August 13 Energy News

August 13, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Hydrogen-Powered Supercar Can Drive 1,000 Miles On A Single Tank” • Hyperion, based in California, has unveiled a hydrogen-powered supercar. The Hyperion XP-1 will be able to drive for up to 1,000 miles on one tank of compressed hydrogen. Its motors will will generate over 1,000 hp, and it will do 0 to 60 in just over two seconds, the company said. [CNN]

Hyperion XP-1 (Hyperion image)

¶ “Continued Climate Change Will Lead To Future Flooding In SoCal, UCLA Study Says” • Global warming will increase extreme rainfall and reduce snowfall in the Sierra Nevada by the 2070s, a UCLA study says. This double whammy could overwhelm the Southern California’s reservoirs and heighten the risk of flooding in much of the state. [NBC Southern California]

¶ “Why The Mauritius Oil Spill Is So Serious” • The amount of oil spilled from MV Wakashio, the Japanese-owned ship that ran aground near coastal areas and lagoons of south-east Mauritius, is relatively low compared to the big oil spills the world has seen in the past, but the damage it will do is going to be long-lasting because the area is especially sensitive. [BBC]

MV Wakashio (Greenpeace image)


¶ “Wind And Solar Double Global Share Of Power In Five Years” • Wind and solar energy doubled their share of the global power mix over the last five years, moving the world closer to limiting the worst effects of global warming. The sources of renewable energy made up nearly 10% of power in most parts of the world in the first half of this year. [Bloomberg]

¶ “Wind And Solar Generation Are Cutting Down Coal Use” • Climate think tank Ember’s new half-year analysis of global electricity use shows wind and solar energy generation increased in most countries to the point where it is reducing the use of coal. Global generation from coal fell 8.3% in the first half of this year, compared to last year. [ESI Africa]

Wind turbines at dawn (Dirk Ingo Franke, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Suppliers Commit To Achieving 100% Renewable Apple Production” • As Apple seeks to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, 71 of its suppliers have committed to using 100% renewable energy for the company’s products. Manufacturing emissions account for about three-quarters of Apple’s overall carbon footprint. [The Chemical Engineer]

¶ “Cheap Electric Vehicles More Affordable Than Petrol Cars In UK” • If you don’t think cheap EVs exist, DriveElectric can show you five. The examples are vehicles that motorists can drive today – with zero tailpipe emissions and all the other benefits that electric cars offer, including being virtually silent, very refined, and easy to drive. [CleanTechnica]

Renault ZOE (Renault image)

¶ “AGL Targets 1.2 GW Of New Battery Storage By 2024, Plans Tender” • AGL Energy has set a goal of installing 1,200 MW of new battery storage and demand response capacity by 2024. And the company is tying the bonuses for its executives and senior management to hitting growth targets for its clean energy and storage portfolio. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “France’s Golfech 2 Reactor Offline As Heatwave Lifts River Temperatures” • France’s 1.3-GW Golfech 2 reactor was taken offline August 12 for a second 24-hour outage as a heatwave lifted river temperatures in the Garonne in Southern France, operator EDF said. High temperatures and low water levels have affected other plants, as well. [S&P Global]

Golfech (Julian Nitzsche, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Renewable Energy Is Fueling Rural Texas Economies” • Texas rural counties are realizing dramatic financial benefits from renewable energy projects, a study from Powering Texas and Conservative Texans for Energy Innovation says. The analysis focused on county tax revenue and landowner payments from wind and solar projects. [Alice Echo News-Journal]

¶ “Lucid Air Could Have An EPA Range Of 517 Miles” • Recently Lucid Motors sent a pre-production Lucid Air to FEV North America for independent testing. The car was put through the standard range testing protocol, and FEV verified an estimated EPA range of 517 miles on a single charge, confirming the Lucid Air as the longest range EV to date. [CleanTechnica]

Lucid Air EV (Image: Lucid Motors)

¶ “America Could Go Fully Electric Right Now” • Complete electrification and close to 100% renewable energy generation: this is a vision of the US 15 years from now. According to the a report released by Rewire America, this objective is completely possible to achieve, and the transition to it would be painless. The report says it is all about scale. []

¶ “US Coal Power Generation Plummets 30% In 2020, EIA Says” • US coal power generation plunged by 30% in the first half of 2020 off an already-depressed base, shoved out by natural gas and renewables amid low energy prices linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to figures from the Energy Information Administration. [Greentech Media]

Stack Emissions (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Living In The Dark: Native Reservations Struggle With Power Shortages In Pandemic” • The pandemic has exacerbated already severe energy and economic inequalities in Indian country. In the face of these challenges, Native people are increasingly turning to renewable energy to help their tribes achieve energy and economic independence. [The Guardian]

¶ “Lightsource BP Appoints Bighorn Solar Contractor” • The EPC contractor for the 300-MW Bighorn Solar project in Pueblo, Colorado, will be McCarthy Building Companies, Lightsource BP announced. Construction is set to begin this autumn. It will be the country’s largest on-site solar facility for a single customer, which is EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel. [reNEWS]

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