Archive for October 8th, 2020

October 8 Energy News

October 8, 2020


¶ “BMW iX3 Production Has Started In China, Not USA” • BMW has begun production of the BMW iX3, its second fully electric vehicle, several years after the BMW i3 went into production in 2013. Interestingly, production of the first vehicles is in China, and there are reasons for that. US is in the midst of a sort of nonsensical cultural civil war. [CleanTechnica]

BMW iX3 battery plant in China

¶ “Mike Pence Lied BIG LEAGUE About Trump’s Environmental Record” • There were several gigantic lies that Vice President Mike Pence pushed out in the debate with Senator Kamala Harris, sometimes repeatedly, and he really should be called on them. Here is some fact checking of straight lies he told about the Trump environmental record. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Texas A&M Researchers Developing Clean Nuclear Fuel” • Researchers at Texas A&M and the US DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory have partnered with Clean Core Thorium Energy to make a proprietary thorium-based nuclear fuel. They claim it addresses such issues as cost, safety, proliferation, and managing waste. [Texas A&M University] (Not well enough – ghh.)

Research at Texas A&M (Justin Baetge | Texas A&M)

¶ “Fertiliser Use Threatens Global Climate Goals As Nitrous Oxide Emissions Soar” • The growing use of nitrogen fertilizers for farming is putting the world’s climate goals at risk, a study published in the leading scientific journal Nature has warned. The fertilizers emit nitrous oxide (N₂O), a greenhouse gas 300 times more potent than CO₂. []


¶ “Electric Fire Trucks On The Way!” • We’re finally getting electric fire trucks! Volvo Penta has an electric powertrain to put into fire trucks produced by Rosenbauer. The name of the electrified fire truck is “Revolutionary Technology.” For now, there are just 3 test trucks. They are going into trial service in Berlin, Amsterdam, and Dubai. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo Penta RT (Volvo Group image)

¶ “EU Parliament Steps It Up: 60% Carbon Emissions Cut By 2030 Proposed” • The EU Parliament voted to improve its 2030 climate target. The proposal voted through was to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2030 rather than 40% by 2030. Clearly, the majority of new cars would need to be EVs by the end of the decade to meet this target. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Finland Logs Its Largest Electric Bus Order Ever” • Electric buses are flowing across Europe, with record order after record order. Finland has a new record for electric bus orders within its borders, as transit agency Nobina ordered 106 from BYD. Of these, 64 will go to Helsinki, and the other 42 will go to Turku. All will be in service in 2021. [CleanTechnica]

BYD eBus (BYD image)

¶ “Transition To Renewable Energy Helps India See 6% Dip In SO₂ Emissions” • India witnessed 6% decline in its sulfur dioxide emissions in 2019. It was the steepest decline in SO₂ emissions in four years, and came with India’s shift towards renewable energy initiatives, a report by the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air and Greenpeace India says. [Livemint]

¶ “Aggreko Installs Hybrid Power System At Granny Smith Gold Mine” • Aggreko partnered with global gold miner Gold Fields to complete the installation of one of the world’s largest renewable energy microgrids at the Granny Smith gold mine in Western Australia. The hybrid power system is powered by over 20,000 solar panels and has a battery system. [ESI Africa]

Solar system at the Granny Smith mine (Image: Aggreko)

¶ “India Considers Replacing Retiring Coal Plants With Renewables” • India’s Power Minister said the government has considered retiring coal-fired power plants in favor of renewable generation. The move would help reduce the country’s carbon footprint. India is the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, after China and the US. [Power Technology]
Power plant (Andreas Felske | Unsplash)

¶ “EBRD To Support Largest Renewable Energy Project In Greece” • Supporting the largest renewable energy project in Greece and the largest solar project in south-eastern Europe, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is investing €75 million in the successful Eurobond tap issuance by Hellenic Petroleum, a leading Greek energy group. [Saurenergy]

Solar panels (EBRD image)


¶ “With Coal Dead, Department Of Energy Lobs Green Hydrogen Brick At Natural Gas” • With the US coal industry collapsing, we now turn to natural gas. The US DOE announced a major green hydrogen initiative with The Netherlands, which is building international collaborations aimed to squeeze natural gas out of the H₂ market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “First All-Electric Vessels In USA Launch In New York – Maid of the Mist” • The Maid of the Mist; the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; New York Power Authority; and ABB announced that the Maid of the Mist, the iconic Niagara Falls boat tour since 1846, launched the first two all-electric passenger vessels in the US. [CleanTechnica]

Maid of the Mist (ABB image)

¶ “JPMorgan Chase, World’s Biggest Funder of Fossil Fuels, Commits to ‘Paris-Aligned’ Financing” • JPMorgan Chase has reportedly committed to push clients to align with the Paris Agreement goals and work towards net-zero emissions by 2050. Chase, the world’s biggest fossil fuels banker, did not commit to phasing out its own fossil fuels funding.  [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Denial Ads On Facebook Seen By Millions, Report Finds” • Advertisements on Facebook denying the reality of the climate crisis or the need for action were viewed by at least 8 million people in the US in the first half of 2020, a thinktank found. Some of the 51 climate disinformation ads said that climate change is a hoax. [The Guardian]

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