May 6 Energy News

May 6, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate change and Covid-19: Five charts that explain the impacts” • No war, no recession, and no previous pandemic has had such a dramatic impact on emissions of CO₂ over the past century as Covid-19 has in a few short months. But we have to remember that atmospheric CO₂ will not stabilize until the world reaches net-zero emissions. [BBC]

Nepal, without air pollution (Getty Images)

¶ “Billions Of People Could Live In Areas Too Hot For Humans By 2070, Study Says” • A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences said that if heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current pace, by 2070 up to three billion people could be living in areas that are too hot for human beings to live in. [CNN]

¶ “Polarstern sets records on Arctic climate mission” • The Polarstern is a ship laboratory, drifting in Arctic ice. Part of MOSAiC, a large-scale expedition led by Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute, it’s measuring climate change at the North Pole. And it’s setting new records. For one, it’s the northernmost mission during the Arctic winter. [Deutsche Welle]

Polarstern

¶ “Wärtsilä Gas Engines To Burn 100% Hydrogen” • The Finnish technology group Wärtsilä is developing the combustion process in its gas engines to enable them to burn 100% hydrogen fuel. Wärtsilä has researched hydrogen as a fuel for 20 years, and had been testing its engines with blends of up to 60% hydrogen and 40% natural gas. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

World:

¶ “Coronavirus: UK Warned To Avoid Climate Change Crisis” • The UK must avoid lurching from the coronavirus crisis into a deeper climate crisis, the government’s advisers have warned. They recommend that ministers ensure funds earmarked for a post-Covid-19 economic recovery go to firms that will reduce carbon emissions. [BBC]

Wind turbines and coal-burning plant (Getty Images)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Is #1 Vehicle In UK, And Electric Vehicles Hit 34% Market Share” • The Tesla Model 3 was April’s best selling vehicle in the UK, as combustion vehicle sales fell by over 98% to fewer than 3,000. Plug-in vehicles were relatively unscathed by the coronavirus crisis and took an unprecedented 34% share of the auto market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Norway’s April EV Market Share Jumps To 70%, Strongest Growth In 2 Years” • April saw clean transport pioneer Norway’s market share of plug-in electric vehicles jump to 70%, sharply up from 50% a year ago. This is the biggest year-on-year climb that we have seen in two years. The overall auto market saw a 34% drop in volume. [CleanTechnica]

Audi e-tron (Audi courtesy image)

¶ “Renewable Power To Boom On Cheap Money As Coal Loses Out, Garnaut Says” • Economist Ross Garnaut says the economic crisis will lead to growth in renewable energy at the expense of coal, which has high operating costs. He argues that we shouldn’t fear taking on debt to fuel a green economic recovery from the pandemic. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy solution undergoes feasibility study for LR2 tanker” • Marine renewable energy technology company Eco Marine Power, based in Japan, announced that it has started a feasibility study regarding the implementation of its Aquarius Marine Renewable Energy design for an LR2 Tanker. [Manifold Times]

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¶ “Energy Firms Rally Behind Green Stimulus Call” • A coalition of 40 global businesses, including energy majors such as BP, Iberdrola, Orsted, and Shell, called on governments to support “a massive wave of investments in renewable electricity” and other low-carbon energy solutions when devising recovery plans from the COVID-19 pandemic. [Euractiv]

¶ “Neoen To Build Australia’s Largest Solar Farm After Power Deal With CleanCo” • French renewables developer Neoen will build a 400-MW solar farm in Queensland with a contract to sell most of the power to CleanCo, a state-owned clean energy company. Western Downs Green Power Hub will be Australia’s largest solar farm. [pv magazine Australia]

Neoen solar farm (Neoen image)

¶ “Old Coal Mines To Heat £7 Million Tyneside District Heating Scheme” • In England, South Tyneside’s hybrid Viking Energy Network aims to use water pumped from 300 meters below the former Hebburn Colliery combined with heat pumps, solar generation and a CHP unit. The scheme is expected to deliver benefits of £150,000 each year. [The Energyst]

US:

¶ “California On Verge Of Making Truck Manufacturers Produce Electric Trucks” • The California Air Resources Board released the final draft of the Advanced Clean Trucks standard, a policy that will require truck manufacturers to sell electric trucks. There will be a 30-day public comment period followed by a Board vote on June 25–26. [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric truck (BYD courtesy image)

¶ “Nearly Half Of Bloomberg LP Energy Usage Now Comes From Renewables, Up Sharply From 17% In 2018” • Bloomberg LP received 48.5% of its energy from renewable sources in 2019. This is up from 17% in 2018 and exceeds its 2020 interim goal of 35% of renewables use, according to the company’s 11th annual Impact Report. [AltEnergyMag]

¶ “Trump’s Push To Use Global Aid For Nuclear Projects Alarms Development Groups” • A Trump administration effort to bolster the nuclear industry is eyeing a surprising source of financing. It would support exporting nuclear technology with funding from the International Development Finance Corporation, a fund for fighting poverty in developing countries. [The Hill]

Have an upliftingly kind and gentle day.

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