Archive for June 18th, 2020

June 18 Energy News

June 18, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Farmed Shellfish Is Not Immune To Climate Change” • Some farmed seafood products, especially shellfish, do not tax the environment and can help feed a growing population without taking a heavy environmental toll. According to a study, climate change and ocean acidification could disrupt global shellfish aquaculture in just a few decades. [Hakai Magazine]

Shellfish (D Trozzo | Alamy Stock Photo)

¶ “Australian Research Could Unlock Way To Make Cheap Renewable Hydrogen While Absorbing CO₂” • Australian researchers discovered new materials that could hold the key to the low-cost conversion of carbon dioxide into hydrogen fuels, fertilisers, and other chemicals. The chemicals also avoid the need for fossil fuels. [RenewEconomy]


¶ “Goldman Sachs Sees $16 Trillion Investment In Renewables By 2030” • Goldman Sachs analysts issued a research note for investors saying investments in renewable energy are set to overtake those in oil and gas for the first time next year. They think the clean energy field will be a $16 trillion opportunity for investment between now and 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Zach Shahan | CleanTechnica)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy, COBOD, And LafargeHolcim Are To Co-Develop Record-Tall Wind Turbine Towers With 3D-Printed Concrete Bases” • Three companies, GE Renewable Energy, COBOD, and LafargeHolcim said they will partner to co-develop optimized 3D printed concrete bases for wind turbines with record heights of up to 200 meters. [WebWire]

¶ “Largest North American Pipeline Company, Enbridge, To Shift Toward Renewable Energy” • Calgary-based Enbridge Inc, the largest pipeline company in North America, is taking a new asset mix direction to place a greater focus on natural gas and renewable energy. It will continue to invest in oil pipelines, but will shift gradually to renewables. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

Pipeline Company pipeline in forest

¶ “Oil’s Share Of Global Energy Mix Continues To Retreat As Renewables Surge: BP” • Oil’s share of the global energy mix continued to slip last year, down 0.2% to 33.1%, but it remained the largest contributor to primary energy supply, as the role of natural gas and renewables rose to record highs, according to estimates by BP. [S&P Global]

¶ “Rosatom, Framatome, GE Agree To Partner In Tender For Bulgarian NPP Project” • Russian nuclear energy corporation Rosatom said that it has signed memorandums of understanding with France’s Framatome and US-based General Electric Steam Power to submit a joint bid in the tender for construction of Belene nuclear power plant in Bulgaria. [SeeNews]

Danube at Belene (Preslav, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “World’s Biggest Liquid Air Battery Starts Construction In UK” • Construction is beginning on the largest liquid air battery. It will store renewable electricity and reduce carbon emissions from fossil-fuel power plants. The project near Manchester, UK, will use spare green energy to compress air into a liquid and store it to power a turbine as needed. [The Guardian]

¶ “UK’s Record Coal-Free Power Run Comes To An End” • The UK’s record coal-free run, the longest period since the industrial revolution the country has not used electricity produced using the fossil fuel, has come to an end. The total coal-free period lasted 67 days, 22 hours and 55 minutes. The previous record was 18 days, 6 hours and 10 minutes. [The Independent]

Drax power station in North Yorkshire (Getty Images)

¶ “Green Gases Key To South Wales Decarbonization Plan” • The uptake of green gases, like hydrogen and biomethane, for heat production will help the region of South Wales meet its net zero targets, a joint report by Regen, Western Power Distribution, and Wales & West Utilities has found. The report examins various supply scenarios. [reNEWS]


¶ “Lucid Air Reveal Set For September 9, Arizona Factory Set To Open This Year” • The Lucid Air EV was to be revealed to the public at the New York auto show, but due to Covid-19, the reveal will now take place online September 9. The head of production said, “We’re building a brand-new factory to produce the world’s first true luxury EV.” [CleanTechnica]

Lucid cars on display (Image credit: Lucid Motors)

¶ “Good News! Tesla And Panasonic Come To 3-Year Deal For Gigafactory 1” • Tesla and Panasonic made a 3-year agreement in which Panasonic will manufacture and supply lithium-ion battery cells at the Gigafactory in Nevada. The agreement outlines the terms for production capacity and Tesla’s purchase volume. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “8minute Solar Nabs Its First Supply Deal With California Community-Choice Aggregators” • Developer 8minute Solar Energy said it had signed power-purchase agreements with two Northern California community-choice aggregators for a 250-MW solar project located in the state, including 150-MWh of energy storage. [Greentech Media]

Solar farm in California (8minute Solar Energy image)

¶ “Residents Call On Colorado Springs Utilities To Focus On A Renewable Energy, Not Natural Gas” • Over 30 residents called on Colorado Springs Utilities to invest in a future energy mix that would rely more on renewables than natural gas as coal-powered plants close. The Utilities Policy Advisory Committee had pushed natural gas. [Colorado Springs Gazette]

¶ “Xcel Proposes $3 Billion In Renewable Projects To Bolster Economy Dogged By Pandemic” • Xcel Energy would accelerate nearly $3 billion in spending, particularly on large renewable-energy projects, in response to calls from state utility regulators to jolt Minnesota’s economy from its coronavirus-induced lethargy. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

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