September 4 Energy News

September 4, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “The World Needs Vastly More Green Electricity” • While perceptions about the consequence of the climate crisis may have advanced, reality has not. The majority of the world still relies on fossil fuels for heating, cooling, transportation, and manufacturing. It’s time to take decisive action and convert to green electricity. [CleanTechnica]

NREL’s Flatirons Campus near Boulder (Joshua Bauer, NREL)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Hybrid Power Plants And Flexibility – The Future Of The Grid” • Imagine an electric grid powered by clean energy. Now imagine that it has all the comfort and convenience consumers expect as well as grid reliability and resiliency services that are similar to or better than conventional plants. That is the promise of the FlexPower project. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “John Kerry Is Pushing China To Do More On Climate. Beijing Is Pushing Back” • John Kerry is pressing Chinese officials to be more ambitious in their plans to move away from coal faster and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As he does, they push back to ask what could be done about US sanctions, according to Kerry’s own account of the talks. [CNN]

John Kerry in China (Image from the US Department of State)

¶ “Vietnamese Solar Power Plant Could Reach 2.8 GW Soon” • Vietnam has become a surprising solar power champion in the past year, having shot into the role in December 2020. And it seems happy to keep going. Recent news is that the largest solar park in Vietnam is set to get a big boost and get even significantly larger by early 2022. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Cost-Effective Energy Storage In South Asia” • A study team from NREL’s recently launched Grid Planning and Analysis Center evaluated storage growth for South Asia under various technology cost, policy, and regulatory scenarios. Their work revealed a range of trajectories for storage growth over the next three decades. [CleanTechnica]

Energy storage opportunities for South Asia (NREL image)

¶ “Russian Trio Plan 67-MW Wind Farm On Sakhalin” • Russian coal producer East Mining Company, the Corporation for the Development of the Far East and the Arctic, and the Sakhalin regional government signed an agreement to cooperate on a wind farm of over 67-MW on Russia’s Sakhalin island. It is to have 16 turbines operating in 2024. [reNEWS]

¶ “Ford Mustang Mach-E Sets 3 Guinness World Records In UK” • It is 1,407 km (874 miles) from John O’Groats at the northern tip of Scotland to Lands End, in Cornwall. A Ford Mustang Mach-E set a Guinness World Record for electric cars by averaging over 6.5 miles per kWh for that distance. The previous record, set by a Tesla, was 1.8 miles per kWh. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach-E (Ford image)

¶ “Engie To Provide Google’s German Operations With Energy from Renewables 24/7” • American technology company Google has signed a deal with energy firm Engie for renewable energy to power the tech firm’s operations in Germany. The deal means Google will have clean power for its data centers and offices on a 24/7 basis. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “OPEC Member Calls For Change, Urges Oil Producers To Invest More On Renewable Energy” • Iraq’s deputy prime minister, urged oil producers to seek “an economic rejuvenation based on ecologically sound policies and technology,” such as solar electricity and even nuclear reactors, to lessen their reliance on fossil fuel exports. [Nature World News]

Coal-burning power plant (Jason Blackeye, Unsplash)

¶ “‘India Can Produce 1,000 GW Solar Energy On 0.5% Of Land'” • In a talk to the International Climate Summit 2021, industrialist Mukesh Ambani outlined a roadmap for New Energy business, calling it the “next big value creation engine” for Reliance and India. He said Reliance Industries would “establish and enable” at least 100 GW of solar energy by 2030. [NDTV.com]

¶ “More Issues At Bruce Power Station Raise Concerns About Aging Nuclear Infrastructure” • Unexpectedly high levels of hydrogen in pressure tubes at the Bruce Nuclear Generating Station on the eastern shore of Lake Huron have renewed questions about how long Canada’s aging CANDU reactors can continue to operate safely. [The Globe and Mail]

Bruce Nuclear Generating Station (Chuck Szmurlo, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

US:

¶ “Will Hurricane Ida Cause A Spike In Covid-19?” • The fear is that the damage wrought by floods and winds will be made much worse by another scourge, the pandemic. Only a little over 40% of Louisiana’s population is fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and hospitals are already overburdened. Recovery from a major hurricane has complicated things greatly. [BBC]

¶ “Tesla To Provide Autopilot Data To NHTSA By October 22” • Teslas that are driving with Autopilot engaged have a distressing tendency to slam head on into emergency vehicles parked on the side of America’s highways. That has happened 12 times so far and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration wants to know why. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla autopilot driving (Tesla image)

¶ “Philadelphia Solar Plans 1-GW Solar Panel Factory On Back Of Biden’s Solar Support” • A solar panel manufacturer called Philadelphia Solar is planning to build a 1-GW solar factory in the US thanks to Biden’s “extensive support” for solar power. The solar factory is planned for completion in the third quarter of next year, 2022. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Duke Energy Can Save Billions Of Dollars Replacing Coal With More Renewables” • A report contends that by shifting to mostly solar, wind, and battery power to replace coal in meeting its Carolinas generation needs, Duke Energy Corp could cut carbon emissions 74% and save a total of $1.1 billion in generation costs by 2030. [The Business Journals]

Have a gloriously tranquil day.

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