Archive for January 15th, 2021

January 15 Energy News

January 15, 2021


¶ “2021: The Year the Rubber Meets the Road for Electric Trucks” • One challenge for trucking fleets looking to electrify is that only limited models of electric trucks have been available. That is changing. Manufacturers have been developing and road-testing vehicles recently, and many are slated to move into commercial production soon. [CleanTechnica]

GM BrightDrop delivery EV (Image courtesy of GM)

¶ “Demand Flexibility Is Critical – Use It When We Have It” • To ensure a smooth and cost-effective transition away from fossil fuels, it will be necessary to make our buildings and appliances “flexible” by shifting their electricity consumption to coincide with times where electricity is clean and cheap. This is known as “demand flexibility.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Trump Administration Is Launching One Last Assault On Climate Science” • President Donald Trump’s term in office will be remembered for many disastrous moments, but one of the most consequential might be its systematic degradation of environmental protections. His administration seems intent on doing more damage as he leaves office. [AOL]

Polluting factory (Patrick Hendry, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Swappable Container Waterborne Transport Battery” • The European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Program is funding a swappable container waterborne transport battery called Current Direct. Current Direct plans to cut the cost of today’s marine battery-electric drivetrains in half to eliminate the use of diesel engines for water transport. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Protecting Fragile Ecosystems From Lithium Mining” • The companies producing lithium have scrambled to meet increased demand for battery production, but critics say that traditional production methods damage the environment. Lilac Technology and Lake Resources are among the companies that have safer new techniques for extracting lithium. [BBC]

Drilling for lithium brine (Lake Resources image)


¶ “Critics Denounce ‘Climate-Change Denialism’ Reports Commissioned By Alberta Inquiry” • A $3.5-million Alberta government public inquiry into alleged foreign-funded anti-energy campaigns has posted commissioned studies that experts say are based on junk climate-denial science, bizarre conspiracy theories, and oil-industry propaganda. []

¶ “Shell Seals 300-MW Spanish Solar Power Play” • Shell Energy Europe is to buy 300 MW of power from Solaria solar farms in Spain under a long-term power purchase agreemen. The energy will be supplied from six solar projects that will produce around 570 GWh of electricity per year. The projects will be connected to the grid progressively through 2021. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Shell image)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Secures 217-MW Vietnamese Double” • Siemens Gamesa secured two turbine orders with Hanbaram Wind Power JSC in Vietnam. The 117-MW Hanbaram project in Ninh Thuan province will feature 29 units of the 4.X platform. The 100-MW Hung Hai plant in Gia Lai province and will have 25 turbines of the same model. [reNEWS]

¶ “Equinor To Pilot Floating Solar Off Norway” • Equinor is working with Moss Maritime to start testing floating solar in the ocean off the island of Froya, off Trondheim in Norway. The partnership will build the floating solar pilot plant in the late summer of 2021, making it the first of its kind to be situated in rough waters. [reNEWS]

Solar array in rough waters (Moss Maritime image)

¶ “China On Track To Supplant US As Top Nuclear Energy Purveyor” • Experts say China is on a course to displace the United States as the global leader in the production and sale of nuclear power generation, providing yet another avenue for Beijing’s drive to become the world’s leading economic and diplomatic power. [New Delhi Times]


¶ “Colorado Approves $110 Million Transportation Electrification Plan” • Xcel Energy will deploy about 20,000 charging stations for EVs at residential, commercial, and public sites in Colorado, under a $110 million plan approved by the Colorado PUC.  At least $20 million is to be invested to promote EV adoption in low-income areas. [CleanTechnica]

Colorado charging station (Image by Jessica Russo, NRDC)

¶ “US Defense Department Doubles Down On Renewable Energy, DERS” • For the Department of Defense, the renewables-plus-microgrid approach dovetails with a broader DOE grid modernization initiative that ditches large, centralized fossil power plants in favor of renewable energy and distributed energy resources, aka DERS. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “ZETA Publishes 100% Electric Vehicle Roadmap For 2030 For USA” • A couple of mid-term and long-term targets are often expressed by people who follow this industry closely: 50% EV market share by 2025 and 100% by 2030. One new organization, Zero Emission Transportation Association, is mapping out a way for the US to get there. [CleanTechnica]

Proterra electric bus battery factory (Courtesy of Proterra)

¶ “Midwest Renewable Energy Association: Eleven Wisconsin Schools Go Solar In The Program’s First Year” • More Wisconsin schools are going solar, thanks in part to the Solar on Schools initiative of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. In the program’s first year alone, eleven grants were awarded to schools in the state. []

¶ “Total Forms 1.6-GW US Solar-Storage JV” • French energy giant Total is forming a 50:50 joint venture with 174 Power Global, a wholly-owned Hanwha Group affiliate, to develop 1600 MW of solar and energy storage projects in the US. The projects, which are in Texas, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, and Virginia, are all to be online by 2024. [reNEWS]

Have a deservedly merry day.

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