August 25 Energy News

August 25, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “Why I Think The New BYD Dolphin Will Convince Millions To Go Electric” • The reason I think this car matters is that it could be a car that is a “game changer” like the VW Beetle was last century and the Tesla Model 3 and Y are today. Part of the reason for the Beetle’s popularity was that it was reliable and affordable, features the Dolphin shares. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Dolphin (Image from BYD Europe)

¶ “Electric Vehicles Getting Ready To Rocket In Australia” • Last year, the EV share of Australia’s overall auto market was 0.78%. It is now approaching 2%, and should be more so by year’s end. From the fourth quarter, many new models of EVs will become available in Australia, including eight from BYD. Things may get exciting down under. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tech Firm Promises 1500 Times More Cattle Feed Using 5% Of The Water” • One Utah tech firm is hoping we’ll be able to use science to find our way out of drought-fueled food shortages with a new spin on vertical farms that promises fifteen-hundred times (!) the food production of a conventional farm with just 5% of the water use. [CleanTechnica]

Olympus Farm (Grōv Technologies image)

World:

¶ “JPMorgan Says Fuel-Cell Vehicles Are Set For Big Gains In China’s Commercial Truck Market” • Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are set to become a major player in China’s commercial truck market, according to JPMorgan’s Elaine Wu. The trucks can be fueled in less than 15 minutes and will have a range of about 800 km (497 miles). [CNBC]

¶ “Maersk Just Ordered Eight Carbon Neutral Ships. Now It Needs Green Fuel” • Shipping giant Maersk said it would spend $1.4 billion on eight large ships that will be able to use green methanol as well as traditional fuel. There’s not enough green methanol to power them, but Maersk hopes that the size of its order will help jumpstart the market. [CNN]

Maersk container ship (AlfvanBeem, placed in public domain)

¶ “Liberal Politicians Squabble As Australia Burns” • Matt Kean, energy and environment minister in the Liberal (Conservative) state of New South Wales, is giving members of his party in the federal government an ultimatum: Lead, follow, or get out of the way. He challenged voters to remove politicians who obstruct measures to combat climate change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vestas Picks Up 50-MW Polish Double” • Vestas has received two orders in Poland totaling 50 MW from a joint venture of KGAL and V-ridium Power Group. The order is to supply and install turbines at the 35-MW Wólka Dobryńska and 15-MW Podlasek projects in Poland, both to be fully commissioned by the end of 2022. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Vestas image)

¶ “Innovators In Indonesia Are Advancing Renewable Energy” • The Indonesian government promises to almost triple the share of renewables in its energy mix in the next three years. That would reverse an investment climate in which fossil fuels saw three times more capital than renewable energy between 2016 and 2019. [GreenBiz]

¶ “Japan To Build Undersea Tunnel To Release Wastewater From Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant” • Japan reportedly decided to discharge radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea just 1 km off the coast through an undersea tunnel. Japanese media report that TEPCO is about to announce their decision on discharging the water. [Arirang News]

Fukushima Daiichi in 2002 (KEI, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “‘Zero Now Fund’ Powers Electric Trucks In Chicago, San Diego, And San Jose” • Delivering Zero Emissions Communities, a one-year accelerator program supported by the Zero Now Fund, is enabling three cities – Chicago, San Diego, and San Jose, California – to take bold steps to have commercial vehicles with 100% zero-emissions today. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Waymo Enters San Francisco” • Two big players stand out in the autonomous driving world, Tesla and Waymo. Whether it’s planned or organically ironic, just after Tesla held its AI Day to show us the progress it’s making toward robotaxis, Waymo has expanded its legitimate, collecting-money-now robotaxi into San Francisco. [CleanTechnica]

Waymo autonomous vehicle (Waymo image)

¶ “Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Establishing the Garden State C-PACE Program” • Governor Phil Murphy signed a bill that establishes the Garden State Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program. The program will facilitate the funding of clean and renewable energy infrastructure at commercial properties throughout the state. [NJ.gov]

¶ “Record Growth Continues For Renewable Energy Projects” • The pace of installations of renewable energy projects across the first six months of 2021 hit a new high for the sector, according to a report released by the American Clean Power Association. The US renewable energy additions were 17% greater than for the same period in 2020. [Power Magazine]

Solar installation (Hoan Ngọc, Pexels)

¶ “So You Want To Fly A Drone Over A Nuclear Weapons Lab …” • Drone pilots beware: Authorities at one of the United States’ top nuclear weapons laboratories issued a warning that airspace over Los Alamos National Laboratory is off limits. After unauthorized drone flights were detected, officials said if you fly a drone over the lab, you likely will lose it. [Defense News]

¶ “State Lawmakers Again Try To Ban Most Dangerous Nuclear Waste As Feds Consider Allowing It At West Texas Site” • Texas lawmakers are again trying to ban the most dangerous nuclear waste from entering the state. A nuclear waste disposal company in West Texas is pursuing a federal application to store the highly radioactive materials. [Marfa Public Radio]

Have an utterly untroubled day.

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