Archive for September 8th, 2021

September 8 Energy News

September 8, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Floating Solar Plus Wave Energy Smackdown For Fossil Fuels” • A new EU clean power project pairs floating solar with offshore wind turbines. If all goes according to plan, the waters of the EU will be peppered with wave conversion devices as well as floating solar panels. These technologies can co-use transmission lines with offshore wind farms. [CleanTechnica]

Wave energy (Image courtesy of CorPower Ocean)

¶ “Embodied Energy – A Great Tool To Think About Climate Solutions” • The term embodied energy refers to the amount of energy used to bring a product through its life cycle. The energy to make, process, and ship the product, along with disposing of anything left of it, is embodied. The amount of it in a product is significant for the climate. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “NIO’s Been Making EV Battery Swapping More Efficient” • NIO has been working on solutions to improve the efficiency and convenience of battery swapping. A few months ago, NIO rolled out its first NIO Power Swap Station 2.0 in Beijing, at Sinopec’s Chaoying Station. The system is capable of completing up to 312 battery swaps per day. [CleanTechnica]

Battery swapping by NIO (Image by NIO)

World:

¶ “New Coal Plants Could Hit India’s Renewable Energy Goal” • Proposed new coal-based power plants with a total output of 27 GW could jeopardise India’s target of 450 GW renewable energy by 2030, according to a new report. These surplus plants would require $33 billion of investment, but are projected to lie idle or operate inefficiently. [Deccan Herald]

¶ “BMW Ups Battery Cell Orders, Plans Recyclable Car For 2040” • BMW showed off its CirCular concept car, which it says is fully recyclable, at the Munich Motor Show. It also upped its orders for battery cells from €12 billion to €20 billion. The battery cells for its future EVs are expected to come from CATL, EVE Energy, SK Innovation, and Northvolt. [CleanTechnica]

BMW CirCular concept car (BMW image)

¶ “Amazon Signs First Renewable Energy Purchase Agreement In Japan” • Online retail giant Amazon signed a 10-year corporate power purchase agreement with Mitsubishi Corporation. The agreement is for the output from 22 MW of solar from 450 separate PV plants. The PPA represents Amazon’s first renewable energy deal in Japan. [PV Tech]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Launches Recyclable Turbine Blade” • Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced the launch of the “world’s first” recyclable commercial turbine blade. The 81-meter blades allow recyclers to separate their component materials more easily at the end of the blades’ lifespan. [Power Technology]

Offshore wind farm (RWE image)

¶ “Invenergy, BW Offshore Unveil ScotWind Plans” • Invenergy and BW Offshore have announced a joint venture to develop up to 5,400 MW of offshore windpower as part of the first ScotWind leasing round. The joint venture will focus on developing both floating and fixed foundation offshore wind projects off the north east coast of Scotland. [reNEWS]

¶ “Russian Developer Delivers 120-MW Bondarevskaya Wind” • Rosatom subsidiary Novawind JSC started supplying electricity from the 120-MW Bondarevskaya wind farm in Russia. The wind project comprises 48 turbines. NovaWind plans to commission another wind farm in the same area for 60 MW more capacity by the end of the year. [reNEWS]

Wind farm (NovaWind image)

¶ “Are Solar And Wind The Cheapest Forms Of Energy?” • Professor Alistair Sproul, Head of School of University of New South Wales’ School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, says the plummeting cost of producing renewable energy now makes it inevitable that burning coal and gas will soon be consigned to history. [UNSW Newsroom]

US:

¶ “Environmental Groups Ask Congress To Fund Billions Of Dollars In Climate Measures In Reconciliation” • As Democratic lawmakers begin crafting a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package, a coalition of prominent environmental groups is asking them to include between $577 billion and $746 billion for key climate provisions. [CNN]

Wind farm (Harry Cunningham, Pexels)

¶ “Oil Leak Off The Coast Of Louisiana Spread For Miles And No One Knows Who Is Responsible” • It seems that the oil leak is from a pipeline that is no longer used. A GAO report says, “Pipelines can contain oil or gas if not properly cleaned in decommissioning.” It said 18,000 miles of pipelines still sit in place after their use has ended. [CNN]

¶ “Biden Administration Asks For Billions In ‘Urgent’ Disaster And Refugee Funding In Request To Keep The Government Running” • The Biden administration is asking for billions of dollars for “urgent” extreme weather recovery efforts and the resettlement of Afghan refugees in its proposal to keep the government funded past September 30. [CNN]

Fire (Thomas Ehling, Unsplash)

¶ “Growing A Zero-Emissions Transportation Ecosystem In Cincinnati” • Servall Electric, which has served the area around Cincinnati for generations, is helping the city electrify in more ways than one. The family-owned company, which is installing EV charging stations, also plans to transition its entire fleet of 25 to 30 vehicles to electric. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “House Lawmakers Back To Springfield On Thursday To Address Long-Awaited Energy Bill – Passage Called ‘Possible’” • The Illinois House plans to return to Springfield after dealings on energy legislation appear to have progressed. Some lawmakers are hopeful that inefficient nuclear plants can be saved and coal-burning plants closed. [Chicago Sun-Times]

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