Archive for June 10th, 2021

June 10 Energy News

June 10, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hands-Free: Improving EV Wireless Charging At Oak Ridge National Laboratory” • For several years, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have been working on a wireless charging technology that could make powering an EV easier than filling up a car with gas. Now, they are nearing completion of a system to charge EVs while they’re in motion. [CleanTechnica]

Wireless charging coil (Carlos Jones, ORNL, US DOE)

¶ “Small Modular Nuke Reactors Fuel New Waste Debate” • The argument is that advanced nuclear reactors can be reliable 24/7 replacements for coal and oil-fired electric power generation, but nuclear enthusiasts are overlooking the elephant in the room. They seem to have forgotten that nuclear waste needs to be stored for centuries. []


¶ “Shell CEO: We Will Cut Emissions Faster But The World Has To Use Less Oil” • After a court ordered Shell to reduce carbon emissions faster than planned, Ben van Beurden, the company’s CEO, said he was determined “to rise to the challenge.” But he said Shell cannot stop climate change alone. If it stopped selling oil, customers would just buy it elsewhere. [CNN]

Using oil for modern life (shun idota, Unsplash)

¶ “Investors Holding $41 Trillion Demand Action On Climate – Now” • Investors managing over $41 trillion in assets are loudly calling on world leaders to step up their climate game as quickly as possible, so they can take part in a wave of investment in clean energy. The investors call for governments to set more ambitious emission reduction targets. [CNN]

¶ “Migration From Central America Driven By Climate Change” • Climate change is a major factor forcing Central Americans to flee their homes, as the threats of drought and extreme weather have destroyed crops and productive farmland, Bloomberg reported. They have been hit by drought or hurricanes in over half of the last ten years. [CleanTechnica]

Hurricane Laura on August 26, 2020 (NOAA)

¶ “Northvolt To Ramp Up EV Battery Production With Another $2.75 Billion” • Northvolt raised another $2.75 billion, and plans to increase its production capacity for its Swedish gigafactory, Northvolt Ett, from 40 GWh to 60 GWh, as customer demand increased. Northvolt had a $14 billion order from Volkswagen Group earlier this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “India Set To Install 20 GW By 2025” • India is expected to install just over 20 GW of wind power capacity between 2021 and 2025, analysis from the Global Wind Energy Council and MEC Intelligence shows. The country has an installed capacity of 39.2 GW. A pipeline of projects totaling 10.3 GW in is expected to drive installations until 2023. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines in India (Suzlon image)

¶ “Queensland Commits $2 Billion To Boost Local Renewable Energy Jobs” • Queensland will spend $2 billion to boost jobs in renewable energy. The fund will help develop a clean hydrogen industry, mine minerals needed for solar panels, build hydrogen plants and batteries, and increase manufacturing across the renewables supply chain. [The Guardian]

¶ “Greece May Approve Connection Of 6 GW Of Renewable Power Plants In 2021” • Admie, the power transmission system operator of Greece, expects to issue approvals for the connection of 6 GW for planned green power plants to the grid this year. This shows great growth compared to just 2.5 GW from 2019 and 2020 combined. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Transmission lines (Michael Schwarzenberger, Pixabay)

¶ “World’s Renewables Potential Enough For Energy Transition” • The world has sufficient renewables potential to stop using fossil fuels while also expanding energy access for all, analysis from the University of Technology Sydney shows. But existing fossil fuel projects would emit too much carbon to much to meet Paris Agreement goals. [reNEWS]


¶ “Ohio Will Soon To Be Home To The Largest Solar Factory Complex Outside Of China” • First Solar unveiled plans to build a state-of-the-art factory in Ohio, doubling its US manufacturing capacity. The factory will be the company’s third in the Toledo area. First Solar, the only major US manufacturer of solar panels, will invest $680 million in the factory. [CNN]

Solar panels (Science in HD, Unsplash)

¶ “Keystone XL Pipeline Halted After Biden Blocks Permit” • The Keystone XL pipeline’s developer has halted construction on the project after the Biden administration revoked its permit. The pipeline was to carry oil 1,200 miles (1,900 km) from Alberta to Nebraska. Environmentalists and Native American groups fought against it for over a decade. [BBC]

¶ “North Carolina Sets 8-GW Offshore Goal For 2040” • North Carolina has set out a goal of 2800 MW of offshore wind by 2030 and 8000 MW by 2040. To further the state’s transition to a clean energy economy, Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order highlighting North Carolina’s commitment to offshore wind power. [reNEWS]

Block Island wind farm (Shaun Dakin, Unsplash)

¶ “Hecate Energy To Invest In Elba And Oakfield, Applying To Build NY’s Largest Solar Farm” • Hecate Energy announced filing an application with New York State’s Office of Renewable Energy Siting to build a 500-MW solar farm in the towns of Oakfield and Elba in western New York. Cider Solar Farm would be the largest solar project ever built in the state. [The Batavian]

¶ “Oregon House Moves To Curb Forest Institute’s Power And Budget” • After our investigation found that the tax-funded Oregon Forest Resources Institute acted as a lobbying arm for the timber industry, Oregon lawmakers passed a bill that would significantly cut the institute’s funding and redirect the money to climate science. [ProPublica]

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