Archive for September 6th, 2020

September 6 Energy News

September 6, 2020


¶ “Q&A: Why Women Leading The Climate Movement Are Underappreciated And Sometimes Invisible” • The American scientist Eunice Newton Foote theorized in 1856 that CO₂ in the atmosphere could produce global warming. That was three years before Irish physicist John Tyndall did research often cited as the beginning of climate science. [InsideClimate News]

Youth Climate Strike (Felton Davis, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Microgrids Are The Future Of Energy” • The vision of a household with a solar rooftop, a battery pack, and an EV in the garage is not just Elon Musk’s vision of the future of energy. It is a vision that many proponents of the renewable shift share, and it may be growing increasingly more realistic, as information technology improves. []

Science and Technology:

¶ “New Evidence Shows Rising Temperatures Accelerating Frequency And Intensity Of Northern California Wildfires” • As California’s fire season is getting longer, it is getting clearer that even modest increases in temperature dramatically ratchet up wildfire risk, according to climate scientists, meteorologists and fire experts. [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]

San Francisco Bay (Noah Berger | Associated Press)

¶ “Massive Mystery Holes Appear In Siberian Tundra – Could Be Linked To Climate Change” • Scientists are studying a crater in Siberia. It is 30 meters deep and 20 meters across, and it is the region’s ninth to appear since 2013. They believe the crater is linked to an explosive buildup of methane gas, an unsettling result of warming temperatures. [CNN]


¶ “First 100+ Seat Aircraft To Cross Atlantic Powered By 100% Renewable Energy Will Win Freedom Flight Prize” • Carbon Footprint Ltd set up the Freedom Flight Prize, a competition focused on crossing the Atlantic Ocean 100% powered by renewable energy with seating for 100. The prize is growing as new sponsors put up money. [CleanTechnica]

Wright Electric EasyJet (Courtesy of Wright Electric)

¶ “European Trio Working On Solar Canopy For Highways” • A trio of European technology leaders – the Austrian Institute of Technology, Fraunhofer ISE, and Forster Industrietechnik – is working to develop a solar canopy system for highways in order to tap into the vast, under-utilized road network for generating clean electricity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ireland: Some Residents Replace School Buses With Bike Buses” • In Ireland, someone found a brilliant alternative to packing kids off to school in a bus during the Covid-19 era. It even looks like a ton of fun, contributes to student health (physical and mental), and cuts pollution. It’s a bike bus, or “school bus of bikes.” [CleanTechnica]

Bike Bus (Screenshot from RTÉ News)

¶ “Gas Authority Of India Has Several Renewable Projects In The Offing” • The Annual Report for 2019-20 of the Gas Authority of India Limited sheds light on its ambitions and accomplishments in renewable energy. Its total renewable energy portfolio consists of 118 MW of wind power capacity and 12.3 MW of solar power capacity, and it is expanding. [Mercom India]

¶ “With record new solar and wind installed, Australia’s clean energy is booming – for now” • Data from the government’s Clean Energy Regulator suggests 6.3 GW of new solar and wind energy will be installed in Australia this year. But investment in renewable energy has not only stalled; it has slumped in a way likely to be felt in the years ahead. [The Guardian]

Australian wind farm (David Gray | Reuters)

¶ “Farming Family Backs $110 Million Yass Solar Farm” • A farming family in Yass, New South Wales, has agreed to lease agricultural land to a solar farm estimated to cost $110 million and to produce 80 MW of electricity. The project proposed by Tetris Energy also includes a 20-MW battery storage facility and small control room with parking. [About Regional]

¶ “Rolls-Royce To Supply Battery Storage For Microgrid On Cook Island” • Rolls-Royce has won a contract to supply three 40-foot storage batteries for a microgrid on Cook Island. The batteries have a storage capacity of 4,268 kWh and an electricity output of 4,800 kW in total and will enable the increased use of renewable energy. [Energy Live News]

Solar field and batteries (Rolls-Royce image)

¶ “China Turns Back To Nuclear Power As Concerns Over Energy Security Rise” • With renewed focus on energy security, China approved two new nuclear power projects, the first in over a year. The country is still heavily dependent on coal and other fossil fuels, but the State Council stressed the need to develop different sources of energy. [Yahoo Singapore News]


¶ “Susquehanna Recognized As Top University For Renewable Energy” • Susquehanna University has been recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s leading universities when it comes to renewable energy, according to the report, “America’s Top Colleges for Renewable Energy 2020,” by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center. [Newsroom]

Sheep under solar panels (Susquehanna University)

¶ “New York Utilities, Enel X, And Uplight Launch Smart EV Charging Program” • Ratepayers of Central Hudson Gas & Electric and Orange & Rockland got a cool new offering. Those utilities have partnered with Uplight and Enel X to get more smart EV chargers into people’s homes and help them charge on 100% renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “SoCalGas Introduces Contactless Enrollment Option For Energy Savings Assistance Program” • Southern California Gas Company announced a virtual enrollment option for the Energy Savings Assistance Program, which continues to provide eligible customers with an average of $705 worth of energy-efficiency home upgrades at no cost. [Orange County Breeze]

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