September 24 Energy News

September 24, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Six Big Takeaways From Tesla’s Battery Day” • The overall content of the Tesla Battery Day presentation might have been overwhelming for those who do not have a technical background in battery development. Given that, it might be a good idea to “pull the lens back” just a bit and discuss the major takeaways. Here are six. [CleanTechnica]

Elon Musk talks batteries (Source: Tesla)

¶ “The Fully Electric VW ID.4 Is A Direct Assault On Internal Combustion Crossovers” • Overall, the Volkswagen ID.4 was designed from the ground up as a solid competitor in the hot global crossover market. It is taking on popular combustion vehicles, inclluding the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and even Volkswagen’s own Tiguan. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Daring Plan To Save The Arctic Ice With Glass” • As ice in the Arctic melts, it loses the ability to reflect warming sunlight away from the Earth. A California-based non-profit Arctic Ice Project proposes to scatter a thin layer of reflective glass powder over parts of the Arctic, in an effort to protect it from the Sun’s rays and help ice grow back. [BBC]

Arctic Ice (BBC image)

World:

¶ “USAID Is Supporting Four Renewable Energy Projects In Afghanistan” • The Afghan government signed agreements with USAID-funded independent power producers to support four renewable energy projects to increase access to reliable and affordable electricity. The projects will add 110 MW of capacity to the Afghan electricity grid. [MENAFN.com]

¶ “Greenalia Starts 200-MW Gran Canaria Floater Permitting” • Spanish developer Greenalia has begun development of a 200-MW of floating offshore wind projects off the Spanish island of Gran Canaria. Greenalia has filed project and environmental planning applications for the four 50-MW projects, called Dunas, Mojo, Cardon, and Guanche. [reNEWS]

Floating offshore wind turbine (Credit: Lars Christopher)

¶ “SKF Joins Renewable Energy 100 Initiative” • As part of [Swedish manufacturing company] SKF’s goal to achieve carbon neutrality for their global manufacturing operations by 2030, the company has joined Renewable Energy 100, a global initiative uniting the world’s most influential businesses committed to using 100% renewable electricity. [Agg-Net]

¶ “World’s Operating Nuclear Fleet At 30 Year Low As New Plants Stall” • Some 408 nuclear reactors were operating in 31 countries in July 2020, a decline of 9 units from mid-2019 and 30 fewer than the 2002 peak of 438, the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report showed. Of the 52 new plants being built globally, at least 33 are behind schedule. [BW Businessworld]

Nuclear power plant (Emmanuel Foudrot | Reuters)

US:

¶ “California Governor Wants All New Cars Sold In The State To Be Zero-Emissions By 2035” • California Gov Gavin Newsom made an executive order requiring that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state be zero-emission vehicles by 2035. The transportation sector is responsible for more than half of the state’s carbon pollution. [CNN]

¶ “Forty-Six New Electric Buses In Anaheim Get 20-Year Charging-As-A-Service Agreement” • In a world first, 46 new electric buses for the Anaheim Transportation Network will be charged via a 20-year charging-as-a-service agreement. The transit network for the city of Anaheim  intends to be California’s first all-electric bus fleet. [CleanTechnica]

Anaheim electric bus (Photo courtesy of AMPLY)

¶ “Statewide EVolve NY Charger Network To Expand Use Of Electric Vehicles And Make Fast Charging More Accessible And Convenient” • Governor Andrew M Cuomo announced the unveiling of New York’s first electric vehicle fast-charging hub. Four new Direct Current Fast Chargers are located at Tops Friendly Markets in LaGrangeville. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Proposed Renewable Energy Project For Poland Spring Hollis Plant” • Nestlé Waters North America announced that it intends to build a renewable energy project at its Poland Spring bottling plant in Hollis, Maine. This proposed 10-MW AC (12.97-MW DC) solar energy installation is currently in the permit application process. [NewsCenterMaine.com]

Proposed plant (Credit: Nestlé)

¶ “Tesla Officially Enters The Mining Business” • One of the many details revealed at Tesla’s Battery Day event was that it is planning to build its own cathode factory here in North America. Additionally, Elon Musk’s announcement of 10,000-acre lithium clay deposit in Nevada confirmed that Tesla is officially getting into the mining business. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GE Secures 576 MW Of US Orders From Invenergy” • GE Renewable Energy announced 576 MW of orders from Invenergy for 187 of its 2.X onshore wind turbines. The three contracts will power the equivalent of 160,000 American homes across three US states. GE’s 2-MW product platform has a total of more than 15 GW of installed capacity. [reNEWS]

GE wind turbine (Image: GE Renewable Energy)

¶ “Anthem Signs Solar PPA With SunEnergy1 As It Moves To 100% Renewable Energy By 2025” • Health insurance provider Anthem signed a 15-year power purchase agreement with SunEnergy1, a solar developer, owner, and operator of solar projects. The agreement is for the output from a new 20-MW solar field in Virginia. [Solar Builder]

¶ “Maine Company Looks To Tidal Power As Renewable Energy’s Next Generation” • Ocean Renewable Power Company, based in Portland, Maine, is looking to put itself on the map. It signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Eastport on a five-year plan to develop a $10 million microgrid with primary power from tidal generation. [Energy News Network]

Have an abundantly fruitful day.

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