May 27 Energy News

May 27, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “There’s No Compromising On Science When It Comes To Protecting Water Quality In The Nation’s Rivers And Streams” • Before EPA Administrator Regan tries to create a compromise between Obama and Trump approaches in the EPA’s new rules, he must remember one thing: Obama’s regulations for aquatic preservation were based on science. [CleanTechnica]

Bear Mountain Bridge (Clay Banks, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “World At Risk Of Hitting Temperature Limit Soon” • A report published by the World Meteorological Organization says by 2025 there’s a 40% chance of at least one year being 1.5°C hotter than the pre-industrial level. The analysis is based on modelling by the UK Met Office and climate researchers in 10 countries including the US and China. [BBC]

¶ “Flexible Loads And Renewable Energy Work Together In A Highly Electrified Future” • Demand flexibility offers high value in supporting a highly electrified, renewables-based US power system, according to the sixth and final report in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Electrification Futures Study. It completes work begun in 2017. [CleanTechnica]

Charging a car (Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “Russia To Launch Nuclear-Powered Spaceship To The Moon, On To Venus, Then Jupiter” • It will take quite the spacecraft to travel from the Moon to Venus and then Jupiter over 50 months in space. Russia’s space agency thinks their nuclear-powered transport and energy module will do it in 2030, reported TASS, the Russian News Agency. [The Hill]

¶ “PNNL Invention Reduces Risk Of Battery Explosions” • Grid energy storage in cabinet-style battery enclosures is becoming increasingly common. IntelliVent is a sensor system that can respond to smoke, heat, or gas alarms in the battery enclosure by automatically opening cabinet doors to prevent any buildup of flammable gases. [CleanTechnica]

Firefighters learning about the IntelliVent system
(Allan Tuan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

World:

¶ “Court Orders Shell To Reduce CO₂ Emissions In Landmark Climate Ruling” • A Dutch court has ruled that Royal Dutch Shell must dramatically reduce its carbon emissions in a landmark climate decision that could have far reaching consequences for oil companies. By 2030, Shell must reduce its CO₂ emissions by 45% from 2019 levels. [CNN]

¶ “10% Plugin Vehicle Share In China!” • It looks like following Europe, the #EVDisruption is now reaching China. Plugin vehicles are a hot item in China, having scored over 175,000 registrations last month. That was a 173% jump compared to the same month last year, with BEVs in particular growing at an amazing 204% rate. [CleanTechnica]

Wuling Hongguang Mini EV Cabrio
(JustAnotherCarDesigner, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Oman Plans To Build World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Plant” • Oman plans to build one of the world’s largest green hydrogen plants in a move to make the oil-producing nation a leader in renewable energy technology. Construction is scheduled to start in 2028, with the aim to be at full capacity by 2038, powered by 25 GW of wind and solar energy. [The Guardian]

¶ “EDF Renewables Unveils Plan For 100 MW Of Irish Wind” • EDF Renewables Ireland revealed plans to develop a 100-MW wind farm in County Mayo. The proposed project, which could consist of up to 25 turbines, will be located in a forested area to the north-east of Slieve Carr, approximately 8 km south-east of Bangor Erris. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (EDF Renewables image)

¶ “Scandinavian Energy Giant Statkraft To Seek Backing For Six Irish Wind Farms” • Scandinavian energy giant Statkraft will seek backing for six wind farms in the next round of Ireland’s green energy support scheme. The State is offering up to €2 billion in support to green generators over the next decade through the Renewable Energy Support Scheme. [The Irish Times]

¶ “RWE Launches Welsh Net Zero Center” • RWE has launched the Pembroke Net Zero Centre in Wales as a major initiative towards decarbonization. With Pembroke Power Station located at its heart, the PNZC will draw on the extensive knowledge and expertise from across RWE’s offshore wind, gas-fired generation, and hydrogen businesses. [reNEWS]

Pembroke Net Zero Centre (RWE image)

¶ “GE To Deliver Cypress Turbines For 88-MW Onshore Wind Farm In Finland” • GE will supply 16 of its 5.5-MW Cypress turbines, its largest onshore wind turbine in the field, for the 88-MW Puskakorpi wind farm in western Finland along with a 30-year Full Services Agreement. The project is in the Northern Ostrobothnia region. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

US:

¶ “Cook Inlet’s Extreme Tides Attract Tidal-Power Developer” • Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula may soon be home to an advanced tidal energy power project. Tidal-power developer ORPC has applied for a federal permit to install of a 5-MW pilot project near Nikiski, with plans for a phased development of a 100-MW tidal generating plant. [The Maritime Executive]

Riverine version of ORPC’s turbine technology (ORPC)

¶ “Activist Investor Ousts At Least Two Exxon Directors In Historic Win For Pro-Climate Campaign” • Engine No 1, a hedge fund that criticized ExxonMobil’s climate strategy, won enough shareholder support to get two board seats in a shareholder vote, ousting at least two directors from the oil giant’s board. It may gain two more seats that were too close to call. [CNN]

¶ “Electric Buses Get Solar Charging And Battery Backup On Martha’s Vineyard” • The Vineyard Transportation Authority announced it will add four electric buses to its fleet, bringing the total to 16, or 50% of its fleet. But what is most newsworthy about the VTA electric bus program is that it will use electricity from solar panels to charge them. [CleanTechnica]

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