Archive for January 19th, 2021

January 19 Energy News

January 19, 2021


¶ “‘The Lost Years’: Climate Damage That Occurred On Trump’s Watch Will Endure Long After He Is Gone” • For four years, the Trump administration persistently weakened environmental and climate protections. The Biden’s administration will surely make progress on halting climate change, but the lost time of the last four years will still loom large. [CNN]

Surveyng the loss (Jeremy Yap, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Caravan Or Trailer On The Tow Hitch – How It Affects EV Range” • What happens to the overall range of an electric car when you tow a caravan or a trailer? Martin Messer Thomsen of the Electric Car Association’s test group tested the energy consumption and range with different types of trailers on a cold December day in Denmark. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Climate Change Plan: What Carbon Markets Mean For Farmers” • Regenerative farming not only has been proven to mitigate erosion and boost soil health. It may also be a huge opportunity to reduce carbon footprints. It is gaining popularity among environmentalists as a potential tool in the fight against climate change. [The Indianapolis Star]

Farm in Iowa (Kelcy Gatson, Unsplash)


¶ “Tesla’s First Deliveries Of Made-In-China Model Y, And Hot Market Potential” • Tesla has started delivering its made-in-China Model Y crossover in China. Tesla tweeted yesterday that Model Y deliveries in China had officially begun. For Tesla, this is important. Tesla’s sales numbers in China are already catching up with those in the US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “600 Fuel Cell Buses To Be Powered With Green Hydrogen In Germany” • The latest development on green hydrogen comes from the global gas giant Linde Group. The company is building a water-to-hydrogen plant in Germany with the aim is to churn out enough renewable H₂ to drive 600 fuel cell buses a total of almost 250 million miles yearly. [CleanTechnica]

Adding hydrogen to a fuel cell bus (Linde Group image)

¶ “Aker Becomes Major Shareholder In Mainstream” • Aker Horizons will take a 75% equity stake in Mainstream Renewable Power under an agreement the two companies signed. The deal “paves the way” for a “rapid acceleration” of Mainstream’s global expansion plans to bring 5.5 GW of wind and solar assets to financial close by 2023. [reNEWS]

¶ “NBT And Partner To Deliver 800 MW Of Serbian Wind” • WV International and Norwegian wind developer NBT joined forces to construct an 800-MW portfolio of wind projects in Serbia. The partners, operating under the name WV-NBT Serbia, aim to have the wind farms in operation by 2026, with the first 168 MW coming online in 2023. [reNEWS]

Wind turbine (Nordex image)

¶ “China To Construct Hybrid Renewable Energy System On Delft Island” • China was awarded a contract to install hybrid renewable energy systems on three islands off the coast of Sri Lanka. The contract is part of the Supporting Electricity Supply Reliability Improvement Project, which the Ceylon Electricity Board is implementing. [Colombo Gazette]

¶ “More Renewable Energy Used In 2020 Than Fossil Fuels For The First Time In World’s 4th Largest Economy” • Last year, for the first time, a combination of wind, solar, and other renewables overtook Germany’s coal, oil, and gas, as its most important fuel source, according to data collected from the German think tank Agora Energiewende. [Good News Network]

Solar park (Mariana Proença, Unsplash)

¶ “En+ Group Commits To Net-Zero By 2050” • Aluminium and hydropower giant EN+ Group has announced its intention to become a net-zero business by 2050, with a target also in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030. The group will engage with the UN Global Compact to ensure that the targets are aligned to climate science. []

¶ “Wind delivers 15% of European power in 2020” • Wind farms contributed 15% of total electricity generation in Europe in 2020, the sector’s highest ever contribution to the region’s power mix, according to new analysis by EnAppSys. Overall, renewables delivered 41% of Europe’s power last year, while nuclear provided 25% and fossil-fuels 33%. [reNEWS]

German wind turbines (Karsten Würth, Unsplash)


¶ “Keystone Pipeline: Biden ‘To Cancel It On His First Day'” • US President-elect Joe Biden is to cancel the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline on his first day in office, North American media report. The pipeline is projected to carry oil nearly 1,200 miles (1,900 km) from the Canadian province of Alberta down to Nebraska, to join an existing pipeline. [BBC]

¶ “Miami-Dade Starts Transition To Electric School Bus Fleet” • Miami-Dade County Public Schools have decided to convert its fleet from diesel buses into an electric fleet. Holly Thorpe, a middle school student, had used her science fair project to show the school board that diesel buses had levels of CO₂ in them that are ten times the EPA limit. [CleanTechnica]

Electric school buses (Lion Electric image)

¶ “Zero Electric Vehicles Announces Rolling EV Chassis For Passenger Vehicle” • In the lead-up to the production of its first electric car, the Trident, Arizona-based Zero Electric Vehicles, Inc unveiled its rolling electric passenger vehicle chassis, which it claims will have “proprietary energy capture technologies to maximize vehicle range.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Finalizes Contracts For 1.1-GW Ocean Wind Energy Offshore Project In New Jersey” • GE Renewable Energy will supply Haliade-X wind turbines for Ørsted’s Ocean Wind offshore wind project off the coast of New Jersey. It could be the state’s first project to feature the 13-MW variant of GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X platform. [REVE]

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