April 30 Energy News

April 30, 2021


¶ “Climate Migration” • Climate change is already displacing millions of people. And if countries fail to make sharp cuts to carbon pollution, it will displace hundreds of millions more. By one estimate, climate disasters could uproot upwards of 1 billion people by 2050, raising important questions about how the world will respond. [CleanTechnica]

“Broke, baby sick, and car trouble!” by Dorothea Lange

Science and Technology:

¶ “Methane Cuts Possible, And Necessary” • Aggressive action to reduce methane pollution could slow global warming by as much as 30%, new research shows. The study, in press at the journal Environmental Research Letters, comes ahead of a UN report that will call for “urgent steps [to] be taken to reduce methane emissions this decade.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Glaciers Are Melting Much Faster Than Expected, Study Finds” • A new study indicates that the speed of glacier melt has “doubled over the past two decades” – far faster than anticipated or previously measured. In the study, published in the journal Nature, the authors make use of multiple NASA satellite datasets dating back to 2000. [CNN]

Glacier and lake (Amar Adestiempo, Unsplash)

¶ “Lightning May Be An Important Source Of Air-Cleaning Chemicals” • Lightning could play an important role in flushing pollutants out of the atmosphere. Observations from a storm-chasing airplane reveal that lightning can forge lots of oxidants, which serve as air-cleansing chemicals, researchers reported online in the journal Science. [Science News]

¶ “Meet Dick, The Weed-Killing Robot With A Tesla Heart” • A UK startup called the Small Robot Company is about to change how farming is done. SRC uses two field units powered by Tesla batteries. One gathers detailed data about a field and transmits that to an AI unit. The AI unit gives the data to the second field unit, which zaps the weeds. [CleanTechnica]

Farm field (PA government image)


¶ “Enel Cleared To Fire Up First Russian Wind Farm” • PJSC Enel Russia has obtained the right to put into commercial operation its first wind farm in Russia, a 90-MW project located at Azov in the Rostov region. The 26-turbine wind farm will start supplying electricity to the country’s wholesale electricity market, with operations beginning on 1 May. [reNEWS]

¶ “Carnegie Working On New Wave Device ” • Carnegie Clean Energy is working on a wave energy product based on its existing Ceto device. The Australian company said in its results for the first quarter of 2021 that the first market for the product would be aquaculture barges and other vessels that require electricity while operating offshore. [reNEWS]

New wave device (Carnegie Clean Energy image)

¶ “Ramboll To Support 10-GW Energy Island” • Engineering firm Ramboll will provide the VindØ consortium with high-level support for planning the world’s first energy island in the North Sea. The Danish company is doing detailed studies of possible activities on the island, which is slated to include windfarms with a combined generating capacity of 10 GW. [reNEWS]


¶ “All Green Hydrogen Roads Lead To…Wyoming!” • Wyoming, home of the mighty Powder River coal basin, also happens to be the place a company called Raven SR calls home, and Raven has just hooked up with a company based in New York State called Hyzon Motors to build 100 waste-to-hydrogen hubs in the US and around the world. [CleanTechnica]

Waste-to-hydrogen hub (Raven SR courtesy image)

¶ “President Biden Touts Climate Action And JOBS! In His First Joint Session Speech” • In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Joe Biden highlighted his administration’s efforts to grow the US economy and create jobs by addressing the climate crisis. Biden said, “Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. For me, when I think about climate change, I think jobs.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GM Announces Ultium Charge 360 Partnership With Seven Electric Car Charging Companies” • General Motors and seven electric car charging networks are partnering to make sure the people who buy its EVs will be able to find places to plug them in no matter where they go. An updated GM owners app will show their charging locations. [CleanTechnica]

Charging locations (General Motors image)

¶ “Maryland County Sues Big Oil” • Anne Arundel County, Maryland, home to Maryland capital Annapolis, is suing more than two dozen oil and gas companies for covering up what they knew was the truth of their products’ impact on global warming. The county is seeking to hold them liable for the “costs and consequences” of climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Dominion Seeks 1 GW In Virginia” • Dominion Energy is seeking proposals for 1 GW of solar and onshore wind projects in Virginia. Dominion issued the call in support of Virginia’s Clean Economy Act and to achieve its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. The projects must be in Virginia and have generating capacities greater than 3 MW. [reNEWS]

Solar site construction (Dominion Energy image)

¶ “California Just Hit 95% Renewable Energy. Will Other States Come Along For The Ride?” • For all the time we spend talking about how to reach 100% clean power, it sometimes seems like a faraway proposition. But on Saturday just before 2:30 pm, one of the world’s largest economies came within a stone’s throw of getting there. [Los Angeles Times]

¶ “Gone Fission: Controversial Nuke Plant Near NYC Shuts Down” • Indian Point is permanently stopping production of nuclear power, capping a decades-long battle over a key source of electricity in the heart of New York City’s suburbs. Opponents have called the nuclear plant a threat to millions living in its densely packed region. [FOX13 Memphis]

Have an indefatigably entertaining day.

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