February 24 Energy News

February 24, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “A Solar Panel In Space Is Collecting Energy That Could One Day Be Beamed To Anywhere On Earth” • Scientists working for the Pentagon have successfully tested a satellite solar panel the size of a pizza box, that was designed as a prototype for a future system to send electricity from space back to any point on Earth where it might be needed. [CNN]

Scientists and the solar device (Jonathan Steffen, US Navy)

¶ “Wind Turbine Blades Can Be Recycled” • The wind industry has one of the lowest composite waste rates. Over 85% of the turbine can be recycled, and composite blades are a small part of the overall materials. Despite how little of the negative impact the blades is, the wind industry is taking the problem on with a project called DecomBlades. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Modular Battery System From Xerotech Could Electrify The Construction Equipment Market” • Combining seven variants of modules with a choice of battery cell chemistry, a new “turnkey” modular battery system by Xerotech promises to revolutionize the construction equipment market by offering manufacturers a battery pack for just about everything! [CleanTechnica]

Battery pack (Xerotech image)


¶ “Indian Solar Developer Plans Foray Into Green Hydrogen” • One of India’s leading solar power generation companies, Acme Solar Holdings, announced plans to enter the green hydrogen business. According to a company press release, Acme will partner with French Lhyfe Labs for the production of green hydrogen. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “E-Tron GT: Audi Wants Us To See The Changes It Has Made” • Audi’s commitment to the latest technology fell behind in recent years, but with the e-tron GT, the company might be on a new path. The e-tron GT is competitive, and it shows Audi is serious about electrification. It has the looks of an Audi, and it is not just following in Tesla’s footsteps. [CleanTechnica]

Audi e-tron GT RS (Audi image)

¶ “188 Environmental Groups Call For An End To Single Use Products” • Disposable products are environmentally extremely harmful, and single use products are key contributors to the 2 billion tons of waste produced every year. Change at the level of leaders and decision-makers is needed, and environmentalists are calling for that. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Boom Could Force Coal Power To Close Early, Says New Report” • An analysis of the Australian energy market has found a number of coal-fired power stations could be financially unviable by 2025. The report was by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and advisory firm Green Energy Markets. [ABC News]

Bayswater power station (Hunter Community Environment Centre)

¶ “Construction Set To Begin On Enbridge’s Third Offshore Wind Project In France” • Construction is about to start on the 448-MW Calvados offshore wind project, Enbridge’s third offshore wind farm in France. The project will provide enough energy to power to nearly 300,000 homes in the Normandy region in 2024. [EIN News]

¶ “NTR Acquires Irish Solar And Battery Projects” • NTR has acquired a 54-MW portfolio of co-located solar and battery storage projects in County Wexford, Ireland from renewable energy developer RES. The portfolio has two battery storage projects totaling 25 MW along with 29 MW of solar PV. They will enter operations in 2022. [reNEWS]

NTR solar array (NTR image)

¶ “Green Hydrogen To Power First Zero Carbon Steel Plant” • A new industrial initiative, backed by EIT InnoEnergy, will build the world’s first large-scale steel production plant powered by green hydrogen, in north Sweden. The H2 Green Steel industrial initiative will mobilize €2.5 billion of investment to deliver the green steel project. [reNEWS]

¶ “Australian Coal Company Seeks Large-Scale Renewable Projects To Transition Portfolio” • Stanwell Corporation, an energy company owned by the Queensland Government, has announced that it is seeking expressions of interest from renewable energy projects to incorporate into its fossil-fuel heavy portfolio. [pv magazine International]

Wind turbines (Hans Braxmeier, pixabay)

¶ “Fukushima Poll: 74% Say Nuclear Disaster Work Is Not Promising” • Only 19% of residents in Fukushima Prefecture believe the work to decommission the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is showing “promise” nearly 10 years after the triple meltdown, a survey showed. And 74% said progress is “not promising.”  [Asahi Shimbun]


¶ “Regulators Examine Texas Energy Market After Natural Gas Prices Soared 10,000%” • Federal regulators are looking closely at the Texas energy market after natural gas prices rose by up to 10,000% during last week’s deep freeze. They warn that extreme weather will play havoc with energy sources, including natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind. [CNN]

¶ “Renewable Energy And EVs Are Slowly Happening In Rural Alaska” • When it comes to renewable energy and EVs, there are three very different kinds of Alaska to consider. Cities are like those in other parts of the US. Smaller communities are likely to be on microgrids and are mostly cut off from roads. And then there is the bush. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Puerto Rico Launches First Of Six Calls For Renewables And Storage” • The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority has been ordered to procure a total of 3.75 GW of renewables and 1.5 GW of energy storage. Its first RFP is for 1 GW of renewable energy resource capacity and 500 MW, 2 GWh, of energy storage capacity. [pv magazine International]

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