November 27 Energy News

November 27, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Solar Discs That Could Beam Power From Space” • Now scientists are working on a concept of giant solar power stations in space that beam energy to Earth. The European Space Agency has realized the potential of these efforts and is looking to fund them. It is predicting that the first industrial resource we will get from space is “beamed power.” [BBC]

Solar system in space (NASA image)

¶ “World Suddenly Goes Nuts Over Green Ammonia, Now That Green Hydrogen Is Old Hat” • Green hydrogen is still clawing its way into the mainstream and here comes yet another powerful new decarbonization trend: green ammonia. Green ammonia was a big mystery just two years ago and now all of a sudden it’s the Next Big Thing. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Solaris Delivered 242 Urbino Electric Buses In 2020’s First 3 Quarters” • Solaris sold 242 electric buses in the first 3 quarters of the year, nearly a quarter of all the electric buses sold in Europe. Those 242 Solaris Urbino electric buses went to cities in just five countries: France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Poland, where the company is based. [CleanTechnica]

Solaris Urbino 18 bus in Romania (Solaris image)

¶ “EY Ranks India As Most Attractive For Solar PV Investment” • London-headquartered Ernst & Young released the November edition of its biannual Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index, which rates the top forty countries. India has topped the list as the most attractive country for investment in the solar PV category. [pv magazine India]

¶ “Daymak Rolls Out Bond-Like Lineup Of Light Electric Vehicles” • The Canadian company Daymak wants to excite the world about light electric vehicles. It launched the Avvenire lineup, six EVs that look like something James Bond would use. With an electric powertrain, the small and light EVs are beyond efficient; they’re hyper-efficient. [CleanTechnica]

Daymak Avvenire Spiritus 3-wheeler (Daymak image)

¶ “Fukushima Reactor One Step Closer To Fuel Removal” • TEPCO has finally secured a 161-ton crane that has been hanging over the fuel storage pool in the Unit 1 reactor building of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. TEPCO plans to install a cover over the whole building before starting the removal of fuel from the pool as early as fiscal 2027. [NHK World]

¶ “Ørsted Completes Borssele 1&2 Commissioning” • Ørsted has fully commissioned the 752-MW Borssele 1&2 offshore wind farm 23 kilometers off the coast of the Netherlands. The project, which features 94 Siemens Gamesa 8-MW turbines installed on monopile foundations, is the company’s first offshore wind farm in the country. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Ørsted image)

Australia:

¶ “Vestas Wins 328-MW Australian Double” • Vestas has secured a 328-MW turbine deal for two wind farms in Victoria, Australia, in partnership with Global Power Generation, a subsidiary of the multinational power company Naturgy Group. The turbine order includes supply and installation of 78 V136-4.2MW machines for the two projects combined. [reNEWS]

¶ “Tasmania’s Power Becomes 100% Renewable” • Tasmania has become the first state in Australia to operate on 100% renewable power, the state announced. When the final two turbines of the Granville Harbour wind farm are operating, the state will have 10,741 GWh of renewables generation per year; its average annual demand is for 10,500 GWh. [Renewables Now]

Wind turbines in Tasmania (Ian Cochrane, CC-BY-SA 2.0 Generic)

¶ “Renewables Outshine Gas In Race To Replace Liddell” • A report commissioned by Greenpeace Australia Pacific, found that investment aligned with New South Wales’ energy infrastructure roadmap will be cheaper than the Federal Government’s plan to replace the coal-burning Liddell with a natural gas plant. It will also have lower emissions. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Horizon Looks To Future With Green Hydrogen Microgrid” • Western Australian utility Horizon Power will build the nation’s first remote microgrid using renewable hydrogen generation at Denham, in the state’s northwest, having secured the support of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which awarded $2.6 million in funding. [pv magazine International]

Solar array (Horizon Power image)

US:

¶ “Volkswagen Plans To Start ID.4 Production In Chattanooga, And ID.Buzz In Hanover In 2022” • The Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV is already in production alongside the ID.3 in Zwickau. US customers can reserve one right now online. But the company is also investing about $800 million to add an EV assembly line at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Army Corps Denies Permit For Controversial Mine That Threatened Salmon Habitat In Alaska” • After a battle that went on nearly 20 years and cost a Canadian mining company close to a billion dollars, the US Army Corps of Engineers has decided to deny a permit to blast open Pebble Mine near the salmon-rich headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska. [CNN]

Area of the Pebble Mine (Erin McKittrick, CC-BY-SA 3.0 Unported)

¶ “DIY Home Efficiency Project In Kauai Yields Incredible Results” • Using the Technical Reference Manual data from Hawaii Energy, and our calculations of the impacts of products that fall outside the TRM (like clotheslines), the County of Kauai is injecting $4 into its economy for every $1 it spends by saving residents on their utility bills. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Surges Ahead With Its Own Climate Plans” • Salmon stocks the Swinomish Indian tribe has counted on for 10,000 years have declined from an 8-month season to a few days per year, but the Swinomish have not given up. They are working on improving the environment and water quality to re-establish the salmon. [CleanTechnica]

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