Archive for May 23rd, 2020

May 23 Energy News

May 23, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Australian Researchers Announce Perovskite Solar Cells That Stand Up To Heat And Humidity” • Perovskite solar cells are cheap to produce and have a number of big advantages. The trouble is that they can’t last very long in the real world. Now, researchers at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales say they can fix that. [CleanTechnica]

Professor Anita Ho-Baillie (Credit: University of Sydney)

¶ “Natural Gas Leaks Deadly For Trees” • We have long known that drilling, gas extraction, and fracking are associated with huge amounts of water contamination, explosion hazards, and corruption of human health. But the situation is worse than that. Natural gas leaking from pipes is also deadly for the trees that line our city streets. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “ABB Hooking Up ASKO To Electrify Delivery Trucks” • ABB charging stations are scattered all across the world. Norway knows a thing or two about charging stations. After all, plug-in vehicles have a 70% to 75% share of all vehicle sales these days. This story, however, is about a deal that definitely deserves its own spotlight. [CleanTechnica]

Charging an ASKO electric truck (Image courtesy of ABB)

¶ “Cuba Is Boosting Climate Resilience In Agriculture” • The Environmental Defense Fund put up a blog post saying Cuba is boosting climate resilience in agriculture. It explains three things that the small island country is doing. Author Katherine Angier went to Cuba for a symposium, and found that that agriculture can be all about resilience. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “LG Chem And Panasonic In Tight Race To Be #1 EV Battery Supplier, CATL Solidly #3” • A handful of battery companies are getting battery costs (per kWh) to low levels. Even slow-walking automakers can’t help but put out hyper-competitive electric vehicles that will show us more and more that the Osborne effect is arriving for fossil fuel vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

Battery Improvement (LG Chem courtesy image)
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¶ “Mexico Must Contribute To Grid Backup – CFE Chief” • A dispute on the future of the local industry is roiling the market in Mexico. Manuel Bartlett, director of the state-owned Comision Federal de Electricidad, said private renewable energy firms should pay for part of the baseload power underpinning the flow of electricity on the grid. [Reuters]

¶ “Danish Consortium Eyes 10-GW Energy Island” • Danish pension funds PensionDanmark and PFA, energy company SEAS-NVE, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners formed a consortium to invest in an offshore wind energy island of up to 10 GW in the North Sea. The project, VindO, could include 25 traditional offshore wind farms. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (Shaun Dakin | Unsplash)

¶ “Russia Commissions Floating NPP” • The floating nuclear power plant Akademik Lomonosov has been commissioned in Pevek, in the Chukotka region of Russia’s Far East. The official commissioning came with approval by General Director Andrey Petrov of Rosenergoatom, a subsidiary of the state nuclear corporation Rosatom. [World Nuclear News]


¶ “Miami’s Fight Against Rising Seas” • Just down the coast from Donald Trump’s weekend retreat, the residents and businesses of south Florida are experiencing regular episodes of water in the streets. In the battle against rising seas, the region is becoming ground zero. And it has more to lose than almost anywhere else in the world. [BBC]

Miami Beach (Credit: Alamy)

¶ “Big Oil States To Elon Musk: We Want Tesla!” • In a weird, tripped-out version of reality in which Tesla is suddenly at odds with “green,” liberal California, states that produce most of our domestic oil, particularly Texas (the top oil producing state) and Oklahoma (number four), are welcoming Elon Musk and Tesla with open arms. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Park City Wind Files Delayed PPA” • A power purchase agreement for the 804-MW Park City offshore wind farm off the East Coast has been filed with the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. The filings follow several extensions to the deadline to deliver the contract because of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Rachel Cooper | Unsplash)

¶ “Butte-Silver Bow Commissioners Approve Land Option To Renewable Energy Developer ” • Butte-Silver Bow, Montana, could potentially become home to a key cog in the Western power grid in the near future as the march toward embracing renewable energy solutions while severing ties with fuels that produce CO₂ continues. [Montana Standard]

¶ “40 years and counting, NOAA renews partnership with UW” • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has partnered for 40 years with the University of Wisconsin-Madison on its Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. NOAA announced that CIMSS will continue at UW–Madison for the next five years. [University of Wisconsin-Madison]

Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences building (UW News)

¶ “ND Facing Realities Of Coal Decline” • Great River Energy, a Minnesota company, announced recently that it was closing its Coal Creek Station near Underwood, North Dakota, in 2022. It is short notice for a move that will have significant impact on the city and surrounding area. North Dakota is forced to accept the realities facing its coal industry. [Minot Daily News]

¶ “Final Module Placed for Vogtle Unit 3” • The final module for Georgia Power’s Vogtle Unit 3, a massive water tank, has been placed atop the containment vessel and shield building roof at the Vogtle nuclear expansion project in Georgia. The large module is a major part of the AP1000 reactor’s advanced passive safety system. []

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