Archive for December 9th, 2020

December 9 Energy News

December 9, 2020


¶ “Ohi Ruling Could Signal Trouble Ahead For Nuclear Reactor Restart Plans” • The Ohi case is unique because it’s the first time a court has specifically ruled against the central government over the way it operates its screening process for nuclear reactor safety and over the nature of its earthquake safety standards, adapted after Fukushima. [The Japan Times]

Ohi nuclear power plant (Yoshihide Fujitani, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Arctic Is Getting Hotter, Greener And Less Icy Much Faster Than Expected, Report Finds” • NOAA’s annual Arctic Report Card says today’s Arctic is much hotter, greener and less icy than it was even just 15 years ago, when its first report in the series came out. The region is warming rapidly, far faster than scientists’ expectations. [CNN]

¶ “QuantumScape Releases Performance Data On Its Solid-State Battery Technology” • For almost a decade, QuantumScape, based in San Jose, California, has been working to perfect the solid-state lithium battery, replacing the electrolyte with a thin strip of metal. Now, QuantumScape has released performance data for its lithium metal battery. [CleanTechnica]

QuantumScape battery (QuantumScape image, screenshot)

¶ “Micromobility: Major Study Shows Electric Bikes Are Good For Health” • Some cyclists think electric bicycles are for lazy people and others think that they are unsafe. But that’s not what the evidence shows. A review of the literature on electric bicycles found evidence from studies that they are better for health than non-cycling alternatives. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Beavers May Help Amphibians Threatened By Climate Change” • The recovery of beavers may have beneficial effects for amphibians because beaver dams can create the unique types of habitats that amphibians need. That finding was reported by four WSU Vancouver scientists in a paper published in the journal Freshwater Biology. [EurekAlert]


¶ “Tesla: German Court Halts Factory Plan Over Snake And Lizard Habitats” • Tesla has been clearing forest land near Berlin for its first European car and battery plant. But opponents argued this will endanger the habitats of lizards and snakes. A court in Frankfurt an der Oder ordered forest clearing to be halted, pending further examinations. [BBC]

¶ “Zero Labs Reveals Universal EV Platform For Classic Car Conversions” • After more than five years in extensive R&D, Zero Labs has unveiled its most disruptive product yet. It’s a fully realized electric vehicle platform, called a skateboard, to turn a classic car, truck, or SUV into a thoroughly modern, thoroughly electric vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

Zero Labs skateboard (Image courtesy of Zero Labs)

¶ “IRENA And AfDB To Scale Up Renewable Energy Investments In Africa” • The International Renewable Energy Agency and the African Development Bank have agreed to support investment in low carbon energy projects jointly. The move is expected to advance Africa’s energy transition, focusing on renewable energy to achieve climate goals. [ESI Africa]

¶ “Italy Announces Special Tariffs For Shared Renewable Energy Generation By Prosumers” • Italy has launched a new incentive program to encourage local generation and sharing of renewable power. Two kinds of prosumers would be the beneficiaries of the incentive program: energy communities and self-consumption collectives. [Mercom India]

Rooftop solar array (BE Solar image)

¶ “Ending UK’s Climate Emissions Is ‘Affordable,’ Say Official Advisers” • The UK Climate Change Committee’s analysis found that the future cost savings from no longer having to buy oil and gas almost offsets the £50 billion-a-year investment needed in low-carbon power, transport and home heating across the next three decades. [The Guardian]

¶ “Irish West Coast ‘Can Become 70-GW Offshore Hub’” • Up to 70 GW of offshore wind could be generated off the west coast of Ireland to make the country a net exporter of power and provide a huge boost to the local supply chain, according to a study. It says the Atlantic Seas have massive untapped potential, mainly for floating windpower. [reNEWS]

Offshore windpower (Nicholas Doherty, Unsplash)


¶ “GE Renewable Energy Announces Signing US Blade Recycling Contract With Veolia” • GE Renewable Energy signed a contract with Veolia North America to recycle blades removed from its US-based onshore turbines during upgrades and repowering efforts. Veolia will process the blades for use as a raw material for cement. [Global Banking And Finance Review]

¶ “Oregon Hybrid Project Springs Into Action” • Portland General Electric has started commercial power generation at the Wheatridge hybrid facility in Eastern Oregon, with the 300-MW wind component coming online. The project will also feature 50 MW of solar and 30 MW battery storage, both of which will be operational next year. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Abby Anaday, Unsplash)

¶ “New Initiative In Columbus, Ohio, Is Getting Big Companies To Use More Renewable Energy” • The Columbus Partnership, a business-development coalition that works with Columbus’ city government, announced Smart Columbus Energy, an initiative to aggregate and supply some of the area’s largest businesses with wind and solar energy.  [StateScoop]

¶ “Timken Remains Confident In Expanding Renewables Market” • The Timken Co, which specializes in engineered bearings and power transmission products, says it is allocating more than $75 million in capital investments through early 2022 to increase the company’s renewable energy capabilities across its global footprint. [Solar Industry]

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