July 9 Energy News

July 9, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘Rising Chance’ Of Exceeding 1.5°C Global Target” • The World Meteorological Organisation says there’s a growing chance that global temperatures will rise more than 1.5°C over the next five years, compared to pre-industrial levels. It puts the  chance the threshold will be broken in one year at 20%, and the chance it will be broken in at least one month at 70%. [BBC]

Child cooling himself in a heatwave in Gaza (Getty Images)

¶ “Tiny Little Shrimp Could Spark A Huge Energy Storage Breakthrough” • Low cost, large-scale energy storage is the key to accelerating the renewable energy revolution, and now shrimp have been enlisted in the cause. The aim is to push down the cost of flow batteries by using bio-based materials such as those found in shrimp shells. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Volkswagen And Porsche Push Ahead With Converting Factories To Make EVs” • Volkswagen Group is walking the walk when it comes to being part of the EV revolution. While other manufacturers promise some plug-in hybrids and a few battery EVs some day, Volkswagen is finishing work on factories that will build their EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen Emden factory (Image credit: Volkswagen)

¶ “CFM Partners With AMPYR Energy To Set Up 138 MW Of Onshore Wind Farms In Karnataka” • Climate Fund Managers and AMPYR Energy announced a partnership to develop 138 MW of onshore wind farms in the Indian state of Karnataka. CFM is a Dutch investment manager, and AMPYR Energy is a renewables developer based in Singapore. [Mercom India]

¶ “NSW To Call For Wind, Solar And Storage Proposals For Second Renewable Zone” • New South Wales’ Coalition state government is preparing to announce the second phase of its renewable energy zone program, with a call-out for up to 8 GW of wind, solar, and storage projects in a new zone in the north of the state. [Renew Economy]

One wind turbine and more coming (Epuron, White Rock)

¶ “IEA To Help Indonesia Accelerate The Energy Transition” • Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and the International Energy Agency are partnering with utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara to launch a joint project on electricity and renewable energy. The partnership is to encourage private investment in Indonesian renewables. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Queensland Attracts United Green Majority Stake Investment In Rodds Bay Solar Farm Despite ‘Wet Blanket’ Federal Policy” • A “majority” stake of the 300-MW shovel-ready Rodds Bay Solar Farm in Queensland has been purchased by UK investment firm United Green. The move comes in spite of the policy vacuum at the federal level. [pv magazine Australia]

Solar farm (Image: Australian National University)

¶ “EU Unveils 40-GW Green Hydrogen Vision” • The EU will support development of up to 40 GW of green hydrogen projects by 2030, according to the EU Hydrogen Strategy. From 2020 to 2024, the EU will support the installation of at least 6 GW of renewable hydrogen electrolyzers, and the production of up to 1 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen. [reNEWS]

¶ “Elgin Energy Finds Greek Partner For 76 MW Of UK PV” • Elgin Energy is partnering with the renewables and energy storage arm of Greek company Metka EGN Mytilineos to develop 76 MW of unsubsidised solar farms in the UK. Three projects are covered by the deal, a 49.9-MW facility in England and two in Scotland totalling 26 MW. [reNEWS]

Solar array (American Public Power Associatin | Unsplash)

¶ “Air Products Announces $5 Billion Renewable Hydrogen To Ammonia Investment” • US chemical business Air Products announced a $5 billion joint investment Saudi generator ACWA Power and tech accelerator city Neom for a power-to-hydrogen-to-ammonia production plant in Saudi Arabia powered by 4 GW of renewable energy. [Power Technology]

¶ “China To Build 6-8 Nuclear Reactors A Year From 2020 To 2025 – Report” • China will build six to eight nuclear reactors a year between 2020 and 2025 and raise total capacity to 70 GW, up 43.5% compared to the end of May, China Daily said. The country’s total installed nuclear capacity is expected to stand at 52 GW by the end of 2020. [ETEnergyworld.com]

Nuclear power plant

US:

¶ “2.3 GW Of USA Wind And Solar Projects Get Investment From ENGIE And Hannon Armstrong” • News from Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital and ENGIE highlight how attractive the US is for renewable investment. They have committed to investing into a massive 2.3 GW wind and solar power pipeline in the US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Capital Dynamics Signs 4.8-GW Deal To Increase Portfolio In The US” • Capital Dynamics announced that its Clean Energy Infrastructure business signed an agreement for 4.8 GW with Tenaska. The transaction comprises 24 solar projects in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and Southeast Reliability Council markets. [reNEWS]

Solar array in the American countryside (Capital Dynamics image)

¶ “Facebook Used 86% Renewable Energy Last Year” • Two years ago, Facebook pledged that it would power the entirety of its operations with clean energy by the end of 2020. It appears that the company is on track to meet that goal. Facebook’s first-ever sustainability report says that 86% of the electricity it used last year was from renewable sources. [The Burn-In]

¶ “Bank Of America Blows Out Its Solar Energy Commitment With Ten Deals In Three States” • Bank of America signed ten agreements to buy solar electricity for its operations in three states, including its headquarters in North Carolina. The deals are with Duke Energy, NRG Energy, 3Degrees, NativeEnergy and Birdseye Renewable Energy. [Solar Builder]

Have transcendentally encouraging day.

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