April 11 Energy News

April 11, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Offshore Wind Data Release Propels Wind Prospecting” • In July 2020, NREL published an article about novel techniques and tools to produce offshore wind-speed data. Now those tools have borne fruit. NREL made data available for the outer continental shelf of California, the Mid-Atlantic, the Pacific Northwest, and Hawaii. More is on the way. [CleanTechnica]

Floating lidars (Photo by AXYS Technologies)

¶ “47 Scientists: World Should Go 100% Renewable Electricity By 2030” • An article in the journal Nature recommended clarifying scope and a long-term roadmap to reduce emissions. But 47 other scientists say that countries and companies should aim for 100% renewable electricity by 2030 at the latest, and for 100% renewable energy by 2035. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Colorado River Basin Due For More Frequent And Intense Hydroclimate Events” • In the vast Colorado River basin, climate change is driving extreme, interconnected events among earth-system elements. These events are becoming both more frequent and more intense. They are best studied together, rather than in isolation, new research shows. [ScienceDaily]

Colorado River (Gabriel Tovar, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “BYD Targets Low- And Middle-Income Drivers, Goes All In On LFP Battery Technology” • BYD recently introduced two new low-cost models. The Qin Plus sedan starts at ¥129,800 ($19,820). The Song Plus an SUV starts at ¥169,800 ($25,911). The BYD e2 compact, starting at ¥99,800 ($15,230), is already popular. BYD uses LFP (LiFePO₄) batteries for these EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Back To The Future With The MG Cyberster” • The former British car company MG, now owned by SAIC, is introducing the Cyberster, an electric car that reinterprets the roadster legacy that began with the MG TA in 1936 and ended with the last MGB in 1980. The company unveiled the concept car in advance of the Shanghai Auto Show. [CleanTechnica]

MG’s new roadster (MG courtesy image)

¶ “Maharashtra Govt Plans Pumped Hydro Storage Plants To Support Renewables” • In what is called a gamechanger for grid stability, the government of Maharashtra is focusing on Pumped Hydro Storage plants. With the expected growth in the share of renewable energy, the state government is setting up PHSs to bring balance to the grid. [Energy News India]

¶ “Gale Winds, Flash Flooding Forecast From Unique Cyclone Event Off WA Coast” • A unique cyclone event off the coast of Western Australia, as two tropical cyclones, Seroja and Odette, formed off the West Australian coast. The Fujiwhara effect, where two systems swirl around each other, is rare. Seroja is set to hit the coast as a category 2 hurricane. [PerthNow]

Satellite image of Seroja and Odette (Bureau of Meteorology)

¶ “Acwa Power Inaugurates KSA’s First Utility-Scale Renewable Energy Project” • ACWA Power, based in Saudi Arabia, is a developer, investor, and operator of power generation and water desalination plants. It commissioned the 300-MW Sakaka PV IPP, which is worth $320 million and touted as KSA’s first utility scale renewable energy project. [MEP Middle East]

US:

¶ “Elon Musk Shares A Bit More Detail About Tesla FSD’s Pure Vision” • Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla’s Full Self Driving Beta V9.0 would soon be live, and that this new update would switch to pure vision with no radar. In a followup reply to a bloger’s request for more information about “pure vision,” Elon shared some nuggets of information. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 dashboard

¶ “Adam Jonas Of Morgan Stanley: Tesla [TSLA] Is A Must Own. But What About Legacy Auto?” • Adam Jonas has said some interesting things recently on Tesla and legacy auto. Among other things, he said that Tesla is a must-own for auto investors, and, “You run the risk of not owning a company that makes the stuff you do own obsolete.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GM’s ICE Business Is Worthless, Adam Jonas Confirms” • Referring to legacy auto makers and their internal combustion engines, Jones said, “[We’re] running scenarios where the value of ICE is massively negative, so these auto companies have the burden of managing out this asbestos-like, toxic tort-like, tobacco-like liability…” [CleanTechnica]

Have a superbly delectable day.

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