May 22 Energy News

May 22, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Why The Covid Crisis Is A Pivotal Moment For Renewables” • The global energy and travel industries have been some of the hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis. The silver lining that the biggest drop in CO₂ emissions on record may be followed by renewables playing an even more prominent role in the mix of electricity generation. [OilPrice.com]

Changes in demand (Please click on the image to enlarge it.)

¶ “Industry 4.0 – The Spark Behind Big Tech And Tesla’s Q1 2020 Strength” • Industry 4.0 is the coordinated use of digitally enabled technologies like artificial intelligence, sensors, and robots. In a fiscal climate that’s unparalleled in recent history, a company’s success can be grounded in Industry 4.0. Tesla is one such company. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Find Climate Change Tipping Point For Tropical Forests” • Tropical forests can still act as effective carbon sponges in a warmer world. A team of researchers coordinated by the University of Leeds found rainforests can continue to absorb huge volumes of carbon if global warming remains less than 2°C (3.6°F) above pre-industrial levels. [The Irish News]

Tropical forest

¶ “Study Finds That Access To Education And Markets Vital For Coastal Fishing Communities Adapting To A Warming World” • A study of coastal communities and coral reefs in Madagascar and Kenya found that access to education and markets can help to mitigate vulnerabilities of communities struggling with poverty and reliant on overfished ecosystems. [Newswise]

¶ “China’s Svolt Announces Cobalt-Free Battery Production Launch” • Svolt, a Chinese battery company founded in 2018, announced in 2019 that it would build a 24-GWh cobalt-free lithium-ion battery. It seems to have made good on its promise. Svolt says the technology will work in a car for 15 years or up to 1.2 million km (746,000 miles). [CleanTechnica]

Svolt battery (Svolt courtesy image)

World:

¶ “Chinese Solar Perseveres During Pandemic” • The economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic is having a negative effect on virtually every industry. Solar power is no exception. In China, the rate of solar installations dipped by about 25% in Q1 of 2020, compared to Q1 of 2019, but the total was still a respectable 3.95 GW. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “100% Solarization of Konark Sun Temple And Town” • India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has proposed that the town of Konark, Odisha, go the complete route to renewable, sustainable, 100% solar energy. That’s fitting since the Konark Sun Temple is located there. The plan is to install 10 MW of solar power for the town. [CleanTechnica]

Sun Temple at Konark, Odisha, India (Antoniraj, CC BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “India’s Power Houses Sign Offshore Wind Pact” • NTPC Ltd signed a memorandum of understanding with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited to set up a joint venture for renewable energy business, especially offshore windpower. NTPC, India’s largest power company, has a target of developing 32 GW of renewable energy by 2032. [Offshore Wind]

¶ “Volkswagen R Division To Go All In On Electric Cars” • Many automakers have high performance or racing programs in house. At Volkswagen, it is the  R division. The company has unveiled an R variant of the Taureg SUV. Its hybrid powertrain has a 336-hp gasoline engine coupled with a 130-hp electric motor powered by a 14.1-kWh battery. [CleanTechnica]

Powerful Volkswagen cars (Image credit: Volkswagen)

¶ “Amazon Announces 5 New Solar Projects In China, Australia And The US” • Global e-commerce major Amazon announced five new solar energy projects in China, Australia, and the US. They support its commitment to reach 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030, as well as to reach net-zero carbon by 2040. [Saurenergy]

¶ “Enel Connects 185 MW Of North America Wind” • Enel has connected two projects in Canada and a 50-MW wind farm extension in the US. The Canadian projects are the 105-MW Riverview and 29.4-MW Castle Rock Ridge 2 wind farms, both in Alberta. The High Lonesome wind farm in Texas had a 50-MW capacity increse to 500 MW. [reNEWS]

High Lonesome wind farm (ENEL Image)

¶ “Belarus Nuclear Plant: Minsk Set To Fire Up Reactor Just 45 Kilometres From Vilnius” • Europe could pay a heavy price if Belarus is not stopped from firing up its first nuclear plant, Lithuania’s ex-energy minister has told Euronews. The facility at Ostrovets lies just 45 km from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius and is set to go online in July. [Euronews]

US:

¶ “School Focused On Climate And Sustainability Will Amplify Stanford’s Impact” • Stanford University’s president announced that it is designing a school focused on climate and sustainability. The school will draw on the considerable expertise that is in its academic units already, aligning those efforts around research, education, and impact. [Stanford University News]

Solar power at Stanford (Image credit: M Scott Gould)

¶ “Turbine Restrictions May Be ‘Fatal’ To Icebreaker” • Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, the developers the 21-MW Icebreaker offshore wind farm on Lake Erie, said it is stunned by the regulator’s approval of the project on condition that the six turbines are switched off from dusk to dawn for the most of the year. It may be fatal to the project. [reNEWS]

¶ “Digital Crossroad Chooses Munters For Its Renewable Energy Data Center” • Digital Crossroad placed an order for Munters to cool its 105,000 square foot data center in Hammond, Indiana. The data center, which will run on 100% renewable energy by 2028, is a conversion of a former coal-fired power plant known as State Line. [ThomasNet News]

Have a magically lovely day.

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