Archive for July 11th, 2020

July 11 Energy News

July 11, 2020


¶ “Is Honda Waking Up?” • Honda has formed a “comprehensive strategic alliance” with CATL, one of the world’s top three EV battery producers. This is not just a contract for batteries, but a rather deep and broad partnership. Honda was one of the leaders in hybrid technology, and now seems interested in moving to all battery electric vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

Interior of the Honda e (Maarten Vinkhuyzen | CleanTechnica)

¶ “A Pink Glacier In Italy Is Not Good News” • Presena glacier is turning pink due to algae, and this will make the ice melt even faster. The color is due to presence of algae, which are more abundant this year than usual. It is just one of many signs of a warming world. Numerous reports say this year will be among the warmest on record. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How Australia’s State Energy Ministers Are Turning The Tables On Angus Taylor” • Angus Taylor, the federal minister for energy and emissions reductions, is famous for being no fan of renewable energy or meaningful emissions reduction targets. On electricity, state energy ministers, across the political spectrum, are charging ahead without him. [The Guardian]

Wind turbine (David Gray | Reuters)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Super White Paint Helps Keep Buildings Cool” • The good news about global warming is that it will take a lot less energy to keep buildings warm. The bad news is that it will take a lot more energy to keep buildings cool. Materials scientists at UCLA say they have a super white paint that reflects up to 98% of incoming heat from the sun. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “London Electric Vehicle Company Rolls Out New Electric Delivery Van” • London Electric Vehicle Company is well known for its iconic London taxis, which are now range-extended EVs. Based on that experience, the company has just rolled out an electric van as well. It has similar styling, but more cargo space and other modifications. [CleanTechnica]

Electric delivery van for the Royal Mail (Photo courtesy of LEVC)

¶ “Investment In Renewable Energy Transition Could Act As A Powerful Recovery Mechanism From Covid-19, Says GlobalData” • As the global economies try to mitigate the Covid-19 impact, investment in new renewable energy becomes an important cog in the wheel towards the economic recovery journey, according to GlobalData analysis. []

¶ “Time We End Import Reliance For Solar Equipment, Says PM Modi” • Calling on Indian manufacturers to ramp up production of solar cells and modules, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a pitch for self-sufficiency in the sector, at a time the government implements measures to reduce its dependency on China for power equipment imports. [The Indian Express]

Aerial view of the 750-MW solar project in Rewa (PTI)

¶ “Renewables Produce 65.8% Of Colombia’s Power In June” • Colombia’s renewables, mostly hydropower, generated 65.82% of the country’s electricity in June, Colombian grid operator XM Compania de Expertos en Mercados said. Renewable power production rose by 5.28% month-on-month to an average 117.10 GWh per day. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Intros SG 3.4-145 Wind Turbine In India” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has introduced its next generation wind turbine, the SG 3.4-145, in India. The wind turbine supplier has two blade factories, a nacelle factory, an operations and maintenance center, and an R&D center, in various parts of India. [Greentech Lead]

Siemens Gamesa SG-3.4-132 wind turbine


¶ “Report Says Asset Sales And Debt-Driven Dividends Show Fossil Fuel Industry Cannot Be Saved” • A report says major fossil fuel companies such as ExxonMobil and BP, “are racking up debt to maintain their shareholder payments and sustain an image as sound investments.” Others are selling assets. Their actions show they are failing. [Common Dreams] (Thanks to Tom Finnell.)

¶ “Rivian Reaps $2.5 Billion In Latest Funding Round As EV Investments Soar” • Rivian is an EV startup headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan. For its initial funding, it raised raising $2 billion, much of which came from Amazon and Ford. Now it has gone for more money, and it has raised a further $2.5 billion in a funding round led by T Rowe Price. [CleanTechnica]

Rivian electric truck (Rivian image)

¶ “‘Enormous Step’ For Energy Storage As Court Upholds FERC Order 841, Opening Wholesale Markets” • In a victory for the energy storage industry, a federal appeals court upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Order 841, clearing the way for transmission grid operators to open their markets to energy storage. [Greentech Media]

¶ “US Businesses Face Increased Energy Management Pressure” • The Deloitte Resources Study, “Energy Management: Paused by Pandemic, but Poised to Prevail,” found that Covid-19 might actually be partially responsible for driving increased efforts to manage energy use, reduce CO₂ emissions, and address climate change. [Environment + Energy Leader]

Transmission lines (American Public Power Association | Unsplash)

¶ “Ford Aims To Power All Plants With Local Renewable Energy By 2035” • Ford aims to power all its manufacturing plants with local renewable energy by 2035, including the Chicago Assembly Plant in Hegewisch and Chicago Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights. The automaker is striving to become completely carbon neutral by 2050. []

¶ “US Senators Urge Agency Not To Allow Funding Of ‘Risky’ Nuclear Projects” • Senators Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, in a July 10 letter, jointly urged US Development Finance Corp, not to “waste American tax dollars on risky international nuclear projects.” They said the projects are not cost-competitive. [S&P Global]

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