April 13 Energy News

April 13, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “3D-Printed Coral Mimics Nature” • Researchers at the University of Cambridge and UC San Diego say they have found a way to 3D-print a bionic coral that supports the photosynthesis capabilities of algae like those found in coral. The process uses the most abundant natural plastic, cellulose, to provide an artificial coral replacement. [CleanTechnica]

Artificial coral with algae (Credit: University of Cambridge)

Opinion:

¶ “Bail Out The American Public, Not Big Oil” • With over $2 trillion allocated to help with the pandemic in the US, some of the most reliable servants of the fossil fuel industry in the House and Senate sent letters to Interior Secretary Bernhardt asking him to grant royalty relief, lease extensions, and other favors to the oil, gas, and coal industries. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Record Deal To Cut Oil Output Ends Price War” • Opec and its allies agreed on a record oil deal that will reduce global output by about 10%, after a slump in demand caused by coronavirus lockdowns. The deal, made via video conference, is the largest agreed cut in oil production ever. Opec+ had announced plans for the deal on 9 April. [BBC]

Pump jack (Tass | Getty Images)

¶ “Italian EV Sales Stay Afloat In Catastrophic March For Car Industry” • Italy was the first country in the West to adopt a very strict nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Industry data show total car sales down 85.4% in the country compared to the same month last year. Though EV sales were down from February, they were still up 50% from last year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China’s EV Sales Show Signs Of Recovering From Coronavirus Pandemic” • With the coronavirus lockdown, February car sales fell in China. They are starting to recover for EVs now. BYD only sold 2,533 electric cars and 206 plug-in hybrids in February. But it sold 10,433 electric cars and 1,330 PHEVs in March. That is still down from last year, however. [CleanTechnica]

NIO EV (NIO image)

¶ “Covid-19 Lockdown: India Moves To Ensure Renewable Projects Remain Unaffected” • As India endures a coronavirus lockdown, the government has taken measures to insulate the renewable energy sector as much as possible. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy reiterated the must-run status of renewable energy projects. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australian Renewables Hit 50% Of Main Grid’s Net Demand On Easter Saturday” • Renewable energy hit what may be a record level of renewable energy on grid demand in the early afternoon on Easter Saturday, when the combined output of rooftop solar, large-scale solar, wind, and hydro power accounted for 50.4% of net load. [RenewEconomy]

Murra Warra wind farm in Victoria

¶ “SECI Invites Global Bids For 2.5 GW Of Solar Projects In Karnataka” • The Solar Energy Corporation of India has invited global bids for setting up an aggregate 2500 MW of interstate transmission system connected solar projects at Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Park in the Koppal District of the state of Karanataka. [EnergyInfraPost]

¶ “Cambodia’s Grid-Connected PV Capacity Grows To 150 MW – Report” • Cambodia’s installed solar capacity increased by 60 MW as a new PV park was tied to the national grid, the Phnom Penh Post reports, citing a government official. The project is owned by SchneiTec Renewable Co Ltd, a joint venture of Chinese and local companies. [Renewables Now]

Sun in Cambodia (Author: nonuou)

¶ “Raging Forest Infernos Still Burning In Chernobyl Exclusion Zone” • Wildfires burning through radioactive forests in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone are getting ever closer to the exploded nuclear reactor. Firefighters are rushing to build firebreaks around the sarcophagus covering the ruined plant in Ukraine amid swirling winds. [Daily Mail]

US:

¶ “US Car Dealers Embrace Online Sales As Coronavirus Shuts Down Showrooms” • The pandemic is making it clear the internet can provide a substitute for many of the things we used to think of as normal – like going to a dealership to shop for a car. The virtual world will make everything different, but it remains to be seen what recovery will be like. [CleanTechnica]

Dealership (Library of Congress – see article for full credit)

¶ “Audubon Looking At How To Build Environmentally Friendly Energy Projects Without Harming Wildlife” • How do you know where to build environmentally friendly energy projects so they won’t have a harmful impact on wildlife? That is a question that Sarah Haggerty and the Maine Audubon Society have been trying to answer. [Bangor Daily News]

¶ “Virginia Signs 21-GW Renewables Targets Into Law” • Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law targets for over 21 GW of renewable capacity and more than 3 GW of energy storage as part of new measures that will require electricity to come from 100% renewable sources. The act establishes a 5.2-GW offshore wind target. [reNEWS]

Governor Ralph Northam (Image: Governor of Virginia)

¶ “Coronavirus And Flooding Set to Collide in USA – New Union of Concerned Scientists Analysis” • For communities already strained from dealing with the coronavirus, NOAA’s flooding forecast paints a grave picture in which they must somehow meet the intertwined challenges that severe flooding and a pandemic present them. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “COVID-19 Scales Back Work On Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant Refueling” • After a two-week delay and cutbacks in the scope of maintenance to be done, workers at the Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant began a refueling outage this weekend under new safety procedures adopted to limit the spread of any coronavirus. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

Have an astonishingly delightful day.

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