September 9 Energy News

September 9, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Trickle Of Green Hydrogen Turns Into Flood Of Good News For Renewables” • Wind and solar developers are eyeballing green hydrogen as a pathway for future growth, and it looks like they won’t have to depend on the transportation sector for sole support. Hydrogen has many other uses, aside from being used to power fuel cell EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Shipping turbine blades (Infinite Blue Energy)

¶ “Thwaites: ‘Doomsday Glacier’ Vulnerability Seen In New Maps” • Antarctica’s colossal Thwaites Glacier is melting at a rapid rate, dumping billions of tons of ice in the ocean every year. A UK-US team surveyed the deep seafloor channels in front of the glacier that almost certainly provide the access for the warm water that is melting it. [BBC]

¶ “The Buildings Warmed By The Human Body” • The building at Number 2 Rue de Beaubourg in Paris looks modest. Though you wouldn’t know it from the outside, it nevertheless has an unusual design. Since 2015, the building has been drawing its warmth from the hustle and bustle of human body heat in a nearby metro station. [BBC]

Building on Rue de Beaubourg (Credit: Paris Habitat)

World:

¶ “Uber Says It Will Offer Rides Only In Electric Vehicles In US, Europe By 2030” • Uber plans to offer rides exclusively in EVs by 2030 in US, Canadian, and European cities, and be entirely free of emissions by 2040. Uber also issued a report acknowledging that its vehicles are less climate efficient than the average vehicle because of the way they are used. [CNN]

¶ “The Volta Zero Electric Truck – Targeting 2022 Production” • Volta Trucks is showing off what it calls “the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne commercial vehicle.” It was designed for urban deliveries. The first pilot trucks are due for sometime in the first half of 2021, and real production and deliveries are scheduled to start in 2022. [CleanTechnica]

Volta Zero commercial electric delivery truck in London

¶ “Why Germany May Pull Plug On Russian Pipeline” • “I hope the Russians don’t force us to change our position on Nord Stream 2,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, as the row with Moscow intensified over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The pipeline is contravercial because it increases German dependence on Russia. [BBC]

¶ “Australia’s Largest Solar Garden Offers “Plots” For 333 “Solar Gardeners”” • Australia is a top country in terms of rooftop solar power adoption, but even in Australia, an estimated 35% of the population is unable to install rooftop solar power. The news this week on this topic is that Australia is about to launch its largest community solar garden. [CleanTechnica]

Community solar gardeners (Haystacks Solar Garden image)

¶ “Equinor, JERA and J-Power target Japan offshore” • J-Power, JERA, and Equinor have joined forces to submit a joint bid for offshore wind power projects in Japan. The three companies believe that by bringing together their respective expertise, they will be able to build world-class offshore wind power generation projects. [reNEWS]

¶ “Study Explores Feasibility Of North India’s Transition To 100% Renewable Energy” • A study by Finland’s Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology and Delhi-based Climate Trends found it is technically and financially feasible for North India to switch to renewable energy by 2050 completely. The change would see 2 million additional jobs. [PV Magazine India]

Solar array and flower (gerhardt12 | Pixabay)

¶ “Portugal Is No Longer Extracting Fossil Fuels After Canceling Two Remaining Contracts” • Portugal’s last two fossil fuel extraction contracts were just canceled, meaning the European country is officially no longer drilling for oil and gas. This is definitely exciting news, but it doesn’t mean that Portugal is entirely free of fossil fuels. [Green Matters]

US:

¶ “Trump Admin Document Reportedly Warns of Financial Disaster of Climate Change” • In the report, “Managing Climate Risk in the Financial System,” the authors forecast that business-as usual emissions will cause immense chaos in US financial markets. The report came from president Trump’s Commodity Futures Trading Commission. [New York Magazine]

Flood damage in Iowa (Getty Images)

¶ “General Motors To Manufacture Nikola Badger As Part Of New Strategic Partnership” • Nikola Motor and GM are forming a new strategic partnership. For a $2 billion equity stake in Nikola and the right to nominate one director to the Nikola board, GM will engineer, validate, and manufacture the battery and fuel cell variants of the Nikola Badger. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “California Wildfires: Fire Chief Says Dozens Of Major Blazes Have State In ‘Dire Situation'” • The chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Thom Porter, said the 25 large wildfires raging in his state after an extreme heat wave made the situation “dire.” Many fires will be “uncontrollable until we have a weather change.” [CNN]

Fire in wine country (Noah Berger | AP)

¶ “California Offshore Winds Show Promise As Power Source” • As California aims to provide 60% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 and 100% by 2045, a study from California Polytechnic State University provides some good news. Offshore winds along the Central Coast increase in the evening, the same time of day that more energy is needed. [Science Daily]

¶ “How Duke’s Unique Energy Landscape Dictates Its Path to Net Zero” • Duke Energy will pursue its unique path to net zero carbon emissions. Among its options are some that are largely untested in the US, such as offshore wind power, and the next-generation small modular nuclear reactors, which have yet to be proven in any market. [Greentech Media]

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