Archive for September 30th, 2020

September 30 Energy News

September 30, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Two-Fifths Of Plants At Risk Of Extinction, Says Report” • Two-fifths of the world’s plants are at risk of extinction, scientists have warned. Researchers say they are racing against time to name and describe new species, before they disappear. Plants hold huge promise as medicines, fuels and foods, says a report by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [BBC]

Flower (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)

¶ “A New Cooling Technology Protects Against Severe Heat And Viral Spread” • Forrest Meggers, an associate professor in the architecture department at Princeton University, together with an international team of researchers, found a way to enable cooling off without just recirculating air. This reduces the risk of spreading airborne viruses. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “DHL Inaugurates Package Delivery In London Using Water Transportation” • Packages arriving at Heathrow airport are taken to a nearby dock on the Thames by electric vehicles. Then DHL takes them by boat down the river to London, where they are unloaded and put on pedal-powered cargo bikes for delivery to final destinations in the city. [CleanTechnica]

DHL cargo boat (DHL image)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Scores Swedish Hat-Trick” • Siemens Gamesa has signed a new deal for 11 turbines with wind power developer Eolus Vind in Sweden. The wind turbines will be delivered to three different sites: Rosenskog, Dållebo, and Boarp, all located in southern Sweden, close to the city of Jönköping. All are to be installed in 2023. [reNEWS]

¶ “Walmart Canada Triples Tesla Semi Order” • Walmart Canada said it has tripled its order to a total of 130 of the all-electric cargo haulers as part of a commitment to convert 20% of its fleet to electric trucks by the end of 2022. With all those trucks in service, the company will have one of the largest fleets of electric semis in the country. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Semi (Credit: Walmart Canada)

¶ “Global Renewable Energy Jobs Hit Record High” • Global renewables industries supported a record 11.5 million jobs in 2019, but governments will need to “supercharge” the energy transition to keep growth on track with Covid-19, said the International Renewable Energy Agency. Solar dominated growth technologically. [Recharge]

¶ “All Aboard! UK’s First Hydrogen-Powered Train Starts Trial Journeys Today” • The first-ever hydrogen-powered train will run on the UK mainline today. Today’s trials of the train, named HydroFLEX, follow almost two years of development work and more than £1 million of investment by both Porterbrook and the University of Birmingham. [Energy Live News]

HydroFLEX with factory graffiti (University of Birmingham)


¶ “ACT Labor Promise Canberra-Wide Network Of Renewable Energy Batteries If Elected” • A network of ‘big batteries’ with a combined capacity far larger than the massive Tesla battery in South Australia would be built across Canberra, under a new plan from ACT Labor. The plan would build local storage from the current 60 MW to 250 MW. [ABC News]

¶ “Australia’s National Science Agency To Buy Solar Power Under 10-Year PPA” • In Australia, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation announced a 10-year clean energy Power Purchase Agreement with Zen Energy. The deal is set to halve the national science agency’s electricity-sourced CO₂ emissions. [pv magazine International]

132-MW solar farm in New South Wales (Image: Zen Energy)

¶ “Bringing Clean Energy To Regional Victorian Communities” • The Victorian Government is helping local businesses use more renewable energy to reduce electricity costs, create jobs, and support clean power. The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change announced over $1 million in grants as part of the New Energy Jobs Fund. [Mirage News]


¶ “Ford Mustang Mach-E Price Cut, And 0–60 MPH Times Published” • The Ford Mustang Mach-E just got a bit cheaper. Ford cut the price of some Mustang Mach-E versions, with the price of the Mustang Mach-E Premium down by $3,000, putting it at $47,000 (before the $7,500 federal EV tax credit). Range and acceleration times were also published. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach-E electric

¶ “Total Plug-In Vehicle Sales In United States Reach 1.6 Million Units” • In August 2020, cumulative plug-in vehicle sales in the US reached 1.6 million units, according to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. Fully electric vehicle sales are clearly in the lead among plug-in vehicles, accounting for about 1 million of these sales. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Dominion Unleashes Coastal Virginia” • Dominion Energy commenced started operations at its 12-MW Coastal Virginia offshore wind farm in the US. Ørsted oversaw the installation of the offshore project’s offshore components for the US developer, including turbines and foundations, while Dominion Energy oversaw all onshore aspects. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbine installation (Ørsted image)

¶ “Power Generator Vistra Pumps $850 Million Into Renewables Push In Texas” • Power generator Vistra plans to break ground on six solar projects and a battery energy storage facility in Texas in an $850 million bet on renewables. The clean power sources are expected to add nearly 1,000 MW of capacity to Vistra’s energy portfolio. [The Dallas Morning News]

¶ “Boise Co-Op Locations Now Powered By 100% Renewable Energy” • The Boise Co-op is hoping to make the city greener through a partnership with Idaho Power. The Boise Co-op locations are powered by 100% renewable energy. About 86% of it from hydropower plants, but all power will come from solar and wind beginning in 2021. [6 On Your Side]

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