October 16 Energy News

October 16, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Hydrogen Boom Will Provide A $200 Billion Boost To Wind And Solar Energy” • The renewable energy sector has lately been sizzling with very bullish projections, and a few bearish ones, coming from Wall Street. However, one corner of the market has really been hogging the limelight, and that is the hydrogen sector. [OilPrice.com]

Hydrogen station (Dr Artur Braun, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Facebook Using AI To Enhance Renewable Energy Storage Amid Climate Crisis” • With the climate crisis, Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University are teaming up to use artificial intelligence to find electrocatalysts that can enhance storage for energy generated with renewable energy, according to a blog post from Facebook. [Interesting Engineering]

¶ “SpaceX To Launch Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich Satellite On November 10” • The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will be launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on November 10. Sentinel 6 will be capable of monitoring the level of 90% of the oceans with millimeter accuracy. It will also get data on atmospheric temperature and moisture. [CleanTechnica]

Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite (NASA image)

¶ “Global Warming Is Detectable Even At The Ocean Floor” • As the planet has warmed,  the surface of our oceans has absorbed much of the excess temperature in the atmosphere. Yet it isn’t just the water’s surface that has been warming, say scientists at NOAA. Global warming can now be measured that the bottom of the ocean. [Sustainability Times]

World:

¶ “Russia’s ‘Slow-Motion Chernobyl’ At Sea” • A 2019 feasibility study looking at cleaning up nuclear waste lost or dumped at sea in Russian waters found 18,000 radioactive objects in the Arctic Ocean, among them 19 vessels and 14 reactors. Some 90% of the measurable radiation is from six objects that Rosatom will raise over the next 12 years. [BBC]

K-159 before sinking (©Nuclear-Submarine-Decommissioning.ru)

¶ “The Loophole the Auto Industry Uses in the EU to Evade the Emission Rules” • The auto industry is not converting to all electric driving as fast as it could. Instead, it is converting some current dirty fossil fuel models to plugin hybrids to keep the investment in them returning a profit longer. Sadly, the data on their CO₂ emissions are wrong. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EU Lawmakers: Fossil Fuels Have No Place In EU Recovery Fund” • EU lawmakers are pushing to keep fossil fuels out of the €670 billion recovery pot the Union is handling. They’re also pushing for more of that money to be put into “green” projects. Transport & Environment reports that they voted to increase green spending from 37% to 47%. [CleanTechnica]

Pipeline (Transport & Environment via Twitter)

¶ “Major Step Forward For World-Leading Pilbara Renewable Energy Project” • The 15-GW first stage of the Asian Renewable Energy Hub, a large-scale wind and solar hybrid renewable energy project in Western Australia, could create thousands of jobs in the Pilbara region and would be one of the world’s largest renewable hydrogen projects [Mirage News]

¶ “Nova Expands Shetland Tidal Array” • Nova Innovation has celebrated its 10th birthday with the successful expansion of the world’s first tidal array in the Shetland Isles of Scotland. The company said it has installed its commercial direct-drive tidal turbine Eunice, which is now powering homes across Shetland. Two more similar turbines are coming. [reNEWS]

Eunice (Nova Innovation image)

¶ “Tasmania Liberal Government Tables 200% Renewables Bill” • Legislation to lock in Tasmania’s renewable energy target of 200% by 2040 has been introduced in the state’s Parliament, representing an ambitious plan to double the tiny island state’s hydro, wind and solar energy production and make it the “Battery of the Nation.” [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Japan To Release Over A Million Tonnes Of Contaminated Fukushima Water Into The Sea – Reports” • Japan’s government has reportedly decided to release into the sea over a million tonnes of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Local fishermen say the move will destroy their industry. [The Guardian]

Fukushima Daiichi (Kazuhiro Nogi | AFP via Getty Images)

US:

¶ “Elementary School District To Save $40 Million From Energy Efficiency And Solar” • According to Midstate Energy, it has a contract with Cartwright Elementary School District in Phoenix to come up with a guaranteed $40 million in energy savings with no upfront cost. I say again: $40 million in energy savings with no upfront cost. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar Saves Austin Central Library $100,000 A Year” • Austin, Texas, has a goal of reaching 100% carbon-free electricity by 2035. Now, that goal is saving it money. Austin Central Library has gone solar, and it’s saving a lot of money as a result of that. Specifically, from a 180-kW solar array on its roof, the library is saving $100,000 a year. [CleanTechnica]

Austin Central Library solar roof (PRNewsfoto | Apparent, Inc)

¶ “Governor Cuomo Announces PSC Approval Of Expanded Clean Energy Standard To Decarbonize New York’s Power Sector And Combat Climate Change” • Governor Andrew M Cuomo announced that the New York State Public Service Commission approved an expansion of the landmark Clean Energy Standard to achieve the state’s climate goals. [ny.gov]

¶ “More & More Bus Fleets Transition From Diesel To Battery-Electric” • Historically, most of the US public transit system has been powered by polluting fossil fuels. Now, as cities turn to zero emission transportation goals and bus fleets transition to battery-electric vehicles, quiet and sustainable public transportation is becoming more and more common. [CleanTechnica]

Have a gracefully ecstatic day.

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