July 23 Energy News

July 23, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “We Break It Down: How Renewables Will Be The Answer To The Economic Rebuild” • Australia is uniquely positioned to capitalize on renewable energy. While 2020 has seen disastrous bushfires and Covid-19 devastate local economies, renewables may provide the opportunity for us to come out of this crisis better than before. [The Guardian]

Renewable energy (Xuanyu Han | Getty Images)

¶ “Renewable Energy Is Seizing Market Share During The Pandemic” • Renewable energy has surged to capture a record share of global electricity generation, seizing more market share during the coronavirus downturn. In the downturn in demand, gas and coal were pushed out of the market because renewables have no variable costs. [OilPrice.com]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Key To Better Batteries Is Soft Solid Electrolytes, Say Researchers” • Dendrites grow in batteries, causing problems. Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, with help from others at Carnegie Mellon University, claim the way to conquer dendrites is soft yet solid electrolytes made from both polymers and ceramics. [CleanTechnica]

VTOL aircraft (Credit: Joby Aviation)

World:

¶ “Oil And Gas And Renewable Tech Firms Form Energy Transition Alliance” • The Energy Transition Alliance is a five-year collaboration to deliver next generation energy technologies and accelerate the UK’s transition to net zero. It was formed by the Oil & Gas Technology Center and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. [Energy Live News]

¶ “CEC Says Thousands Of Renewable Jobs At Stake In Queensland Election” • The Clean Energy Council says that Queensland has a chance to seize an enormous economic opportunity presented by an expanded clean energy sector, and has called on the state’s political parties to embrace renewables head of a looming state election. [RenewEconomy]

Solar farm in Queensland

¶ “Renewable Energy Revolution Underway In Ipswich” • Queensland’s renewable energy revolution is kicking in at Ipswich, with the city’s first solar farm approved and a solar-powered car park in operation. It is following businesses and homes in this, as over 26,000 private rooftop solar systems are already installed and operating. [Mirage News]

¶ “Flexible Energy Systems For Africa Accelerated By Crises” • In South Africa, responding to the department of mineral resources and energy’s first budget speech since a departmental merger, Standard Bank Group says the Covid-19 crisis highlights that Africa needs to develop flexible energy systems, renewables and decentralized. [ESI Africa]

Solar array (Featured image: Stock)

¶ “Ball Corporation Inks Power Purchase Deals For 93.4 MW Of European Wind Energy” • Ball Corporation as struck two major wind power deals in Spain and Sweden to provide almost two-thirds of the electricity load required by its European aluminium beverage packaging plants, it announced. The projects are set to come online next year. [businessgreen.com]

¶ “Offshore Wind ‘Critical’ To UK Covid-19 Recovery” • The UK expects the offshore wind sector to play a critical role in the country’s economic recovery post Covid-19, according to BEIS director of clean power strategy and deployment Declan Burke. He said, there are enormous opportunities for the local wind turbine supply chain. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (SPR image)

US:

¶ “Enel Green Power Starts Construction Of Its First Renewables + Storage Project In North America” • Enel Green Power started building the Lily solar + storage project, its first hybrid project in North America, integrating renewable energy with storage. It will have 146 MW of PVs and a 50 MW battery. Enel plans for 1 GW of battery storage in the US. [AltEnergyMag]

¶ “Tesla Tripled Solar Roof Installations In Q2 2020” • Tesla released what was perhaps the most highly anticipated quarterly earnings letter to date. While much of Tesla’s business was flat quarter on quarter due to coronavirus, we learned Tesla was able to triple the number of Solar Roof installations in Q2 compared to Q1 of this year. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Solarglass Roof installation (Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Confirmed: Tesla’s Giga Texas In Austin, Texas, Will Build Cybertruck, Semi, Model 3 And Y” • In Tesla’s quarterly earnings letter, CEO Elon Musk confirmed the location of the new factory. It will be Giga Texas, built just outside Austin. It will produce the Cybertruck, but also the Tesla Semi, Model Y, and Model 3 for customers in the Eastern US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Ramping Up Fremont Factory’s Production of Model 3 And Y To 500,000 Per Year By End Of 2020” • Tesla said to help meet demand, it is increasing production capacity for the Model 3 and Model Y at its Fremont, California factory from the current annualized production rate of 400,000 vehicles to 500,000 by the end of 2020. [CleanTechnica]

Model 3 bodyshop in Fremont (Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “Money From Pacific Power Program Helps Portland Nonprofit With Costs Of Housing For Veterans” • The Robert J Breitung Veteran Building in Northeast Portland is soon to become home to 28 previously houseless veterans. The nonprofit Do Good Multnomah funded the project with some help on operation costs from rooftop solar panels. [KGW.com]

¶ “Diablo Canyon Employees, Contractors Tested Positive For Covid-19” • At least ten employees of Diablo Canyon Power Plant have become infected with Covid-19 since the pandemic began in March, according to a Pacific Gas & Electric spokeswoman. There were eight PG&E employees and two contractors among them. [Santa Maria Times]

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