November 12 Energy News

November 12, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Is It Time For Republican Leaders To Realign With Reality?” • Ignoring reality results in horrible outcomes. So, at what point is it more worthwhile for Republican politicians to realign with reality instead of pushing one falsehood after another? When do the Constitution and American people get more consideration than a few extremists? [CleanTechnica]

Coal burning power plant (NPS, Wikimedia Commons)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Renewable Hydrogen May Be The Key To A Sustainable Future” • For some uses, such as fueling cars, hydrogen has practical obstacles to overcome. It has a lot of clearly important applications, however, from making steel to fueling cargo ships. It can be used to store energy, and it can replace natural gas for some applications. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hurricanes Are Maintaining Their Strength Farther Inland As The Planet Warms, Study Finds” • In recent years, hurricanes are rapidly intensifying more often, dumping higher rainfall totals, and even moving slower, all because they move over warmer water. Now, a study shows are maintaining their strength after landfall for much longer. [CNN]

Hurricane (NOAA image)

World:

¶ “Ford France President Talks 600 km Range For Mustang Mach-E” • In an interview with Power TV, Louis-Carl Vignon, president of Ford France, confirmed that Ford’s all-electric Mustang Mach-E will have a range of 600 km (373 miles). Ford has some major plans for Europe. They include 100% vehicle electrification by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Conversion Kit Turns Your Classic Mini Cooper Into A Timeless EV” • Fans of classic cars and restomods rejoice! There is now a fully realized and genuinely affordable kit to help you turn your classic Mini Cooper into a fast, clean, and modern EV. And, best of all, it is even truer to the original Mini philosophy than you might hope for. [CleanTechnica]

Electric Mini Cooper (Image courtesy of Swind.Life)

¶ “Global Warming Solutions Inc Introduces An Energy Solution In The Fight Against Global Warming” • A Canadian company, Global Warming Solutions Inc, is introducing to the world a product that can deliver constant 100% emission-free electricity 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. It is a hydrogen generator that can be small enough to fit in a car. [GlobeNewswire]

¶ “Haliade-X Prototype Hits New Output Record” • A new record has been set by the Haliade-X offshore wind turbine prototype in the Netherlands, producing 312 MWh of electricity in a 24-hour period, GE Renewables said. The previous record was 288 MWh in a single day. One spin of the turbine is enough to power a UK household for more than two days. [reNEWS]

Haliade-X nacelle (Ktf, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Renewable Energy Will Overtake Coal As Top Power Producer In Next Five Years, International Energy Agency Says” • As coal is passed by renewables, oil and gas companies, often seen clean energy’s opposition, are forecast to increase investment in them. The IAE expects major companies will increase renewables investments “tenfold” by 2025. [Forbes]

¶ “Local Consent Clears Way For Restart Of Onagawa 2″ • The Tohoku Electric Power Company received approval from Murai Yoshihiro, the governor of Miyagi Prefecture, to restart unit 2 of its Onagawa nuclear plant in northeastern Japan. The utility aims to restart the 796-MWe boiling water reactor in fiscal 2022 at the earliest. [World Nuclear News]

Onagawa nuclear plant (Nekosuki600, Wikimedia Commons)

Australia:

¶ “Fortescue Metals Unveils Massive Solar Ambition” • Iron ore mining giant Fortescue Metals Group has revealed ambitious plans to build one of the biggest renewable energy portfolios in the world, delivering more than 235 GW of renewable capacity, or five times the current capacity of Australia’s National Energy Market. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Green Group Challenges Twiggy To Dump Gas Investments After FMG’s Renewable Revolt” • A Kimberley environmental group has called on mining magnate Andrew Forrest to offload his gas assets after he announced Fortescue Metals Group would try to become one of the world’s biggest renewable energy companies. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

Wind turbines (CSIRO, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Fortescue Leads ‘Stampede’ Into Green Energy With Stunning Plans For 235 GW Of Wind And Solar” • The scale of Fortescue’s program is breathtaking. To put it into context, 235 GW of wind and solar is equivalent to nearly five times the current capacity of Australia’s main grid, and more than the energy output of such oil giants as Chevron and Total. [RenewEconomy]

US:

¶ “Tesla’s Energy Business Is Flourishing – 2021 Looks Bright” • During Tesla’s Q3 2020 earnings call, CEO Elon Musk noted that this was Tesla’s “best quarter in history.” Most of the revenue came from Tesla’s automotive business. But on a closer look, you can see the leaves of Tesla’s energy business rapidly unfolding as this side continues to grow. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla powerpacks (Tesla image)

¶ “US Voluntary Clean Power Sales Keep Surging, With More Than a Little Help From Utilities” • Voluntary clean power sales have surged in the past decade and now number in the millions. According to data published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, they doubled from 2010 to 2014 and doubled again from 2014 to 2019. [Greentech Media]

¶ “Nuclear vs Solar: The Race For Renewable Dominance” • There are voices calling for nuclear power to be used to address climate change. But nuclear power is a tough sell in this country. And while the nuclear sector comeback has its work cut out for it, solar power has clearly been on the ascendancy thanks in large part to falling costs. [OilPrice.com]

Have a delightfully developing day.

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