June 2 Energy News

June 2, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Floating Wind Good, Floating Wind Plus Green Hydrogen Better” • Anyone who thinks rapid global decarbonization is out of reach should take a look at the floating wind turbine sector. Floating wind seemingly popped up out of nowhere in the past couple of years, and it has already hooked up with the splashy new green hydrogen trend. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind turbine support systems (US DOE image)

¶ “37% Of Global Heat Deaths Caused By Climate Change” • Climate change causes over a third of global heat-related deaths each year, research published in Nature Climate Change found. Seventy scientists assessed heat deaths in 732 cities from 1991 to 2018 and found that 37% of them world-wide were directly attributable to climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tool To Estimate Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Electric And Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles” • The DOE’s Beyond Tailpipe Emissions Calculator provides estimates of total greenhouse gas emissions associated with driving an EV or plug-in hybrid EV, including emissions from the production of electricity used to power the vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

Tool results (US DOE screenshot)

¶ “China’s ‘Artificial Sun’ Nuclear Fusion Reactor Sets A New World Record After Running At 216 Million°F For 100 Seconds” • China’s ‘artificial sun’ nuclear fusion reactor has set a new world record after running at 216 million° Fahrenheit (120 million°C – ten times as hot as the sun) for 100 seconds, according to China’s state media. [Daily Mail]

World:

¶ “Tesla Powerpacks Will Help A Hospital In Haiti Serve Its Patients” • Tesla Powerpacks will be used in a hospital in Haiti to provide reliable and renewable energy, Tesmanian reports. World Hope International, working with the Wesleyan Mission in Haiti, aims to make healthcare at a critical hospital more reliable and sustainable. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Powerpack in Haiti (Building Health International)

¶ “ACWA Power Signs MOU With Neutral Fuels To Supply Red Sea Project” • ACWA Power, a leading Saudi developer of power generation and desalinization plants, has signed an MOU with Neutral Fuels to collaborate on supply of its Net Zero Biofuel™ for a Saudi Arabian regenerative tourism project on the Red Sea coast. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “May In France: Plugin Vehicle Sales At 17.3% Share – Up Times 2.3 Year On Year” • France, saw 17.3% plugin electric vehicle share in May 2021, up from 7.45% in May 2020. Non-electrified internal combustion powertrains continued their decline, now at 63.7% share. May’s overall auto volumes are still down around 25% from pre-Covid norms. [CleanTechnica]

May’s top seller, the Renault ZOE (Renault image)

¶ “Suzlon Wins 252-MW Order From CLP India” • Suzlon Group has secured an order for a 252-MW windpower project from CLP India in Gujarat. Suzlon will install 120 units of the S120-140m wind turbines with a Hybrid Lattice Tubular tower, with rated capacity of 2.1-MW each. The Sidhpur project is expected to be commissioned in 2022. [reNEWS]

¶ “Seabased Will Install Utility-Scale Wave Energy Park In France” • Brittany may soon be home to Europe’s first utility scale commercial wave energy park. With the support of the region, Seabased, a wave energy company led by French CEO Laurent Albert, is planning to build a 10-MW wave power park in Audierne Bay. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Seabased unit (Courtesy of Seabased)

US:

¶ “1,000 Arrests Expected Over Enbridge Line 3 Tar Sands Pipeline” • The coming month will be critical for the Enbridge Line 3 tar sands oil pipeline, under construction in Northern Minnesota, AP reports. Indigenous leaders never consented to the Line 3 project, and organizers from 300 groups threaten non-violent civil disobedience. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden Administration To Suspend Oil And Gas Drilling Leases In Arctic Refuge, Undoing A Trump-Era Decision” • The Biden administration plans to suspend oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, according to a senior administration official. This will undo a move the Trump administration made late last year. [CNN]

Alaska (Joris Beugels, Unsplash)

¶ “Gridware Raises $5.3 Million In Seed Round For Its Tech To Eliminate Suburban Wildfires” • Gridware, a California-based wildfire prevention technology company, has announced that it raised $5.3 million in a seed round. The mission of Gridware is tremendous and prescient: to eradicate suburban wildfires by finding them quickly. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ørsted And Eversource Charter Dominion Wind Turbine Installation Vessel” • Ørsted and Eversource have contracted Dominion Energy’s wind turbine installation vessel Charybdis for the construction of two planned offshore wind farms in the Northeast. The Charybdis is expected to be deployed from New London, Connecticut, in 2023. [Offshore Mag]

Charybdis installation vessel (Dominion Energy)

¶ “Rivian Selects Underwriters For IPO That Could Reach A $70 Billion Valuation” • Rivian will be working with Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and Goldman Sachs Group on their IPO, according to Bloomberg. Inside sources have said that Rivian could be seeking a valuation of about $70 billion when it goes public. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “SEIA Joins Lawsuit To Roll Back FERC’s Latest PURPA Rules” • The Solar Energy Industries Association and other petitioners have challenged in federal court a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s rulemaking for the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 that they said “effectively guts” the law’s implementation. [pv magazine USA]

Have a wondrously pleasant day.

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