Archive for September 14th, 2021

September 14 Energy News

September 14, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Yet Another New Energy Storage Option For Carbon-Free Grid By 2035” • Large scale energy storage is the key that opens the door to full and rapid decarbonization. A nickel-hydrogen rechargeable battery is the latest formula to step up to the task. Schlumberger’s New Energy branch announced an agreement with EnerVenue for the battery. [CleanTechnica]

Renewable energy (photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “World Now Sees Twice As Many Days Over 50°C” • The number of extremely hot days every year, when the temperature reaches 50°C, has doubled since the 1980s, a global BBC analysis found. The total number of days above 50°C (122°F) increased in each decade since 1980, rising from an average of 14 days per year n 1980-2009 to 26 in 2010-2019. [BBC]


¶ “Norway’s Center-Left Defeats Solberg’s Conservative Rule” • The opposition Labor party has won Norway’s general election, bringing an end to eight years of conservative government under Erna Solberg. Norway’s biggest export is oil and the green party campaigned to close production down in a few years to curb the country’s carbon emissions. [BBC]

Historical district in Bergen (Michael Fousert, Unsplash)

¶ “Young People Very Worried: Survey” • A global survey shows the depth of anxiety many young people feel about climate change. Three-quarters of them said they thought the future was frightening. Over half (56%) say they think humanity is doomed. Over 45% of those questioned said feelings about the climate affected their daily lives. [BBC]

¶ “Electrifying Trucking From Delhi To Shenzhen And San Francisco” • EVs have emerged as an opportunity to move goods with substantially reduced emissions of CO₂ and other air pollutants. There are now over 215 zero-emissions commercial freight vehicle models available globally. The number expected to rise to over 240 by 2023. [CleanTechnica]

BYD truck (BYD image)

¶ “Another Carbon Capture & Storage Project Doesn’t Live Up To Its Targets” • Chevron has been the company behind what is reportedly the biggest CCS project in the world. The project, in Western Australia, is apparently a massive failure. It was to capture and store 80% of the CO₂ from the facility. It may have captured as little as 30%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Starts Production In Taiwan” • Siemens Gamesa’s factory in Taiwan will now commence full operation having completed its first offshore wind turbine nacelle assembly in August. The factory will support Ørsted’s 900-MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms, which will employ SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines. [reNEWS]

New Siemens Gamesa factory (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “US Will Help India With Its Target Of Achieving 450 GW Of Renewable Energy By 2030: John Kerry” • Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said that the US will assist India in attracting finance and technology so it can achieve its 450-GW renewable energy target for 2030, as announced earlier by Prime Minister Modi. [The Indian Express]

¶ “Ocean Winds And Aker Unveil 6-GW ScotWind Drive” • Aker Offshore Wind and Ocean Winds submitted joint bids totaling 6 GW of floating windpower in the ScotWind leasing round. The partnership revealed that it has submitted bids for several sites in the Outer Moray Firth using floating devices to deliver 6 GW of clean energy. [reNEWS]

Offshore wind turbine (Aker Offshore Wind image)

¶ “Iran Can Have Enough Uranium For A Nuke In One Month – Report” • In a worst-case scenario, the Islamic Republic of Iran has produced enough weapons-grade uranium to produce one nuclear weapon in as little as one month, a non-proliferation thin tank, the Institute for Science and International Security said in a newly released released. [Iran International]


¶ “Nicholas Is Now A Hurricane That Threatens The Texas Coast With Heavy Rain And Storm Surges” • Nicholas strengthened into a hurricane and threatens to bring heavy rain, storm surges and strong winds to portions of the Texas Coast, the National Hurricane Center said. It said Nicholas could produce as much as 12 inches of rain or more in some areas. [CNN]

Expected rainfall from Nicolas (NOAA image)

¶ “Biden Pushes To Combat Climate Crisis While Surveying Wildfire Damage In Western US” • President Joe Biden surveyed wildfire damage in the Western US, using nearly every stop he made to illustrate how recent extreme weather events underscore the urgency of his economic agenda and its investments in the nation’s infrastructure. [CNN]

¶ “USDA Invests In Renewable Energy Infrastructure” • Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, announced that the USDA is investing $464 million to build or improve renewable energy infrastructure and to help rural communities, agricultural producers and businesses lower energy costs in 48 states and Puerto Rico. [Signals AZ]

Biogas and flowers (USDA image)

¶ “How Much Do Electric Vehicles Actually Displace Gasoline? 500 Million Gallons Displaced In 2020 In USA” • Each year, Argonne National Laboratory analyzes the amount of gasoline displaced by EVs. The most recent report says 500 million gallons went unburned in 2020 in the USA due to fully electric cars and plugin hybrids. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Energy Bill Heads To Pritzker, Who Says He Will Sign It” • The Illinois Senate passed an energy regulation overhaul bill and sent it to Gov JB Pritzker, who says he will sign it. The bill forces fossil fuel plants offline by 2045 and spends billions of dollars to subsidize renewable energy and to prevent closure of struggling nuclear power plants. [Illinois Newsroom]

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