August 9 Energy News

August 9, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Drawdown Review 2020: How To Address Global Warming In A Responsible Manner” • Three years later publishing Drawdown, Project Drawdown published Drawdown Review, which suggests humanity can manage the climate crisis effectively using only the tools available today. Of course, that assumes we start acting like responsible adults. [CleanTechnica]

Solar trackers (Image credit: Project Drawdown)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Argonne National Lab Breakthrough Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol” • According to ANL, its researchers, working with partners at Northern Illinois University, have discovered an electrocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide and water into ethanol with very high energy efficiency, high selectivity for the desired final product, and low cost. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Denmark’s 300-Year-Old Homes Of The Future” • On the Danish island of Læsø, houses are thatched with thick, heavy bundles of silvery seaweed that have the potential to be a contemporary building material around the world. The eelgrass used for thatching has some interesting properties. For example, it makes a roof that cannot burn. [BBC]

Houses thatched with eelgrass (Carstenbrandt | Getty Images)

World:

¶ “56 Countries Gather Online In Their Quest To Fix Climate Change” • Despite Covid-19, green entrepreneurs across the globe continue to create positive climate impact and economic opportunities. A record 3,000 startups from 56 countries entered this year’s edition of ClimateLaunchpad, a global competition for green business ideas. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pakistan Pushes Renewables Amid Coal Projects” • This week, Pakistan set in motion a plan to boost the share of its electric power that comes from renewables to 30% by 2030, up from about 4% today, government officials said. That will include mainly wind and solar power, but also geothermal, tidal, wave and biomass energy. [The Express Tribune]

Coal (AFP image)

¶ “India’s Coal Import Drops 43% In July Owing To High Stockpile At Pitheads, Plants” • India’s coal import fell 43.2% to 11.13 million tonnes in July this year on account of high stockpile of the dry fuel at pitheads, plants and ports. The country had imported 19.61 MT of coal in July 2019, according to data in a provisional compilation. [The New Indian Express]

¶ “Broad Prospect For Renewable Energy Cooperation Between China, Pakistan” • China has wind and PV generating technology, and it has capital. Pakistan needs to develop renewable energy. So there is a great potential for cooperation between China and Pakistan in the field of renewable energy, according to Professor Cheng Xizhong. [Associated Press of Pakistan]

Rooftop solar system (Smilingsaifi, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Alberta Latest Region To Leverage Nuclear To Fight Climate Change” • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney signalled intent to add his signature to the Memorandum of Understanding to advance the development and deployment of small modular reactors. The MOU was signed in December 2019 by premiers of Ontario, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick. [EnerCom Inc]

¶ “Is This The End For ‘King Coal’ In Britain?” • According to figures released last week, a mere 8 million tonnes of coal were incinerated in UK factories and power plants last year. That is roughly the same amount that was burned nationally in 1769, when James Watt was patenting his modified steam engine. It has been an extraordinary transformation. [The Guardian]

English coal miners ca 1925 (Photo: Hirz | Getty)

US:

¶ “Eli Zero Comes Back To Life” • We covered the cute, fun, little tiny Eli ZERO electric concept car in 2017 and 2018. But after a while, Eli dropped off the radar. Did another one bite the dust? Did the ZERO get run over by a Cybertruck? Apparently not. The Eli team just shared an update. Marketing had been paused for engineering updates. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US DOE Clobbers Fossil Fuels With $$$ For Bioenergy And Solar Fuel R&D” • The DOE is putting up more than $97 million to extend federal support for bioenergy alternatives to fossil fuels, $68 million to improve bioenergy crop production with a focus on marginal lands, and another $100 million to re-up a solar fuel research hub. [CleanTechnica]

Energy research (Dennis Shroeder | NREL)

¶ “Lake Erie’s Toxic Green Slime Is Getting Worse With Climate Change” • As the summer winds down, much of western Lake Erie stinks. Green goo, miles and miles of it, floats on the surface, emanating a smell like rotting fish as it decays. The scum isn’t just unpleasant. It’s dangerous. And the blooms are worsening with climate change. [InsideClimate News]

¶ “Solar Energy Facility With Potential To Power Laramie Could Come To Monolith Ranch” • The Laramie City Council voted unanimously to approve a lease agreement and MOU between the city and Boulevard Associates, LLC, Delaware, an affiliate of Next Era Energy, for the development of a solar energy center on the Monolith Ranch. [Laramie Boomerang]

Have an undemandingly wonderful day.

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