Archive for August 11th, 2020

August 11 Energy News

August 11, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “New 6-Bladed Vertical Axis Wind Turbines Can Power Your Off-Grid Home For 30 Years Safely” • The Icelandic renewable energy company IceWind is now launching its innovative six-bladed wind-powered turbines for home use in the US. The new Freya model from IceWind, which starts at $3,200, is an entirely different design. [Forbes]

¶ “The Stronger Rains In A Warmer Climate Could Lessen Heat Damage To Crops, Says Study” • Intensified rainstorms predicted for many parts of the US as a result of warming climate may have a modest silver lining: they could more efficiently water some major crops, and this would at least partially offset yield declines caused by the rising heat. [Science Daily]


¶ “Hyundai Ioniq To Become Dedicated EV Brand With 3 New Models Coming Soon” • Hyundai introduced the Ioniq in 2016, as a smallish car that came as a hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or battery electric. Hyundai has now announced it will make Ioniq into a separate brand for EVs. Apparently the battery electric Ioniq will continue in production. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai concept car (Hyundai image)

¶ “Australia’s Covid Commission Downplays ‘Green Recovery’ And Confirms Gas Push” • The head of Scott Morrison’s Covid advisory commission says some business leaders want to use the recovery from the pandemic to lock in low-emissions energy, but his organisation is recommending building gas pipelines as part of the response. [The Guardian]

¶ “Plummeting Renewable Energy, Battery Prices Mean China Could Hit 62% Clean Power And Cut Costs 11% By 2030” • A study shows plummeting clean energy prices mean China could run its grids reliably on at least 62% non-fossil electricity generation by 2030, while cutting costs 11% compared to a business-as-usual approach. [Forbes]

Construction at Yuxia wind farm (VCG via Getty Images)

¶ “Renewables Company Proposes ‘Grid-Strengthening’ Battery For Rockhampton” • A renewable energy developer wants to build a 75-MWh lithium-ion battery project in Queensland. The executive director of Genex Power said the company would see 10 to 15 modules connected to a substation near Rockhampton, at a total cost of about A$50 million. [ABC News]

¶ “‘Profound Implications’ For Livestock As EU Works On New Methane Policy” • The European Commission is setting new standards on methane, including those from agriculture. It is being urged by some independent climate scientists to embrace science that shows it can achieve carbon neutrality goals without destroying animal agriculture. [Beef Central]

Cattle (Oxford University)

¶ “Facebook Signs 806 MW Of Renewable PPAs In Ireland And US” • Facebook has signed eight wind and solar power purchase agreements that will provide a total 806 MW of additional power when they are completed. Back in 2018, the social media and advertising company pledged to be fully renewably powered by the end of 2020. [DatacenterDynamics]


¶ “Nikola Books Order For 2,500 Electric Refuse Trucks” • As Nikola’s first factory is going up in Arizona, it announced that it signed an agreement with Phoenix-based Republic Services for 2,500 zero emissions all electric refuse trucks, with possibly 2,500 more at a later time. Republic is the second largest refuse hauler in the US. [CleanTechnica]

Nikola truck (Nikola image)

¶ “BYD Electric Buses: 13 Million Zero-Emissions Miles In USA” • A new milestone for BYD is particularly uplifting. BYD electric buses sold to customers in the US have travelled more than 13 million miles – all emission-free. BYD is a Chinese company, but it has an electric bus factory in California, and it is “proudly Buy America compliant.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A ‘Major Gas Explosion’ In Baltimore Has Killed One Person, Injured Seven” • A “major gas explosion” destroyed three houses in northwest Baltimore, killing a woman and critically injuring seven people as at least three dozen firefighters continue to search for people buried in the rubble and debris, the Baltimore Fire Department said. [Forbes]

Explosion scene (Baltimore Fire Department via Twitter)

¶ “After Scrapping Gas Pipeline, Duke Looks To Plug Hole With Renewables, Grid Investments” • Duke Energy reported a $1.6 billion charge related to abandoning the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The utility also showed how its plans for renewable energy and grid modernization will fill in the capital-investments hole left by the canceled pipeline project. [GreenTech Media]

¶ “Vestas, The First To Service 100 GW Of Wind Turbines, Is Concerned Over Transmission Line Permitting” • Chris Brown, the head of sales and service in the US and Canada for Vestas. has called for streamlining the permitting process for high voltage interstate transmission lines, to bring renewable energy from rural areas to high demand centers. [CleanTechnica]

Wind farm (Enel Group image)

¶ “FERC Staff To Congress: HV Transmission Essential To Reducing Carbon, Deploying Renewables” • Federal regulators have sent a report to Congress outlining opportunities and barriers around transmission development, in a move clean energy advocates see as a “strong endorsement” of the need for large scale transmission. [Utility Dive]

¶ “Army Finally Tearing Down Fort Belvoir’s Nuclear Plant” • Northern Virginia’s very own nuclear reactor facility at Fort Belvoir, a product of our country’s initial research into nuclear power generation, is finally going to be torn down next year. The SM-1 was the first nuclear generating plant in America to feed into an electrical power grid. [Inside NoVA]

Have an agreeably uncomplicated day.

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