September 7 Energy News

September 7, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “How A Tesla And Volkswagen Collaboration Could Help The Environment” • After a meeting between Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess and Tesla’s Elon Musk, I wonder about how the world might benefit if Tesla and Volkswagen were to become partners. Remember, Tesla is not just about cars; its objective ties everything together. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 charging at Volkswagen

¶ “Voodoo Economics And Lithium – Lithium Supply Is 15% of 2023 Global EV Sales Target” • LG Chem’s plans for producing batteries require huge amounts of raw materials. It has a massive order book from automakers and a goal to produce 220 GWh of batteries in 2022, but RK Equity said it has less than 20% of its materials needs secured. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Way The World Needs To Move Forward On Climate Action: Climate Alignment” • India, China, and the US may appear as individual entities in the climate dialogue, but their steel, chemicals, and cement industries have a lot in common. To solve the climate crisis, industries have to work differently. Our current approach is not enough. [CleanTechnica]

Fossil fuels (Cynthia Shahan | CleanTechnica)

World:

¶ “Elon Musk Visits With Herbert Diess, Drives An ID.3 During Visit To Germany” • Elon Musk went to Germany to inspect construction of Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory, where he praised the team building the factory for their work. Then he flew to the the Braunschweig to meet with Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess for a two-hour chat. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “First Up For Mingyang At 300-MW Chinese Offshore” • The first turbine has been installed at the 300-MW Fujian Fuqing Haitan Strait offshore wind farm in China. MingYang Smart Energy will deliver a total of 22 wind turbines to the project, each with a rated power of 7 MW. The project is being developed by the China Huadian Corporation. [reNEWS]

Fujian Fuqing Haitan Strait site (Mingyang Smart Energy image)

¶ “Off-Grid Power Takes Off In Africa” • With its lower costs and improved reliability, Africa’s leaders are learning to love off-grid renewable energy. What used to be seen as an adjunct to large-scale thermal and hydro-based national grid supply is now being recognised as a major weapon in the drive to provide electricity access to all Africans. [African Business Magazine]

¶ “Foresight Acquires Spanish Solar” • Foresight Solar has announced the acquisition of its first Spanish solar asset, the consented 26.1 MW Virgen del Carmen solar farm, based in Huelva. Construction of the project is expected to start at the end of September 2020, with operations targeted to start in the third quarter of 2021. [reNEWS]

Solar farm (Foresight image)

¶ “Consultants Challenge EDF Over Economic Benefits And Jobs Sizewell C Will Bring” • Consultants from the independent firm Development Economics have challenged the jobs and economic benefits that EDF said building a nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast will bring. They labeled the claims as “exaggerated” and “unrealistic.” [East Anglian Daily Times]

Australia:

¶ “Renewable Revolution: Queensland To Put $500 Million Into Clean Energy Fund” • The Queensland government announced a renewable energy fund of A$500 million to build wind and solar projects as a centerpiece of its post-pandemic economic recovery plan. The announcement marks one of Australia’s first significant green recovery projects. [The Guardian]

Australian wind farm (Mick Tsikas | AAP)

¶ “ESB Puts “Coal Exit Strategy” At Center Of Energy Market Shakeup” • The Energy Security board is calling for feedback what is likely to be the biggest shake up of electricity markets in decades, including asking regulators to actively prepare for the phase out ageing coal and gas generators and establishing two-way electricity markets. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Naturgy JV Seals Australian Wind PPA” • Following the signing of a power purchase agreement with Snowy Hydro, Global Power Generation, a joint venture of Naturgy Energy Group and the Kuwait Investment Authority, is to build a 218-MW wind farm in Australia. Operations at the Ryan Corner project are expected to start in the second half 2022. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Credit Master Wen | Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Secures Funding For Australia’s Largest Virtual Power Plant” • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency issued A$8.2 million in funding for development of what may be Australia’s largest virtual power plant. Tesla Motors Australia will install solar PV systems with battery storage for 3,000 home in South Australia. [Power Engineering International]

US:

¶ “California Sets New Record For Land Torched By Wildfires, As 224 People Escape By Air From A ‘Hellish’ Inferno” • This has become the worst year in history for California’s wildfires, in terms of the amount of land scorched, and it’s only September. More than 2,094,955 acres have burned across the state this year, CAL FIRE Captain Richard Cordova said. [CNN]

California wildfire (Eric Paul Zamora | The Fresno Bee | AP)

¶ “Solar PV Panels Were 12 Times More Expensive In 2010, 459 Times More Expensive In 1977” • The website PVInsights says the average price for a polycrystalline solar PV module last week was $0.167/watt. That means the price of about $2/watt in 2010 was close to 12 times as high as it is today. And the price in 1977 was $76.67/watt, 459 times as high. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tucson Electric Power Nears Completion Of Huge Wind Farm In New Mexico” • Tucson Electric Power is nearing completion of its biggest renewable energy resource yet, the 250-MW Oso Grande Wind project near Roswell, New Mexico. Oso Grande is expected provide enough energy for 90,000 Tucson area homes by the end of November. [Arizona Daily Star]

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