September 28 Energy News

September 28, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “China’s Carbon Pledge Will Require Complete Inversion Of Existing System” • China has pledged to reduce carbon emissions to virtually zero by 2060. If it succeeds, it could reduce the global heating forecasts by up to 0.3°C. To do this, it will need to rethink its energy supply completely. One projection is for reliance on solar and windpower. [The Guardian]

Workers at a floating PV plant (VCG | Getty)

¶ “Air Pollution: Here For All Seasons?” • An email in my inbox proclaimed, “It’s September and we’re heading into pollution season in many regions.” But does pollution have a season? Of course, there is seasonal variability to certain pollutants, but, unfortunately, pollution lives with us in and outside our homes in every season. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Why Australia’s Hydrogen Industry Should Be Renewables Only” • Environmental leader WWF Australia published a new position paper on hydrogen, which outlines why the technology presents such an enormous economic opportunity for Australia, but also why it needs to be based around renewables rather than fossil fuels. [RenewEconomy]

New South Wales windpower (CSIRO, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ørsted And Maersk Test Offshore Vessel Charging” • Ørsted and Maersk Supply Service A/S formed a partnership to test an innovative charging buoy that can bring green electricity to offshore wind farm service vessels and potentially to a wide range of maritime vessels. The buoy enables ships to turn off their engines when lying idle. [reNEWS]

¶ “The Ancient Trade Holding Back The Sahara Desert” • With climate change, the Sahara Desert has grown about 100 km southward since 1950, and it is expected to keep growing. Now, acacia trees, whose gum has been prized for its unusual culinary and medical uses, are part of a continent-wide effort to hold back the Sahara Desert. [BBC]

Acacia trees (Getty Images)

¶ “Could Thorium Revive The Nuclear Energy Industry?” • As the Trump administration seeks a bailout of the faltering nuclear industry, technology is promising of less dangerous and cheaper nuclear fuel. It hopes to substitute thorium for some of the more dangerous uranium in nuclear reactors, producing more energy and less waste. [OilPrice.com] (Need I comment?)

¶ “UpriseEnergy Demonstrates Rapid-Deploy Wind+Battery Energy Solution In A Shipping Container” • UpriseEnergy has shown a portable wind turbine. The company took a prototype from their 20,000 square foot facility in San Diego, drove it to a site a dozen miles away, set it up, and ran it for an hour, putting out about 6 kWh of electricity. [CleanTechnica]

UpriseEnergy STAR wind turbine on trailer (UpriseEnergy image)

World:

¶ “‘Energy Transition Driving The Need’: Oil Trading Giant Trafigura Turns To Wind And Solar” • Trafigura, one of the largest independent oil traders, plans to build a 2-GW renewable energy portfolio in a joint venture called Nala Renewables, with IFM Investors. The JV wants to have 2 GW operating or in late-stage development within five years. [Recharge]

¶ “Boris Johnson Promises To Protect 30% Of UK’s Land By 2030” • An extra 400,000 hectares of English countryside will be protected to support the recovery of nature under plans by Boris Johnson. He will make the commitment at a virtual UN event. He is joining 65 leaders who pledged to reverse losses in the natural world by 2030. [BBC]

Lake District (Aivin Gast, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “EU’s Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy Taking Shape” • The roadmap accompanying the European Commission’s public consultation leaves little doubt about its intentions: the EU executive wants to leverage “the huge potential of offshore renewable energy deployment” on all of the bodies of sea water around it. [EURACTIV]

US:

¶ “The Best Places For Solar Power If You Want To Clean The US Grid” • Solar power is useful everywhere, and it’s been big news lately that solar power has accounted for so much of US power capacity growth – 27% in the first half of 2020 and 60% in June. However, for cleaning the grid, solar power growth is better some places than others. [CleanTechnica]

California and the Northeast depend less on fossil fuels already

¶ “Elon Musk: “The US Is Moving Toward Sustainable Energy”” • During Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting and Battery Day event, CEO Elon Musk said something that should have dominated headlines: “The US is moving toward sustainable energy.” He noted that eventually everything we do will be done with sustainable energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Change May Spark Serial Washoe Wildfires” • Within 20 years, northern Washoe County, Nevada, may become the epicenter of persistent wildfires driven by higher temperatures and prevalent drought brought about by climate change. That prediction is among several grim conclusions based on analysis of climate research. [Reno News & Review]

Wildfire (Gerd Altman | Pixabay)

¶ “Overwhelming Number Of US Voters Support Climate Action” • In a poll conducted this month by The Guardian, VICE News, George Mason University, and Yale Climate Connection, an overwhelming majority of American voters said they want the federal government to support efforts to address global heating in a meaningful way. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Minnesota Professor Looking To Build Climate Change Hub” • A University of Minnesota professor is creating an extension program to bridge climate research and community outreach. She plans a hub to foster conversations about climate change and help farmers and policymakers implement changes based on their research. [Albany Times Union]

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