Archive for August 26th, 2021

August 26 Energy News

August 26, 2021


¶ “Can Investors Save The Amazon?” • When you think of your retirement savings, your bank, or your investments, it’s unlikely that you associate these with trees being chopped down in lush tropical rainforests. And yet, well-known financial institutions either own shares in or provide credit to companies that have links to deforestation. [BBC]

Emperor Tamarin (Steve Wilson, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “How To Fight Microplastic Pollution With Magnets” • Fionn Ferreira, a chemistry student at Groningen University in the Netherlands, found a way to use magnets to extract microplastics from water. He mixed vegetable oil with iron oxide powder to create a magnetic liquid, which attached to the particles. He was 87% successful in trapping them. [BBC]

¶ “Turning Hazelnut Shells Into Potential Renewable Energy Source” • Biomass is attracting growing interest from researchers as a source of renewable, sustainable, and clean energy. It can be converted into bio-oil by thermochemical methods, such as gasification, liquefaction, and pyrolysis, and used to produce fuels, chemicals, and biomaterials. [Lab Manager]

Hazelnuts (Mockup Graphics, Unsplash)


¶ “Europe’s 2020 Heat Reached ‘Troubling’ Level” • Last year was the warmest on record across Europe, breaking the previous high mark by a considerable amount, say scientists. Temperatures in the region were more than 1.9°C above the long-term average of 1981 through 2010. Also, Arctic Temperatures were the highest since records began in 1900. [BBC]

¶ “XPeng P7 Goes To Norway” • Some of us have been wondering about when Chinese EV startups would start trying to sell their vehicles in Europe and North America. Now, we’re finally seeing the expectation come to life. XPeng started deliveries of its G3 electric crossover in Norway in December, and P7 electric sedan are on the way. [CleanTechnica]

XPeng cars being loaded for shipment (XPeng image)

¶ “Emissions Reduced By 28% From 2005 Levels, 80% Of Power To Come From Renewable Sources By 2030: Govt” • India has managed to fulfill the commitments part of the Paris Agreement as it boosts renewable energy capacity. India reduced emissions by 28% from 2005 levels, against the target of 35% by 2030, the government said. [India Today]

¶ “Electric Conversion Expert EDub Services Creates The Electric Vespa T5” • When Kit Lacey of eDub services took us on a little tour of his oldtimer EV conversions business, among the VW Golf Mk2 and Porsche 911 projects we got a sneak peak of an electric Vespa T5. Now it is officially ready for order under the catchy name: ESCOOT! [CleanTechnica]

Electric Vespa T5 (Photo credit of eDub services)

¶ “Energy Board To Consult Widely After Australian Renewables Industry Says Rules Could Prop Up Coal” • With criticism from the renewable energy sector over proposed market rules, which some fear could support coal, Australia’s Energy Security Board vowed to work with industry players and all tiers of government to design a new system by 2023. [The Guardian]

¶ “Funding For Gravity-Based Renewable Energy Storage Tower For Grid-Scale Operations” • Energy Vault, maker of the EVx gravitational energy storage tower, has secured $100 million in series C funding. The investment was led by Prime Movers Lab, with additional participation from SoftBank, Saudi Aramco, Helena, and Idealab X. [PV Magazine]

Energy Vault EVx storage tower (Energy Vault image)

¶ “It’s Crunch Time For France’s Tumultuous Renewable Energy Debate” • As the debate on renewable energies and nuclear rages in France, nuclear proponents, environmentalists, scientists, and politicians will have to set aside their differences to advance the energy transition. The French transition is underway, but has a long way to go. []


¶ “Climate Change Is Sparking Wildfires That Are Amplifying Covid” • The Caldor Fire east of Sacramento, is causing noxious air in Reno and threatening Lake Tahoe. The air quality near Reno this week is at its worst it’s ever been, and there’s growing evidence that noxious smoke from the fires amplifies the severity of Covid outbreaks. [CNN]

Smoke from wildfire (Malachi Brooks, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Model 3 Has Passed 1 Million Sales” • A reader pointed out that the Tesla Model 3 seems to have had 1 million deliveries. Indeed, looking at my own long-term records of Tesla sales, at the end of the 2nd quarter of 2021, the Model 3 had reached 1,031,588 worldwide deliveries. The Model 3 would be the first EV to have 1 million sales. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “RWE To Develop 200-MW Texan Solar Project” • RWE Renewables partnered with Constellation to develop a 200-MW solar facility coupled with a 80-MW, 120-MWh battery storage system in Texas. Constellation, a leading competitive energy and energy solutions provider, will purchase much of the power from RWE’s Big Star solar project. [reNEWS]

Solar farm in Texas (RWE image)

¶ “The Heat Is On – Is The Grid Ready?” • Our aging energy grids just were not designed to handle the stress of climate change. In the heat, more electricity is needed. But in times of drought, the reservoirs are low and can’t produce as much electricity. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is working on preventing failures. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “CenterPoint Energy seeks approval for 335 MW of renewable energy” • CenterPoint Energy announced that they filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to enter into two power purchase agreements for an additional 335 MW of solar energy as part of their long-term plan to transition to renewable electric generation. [Eyewitness News, WEHT & WTVW]

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