Archive for September 8th, 2020

September 8 Energy News

September 8, 2020


¶ “Listen Up! Dr. James Hansen Has A Message For The Citizens Of Earth” • Dr James Hansen sent an email about a paper on the Earth’s energy imbalance. The Earth has an energy imbalance of 0.75 ± 0.25 W/m2. That number, while small, is equivalent to the heat of 400,000 nuclear explosions like the one at Hiroshima – every day! [CleanTechnica]

Sunrise, not a nuclear bomb (Radi1981, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Oil Company Total And Groupe PSA Form Automotive Cells Company” • Four years ago, we covered the news that Total acquired Saft, a battery company. Now we have the news that Total/Saft has partnered with Groupe PSA/Opel on a new joint venture, a battery company. The company’s name is Automotive Cells Company. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ACT Secures Two Big Batteries For Canberra And Record Low Price For Wind” • Canberra is set to be host to two big battery projects. The Australian Capital Territory government disclosed that two companies that will supply 200 MW of wind power to the national capital at record low prices. And both will build big batteries within the ACT. [RenewEconomy]

Parliament House, Canberra (Unsplash image)

¶ “Australia’s Biggest Renewable Energy Hub To Deliver Low-Cost Power For ACT” • The proposed $3 billion Goyder project will have 1200 MW of wind, 600 MW of solar, and 900 MW, 1800 MWh of storage. The hub is to be the biggest of its kind. The first contract is for 100 MW at A$44.97/MWh ($33/MWh or 3.3¢/kWh) for 14 years. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “New Initiatives To Boost The Organic Farming Sector” • The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its future Action Plan on Organic Farming. This sector will play an important role in achieving the European Green Deal ambition, and reaching the objectives set out in the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies. [Modern Diplomacy]

Organic farming

¶ “Green Hydrogen Could Generate £320 Billion In The UK” • A report by the Offshore Wind Industry Council and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult says green hydrogen industry could create 120,000 jobs and deliver £320 billion for the UK by 2050. It says the UK has the industrial base, research organizations, and wind potential to do this. [reNEWS]

¶ “SSE Finalises Plans For Seagreen O&M Base” • The Montrose Port Authority and SSE Renewables have finalized plans for the operations and maintenance base for the 1075-MW Seagreen offshore wind farm to be built off the east coast of Scotland. SSE Renewables is leading the development and construction of the offshore wind farm. [reNEWS]

Port of Montrose (Montrose Port Authority image)

¶ “Irish Trader Makes 200-MW Battery Breakthrough” • Irish energy and trading services firm ElectroRoute struck a deal to provide trading solutions to what will be one of the EU’s largest battery portfolios. Construction is already under way on the 200-MW portfolio being developed by Korean firm Hanwha Energy Corp and Ireland’s Lumcloon Energy. [reNEWS]

¶ “Asia Pacific Renewables Represent $1 Trillion Opportunity” • Solar and wind represent a $1 trillion (€850 billion) investment opportunity in Asia Pacific through 2030, equivalent to a 66% share of the region’s power market, according to new data from Wood Mackenzie. Investments in renewables have overtaken fossil fuel power since 2013. [reNEWS]

Solar PVs in Thailand (Kyocera image)

¶ “Germany And Norway Exchange First Renewable Energy” • The NordLink interconnector has transmitted power between Norway and Germany for the first time. Nexans reported that in a system test, 70 MW of electricity was transferred between the two countries. NordLink is the first interconnection between Germany And Norway. [Offshore WIND]

¶ “Baltic States Form Energy Pact Against Belarusian Nuclear Plant” • The Baltic states have issued a joint boycott of energy produced by a new Russian-built nuclear plant in Belarusia. They will require proof that electricity they import in the future isn’t coming from the facility. The plant features two reactors, built on a $10 billion loan from Russia. [Bellona]

Control room in a nuclear power plant (Getty Images)


¶ “LA County Records Highest-Ever Temperature” • Los Angeles County recorded its highest-ever temperature on Sunday, Sept 6. Dave Bruno, a senior meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said, “We reached 121°F in Woodland Hills, California. That is the highest-ever temperature at a station, beating 119°F on July 22, 2006.” [CNN]

¶ “Wildfires Force Evacuation Of Entire Town In Central California” • Authorities issued evacuation orders Monday for the entire town of Auberry, a mountain community of 2,500 in central California, as the Creek Fire continued to burn out of control. The Creek Fire has grown to nearly 80,000 acres in size and is 0% contained. [CNN]

California Wildfire (KGTV image)

¶ “Floating Solar Panels To Get Army-Tested At Fort Bragg’s Camp Mackall” • The US Army is installing a floating PV array at Fort Bragg. The 1.1-MW array will be set up on the Big Muddy Lake, at the remote Special Forces training site Camp Mackall. It is designed to provide emergency backup power and supplement grid-supplied electricity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Connections: Napa County’s Progress Towards 100% Renewable Energy” • Every yearow, wildfires in California open our eyes to the immediate and terrifying realities of climate change. The County of Napa is actively confronting this crisis and addressing the urgent need to reduce the heat we add to the atmosphere. [Napa Valley Register]

Have an extraordinarily merry day.

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