Archive for July 18th, 2021

July 18 Energy News

July 18, 2021

World:

¶ “Green Transport Can Only Succeed With A Greener Grid” • To decarbonize the UK’s roads, railways, and flight paths, more clean energy is needed. Senior energy industry sources warned that the UK’s ambitious targets to drive down carbon emissions from the transport sector will require an acceleration of green investment in the energy system. [The Guardian]

London bus (Josh Mills, Unsplash)

¶ “Nissan Announces £1 Billion EV Hub – EV36Zero” • Nissan is pumping in a considerable chunk of coin to try to regain its leadership position for EVs. Nissan chose Sunderland, where it produces the LEAF, to host its “flagship Electric Vehicle Hub,” EV36Zero. This hub is intended to launch a “360-degree solution for zero-emission motoring.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Eviation Rolls Out 100% Electric Airplane Alice’s Production Version” • A production version of Eviation’s Alice electric plane has been finalized. Eviation is approaching the runway! Its first flight is planned for this year, and the goal remains to deliver the first customer planes in 2022. Electric planes can cut the cost of flying planes by 90%. [CleanTechnica]

Eviation Alice electric plane (Image courtesy of Eviation)

¶ “Colombian Dairy Boosts Energy Savings With Onsite Solar Park” • Colombian dairy producer Lácteos la Esmeralda had energy savings of up to 36% after installing a 669-kW ground-mounted solar park. The Lácteos la Esmeralda’s plant consumed an average of 220 to 260 MWh per month, which was a major expense. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “X Shore Electric Boat Dubbed ‘Tesla Of The Sea'” • Writers at CleanTechnica have covered a few exciting-looking electric boats over the years. The newest one to cross our lighthouse is the X Shore Eelex 8000. Tech journalist John Koetsier called it “the Tesla of the sea.” Aside from being 100% electric, the X Shore Eelex 8000 is a “smart boat.” [CleanTechnica]

X Shore Eelex 8000 (Courtesy of CNW Group/BCI Marine)

¶ “Power Minister Rejects CEB Plan, Insists On 70% Renewable Energy Sources” • The Ceylon Electricity Board’s 20-year Long-Term Generation Expansion Plan has been turned down by Power Minister Dulles Alahapperuma, the Sunday Times learned. The Power Minister insists that the plan’s target must be 70% renewables by 2030. [Sunday Times]

¶ “LG Electronics To Transition To 100% Renewable By 2050” • LG Electronics said it will shift to renewable energy for 100% of its needs by 2050. Its had previous pledged to go carbon neutral by 2030. LG said the transition will begin at its North American headquarters in Englewood, New Jersey, which will run on 100% renewables by year’s end. [The Korea Herald]

LG Electronics’ rooftop solar farm in New Jersey. (LG Electronics)

¶ “Hydrogen: Australia’s New Liquefied Natural Gas” • Australia aims to be a leading producer and exporter of renewable “green” hydrogen by 2030. In response to the climate change challenge, Australia is emulating its own earlier LNG export success in order to position itself for a new role as a major hydrogen producer and exporter. [Atlantic Council]

¶ “Scientists Predict More Extreme Weather Events In Future” • Over 100 people are dead and many more are reported missing after deadly floods swept large parts of western Germany. Such devastating floods have not been seen in decades. Meteorologists warn, however, that extreme weather events are likely to become much more familiar in future. [DW]

Storm damage (EU image)

US:

¶ “Tesla Is Inviting Its Energy Customers In California To Join Its Virtual Power Plant” • Tesla is inviting its Energy customers in California to join Tesla’s Virtual Power Plant and help stabilize the grid. Virtual power plants aggregate the capacities of energy resources and enhance power generation along with trading or selling power on the power market. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Planning For An ‘Uncertain’ Future, Cambridge Unveils Climate Resilience Plan” • The city of Cambridge, Massachusetts released a report, the “Resilient Cambridge Plan,” detailing the effects climate change has already had on the the city and offering suggestions to increase resilience and preparedness in the future. [The Harvard Crimson]

Charles River (Michael Baccin, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Launches Megapack Order Page And Pricing” • Tesla has launched a new order and pricing page for its Megapack, which provides utility-scale energy storage. Tesla had been only selling them business to business. Today, however, pretty much anyone who wants one can order a Tesla Megapack. That is, anyone with the wherewithal to do it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “American Airlines Commits To Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets By 2035” • American Airlines announced that it is the first North American carrier to seek validation from the Science Based Targets initiative, a collaboration that includes CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute, and the World Wide Fund for Nature. [Simple Flying]

American Airlines jet (Ross Sokolovski, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Now Offers FSD Subscription For $199 To Eligible Owners” • Tesla is now offering a Full Self-Driving subscription monthly package for $199. This gives Tesla owners a monthly option instead of just an upfront payment of $10,000. Note that the software suite is not quite to “Full Self-Driving” yet. That is its eventual target. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “In Energy Bill, Manchin Seeks To Strike Compromise In Crucial Chunk Of Biden Infrastructure Deal” • A $6 billion credit program to help keep struggling nuclear plants in business is just one of a host of things in a $100 billion infrastructure bill being considered by the US Senate. Senator Joe Manchin, D-WVa, is taking stands on the bill. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Have preposterously productive day.

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