August 20 Energy News

August 20, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Automated Energy Transfer Vessel Would Expand Wind Farms Opportunities” • PowerX, a Japanese start-up company is developing a unique vessel, the Power ARK 100. It is a trimaran designed for transferring renewable energy in Japan’s coastal water. It would carry electricity from wind turbines to shore in a massive battery array. [The Maritime Executive]

Power ARK 100 trimaran (PowerX image)

¶ “New Innovations Bolster American Workforce And Advance Building Envelope Retrofits” • The US DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has announced the ten winners for the first phase of a $5 million competition focused on fast-tracking advanced robotics technologies for building envelope retrofits. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Rain Fell At The Summit Station In Greenland For The First Time On Record” • For the first time on record, precipitation at the National Science Foundation’s Summit Station was rain and not snow. Summit Station is at Greenland’s highest point. It has been staffed since 1989, and it has been under observation by satellite since the 1970s. [CNN]

Ice formed by rain on Greenland snow (Alicia Bradley, NSF)

¶ “Oil Firms Made False Claims On Blue Hydrogen Costs, Says Ex-Lobby Boss” • Oil companies have used false claims over the cost of producing fossil fuel hydrogen to win over the Treasury and access billions in UK taxpayer subsidies, according to the outgoing hydrogen lobby boss. He quit because the schemes “make no sense at all.” [The Guardian]

¶ “XPeng To Double Production Capacity To 200,000 EVs A Year” • XPeng’s Zhaoqing Smart Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Base can currently produce about 100,000 “smart electric vehicles” per year, but the company is now bringing the factory into a second phase of development and aims to double its production capacity. [CleanTechnica]

XPeng EV manufacture (XPeng image)

¶ “Household Power Bills Could Jump If Aging Power Plants Are Paid To Remain Open, Report Warns” • Households on the eastern and south-eastern coasts of Australia could see their power bills jump by amounts ranging from $182 to $430 per year if they are forced to pay coal and gas plants to keep running, a report warns. [ABC]

¶ “Candela Builds Most Efficient Boat Motor Ever. Of Course It’s Electric!” • Swedish electric boat maker Candela has released pictures of a boat motor that looked like a cross between a Mark 48 torpedo and a Tomahawk cruise missile. Meet the Candela C-Pod, the most efficient marine outboard ever made. And it’s 100% electric – of course! [CleanTechnica]

Candela C-Pod 1 (Candela image)

¶ “France, Germany, UK Very Worried About Iran’s Uranium Enrichment” • France, Germany, and Britain voiced grave concern about a report that Iran had accelerated its enrichment of uranium to near weapons-grade, saying this was a serious violation of its commitments. The IAEA reported that Iran was enriching uranium to 20% fissile purity. [Ynetnews]

¶ “MingYang Unveils 16-MW Offshore Giant” • The Chinese turbine manufacturer MingYang has launched a 16-MW offshore machine with a 242-meter rotor. The MySE 16.0-242 is designed for high-wind sites including typhoon-class IEC TC, and features 118-meter long blades. MingYang said it will be tailored for North Sea deployment. [reNEWS]

MingYang turbine (MingYang image)

US:

¶ “Tesla’s New Product – Robot Hamburger Flipper” • As is often the case with Elon, at the end of the AI Day presentation today, there was a surprise announcement of a new product. In this case, it was a human-like robot with the FSD computer inside of it to direct its actions. It is designed to do things humans really don’t want to do. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Stanley Black & Decker Bets On Foam “Superbattery” Energy Storage Revolution” • Stanley Black & Decker got a jump on the rest of the world for solid state battery technology. It took a plunge into the field through the little known Colorado startup Prieto Battery back in 2016. Now it looks like all that hard work is about to pay off. [CleanTechnica]

Prieto Battery system (Prieto Battery image)
Please click on the image to enlarge it.

¶ “US Energy Secretary Meets With Navajo Nation In New Mexico” • US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm met with Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and other tribal leaders at the Four Corners Power Plant in northwest New Mexico to talk about renewable energy initiatives, including a solar project and an energy storage system. [AP News]

¶ “CEP Renewables Develops Largest Landfill Solar Project In North America” • CEP Renewables LLC is to build the largest solar project on a capped landfill in North America. The 25.6 MW (DC) solar project in Mount Olive, New Jersey, transforms the former Combe Fill North Landfill Superfund site into a clean energy asset. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Solar array (Courtesy of CEP Renewables)

¶ “Wind Project Would Double Idaho’s Turbine Energy Output” • A proposed energy project in south-central Idaho would more than double the amount of wind energy produced in the state. The US Bureau of Land Management is taking comments on the 1,000-MW project proposed by Magic Valley Energy. It would include 400 wind turbines. [Kenosha News]

¶ “AES Kicks Off 72 MW Of Michigan Solar Construction” • AES has chosen US engineering, procurement and construction contractor Borrego to engineer and construct three solar projects in Michigan, totaling 72 MW. The three projects, which are in Cement City, Pullman, and Letts Creek, are scheduled to come online by mid-2022. [reNEWS]

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