Archive for June 17th, 2020

June 17 Energy News

June 17, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Australian Researchers Claim New Record For Direct ‘Solar-To-Hydrogen’ Solar Cells” • Australian researchers claimed a new world efficiency record for solar panels that can directly split water using sunlight. They were able to demonstrate 17.6% solar to hydrogen efficiency. The call reaching this an “unprecedented” milestone. [RenewEconomy]

Solar cell research concept

¶ “Temperatures In India Could Rise By 4.4°C By 2100, Says Government Report” • In a worst case scenario, average surface air temperatures over India could rise by 4.4°C by the century’s end, compared to 1976 through 2005, says the first Assessment of Climate Change over the Indian Region published by the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences. [Down To Earth Magazine]


¶ “How Iceland is undoing carbon emissions for good” • Heavy industry contributes 48% of Iceland’s CO₂ emissions, excluding greenhouse gases from land use and forestry, according to the country’s Environment Agency. Much of that is from chemical processes already powered by renewables. Industry is turning to carbon capture and storage. [BBC]

Hellisheiði geothermal power plant, home to
CarbFix operations since 2014 (Arni Saeberg)

¶ “Tesla Secures More Cobalt From Glencore For Giga Berlin And Giga Shanghai” • Tesla will buy more cobalt from Swiss mining company Glencore to use in both Giga Berlin and Giga Shanghai, according to fresh reporting. This provides a boost to Glencore, which faced a bit of a slide over the past two years as the price of cobalt has dropped. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Top Five States For Wind Energy Generation” • Wind power installations in India reached 2.07 GW in FY 2019-20, a 31% increase from 1.58 GW in FY 2018-19. Wind power is 10.1% of the installed power capacity in India as of Q1 2020, with 37.7 GW as of March 2020. Here is a quick look at the top five states for windpower. [Mercom India]

Wind turbines in the mountains

¶ “Ireland Jumps Six Places In EY Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index” • Efforts to overcome Ireland’s image as a “climate laggard” have helped move the country up the rankings in the latest EY Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index. Ireland is the 12th most desirable place to invest in renewables, up six places in one year. []

¶ “Triton Knoll Installs Second Offshore Substation” • A second offshore substation platform has been installed at Innogy’s 860-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm off England’s east coast. Installation of Offshore Substation Platform East was carried out by Seaway Strashnov. It marks a significant milestone in the project’s progress. [reNEWS]

Offshore substation (Innogy image)


¶ “Tesla Says Model S Is The First EV To Get 400 Miles On A Single Charge” • Tesla said in a news release that its Model S Long Range Plus is the first EV with over 400 miles of EPA-rated range. It has “an official EPA-rated range of 402 miles, … a nearly 20% increase in range when compared to a 2019 Model S 100D with the same battery pack design.” [CNN]

¶ “California Utility PG&E Pleads Guilty To 84 Wildfire Deaths” • California Utility Pacific Gas & Electric has pleaded guilty to the deaths of 84 people in a wildfire, the deadliest US corporate crime ever successfully prosecuted. The utility admitted the 2018 Camp Fire, the state’s deadliest and most destructive, was caused by its faulty equipment. [BBC]

House burning in the Camp Fire (AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Renewables Groups Launching Macro-Grid Initiative” • A renewables trade association and a public interest advocacy coalition launched an initiative to build support for upgrading the US electricity transmission network, ultimately establishing a macro-grid connecting areas with low-cost renewable resources to centers of high electric demand. [Morning Consult]

¶ “Larimer County Coal-Fired Power Plant Will Close 16 Years Early As Colorado Speeds Move Toward Renewable Energy” • Platte River Power Authority will shut down the coal-burning unit at its Rawhide power plant in 2030, 16 years ahead of schedule, to make good on promises to provide customers with 100% carbon-free electricity. [The Colorado Sun]

Rawhide Energy Station (Ed Kosmicki | The Colorado Sun)

¶ “Pattern Energy Completes Acquisition Of Clines Corners” • Pattern Energy Group LP, a developer and operator of wind, solar, transmission, and energy storage projects, has completed the acquisition of the Clines Corners wind power project in New Mexico. The Clines Corners project will support up to 1,000 MW of windpower. [North American Windpower]

¶ “New Jersey Wind Port Will Help New Jersey Reach A 100% Clean, Renewable Energy Future” • New Jersey announced development of the New Jersey Wind Port, the first port in the country to be built specifically for offshore wind marshalling and manufacturing. The port will be sited in the Lower Alloway Creek area in Salem County. [REVE]

Offshore windpower

¶ “Vectren Will Close Coal Units, Add Renewables” • Vectren Corp, the electric utility that serves much of southern Indiana, has announced a plan to shutter its remaining coal-fired power plants and transition to renewable energy. The utility also said it would add gas-fired generation to back up those renewable resources. [Power Magazine]

¶ “Estonia Doesn’t Want And Can’t Safely Store Radioactive Powder, So 2,000 Drums Of It May Be Coming To Southeastern Utah” • The controversial plan to ship 660 tons of radioactive material more than 5,000 miles from Estonia to San Juan County, Utah, involves a globe-spanning series of connections dating back years. [Salt Lake Tribune]

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