Archive for September 5th, 2020

September 5 Energy News

September 5, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Earth’s ‘Lost Species’ Only The Tip Of The Iceberg” • Based on the current threat status of species, scientists’ computer-based simulations predict large increases in extinction rates by the year 2100. They say the extinctions that occurred in past centuries only represent the tip of the iceberg, compared with the looming extinctions of the next decades. [BBC]

Mammoth skull at auction in New York City (Getty Images)

¶ “Planned Obsolescence Leads To Resource Depletion, Overflowing Landfills, And Climate Change” • Manufacturers nearly allways build their “durable” white and brown goods with planned obsolescence. They are designed to fail instead lasting of for the longest possible lifetime. Most come with warranties, but that is for the sake of marketing. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Energy Storage Takes On Weird New Forms As Sparkling Green Future Takes Shape” • The energy storage facilities of the sparkling green future will run the gamut from massive infrastructure projects to hand held devices. Two examples just popped up on the radar this week, and they demonstrate how diverse the technologies be. [CleanTechnica]

Parts of a gravity energy storage system (Gravitricity image)

¶ “Disordered Rock Salt And Transition Metal Anodes – Engineering The Batteries Of The Future” • People like to say nothing is sure but death and taxes. But there is something else we can be sure of – announcements about blockbuster new battery technologies that promise higher energy density and shorter charging times. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Present And Future of Vehicle-to-Grid Technology” • By 2050, up to 45% of households will actively provide vehicle-to-grid services, according to National Grid Electricity System Operator’s Future Energy Scenarios, published in July 2020. But will the average EV driver be able to use V2G charging over the next few years? [CleanTechnica]

Ready to charge (Electric Nation V2G UK)

¶ “Protecting Half The Planet Could Help Solve Climate Change And Save Species” • A study argues that nations can help avert the biodiversity and climate crises by preserving the roughly 50% of land that remains relatively undeveloped. The researchers mapped out the area they call a “Global Safety Net,” in a study published in Science Advances. [Science News]


¶ “European Commission Announces Actions to Make Europe’s Raw Materials Supply More Secure And Sustainable” • The European Commission presented an Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials, the 2020 List of Critical Raw Materials, and a foresight study on critical raw materials for strategic technologies and sectors, looking towards 2030 and 2050. [CleanTechnica]

Resource map (Please click on the image to enlarge it.)

¶ “Iran’s Enriched Uranium Stockpile ’10 Times Limit'” • Iran has over 10 times the amount of enriched uranium permitted under an international agreement, the UN’s nuclear watchdog says. The International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has 2,105 kg of enriched uranium. Iran insists its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes. [BBC]

¶ “Community Windpower Is Now Flush For Aikengall Trio” • Community Windpower secured finance from KfW IPEX-Bank for three Aikengall wind farms near Dunbar, East Lothian. Their combined capacity is almost 200 MW. Aikengall 2a will be one of the largest subsidy-free developments in Scotland using 19 Siemens Gamesa 4.3-MW turbines. [reNEWS]

Wind farm in Scotland (Community Windpower image)

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Strengthens Position In Vietnam’s Wind Sector” • GE Renewable Energy has announced that it has secured two 30 MW contracts to supply a total of 12 units of GE’s 5MW-158 Cypress wind turbines to support construction of the Quoc Vinh Soc Trang and Lac Hoa Soc Trang wind farms, in southern Vietnam. [Energy Global]


¶ “Oregon Communities Using Municipal Waste To Create Their Own Clean Energy Futures” • Leaders across Oregon are making innovative investments so their communities can create more of their own clean energy, help control costs for residents, and save taxpayers millions. They’re turning their water resource recovery facilities into energy resources. [Portland Business Journal]

Salem’s Willow Lake Water Pollution Control Facility

¶ “Climate Group Partners With The United Nations Race To Zero Campaign For Critical Climate Week NYC Opening Day Event” • Climate Week NYC (September 21–27), now in its twelfth year, takes place annually alongside the UN General Assembly. And COP26 and The Zero Carbon Growth Agenda is to reaffirm the urgency of climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Chicago Launches $200 Million RFP To Power City Facilities By Renewable Energy” • The City of Chicago has released a $200 million request for proposals for a contract to procure renewable energy for all city-owned buildings. Under the contract, all city-owned buildings, streetlights and other facilities would run on renewable energy starting in 2022. [Utility Dive]

Chicago Skyline (Alan Light | Flickr)

¶ “Wind’s AWEA And US Power Giants Plan New Industry Body ‘To Make Renewables Dominant'” • The American Wind Energy Association plans to merge into a new clean energy industry body that will also include such utilities as NextEra Energy and Berkshire Hathaway Energy, in a bid to make renewables “the dominant power source in America.” [Recharge]

¶ “Dominion Seeks To Keep North Anna Nuclear Plant Operating Into 2060” • Dominion Energy applied with the NRC to renew the operating license for its North Anna nuclear power station for 20 more years. The renewal would have the reactor units be licensed to operate through 2058 and 2060, when they would be over 80 years old. [Virginia Business Magazine]

Have an altogether delightful day.

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