July 19 Energy News

July 19, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “BBC: Electric Cars Will Be “Biggest Revolution In Motoring” Since 1913″ • Many observers forecast a transition to electric cars much sooner than expected. Now, BBC is joining the fray. “What makes the end of the internal combustion engine inevitable is a technological revolution. And technological revolutions tend to happen very quickly.” [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach-E (Adrian N, Unsplash)

¶ “How We’re Getting More Solar On Rooftops Across The Country” • The US goal of decarbonizing the power sector by 2035 implies a need to green the grid rapidly. To reach that goal, we need to install more rooftop solar PV systems. Unfortunately, we are still in the dark ages when it comes to permitting. A new program, SolarAPP+, addresses that. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Time Is Now To Convert Japan’s Electricity Supply Core To Renewables” • We call on those who are drafting the Japanese government’s basic energy plan not to take the easy route to the revival of nuclear power, but to focus on building a system for a stable electricity supply using renewable energy to the greatest extent possible. [The Mainichi]

Solar farm (Nuno Marques, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tesla Patent Application Is Process To Extract Lithium From Clay Minerals” • Tesla has applied for a patent to extract lithium from a clay mineral and its composite elements. Since the 1990s, lithium has been at the forefront of many technological changes thanks to the commercialization of lithium-ion batteries and the devices they power, including EVs. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Is The Number 1 Electric Car In Germany In June” • The German plugin vehicle market scored over 64,000 registrations last month, with sales rising fast. Plug-in hybrid car sales were up 191%, year over year, to 31,314. Battery electric vehicle sales were up 312% YOY to 33,420 cars. Last month’s plugin share ended at 24%. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Kona charging (Ed Harvey, Unsplash)

¶ “Making Electric Cars ‘Normal’ In Australia” • The government of New South Wales is budgeting half a billion dollars to support battery electric vehicles. As well as generous incentives for the public and businesses to purchase BEVs, they are now planning “driving experience days.” This is similar to an approach taken by the government of the UK. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rolls-Royce Attempting 100% Electric Aircraft Speed Record, Jaguar I-PACE Offering Ground Support” • Rolls-Royce has been a familiar name in the very early electric aircraft market. Its fully electric aircraft, Spirit of Innovation, is about to attempt a new top speed record for an electric aircraft. It is aiming to fly at over 300 mph (480 km/h). [CleanTechnica]

Spirit of Innovation and Jaguar I PACE 5 (Rolls Royce image)

¶ “Wärtsilä To Deliver 100 MW Of Energy Storage For Pivot Power Projects In The West Midlands” • Wärtsilä will supply 100-MW / 200-MWh of energy storage systems to Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, for its next two projects in the England’s West Midlands, to support the roll-out of Pivot Power’s Energy Superhub model. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Equinor Confirms Scottish Floater Bid” • Norwegian energy developer Equinor confirmed it has bid to develop a floating offshore wind farm in the ScotWind leasing round organised by Crown Estate Scotland, while a joint venture of BP and EnBW has bid for up to 2,900 MW. BP said it would make Aberdeen a global offshore wind center of excellence. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Equinor/Oyvind Gravas/Woldcam)

¶ “Saipem Launches Offshore Energy Green Hydrogen Plan” • Saipem has launched a technological solution for the offshore production of green hydrogen. The technology that is used to manufacture green hydrogen also can enable the conversion of oil and gas offshore facilities, which have now reached the end of their life cycle, for green purposes. [reNEWS]

¶ “G20 Urged To ‘Get Serious About Renewables'” • Officers from companies in the wind industry, including Ørsted, Siemens Gamesa, and Vestas called on G20 members to show leadership in the climate crisis by raising national ambitions and urgently laying out concrete plans for increased wind energy production to replace fossil fuels. [reNEWS]

Rotor installation (GWEC image)

¶ “No Longer Economically Rational To Build Gas Peakers In Australia” • With the growth of renewables and storage, the Integrated System Plan 2020 of the Australian Energy Market Operator doesn’t see a role for gas to replace old coal plants. The Clean Energy Council also said it is not economically rational to build gas peaker plants. [Energy Storage News]

US:

¶ “Extreme Heat Could Kill Nearly All Young Salmon In The Sacramento River, Officials Say” • California officials are warning nearly all juvenile chinook salmon in the Sacramento River could die due to abnormally hot underwater conditions as heat waves continue to bake the West. Salmon need cool water, and are being hit by heat and drought. [CNN]

¶ “Tacoma’s Shiloh Baptist Church Leads The Charge To Bring More Renewable Energy To Its Community” • Shiloh Baptist Church in Tacoma unveiled a 19.78-kW solar system funded in part by a $50,000 grant from Tacoma Power. The solar system was installed by Sphere Solar Energy, the only minority-owned solar firm in the region. [The Suburban Times]

¶ “Armed Guards Protect Tons Of Nuclear Waste That Maine Can’t Get Rid Of” • Just a few miles south of Wiscasset, Maine, thousands of tons of nuclear waste are stored at the site of the decommissioned Maine Yankee nuclear power plant. Securing the waste is an ongoing task that requires armed guards around the clock. [Bangor Daily News]

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