February 14 Energy News

February 14, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Using Mathematical Models To Enable Transportation Decarbonization And Combat Climate Change” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Agency for International Development, assessed the potentials for electric transit fleets in two Mexican cities. The study examined combinations of GPS speed traces with electric bus models. [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric buses in Santiago, Chile (Courtesy of BYD)


¶ “Tesla To Build An EV Manufacturing Unit In India” • Tesla will set up an electric vehicle manufacturing unit in Karnataka, India, according to The News Minute. Karnataka’s Chief Minister, BS Yediyurappa, confirmed this on Saturday and noted that it was part of the list of benefits that were promised to Karnataka in the Union Budget. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Olectra Greentech Limited Wins Order For 350 Electric Buses In India” • This may be the first time we’re writing about Olectra Greentech Limited. And we are writing in regards to some big news. The company has reportedly secured an order for 350 electric buses in India. Their buses, however, will actually be manufactured by BYD. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus (Image courtesy of Olectra Greentech)

¶ “Brookfield Renewable Sees An Opportunity Worth Over $100 Trillion” • In Brookfield Renewables’ fourth-quarter conference call, CEO Connor Teskey spoke of reducing CO₂ emissions and a sustainable future,” he said. “Advancing the transition to a lower-carbon future will require substantial capital, in excess of $100 trillion over the next three decades.” [Motley Fool]

¶ “World’s 1st Zero-Emission Tanker Project Will Use Corvus Energy Storage System” • Corvus Energy was selected to provide an energy storage system to Kawasaki Heavy Industries for the zero-emissions electric e5 tanker it is building. It will be the first battery-powered tanker in the world. It is under construction for Tokyo’s Asahi Tanker Co. [CleanTechnica]

Asahi Tanker Co e5 tanker (Courtesy of e5 Lab Inc)

¶ “Water Overflows From Spent Nuclear Fuel Pools At Japan Nuclear Power Plant” • Water overflowed from the pools where spent nuclear fuel is stored at both of the Fukushima nuclear power plants operated by TEPCO, as a result of the earthquake that struck off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture, according to the Nuclear Regulation Authority. [The Japan News]


¶ “Charts: A Decade Of Cost Declines For US Solar PV Systems” • The US National Renewable Energy Laboratory published its US Solar Photovoltaic System and Energy Storage Cost Benchmark: Q1 2020, documenting a decade of cost reductions in solar and battery storage installations across utility, commercial, and residential sectors. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Dalhousie University’s Jeff Dahn Announces Renewed Partnership With Tesla” • Dalhousie University’s Office of Research Services shared a video of Jeff Dahn, a professor of physics and atmospheric science. Dahn is involved in a research partnership with Tesla, to create better lithium-ion batteries. He announced new chairs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Energy Transfer Creates Business To Expand In Renewables” • The Dallas-based pipeline operator Energy Transfer LP said it formed a new business to develop alternative energy products as part of an ongoing effort to reduce its environmental footprint. The new operation will focus on renewable energy projects such as solar and wind farms. [Natural Gas Intelligence]

Wind turbine (Jason Blackeye, Unsplash)

¶ “Interior Department Issues Environmental Review Of Crimson Solar Project Near Blythe” • The US Bureau of Land Management has restarted the permitting process for a solar farm in eastern Riverside County, California, issuing the final environmental impact statement for the 2,500 acre, 350-MW Crimson Solar Project. [The Desert Sun]

¶ “These ‘Science Moms’ Are Worried About Their Kids’ Future – And They Want To Help Other Parents Take Climate Change Action” • If you’re a new mom or dad, it’s often helpful to make use of expertise of other parents. There’s now a group of moms who want to be an expert resource on climate change. It’s called “Science Moms,” [Colorado Public Radio]

Research scientist Melissa Burt, camping with
her daughter Mia (Courtesy of Melissa Burt)

¶ “Rep Schofield Seeks 100% Clean, Renewable Energy In Georgia” • The State of Georgia has finally joined the national conversation around transitioning to a 100% clean, renewable energy portfolio, with the introduction of House Resolution 70 by State Rep Kim Schofield (D-Atlanta). HR 70 is co-sponsored by 29 House Members. [Atlanta Progressive News]

¶ “Solar project brings more renewable energy to Webster County” • Iowa is not usually thought of as a solar energy hotbed, but Holliday Creek Solar LLC of Minneapolis announced plans for an array of solar panels on 957 acres near Fort Dodge. When completed, the site will generate enough electricity to supply 30,000 homes. [Fort Dodge Messenger]

Have a consummately gleeful day.

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