September 18 Energy News

September 18, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Toss, Repair, Or Recycle Solar Panels? How Human Behavior Affects Fate Of Old Solar Panels” • By 2050, there could be 80 million metric tons globally of solar PVs reaching the end of their lifetime, with 10 million metric tons in the US alone. NREL researchers addressed this in an article published in the journal Nature Energy. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar system (Vivint Solar, Pexels)

¶ “Climate Change Is Choking The Oxygen Out Of Deep Water, And It’s Putting Fish In A Double Bind” • Being a fish was never easy, but a new paper reports that it’s been getting harder over the last 15 years or so. According to the findings, oxygen levels are dropping in the depths of the oceans, forcing fish to move ever closer to the surface. [ZME Science]

World:

¶ “Biden Announces Global Goal To Reduce Planet-Warming Methane Emissions” • President Joe Biden announced the US and EU have launched a global pledge to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, by nearly 30% by the end of the decade. Methane emissions are driven by fossil fuels, coal mining and agriculture. [CNN]

LNG Carrier Alto Acrux (kenhodge13, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

¶ “The Planet Is On A ‘Catastrophic’ Global Warming Path, UN Report Shows” • The planet is careening toward warming of 2.7°C above pre-industrial levels, according to a report on global emissions targets by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This is far above the highest temperature scientists say the world should be allowing. [CNN]

¶ “Renault Trucks Expanding Its Electric Truck Range” • Renault Trucks is increasing its EV offerings to meet the needs of urban areas, with the 18 tonne D Wide ZE. It joins the 16 and 26 tonne Renault Truck models. Renault Trucks has also designed a new system to increase the energy efficiency of electric trucks with refrigerated bodies. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Renault electric truck (Renault image)

¶ “ACWA Power To Build 100-MW Uzbekistan Wind Farm” • Saudi Arabian developer ACWA Power is the preferred bidder to become an independent power producer to build a 100-MW wind farm in Uzbekistan. The Ministry of Energy said the project is expected to be operational in less than two years. The ACWA Power bid was 2.5695¢/kWh. [reNEWS]

¶ “Gas Price Rises Prompt Urgent Government Talks” • The government is holding urgent talks with representatives from the energy industry as there is growing concern about a spike in wholesale gas prices. High global demand, maintenance issues at some gas sites, and lower solar and wind output are blamed for the price rise. [BBC]

Oil drilling rig (Nestor Galina, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

US:

¶ “Elon Musk: Tesla FSD Beta Button Going Out Next Friday” • After huge code rewrites, a switch to a vision-only approach, and countless hours of beta testing by a few thousand lucky owners, it appears that Tesla is finally ready to roll out feature-complete Full Self-Driving access to a wide swath of North American Tesla owners. Maybe. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Offshore Wind Industry Has Electrifying Future” • The Offshore Wind Market Report: 2021 Edition, written by a team of researchers at the DOE and NREL, says the US offshore wind industry made great progress in 2020 and early 2021. The offshore wind pipeline grew 24%, with 35,324 MW now in various stages of development. [CleanTechnica]

Offshore wind turbines (Mitchell Orr, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Former Coal Plant Suggested As Interconnection Point For New Jersey Offshore Wind” • Rise Light & Power announced plans for an innovative new renewable energy hub to deliver New Jersey’s offshore wind resource to the state’s electric grid in a manner that is environmentally responsible, efficient, and affordable. [Windpower Engineering & Development]

¶ “South Bronx Eyed As Converter Station Location For Two Renewable Energy Proposals” • NYSERDA is hoping to procure innovative renewable energy projects by the end of the year that will transition New York City away from power by fossil fuels and create a renewable energy private sector that can create a wealth of new jobs in the city. [Bronx Times]

Renewable energy (CleanPath NY image)

¶ “SRP Installs Largest Stand-Alone Battery In Arizona So Far” • Salt River Project announced that the largest stand-alone battery system in Arizona is now operating. The Bolster Substation Battery System in Peoria can discharge 25 MW of energy over a 4-hour period. That is enough to power about 5,600 average Arizona households. [The Arizona Republic]

¶ “TVA Gives Up Construction Permit For Nuclear Plant” • The Tennessee Valley Authority is giving up its construction permit for an unfinished nuclear plant in northeast Alabama nearly 50 years after work began. The move came after a federal judge agreed to cancel the proposed sale of the plant to developer Franklin L. Haney’s nuclear startup. [WZTV]

Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant (Courtesy of the TVA)

¶ “New Mexico Backs Texas In Opposing Nuclear Fuel Storage” • Top New Mexico leaders say they’re open to “most anything” that would prevent spent nuclear fuel and other high-level waste from being stored indefinitely in the state, including legislation like a measure recently adopted by Texas to prevent the shipping and storage of such waste. [Santa Fe New Mexican]

¶ “DOE Invests $61 Million In Advanced Nuclear R&D Projects” • The US DOE has invested more than $61 million in funding awards for 99 advanced nuclear energy technology projects in 30 states and a US territory. The projects will focus on nuclear energy research, cross-discipline technology development, and nuclear reactor infrastructure. [BIC Magazine]

Have a sensationally comfortable day.

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