Archive for November 4th, 2020

November 4 Energy News

November 4, 2020


¶ “Fate Of Climate Crisis Hangs On Election As US Exits Paris Agreement” • On November 4, the US became the only country in the world refusing to participate in global climate efforts, with the fate of the crisis hanging on the still uncalled presidential election. Trump’s challenger, Joe Biden, would immediately rejoin the agreement. [The Guardian]

Shell refinery in Texas (Gregory Bull | AP)

¶ “Shell’s Climate Poll On Twitter Backfires Spectacularly” • A climate poll on Twitter posted by Shell asked: “What are you willing to change to help reduce emissions?” It got 199 votes. When US Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted a tweet saying “I’m willing to hold you accountable for lying about climate change…,” it was liked 350,000 times. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Spanish, Dutch Collaboration Designs ‘Smart SOV'” •  Spanish outfit Marcelo Penna Engineering and Dutch offshore specialist Safeway joined forces to design an intelligent service operation vessel. It will have “zero impact bumpering,” a “hover mode,” and roll compensation capability, so it can remain at a wind farm, even in the roughest sea conditions. [reNEWS]

New service operation vessel (Safeway image)


¶ “The Young Norwegians Taking Their Own Country To Court Over Oil” • Despite Norway’s green credentials, its state wealth is due to its huge oil exports. Norwegian youths are challenging what they describe as a double standard in court. The battle will come to a head on November 4 at the final hearing for the issue in Norway’s Supreme Court. [BBC]

¶ “Assam Fire: India’s Longest Burning Gas Blaze Is Destroying Lives” • A blaze that started on 9 June after a gas blowout has raged for about 150 days, the longest time such fire has burned in India. Three people have died trying to contain it. The fire has forced 3,000 people in neighboring villages to leave their homes and take shelter in makeshift camps. [BBC]

Gas fire in Assam (Getty Images)

¶ “Volvo Cars Commits To Developing Its Own EV Motors” • A few years ago, Volvo announced that all new Volvos introduced after 2019 would be electrified, a promise it has made good on so far. Now, Volvo has announced significant investments in the in‑house design and development of electric motors for its next generation cars and SUVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Powerhouse Telemark By Snøhetta Produces More Energy Than It Consumes” • Snøhetta, an architecture and design firm based in Oslo, collaborating with Skanska & Asplan Viak, created an innovative 11 story office building in southern Norway. The news is that the 8,500 square meter office building Powerhouse Telemark is energy positive. [CleanTechnica]

Powerhouse Telemark (Credit: Snøhetta)

¶ “India’s Telangana Approves Ground-Breaking EV Policy” • As part of building back better from the economic downturn of Covid-19, the state of Telangana approved a new EV policy. It aims to drive investment in the EV market, create jobs, ramp-up shared mobility, decrease air pollution, and help achieve India’s climate goals. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Total Inks 83-MW French Solar Deal” • Total has signed an agreement with Belgian minerals producer Lhoist to co-develop solar PV power plants totaling 83 MW at 11 of Lhoist’s sites in France. The power plants will collectively feature more than 194,000 PV panels. Total Quadran will build and operate the power plants. [reNEWS]

Solar plant (Total image)

¶ “Mainstream Partners On 500-MW Vietnamese Offshore” • Mainstream Renewable Power has signed an agreement with Advance Information Technologies Corporation, a Vietnamese company, to co-develop a 500-MW wind farm off the coast of Vietnam. The project received a site survey license earlier this year, and has conducted a feasibility study. [reNEWS]

¶ “Wind, Solar Costs Fall By 10% In 2019” • Wind and solar costs declined by more than 10% in 2019, according to Capgemini’s latest World Energy Markets Observatory report, which observed “consistently lower costs being recorded month after month.” Also, the costs of lithium ion batteries used for EVs and energy storage decreased by 19% in 2019. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Johanna Montoy | Unsplash)

¶ “Defying Europe Once Again, Belarus Plugs Astravets Nuclear Power Plant Into National Grid” • The Russian-built Astravets nuclear plant is said to have safety issues. It is less than 50 km from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, and after it was connected to Belarus’ national grid, Lithuania stopped importing electricity from Belarus. [Emerging Europe]


¶ “Ford Will Build Electric Cars That Real People Can Actually Afford” • In an obvious swipe at General Motors, whose first battery electric vehicle to feature its Ultium batteries will be a $112,000 Hummer, Ford CEO Jim Farley told analysts on a conference call the electric vehicles coming from Ford will be cars ordinary people can buy. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach E SUV (Ford image)

¶ “US Officially Exits Paris Climate Accord” • The US has left the Paris climate accord, officially. The withdrawal, set in motion with a letter from President Trump exactly one year ago, caps a long-promised move from the president and leaves the US as the only country in the world to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement. [The Hill]

¶ “UC San Diego Gets $39 Million Grant For Renewable Energy Testbed” • The University of California, San Diego, was awarded a $39 million National Science Foundation grant for a testbed to help universities, utilities, and industry leaders gain a better understanding of how to integrate renewable energy into the power grid. [American School & University]

Have charmingly uplifting day.

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