Archive for October 2nd, 2020

October 2 Energy News

October 2, 2020

Of Special Note:

¶ “Coronavirus: Donald Trump And Melania Test Positive” • US President Donald Trump has said he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for coronavirus and are now in quarantine. The president, aged 74 and therefore in a high-risk group, announced the news in a tweet. “We will get through this together,” he wrote. [BBC]

Donald and Melania (Anthony Quintano, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Rolls-Royce Thinks It’s Developing The Fastest Electric Airplane In The World” • Rolls-Royce has decided that it wants to produce the fastest electric airplane in the sky. It’s beyond the concept phase. Rolls-Royce has tested the technology for this on what’s called an “ionBird,” which it says is “a full-scale replica of the plane’s core.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hurricane Seasons Are Worsening Due To The Climate Crisis” • The warmer the water temperatures, the more heat energy is available, and the higher the potential is for devastating cyclonic storms to develop. As humans continue to release greenhouse gases, the likelihood of hurricane activity increases, with greater damage and loss of life. [CleanTechnica]

Hurricane Irene (NASA image)

¶ “Nuclear Fusion Reactor Could Be Producing Electricity Within A Decade” • A nuclear fusion reactor being developed in the US could be producing electricity within a decade, backers claim. It is hoped that SPARC will demonstrate energy gain from fusion by 2025, and be producing fusion energy to generate electricity to power nearby cities within 10 years. [The Streetjournal]

¶ “Principle Power-Led Team Launches Shallowfloat” • A consortium led by  Principle Power won a US grant to develop mooring technology for floating wind turbines in transitional waters. The consortium has been awarded a contract for the project by the government’s National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium. [reNEWS

Offshore support ship (Principle Power image)


¶ “China’s Largest Solar-Plus-Storage Project Goes Online” • China’s largest solar-plus-storage project has been connected to the grid. How big is it? It’s 2.2 GW. Sungrow, the #1 suppliers of inverters for renewable energy projects, shared the news of the new record. The project was developed by Huanghe Hydropower Development. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Coronavirus: How Pandemic Sparked European Cycling Revolution” • All across Europe, the coronavirus pandemic has triggered unprecedented investment in cycling. More than €1 billion (£907 billion, $1.1 billion) has been spent on cycling-related infrastructure and 2,300 km (1,400 miles) of new bike lanes have been rolled out. [BBC]

Bicyclists (Unsplash image)

¶ “September In Norway Goes Off The Charts – Record Plugin Vehicle Market Share Of 82%” • Electric vehicle pioneer Norway saw a massive 81.6% plugin electric vehicle market share of the overall market in September, with almost 62% being pure electric vehicles. Best sellers included the new VW ID.3, the Tesla Model 3, and Polestar 2. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “From Mountain High To Valley Low, Solar Power Plants Are Everywhere” • The world’s highest solar power plant plus battery storage facility is now operational in Tibet, delivering 40 MW, 193 MWh. And Half a world away, Duke Energy is set to embark on the construction of a 1.1 MW floating solar power plant at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. [CleanTechnica]

Floating solar array (Credit: Duke Energy)

¶ “US, Israel And UAE To Cooperate In Oil, Gas, Renewable Energy” • The US, Israel, and the UAE agreed to cooperate in the fields of oil, gas, and renewables among other energy sectors, following the signing of a peace agreement between Israel and the UAE in September. Specifically, water desalination and solar power may be areas of cooperation. [S&P Global]


¶ “Younger Workers Fleeing Oil Industry, Some May Work For Elon Musk” • These are sad days in the oil patch. US fossil fuel firms eliminated about 105,000 positions, roughly 20% of their workforce. The oilfield services sector lost almost 100,000 jobs so far. Some are optimistic that the oil jobs will return someday, but Tesla is on a hiring spree now. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla seat factory in California (CleanTechnica image)

¶ “Judge Kicks William Pendley Out Of Illegal Role As Trump’s Bureau Of Land Management Acting Director” • A federal judge ruled that the Bureau of Land Management’s acting director held his job illegally and had to be removed. The Interior Secretary kept him in charge by merely changing his title. But many things he has done could be challenged. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EDF Renewables North America Completes Solar Project For Providence Water” • EDF Renewables North America announced the 4.99 MW (AC), Pine Hill Solar Project in Johnston, Rhode Island, is now operational. EDF Renewables developed and built the project. Owner AEP OnSite Partners will supply its electricity to Providence Water. [Business Wire]

Pine Hill solar project

¶ “US Funds Maine Offshore Wind Roadmap” • The Secretary of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration awarded a grant of over $2 million to the Maine Governor’s Energy Office to develop a roadmap for establishing the state’s offshore wind power industry. The $2.166 million grant will be matched with $267,624 by the state and $112,457 locally. [reNEWS]

¶ “Researchers Use Satellite Imaging To Map Groundwater Use In California’s Central Valley” • Researchers at the University of California San Diego found a way to improve groundwater monitoring by using a remote sensing technology with climate and land cover data, to bridge gaps in the understanding of sustainable groundwater. [YubaNet]

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