twofer, solar arrays could actually help push the regenerative agriculture movement into the mainstream. [CleanTechnica]

PVs on the farm (Dennis Schroeder | NREL)

¶ “Sun-Powered Nanotechnology Could Supply Clean Water And Renewable Energy” • The journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a paper by Arizona State University researchers detailing investigations into using sunlight as the photocatalytic spark to generate hydrogen peroxide from water and oxygen. [ASU Now]


¶ “Oil Producers Agree To Cut Production By A Tenth” • Opec producers and allies have agreed to cut output by around 10% to counter the slump in demand caused by coronavirus lockdowns. The group said it would cut output in May and June by 10 million barrels to help prop up prices. The cuts will then be gradually eased until April 2022. [BCC]

Back yard pump jack (Getty Images)

¶ “Energy Storage In Emerging Markets To Increase By Over 40% Every Year Until 2025: IRENA” • Battery storage systems are emerging as a potential solution for integrating solar and wind renewables in power systems across the globe. The systems have the unique capability to absorb quickly, hold, and then reinject electricity. [Mercom India]

¶ “Cities Struggling To Boost Urban Tree Cover” • More than half of the world’s population now live in urban areas, and this is forecast to grow to 68% by the middle of the 21st Century. Many cities around the globe are struggling to reconcile ambitious environmental targets with development pressures, an Australian study suggested. [BBC]

Urban trees (a.canvas.of.light | Flickr)

¶ “Berlin Backs Key Green Grid Link” • German authorities have approved the final route of a large section of the SuedOstLink, key grid infrastructure to deliver wind and solar power from the north to the south of the country. The section is the first of several that will eventually run between Saxony-Anhalt in the North and Bavaria in the south. [reNEWS]

¶ “World’s First: Zero Emission Electric Construction Site” • Authorities in Oslo enacted laws that say all new public buildings must be built with “fossil-free” construction machinery. A video shows a ZE85 battery-powered electric excavator from Suncar HK working on what may be the world’s first zero-emission, all-electric jobsite of its kind. [CleanTechnica]

Suncar electric excavator in Oslo (Image via Suncar HK)

¶ “Green Hydrogen Pipeline Surges On A Wave Of Announced Mega-Projects” • The pipeline of electrolyzers to produce hydrogen from renewable energy has nearly tripled in just five months, Wood Mackenzie said. It updated green hydrogen data in a report published last October, following an avalanche of new project announcements. [Greentech Media]

¶ “‘Europe’s Largest’ Solar Power Facility Comes Online As The Industry Faces Coronavirus Challenges” • A 500-MW PV plant, described by Spanish utility Iberdrola as “Europe’s largest,” is sending energy to the grid, a welcome bright spot for an industry that in the months ahead could experience difficulties brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. [CNBC]

Building a solar farm (Iberdrola image)

¶ “Chinese Firms Struggle To Fund Renewables Projects Overseas” • Chinese renewable energy firms are booming at home but not overseas. Particularly in countries covered by the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s renewables investments are just getting started, and lagging far behind the country’s extensive coal power projects. [chinadialogue]


¶ “Study Suggests Economic Boom From Renewable Energy” • “Opportunities for Meeting Commercial and Industrial Demand for Renewable Energy in Indiana,” a Wood Mackenzie report, says Indiana could see more than $5 billion in investment and nearly 25,000 new jobs if additional renewable energy options were available. [Inside INdiana Business]

Wind turbines (Pixabay image)

¶ “Seven Transmission Projects That Could Unlock a Renewable Energy Bounty” • Transmission developers have long said that if only a few big renewable-linked projects could get built, the path would open to others once the benefits were clearly manifested. Here are seven projects that could prove that idea true in the decade ahead. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Indian Point’s Unit 2 Reactor Prepares To Shut Down For Good, Ending Nuclear Optimism Era” • Indian Point’s Unit 2 reactor was built on the shore of the Hudson River in the late 1960s at a time of great optimism for nuclear power in the US. But on April 30, the 46-year-old reactor will power down for good in different times. [The Journal News]

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