Archive for October 17th, 2020

October 17 Energy News

October 17, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Sweden’s New Car Carrier Is The World’s Largest Wind-Powered Vessel” • Oceanbird is a wind-powered transatlantic car carrier is being designed by a Swedish shipbuilder, Wallenius Marine, with support from the Swedish government and several research institutions. The 35,000 ton ship will be powered by five telescoping rigid sails. [CNN]

Oceanbird (Wallenius Marine image)

¶ “New Process Turns Plastic Waste Into Hydrogen And Carbon Nanotubes” • A group of researchers in the UK, China, and Saudi Arabia think they have discovered a partial solution to the plastic waste problem. Plastics are pulverized, mixed with catalysts, and heated with microwaves. The process produces hydrogen and carbon nanotubes. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Are Europe’s Night Trains Back In Fashion?” • Sweden has been expanding its long-distance rail offerings, but it is not alone. Over the past couple of years, countries from the UK to Austria have begun introducing or revamping sleeper routes that could potentially make rail travel a more efficient and attractive option for the tourist market in the longer term. [BBC]

Night train

¶ “Germany Must Push 2030 Renewables Target To 75% Or Even 80% Percent, Its Environment Minister Says” • The German environment minister called for a sharp increase in the country’s renewables targets. Svenja Schulze said the country will have to increase renewables’ share in power use to “at least 75%, maybe even 80%” by 2030. [Clean Energy Wire]

¶ “LeasePlan Asks Customers To Please Stop Leasing Plugin Hybrid Company Cars” • LeasePlan is a European auto leasing company whose main function is fleet management. It advises companies it does business with not to use plug-in hybrid cars because the way companies typically use them leads to greater fuel consumption than expected. [CleanTechnica]

Mitsubishi Outlander

¶ “Government Gives Climate-Wrecking Adani Millions To ‘Attract Investment'” • The Queensland Government gave Adani a mega-million dollar tax holiday for its Carmichael thermal coal mine. Treasurer Cameron Dick said its sole reason to do that is to encourage investment. The tax support seems not to have been needed otherwise. [Independent Australia]

¶ “GE And SoftBank Energy Partner On One Of India’s Largest Wind Projects” • GE Renewable Energy has been selected by SB Energy to supply, install and commission 121 of its onshore wind turbines, totaling 327 MW, to be installed at Pritam Nagar wind farm in Madhya Pradesh, India. Its ouput could power 250,000 households. [Power Engineering International]

GE turbine (GE image)


¶ “Leading Scientists Urge Voters to Dump Trump” • Science has long considered itself to be an apolitical enterprise. But in the midst of a global pandemic and with the 2020 election looming, some scientific institutions and elite journals have suddenly become willing to take a political stance against President Donald Trump and his allies. [Scientific American]

¶ “GM Rebrands Hamtramck Plant As Factory ZERO; Hummer Available Late 2021” • General Motors has committed to a future of zero-crashes, zero-emissions, and zero-congestion. Now, GM says it is rebranding the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Center as Factory ZERO. It is being reconfigured for all-EV assembly, with a $2.2 billion investment. [CleanTechnica]

GM Factory ZERO Retooling (Photo: Jeffrey Sauger for GM)

¶ “Electrify America Adding 36 Ultrafast Chargers In 9 Meijer Parking Lots” • Electrify America continues its long march across the US. Most recently, it announced a partnership with Meijer, a major supercenter retail chain in the Midwest. It will be installing 36 ultrafast charging stations at nine stores. The stores are in the Chicago area and in Michigan. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tucson Electric Power Looks To Expand Renewables, Raise Customer Rates” • Earlier this year Tucson Electric Power announced it would dramatically increase its renewable energy generation, with plans to get 70% of its power from renewables by 2035. That big change from its previous plan to get 30% by 2030 was due to lower costs. [Arizona Public Media]

Tucson Electric Power solar array (Christopher Conover | AZPM)

¶ “ExxonMobil Misled The Public About The Climate Crisis. Now They’re Trying To Silence Critics” • Newly leaked documents, reported by Bloomberg News, show that ExxonMobil drew up plans to expand fossil fuel production, calculated how much this would increase their CO₂ emissions, then failed to disclose those estimates to investors. [The Guardian]

¶ “Texas Wind Power Growth 2010–2019: 6% to 18% of Texas Electricity” • In 2019, wind-powered generation contributed 84,400 GWh of electricity in Texas, an 11% increase from the 75,700 GWh generated in 2018. The generation increase was largely a result of growth in Texas wind capacity, which rose almost 17% in 2019 to 28.1 GW. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines in Texas (Leaflet, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “EDF Renewables Acquires 4.5-GW Solar Portfolio From Geenex Solar” • EDF Renewables North America and Geenex Solar announced the close of an agreement of up to 4.5-GW (AC) pipeline of solar development assets in the PJM transmission area in the eastern US. The transaction will accelerate EDFR growth in the PJM region. [Solar Power World]

¶ “Department Of Energy Picks Two Advanced Nuclear Reactors For Demonstration Projects” • Hoping to revive the moribund US nuclear power industry, the DOE announced that it will help build two radically new nuclear reactors within 7 years. One of them will be fueled with highly enriched uranium, reducing the number of refueling stops. [Science Magazine]

Have a pleasantly invigorating day.

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