October 7 Energy News

October 7, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Nuclear Energy – The High Cost Of A Dying Industry” • Nuclear energy has had a seriously rough year. In an article by OilPrice.com, the author asked a question: “Why is nuclear energy so expensive?” The nuclear sector, OilPrice says, simply can’t compete with the flood of low cost natural gas and renewables. It is struggling to stay alive. [CleanTechnica]

Click on the image to enlarge it (Brad Rouse, from Lazard data)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hurricane Delta Is Intensifying Rapidly And Is Now A Category 4 Storm” • Hurricane Delta is an “extremely dangerous” major hurricane on a collision course with Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and the US Gulf Coast. It will directly impact Cancun as a dangerous Category 4 storm. At 145 mph, it’s just behind Hurricane Laura, which reached 150 mph. [CNN]

¶ “September Was The Warmest On Record, Scientists Say” • September was the warmest on record globally, according to the weather service Copernicus. It was 0.05°C hotter than September last year, which had the previous record high for the month. Scientists say it’s a clear indication of warming driven up by emissions from human society. [BBC]

Escaping heat at a British beach (PA Media)

¶”Generating Renewable Hydrogen Fuel From The Sea” • A team of researchers at Penn State funded by the US National Science Foundation integrated water purification technology into a new proof-of-concept design for a seawater electrolyzer. This method for what they call “seawater splitting” uses water that cannot serve many other purposes. [National Science Foundation]

¶ “Trillions Of Extra Economic Damages Predicted In New Study Of Climate Change Effects” • The world is underestimating the economic effects of climate change by trillions of dollars, a study published in Nature Communications shows. Current economic forecasting models fail to account for unpredictable variations in global temperatures. [Phys.Org]

Sands of time (Credit: CC0 Public Domain)

World:

¶ “UK September EV Market Share Hits 10.5%, Up 3 Times Year-On-Year” • The UK’s September plugin electric vehicle market share hit 10.5%, the highest ever level in “normal” (non-lockdown) trading months, up from 3.7% in September of 2019. The overall auto market was down just 4.4% from September 2019. Diesels took a massive 38.4% hit. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Canadian Initiative Launched To Cut Electric Bus Charging Costs” • The Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium, which gives transit agencies technnology support, launched a $999,000 investment in an initiative to reduce costs for charging electric buses. Ontario energy storage company eCAMION, is leading the project. [CleanTechnica]

Charging station (Image courtesy of Solaris)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Outsells All Other Cars In Switzerland In September” • In September, the Tesla Model 3 was the best selling car in Switzerland, beating every other vehicle, however powered. The Swiss Automobile Association reported that  Tesla sold 900 Model 3s in the month. The Skoda Octavia, which sold only 500 cars, was number two. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vietnam Aims Doubling Use Of Renewables By 2030 To Reduce CO₂” • Vietnam aims to double use of renewable energy and cut CO₂ emissions 15% by 2030, reducing reliance on coal in a country threatened by climate change and power outages. Renewables will supply 15% to 20% of the power within a decade, a government website said. [Nikkei Asian Review]

Floating solar system in Da Mi, Vietnam (© Sipa | AP)

¶ “Facebook Comes Closer To 100% Renewables Target With New Solar Deal In Singapore” • Facebook sealed a deal with the solar developer Sunseap to support Facebook’s 100% renewables target for its operations in Singapore. The energy will be generated on the rooftops of around 1,200 public residential blocks and 49 government buildings. [Energy Live News]

¶ “180-MW Onshore Site Completed In Western Australia” • Bright Energy Investments completed the Warradarge wind farm in Western Australia. The 51-turbine, 180-MW wind farm will power up to its full generating capacity by the end of October. Each turbine weighs 181 tonnes with 67 meter-long blades, has a hub height of 84 meters. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Master Wen | Unsplash)

¶ “‘Thrilled’: Next Generation Climate Modelling Gets Budget Kickstart” • Federal funding for the Australian Community Climate and Earth System Simulator has cheered scientists who say the investment of $7.6 million will help refine predictions for everything from fire-generated thunderstorms to worsening urban heat islands. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

US:

¶ “New 100% Clean Electricity Contract Will Save MBTA $3 Million A Year In Electric Bills” • The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is working on a multi-year electricity contract to power its trains, trolleybuses, stations, and other facilities entirely on renewable power. The contract is expected to save $3 million a year. [Streetsblog MASS]

Solar roof at a transit shelter in Portland, Oregon (Trimet image)

¶ “Six Rockland County Communities Launch Cost-Cutting Renewable Energy Initiatives” • Six of the towns and villages in Rockland County, New York, are using community choice aggregation in a collective renewable energy buying effort. They were motivated partly by a potential to hasten reduced use of energy based on dirty fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tiffany & Co Joins Business For Nature’s Call To Action” • The jewelry firm Tiffany & Co joined Business For Nature’s Call To Action. Over 560 companies, with revenues of $4 trillion, have taken the stand with Business for Nature, calling on governments to adopt policies now to reverse the loss of nature that will occur this decade if no action is taken. [CleanTechnica]

Have an appropriately triumphant day.

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