June 1 Energy News

June 1, 2021


¶ “Why Electric Cars Will Take Over Sooner Than You Think” • We are in the middle of the biggest revolution in motoring since Henry Ford’s first production line started turning back in 1913. Many industry observers believe we have already passed the tipping point where sales of EVs will very rapidly overwhelm petrol and diesel cars. [BBC]

EV among the buffalo (Taun Stewart, Unsplash)

¶ “Your State Treasurer Has A Lot Of Influence On Climate Action” • State treasurers from sixteen stattes released a letter calling for corporate disclosure of climate risk and supporting efforts to boot corporate directors who fail to take appropriate climate action. The letter packs a punch. The treasurers manage over $1 trillion in assets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Catching Up To China In The EV Race Will Require New Thinking” • Auto industry analysts may disagree about how soon world’s transport system will be electrified, but they agree on one thing: China is far ahead of the US. China’s “state capitalism” can manipulate markets far more than would be tolerated in the laissez-faire US. [CleanTechnica]

Xpeng EV (Xpeng image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Turning Coal Waste Into Rare Earth Metals For Renewable Energy” • The US DOE has been funding pilot plants that extract valuable rare earth minerals from coal waste. When a technique shows promise, the site will get additional funding. Plants in Wyoming, West Virginia, North Dakota, Utah, and Kentucky are being developed. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Blimps May Be The Key To Low-Carbon Short-Range Air Travel” • According to The Guardian, Hybrid Air Vehicles, based in the UK, wants to change air travel by ferrying people between cities that are up to 300 miles apart with its Airlander 10 blimps. Here are a few reasons a blimp might be a serious alternative to travelling by jet. [CleanTechnica]

Interior of an Airlander 10 (Courtesy of Hybrid Air Vehicles)


¶ “Wärtsilä Finalises Commissioning Of Its First Two Energy Storage Projects In The Philippines” • The technology group Wärtsilä signed multiple energy storage contracts with SMC Global Power Holdings Inc through its subsidiary, Universal Power Solutions Inc, in the Philippines during 2019-2020. The first two were commissioned in May. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Morrow Batteries Commits To New Factory In Norway” • After searching nearly a year for a place to build a battery factory in Norway, Morrow Batteries signed a deal with the city of Arendal, in southern Norway, near the North Sea. The agreement came about after the city council agreed unanimously to approve the construction of the factory. [CleanTechnica]

Arendal (Ehud Neuhaus, Unsplash)

¶ “Finland Breaks Ground On Its Deep Geologic Nuclear Waste Repository” • Finnish waste management company, Posiva Oy, has started excavation on their deep geologic nuclear waste repository for their spent nuclear fuel at ONKALO. Operation of the repository is expected to begin in 2023. The estimated cost is about €2.6 billion ($3.4 billion). [Forbes]

¶ “Nexif Forges Partnership For 80 MW Of Vietnam Wind” • Australian power company Nexif Energy has formed an equal partnership with Ratch Group for the construction and operation of the 80-MW Nexif Energy Ben Tre wind project in Vietnam. The project, consisting of 19 Goldwind 4.5-MW turbines, is to be completed in 19 months. [reNEWS]

Goldwind wind turbines (Goldwind image)


¶ “Batteries Boom In Australia As Renewable Investments Decline” • The Clean Energy Council says investors are shying away from large renewable projects in Australia, as government intervention has created uncertainty and grid risks are tough to quantify. Investments in batteries in the first quarter, however, are up 300% year-on-year. [PV Magazine]

¶ “1000% Renewables For Australia? ARENA Boss Says That Is The Goal” • Australia could grow to become a global renewable energy giant, producing as much as ten times as much electricity as it currently consumes, and all of it could be from renewable sources, according to the CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. [Renew Economy]

Wind farm in Western Australia (Harry Cunningham, Unsplash)

¶ “Australia’s ‘Biggest Climate Polluter’ Takes Greenpeace To Court” • AGL Energy Ltd, Australia’s largest electricity generator, is taking Greenpeace Australia Pacific to court. AGL accused the environmental organisation of abusing copyright and trademark laws when it ran a satirical advertisement campaign that used AGL’s logos. [Al Jazeera]


¶ “Solar Panel Installations Over Canals Could Save California 65 Billion Gallons Of Water Per Year” • Yale Climate Connections has shared how installing solar panels over California’s 4,000 miles of open canals could save around 65 billion gallons of water each year. Solar panels over canals not only generate clean energy, but also reduce evaporation. [CleanTechnica]

Canal in California (Stephen Leonardi, Unsplash)

¶ “A Dilemma For California Legislators: Preserve Public Beaches Or Protect Coastal Homes” • The sea walls that safeguard roads, highways, harbors, military bases, and homes don’t always protect California’s pristine beaches. When waves reflect off a hard surface they wash more sand back out to sea, hastening coastal erosion. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Best Case? Worst Case? The Colorado River And The Culture Of Exceptionalism” • Scientists at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, have penned an article in Science Magazine that warns the decreasing flow of water in the Colorado River poses a danger to the 40 million Americans who depend on its water. [CleanTechnica]

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