October 10 Energy News

October 10, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “A Nine-Point Plan For The UK To Achieve Net Zero Carbon Emissions” • The last six months have seen a growing realization that decarbonizing our societies is technically possible, relatively cheap, and potentially of major benefit to society, and especially to less prosperous sectors. Here is a sensible portfolio of nine actions for the UK. [The Guardian]

Boyndie Wind Farm (Anne Burgess, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia)

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘Real And Imminent’ Extinction Risk To Whales” • More than 350 scientists and conservationists from 40 countries have signed a letter calling for global action to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises from extinction. They say more than half of all species are of conservation concern, with two on the “knife-edge” of extinction. [BBC]

World:

¶ “Police Scotland Buys 180 Hyundai Kona Electrics” • The Hyundai Kona Electric is a crossover type with relatively long range and a relatively low price. It’s one of the best selling electric vehicles in the world, and it’s also one of the top choices among police forces, particularly in Europe. Police Scotland has decided to buy 180 of them. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Kona Electric

¶ “Largest Rooftop Solar System In Europe Goes Online … On Audi Factory” • Audi Hungaria has just turned on the largest solar roof in Europe. The solar PV roof is the size of 22.4 football fields (soccer fields), includes 36,400 solar panels, and has a capacity of 12 MW.  It’s expected to generate 9.5 GWh of electricity per year, enough for 9,800 average homes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Offshore Wind Grew 19% Globally In 2019” • Global installed offshore wind capacity reached 27,064 MW in 2019, which is a 19% increase from the previous year. This and other trends can be found in the 2019 Offshore Wind Technology Data Update, released by the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. [CleanTechnica]

Some types of floating platforms (Josh Bauer, NREL)

¶ “CSC Datacenter to be Powered by Vattenfall’s Renewable Energy” • Vattenfall and CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd have concluded an agreement on the supply of guarantee of origin-certified renewable energy generated at hydropower plants.  It will power the supercomputer environments of CSC’s data center in Kajaani, Finland. [HPCwire]

¶ “Farmers Can Now Avail Of A New Renewable Energy Crop” • Farmers and landowners in the UK are being urged to consider growing Miscanthus, a crop with a rising market demand. It is used for renewable power generation, domestic fuels, and livestock bedding, among other things. And it thrives on land that is unproductive. [Agriland.co.uk]

Miscanthus (Miya.m, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “World Bank Provides Funds For Sustainable Renewable Energy In Haiti” • The World Bank is providing $6.9 million in fresh funding for the Haiti Renewable Energy for All Project. The Bank aims to scale up renewable energy investments to expand access to electricity for health services, homes, businesses, and community services. [caribbeannationalweekly.com]

¶ “Russia’s Rosatom Launches Energy Storage Business” • The Russian state-controlled nuclear energy corporation Rosatom set up a subsidiary, Renera, to pursue the energy storage business. Renera will make lithium-ion batteries for EVs, energy storage systems for emergency power, renewables, and smoothing of load demand. [Renewables Now]

Lithium-ion battery for EVs (Image by Rosatom)

¶ “Romania, US To Sign $8 Billion Financing Agreement For Cernavoda Nuclear Reactors” • Romanian and US authorities will sign cooperation and financing agreements for an $8 billion (€6.8 billion) project for the modernisation of the Cernavoda nuclear power plant unit 1 and the construction of units 3 and 4, the US ambassador in Romania said. [SeeNews]

US:

¶ “Hurricane Delta Makes Landfall In Storm-Battered Louisiana” • Hurricane Delta hit land in Louisiana, which is still recovering from Hurricane Laura in August. Delta is the 10th named storm to make US landfall so far this year, breaking a record that has stood since 1916. Delta hit Creole, Louisiana as a Category 2 hurricane, with winds of 100 mph. [BBC]

Track of Hurrican Delta (FleurDeOdile, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Five of California’s Six Largest Fires on Record are Burning Now” • Wildfires in this single year alone have burned more of California’s land than they did in the entire first decade of reliable recordkeeping (1984–1993). And nearly as much as the entire decade of the 1990s. And the year is not over. Here are some graphics that show their size. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Dominion Energy Virginia Issues RFP For Solar Projects Under 3 MW” • Dominion Energy Virginia is continuing its solar development in the Commonwealth with a request for proposals for distributed solar projects, no larger than 3 MW (AC), to help meet renewable energy goals set forth by the company and the Commonwealth. [Solar Power World]

Have a fabulously auspicious day.

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