May 17 Energy News

May 17, 2021


¶ “The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher For America’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm” • The stakes couldn’t be higher. America’s power system needs a serious makeover to meet President Biden’s emissions goals. Dirty coal must be replaced by much more solar and wind – including a series of offshore wind farms that begin with Vineyard Wind. [CNN]

Block Island wind farm (Ionna22, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Danish Duo Examine Hydrogen And Grid Balancing” • Danish transmission system operator Energinet is collaborating with Danish multinational Danfoss on a project to examine whether a plant that converts electricity to hydrogen can be used to help balance the power grid. They will work on a 0.5-MW electrolysis plant for green hydrogen. [reNEWS]

¶ “Save Our Oceans To Protect Our Health – Scientists Call For Global Action Plan” • The Seas Oceans and Public Health In Europe Project, an interdisciplinary collaboration led by the University of Exeter, outlined the initial steps that a wide range of organisations could take to work together to protect the largest connected ecosystem on Earth. []

Ocean (Dan Stark, Unsplash)


¶ “Peugeot Shines In Hot French Plugin Electric Vehicle Market – Charts” • The French plugin vehicle market continues in the fast lane, with April’s plugin share reaching 15% (6.8% Battery EV). That keeps the year-to-date share at a record 14% (6.9% BEV), which is a 3% increase over the 2020 result (11%). Peugeot’s EVs sold especially well. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen And QuantumScape Sign Agreement To Pick A Location For Their Joint Venture Pilot-Line Facility” • A solid-state battery developer, QuantumScape, announced that it signed an agreement with Volkswagen Group of America to pick the site of the two companies’ joint-venture solid-state battery pilot-line facility by the end of this year. [CleanTechnica]

QuantumScape web site screenshot (QuantumScape)

¶ “Chinese Media Outlet Apologizes To Tesla For FUD” • Twitter user Ray4Tesla shared that an automobile social media outlet in China took responsibility for the fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) it spread against Tesla in China. The network publicly apologized to Tesla for spreading the rumors of brake failure without any evidence. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A City Planning Model In Shanghai Reveals Land Reserved For Tesla Giga Shanghai” • Kelvin Yang has shared a photo on Twitter that may be of particular interest to Tesla/EV followers. He noted that Shanghai’s city planning office has a city model that reveals land that is reserved for Tesla Giga Shanghai. He also shared an article with more info. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla factory at work (Tesla image)

¶ “Volkswagen Group Is #1 – By Far – In Fully Electric Vehicle Sales In 10 European Countries” • Volkswagen Group set out some years ago to truly go electric and become the top selling company in the electric vehicle market as quickly as possible. Many have laughed and scoffed, but its European results show that it’s getting there. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “RES Secures Planning Approval For 100-MW UK Battery Storage Project” • A 99.9-MW energy storage project currently under development in northern England has secured planning permission. Renewable Energy Systems is developing the system. When it is commissioned in late 2023, RES will have 420 MW of storage operating. [Energy Storage News]

RES battery storage system (Image courtesy of RES and NREL)

¶ “France’s EDF Helping Saudi Arabia Achieve Renewable Energy Targets” • Saudi Arabia is aiming to generate 50% of its energy from renewables by 2030, with the remainder provided by gas. EDF Renewables has two big projects in the Kingdom to help it achieve that goal. Their total capacity is 700 MW, and they can provide electricity cheaply. [Arab News]

¶ “Coal Generators Bleeding Money As Renewables, Rooftop Solar Push Prices Down” • Revenue for the operators of coal burning power stations has plunged by $5.4 billion as coal use continues to decline. This is impetus for AGL, which burns more coal than any other company in Australia, to bring forward its coal closure timeline. [Mirage News]

Yallourn Power Station (Stephen Edmonds, CC BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Powercor Proposes 20 Big Batteries For Victoria Renewable Energy Zones” • Victoria electricity network operator Powercor put forward a plan to install up to 20 big batteries totaling more than 1.1 GW at key network centers to help strengthen the grid and deliver on the state’s renewable energy target. They would facilitate 10 GW of renewables. [Renew Economy]


¶ “The Dam Has Broken And West Virginia Has Awoken To Solar Power” • The tight grip the coal industry has on West Virginia is loosening. Consider the case of Nitro Construction Services, a provider of electrical, mechanical, and technological services. Its roots are in the coal industry but it is now ramping up its new solar business. [Forbes]

West Virginia solar energy (Revolt Energy image)

¶ “Army Of Tesla’s Refreshed Model S Cars Spotted In A Flyover Of Fremont Factory” • Tesla is about to unleash an army of the newly refreshed Model S (Plaid) vehicles. They were spotted at the Tesla factory in Fremont in a drone flyover. Gabincal shared the video on YouTube and noted that the Refreshed vehicles were everywhere. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Air Compression To Be Used In The World’s Largest Non-Hydro Energy Storage System” • The world’s largest advanced compressed-air long-duration energy storage (A-CAES) system is set to be constructed in California. Canadian company Hydrostor has announced that it is developing two A-CAES projects, each of 500-MW / 5-GWh. [Energy Matters]

Have a blissfully inspiring day.

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