January 28 Energy News

January 28, 2021

World:

¶ “Solar Yacht Manufacturer To Feature VW’s MEB Modular E-Drive System” • When thinking of Volkswagen, yachts probably don’t dome to mind, but that may be changing soon. VW entered a new partnership with a solar yacht manufacturer, Silent-Yachts, to incorporate VW’s MEB electric drive system into its newest model, the Silent Yacht 50. [CleanTechnica]

Solar Yacht (Image via Volkswagen)

¶ “Climate-Action Partnership Launched To Help Transform Heavy Industry And Transport” • The Rocky Mountain Institute, Energy Transitions Commission, We Mean Business, and World Economic Forum have founded the Mission Possible Partnership to accelerate decarbonization of global industries representing 30% of global emissions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Avoiding Oceanic Disaster: Norsepower Installs First Tiltable Rotorsails” • Instead of relying on large cloth sails like an ancient sailing ship, Norsepower’s technology has rotating cylinder sails. Now there is a tiltable version of the spinning sail. This means vessels that must travel under bridges can still be able to take advantage of the technology. [CleanTechnica]

Ship with tiltable spinning sail (Photo by Norsepower)

¶ “UK, Germany, And Spain Reach Renewable Energy Milestone” • In 2020, renewables generated 38% of Europe’s electricity and overtook fossil-fuels for the first time, according to Ember and Agora Energiewende’s fifth annual report. The UK, Germany, and Spain achieved the milestone for the first time. But the report warns that the transition is too slow. [Energy Digital]

¶ “Foresight Solar Pivots To Grid Batteries” • Foresight Solar Fund is seeking shareholder approval to amend the company’s investment policy to invest in grid batteries that are co-located with solar plants. Since its launch, eight years ago, Foresight Solar Fund has acquired 58 ground based solar power plants, 50 of which are in the UK. [reNEWS]

Solar array (Foresight Solar Fund image)

¶ “Major Milestone For World’s Biggest Solar Project” • Plans to develop a 10-GW solar farm to export electricity to Singapore through a submarine transmission link continue to gather steam. The Northern Territory Government and Sun Cable signed the Project Development Agreement. The project will also have 30 GW of storage. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “BayWa RE Inks Polish Solar Offtake” • BayWa RE has signed a solar power purchase agreement with German construction materials company HeidelbergCement in Poland. The power purchase agreement is for output from Poland’s largest solar PV farm, which is a 65MW project near Witnica. The plant is due online in the first half of this year. [reNEWS]

Solar power at the end of a rainbow (BayWa RE image)

¶ “High Radiation Facilities Inside Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant May Delay Decommissioning Process” • The investigation of the nuclear disaster found that there were areas with extremely high radiation levels near the fifth floor of the reactor buildings of Units 2 and 3. This may lead to a delay in decommissioning the plant. [The Japan News]

¶ “Wind Wins 1 GW In Spanish Renewables Auction” • Almost 1 GW of wind power leases have been awarded to seven companies at a renewables auction in Spain. The Wind Business Association calculates investment of more than €1 billion by developers will be needed. According to Wind Europe, the lowest wind energy bid had a price of €20/MWh (2.4¢/kWh). [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Johanna Montoy, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Biden Signed Two Executive Orders And A Memorandum Wednesday. Here’s What They Do” • President Joe Biden issued an executive order directing a number of actions on the Climate Crisis and an executive order establishing a Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. In addition, he issued a memorandum designed to ensure scientific integrity. [CNN]

¶ “Biden Aims For Comprehensive Climate Approach As He Halts New Oil And Gas Leases On Federal Land” • President Joe Biden signed several executive actions related to the climate crisis on Wednesday, including one directing the secretary of the interior to pause on entering into new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or offshore waters. [CNN]

President Joe Biden (White House image)

¶ “Tesla Giga Texas: Three Months Ago And Today” • Last year was incredible, but for Tesla, it was especially so. Giga Texas is coming along at such a speed that Jeff Roberts, one of the drone operators who is part of the “Quad Squad” tracking progress of the Tesla gigafactory, believes that Giga Texas will surpass the speed of Giga Berlin. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla’s Had 83% Increase In Energy Storage Deployments In 2020” • In its most recent earnings report, Tesla noted that its energy storage deployments grew from 2019 to 2020. “For the first time, our total battery deployments surpassed 3 GWh in a single year, which is an 83% increase compared to the prior year,” Tesla’s report stated. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla energy storage (Tesla image)

¶ “Tesla To Start Deliveries Of The Semi This Year” • In Tesla’s Q4 2020 Earnings Report, Tesla announced that it is excited to ramp up the updated Model S and Model X as well as deliver its first Tesla Semi by the end of the year. If all goes to plan, Tesla will remain on track to start deliveries from Giga Berlin and Giga Texas this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Nextera To Add Up To 30 GW Of New Renewables In Next 4 Years” • NextEra expects to build about 23-30 GW of renewables between 2021 and 2024, including 12.15 to 17.3 GW in 2023 to 2024. It is “by far the largest expected two-year development program in our history,” CEO Jim Robo said Tuesday during the company’s Q4 2020 earnings call. [Utility Dive]

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