November 30 Energy News

November 30, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “The Significance Of The New US Special Presidential Envoy For Climate” • John Kerry’s upcoming position as US special presidential envoy for climate is big news. The “climate czar” is expected to guide the US back into the Paris climate accord and recommit the US to global climate cooperation after four dismal years of the Trump presidency. [CleanTechnica]

John Kerry, 2011 (Al Jazeera English, Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “NSW’s Clean Energy Plan Means The Federal Government Is Even More Isolated On Fossil Fuels” • Weeks that pack in as many transformative developments in clean energy in Australia as this one don’t come often. And unlike politics at the federal level, in New South Wales legislation had nearly unanimous parliamentary support. [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Power Outage? Extreme Heat? There’s Help In An Energy Efficient Home” • Climate change has exacerbated the frequency, duration, and intensity of weather events and power outages. When we are challenged by energy gaps or weather crises, we find ourselves quickly needing to adapt. An energy efficient home can help with that. [CleanTechnica]

Adapting to heat (Image retrieved from NOAA, public domain)

¶ “Le Chatelier’s Principle Sparks A New Green Ammonia Breakthrough” • Le Chatelier’s principle is behind a new high efficiency process that could pump up the markets for both green ammonia and green hydrogen. Green hydrogen is already a thing, and the US DOE is working on figuring out the ammonia piece of the puzzle. CleanTechnica]

Named storm tracks, 2020 (CNN Weather image)

¶ “Historic 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season Comes To A Close” • November 30 officially marks the final day of Atlantic hurricane season, and it has been one for the record books. 2020 has been undoubtedly a crazy year. with Covid-19 and record-breaking wildfires. Nevertheless, the hurricane season stands out, setting a number of records of its own. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Stubble Burning: Why It Continues To Smother North India” • Stubble burning in northern India has long been a major cause of air pollution, but efforts to stop it fail every year. The stubble, left over straw from crops, has to be removed, and the way this has been done has been by burning it in the field. There are many reasons why it continues. [BBC]

¶ “The Ships Powered By ‘Green Hydrogen'” • Ships emit 3% of all greenhouse gases, and emissions are projected to grow by up to 50% by 2050 if the industry continues on a business-as-usual path. Green hydrogen and ammonia derived from it can replace the oil used in ships. And their use in boats, which is now being introduced, can be scaled up. [BBC]

Hydrobingo, powered by hydrogen (CMB image)

¶ “Scottish Homes To Be First In World To Use 100% Green Hydrogen” • Three hundred homes in Scotland will soon be the first in the world to use 100% green hydrogen for heat and to cook their food. They are part of a trial that could help homes across the country replace fossil fuel gas. The households in the test will be in the area of Fife. [The Guardian]

¶ “EU On Track To Meet Greenhouse Gas Emissions And Renewable Energy 2020 Targets” • A report from the European Environment Agency says the EU’s 27 Member States (plus the UK) are making progress towards meeting Europe’s climate and energy targets. The analysis is based on data up to 2019 and EEA estimates for 2020. [European Environment Agency]

Wind turbines (Aniek Wessel, Unsplash)

¶ “Rwanda: Opposition Grows To Russian-Backed Nuclear Plants” • Plans by Rwanda to build nuclear reactors with Russian help are facing stiff opposition in the country. Frank Habineza, a lawmaker and member of the Democratic Green Party, has warned that nuclear energy could do the country more harm than good. [Anadolu Agency]

US:

¶ “Wyoming Gets Its First Electric Bus” • Jackson, Wyoming’s START bus system recently got something new: an electric bus from Proterra. The Proterra 40-foot ZX5 MAX battery-electric transit bus has a 660 kWh battery, which can deliver up to 329 miles of drive range. The system plans on getting at least 7 more of the vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

Wyoming’s first electric bus (Image provided by Proterra)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Police Car vs Dodge Charger Police Car – Nearly $7,000 In Savings In One Year” • A Tesla has a higher upfront cost than a typical police car, but do the operational savings make up for that higher upfront cost? Considering how many miles a typical police car drives, my guess would be “yes,” but let’s look at some numbers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Diesel Cheating May Involve Millions Of Pickup Trucks” • An EPA report estimates 557,478 medium and heavy duty trucks have been fitted with emissions defeat devices. The cumulative effect of the extra pollutants coming from their exhaust pipes is estimated to be equal to the emissions from nearly 10 million fully compliant diesel pickups. [CleanTechnica]

Pickup truck (Courtesy of Chevrolet)

¶ “Monolith receives Clean Hydrogen Production funding from MHI” • Monolith Materials, a clean hydrogen and chemical firm, got an investment from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America to support its innovative, emissions-free hydrogen manufacturing technology. Monolith Materials is able to make clean hydrogen commercially from bio-methane. [Energy Digital]

¶ “Hydrogen Is Key To Texas Role In Clean Energy, Depending On Its Color” • Chemists, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and some of the biggest names in energy are developing ways to capture hydrogen for use as a back-up for wind and solar plants and as a fuel. The gas also promises to keep Texas at the center of the energy world. [Houston Chronicle]

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