Archive for November 6th, 2020

November 6 Energy News

November 6, 2020


¶ “Women As Solar Adopters Is An Unexplored Market Segment” • As the cost of hardware for solar systems declines, soft costs, including customer acquisition, are becoming more important.  Women drive the majority of consumer spending, but their potential as solar adopters is an such area of largely unexplored potential in the industry. [CleanTechnica]

Solar array (Image retrieved from NASA)

¶ “Ecocide: Should Killing Nature Be A Crime?” • Small island states like Vanuatu have long tried to persuade large powerful nations to voluntarily reduce their emissions, but change has been slow – so ambassador John Licht suggested that it might be time to change the law itself, with amendment to a treaty known as the Rome Statute. [BBC]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Foul-Smelling Fuel That Could Power Big Ships” • An enormous engine, three floors high, growls loudly at a test center in Copenhagen. Usually such an engine would be propelling a large ship across the sea, but this one is being prepared to take part in a ground-breaking project. Engineers want to see if they can make it run on liquid ammonia. [BBC]

Viking Energy (Eidesvik AS image)

¶ “SAE Publishes New Wireless Charging Standard” • Standards are important. Imagine if every manufacturer needed a specially shaped nozzle on the gas pump to fill the tank. That wouldn’t work well. And yet it is the norm for plugs for electric cars. Now, the Society of Automotive Engineers has published a standard for wireless charging. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Bentley Reveals Plan To Go Fully Electric By 2030” • Luxury carmaker Bentley unveiled plans to go fully electric by 2030. The brand will switch its model range to offer only plug-in hybrid or battery electric cars by 2026. Bentley also aims to be 100% carbon neutral across its manufacturing within a decade. EVs sales have tripled in the UK this year. [BBC]

Bentley (Alexander Migl, CC-BY-4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Canada Backs Nova Scotia Tidal Array” • The government of Canada is helping to finance the country’s first tidal energy array being developed by Sustainable Marine in Nova Scotia. A C$28.5 million (€18.4 million, $21,8 million) investment to help deliver the Plat-I floating tidal energy platform was unveiled by Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. [reNEWS]

¶ “Vestas To Deliver 27 MW In Poland” • Vestas is to supply 27 MW of turbines to Polenergia for the Kostomloty wind farm in Poland. The project will have nine V136-3.45MW turbines in 3.0-MW power optimised mode on 122-metre towers, with a 30-year management service agreement. Commissioning is expected in the first quarter of 2022. [reNEWS]

Installing a turbine blade (Vestas image)

¶ “GWEC: Wind Power Market Set For Record Growth Despite Covid-19” • According to the latest market outlook published by GWEC Market Intelligence, 71.3 GW of wind power capacity is expected to be installed in 2020 despite the impacts of Covid-19. This is only a 6% reduction from pre-Covid forecasts. Originally, reductions of up to 20% were expected. [ESI Africa]

¶ “The Water Firm That’s Turning Land Into A Source Of Renewable Energy” • In flood-prone pastureland in Cumbria, 30,000 willow cuttings are rapidly transforming a soggy field into a source of renewable energy. United Utilities, a regional water firm, is growing the willow to sell the harvest to the renewable energy market. [Cumbria Crack]

Caroline Holden with the planted willow


¶ “Paris Agreement Or Not, The USA Says Hi To Offshore Wind” • The American withdrawal from the Paris Accord may leave fossil fuel fans heaving a sigh of relief, but not for long. The US offshore wind industry has just begun to flex its muscles, and that’s just a taste of the massive shift in store for the domestic energy industry. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Construction Begins At Pflugerville Solar” • Recurrent Energy has begun construction of its 186-MW Pflugerville solar project near Austin, Texas. The Pflugerville project will have DuraTrack HZ V3 single-axis solar trackers from Array Technologies, which will installed by RP Construction Services. It is to be completed in the summer of 2021. [reNEWS]

Project under construction (RP Construction Services image)

¶ “Spotlight On Award Winner: NextEra Energy Resources – Iron Mountain Solar” • Information services company Iron Mountain joined with renewables developer Black Bear Energy and NextEra Energy Resources on a 5.4-MW (AC) solar project. Iron Mountain’s goal is to have 100% renewable electricity, 24/7, from local resources. [Environment + Energy Leader]

¶ “PNM Cutting Ties With Navajo-Region Coal-Fired Plant In 2024” • Public Service Co of New Mexico will exit from its ownership stake in the coal-burning Four Corners Power Plant  seven years earlier than first planned. The plant is set to retire by 2022. PNM is exiting its minority ownership of the plant early to reduce its costs. [Power Engineering Magazine]

Four Corners plant (NPS image, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Estée Lauder Reports Renewable Energy Goal Reached” • American multinational skincare, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products giant Estée Lauder Companies says it has achieved its 100% renewable electricity target for its direct operations globally. ELC committed to 100% renewables and joined the RE100 initiative in 2017. [Solar Quotes]

¶ “Governor Wants To Stop Spent Nuclear Fuel From Heading To West Texas” • Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he opposes a plan to store spent nuclear waste in Andrews County, Texas. Abbott said he asked the NRC to deny a federal license for the proposed facility that would handle spent fuel from nuclear reactors. [KTSM 9 News]

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