Archive for July 7th, 2021

July 7 Energy News

July 7, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Why North America’s Killer Heat Scares Me” • When he saw North America’s killer heat dome, BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin felt a “gut-tightening sense of foreboding.” It was not because new heat records were set in north-western US and Canada. That happens from time to time. It was because the old records were smashed so dramatically. [BBC]

Vancouver (Mike Benna, Unsplash)

¶ “Oil Companies Know Hydrogen Is A Dead End, But It’s A Handy Way To Hold Back Electrification” • Reasonable minds may differ on the place of hydrogen fuel cells in the clean-energy future, but it’s a fact that the fossil fuel giants have been heavily hyping hydrogen. It’s not hard to see why. Nearly all hydrogen is now produced from natural gas. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “No, A Tanker Full Of Fossil Fuels Isn’t ‘Carbon Neutral.’” That’s Not How It Works.” • Shell announced a special “carbon neutral” shipment of fracked gas to Europe. The gas is to be burned, and it will emit CO₂, but Shell and its gas supplier, Cheniere, seem to want the focus to be on shipping in a way that is carbon neutral. You can’t make this up. [CleanTechnica]

Tanker (Image by Sekau67 from Pixabay)

World:

¶ “Ten Million Renewable Jobs Are Waiting To Be Unlocked” • More than 13,000 renewable projects are set to create up to 10 million jobs worldwide and provide $2 trillion (£1.43 trillion) in investment opportunities. That is the key finding from new research by Ernst & Young, commissioned by the European Climate Foundation. [Energy Live News]

¶ “How Flooded Coal Mines Could Heat Homes” • A quarter of the UK’s homes sit above abandoned coal mines, long since flooded with water. Now, the mines are being put to a new, zero-carbon use. A heat pump can easily extract heat from the water, which comes up from the mine at 15°C (59°F), and deliver it to buildings that need it. [BBC]

Getting geothermal heat from old mines (Hunosa image)

¶ “Bringing Batteries To The Helm Of Grid Services” • India’s electricity market has been changing in recent years. With the share of renewable energy increasing, there has been a greater emphasis on reliability and stability of system operations. Such operations were provided with fossil fuels in the past, but now battery use is increasing. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Made Of Air, A Berlin Startup, Is Producing Carbon-Negative Thermoplastic From Farm Waste” • Made of Air, a startup based in Berlin, created a carbon-negative thermoplastic, using waste from forests and farms in the area around Berlin. They claim the material is 90% carbon and sequesters two tonnes of CO₂ for every tonne of plastic. [CleanTechnica]

Made Of Air plastic siding on a building (Made Of Air image)

¶ “Hyundai Motor, Kia Pledge To 100% Renewable Energy By 2050” • South Korean carmakers Hyundai Motor and Kia will join a global clean energy initiative and will transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050, according to Hyundai Motor Group, their parent firm. The automakers will submit applications to be members of the RE100. [The Korea Herald]

¶ “Carbon Savings From Use Of On-Farm Renewables ‘Must Be Recognised'” • Carbon savings from on-farm renewables must be recognised, the Ulster Farmers’ Union maintains. A government consultation’s aims are net zero carbon, affordable energy, and a 70% renewable electricity by 2030. But the UFU says agriculture is not getting the credit it deserves. [FarmingUK]

UK farm (Kai Bossom, Unsplash)

¶ “Kipeto Wind Farm Reaches Commercial Operation In Kenya” • All sixty of the turbines at the Kipeto wind farm have reached commercial operation and are providing power for the national grid. This makes the project Kenya’s second-largest wind power project. The electricity it generates is enough to supply about 250,000 households. [ESI Africa]

¶ “AGL To Shut Down Gas-Fired Power Unit As Renewable Energy Soars” • Energy giant AGL is preparing to mothball one of four units at South Australia’s biggest gas-fired power station, the Torrens B plant, as the influx of large-scale renewable energy and rooftop solar power continues to price fossil fuels out of the market. [Sydney Morning Herald]

Torrens Island Power Station (Fairv8, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “Louisiana Passed Bill To Allow For Chemical Recycling, AKA ‘Advanced Recycling'” • Louisiana has unanimously passed a bipartisan bill, Senate Bill 97, that will allow advanced recycling. This term, “advanced recycling,” is another name for “chemical recycling.” Recycling plastics instead of making more sounds ideal, right? Not necessarily. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Eleven Energy-Related Inventions From Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Get More Funding” • Eleven energy-related inventions developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are getting additional funding to move them from laboratory and field tests to the marketplace. One example is cement that repairs itself within 24 hours. [CleanTechnica]

Self-healing cement (Andrea Starr, PNNL)

¶ “Dover explores joining Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire” • Dover is exploring joining the Community Power Coalition of NH, a statewide public power non-profit that is set to work out ways for municipalities and counties to collaborate and take control of their electricity supply, according to the nonprofit and Dover officials. [Foster’s Daily Democrat]

¶ “Weeks After Declaring Mission Accomplished, Abbott Orders Further Changes To Texas Grid” • Soon after saying “everything that needed to be done was done to fix the power grid in Texas,” Governor Greg Abbott ordered the Public Utility Commission of Texas to overhaul the state’s electric system, building coal, gas, and nuclear plants. [Houston Public Media]

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