Archive for January 20th, 2021

January 20 Energy News

January 20, 2021


¶ “SpaceX Will Repurpose Oil Rigs To Build Starship Spaceport At Sea” • SpaceX is planning to use Gulf oil rigs off South Texas to build a Starship Spaceport. This seems extremely symbolic. SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is going to take something old, which has caused a lot of environmental problems, and use it to empower humanity. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore oil platform (Divulgação Petrobras, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Clean Hydrogen Scale-Up Is Feasible” • A report on hydrogen decarbonisation pathways, published by the Hydrogen Council, shows that low-carbon hydrogen supply at scale is economically and environmentally feasible. The report also demonstrates that there is not one single hydrogen production pathway to achieve low lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions [reNEWS]

¶ “90% Of Earth’s Warming In 1971–2010 Happened In The Ocean” • The ocean mitigated the early effects of human emissions by absorbing CO₂ and heat from the atmosphere. As a result, more than 90% of the warming that happened between 1971 and 2010 was in the ocean. A selfless act by Mother Nature, but it’s catching up to us. [CleanTechnica]

Ocean (Dan Stark, Unsplash)

¶ “McKinsey: Continuous Fall In Battery Prices Is Enabling The Rapid Rise Of Renewable Energy” • Renewable energy uptake and the falling costs of battery energy storage are “inexorably linked” as the global economy faces a crucial decade ahead in its urgent need to decarbonise, according to work by McKinsey & Company. [Energy Storage News]


¶ “Gothenburg Partners With Volvo To Create A Climate-Neutral City” • The Swedish city of Gothenburg is home to one of the largest and busiest ports in the world. Despite this, the city has set a rather ambitious climate goal for itself. Gothenburg plans to become a climate-neutral city by the year 2030. To accomplish this, they’ve enlisted Volvo to help. [CleanTechnica]

Volvo XC40 Recharge (Courtesy Volvo Cars)

¶ “Ireland Looking To Export Offshore Hydrogen In The Future” • According to Colum O’Connell of the Valentia Island Energy Co-operative, Ireland has the world’s greatest energy resource. Off its coasts there is enough renewable energy to power much of Europe. A consortium led by the co-operative plans to make green hydrogen. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa And Siemens Energy Green Hydrogen Initiative For Offshore Wind And Middle East” • Green hydrogen is clearly coming. To provide the hydrogen the world will need without carbon emissions, Siemens Energy and Siemens Gamesa are working to integrate electrolysis units into the platforms that support offshore wind turbines. [CleanTechnica]

Making green hydrogen at sea (Siemens Energy image)

¶ “Energy Transition Investment Hits $501 Billion” • A new, broad measure of “energy transition investment” shows that the world committed a record $501 billion to decarbonization in 2020. The analysis, compiled by BloombergNEF, reveals this investment beat the previous year by 9% despite the economic disruption caused by the pandemic. [reNEWS]

¶ “Ørsted To Press Ahead With Green Hydrogen Pilot” • Ørsted has taken final investment decision on the Danish demonstration project H2RES, which will use offshore wind energy to produce renewable hydrogen. The project is expected to produce its first hydrogen in late 2021 and will be Ørsted’s first renewable hydrogen project in operation. [reNEWS]

2-MW demonstration project (Ørsted image)


¶ “5/3 Bank Achieves Carbon Neutrality” • CleanTechnica switched to Fifth Third Bank in 2019. Two big factors for us were (1) it had the most ambitious clean energy achievements and plans of any bank, and (2) it won’t invest in private prisons. In fact, it was even 100% solar powered already. Fifth Third Bank announced that it is now carbon neutral. [CleanTechnica] (1,154 branches)

¶ “Farming Green: Parma Hops Farmers Using 100% Renewable Energy Through Idaho Power Program” • Since 2020, Brock and Phil Obendorf have rightfully claimed that their hops farm in Parma, Idaho uses 100% clean, renewable energy. They have committed to purchase 3,000 MWh of Idaho Power energy efficiency credits per year. [Post Register]

Brock Obendorf and his hops (Courtesy of Idaho Power)

¶ “Tesla Hiring For 500 Positions In Florida” • Tesla is hiring for 500 positions in Florida, the Bradenton Herald reports. Tesla is partnering with CareerSource Tampa Bay to host a virtual hiring event on January 27, from 10 am through 2 pm, in hopes of filling positions available for both Tesla’s solar and automotive positions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vermont Has The Highest Number Of Public EV Chargers Per Capita” • The number of public EV chargers across the country has been growing. As of November 2020, Vermont had 114 EV chargers per 100,000 people, the highest number for any state. Vermont was followed by the District of Columbia (81) and California (72).  [CleanTechnica]

EV charging stations (Ken Fields, CC-BY-SA-2.0)

¶ “Renewable Energy Incubator To Open At FSU” • A renewable energies incubator will soon open at Frostburg State University, allowing companies and students to collaborate in designing alternative power systems. The incubator and testing center will be located in the Allegany Business Center on the FSU campus in Frostburg, Maryland. [Cumberland Times-News]

¶ “What’s Next For Vermont Yankee Property?” • A new land inventory report offers a series of possibilities for the site of the retired Vermont Yankee nuclear plant to eventually be used for industry, recreation, preserving habitat, and recognizing the Abenaki relationship to the banks of the Connecticut River, past and present. [Commons]

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