Archive for July 22nd, 2021

July 22 Energy News

July 22, 2021


¶ “Wildfires Have Erupted Across The Globe, Scorching Places That Rarely Burned Before” • For years, scientists have warned that wildfires would become larger and more intense. They have also warned that the fires would happen in places that aren’t used to them. Now, firefighters and others who deal with them are seeing just those things happen. [CNN]

Wildfire (Tobias Seidl, Unsplash)

¶ “China Evacuates Tens Of Thousands As China Storms Spread North” • Tens of thousands of people were being evacuated from flood-hit regions of central China. Some terrified people, on a subway train as the tunnels rapidly flooded, were rescued. Heavy rains have deluged Henan province for almost a week, and the death toll has climbed to 33 people. [Reuters]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Typhoon-Proofs Turbines For Japan” • The increasing winds of storms, especially for typhoon-prone Japan, has led to some changes in the wind industry. To deal with high wind speeds, Siemens Gamesa designed turbines specifically to secure stability in the wind and keep the strong turbines at work providing clean energy. [CleanTechnica]

Typhoon Noru (Image courtesy of NASA)

¶ “Southeast Asian Tycoons Step Up Investments In Renewable Energy Projects Across Indonesia, Vietnam” • AC Energy, a Philippine company, and Sunseap Group, based in Singapore, are investing over $2.4 billion in separate renewable energy projects in Southeast Asia as countries accelerate their transition into a carbon-free future. [Forbes]

¶ “Volkswagen Group More Than Doubles EV Sales In First Half Of 2021” • See the graphic below? It tells you all you need to know about what sort of year Volkswagen Group is having with its battery electric cars. Compared to last year, sales of those cars, including models of Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, and Skoda, are up over 165% compared to 2020. [CleanTechnica]

Volkswagen Group EV sales (Volkswagen Group image)
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¶ “BP Acquires Open Energi” • BP has acquired Open Energi, an energy aggregator. Open Energi’s technology optimizes the energy use of low-carbon assets, including battery storage and solar plants, to create cost savings. The company has a digital platform that uses real-time data to optimize the performance of energy assets. [reNEWS]

¶ “Renewable Energy Generation At Record Highs As Gas Slumps” • Renewables jumped up almost 20% in the National Energy Market in the first half of 2021, with New South Wales and Western Australia taking the largest increases at 35% and 41% respectively. But of the market’s 33 large gas power stations, 29 operated at less than 20% capacity. [Mozo]

Wind farm (Nathan Gonthier, Unsplash)

¶ “UN Report On Climate Change Will Be Wake-Up Call For Governments: Analysts” • From devastating floods to destructive wildfires, the impact of accelerating climate change is ever more clearly visible. A report due out next month from the world’s climate scientists will be “a wake-up call” for governments, analysts said. [The Straits Times]

¶ “ScotWind Attracts 74 Bids For Offshore Projects” • Crown Estate Scotland’s latest offshore leasing round has attracted 74 bids across the 15 areas of seabed available for development through the Scottish government’s Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy. Offshore wind could deliver major investment in Scotland’s economy. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbines (Insung Yoon, Unsplash)


¶ “Western Wildfire Smoke Is Contributing To New York City’s Worst Air Quality In 15 Years” • Extreme heat and dry conditions are fueling raging wildfires in the western US, charring over a million acres, causing evacuations and creating smoky conditions visible from space. Smoke stretched all the way to the East Coast, making air bad in New York City. [CNN]

¶ “Using Direct Lithium Extraction To Secure US Supplies” • NREL is researching is direct lithium extraction, which extracts lithium from underground brine. It is an emerging geothermal technology that could potentially deliver 10 times the current US lithium demand from California’s known geothermal area in the Salton Sea alone. [CleanTechnica]

Salton Sea (Janet Harvey, Heidelberg University via NREL)

¶ “Vermont Panel Hears Update On Federal Nuclear Waste Storage Policies” • A committee of the advisory panel monitoring the decommissioning of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant held a meeting this week to get an update on federal nuclear waste policy and the potential ramifications for the Vermont plant. [WAMC]

¶ “California’s Perfect Storm: Hot Weather, Low Reservoirs, Diminished Hydro Power, Unreliable Renewable Energy” • This summer’s energy needs are looking as if they will not be met as California is facing a perfect storm. PG&E is in trouble over wildfires, and Lake Mead has hit its lowest water levels since 1935, when it was built. [California Globe]

Lake Oroville (California Department of Water Resources)

¶ “Walmart, Ikea, And Amazon Have A Dirty Shipping Problem” • Giant retailers, including Amazon and Ikea, have pledged to go green, but their shipping is still pretty dirty. Now shoppers can now see how much pollution some of the biggest companies retailing goods in the US generate while bringing products into the country, thanks to a report. [The Verge]

¶ “Alliant Energy Battery Storage Project In Decorah Providing Renewable Energy” • Alliant Energy’s new battery in Decorah, Iowa, enables more rooftop solar while maintaining reliability of the grid. This project is jointly supported by Alliant Energy, US DOE Office of Electricity, Sandia National Labs and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. [KGAN]

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