October 12 Energy News

October 12, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “International Scientists Return From Arctic With Wealth Of Climate Data” • The RV Polarstern icebreaker, a ship carrying scientists on a year-long international effort to study the high Arctic, has returned to its home port in Germany carrying a wealth of data that will help researchers better predict climate change in the decades to come. [The Irish News]

Polarstern

¶ “25-Year Study Of Nuclear Vs Renewables Says One Is Clearly Better At Cutting Emissions” • Nuclear power is often promoted as one of the best ways to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels to generate the electricity we need, but new research suggests that going all-in on renewables such as wind and solar might be a better approach. [ScienceAlert]

World:

¶ “Turkish Ship At Center Of Greece Row To Return To The Mediterranean” • The Turkish navy said a research ship at the center of an energy rights row will go back to disputed waters in the Mediterranean. Tensions flared with Greece in August when the Oruc Reis went to survey an area claimed by Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus for potentially rich oil and gas deposits. [BBC]

The Oruc Reis (Reuters image)

¶ “Norwegian Importer Expects EVs To Be 90% Of Volkswagen Sales In 2021” • The all new Volkswagen ID.3 was the best selling electric car in Norway in September, outpacing the vaunted Tesla Model 3. Volkswagen has always been one of the top sellers in the Norwegian market, and the government is still maintaining incentives for EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Agrophotovoltaic News: Bifacial Panels In Germany, Grazing Sheep In Austria” • Next2Sun has an innovative PV system that combines agricultural use and solar power on the same area. It has a vertical arrangement of solar modules that use sunlight from both the front and the rear, facing east and west, while the area between is used for agriculture. [CleanTechnica]

Agrophotovoltaic array (Credit: Next2Sun)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Secures 372-MW Björnberget Order” • Siemens Gamesa is to supply 60 of its 5.X platform turbines for Prime Capital and Enlight Energy’s 372-MW Björnberget wind farm in the municipality of Ånge, in central Sweden. The project will use the SG5.8-170 model, operating at 6.2 MW. The turbines are to be installed in 2022. [reNEWS]

¶ “NSW Pumped Hydro Project Fast-Tracked To Help Replace Ageing Coal-Fired Power Stations” • A billion dollar pumped hydro project planned for New South Wakes is being fast-tracked by the State Government, with hopes it will be ready ahead of upcoming coal-fired power station closures. The Oven Mountain project will have a capacity of 600 MW. [ABC News]

Pumped storage plant in Tasmania (ABC Rural: Tony Briscoe)

¶ “Joint Electricity Regulator Approves ₹2.83/kWh For 40 MW Of Wind Energy In Chandigarh” • India’s Joint Electricity Regulatory Commission approved a ₹2.83/kWh (3.9¢/kWh) tariff and a trading margin of ₹0.07/kWh for the procurement of 40 MW of wind power between Chandigarh and the Solar Energy Corporation of India. [Mercom India]

¶ “Statkraft Starts 519-MW Brazilian Project” • Statkraft is to start construction of its 519-MW Ventos de Santa Eugenia wind project in northeastern Brazil, after closing a turbine supply contract with German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex. Statkraft’s largest wind project in South America will more than double its renewable energy capacity in Brazil. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Statkraft image)

¶ “Hellenic Petroleum Will Build Greece’s Biggest Renewable Energy Project” • Greece is moving to tap its most available energy source: the sun. Greece is turning toward solar energy with the oil company Hellenic Petroleum getting €75 million ($88.62 million) in funding to build the country’s largest renewable energy project. [The National Herald]

¶ “Renewable Energy To Replace Coal In WA’s Biggest Power Grid As Solar Hollows Market, Report Predicts” • More than half of Western Australia’s remaining coal-fired electricity capacity could be phased out within five years, according to a landmark report that charts the extraordinary rise of renewable energy. It also predicts no new transmission lines. [ABC News]

Moving coal (ABC News | Tom Edwards)

US:

¶ “USA’s $100 Million Green Hydrogen Fuel Cell Plan” • The US has just launched another sneak attack on coal, oil, and natural gas, with a new five-year, $100 million green hydrogen and fuel cell truck plan from the Energy Department. It is aimed squarely at pushing diesel out of the growing market for long-haul transportation. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Louisiana Has Been Hit By 3 Deadly Hurricanes This Season: Reflections While Riding Out Delta” • The Gulf Coast states face tropical storms and potentially hurricanes every year. However, 2020 takes the cake. Louisiana has had to brace itself six times this year. During Laura, the winds raged for about nine so hours, but Laura was silent compared to Delta. [CleanTechnica]

Lake Charles, Louisiana, after Laura, before Delta (Josiah Pugh, Louisiana National Guard, public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “LafargeHolcim In The US Harnesses Solar Energy At Hagerstown Plant” • LafargeHolcim in the US announced the opening of a new solar field next to its Holcim Hagerstown Cement Plant in Maryland. The solar project will provide clean energy for the facility’s operations. It emphasized a boom in solar construction. [World Cement]

¶ “Question 6: Increasing Nevada’s Reliance On Renewable Energy To 50% By 2030” • Nevada’s Question 6 ballot initiative would create a constitutional guarantee that the state get at least 50% of its power from renewable sources. Although state law already mandates the 50% threshold, the constitution is much more difficult to change. [Reno Gazette-Journal]

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