Archive for November 11th, 2020

November 11 Energy News

November 11, 2020


¶ “President-Elect Joe Biden’s First Hundred Days Of Renewable Energy: Sunshine And Butterflies All Around” • Renewable energy advocates are eagerly anticipating President-elect Joe Biden’s plans for bringing the US back into the Paris Agreement on climate change, and it looks like his first 100 days in office will be fruitful ones. [CleanTechnica]

Agriculture and PVs (Dennis Schroeder | NREL)


¶ “Chinese Glaciers Melting At ‘Shocking’ Pace, Scientists Say” • Glaciers in China’s bleak Qilian mountains are disappearing at a shocking rate as global warming brings unpredictable change and raises the prospect of crippling, long-term water shortages, scientists say. Since the 1950s, average temperatures in the area have risen about 1.5°C. [CNN]

¶ “Electric Boats Are Popping – Three New Electric Boat Stories” • As battery prices have dropped, more varied types of electric vehicles have been popping onto the scene. That includes boats built for different purposes. In this article, we look at a few pieces of news about three types of electric boats, some built for heavy work, and some just for fun. [CleanTechnica]

Electric ferry boat (Photo courtesy of Corvus Energy)

¶ “Woolworths Pledges To Source 100% Renewables By 2025” • Retail giant Woolworths Group has committed to power all of its operations with 100% renewable electricity within just five years, as it joins the global RE100 initiative. Its electricity demand is over 2,000 GWh per year. Woolworths Group also unveiled its 2025 Sustainability Plan. [RenewEconomy]

¶ “Full Line Of Volvo Trucks To Go Battery Electric, Hydrogen Fuel Cell By 2025″ • Volvo Trucks announced that its full range of heavy duty trucks and haulers would be available as early as next year with battery-electric drive trains. The changeover to electric drive systems is based on Volvo’s commitment to be fully “climate-neutral” by 2040. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo electric trucks (Image courtesy of Volvo Trucks)

¶ “MHI Vestas Installs First 9.5-MW Floater” • MHI Vestas has installed the most powerful turbine on a floating offshore wind platform. The V164 9.5-MW turbine was installed on a Principle Power WindFloat platform at an installation harbor. It is the first of five that will go to the Kincardine floating offshore wind farm, off Scotland. [reNEWS]

¶ “To Meet Climate Targets, Renewable Investments Need To Be Tripled: Report” • The 2020 edition of “Global Landscape of Renewable Energy Finance” highlights that while a cumulative $1.8 trillion were invested during the five-year period of 2013 to 2018, the amount falls short to achieve the global climate goals. The amount needs to be tripled. [Saurenergy]

Building a wind turbine

¶ “LM Wind Secures Certification Blessing For Haliade-X Blade” • LM Wind Power’s record-breaking 107 meter blade for GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X turbine was given its component certificate by TUV Nord. The certification hinged on tests of two 107 meter blades produced at the LM factory in Cherbourg, the company said. [reNEWS]

¶ “Total Battery Subsidiary Opens China Factory” • Total-owned battery storage supplier Saft has inaugurated a new factory in Zhuhai, China. The production capacity of the new plant will be around 200 containers per year, or the equivalent of 480 MWh. Saft has energy storage production facilities in three continents now that the Chinese factory is open. [reNEWS]

Battery storage (Saft image)

¶ “Only One Power Reactor Remains In Operation In Japan” • Genkai 4, will be the only nuclear reactor in operating in Japan for the next six weeks, Asahi Shimbun reported. Electric power companies are required to construct an anti-terrorism facility at each plant to meet new safety regulations imposed after the Fukushima Disaster. [Nuclear Engineering]


¶ “The Rebirth Of A Historic River” • For millennia, the Yurok people in Northern California have depended on fishing for salmon. But that source has been in decline after the Klamath River was dammed for hydroelectricity. Now, the fortunes of the Yurok could be set to change, as the largest dam removal project in US history has been given a green light. [BBC]

Klamath River (Public domain, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Louisiana Holds Its First Climate Initiatives Task Force Meeting” • The State of Louisiana held its first Climate Initiatives Task Force meeting yesterday, and Governor Edwards kicked off the meeting with an empowering speech. He made it clear that Louisiana’s intention was to be at the forefront of addressing climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Sea Trials Planned For Unmanned Offshore Power Unit” • Columbia Power Technologies will begin six-month trials of an autonomous offshore power system that could support various activities in offshore wind. The sea trials will take place at at the Navy’s Wave Energy Testing Site off Marine Corps Base Hawaii on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. [reNEWS]

Offshore power system (CPT image)

¶ “As Fed Says Climate Change Is A Financial Hazard, Trump Fires Person In Charge Of NCA” • In denial of his recent defeat, Donald Trump has been firing people he thinks disagree with him. This week began with the firing of the executive director of the organization responsible for preparing the National Climate Assessment. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vanderbilt And Nashville Undertake Bold New Renewable Energy Partnership To Address Climate Change” • Vanderbilt University and the city of Nashville, Tennessee, have announced a Green Invest partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Nashville Electric Service. The collaboration is a big step for addressing climate change. [Mirage News]

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