Archive for October 22nd, 2020

October 22 Energy News

October 22, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Renewables Are Proven To Be A Smarter, More Efficient Investment Worldwide” • Recent analysis of the renewables landscape by BloombergNEF has determined that solar and wind power are on the verge of a tipping point: in five years, it will be more expensive to operate existing coal or natural gas plants than to build new solar or wind farms. [Triple Pundit]

Tulips and turbines (Martijn Baudoin | Unsplash)

¶ “New Approach To Li-Ion Battery Efficiency At Stanford Puts Out Fires” • Scientists at Stanford University and the US DOE’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory reengineered the sheets of copper or aluminum foil that are used to collect currents in lithium ion batteries so they weigh 80% less. They also quench any fires that flare up immediately. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The World Needs To Ramp Up Solutions For Greener Cooling” • A study published in Nature Sustainability points out a “global blind spot” on air conditioning, which is projected to triple by 2050. The stark reality, the report warns, is that many cooling systems are carbon-intensive and contribute to global warming themselves. [Scientific American]

Air conditioners (David Wall | Getty Images)


¶ “Revov South Africa Goes Big On Second-Life Batteries For Stationary Storage Applications” • As millions of EV batteries age, they will come to a point when they are not useful in cars but are still in good shape to be repurposed for stationary storage. Revov South Africa is going big on second-life batteries for such energy storage applications. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “HS1 Aims To Be First UK Railway Run Entirely On Renewable Energy” • The High Speed 1 rail line is on track to become the first railway in the UK to be 100% powered by renewable energy. The operator of the high-speed line between London and the Channel Tunnel in Kent has ambitious plans to become 100% run on wind and solar energy. [New Civil Engineer]

Eurostar ( Joshua Veitch-Michaelis, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Indonesian Govt Finalizes New Rules For Renewable Electricity” • The Indonesian government is finalizing a draft regulation to simplify pricing for electricity from renewable sources and to encourage more investment in the sector. The government’s goal is to have 23% of its energy generated by renewable sources by 2025. [The Edge Markets MY]

¶ “Rooftop Solar And Covid Shutdown Lead To Record Lows In Australian Electricity Use” • Australian rooftop solar panels and the Covid-19 shutdown in Victoria have reduced the amount of power drawn from the national grid. Several states set record lows for daily electricity consumption, and wholesale prices were down 45% to 48% from last year. [The Guardian]

Rooftop solar (David Mariuz | AAP)

¶ “Interest In Tritium Grows With Fukushima Set To Release Contaminated Water” • As the Japanese government is set to confirm its decision about releasing contaminated water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea on October 27, interest is growing over what impact radioactive materials could have on the human body. [The Korea Bizwire]

¶ “Polish Wind Quartet Wins EIB Financing” • The European Investment Bank and Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg are lending €42 million each to finance construction and operation of four wind farms in Poland with a combined capacity of 103 MW. The wind farms are all near Poznan in the Wielkopolskie region. They will be developed by WPD. [reNEWS]

Putting a turbine together. (Image: EIB)


¶ “Tesla Breaks Another Record – This Time For Energy Storage Installations” • Tesla has broken the record for energy storage, with 750 MWh installed in Q3. Tesla noted in its Q3 earnings update that the production continued to ramp up at Gigafactory Nevada. Production volumes more than doubled in Q3 2020 compared to Q3 2019. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GMC Hummer EV: Big, Bad, Pricey – But With Less Guilt” • The GMC Hummer is back – as an EV. And though the original might have been considered a consumer version of the Exxon Valdez, bringing back the Hummer as an EV is actually brilliant. It has a lot of appeal for those who want a vehicle that can be both cool and hot, but it is guilt-free. [CleanTechnica]

Hummer (Image Source: GMC)

¶ “Aggressive Push To 100% Renewable Energy Could Save Americans Billions – Study” • New analysis by Rewiring America finds that households would benefit financially from a complete switch to clean energy sources such as solar and wind. More than 40% of energy emissions are determined by appliances in and around the home, according to the report. [The Guardian]

¶ “Dust Bowl 2.0? Rising Great Plains Dust Levels Stir Concerns” • Earlier this month, a storm front swept across the Great Plains, plowing up a wall of dust that could be seen from space, from eastern Colorado into Nebraska and Kansas. It was like the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, when farmers regularly saw soil stripped from their fields and blown far away. [Science Magazine]

Dust storm (Keith Ladzinski | National Geographic)

¶ “Renewables On The Rise” • Wind and solar energy were just starting to take off 10 years ago; now, they are everyday parts of our energy landscape. Today, America generates nearly four times as much electricity from the sun and wind as it did in 2010. Wind, solar and geothermal power provide more than 10% of our nation’s electricity. [Environment Maine]

¶ “EPA Refuses To Reduce Pollutants Linked To Covid-19 Deaths” • In April, as Covid-19 cases multiplied, the head of the EPA rejected scientists’ advice to tighten air pollution standards for particulate matter. He likely to reaffirm that decision soon with a final ruling, despite emerging evidence that links particulate pollution to Covid-19 deaths. []

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