Archive for September 17th, 2020

September 17 Energy News

September 17, 2020


¶ “How Scotland’s Green Hydrogen Plan Crushes The Fossil Hydrogen Dream” • Scotland has come up with a plan to pivot its vast wind power riches and other renewables in the service of producing the zero emission hydrogen fuel and other sustainable hydrogen products. Green hydrogen fuel can be made when demand for electricity is low. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind turbines (Courtesy of Scottish Power Renewables)

¶ “Stronger, Cheaper, Smarter: Can Coalition Ignore Benefits Of A Renewables-Led Recovery Plan?” • A Covid recovery plan based around wind, solar and energy efficiency would deliver a stronger economic recovery for Australia, with higher living standards, lower unemployment, and contained government debt, an analysis found. [RenewEconomy]

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Marine Biologist Wants To Use The World’s Toughest Corals To Save Dying Reefs” • The Earth’s coral reefs support a quarter of the world’s marine life, but half of them are gone. Some scientists fear climate change could wipe out all of what is left of them by 2100, but marine biologist Emma Camp believes we can still save what remains. [CNN]

Emma Camp studying corals (© Franck Gazzola | Rolex)

¶ “Volocopter Opens World’s First Electric Air Taxi Flight Reservations” • Volocopter opened up reservations for the first commercial electric air taxi rides in an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. The “VoloFirst,” as the company is calling one of these planned rides, will cost about $300 and can be reserved for 10% of that, $30. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Regulator Says Corporate Demand Is To Push Australia Renewables To 30% By Year End” • According to a report from the Clean Energy Regulator, Australia is on track to increase its total share of renewable electricity generation to 30% by the end of 2020. The market for corporate power purchase agreements is a big driver for added capacity. [RenewEconomy]

Sheep and solar power (Neoen image)

¶ “Reaching Energy And Climate Goals Demands A Dramatic Scaling Up Of Clean Energy Technologies” • A major effort to develop and deploy clean energy is urgently needed to meet energy and climate goals, especially to reduce carbon emissions from such areas as transport, buildings, and industry, according to an IEA report. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “Scott Morrison’s ‘Gas-Led Recovery’: What Is It And Will It Really Make Energy Cheaper?” • Australia’s prime minister announced that expanding the use of gas natural beyond its use in electricity generation, for heating and as feedstock in some manufacturing, is central to plans to restore a strong economy after the coronavirus recession. [The Guardian]

Gas flare (Angus Mordant | Reuters)

¶ “GreenYellow Supplying More Renewable Power To Brazilian Telcos” • French energy solutions firm GreenYellow is expanding its renewable energy footprint in the Brazilian telecom industry. Telco Oi, based in Rio de Janeiro, signed a R$44 million ($8.38 million) contract with GreenYellow. The project includes leasing capacity from PV plants. [BNamericas English]

¶ “Excelsior Wind Farm Connects To South Africa’s Power Grid” • The 33-MW Excelsior wind farm, located in the Western Cape province, is now connected to the South African power grid, having commissioned its thirteen wind turbines. The developer, BioTherm Energy, noted that this is the first wind farm in the Western Cape. [ESI Africa]

Turbine in the Excelsior wind farm (BioTherm Energy image)

¶ “Renewable Energy In Chile Gets More Attractive With Its Major Capacity Build-Up During 2019-30, Says GlobalData” • The Chilean renewable capacity is around 47% of the capacity mix, with the rest being fossil fuels. Chile is expected to see a major increase in renewables by 2030, to reach over 70% of the capacity, says GlobalData. []


¶ “Hurricane Sally: Deadly Storm Leaves 550,000 Without Power In US” • Tropical Storm Sally has left more than half a million Americans without power as its torrential rains and storm surges lashed the US Gulf coast. The storm has brought “four months of rain in four hours” to Pensacola, Florida, that city’s fire chief Ginny Cranor told CNN. [BBC]

Overturned truck in Mobile, Alabama (Reuters image)

¶ “Some Of Glacier National Park’s Glaciers Have Lost As Much As 80% Of Their Size In The Last 50 Years” • Glacier National Park, one of America’s original 10 national parks, could lose its glaciers completely within decades. What would the park look like in the next century then, without the glaciers that feed the wildlife, farms and people who depend on it? [CNN]

¶ “General Motors To Produce Its Own Electric Drivetrain Components And Motors” • Tesla has bucked the conventional wisdom of the car industry by building many of the parts that go into its vehicles itself. Now GM says it wants to do the same thing with the electric vehicles it builds. Its Ultium brand will be on a number of drive trains. [CleanTechnica]

GM EVgo3 (General Motors image)

¶ “Scientific American Endorses A Presidential Candidate For First Time In Its 175 Year History” • Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the US. For 175 years, it has provided its readers with news and information about the world of science. It never allowed itself to stray into politics, until now. It endorsed Joe Biden. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Olivia Campbell-Andersen: Renewables Increase Resilience” • Here in Vermont, we spend around $1.5 billion per year to buy out-of-state fossil fuels. If we invested those dollars in efficient local renewable energy, Vermont families would net $323 million per year. This is the equivalent of every Vermonter saving $518 every year. [Brattleboro Reformer]

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