July 14 Energy News

July 14, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Most Powerful Renewable Energy” • Last year, the world’s hydropower capacity reached a record 1,308 GW. But like other energy sources, hydropower is not without environmental costs. Is it possible to make clean, renewable energy from rivers while actually restoring wildlife and the wider habitat? There are many solutions to the problem. [BBC]

Nature’s dam builder (© Getty Images)

¶ “Clarifying The Biden Climate Plan” • Several Cleantechnica readers questioned its reporting, saying they thought the Biden energy plan included a pledge to transition the United States to 100% renewable energy by 2035. It does not, at least not at the present time. These things are a work in progress, however, and the pivot to clean energy continues. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Solar Flow Battery Efficiently Stores Renewable Energy In Liquid Form” • An international team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison scientists has created a new version of solar flow batteries that is efficient and long-lasting. The system has a silicon/perovskite tandem solar cell. The team recorded 20% efficiency, which is up there with the best. [New Atlas]

Solar panel and flow battery

World:

¶ “Ocean Investment Could Aid The Post-Covid-19 Economic Recovery” • Money invested in a sustainable ocean economy can yield at least five times the return in benefits, according to a report commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Investment in ocean intervention could help aid economic recovery. [CNN]

¶ “Italy Set To Increase EV Incentives To €10,000 – Are The Carmakers Ready?” • The Italian government is preparing new measures for economic recovery, after months of lockdown at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. Current incentives for low-emission vehicles are set to be increased by at least 50% from August for the rest of the year. [CleanTechnica]

Fiat 500e La Prima

¶ “Government Hopes Cut In Red Tape Will Triple UK’s Battery Capacity” • Government ministers hope to triple Britain’s energy storage capacity by relaxing the planning rules. Developers of large batteries will be able to apply for permission to build their energy storage projects using local planning rules, which are quicker and easier to manage. [The Guardian]

¶ “McCain Foods Builds Renewable Energy System At Ballarat Site” • McCain Foods has started construction of an 8.2-MW renewable energy system at its Ballarat food processing facility. It will cut CO₂ emissions by over 27,000 tonnes per year and will reportedly be Australia’s largest “behind-the-meter” renewable energy system. [Inside FMCG]

McCain Foods’ renewable energy system

¶ “UK And Denmark To Share Renewable Electricity Through 765 km Interconnector” • Construction has started on the world’s longest electricity interconnector, which will link the UK and Denmark. The £1.8 billion Viking Link project is a joint venture between the National Grid and the Danish electricity system owner and operator, Energinet. [E&T Magazine]

¶ “North Sea Operators Investigating Wider Roles For Renewable Energy” • Some offshore oil and gas operators see renewable energy as a way to extend the lives of platforms on fields that are being depleted, converting them for new uses. Others are looking into alternate energy sources to power platforms and subsea installations. [Offshore Oil and Gas Magazine]

Offshore oil platform (Courtesy Neptune Energy)

¶ “Investment In Renewable Energy Capacity Grows 5%: BNEF” • Investment in new renewable energy capacity (excluding large hydro-electric dams of more than 50 MW) rose 5% to $132.4 billion in the first half of 2020 from a revised $125.8 billion in the same period of 2019, the latest figures from research company BloombergNEF show. [Greentech Lead]

¶ “IEA Summit Urges The World’s Energy Ministers To Adopt Ambitious Green Recovery Plans” • The International Energy Agency is urging governments to pursue spending programs that speed up investment in zero-emission energy systems while they spur economic recovery. The IEA is backed by the International Monetary Fund in this. [Corporate Knights Magazine]

Wind turbines in morning fog

¶ “Nuclear Gulf: Experts Sound The Alarm Over UAE Nuclear Reactors” • Nuclear energy specialists are sounding the alarm over the potential problems new UAE reactors could produce. What they describe is not one risk, but layers of them, from an environmental disaster, to theft of radioactive materials, to a regional nuclear arms race. [Aljazeera.com]

US:

¶ “New McDonald’s Flagship Runs 100% On Renewable Energy” • McDonald’s completed its first net zero energy restaurant, near Disney’s All-Star Resorts in Orlando, Florida, according to a company press release. The global flagship restaurant is designed to create enough renewable energy on-site to cover 100% of its energy needs annually. [Restaurant Dive]

New McDonald’s restaurant (Courtesy of McDonald’s)

¶ “Lion Electric And Boivin Evolution Start Selling Electric Garbage Truck” • The Lion8 chassis plus “fully automated side load bodies” from Lion Electric and Boivin Evolution will be used by Waste Connections in Florida and Washington. They can collect trash without noise, air pollution while reducing costs for fuel and maintenance. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “VW Settlement Funds To Pay For Two Electric Cranes And Electric Drayage Trucks At Port Of Virginia” • Virginia decided to use $14 million of the $93.6 million in funds it got from the Volkswagen diesel cheating scandal settlement to help the Port of Virginia purchase two electric container cranes and a number of electric drayage vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

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