July 12 Energy News

July 12, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Shockingly Simple: How Farmland Could Absorb An Extra 2 Billion Tonnes Of CO₂ From The Atmosphere Each Year” • Adding crushed rock dust to farmland could draw down up to two billion tonnes of CO₂ from the air per year and help meet key global climate targets, according to a major study led by the University of Sheffield. [SciTechDaily]

Crushed rock dust on farmland (Credit: Dr Dimitar Epihov)

¶ “Less Impact From Wildfire Smoke On Climate” • Research done at Los Alamos National Laboratory revealed that tiny, sunlight-absorbing particles in wildfire smoke may have less impact on climate than widely hypothesized because reactions as the plume mixes with clean air reduce its absorbing power and climate-warming effect. [Science Daily]


¶ “EV Drivers In Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, And Romania Getting Boost From MOL And Driivz” • Gas station companies have two options as the EV era arises: transform, or die. MOL Group, a major oil and gas company based in Budapest, has gas stations in countries across the region. It is leaning toward the former. [CleanTechnica]

MOL EV charging station

¶ “India’s Largest Building Integrated Vertical Solar System And The Road Ahead” • In 2019, U-Solar Clean Energy Solutions Pvt Ltd installed India’s largest building-integrated vertical solar PV system in Mumbai. The system has a capacity of about 1 MW with integrated solar panels on all four walls, covering over 5000 square feet of facade area. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Audi Snubs EVs, Says Will Continue To “Massively” Invest In Combustion Engines” • Audi, a Volkswagen Group subsidiary, plans to keep on investing in combustion engines. Its CEO believes that the engines will be “alive for a very long time. This is why we continue to invest massively in the development of combustion engines.” [CleanTechnica]

Audi e-tron in Portugal (Jose Pontes | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Excess Power Capacity Puts Financial Burden On Bangladesh” • Not long ago, Bangladesh was plagued by power shortages, but it has developed in the last decade to the point that it has built a generating capacity far in excess of what it needs. And now, the government of Bangladesh is set to install 14 coal-fired power plants, funded by China. [NewsIn.Asia]

¶ “Statkraft To Seek Approval For €25 Million Solar Farm” • Statkraft Ireland, a renewable energy developer and subsidiary of Norwegian state-owned company Statkraft, intends to apply for planning permission for a €25 million solar farm in County Meath. The company said the solar farm would be operational for 35 years. [Independent.ie]

Solar farm (Photo: PA)

¶ “40 Ministers From Around The World Gather To Address The World’s Energy And Climate Challenges” • The International Energy Agency summit had representatives from countries with over 80% of the world economy. They discussed how to bring about a sustainable and resilient recovery from Covid-19 and reduce CO₂ emissions. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “Turning On Lights For 450,000 People In Rural Myanmar” • More than 450,000 people in rural Myanmar are expected to gain access to clean energy for the first time after the World Bank Group and the Government of Myanmar signed an agreement on grants. Funding will support a new business model led by the private sector. [Modern Diplomacy]


¶ “Japan To Limit Financing Of Overseas Coal Power Plants” • Japan said it would tighten rules for investment in foreign coal-fired power stations on environmental grounds, though it stopped short of ending government funding. The move comes with the world’s third-largest economy under fire for financing projects to build coal plants. [Macau Business]

¶ “Renewable Energy Key To Inclusive Recovery In Africa: Report” • Greater uptake of cleaner energy technologies is key to hasten inclusive economic recovery in Africa after devastations caused by COVID-19 pandemic, a report published in Nairobi says. Africa’s ability to restart economies hinges on investments in cleaner sources of power. [Independent]

Solar plant in Gomba

¶ “Britain To Invest £40 Million In Small Nuclear Reactor Projects” • The British government said it will invest £40 million ($51 million) in developing and supporting small nuclear reactor projects. It said £30 million of funding will go to support three advanced modular reactor projects in the counties of Cheshire, Oxfordshire, and Lancashire. [Yahoo! Voices]


¶ “Could Japan’s Plan To Retire 100 Coal Units Hurt The Powder River Basin?” • Miners in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin hoped to export coal to Asia for years. But the dream of exporting coal to one of the world’s leading importers of coal was dashed when Japan said it is considering phasing out 100 coal-fired power plant units by 2030. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]

Black Thunder Coal Mine (Josh Galemore | Star-Tribune)

¶ “Unpacking The Ridin’ With Biden Plan For Earth Justice, Social Justice, And Racial Justice” • Joe Biden has engaged with people and organizations over the past few weeks to figure out what his plan for governing America will be. Let’s first take a look at the two parts of that plan that relate to climate change and renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Seniors Are At Risk From Heat During Climate Change” • A report by Climate Central looks at how heat and a warming climate are endangering the health of the aging US population, a threat exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The study, done in April 2020, showed dramatically increased estimates of both current and future deaths. [CleanTechnica]

Have an exceedingly restful day.

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