August 18 Energy News

August 18, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Higher Carbon Prices Driving Greater Interest In Carbon Capture Technology” • Carbon capture is expensive, at about $120 a ton, and it doesn’t work very well. It may be a decade or more before carbon capture is commercially viable. But as countries prices on carbon, it might be possible to make carbon capture profitable. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Automated Disassembly Line Aims To Make Battery Recycling Safer, Faster” • Researchers at the US DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, have developed a robotic disassembly system for spent electric vehicle battery packs. It can recycle and reuse critical materials safely and efficiently while reducing toxic waste. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Teams Ride A Wave Of Winnings To Succeed In The Water Desalination Challenge” • Oncoming storms and hurricanes create challenges for remote, coastal, and island communities, like reliable access to energy and drinking water. To help people overcome such challenges, innovators are tapping into the power of ocean waves. [CleanTechnica]

Wave (Linus Nylund, Unsplash)

¶ “Major Nuclear Fusion Milestone Reached As ‘Ignition’ Is Triggered In A Lab” • An experiment appears to have triggered “ignition” (energy output greater than input) for the first time, at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in California, with extreme temperatures and pressures like those of the center of the Sun. [Imperial College London]

World:

¶ “Thousands Evacuated As Blaze Rages Near French Riviera” • A wildfire that broke out on Monday close to the French Riviera has already consumed 6,000 hectares (14,820 acres), according to fire officials. Thousands of people, including tourists staying in campsites, have been moved to safety as firefighters work to bring the wildfire under control. [BBC]

Fire (Vladyslav Dukhin, Pexels)

¶ “Australia In The Race For Green Hydrogen” • There is a green gold rush going on in Australia at the moment. Billions of dollars in investment are flowing into the production of green hydrogen. Before you reach for your keyboard, let me stress this hydrogen is green. The plans include massive wind and solar farms to power hydrolysis. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australia’s Longest Electric Superhighway” • Not to be shown up by Queensland’s Electric Super Highway, the government of Western Australian announced its own, running from Kununurra to Esperance. At 3205 km, it is the longest electric highway in the country. With 45 chargers placed every 200 km, range anxiety should be a thing of the past. [CleanTechnica]

Electric Highway in Western Australia (Google Maps image)

¶ “IKEA To Start Selling Renewable Electricity To Swedish Households” • Ikea, which started selling solar panels and other equipment at its stores sometime back, is now moving into direct electricity selling too. IKEA’s solar panel producer, Svea Solar will be buying electricity on the Nordic power exchange Nord Pool and resell it without surcharge. [Saur Energy]

¶ “Asia-Pacific CPPAs Surge To 3.8 GW” • Corporate renewable power purchase agreement activity in the Asia Pacific region more than doubled to 3800 MW in 2020 compared to the previous year, according to Wood Mackenzie. This is despite project delays from labor shortages and logistic disruptions from the pandemic. [reNEWS]

Wind turbines (Peter Franken, Unsplash)

¶ “China Has Approved A Renewable Mega-Project For Green Hydrogen” • The Energy Administration of Inner Mongolia has approved a massive hydrogen project. It gave the go-ahead to a cluster of plants in the cities of Ordos and Baotou that will use 1.85 GW of solar and 370 MW of wind to produce 66,900 tons of green hydrogen per year. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Watchdog Halts Tsuruga Nuclear Safety Assessment After Data Tampering” • Japan’s nuclear regulator said it will pause its safety assessment of a central Japan reactor in response to the operator having tampered with key geological data related to a fault underneath the facility, putting in doubt its restart after a 10-year shutdown. [The Mainichi]

Tsuruga nuclear plant (Hirorinmasa, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “EVgo Announces New Plans, Shows Us One Of Its Big Electric Bills” • A recent email from EVgo told current customers about upcoming changes to the company’s charging plans. In a link, the company also gave us a good look at what it takes to support a DC Fast Charging station financially. It provided the electric bill for one charging station. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Portland-Based Renewable Energy Company Gets $25 Million In Growth Capital” • Ocean Renewable Power Co, a marine renewable energy business based in Portland, Maine, announced that it has secured investments totaling $25 million. The funding comes from a consortium including two Canadian companies, according to a news release. [Mainebiz]

RivGen Power System in Igiugig, Alaska (ORPC image)

¶ “GOP Wants State Study Of Renewable Energy” • Republicans in the New York State legislature have introduced a proposal that would require the Public Service Commission and NYSERDA to conduct a full cost-benefit analysis of renewable energy systems and to compare those costs with other ways of producing electricity. [Observer Today]

¶ “Biden Administration: Solar Could Provide 40% Of US Power By 2035” • Solar power plants could supply more than 40% of the nation’s electricity by 2035, up from 3% today, if Congress adopts such policies as tax credits for renewable energy projects and component factories, according to a memo published by the US Department Of Energy. [Reuters]

Have a tolerably flawless day.

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