October 24 Energy News

October 24, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Battery Recycling Researchers Develop New Electrochemical Process” •  To keep hazardous materials from entering the waste stream when EVs are producted and when batteries are retired, it is essential that batteries be recycled. Idaho National Laboratory aims to make recycling old lithium-ion batteries easier, more efficient, and potentially greener. [CleanTechnica]

INL laboratory (Idaho National Laboratory image)

¶ “Oil-Killing Bioeconomy Plan Catches Trump Administration Napping” • The US oil and gas industry boomed under Obama, and now, thanks partly to the Trump administration’s failure to keep the clean power revolution in check, it’s going bust. It’s not getting better: “Everything derived from oil, for example, can also be fashioned from wood.” [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Fiat New 500 Specs And Pricing Revealed” • The Fiat New 500 EV looks a lot like older models. But the latest entry features an all new EV chassis that allows it to be small on the outside with plenty of room on the inside with improved performance. Fiat says the price of the New 500 Action in the UK after incentives will be a tick under £20,000. [CleanTechnica]

Fiat New 500 (Image courtesy of Fiat)

¶ “Sunseap Leads Consortium For Singapore’s First Utility-Scale ESS” • Sunseap Group said it is leading a consortium comprising Nanyang Technological University and Wärtsilä, which provides technologies and solutions for the energy and marine markets worldwide, to participate in a test-bed for a utility-scale energy storage system. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Renewable Energy To Power 2024 Olympic Aquatic Center” • The architectural team of VenhoevenCS and Ateliers 2/3/4/ have revealed plans for a timber aquatic center in Paris. The aquatic center will use a smart energy system to provide 90% of needed energy from recovered or renewable energy sources for the 2024 Olympics. [Inhabitat]

Aquatics Centre by VenhoevenCS & Ateliers 2/3/4/

¶ “Shell Hires Ørsted’s Brostrom” • Anglo-Dutch energy giant Shell has hired former Ørsted US offshore wind chief executive Thomas Brostrom as a senior vice president of global renewable solutions, a Shell spokesperson has confirmed. Brostrom will be relocating to Europe for a renewable energy leadership role with the global energy company. [reNEWS]

¶ “Global Shipping’s UN Climate Talks Fail Amid Threats Of A Walkout” • After a week of talks, delegates at the International Maritime Organization failed to agree to targets that would meet the Paris Agreement, as they had originally agreed to do in 2018, a deal the shipping industry hailed as ‘historic’ and which 100 countries had voted on. [Forbes]

Ship under construction (Getty Images)

¶ “Over 8 GW Of UK Renewable Energy Capacity Currently In Construction: BEIS” • There are 8.055 GW of renewable energy projects in construction in the UK, according to data published by the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy on October 23. Of the 8 GW in construction, 6.117 GW related to offshore wind capacity. [S&P Global]

US:

¶ “Trump Seizes On Oil As A Cudgel Against Biden As New Coronavirus Cases Hit Daily Record” • As the US recorded the highest single day of new Covid-19 cases, Donald Trump looked to distract us by seizing on Joe Biden’s comment in Thursday night’s debate that America should shift its reliance on oil toward greater renewable energy use. [CNN]

Debate with Covid-19 data (screenshot of CNN broadcast)

¶ “ExxonMobil Claims It’s Shifting On Climate, But Still Funding Climate Science Deniers” • ExxonMobil now agrees that “the risk of climate change is real” and says it is “committed to being part of the solution,” at least according to the company’s website and statements. But the company’s grantmaking report shows it is  commited to climate denial. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Walmart Has A Grand Plan To Help Suppliers Club Together To Buy Green Energy” • Walmart has now made plans to become a “regenerative” company, it announced online at Climate Week NYC. Its environmental goals focus on decarbonization. It is now extending some buying power to its suppliers, who will be able to group together to buy renewable energy. [CNBC]

Roof of a Walmart store in California (Walmart image)

¶ “Vistra Selects First Solar For 869 MW Of Solar Panels” • Texas-based Vistra, an integrated retail electricity and power generation company, plans to build six utility-scale solar power plants across Texas. It will buy the solar modules for  these power plants from Arizona-based First Solar. The order is for a whopping 869 MW (DC) of power capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Choctaw Nation Invests In Renewable Energy” • The Choctaw Nation is now powering some of its homes with solar energy. OG&E started construction of two solar farms in Southeastern Oklahoma in February of this year. This week, they were online and fully operational for 4,600 customers, and households are already saving money. [KOSU]

Choctaw Nation solar farm (Image provided)

¶ “Renewable Energy At Center Of Race For Arizona Utility Board” • The little-watched race for control of Arizona’s utility regulatory commission could have big implications for power rates and the future of renewable energy. Democrats now have a shot at wresting control of the commission, which is currently controlled 4-1 by Republicans. [Your Valley]

¶ “Progress Slips Again At Vogtle Nuclear Plant” • Georgia Power has fallen months further behind on critical steps to start the first of two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, despite having last revised its schedule only three months ago. The Vogtle project already is years behind schedule, and it is billions of dollars over budget. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

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