April 12 Energy News

April 12, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Coronavirus Puts Arctic Climate Change Research On Ice” • Every year, 150 climate scientists of the EastGRIP project fly to Greenland to bore deep into its largest glacier and measure ice streams beneath it. The ice streams empty into the ocean, rising sea levels. This year the ice streams will go unmeasured because of the coronavirus. [Taiwan News]

Research station (©EastGRIP)

¶ “Fraunhofer ISE Testing Vehicle-Integrated Solar Systems” • Four trucking companies are partnering with Fraunhofer ISE and Fraunhofer Institute for Transport and Infrastructure Systems to test vehicle-integrated solar systems. Their research suggests PVs on typical cargo trailers could provide power for 5,000 km of driving each year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NASA Satellite Ends 17-Year Mission Measuring The Sun’s Impact On Climate” • A spacecraft measuring the amount of solar energy entering Earth’s atmosphere was shut down after 17 years. NASA says that greenhouse gas emissions from human activity have over 50 times the influence of changes in solar energy on global warming. [Spaceflight Now]

Spacecraft launch preparations (NASA image)

¶ “New Harvard Study Links COVID Deaths And Air Pollution – Interview With Dr Francesca Dominici” • A study sheds light on the connection of COVID-19 health impacts with air pollution.  It found that a one unit increase in long-term average exposure to fine particulate matter is associated with a 15% increase in the COVID-19 mortality rate. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Look Out! Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Are Coming For Your Natural Gas” • Equinor’s Hywind Tampen floating wind farm was proposed last year and just got the green light from Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum. Its eleven 8-MW turbines will support oil platforms, but they can be exemplars for future offshore wind development. [CleanTechnica]

Hywind Tampen Illustration (©Equinor courtesy image)

¶ “India’s Adani Green Energy Achieves 2.5 GW Of Renewable Energy Capacity” • Adani Green Energy, a leading renewable energy company in India, reported an impressive 30% increase in installed capacity between April 2019 and March 2020. The company announced that it added 587 MW of solar and wind energy capacity in 2019-20. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wind Energy Farms Are Losing Out On Tens Of Millions Of Revenue Because Of Constraints In Ireland’s Transmission System, A New Study Shows” • Wind farms lost €75.5 million in revenues in 2019 because grid operator EirGrid made them stop or reduce  power output at certain times, a report from the Irish Wind Energy Association says. [Independent.ie]

Wind turbines (Pascal Rossignol | Reuters)

¶ “The UK’s Biggest Battery Is Housed Inside A Beautiful Welsh Mountain” • It is easy to see why Dinorwig energy station has grow to be generally known as the Electrical Mountain. The titanic hydroelectric energy scheme is housed deep inside Elidir Fawr in Snowdonia Nationwide Park and is actually breathtaking in scale. [Scoop Square24]

¶ “Firms From China, US, Turkey To Build Pumped-Storage Hydropower Plant In Isparta” •  Turkish, Chinese, and American firms are partnering to build a 1000-MW pumped-storage plant in Turkey’s Isparta province, in the western Anatolian region, according to the general manager of GE’s Hydroelectricity Department in Turkey. [Daily Sabah]

Isparta’s Eğirdir Lake (DHA Photo)

US:

¶ “EPA Rolls Back Air Regulations For Waste Coal Plants In Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia” • The EPA says it will create a new category for plants that burn waste coal from mining, with with relaxed regulations. It is relaxing air pollution regulations for three small power plants in Western Pennsylvania and one in West Virginia. [WHYY]

¶ “California Looks For Long-Duration Renewable Energy Storage Contracts For 2026” • An optimal power portfolio for California to drive the world’s fifth largest economy towards greenhouse gas reduction goals for 2030 and then to zero carbon by 2040, includes 1 GW of long duration energy storage, one analyst has said. [SolarPACES]

Molten salt thermal energy storage (Abengoa image)

¶ “Green Groups Sue Over Expired Power Plant Permits” • In Alabama, environmental groups Sierra Club and GASP have filed a lawsuit against the state, claiming that Alabama Power’s Barry Electric Generating Plant in Mobile County is operating under old air and water pollution emission limits set in permits that expired long ago. [al.com]

¶ “Does Coronavirus Jeopardize Atomic Power Plants?” • The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown America’s nuclear industry into chaos, making a major disaster even more likely. Reports from workers at a Pennsylvania reactor indicate that vital precautions needed to protect them may not even be possible. Fatigue is increased, and that affects safety. [LA Progressive]

Have a wonderfully fulfilling day.

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