July 17 Energy News

July 17, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Low Cost Perovskite Solar Cells Breathing Down The Neck Of Coal, And Fossil Gas, Too” • Perovskite solar cells have hurdles to overcome, but their advantages keep researchers looking for ways to perfect them. One advantage is that they can be printed. Another is that they are cheap. They may soon pose threats to fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Perovskites in custom colors (Photo via NTU)

World:

¶ “Brazil’s Beef And Soy Exports To The EU Linked To Illegal Deforestation, Study Finds” • A study shows that around half of Brazil’s beef exports and almost a quarter of soy exports to the EU could be linked to illegal deforestation in two of Brazil’s most ecologically important regions. This has serious implications for both the climate crisis and trade. [CNN]

¶ “Vestas Delivers 101-MW Vietnamese Second Helping” • Vestas secured a 101-MW turbine order for the second phase of the B&T wind farm in Vietnam. The contract is with AMI AC Renewables Corporation, a joint venture of AC Energy and AMI Renewables. Vestas will supply, transport, install, and commission 24 V150-4.2MW turbines. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines in Vietnam (Vestas image)

¶ “Ofgem Green Lights 600-MW Shetland Link” • Ofgem has given SSE approval to build a 600-MW HVDC interconnector between mainland Scotland and the Shetland Isles by Q1 2024. The decision will also enable SSE Renewables to move forwards with building the 443-MW Viking wind farm on Mainland, Shetland’s largest island. [reNEWS]

¶ “NTPC And NIIF Sign Pact To Attract Investment For India’s Renewable Sector” • Indian electric power producer NTPC Limited said it entered into a memorandum of understating with the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund to explore new opportunities for investment in areas of power distribution and renewable energy. [Mercom India]

Renewable energy

¶ “Korean Government Aims To More Than Triple Renewable Energy-Based Power Generation” • The government of South Korean released details of its Green New Deal project. It will more than triple the capacity of renewable power generation sources, and greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 12.29 million tons by 2025. [BusinessKorea]

¶ “Offshore Boost ‘Needed To Meet German Hydrogen Goal'” • Germany will need to find new areas to develop offshore wind capacity if the sector is to deliver 3 GW to support production of  green hydrogen under the country’s national strategy for the gas, according to a group of renewable energy organisations in the country. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (EWE image)

¶ “EDF Unveils Design Center In The UK Focused On Nuclear Engineering Advancements” • Project owner EDF unveiled a new engineering design facility in Bristol to support the next phase of construction at the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station. By 2021, some 700 engineers will be working at the UK EPR Design Center. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Australia:

¶ “New South Wales To Add Second Renewable Energy Zone” • When New South Wales announced its renewable energy zone, it was looking for 3 GW of clean energy. It got proposals for an unexpected 27 GW. Nothing succeeds like success, they say, and so, less than a month later, NSW is back with another zero emissions proposal. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (Credit: Downer Group)

¶ “University Of Queensland Hits 100% Renewables With Warwick Solar Farm Opening” • The University of Queensland is one of Australia’s first universities to switch to 100% renewables, with the opening of the 64-MW Warwick solar farm. The $125 million project is supplying power to university campuses, along with two other solar projects. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Central Sydney Now Runs 100% On Renewable Energy” • Sydney is sourcing clean energy from wind and solar farms in New South Wales, and the central part of the city is now running on 100% renewable energy. The move is estimated to reduce CO₂ emissions by about 20,000 tonnes every year, and it will save around A$500,000 per year. [Happytrips]

Sydney Opera House (Diliff, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “A Third Of US Workers Want To Stop Commuting And Work Remotely” • A study by Morning Consult found that a third of Americans surveyed want to work from home. The majority say it has given them more time during the day, improved their health, and brought them closer to their family members – all without impacting productivity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “P&G Invests In ‘Natural Climate Solutions’ But Ignores Boreal Forest Protection In New ‘It’s Our Home’ Campaign, Critics Say” • Procter & Gamble joined other consumer-product businesses with an updated climate-change campaign, agreeing that the next decade is a critical time for action. Natural-resource groups are not satisfied. [Cincinnati Business Courier]

Forest in Brazil (Getty Images)

¶ “FERC Overhauls Carter-Era Law Promoting Renewable Power” • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a final rule overhauling the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, that has served since 1978 to support putting more renewable energy on the grid. Those opposed to the rule say it amounts to “gutting the heart of PURPA.” [E&E News]

¶ “New York To Invest $750 Million In EV Infrastructure, Including Building 50,000 Charging Stations, Cuomo Says” • New York is investing $750 million to build infrastructure supporting EVs, including over 50,000 charging stations, in an attempt to cap emissions in the long-term, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced. [Yahoo News]

Have a wholesomely celebratory day.

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