May 19 Energy News

May 19, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Pandemics And Public Transportation – Can They Co-Exist?” • Public transportation and social distancing are impossible to reconcile. To be economically viable, buses, trains, and subways must pack lots of people into confined spaces to transport them efficiently. But viruses and other diseases thrive under such crowded conditions. [CleanTechnica]

F train (Pacific Coast Highway | Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Why It’s Short-Sighted To Do Centralized Planning In A Decentralizing Electricity Grid” • State regulators, expecting the grid future to unfold from a utility’s central plan, rarely push back. But central planning may cost nearly everyone more, because the most cost-effective electricity system can be built from the bottom up. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hurricanes, Typhoons, And Cyclones Are Becoming Stronger, According To A New NOAA Study” • It is becoming increasingly evident that cyclonic storms are becoming stronger and deadlier with global warming, according to a study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [CNN]

Eye of Hurricane Irma (NASA SPoRT via Twitter)

World:

¶ “Renewable Energy Investors Increasingly Look To UK, Says Report” • The UK has become more attractive to renewable energy investors after the government decided to lift its block on financial support for onshore wind and solar projects. Britain has taken the sixth spot in EY’s “attractiveness index” for renewable energy. [The Guardian]

¶ “Campaigners Launch Legal Case Over UK Energy Policy” • UK climate campaigners have launched a judicial review against the government challenging its “outdated” energy policies. They said the government’s policies contradict its promises to tackle CO₂ emissions and could be used to support major fossil fuel power plants or fracking. [reNEWS]

Coal-burning power plant (Pixabay image)

¶ “Zimbabwe Tenders For 500 MW Of Solar Power Plants In Renewable Energy Drive” • Zimbabwe’s state power transmission company invited bids to build 500 MW of solar power plants as it moves to end power cuts by relying more on renewable energy. Local hydropower has been hit by drought, and the country’s old thermal plants fail often. [DispatchLIVE]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Unveils 14-MW Offshore Titan” • Siemens Gamesa has unveiled a new 14-MW offshore wind turbine. It is equipped with a 222-meter rotor that offers a 25% increase in annual energy production, compared to its 11-MW predecessor. Each unit will be able to supply annual power needs for around 18,000 European households. [reNEWS]

Artist’s impression of the 14-MW turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Berlin Amends Onshore Wind Distance Rule” • The German federal government agreed to allow regional governments to decide whether or not to impose a rule on a minimum 1-km distance between new onshore wind farms and the nearest settlements. Berlin also agreed to remove a cap on support for solar projects that stood at 52 GW. [reNEWS]

¶ “Trianel Turbine Triumph At Borkum West 2.2” • Fred Olsen Windcarrier jack-up ship Blue Tern has installed the last of 32 turbines at the 200-MW Trianel Windpark Borkum 2 offshore wind farm in the German North Sea. The project, also known as Borkum West 2.2, features Senvion 6.2M152 hardware installed on monopile foundations. [reNEWS]

Blue Tern – installation complete (Image: Fred Olsen Windcarrier)

¶ “RES, Energy Estate To Collaborate On 2-GW Renewables Hub In Queensland” • UK-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd has teamed up with Aussie advisory firm Energy Estate to develop a 2-GW-plus hybrid renewable energy project in Queensland. The Central Queensland Power project will bundle wind, solar, and storage developments. [Renewables Now]

US:

¶ “Hyzon Motors To Begin Production Of Heavy Duty Fuel Cell Trucks And Buses This Year” • Hyzon Motors, based in New York, specializes in fuel cell-powered heavy trucks, buses, and delivery vans. It will be the first company in the US offering commercial vehicles equipped with proton exchange membrane fuel cell systems that exceed 100 kW. [CleanTechnica]

Hyzon hydrogen-powered bus (Hyzon image)

¶ “US Becomes The ‘Most Attractive Country For Renewable Energy Investment’” • The US is the “most attractive country for renewable energy investment,” the 55th EY Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index says. The survey suggests the renewables sector is expected to quickly bounce back from the Covid-19 downturn. [Energy Live News]

¶ “The Nature Conservancy To Unlock Solar Potential On Retired Appalachian Coal Mine Land” • With its 65 years of work protecting the environment through conservation, the Nature Conservancy is making its way deeper into coal country. The organization wants to help develop solar power on up to 13,000 acres of cleared coal mine lands. [CleanTechnica]

Appalachian River (Cynthia Shahan)

¶ “Wind Farm In Northwest Missouri Begins Commercial Operation” • Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center, a 242-MW wind farm in northwest Missouri, is now fully operational and is in commercial operation. Tenaska Clear Creek has 111 Vestas turbines on about 31,000 acres north of Maryville, in Nodaway County. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “DOE Launches Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program” • The DOE has announced the launch of the Advanced Reactor Demonstration Program to help domestic private industry demonstrate advanced nuclear reactors. It will provide $160 million for initial funding of two reactors to be operational within seven years. [Nuclear Engineering]

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