August 13 Energy News

August 13, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Theory Versus Reality: The Dirty Hydrogen Story” • Not all hydrogen is clean. According to a report in the New York Times, a peer-reviewed study by researchers at Cornell and Stanford finds that most hydrogen used today is extracted from natural gas in a process that requires a lot of energy and emits vast amounts of carbon dioxide. [CleanTechnica]

Shell hydrogen facility (Bexim, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Why Heat Pumps Are The Answer To Heat Waves” • RMI modeled the performance of several cooling options for a Seattle home during the three-day heat wave in June 2021. We found that the heat pump was not only capable of maintaining a safe and comfortable indoor air temperature during extreme heat, but it also has the lowest cost. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “ESB Unveils Irish Green Hydrogen Project” • A large-scale green hydrogen storage project off the coast of Cork, Ireland, was launched by ESB and dCarbonX. Green Hydrogen @ Kinsale is an integrated project that could store up to 3,000 GWh of green hydrogen and hydrogen carriers, the equivalent of about 10% of Irish annual electricity consumption. [reNEWS]

Kinsale, Ireland (Image from Kinsale.ie)

¶ “US Project Enhances Pakistan’s Renewable Energy Capacity” • USAID has increased the wind and solar capacity in Pakistan by approximately 50% by leveraging over $900 million, according to an official statement. USAID partnered with the government of Pakistan to build renewables through the Sustainable Energy for Pakistan project. [The Express Tribune]

¶ “100 GW Renewable Energy Milestone Achieved, Much Work Ahead In India” • India has reached a key milestone of 100 GW of renewable energy capacity, excluding large hydro. Including large hydro, the number goes right up to 146 GW. There are 50 GW of renewable capacity under construction, and 27 GW more are being tendered. [Saur Energy]

Windfarm in Tamil Nadu (Raj, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

Australia:

¶ “Large-Scale Solar And Windfarm Investment In Australia Records Major Drop This Year” • In Australia, investment in new large-scale solar and windfarms fell dramatically in the first half of 2021, according to industry data. There has been ongoing concern over delays in getting new renewable energy plants connected to the electricity grid. [The Guardian]

¶ “BEVs Make Slow And Steady Progress In Queensland” • The Queensland government released data detailing the growth of BEVs in the state’s transport fleet. While not quite an S curve, it does show slow and steady progress, almost doubling from April 2020 to April 2021. There was surge of Teslas delivered at the end of the second quarter. [CleanTechnica]

Gold Coast, Queensland (City of Gold Coast, Unsplash)

¶ “Energy Giant’s $2.06 Billion Loss Labeled A ‘Titanic’ Failure” • Australia’s largest energy retailer, AGL, has blamed an “extremely challenging market,” prompted in part by the ongoing growth of renewables, including rooftop solar PV, after reporting a $2.06 billion full-year net loss. AGL is the country’s biggest operator of coal-fired power plants. [pv magazine Australia]

US:

¶ “Bill Gates Pledges $1.5 Billion To Climate Projects In The Infrastructure Bill” • Bill Gates has pledged $1.5 billion over three years for climate change partnerships with the DOE, through his climate investment fund Breakthrough Energy. The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill has over $100 billion for addressing climate change. [CNN]

Bill Gates, 2013 (Energy.gov, public domain)

¶ “Tesla Service Center Approved In East Hartford, Connecticut” • Here is some good news for Tesla owners in Connecticut, a state that has heavily favored the whims of dealerships. The Planning and Zoning Commission of East Hartford voted unanimously to approve Tesla’s application to build a service center, the Journal Inquirer reports. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Planning A Wind Energy Project? Two New WINDExchange Resources Can Help” • The DOE’s WINDExchange initiative has released two resources: a report titled “Land-Based Wind Energy Siting” and a web-based Land-Based Economic Development Guide, to help local decision makers see if a wind project is right for their community. [CleanTechnica]

Agriculture and windpower (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “Tesla’s Lowest Priced Model 3 Is Sold Out For Rest Of 2021 In USA” • The Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus is apparently already sold out for the rest of the year in the US. The estimated delivery time if you order a new Model 3 SR+ is now January 2022. Previously, the estimated delivery was for November of this year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Facebook Plans To Build Data Center In Mesa Powered By Renewable Energy” • Facebook announced that it is building a data center in metro Phoenix powered only by renewable energy. Once completed, the Mesa facility “will represent an investment of more than $800 million and will support approximately 100 jobs,” Facebook said. [KTAR News]

Rendering of data center (Facebook image)

¶ “With The Growth Of Renewable Energy, The Need For More Trained Workers Is Surging” • Nearly 3.3 million Americans work in clean energy, outnumbering fossil fuel workers by 3-to-1, and the number of jobs is growing remarkably fast. The renewable energy industry will need skilled technicians to provide for the projected growth. [The Business Journals]

¶ “New Jersey’s Largest Energy Company Sells Off Fossil-Fuel Plants” • Public Service Enterprise Group announced that it has agreed to sell its fleet of 13 fossil-fuel plants for $1.92 billion to a Boston-based private equity company that focuses on energy infrastructure investments. It will keep three nuclear plants with state subsidies. [NJ Spotlight News]

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