Archive for July 1st, 2020

July 1 Energy News

July 1, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Is The Hydrogen Tech ‘Revolution’ Hope Or Hype?” • In his speech on the planned economic recovery, the prime minister said hydrogen technology is an area where the UK leads the world. He hopes it’ll create clean jobs in the future. But is the hydrogen revolution hope or hype? Hydrogen has come a long way, but it’s by no means trouble-free. [BBC]

Hydrogen powered train

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Have Expectations For Useful Life Of Utility-Scale PV Plants In The US Changed Over Time?” • Useful life expectations of US PV projects have increased and lifetime operating expenses estimates have declined. Those conclusions emerge in a new report from Berkeley Lab. It determined that the useful life of PV projects exceeds 30 years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Beavers Are Gnawing Away At The Arctic Permafrost, And That’s Bad For The Planet” • The beaver may be an unlikely agent of climate change, but they are transforming the Arctic landscape in a way that could exacerbate global warming, a study has suggested. They are moving into new areas, and their lakes  contribute to permafrost thawing. [CNN]

Beaver (Ken Tape | University of Alaska, Fairbanks)

World:

¶ “‘County Electric’ Minibus Is Hyundai’s Next Electric Play” • Though it is far from being the company that leads the world in sales of EVs, Hyundai is highly regarded for its competent EV design. The company is now using its talents in the minibus market. Hyundai Motor Company just released its “County Electric” minibus. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Chile Orders 150 Electric Buses From BYD!” • Chile just order 150 electric buses from BYD to transport people in its capital city of Santiago. This brings BYD electric buses up to a total of 455 in Chile. Santiago alone plans to get up to nearly 800 electric buses by the end of 2020, with a goal to have its transportation system fully electric by 2040. [CleanTechnica]

New electric buses in Santiago, Chile (Image courtesy BYD)

¶ “Samsung And Bloom Energy Want To Make Zero Emissions Cargo Ships” • Samsung Heavy Industries is a prominent global shipbuilder. SHI has formed a joint venture with Bloom Energy to design and develop zero emissions ships. Taming marine emissions would be an important step forward in ridding the world of pollution. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “City Of Adelaide Switches To 100% Renewable Electricity” • In a first for a South Australian council, operations for the City of Adelaide will be powered by a solar-wind blend as it partners with electricity retailer Flow Power. This will bring Adelaide a step closer to its goal of becoming one of the world’s first carbon-neutral cities. [pv magazine Australia]

Rooftop solar system (Image: Vicinity Centers)

¶ “Vestas Makes 588-MW End Of Q2 Surge” • Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas booked a further 588 MW of turbine orders in Canada, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and the US as the second quarter of the year came to an end. The US order is for V150-4.2MW hardware totalling 278 MW with delivery to begin in the second quarter of 2021. [reNEWS]

¶ “City Of Sydney Completes Switch To 100% Renewable Supply” • The City of Sydney has officially made the switch to 100% renewable electricity, with its power supplies now flowing from wind and solar projects from across regional New South Wales. The city secured a power purchase agreements worth around $60 million. [RenewEconomy]

Sydney Town Hall solar (Credit: City of Sydney)

¶ “Global Transition From Coal To Clean Energy Has Reached A Financial Tipping Point” • A report from the Sierra Club, the Carbon Tracker Initiative, and the Rocky Mountain Institute concluded that replacing the entire global fleet of coal plants with clean energy plus battery storage could be done at a net annual savings as early as 2022. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Renewables Surge In European Power Mix” • Data for the period from 1 January to 16 June 2020 shows that wind, solar, and biomass generation in Europe has grown by 7% over 2019 levels, while overall power generation declined by 6.1% from last year. The reduction was almost entirely absorbed by gas, coal, and nuclear power. [Petroleum Economist]

Jack-up ship

US:

¶ “US Department of Energy Aims to Help Secure EV Battery Supplies” • Despite the Trump administration’s clear fossil fuel bias, the US DOE has been paying a bit of attention to the EV revolution. It is looking to help secure critical battery supplies in the global battery supply chain and setting the foundation to do so. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “You Can Now Drive 100% Electric Across The USA Using Electrify America” • The big Electrify America news is that it has completed its first cross-country route, going from Washington, DC, to Southern California. A second cross-country route will also soon be completed, going across the southern part of the country to Southern California. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Renewable Energy Industry Sees Job Losses Nationally And In Vermont” • The renewable energy industry has taken a big hit from the Covid-19 shutdowns. Nearly 600,000 people who work in the clean energy sector nationwide have lost their jobs since the crisis began in March, according to renewable energy groups, and Vermont has not been spared. [vtdigger.org]

¶ “Democrats Say They Have A Bold Climate Plan – But The Republicans Have Other Plans” • House Democrats released an ambitious and wide-ranging climate crisis plan on par with what scientists say the world will have to do to avert catastrophic warming. Some Republicans agree that there is a problem, but that is about as far as agreement goes. [The Guardian]

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