Archive for October 31st, 2020

October 31 Energy News

October 31, 2020


¶ “How Joe Biden May Have Outmaneuvered Donald Trump On Energy, Climate, And The Economic Recovery” • President Trump thought he had hit the jackpot during the debate when his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, declared that he would “transition away from the oil industry.” His reaction points to a basic misunderstanding of the issue. [TIME]

Oil refinery (Patrick Hendry, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “New Satellites Can Pinpoint Methane Leaks To Help Us Beat Climate Change” • Dial down methane, and you’ll see results by the time Greta Thunberg can get a PhD. “Dramatically reducing or even zeroing industry CH₄ emissions should be a no-brainer,” says Gabrielle Pétron, a NOAA affiliate research scientist. New satellites can help with that. [Popular Science]

¶ “How Apple Tech Is Used In The Renewable Energy Industry” • During Apple’s Q4 earnings call, management mentioned iOS device deployment at Vestas. iPad and iPhone apps being used in manufacture and warehousing. Apple iPhone apps are being used by maintenance technicians in the field. They are even used by crane operators. [Computerworld]

Wind turbines (Anna Jiménez Calaf, Unsplash)


¶ “Minesto Advances Faroe Islands Tidal Kite” • Swedish marine energy developer Minesto is working to commission its DG100 tidal power project in the Faroe Islands, having verified the system’s most important operational functions. Minesto said it has also verified procedures for safely installing and recovering the power plant from the sea. [reNEWS]

¶ “Eco Wave Power Enters MOU Regarding Wave Energy Array In Vietnam” • Eco Wave Power announced that it had signed an agreement with MSMART Future Technology on development of a 50-MW wave energy array in Vietnam. After an in-depth feasibility study, the companies will work on a joint venture in Vietnam. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Wave energy array (Courtesy of Eco Wave Power)

¶ “Scots And UK governments Urged To Back BiFab” • Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on the Scottish and UK governments to work together to agree financial guarantees for fabricator BiFab to cover the supply of foundations to the 450-MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm. Brown said a failure to do so would be a “dereliction of duty.” [reNEWS]

¶ “Enel Commissions 140 MW Of South African Wind” • Enel Green Power has commissioned the 140-MW Nxuba wind farm in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. Nxuba is one of five projects awarded to Enel Green Power South Africa in the fourth round of the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Enel Green Power image)


¶ “Chevrolet Electric Connect And Cruise Package To Debut At SEMA 360” • Do you have a great old car with a bad old engine? The performance people at Chevrolet see the value of engine swaps and created a whole new business unit called Connect and Cruise with its mission to make converting a gas-burner to EV as close to plug and play as possible. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Energy At Largest Air Force Base in US “Suddenly” Drops 35%” • The Commander-in-Chief has written off climate change, but the US Armed Services sure haven’t. In the latest development, the US Air Force is tooting its own horn for ripping the title of #1 energy consumer off the nameplate of the sprawling Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. [CleanTechnica]

Tinker Air Force Base (credit: Paul Shirk | US Air Force)

¶ “LS Power Announces Investment In Renewable Gas Projects” • LS Power announced a major investment in renewable natural gas projects as part of its new renewable fuels platform. It is partnering with The Landfill Group, LLC to develop and operate a portfolio of landfill gas-to-renewable natural gas projects across the US. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Shakeup For 720-MW Nuclear SMR Project As More Cities Withdraw Participation” • Eight cities have dropped shares in the Carbon Free Power Project, a 720-MWe NuScale Power small modular reactor project proposed by Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems. Four cities dropped the project despite a DOE promise of $1.4 billion in support. [POWER magazine]

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