September 22 Energy News

September 22, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Airbus Wants To Build Zero-Emission Planes By 2035. Here’s How” • Airbus has unveiled its plans for bringing the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft into service by 2035. Boeing’s European rival revealed three aircraft concepts that will explore different options for using hydrogen as a primary source of power to fly planes. [CNN]

Airbus ZEROe blended-wing body design (Airbus image)

¶ “The Arctic Sea Ice Has Shrunk To The Second Lowest Number Ever Recorded, And Scientists Say It Will Get Worse” • Scientists believe the Arctic sea ice, or the floating ice cover of the Arctic Ocean, has reached its minimum extent for the year, after shrinking to the second lowest extent since record-keeping began in 1978. [CNN]

World:

¶ “UK Considers Moving ICE Ban Forward To 2030, May Encourage Small Nuclear Reactors” • The Guardian reports the UK government has a proposal under consideration to bring the existing ban on vehicles powered by gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines forward to 2030. That’s ten years earlier than previously planned. [CleanTechnica]

Citroen Ami electric cars

¶ “Global Wind And Solar Power Electricity Generation Doubled In Last Five Years” • As wind power and solar power grow, it is possible for nations around the world to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and nuclear power. Dave Jones, a Senior Electricity Analyst with EMBER, answered some questions about this trend for CleanTechnica. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nigeria’s Economic Recovery Plan And A Million-Dollar Bet On Renewable Energy” • The Central Bank of Nigeria recently announced plans to strengthen the drive for renewable energy in Nigeria. The initiative, the bank states, is part of the country’s economic sustainability plan, a policy response to the effect of the pandemic. [Techpoint Africa]

Tiny solar-powered microgrid

¶ “Dogger Bank Wind Farm Places Record-Breaking Turbine Order” • Dogger Bank Wind Farm and GE Renewable Energy announced contracts confirming the 13-MW Haliade-X turbine for two phases of the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The order is for 190 Haliade-X 13-MW turbines to be installed off the north-east coast of England. [Sea News]

¶ “Engie Inks Norther Power Offtake” • Engie has signed a power purchase agreement to supply chemicals company Ineos with electricity generated by a portion of the Norther offshore wind farm off Belgium. The 10-year PPA is for 84 MW of capacity and starts on 1 January 2021. The contract will be used for facilities in the port area of ​​Antwerp. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (MHI Vestas image)

¶ “Shell Likely To Increase Focus On Renewable Energy And Power Markets” • Shell is reportedly planning to move its focus towards renewable energy and power markets by cutting 40% of its oil and gas costs. The savings from the strategy will contribute towards Shell’s $4 billion target set after the Covid-19 outbreak, sources said. [Power Technology]

¶ “Coles Inks Deal With CleanCo To Power Queensland Operations With Solar And Wind” • Australian supermarket chain Coles will soon source nearly all of the electricity for its Queensland stores from locally generated solar and wind, after signing a 10-year contract with Queensland’s government-owned generator and retailer CleanCo. [RenewEconomy]

Acciona solar farm, Queensland

US:

¶ “Tropical Storm Beta Makes Landfall In Texas Late Monday Night” • Tropical Storm Beta made landfall near the southern end of the Matagorda Peninsula around 10 pm CDT Monday, according to a special update from the National Hurricane Center. Beta’s slow-moving approach is expected to produce rain over a long period, causing flooding. [CNN]

¶ “All Eyes On New York State’s First-Of-Its-Kind Opt-Out Community Solar Deal” • A new kind of community solar project is brewing in New York State, and if all goes as planned it will lead to more PV installations. Instead of forcing ratepayers to jump through hoops for solar power, it will automatically put solar credits onto their utility bills. [CleanTechnica]

Modes of community solar for New York (US DOE image)

¶ “Climate Clock Goes Live In New York City” • The Metronome that hangs in Union Square, New York City, usually shows the hours, minutes and seconds between midnight yesterday and midnight today. Now, two artists and a team of makers and scientists have reprogrammed it to show how much time is left to deal with climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hawaiian Electric To Quit Coal Power And Add Solar And Battery Storage” • Hawaiian Electric, the primary provider of electricity to the Hawaiian Islands, has submitted contracts for new solar and storage projects that will end the use of coal on the Islands and represent 300 MW of solar energy and nearly 2 GWh of energy storage. [RenewEconomy]

Kohala coast, Hawaii (George, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “The RPM Act – How A Multi-Billion Dollar Industry Is Trying To Ruin Our Air” • Aftermarket parts manufacturers and dealers, under their trade association, are fighting for passage of the Recognizing Protection of Motorsports Act, a bill which would cripple EPA’s ability to go after people who tamper with vehicle emissions controls. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “PepsiCo To Source 100% Renewable Electricity By 2030” • PepsiCo has plans to source 100% renewable electricity across all of its company-owned and controlled operations globally by 2030, and across its franchise and third-party operations by 2040. The transition could to reduce about 2.5 million tonnes of GHG emissions by 2040. [Plastics in Packaging]

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