April 10 Energy News

April 10, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “If All You Want For Earth Day Is A Tesla, Enter This Tesla Raffle” • Earth Day is approaching! The Illinois Solar Education Association, which has been advancing the solar movement for over 40 years, is running its annual fundraising raffle by offering a Tesla Model X as a prize. Now you help its work and, maybe, get the Tesla you wanted. [CleanTechnica]

Good Green Fun

¶ “328,000 Estimated US Accidents A Year From Sleepy Drivers – How Many Lives Will Tesla Full Self Driving Save?” • A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says nearly 330,000 car accidents a year occur in the US due to sleepy drivers, causing 109,000 injuries and 6,400 fatalities. Tesla FSD will not eliminate all accidents, but it will reduce those. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “NopeaRide Is Launching SolarHub EV Charging Stations In Kenya” • EkoRent Africa’s NopeaRide, Africa’s first all-electric ride-hailing taxi firm, with its Nopea Xpress delivery service, has received funding from EEP Africa for piloting solar EV charging stations in Kenya. The first hub built will be a 160 kWp rooftop installation in Nairobi. [CleanTechnica]

NopeaRide car (NopeaRide image)

¶ “Toyota Applies Diesel-Killing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Muscle To EU Railways” • Toyota has taken plenty of lumps for persisting in development of hydrogen fuel cell cars. But Toyota is applying the technology to larger EVs, as well. Toyota joined forces with the €14 million FCH2RAIL project to push diesel locomotives out of the EU railway market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Audi E-Tron Supports Solar Nanogrid” • Used Audi e-tron batteries are getting another life in India. A German-Indian startup has turned two Audi e-tron battery modules into energy storage for a solar nanogrid. The prototype system can keep about 50 shopkeepers and small businesses working after dark when the grid goes down. [CleanTechnica]

Solar nanogrid operating (Copyright: AUDI AG)

¶ “Korean Duo Forge Floating Wind Pact” • Two South Korean companies, SK E&C and Posco, will collaborate on development of a new floating offshore wind facility. The aim is carry out the demo test in 2023 at a 136-MW project site off Ulsan. SK E&C acquired a power generation licence for offshore wind power generation at the site in 2018. [reNEWS]

¶ “Danish Port Targets A 70% Carbon Reduction Using Wind Energy” • A Danish port is on track for a 70% reduction in carbon emissions by use of an energy management system and offshore wind energy. Port Esbjerg, on the southwest coast of Denmark, is working with Honeywell on a comprehensive carbon and energy management program. [The Maritime Executive]

Port facility (Port Esbjerg)

¶ “Uzbekistan Reveals Hydrogen And Renewables Strategy” • Uzbekistan has approved a presidential decree to establishing a strategy to boost development of renewable and hydrogen energy. This follows an agreement signed earlier by the Ministry of Energy, ACWA Power from Saudi Arabia, and Air Products, which is based in the US. [reNEWS]

¶ “Evidence Mounts In P&G’s Role In Degrading Intact Forests” • A new NRDC analysis of Canadian logging companies supplying wood pulp to the US marketplace looks at Procter & Gamble’s sustainability claims. Mills supplying P&G allow forest sourcing to come at the cost of Indigenous rights, threatened species, and the global climate. [CleanTechnica]

Jordan River, British Columbia (Image © River Jordan for NRDC)

¶ “Government To Release Fukushima Nuclear Plant Water Into Sea Despite Fishermen’s Objection” • The Japanese government is poised to release treated radioactive water accumulated at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea despite opposition from fishermen, sources familiar with the matter. The plan will be formalized by the cabinet. [Japan Today]

US:

¶ “City Of Cleveland Commits To Solar Panels, Electric Vehicle Stations For Clean Energy Conversion” • The City of Cleveland announced commitments with a goal to use 100% clean energy by 2050 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The sustainability manager for the city discussed both a clean energy supply and demand reduced by efficiency. [News 5 Cleveland]

Cleveland, Ohio (DJ Johnson, Unsplash)

¶ “Biden Administration Will Not Shut Down Dakota Access Pipeline During Environmental Review, DOJ Lawyer Tells Court” • Government attorney Ben Schifman told a federal judge that the Army Corps of Engineers, which handles permits for the pipeline, “is essentially in a continuous process of evaluating” and gathering information. [CNN]

¶ “Durham Company Provides Renewable Source For Big Energy Consumers” • Windlift, a company based in Durham, North Carolina, seeks to combat climate change and set the US on a path towards a sustainable future. Windlift’s Airborne Power Generator is like a traditional wind turbine, but it uses only 5% of the materials. [Duke Chronicle]

Airborne Power Generator (Courtesy of Windlift)

¶ “Biden Budget Seeks Major Investments In Energy And Environment” • President Biden offered a first look at his fiscal 2022 budget. It is a sharp break from the Trump era, with major new spending for fighting climate change and promoting clean energy. The EPA would be among the biggest winners, with its funding proposed to increase 21%. [E&E News]

¶ “Texas House Panel Weighs Anti-Renewable Energy Bills Fueled By Winter Storm” • A package of bills debated by a House panel this week aims to attack the state’s burgeoning renewable energy industry by adding charges and requirements. Opponents of the anti-renewable legislation say GOP leaders are covering up the causes of the blackouts. [Dallas Morning News]

Have a magically fortuitous day.

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