Archive for December 28th, 2020

December 28 Energy News

December 28, 2020

Opinion:

¶ “Nature Lovers, Experts, Photographers See Hope As Well As Trouble For Wild Places” • Seven conservationists and nature photographers from Nebraska and Iowa, say that future looks dicey. They fear that a harsh future awaits the planet’s wild places, but they also take hope in nature’s ability to bounce back from abuse. [Omaha World-Herald]

Arctic fox (Jonatan Pie, Unsplash)

¶ “The Reality Is That The Market Has Said ‘No’ To Nuclear And ‘Yes’ To Renewables” • Paul Dorfman is an expert on nuclear energy with a long and impressive list of credits. In an interview, he explains why, in the face of a climate emergency, nuclear power has significant disadvantages compared to renewable energy. [Modern Diplomacy]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Solar Power Beamed Down To Earth From From Space Moves Forward” • When CleanTechnica took a look into the topic of space-based solar a while back, it seemed like one of those things that could happen, eventually. But now that one of the key components is in place, eventually is turning into just a few years from now. [CleanTechnica] (Not sure this is a good idea – ghh.)

Kooky-sounding idea (Image via Air Force Research Laboratory)

World:

¶ “Climate Change: Extreme Weather Causes Huge Losses In 2020” • A report from the charity Christian Aid lists ten events made more extreme by climate change. Six took place in Asia, with floods in China and India causing damages of more than $40 billion. In the US, record hurricanes and wildfires caused some $60 billion in losses. [BBC]

¶ “Australia is the last Western holdout on the climate crisis. But some states and businesses are calling for change” • Australia’s federal government is pushing to open the huge Carmichael coal mine. The move shows that Australia is an outlier among the big global economies, as other countries are pledging to get to a net-zero or carbon free future. [CNN]

Carmichael River headwaters (Tom Jefferson | Greenpeace)

¶ “New Hydrogen Fuel Cell-Powered Fast Chargers Announced” • ABB Group announced a partnership with fuel cell provider AFC Energy to produce the next generation of high-power sustainable EV charging solutions for grid-constrained areas. ABB’s energy storage and DC EV fast chargers will be used with AFC Energy’s hydrogen fuel cells. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Record Electric Vehicle Sales in China” • While the overall Chinese auto market is slowly picking up (up 12% year over year in November), plugin vehicles are already on the fast lane, growing by 138% year over year (YoY) to a record 198,000 units. China’s automobile market is already the largest in the world, and it is still growing. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Han EV

¶ “2020 Was One Of The Worst-Ever Years For Oil Write-Downs” • Oil-and-gas companies in North America and Europe wrote down approximately $145 billion combined, roughly 10% of their market value, in the first three quarters of 2020. It is the most for that nine-month period since at least 2010, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. [Livemint]

¶ “Singapore Investor Injects $411 Million Into 500 MW Of Australian Solar” • Keppel Renewable Energy, the renewables arm of Keppel Corp, agreed to buy a 45% stake in Harlin Solar, a special purpose entity that was established to develop a 500-MW solar farm in rural Queensland, about 100 km northwest of Brisbane. [pv magazine International]

Solar array (Enel image)

US:

¶ “Renewables Provide 20.4% of US Electricity Generation” • In the first 10 months of 2020, renewable energy sources accounted for 20.4% of US electricity generation, up from 17.5% in the same time period in 2018. Wind power grew from 6.4% in the first ten months of 2018 to 8% this year. Coal power fell from 27% to  18.6% in the same timeframe. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rising To Meet The Tide Against The Threat Of Coastal Flooding” • As early as 2050, climate scientists predict, average high tides in the Norfolk, Virginia area will be equal to today’s king tides. They hope data collected by citizen scientists can help develop the ability to forecast exactly when and where damaging floods will occur. [Ars Technica]

King tide in Morehead City, NC (King Tides, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Five Chevy Bolts Under $20,000” • New EVs have drawn a lot of attention, lately. But not all vehicle owners can afford a new EV, because of their relatively high sticker prices. Used EVs don’t get much press, but there are some interesting deals out there right now. And owners of those EVs also benefit from very low operational costs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Colorado State Bringing Hydrogen Fuel Station Online To Advance Clean-Energy Goals” • A new fuel station at Colorado State University’s Powerhouse Campus will generate hydrogen by using electricity to split water molecules. The technology can be used in fuel cell electric vehicles and large stationary power systems. [The Coloradoan]

Have a meticulously mirthful day.

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