December 8 Energy News

December 8, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Much Of The 2020 Hurricane Season Can Be Chalked Up To Climate Change – And There’s No Quick Fix” • For those living on the Louisiana coast, the summer ranged from merely anxiety-inducing for some to totally devastating for others. Is this climate change? Is this the new normal? We got answers from some of the top hurricane scientists. [WRKF]

Home in Cameron, Louisiana (Ryan Kellman | NPR)

¶ “UCSD Researchers Devise Low Cost Lithium Ion Battery Recycling Process” • Researchers at the University of California San Diego published a paper in Joule that describes a recycling process for LFP (LiFePO₄) cathodes that uses environmentally friendly ingredients, takes 80% to 90% less energy, and emits about 75% less greenhouse gases. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electric Cars Could Save California’s Power Grid” • California is doubling down on EVs. Critics say more plug-in cars will strain the power grid. Here’s why they’re wrong. EVs can charge up when demand is low, making use of surplus wind or solar power that might otherwise go unused, and they can unplug when demand peaks. [CleanTechnica]

Charging a Nissan LEAF (Nissan courtesy image)

¶ “Will China Win The Nuclear Fusion Race?” • China’s HL-2M Tokamak reactor uses ultra-powerful magnets to create and fuse hot plasma at a mind-blowing temperature over 150,000,000°C. The tokamak, in Sichuan province, was powered up for the first time last week, as part of a project that China has been working on for almost 15 years now. [OilPrice.com]

World:

¶ “Indian Prime Minister Modi Inaugurates Metro To Help Curb Taj Mahal Pollution” • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated a metro project aimed at curbing the impact of air pollution on the Taj Mahal. It is estimated that the project will cost  ₹8,379.62 crore ($1.1 billion; $854.2 million) and take five years to complete. [BBC]

Taj Mahal (Shan Elahi, Unsplash)

¶ “Last Month Was The Hottest November Ever As Europe Had Its Warmest Fall On Record” • The world just experienced its hottest November on record while Europe had its warmest fall, according to an alarming report from the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service. Sea ice was at the second lowest level ever seen in November. [CNN]

¶ “Hyundai Appears To Be Very Serious About Africa, As Ghana Gets The Hyundai Kona EV” • With tariffs of under 10¢/kWh in the residential space, Ghana, like many other places across Africa, is a great place to drive electric. Hyundai seems to be taking the lead in Africa. It is already making cars in two African countries, and now it is selling them in Ghana. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Kona Electric (Image courtesy of Hyundai)

¶ “Renewable Energy To Cut Emissions, Costs At WA Gold Mine” • Gold Road is contracting APA Group  to construct a gas and solar hybrid microgrid that will enable a planned expansion in plant throughput at its Gruyere gold mine in Western Australia. Plans include a a 13-MW solar farm and 4.4 MW battery storage system by the end of 2021. [Stockhead]

¶ “France Launches 1-GW Normandy Offshore Tender” • France has officially launched its 1-GW fourth round Normandy offshore wind tender. The area up for grabs is located in the waters off the Cotentin Peninsula, with the specific perimeter of the site to be refined during the competitive tender process, according to the Ministry of Ecological Transition. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind farm (Image: Iberdrola)

¶ “Hydrogen Power: Firms Join Forces In Bid To Lower Costs” • The world’s biggest “green” hydrogen developers have joined forces in what they call the Green Hydrogen Catapult. Their goal is to expand production 50-fold in less than six years to drive down costs. The companies include Iberdrola, Ørsted, and a number of others. [BBC News]

US:

¶ “Washington Post And New York Times: EPA Declines To Adopt Stricter Regulations On Soot” • The EPA has declined to adopt stricter regulations on particle matter pollution, going against the recommendation of its own scientists to implement tougher standards, according to reports in The Washington Post and The New York Times. [CNN]

Pollution (Ella Ivanescu, Unsplash)

¶ “Decarbonize, But Pay Your Fair Share, Says Bill McKibben” • In a recent New Yorker editorial, Bill McKibben brings to light a new report that attaches numbers to the often “airy moral terms” associated with meeting climate goals. The report, an effort to quantify the US Climate Fair Share, was conducted by the US Climate Action Network. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “McDonald’s Inks 326-MW Wind PPA Double” • US renewables developer Apex Clean Energy signed two wind power purchase agreements totaling 326 MW with McDonald’s. McDonald’s will purchase 200 MW from Caddo wind farm, in Caddo County, Oklahoma, and 126 MW from Lincoln Land wind farm, in Morgan County, Illinois. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Apex Clean Energy image)

¶ “Southern California Edison Inks Another Massive Round Of Utility-Scale Battery Contracts” • Six months after inking California’s largest single energy storage procurement, utility Southern California Edison has added another three massive utility-scale battery projects. The contracts include 585 MW of lithium-ion batteries. [Greentech Media]

¶ “NuGen Capital Announces Largest Single Rooftop Solar Project In Rhode Island” • NuGen Capital Management, LLC starts construction of a 6.76-MW (DC) rooftop solar power system in the company’s home state of Rhode Island. The project, which is expected in early 2021, is the largest rooftop array in Rhode Island. [EnerCom Inc]

Have a mind-bogglingly beautiful  day.

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