August 30 Energy News

August 30, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “How To Save $40,000 Over Next 10 Years By Selling Your Car Now!” • I want to say that this won’t work for everyone, but I hope thousands of you will be able to take the ideas in this article and sell a car or truck now, while the used car market is white hot in the US. After giving up the fossil-dependent vehicle, there are lots of low-cost options. [CleanTechnica]

2021 Ford Edge combustion-powered SUV (Ford image)

¶ “Transformative Climate Action Framework: Transportation” • My colleagues and I at the Union of Concerned Scientists, along with an advisory committee, have worked to understand what is needed to decarbonize our economy while focusing on people. We recently released a report outlining a transformative climate action framework. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Floating Wind Turbines Could Open Up Vast Ocean Tracts For Renewable Power” • In the stormy waters of the North Sea, 15 miles off the coast of Aberdeenshire, in Scotland, five floating offshore wind turbines stretch 574 feet (175 metres) above the water. The world’s first floating windfarm, it has already broken UK records for energy output. [The Guardian]

Floating wind turbine in tow (Lars Christopher, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

World:

¶ “Renewable Energy Consumption Has Tripled In Ten Years” • Over the past decade, renewable energy consumption has grown at an average annual rate of 13.4%. Renewables were the only category of energy that grew globally at double digits over the past decade. Last year, it grew by 9.7%, and was the only source of energy to grow at all. [Oil Price]

¶ “Australian Electric Buses To Run On Sunlight In Queensland” • A massive expansion in electric buses will be enabled by the partnership of Keolis Downer, BusTech, and the Queensland government. Sixteen new electric buses will be built in Bustech’s workshop on the Gold Coast. The first one should be running on sunshine within 12 months. [CleanTechnica]

Electric bus (Image courtesy of BusTech Group)

¶ “Shell To Power Malaysian Gas Platform With Renewables” • Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary Sarawak Shell Berhad will power its Timi gas development project off the coast of the Malaysian state of Sarawak with a solar and wind hybrid power system. Timi will be the first gas wellhead platform in Malaysia to be powered by solar and wind energy. [reNEWS]

¶ “Aquila To Sell Statkraft Finnish Wind Power” • Norwegian energy company Statkraft is to buy electricity from German investment manager Aquila Capital from wind farms in Finland under power purchase agreements. Starting in 2022, Aquila Capital will provide Statkraft with electricity from two wind farms at competitive price levels. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (Statkraft image)

¶ “Sinopec Plans To Spend $4.6 Billion On Hydrogen Energy By 2025” • China’s Sinopec Corp plans to spend ¥30 billion ($4.6 billion) on hydrogen energy by 2025 as it pivots to producing natural gas and hydrogen as part of becoming a carbon-neutral energy provider by 2050. Sinopec plans for an annual capacity of 200,000 tonnes of hydrogen by 2025. [The Star]

¶ “Melbourne’s Zoos Are Now Entirely Powered By Renewable Energy” • Your next trip to one of Melbourne’s major zoos just got a little greener. Zoos Victoria has announced that all three of its Melbourne zoos – Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo, and Healesville Sanctuary – are now powered by 100% renewable energy. [Time Out]

Lions in the Melbourne Zoo (Chris Phutully, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Electrolyzer Market Value To Hit $53 Billion By 2030, Says Global Market Insights Inc” • Global electrolyzer market revenue is expected to surpass $53 billion by 2030 according to a study by Global Market Insights Inc. This is due to large-scale integration of renewable energy resources and ongoing development of hydrogen infrastructures. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Non-Hydro Renewables To Have 72% Of Power Capacity Growth By 2030, Fitch Says” • Non-hydropower renewables – which refers largely to wind and solar power – will account for 72% of global capacity growth between 2020 and 2030, amid efforts to rapidly decarbonize the global power systems, Fitch Solutions projected. [The National]

Wind turbines (Tom Swinnen, Pexels)

¶ “UN Atomic Watchdog Says North Korea Appears To Have Restarted Nuclear Reactor” • North Korea appears to have restarted a nuclear reactor that is widely believed to have been used to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons, the UN’s watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency has said in an annual report. [The Guardian]

US:

¶ “Hurricane Ida Forces Mississippi River To Reverse Flow” • Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 150 mph. Its storm surge and strong winds actually caused the flow of the Mississippi River near New Orleans to reverse, something the US Geological Survey says is “extremely uncommon.” [CNN]

Hurricane Ida, August 29, 7:00 AM (NASA image, public domain)

¶ “Hurricane Ida’s Impact On Louisiana Is ‘Unprecedented,’ Cajun Navy Relief President Says” • Nearly a Category 5 storm, Ida had maximum sustained winds estimated to be 150 mph, when it hit land on Katrina’s anniversary. Only two storms that strong have ever hit Louisiana before, Last Island in 1856, and Hurricane Laura in 2020. [Yahoo News]

¶ “PG&E Launches Clean Energy Generator At Its Angwin Microgrid” • From the outside, the new linear generator Pacific Gas & Electric Co will use at its microgrid in Angwin, California, looks like other pieces of electrical equipment, a large diesel generator or maybe an array of lithium-ion energy storage. But this generator uses biogas. [The Press Democrat]

Have a basically copacetic day.

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