Archive for May 26th, 2020

May 26 Energy News

May 26, 2020


¶ “Getting Climate Resilience Right In North Carolina” • As hurricane season looms large, and COVID-19 reveals the deep cracks and fissures in our nation’s response preparedness, North Carolina is gearing up to release its long-awaited plan to bolster climate resilience. The state’s resilience plan can’t come soon enough. [Natural Resources Defense Council]

North Carolina Flooding in 2016 (Jocelyn Augustino | FEMA)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Planting Trees Doesn’t Always Help With Climate Change” • Protecting existing forests and planting new ones are surely good things to do. However, scientists say we must not place too much faith in trees to save us. They say that while trees will definitely help us slow climate change, they won’t reverse it on their own. The situation is complex. [BBC]

¶ “The Remarkable Power Of The Prickly Pear” • In Mexico, nopal, or prickly pear, is consumed as salad or in healthy shakes, or in less virtuous tortillas and nacho chips. The inedible waste products are normally discarded. but local businessmen in one town saw the potential of turning it into a fuel source. And desert land can produce a lot of it. [BBC]

Preparing nopal for food (Getty Images)

¶ “Nanotech Energy Claims Its Graphene Lithium Battery Will Charge 18 Times Faster Than Conventional Li-Ion Battery” • Investors have just pumped $27.5 million into Nanotech Energy, based in Los Angeles. Why? The company claims its graphene-based lithium batteries can charge 18 times as fast as the more conventional lithium-ion batteries. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Polizei Goes Electric – Hyundai Kona EV Popular With Police Fleets Around Europe” • Some police forces in Europe are now moving into the future. A growing number of police manage to cut through the bureaucractic sluggishness and start the switch to EVs. Interestingly, many of them are choosing Hyundai Kona EVs to use in their fleets. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Motors police car ( via Twitter)

¶ “More Diesel Cheating Pain For Volkswagen As German Court Rules For Owners” • Volkswagen is still under a diesel-infused cloud of its own making. Even though its emissions cheating scandal happened in 2015, the chickens are still coming home to roost. This week, a federal court in Germany ruled in favor of the owners, Automotive News reported. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Total And Gaussin Creating World’s 1st Fully Electric Aircraft Fuel Truck” • Energy giant Total Group and engineering firm Gaussin are working together to create the world’s first 100% electric fuel truck for the aviation industry. The partnership calls it an “aircraft refueller transporter.” Its lithium-ion battery will be made by Total subsidiary Saft. [CleanTechnica]

Aircraft refueller transporter (Image: Gaussin and Total)

¶ “India’s Solar Park Scheme Offers $700 Billion Opportunity For Investors” • According to the thinktank Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, India could attract investment worth up to $700 billion for its solar power park scheme. The investment is likely to come not only for power generation but also for transmission systems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oz Crew To Survey Australia-Singapore Cable Route” • Sun Cable hired an Australian company to carry out initial surveys for a proposed cable to trasmit renewable energy from Australia to Singapore and Indonesia. Guardian Geomatics will start the preparatory work this month, and the vessel Offshore Solution is to deliver results later this year. [reNEWS]

Offshore Solution (Guardian Geomatics image)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Secures First Order For 14-MW Titan” • Siemens Gamesa has been lined up to deliver its new 14-MW turbine for the 300-MW Hai Long 2 offshore wind farm off Taiwan. The manufacturer said deployment of the 14-222 DD machine is also being considered for the remaining 744 MW of phases of the project. [reNEWS]

¶ “Renewable Energy In Uruguay Is Surpassing Expectations” • The South American country of Uruguay stands out among its neighbors in many ways. Among other things, it is a leader for renewable energy. Uruguay has invested about $7 billion in its green resources since 2010, and now, Uruguayans are seeing the fruit of their country’s labor. [Borgen Project]

Wind farm

¶ “Orsted Consortium Plans Offshore Power-To-X Play” • Orsted and a consortium of Danish companies formed a partnership to develop a transport fuel production facility in the Copenhagen area. It is to be powered by offshore wind in the Baltic Sea, and could become one of the largest electrolyzer and sustainable fuel production facilities in the world. [reNEWS]


¶ “US Wind Power Plants Show Little Decline With Age” • A report published in the journal Joule by researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory concludes that wind turbines in the US remain relatively efficient over a period of time. The report shows only a 13% drop in performance over 17 years of operation. [CleanTechnica]

Assembling a rotor (AWEA image via Twitter)

¶ “California May Soon Mandate Uber And Lyft Shift To Electric Vehicles” • Despite the ongoing pandemic, California believes now is the time for Uber and Lyft to get their environmental act together. The state plans to mandate a phased shift to EVs for transportation network companies. The California Air Resources Board described the plan. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Folly Of Removing US Caps On Russian Nuclear Fuel Imports” • The Trump administration’s recent Nuclear Fuel Working Group report provides a sobering view of the national security threat posed by Russia’s aggressive global strategy to dominate the nuclear power and fuel industry to extend its geopolitical influence. [The Hill]

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