Archive for July 28th, 2020

July 28 Energy News

July 28, 2020


¶ “Can India Provide Free Solar-Powered Irrigation To All Its Farmers?” • In India, agricultural irrigation accounts for about 18% of all electricity consumption. Wells supply 60% of the water for irrigation, requiring 21 million electrical pumps and 9 million diesel pumps. Solar pumps may be the country’s best application of solar energy. [CleanTechnica]

Rice farmer in Andhra Pradesh (Image: Water Alternatives)

¶ “Russian Control of US Uranium Is a National Security Threat” • America’s overreliance on uranium from Russia and other former Soviet states may be lost on the average American citizen, but Russian President Vladimir Putin may think about it a lot. Russian law says he can cut off nuclear fuel supplies to the US anytime he sees fit. []


¶ “First Ethiopian-Assembled All-Electric Hyundai Ioniq Rolls Out Of Haile Gebrselassie’s Marathon Motor Engineering Plant” • Marathon Motor Engineering, a joint venture of Hyundai Motor Company and Olympic Champion Haile Gebrselassie, is now assembling the all-electric Hyundai Ioniq in Ethiopia. The first one went to the prime minister. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Ioniq (Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali via Twitter)

¶ “You Can Now Lease An All-Electric Sedan In Ghana For Just $160 Per Month!” • Driving electric in many African countries is a lot cheaper than driving on combustion engines. Ghana and other African countries have a huge opportunity for consumers to jump straight into the world of EVs, bypassing the Internal Combustion Era Age. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Future Living® Berlin Includes Panasonic’s Energy Management Solution” • Panasonic announced Future Living® Berlin as part of the company’s focus on decarbonizing society. Engineers at Panasonic’s R&D Center in Europe have developed an intelligent energy management solution to optimize the use of energy, including heating. [CleanTechnica]

Future Living® Berlin (Screenshot: Future Living® Berlin)

¶ “SPR Completes Construction At 714MW East Anglia 1” • The 714-MW East Anglia 1 offshore wind farm, off England’s east coast, has completed construction with all 102 turbines now fully operational. Around 20% of the turbine installation and around half the turbine connection work were finished during lockdown, with adaptations for health safety. [reNEWS]

¶ “WindFloat Atlantic Completes Hook-Up Phase” • A final video showing the hook-up of the 25-MW WindFloat Atlantic project off the coast of Portugal, part of a series documenting the installation, was released by the developing consortium. They deployed three 8.4-MW wind turbines, the largest installed on floating platforms to date. [reNEWS]

Floating wind turbine (EDPR image)

¶ “Era Of Subsidy-Free Offshore Wind Turbines Has Arrived, Researchers Say” • Researchers found that the cost of offshore wind farms in some parts of the world is now so low that they are generating ‘negative subsidies’ that leave energy users financially better off. The paper was published in the academic journal Nature Energy. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Clean-Energy Optimism Soars As World Struggles With The Pandemic’s Fallout” • As companies and governments try work to recover from the Covid-19 crisis, leaders in the renewable energy sector say business is chugging along, attracting new money and new players. The momentum is being fueled by falling costs and popular support. [S&P Global]

Solar farm in the state of Chihuahua (Source: NexTracker Inc)

¶ “TSMC Commits To 100% Clean Power, Pressuring Chipmaker Rivals To Follow Suit” • TSMC, the world’s biggest maker of semiconductors, has committed to source 100% of its power globally from renewable sources. This puts pressure on such rivals as Samsung, as well as large power consumers across Asia, to follow suit. [Forbes]


¶ “EPA Watchdog To Review Trump’s Auto Emissions Rule Changes” • The Trump administration’s overhaul of vehicle emission standards is under review by the EPA inspector general to determine whether it met requirements for “transparency, record-keeping, and docketing, and followed the EPA’s process for developing final regulatory actions.” [CNN]

Traffic (Chad Myers NWS)

¶ “US Energy Savings From Light-Duty Plug-In Electric Vehicles Was 44.8 Trillion BTU In 2019” • Due to their efficiency, plug-in electric vehicles use less energy than their counterparts with internal combustion engines. Energy savings in the US due to light-duty PEVs in 2019 are estimated at 44.8 trillion BTU, up 47% from 2018, the DOE says. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Microsoft Tests Hydrogen Fuel Cells For Backup Power At Datacenters” • In a worldwide first that could jumpstart a long-forecast clean energy economy built around the most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen fuel cells have powered a row of datacenter servers for 48 consecutive hours, according to a Microsoft announcement. [Microsoft]

Hydrogen tanks at data center (Credit: Power Innovations)

¶ “Why Utilities In Minnesota And Other States Need To Plan For More Competition” • Many US utilities develop comprehensive resource plans every few years. Utility regulators often defer to the utility and blindly accept utility forecasts. The plans can undercount distributed solar, with significant financial and economic consequences. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Duke Kick-Starts North Carolina PV Double” • Duke Energy has started construction on solar farms with a combined capacity of 94-MW in North Carolina. The projects are the 25-MW Gaston development in Gaston County and the 69-MW Maiden Creek facility in Catawba County. They will generate enough electricity for about 20,000 customers. [reNEWS]

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