Archive for August 5th, 2021

August 5 Energy News

August 5, 2021


¶ “Sturgeon Handed Huge Independence Boost As Scotland Can Power Itself ‘Without Westminster'” • Nicola Sturgeon has been handed a huge boost to her independence bid as an expert in energy politics has told that Scotland would be able to run itself on renewable energy “without Westminster support.” [Daily Express]

Wind turbines in Scotland (John Allan, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “We The Power: How Community Energy Can Free People And Help The Planet” • “We the Power” includes a feature-length documentary shining a light on the citizen-led renewable community energy movement across Europe. It was directed by David Garrett Byars, from the multi-award winning Patagonia film Public Trust. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Solarflux FOCUS Parabolic Dish Concentrator Converts 72% Of Solar Energy Into Usable Heat” • Solarflux, a company developing parabolic dish concentrator technology, produced the FOCUS parabolic dish concentrator, which converts 72% of the solar energy it gets into usable heat, according to an independent report. [CleanTechnica]

Solarflux FOCUS parabolic dish concentrator (Solarflux image)

¶ “The Waste Product Which Could Help Mitigate Climate Change” • Visiting Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at University of New South Wales Science, Stephen Joseph, says the study published in GCB Bioenergy provides strong evidence that biochar can contribute to climate change mitigation. [ScienceDaily]

¶ “Building Blocks For The Future We Need” • Miscibility Gap Alloys are capable of storing a huge amount of energy as heat. They are 10–100 times more conductive than other currently available materials. Heated by intermittent renewables, they can provide baseload electricity to the grid. MGA blocks can store energy for up to a week. [CleanTechnica]

MGA Thermal bricks (photo via University of Newcastle)

¶ “Farm Pesticides Killing More Bees – Study” • Agricultural pesticides sold to farmers ready-mixed into “cocktails” can kill twice as many bees, according to an analysis of 90 studies. Each measured the impact of environmental stresses such as poor nutrition and pesticides. They showed that combinations of stresses affect pollinators. [BBC]


¶ “Study: Floods Are Getting Worse, And The Number Of People Exposed Is 10 Times Higher Than Previously Thought” • Climate change is making extreme flooding worse. A study published in the journal Nature concluded the population exposed to those floods since 2000 is 10 times higher than previous estimates, as more people migrate into flood-prone areas. [CNN]

Flooded Venice (Nastya Dulhiier, Unsplash)

¶ “Volvo Focuses On Software-Based Cars For Full Future Lineup (100% Electric, Of Course)” • Volvo Cars aims to be one of the quickest legacy automakers to transition to 100% electric vehicle sales. Within 4 years, in 2025 if not sooner, Volvo Cars expects 50% of its sales to be sales of fully electric vehicles. By 2030, the commitment is 100% electric. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ilmatar To Construct 216-MW Finnish Wind Giant” • Finnish renewables company Ilmatar Energy reached a final investment decision on the 216-MW Alajarvi wind farm, with construction due to start in October 2021. The project is in central Finland and will have 36 wind turbines. Commercial operation is set to begin at the end of 2023. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Ilmatar Energy image)


¶ “Pro-Fossil Fuel Facebook Ads Were Viewed 431 Million Times – In One Year” • Big Oil is strategically using Facebook to blitz Americans with a steady stream of messages designed to delay the extinction of fossil fuel use, according to new research. Such ads were seen on Facebook’s US platforms 431 million times in 2020 alone. [CNN]

¶ “California Regulators Vote To Restrict Water Access For Thousands Of Farmers Amid Severe Drought” • The California State Water Board unanimously agreed to issue an emergency order that bans some farmers from diverting water from rivers and streams in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river watersheds to irrigate their crops. [CNN]

San Luis Reservoir (Fredrick Lee, Unsplash)

¶ “Green Mountain Energy Applies To Enter Arizona’s Electricity Market, Offers 100% Renewable Energy” • Residents of Arizona could soon be able to choose 100% renewable energy for their homes and businesses. Green Mountain Energy submitted its application to the Arizona Corporation Commission to provide retail electric services. [Arizona Daily Star]

¶ “Oshkosh Delivers USA’s First Electric Fire Truck” • Oshkosh Corporation announced that it is working to get electric fire trucks into fire stations across the US, starting with the City of Madison Fire Department in Wisconsin. It is also offering electric trucks for other emergency vehicle services. The trucks are being built on a new “Volterra” platform. [CleanTechnica]

Electric fire truck (Photo courtesy of Oshkosh Corporation)

¶ “Ørsted signs US renewables offtake with Royal DSM” • Ørsted has signed a power purchase agreement with materials and nutrition multinational Royal DSM. The PPA covers the output from a solar PV farm project Ørsted is developing in Texas as part of its plan to achieve a greenhouse gas reduction of 50% by 2030, compared to base year 2016. [reNEWS]

¶ “Meet The New Yorkers Mapping The City’s Heat Islands” • For the fourth year in a row, NOAA has funded collaborations of educational insitutions with scientists in the Urban Heat Island Mapping Campaigns program. The program has been returning data that shows temperature divisions within cities, with some neighborhoods at high risk. [Scientific American]

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