October 20 Energy News

October 20, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Company Thinks Its Plastic Alternative Can Help Solve Climate Change” • Such global brands as Amazon, McDonald’s, Ikea and General Motors plan to eliminate single-use plastics, reduce CO₂ emissions, and otherwise shrink their environmental footprint. Newlight Technologies hopes to speed up that process with a biodegradable plastic-like material. [CNN]

Biodegradable bag (Newlight Technologies image)

¶ “Sorry, Coal: 66% Conversion Efficiency Eyeballed For Next-Gen ‘Hot Carrler’ Perovskite Solar Cells” • In a team effort with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee spearheaded a new perovskite PV study that shines a light, so to speak, on a new pathway for improving perovskite solar cell efficiency. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “India Must Cut Pollution To Avoid Covid Disaster” • India’s dreaded pollution season has returned, as the air quality in Delhi and other northern cities has rapidly deteriorated in the last two weeks. This is bad news for the country’s fight against Covid-19, as several studies have linked air pollution to higher pandemic case numbers and deaths. [BBC]

Burning rice residue (CIAT, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Shanghai Tesla Model 3 With Cobalt-Free LFP Battery Is Now Shipping To Europe” • Last month, a Bloomberg News report said Tesla planned to ship Shanghai-made Tesla Model 3s to Europe. Now, customer pre-order agreements in France and Germany are showing up for “Model 3 – China.” Some may have LFP (LiFePO₄) batteries in them. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Solar To Power To Drive 50% Surge In Asia-Pacific Renewable Energy Capacity By 2025” • Analysis from Rystad Energy found the installed capacity of renewable energy in the Asia-Pacific region is set to soar from 497 GW this year to 754 GW in 2025. The driving force behind the increase will be solar, with regional PV capacity nearly doubling. [pv magazine Australia]

Large scale PV in China (Photo: Jinko Solar)

¶ “Tesla Megapack-Powered Windcharger In Alberta Goes Online” • A massive “Windcharger” in Alberta has officially started operation, according to TransAlta, the company that manages the project. The massive project, which will have energy stored in Tesla Megapacks, has a nameplate capacity of 10 MW and a total storage capacity of 20 MWh. [Teslarati]

¶ “Countries Raise The Sails On Offshore Renewables Sector” • Projections by the International Renewable Energy Agency are that global offshore wind and ocean energy installed capacity will reach 228 GW and 10 GW respectively by 2030. Ocean energy includes wave, tidal, and ocean thermal. Oceanic floating solar PVs are also considered. [Modern Diplomacy]

Offshore wind power

¶ “Poland, US Sign Civil Nuclear Power Cooperation Agreement” • According to the US Embassy in Warsaw, Poland and the US have concluded an intergovernmental cooperation agreement on the development of a civil nuclear power program and the civil nuclear power sector in Poland. The documents were signed in a virtual ceremony in the two countries. [The First News]

¶ “‘Green Jobs Key’ To UK Economic Recovery” • Green jobs in renewable energy, among other sectors, should be at the heart of the Covid-19 recovery in the UK to ensure long-term growth, according to a report, “Jobs for a strong and sustainable recovery from Covid-19,”  from the London School of Economics and Political Science. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Seb Kennedy | reNEWS)


¶ “The Oil Industry Is In Crisis. ConocoPhillips Is Doubling Down” • Despite the gloom-and-doom in the oil industry and the specter of a blue wave in Washington, ConocoPhillips is doubling down on crude with a major acquisition. The company announced a $9.7 billion all-stock takeover of Concho Resources, a Permian Basin fracking company. [CNN]

¶ “Colorado’s Record-Breaking Wildfires Show ‘Climate Change Is Here And Now'” • The Cameron Peak fire, a few miles west of Fort Collins, Colorado, has engulfed over 200,000 acres and it’s still growing. It has now become the biggest wildlife in Colorado history. And it is the second fire in 2020 to set a record as largest wildfire in Colorado history. [CBS News]

Cameron Peak Fire (Loveland Fire Rescue Authority via Reuters)

¶ “New US Fuel Cell Alliance Blows Dark Green Hydrogen Cloud Over Natural Gas” • Companies in California are moving on fuel cell EVs, but the new Western State Hydrogen Alliance is aiming to promote fuel heavy duty fuel cell mobility all across the West, covering not just one but 13 states from the Rocky Mountains all the way over to Hawaii. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The United States Consumed Record Amount Of Renewable Energy In 2019” • According to the US Energy Information Administration’s Monthly Energy Review, in 2019, consumption of renewable energy in the US grew for the fourth year in a row, reaching a record 11.5 quadrillion BTUs, or 11% of total US energy consumption. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Windham County Sheriff Purchases Tesla To Add To fleet” • Electric vehicles are showing up all over the place – in your neighbor’s driveway, in the local public works department and in bus fleets around the nation. Now, in Vermont, the Windham County Sheriff’s office has one. And it will save the taxpayers a lot of money on fuel and repairs. [Brattleboro Reformer]

¶ “Canadian Solar Closes Supply Contract With Goldman Sachs Renewable Power” • Canadian Solar Inc has closed a supply contract and long term service agreement with Goldman Sachs Renewable Power LLC to deliver and integrate a 75 MW/300 MWh lithium-ion battery storage solution into the 100 MW AC Mustang solar plant in California. [Solar Industry]

Have an extraordinarily delightful day.

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