August 12 Energy News

August 12, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “So, It’s Kamala Harris For Veep – What Are The Pros And Cons?” • For months, Kamala Harris has been appearing in the photons and sound waves of CleanTechnica. Her climate change plan was assessed when she was putting herself forward for the presidential nominee, and it was ranked #1 on CleanTechnica after thorough analysis. [CleanTechnica]

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (Courtesy Biden campaign site)

¶ “The Economics Of Small Nuclear Reactors, Touted By Jason Kenney As A ‘Game Changer,’ Just Don’t Add Up” • For economic and technical reasons, the Alberta Premier’s idea that small nuclear reactors “could be a game changer in providing safe, zero-emitting, baseload power in many areas of the province,” is unlikely to be realized. [albertapolitics.ca]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Rolls-Royce And Tecnam Electrifying Air Transport: High Power, High Scalability, Hybrid Powertrain – H3PS” • Rolls-Royce, with aircraft manufacturer Tecnam, and engine producer BRP-Rotax, has been developing a parallel-hybrid electric aircraft powertrain to reduce fuel use without compromising endurance and performance. [CleanTechnica]

Hybrid airplane

¶ “Powerhouses: Nanotechnology Turns Bricks Into Batteries” • A new technology exploits the porous nature of fired red bricks by filling the pores with tiny nanofibres of a conducting plastic that can store charge. The first bricks store enough electricity to power small lights. The bricks are supercapacitors, operating without chemical change. [The Guardian]

World:

¶ “Tesla May Offer German Customers Energy Options As Well As Cars” • Tesla has already taken steps to become an electric power supplier in the UK. Now, according to a report by PV Magazine, it is surveying potential customers in Germany to gauge their interest in a range of Tesla energy products and services. [CleanTechnica]

House with Tesla solar system and Powerwall battery

¶ “Seoul: Dirty Diesel Vehicles Banned From Public Fleets In 2025” • The city of Seoul, South Korea, is taking a half-step toward vehicle electrification with a new plan to phase out diesel vehicles from its public fleets by 2025, including mass transit fleets. Seoul will be one of the largest cities in the world to implement such a ban. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Net-Metering Gaining Favour Throughout Middle East And Africa” • Countries in the Middle East and Africa are increasingly developing solar PV systems to increase their energy capacity while reviewing greenhouse gas emissions. Data and analytics company GlobalData says the countries are specifically starting to implement net-metering schemes. [ESI Africa]

Sunset (Pixabay image)

¶ “China’s LONGi To Power Global Operations With 100% Renewables By 2028” • The world’s largest mono-crystalline PV products manufacturer LONGi set an 8-year roadmap to 100% renewable energy use for its global operations. The group has jointly launched RE100 China Initiative with renewable energy leaders in China. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Beer That Went Unsold During Australia’s Coronavirus Lockdown Has Been Turned Into Renewable Energy” • During Australia’s Covid-19 lockdown, bars and restaurants shut down, leaving breweries with huge inventories of unsold beer. Instead of going to waste, some of the stale beer in South Australia will be used to power a water treatment plant. [KTVE]

Draft beer (Saeed Khan | AFP | Getty Images)

¶ “Gupta Flags 3,000 MW New Renewables For Whyalla ‘Green Steel’ Plans” • Sanjeev Gupta, the UK steel billionaire, has flagged the potential investment of another 3,000 MW of renewable energy projects in South Australia to support his plans to turn his Whyalla Steelworks into an internationally competitive “green steel” hub. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Mining City Broken Hill To Host One Of World’s Biggest Renewable Micro-Grids” • The iconic mining city of Broken Hill in the far west of New South Wales is set to host one of the world’s largest renewable mini-grids, powered almost entirely by solar, wind, and grid scale storage. The proposal comes from the transmission company Transgrid. [RenewEconomy]

AGL’s Silverton wind farm (Courtesy of PARF)

¶ “Corporate Clean Power Demand Outstripping Supply” • The demand among corporates worldwide for renewable electricity is exceeding the supply, according to analysis by BloombergNEF. The shortfall in RE100 clean electricity demand is now projected to reach 224 TWh in 2030, up from BNEF’s previous estimate of 210 TWh. [reNEWS]

US:

¶ “House Panel Asks Watchdogs To Investigate Army Corps Of Engineers’ Review Of Alaskan Mine Project” • The House Oversight Committee called for two inspector general offices to investigate the Army Corps of Engineers’ recent environmental review of the controversial Pebble Mine project proposed for Bristol Bay, Alaska. [CNN]

Bristol Bay (echoforsberg, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Renewables in 2020 Will be Fastest Growing Source of Electricity in the US: EIA” • In 2020, the fastest-growing US source of electric generation will be renewables, the US Energy Information Administration has forcast. It expects the power sector to add 23.2 GW of new wind capacity and 12.9 GW of utility-scale solar capacity this year. [Saurenergy]

¶ “New Guidebook For Zero-Emission Bus Deployment” • The Center for Transportation and the Environment has released a Guidebook for Deploying Zero-Emission Transit Buses. It is the first comprehensive document that highlights key considerations for zero-emission bus deployments and infrastructure, according to the CTE. [CleanTechnica]

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