Archive for November 28th, 2020

November 28 Energy News

November 28, 2020


¶ “Replacing A Coal Plant Takes An Infinite Number Of Wind Turbines” • No number of wind turbines would be sufficient to replace everything a coal plant gives us. To replace one coal plant’s electricity, only 120 to 350 modern wind turbines would do, but coal gives us a lot that wind does not. For instance, we get CO₂. And particulates. [CleanTechnica]

Decline of coal (Image courtesy of EIA)

¶ “Joe Biden’s Climate Plan Can Extract USA From Fossil Fuel Use” • After four years of undermining climate science, the US will have an administration more committed to addressing climate change than any before. Rapid implementation of policies in three overarching areas may present a starting point for rapid action. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Polar Scientists Wary Of Impending Satellite Gap” • There will be a gap of several years in our ability to measure the thickness of ice in polar regions, scientists warn. The only two satellites dedicated to observing the poles are almost certain to die before replacements are flown, leaving us blind to important changes in the Arctic and the Antarctic. [BBC]

One alternative to satellites for altimetry (NASA image)

¶ “An Unusual Snack For Cows, A Powerful Fix For Climate” • Asparagopsis seaweed doesn’t seem like much, but it could practically neutralize one of the most stubborn sources of the greenhouse gas methane. Emissions come from the digestive processes of some livestock, including the planet’s 1.5 billion cows, which burp the gas. [Seattle Times]

¶ “Audi Formula E Drivetrain Is 95% Efficient” • Formula E racing puts a premium on efficiency. Ahead of the start of the Formula E season in Santiago next January, Audi announced that its new MGU05 motor/transmission package, developed by Audi Sport and Schaeffler, converts 95% of the energy stored in the battery into forward motion. [CleanTechnica]

Audi Formula E car (Audi image)


¶ “Sony ‘Could Shift Factories Out Of Japan’ Over Renewable Energy Drought” • Sony warned Japan’s government it could move manufacturing abroad over difficulties sourcing renewable energy for its operations. Chief executives from Sony and other major Japanese companies have demanded reforms to make renewable power procurement easier. [Recharge]

¶ “Vestas Secures New Wind Order In Poland” • Vestas secured a 40-MW order for the Nowy Tomysl project from a subsidiary of developer PNE AG, in western Poland. The project will consist of twelve V126-3.45 MW wind turbines in 3.3 MW operating mode. Vestas has installed about 2.4 GW of wind turbines in the country so far. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Wind turbine (Vestas image)

¶ “BP investing in Middle East oil while pledging a renewables shift – A double standard?” • BP said it will invest more money in Middle Eastern oil and natural-gas fields even as it transitions to renewable energy and tries to lower emissions. BP is targeting a 40% decline in hydrocarbon production by 2030 and will not explore for crude in new countries. [EnerCom Inc]

¶ “India Aims For 220 GW Of Renewables By 2022” • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country aims to increase its renewables capacity to 220 GW by 2022, up from a previous goal of 175 GW. Modi said in a speech at that India currently has 136 GW of clean power installed, representing about 36% of the country’s total generation. [reNEWS]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Image: Government of India)

¶ “Chile’s National Energy Commission Will Tender For 2,310 GWh Of Renewables And Energy Storage” • Chilean authorities announced plans for an auction next year to procure 2,310 GWh of renewable power from generation and storage. Projects must start delivering power from 2026 and sign up to 15-year power purchase agreements. [Energy Storage News]

¶ “Ørsted Team Eyes First Green Hydrogen Ferry” • Ørsted is part of partnership including shipping company DFDS that has applied for EU support for development of a ferry powered by green hydrogen created by offshore wind. The ferry would cover DFDS’ Oslo-Frederikshavn-Copenhagen route initially. It would be powered by a 23-MW fuel cell system. [reNEWS]

Green hydrogen ferry (DFDS image)

¶ “Nuclear Power Isn’t The Answer To Nunavut’s Energy Problems, Expert Says” • Despite growing interest from the federal government and nuclear proponents, the Canadian Environmental Law Association has warned that the safety implications of small modular reactors may outweigh the environmental payoff. [CTV News]


¶ “Forging The Path For Renewable Energy In Utah: Drilling Begins On Geothermal Well In Milford” • The Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy is drilling a geothermal well in Milford. The well is to test technologies and tools for the future creation of more geothermal resources where there are presently none. [St George News]

Geothermal plant (ThinkGeoEnergy, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “Tesla Is Sixth Most Valuable Company In The US On Stock Market” • Tesla, with its focus on sustainability and renewables, is the 6th most valuable American company on US stock markets. Tesla overtook Berkshire Hathaway, as its market cap reached $555.24 billion. It only trails Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, and Facebook. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Manchin Among Senators Urge Mine Safety Agency To Do More To Protect Coal Miners From Silica Exposure” • Senator Joe Manchin, D-WVa, was one of five senators, all Democrats, to urge the Mine Safety and Health Administration to do more to protect coal miners from a potential carcinogen and contributing cause of black lung disease. [Charleston Gazette-Mail]

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