Archive for October 23rd, 2020

October 23 Energy News

October 23, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “SAE International Publishes Two New Documents Enabling Commercialization of Wireless Charging for Electric Vehicles” • SAE International announced publication of two documents to enable a safe and efficient method for transferring power from a charging station to an EV. Wireless charging is done through a magnetic field. [CleanTechnica]

Charging pad (Courtesy of SAE International)

¶ “New Technologies Can Help Lower Carbon Emissions” • We will need new technologies to preserve the Earth as a place where those who come after us can thrive. Fortunately, those new ideas and technologies abound. Here are two of them. One would use ocean water to cool cities, and the other is a novel way to capture and sequester carbon. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “UBS Predicts EV Price Parity In 2024” • UBS analyst Tim Bush recently told The Guardian, “There are not many reasons left to buy an ICE car after 2025.” The key factor will be the reduction of battery prices below $100/kWh, which Bush expects to happen in 2022. And the price premium for a car powered by a battery will disappear completely by 2024. [CleanTechnica]

Charging a Honda (Courtesy of Honda)

¶ “Mizoram Invites Bids For Short-Term Sale Of Surplus Non-Solar Renewable Power” • The Power and Electricity Department of Mizoram, a state in northeastern India, issued a notice inviting bids for the short-term sale of the state electricity department’s surplus non-solar renewable power generated between January 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021. [Mercom India]

¶ “GE Turns Up Haliade-X Prototype To 13 MW” • GE Renewable Energy has begun operations of its Haliade-X turbine prototype optimised with a 13 MW power output. In the coming months the prototype will undergo a series of tests to perform different types of measurements and obtain its type certificate in the coming months. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (GE Renewable Energy image)


¶ “Huge $50 Billion Pilbara Green Hydrogen Hub Granted Major Project Status” • A plan to build a massive renewable energy hydrogen project of up to 26 GW of wind and solar capacity in Western Australia’s Pilbara region is set to enjoy a fast-tracked approvals process, after securing ‘major project status’ from the federal government. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Gas-Fuelled Energy Ambitions A ‘Risk To Taxpayers And Renewables’, Experts Warn” • Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s push for 1000 MW of new gas-fired capacity to Australia’s main energy grid could depress battery technology investment, inhibit clean energy, and risk financial losses for the taxpayer-supported Snowy Hydro scheme. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Gas infrastructure (Krisztian Bocsi | Bloomberg)

¶ “NSW To Get A New Big Battery As Renewable Power Surges” • A battery worth $62 million is being installed in western Sydney as governments work with industry to help stabilise the grid as the share of renewable energy grows. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency will contribute $11.5 million to the battery, which is to be built by Tesla. [The Sydney Morning Herald]


¶ “‘Pipe Dream That Kills Birds’ Or ‘Good-Paying Jobs’: Trump And Biden Clash Over Wind” • The policy chasm on renewable energy between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was clear, as the President labelled wind turbines “a pipe dream” that cause more emissions than gas, while Biden hailed the sector as America’s fastest-growing source of jobs. [Recharge]

Wind turbines in Wyoming (CGP Grey, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “UC System To Build Biomethane Plant, Solar Array For Renewable Energy” • The University of California system has partnered with two energy companies to build a solar array and a biomethane plant to help bring it closer to its carbon neutrality goal by 2025. The two are expected to reduce the UC system’s emissions by about 5%. [Daily Californian]

¶ “New Jersey: Need 100% Electric Car Sales By 2035” • New Jersey, the 11th most populated state in the country, isn’t quite ready to announce a plan to ban sales as California has done, but it also says that 100% of the state’s new car sales need to be electric by 2035, according to the state’s Global Warming Response Act 80×50 Report. [CleanTechnica]

States allowing charging stations at
multi-unit housing (PlugInSites via Twitter)

¶ “New Jersey’s Plan To Cut Global Warming Emissions 80% By 2050” • New Jersey’s Global Warming Response Act 80×50 Report starts with a focus on transportation, because that is the sector with the greatest greenhouse gas emissions. But it goes into action on the other sectors as well, presenting a set of strategies across seven emission sectors. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NextEra Energy: Renewables Powering Q3 Growth” • NextEra Energy and its affiliate NextEra Energy Partners have announced Q3 results and delivered guidance. The common thread for both companies is they ignited robust underlying earnings growth by deploying new renewable energy generating capacity, despite pandemic-related pressures. [Forbes]

Wind farm in California (Getty Images)

¶ “NextEra Announces Record Renewables, World’s Largest Battery” • The competitive wholesale power unit of NextEra Energy Inc, the world’s largest renewable energy developer, says it is working on 15,000 MW of wind, solar, and storage projects. One  project would be the world’s biggest stand-alone battery storage system. [E&E News]

¶ “DOE Approves $1.35 Billion Cost Share Award For CFPP” • Electricity provided to Los Alamos County, New Mexico, could someday be generated with 12 small modular nuclear reactors. The probability of this happening increased recently after the DOE approved a $1.35 billion cost share award to the Carbon Free Power Project. [Los Alamos Daily Post]

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