Archive for November 18th, 2020

November 18 Energy News

November 18, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Greenland’s Glaciers Could Lose More Ice Than Previously Thought, Raising Concerns For Sea Level Rise” • A study shows Greenland’s ice is melting much faster than previously thought. Its authors warn their findings show that ice loss on Greenland could exceed even the worst-case projections. It was published in the journal Nature Communications. [CNN]

Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland (Tina Rolf, Unsplash)

¶ “Half Of The World’s Aviation Emissions Are Caused By Just 1% Of The Population, Study Finds” • Frequent fliers representing just 1% of the world’s population accounted for more than half of total aviation emissions from passenger air travel in 2018, a new study says. Aviation accounts for at least 2% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. [CNN]

¶ “The Futuristic Cargo Ship Made Of Wood” • The shipping industry’s climate impact is large and growing, but a team in Costa Rica are making way for a clean shipping revolution with a cargo ship made of wood. The Ceiba is the first vessel built by Sail Cargo, a company trying to prove that zero-carbon shipping is possible, and commercially viable. [BBC]

Ceiba under construction (Image: ©Jocelyn Timperley)

¶ “Dept Of Energy Smart Energy Campaign With Berkeley Lab Saves $95 Million Per Year” • The energy and decarbonization puzzle has more pieces than solar power, wind power, energy storage, and electric vehicles. Energy management is another part. And in 2021, the value of the energy management market could reach $76 billion. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Porsche Backs Synthetic Fuels To Keep Classics On The Road” • Synthetic, low-carbon liquid fuels have been around for a few years now, and some auto companies see them as a way to keep internal combustion investments relevant. By contrast, Porsche hopes synthetic fuels will help to keep classic Porsches running, carbon neutral, into the future. [CleanTechnica]

Classic Porsche (Image: Hagerty, via Motor1)

¶ “Australia’s Climate Record Labelled ‘Simply Embarrassing’ And Among Worst Of G20 Nations” • Australia is one of two countries in the G20 that does not have or plan carbon pricing, one of four with no national policy to increase renewable energy and ranks last in cutting carbon emissions from transportation, a global report found. [The Guardian]

¶ “GE Wins 121-MW Cypress Order In Lithuania” • A 121-MW turbine order for wind projects in Lithuania was won by GE Renewable Energy. European Energy placed the order for 22 of GE’s Cypress wind turbines that will be installed across three wind farm sites. The installation of the wind turbines will take place in the second half of 2021. [reNEWS]

Cypress wind turbine (GE image)


¶ “City Of London Buys Into New Dorset Solar Farm To Help Power Square Mile” • Thousands of solar panels in the Dorset countryside will soon power Britain’s historic financial center under a new renewable energy deal struck by the City of London Corporation. The City’s government expects to save £3 million over the contract’s 15 year term. [The Guardian]

¶ “Johnson Unveils £12 Billion Plan For ‘Green Industrial Revolution’” • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken the wraps off a £12 billion plan for a “green industrial revolution” that will support up to 250,000 jobs. Johnson’s ten point plan reiterates London’s policy pledge of 40 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and 60,000 sector jobs. [reNEWS]

Boris Johnson (UK Government image)

¶ “Key Areas Of Boris Johnson’s ‘Green Industrial Revolution'” • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s £12 billion plan for a “green industrial revolution” spans renewable energy, nuclear power, and countryside restoration. However, some of the objectives are likely to be difficult to reach, and the plan has been criticized for a lack of ambition in key areas. [The Guardian]


¶ “Harley-Davidson’s New E-Bicycles Put The Pedal To The Pedal – CleanTechnica Interview” • Harley-Davidson is known for bigness, loudness, and brassiness. Last month, it surprised us when it unveiled its Serial 1 pedal assisted e-bicycle concept. Now the production models are here, and it’s a whole new ballgame for the century-old company. [CleanTechnica]

CTY eBicycle “RUSH” model (Courtesy of Serial 1)

¶ “California School District Latest To Order Electric School Buses” • It used to be months between stories about electric school buses. Now it’s becoming days! The sector’s latest news is that Thermalito Union Elementary School District in California has bought six electric school buses from GreenPower, through its distributor, Creative Bus Sales. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Irvine Wants Cities To Offer Residents Renewable Power Choices” • The City of Irvine, California, wants residents to have a new way to get their power and they’re working to get as many city partners in Orange County as they can in the effort. The change would reduce greenhouse gas emissions while increasing regional energy self-sufficiency. [VoiceofOC]

Cholame Hills solar project (Image: First Solar Inc)

¶ “Cummins Reveals Road Map To Carbon-Free Hydrogen Economy” • Cummins, an Indiana company known for its diesel and natural gas engine technologies, laid out its path into the hydrogen economy with plans to decarbonize transportation and other industrial sectors it serves while encouraging growth of renewable energy. [Heavy Duty Trucking]

¶ “RWE Renewables Turns Sod On US 195-MW PV-Storage” • RWE Renewables began construction of a 195-MW solar project in Georgia. The Hickory Park project includes a 40-MW battery and is due online in late 2021. RWE will operate and manage the facility, selling the energy and renewable attributes from the facility to Georgia Power. [reNEWS]

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