August 26 Energy News

August 26, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Electric Trucks Are Coming. Where Should They Go?” • Electric trucks made national headlines earlier this month when a study from Woods Mackenzie projected that 54,000 electric trucks would be on US roads by 2025 – approximately 27 times current stock. We know that electric trucks are coming. But where should they go? [CleanTechnica]

Mercedes eActros (Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz/Daimler)

¶ “Is Nickel The New Gold? Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s Comments Inspire Interest In Nickel” • In the popular imagination, lithium is the element that powers EVs. However, the term “lithium-ion batteries” is something of a misnomer, because they don’t really contain that much lithium. Elon Musk suggests “nickel-graphite” might be a better a name. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Hidden Plants That ‘Bleed’ Nickel” • Even slightly too much nickel can poison and kill most plants. However, nickel hyper-accumulators have the ability to withstand this excess by binding the metal inside their cell walls or storing it in their vacuoles. They could be used to “mine” the metal without ruining ecosystems. [BBC]

Restoration after strip mining (Getty Images)

¶ “Tesla Air? Elon Musk Hints Tesla Could Mass Produce 400 Wh/kg Batteries In Three To Four Years” • Elon Musk suggested on Twitter that Tesla may be able to mass produce batteries with 50% more energy density in three to four years, which could enable electric airplanes. Musk has been interested in pushing electric aircraft for years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Study: Black Turbine Blades Reduced Bird Mortality By 72%” • Bird death from turbine collisions dropped by 71.9% where a turbine blade was black, compared with unpainted turbines at the same wind farm, findings published in the peer-reviewed journal Ecology and Evolution show. Trained dogs have tracked dead birds at the site for ten years. [E&E News]

Wind farm and birds (Peter Franken | Unsplash)

¶ “Wider Wind-Solar Complementarity Would Mean Less Need For Storage” • A study from the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland states that a deeper complementarity between solar and wind generation may favor renewables deployment, reducing the need for stronger developments in storage technology. [pv magazine international]

World:

¶ “Aldi Australia Commits To 100% Renewable Power” • Global supermarket giant Aldi is now committing to 100% renewable electricity to power its Australian operations by the end of 2021. It recently procured two ten-year Power Purchasing Agreements with large-scale wind farms, and now it is completing a vast solar installation program. [reNEWS]

Installing solar panels (Unsplash image)

¶ “Renewable Energy Comprises 20% Of Egypt’s Total Electricity: Minister” • Renewable energy now accounts for 20% of Egypt’s electricity production, according to Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker. The percentage reflects the renewable energy production capacity that the country had targeted by 2022. [ZAWYA]

¶ “Scottish Oil Workers Are Happy To Join The Renewable Revolution” • Over three-quarters of oil workers in Scotland have considered retraining to find jobs in the renewables industries. A study found that 77% of oil workers in Scotland are positive about retraining to join the renewables industry, as they see threats to oil jobs from various sources. [OilPrice.com]

Offshore wind farm

¶ “Liberal MPs Say Collinsville Coal Power Plant Will Never Proceed As Renewables Are Cheaper” • Liberals who have been outspoken in their opposition to taxpayer funding of new coal projects predict a new power plant in north Queensland being championed by the Nationals will never proceed because of cheaper renewable alternatives. [The Guardian]

¶ “Onshore Repowering May Be ‘Key To UK Achieving Net Zero’” • Extensions and repowering of existing onshore wind farms could play an important role in helping the UK meet its 2050 net zero target, analysis by Cornwall Insight says. The current 13-GW onshore wind fleet could start to reduce in size from 2027 if repowering is not undertaken. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (ScottishPower Renewables image)

US:

¶ “Storm Damage Prompts NextEra Energy To Shut Duane Arnold Nuclear Plant Early” • NextEra Energy Resources said it will not restart the reactor at the Duane Arnold Energy Center before its permanent closing date. The 622-MW Iowa nuclear plant was scheduled to close on Oct. 30, 2020, but on August 10, it was damaged by a storm. [S&P Global]

¶ “Ancient Redwood Trees Are Burning In California” • The California redwood trees are not just the tallest on the planet. The species is almost as old as the dinosaurs. Some living trees are older than Christianity. They only grow in California. And they have even survived some of the worst of climate change – until now. [CleanTechnica]

Ancient trees (Photo: Andrew Jenkins | Unsplash)

¶ “Dow Jones Throws ExxonMobil Overboard In Massive Index Shakeup” • ExxonMobil has been kicked out of the Dow Jones Industrial Average index and replaced by a technology company that sells software that allows large companies to track sales and other information, Salesforce.com. ExxonMobil has been part of the Dow index for 92 years. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Green Party Candidates Likely Won’t Be On Montana Ballots Following Supreme Court Action” • Green Party candidates for key congressional races will likely not appear on Montana ballots this fall after the US Supreme Court declined to take up an emergency petition from the state’s Republican secretary of state. [CNN]

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