Archive for September 12th, 2020

September 12 Energy News

September 12, 2020


¶ “Should Food’s Environmental Damage Be Included In Its Purchase Cost?” • What would food cost if its environmental damage were to be factored into its actual retail price? If grocers and manufacturers took into account the environmental impact of meat, milk, cheese, and other foods, they would actually cost much more than they do. [CleanTechnica]

Farm at Green School in Bali (Kyle Field | CleanTechnica)

¶ “For Nuclear Plants Operating On Thin Margins, Growing Climate Risks Prompt Tough Choices” • It is becoming clear that the relationship between nuclear power and climate change is a two-way street: While nuclear’s role in the energy mix can decrease CO₂ emissions, consequences of climate change are influencing nuclear power itself. [Utility Dive]


¶ “Baidu Launches Apollo Go Robotaxis In Beijing, Cangzhou, And Changsha” • The Apollo Go Robotaxi service is the first robotaxi service to operate in Beijing. It’s not a door-to-door service, but has 100 pickup/drop-off locations. The service was first launched in Changsha, on Earth Day, April 20. It also began operations in Cangzhou in August. [CleanTechnica]

Baidu Apollo Go King Long Minibus

¶ “France To Invest Over $35 Billion To Boost The Economy Through Renewables” • France announced its plans to invest €100 billion ($118.4 billion) to restore the economy after the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. As part of its “France Relance” plan, the government allocated €30 billion ($35.51 billion) for green energy. [Mercom India]

¶ “Shanghai Electric Wind Power Orders Soar 505%” • Shanghai Electric reported orders for wind power equipment were up over 505% in the first six months of 2020, compared with the same period last year. The company signed a licensing agreement with Siemens Gamesa in 2018 to produce and sell the latter’s 8.0-167 DD turbine in China. [reNEWS]

Shanghai Electric wind turbine (Shanghai Electric image)

¶ “The Tiny Central American Nation With Big Renewable Energy Plans” • El Salvador will take a leading role in renewable energy development as it accelerates plans to wean itself off fossil fuels and hydropower, a senior official said. Geothermal energy will be a major area of focus, as El Salvador aims to be a “training center” for Latin America. [BNamericas English]

¶ “‘Turning A Brown Site To Green’ – Communities Are A Focus Of The Latest Renewable Energy Scheme” • The final results of Ireland’s first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme auction have been announced. It will result in support being provided for the development of 63 onshore solar farms and 19 wind farms across the country. [Agriland]

Irish wind farm (Shutterstock image)

¶ “Germany, Australia Ink Green Hydrogen Alliance” • Germany and Australia signed an agreement to carry out a feasibility study of potentials for closer collaboration and future development of a hydrogen supply chain between the two countries. The study will compare current technology and research supply chain readiness levels, among other things. [reNEWS]

¶ “Japanese Energy Giants Join Offshore Wind Project” • Japan Renewable Energy Corporation announced that Tohoku Electric Power Co and ENEOS Corporation agreed to invest in the Happo Noshiro offshore wind project. The project aims to construct and operate offshore wind turbines with a combined capacity of 155 MW off Akita Prefecture. [4C Offshore]

Hywind turbine (Lars Christopher, Wikimedia Commons)


¶ “Solar Power Was 60% of New US Power Capacity in June” • In June, 60.1% of all new power generating capacity added in the US was solar power plants. Another 37.5% was wind power plants. And 2.4% was hydropower. A quick look at the math on that shows that 100% of new power capacity came from renewable energy sources in June. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Fires Raging Out West Are Unprecedented. They’re Also A Mere Preview Of What Climate Change Has In Store” • Over 3 million acres have burned in California. Three of the five largest fires in state history are burning now, as are huge swaths of Oregon and Washington. In most years, this would be when the fire season gets active. [CNN]

Fire coloring everything (Photo: Eric Risberg | AP)

¶ “US Hydroelectric Generation To Increase In 2020 Despite Drought Conditions” • The Pacific Northwest, generated 47% of US hydroelectric power in the first half of 2020. Most stations in the eastern half of the Columbia River basin reported 70% to 130% of normal precipitation, and some stations in the western half have reported less than 50%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Engineer Investigates Use Of Navy Ships For Emergency Power” • Disasters such as hurricanes and tropical storms can cut electric power to coastal communities for days or weeks. But a University of Texas at Dallas engineer is working to create large-scale mobile marine microgrids aboard US Navy ships to provide power in emergencies. [University of Texas at Dallas]

PCU Virginia (US Navy photo, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “US Showers Tiny Wind Turbines With Big Love” • A recent development for the turbine cost-cutting is that NREL selected seven US wind firms for funding through its Competitiveness Improvement Project. The CIP funding will enable a Vermont company, Star Wind, to take steps toward certifying its uniquely styled 45 kW turbine. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “8minute Secures PV Plus Storage PPA In California” • 8minute Solar Energy is to sell electricity from the 400-MW Rexford 1 solar+storage project in California to the Clean Power Alliance under a 15-year agreement. The project in Tulare County will also include 180 MW of energy storage, so it can deliver energy to the grid day or night. [reNEWS]

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