June 14 Energy News

June 14, 2021


¶ “Tracking The Transition: The ‘Forgotten’ Emissions Undoing The Work Of Australia’s Renewable Energy Boom” • A working paper from Australian National University shows that despite emissions reductions in the electricity supply and elsewhere, and transport, industry, and buildings sectors are dragging Australia backwards on emissions. [pv magazine Australia]

Rooftop PV system in Australia (Solar Bay image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “New Pathway Emerges To Improve Polycrystalline Thin-Film Solar Cell Performance” • A discovery may prove to be a boon for the next generation of several different types of thin-film PV cells. It has to do with a chemical process that was occurring in solar cells unnoticed, but had a positive effect on the cells’ values. Now it can be intentional. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tech Firms Use Remote Monitoring To Help Honey Bees” • Hit by a deadly parasitic mite, pesticides, and climate change, a survey showed that between April 2019 and 2020 43.7% of US bee hives were lost. An Irish business, ApisProtect, makes wireless in-hive sensors that transmit data to website-based software so bee keepers know what hives need intervention. [BBC]

Tending hives (Best Bees Company image)


¶ “BP Joins Statkraft And Aker For Norway Offshore Bid” • BP has joined Statkraft and Aker Offshore Wind in a ‎consortium bidding to develop offshore wind energy in Norway. Each member of the consortium will hold a third ownership stake. The partnership will pursue a bid to develop offshore wind power in the Sørlige Nordsjø 2 ‎licence area. [reNEWS]

¶ “G7 Leaders Share A Bold Vision For A Net Zero Future. But The Devil Is In The Lack Of Detail” • There was some concrete progress earlier in the summit from G7 ministers, and a vision laid out by leaders for a net zero world that would take a green approach to everything. But the final communiqué was lacking details the experts had hope for. [CNN]

Falmouth harbor (Kate Joyce, Unsplash)

¶ “India’s Wind Market Could Expand By 50% Over Next Five Years” • The world’s fourth-largest wind power market is expected to add nearly 20.2 GW of new capacity between 2021 and 2025, according to the latest report from the Global Wind Energy Council and MEC Intelligence. This would boost India’s 39.2-GW wind market by about 50%. [Energy Voice]

¶ “Japan Selects Local Consortium For Floater” • The Japanese government has selected a consortium of six companies led by the Toda Corporation to develop a floating offshore wind farm off the country’s coast. The group, which also includes Kepco and the Eneos Corporation, was the only bidder and will work on the 16.8-MW project off Nagasaki Prefecture. [reNEWS]

Towing a floating turbine (Principle Power image)

¶ “Geothermal Power Sector Gains Steam In Renewable Energy Race” • As geothermal power gains momentum as a renewable energy source, Japanese contractors are well positioned for growing business. The Environment Ministry plans to accelerate development of geothermal power as part reducing greenhouse gas emissions. [Nikkei Asia]

¶ “Mozambique Starts Construction On First Solar Energy Storage IPP” • Globeleq, Source Energia, and Electricidade de Moçambique started building the first independent power plant in Mozambique that has both solar PVs and utility-scale energy storage. It will include solar PVs for 15 MW of AC power, and 2 MW, 7 MWh, of energy storage. [ESI Africa]

Start of construction in Mozambique (Globeleq image)

¶ “McCain Foods Commitment Will Help Limit Global Warming To 1.5°C” • McCain Foods’ commitment to cut in half greenhouse gas emissions across all of its global operations by the end of the decade was verified to align with efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C. It is the only food and beverage company in Canada verified by Science Based Targets. [PotatoPro]

¶ “Mocean Blue X Wave Device Put To The Test” • Mocean Energy started testing its Blue X wave energy prototype at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland. Later this summer, it will be moved to a grid connected wave test site at Billia Croo on the west coast of Orkney, where it will be tested in rougher full sea conditions. [reNEWS]

Mocean Blue X Wave Device (Photo by Colin Keldie)

¶ “US Assessing Reported Leak At Chinese Nuclear Power Facility” • The US government spent the past week assessing a report of a leak at a Chinese nuclear plant, after a French company that part owns and helps operate it warned of an “imminent radiological threat,” according to US officials and documents reviewed by CNN. [CNN Philippines]


¶ “Colorado Environmental And Equity Legislative Roundup” • After months of drafting, negotiating, and promoting legislation in the Colorado State Capitol, the General Assembly adjourned. Looking back over the past six months, it’s clear that achieving enforceable and equitable climate action was a top priority for many people and groups. [CleanTechnica]

Colorado (Bob Wick, BLM, DOI, cropped)

¶ “Solar And Wind Power Were 99.7% Of New US Electricity Capacity In 1st Quarter Of 2021” • Not including rooftop solar power, solar PV accounted for 36.5% of new US capacity in the first quarter of 2021. Another 63.2% of new capacity came from new wind power plants. Those two combine for 99.7% of new US power capacity. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Offshore Wind Power A Centerpiece Of US Department Of Energy’s Power Plans” • The US DOE and the White House have made offshore wind a centerpiece of plans to strengthen the nation’s energy infrastructure, announcing a goal to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030, a huge leap from the 42 MW currently in operation. [CleanTechnica]

Have an impeccably superb day.

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