November 23 Energy News

November 23, 2021


¶ “Outlook On The Renewable Energy Infrastructure” • The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies is inevitable for the energy sector, but it looks to be similar territory for investors in the long term. Current contracts for renewable energy are structured almost identically to those in the current energy infrastructure industry. [Nasdaq]

Wind turbines (Pexels, CC0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Rivers Are ‘Rising’ Due To Climate Change And Play A Role In Coastal Floods” • People who live far away from coastal areas could still be affected by floods caused by climate change due to changes in rivers, according to a study. University of South Carolina scientists showed that climate change has caused more effects of river flooding. [Yahoo News]

¶ “World’s First Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completed Its First Trip” • Yara Birkeland, the world’s first all-electric and emission-free container ship has completed its maiden voyage in Norway. Birkeland has traveled for about 8.7 miles (14 km) from Porsgrunn to the port of Brevik, according to a press release from its maker, Yara. [Interesting Engineering]

Yara Birkeland (Yara image)


¶ “Portugal’s Power Production Goes Coal-Free Long Before Deadline” • Portugal shut down its last remaining coal plant over the weekend, ending the use of the polluting material for electricity generation. It is the fourth country in the EU to do so. Belgium, Austria and Sweden had already stopped using coal for power generation. [CNN]

¶ “Australia Declares La Niña Weather Event Has Begun” • A La Niña event has developed for the second year in a row, Australia said. This means there is a greater risk of floods and cyclones. Last time the La Niña contributed to “once in a century” rains in parts of Australia, but the phenomenon has significant weather effects across the world. [BBC]

Flood in Australia (Advanstra, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Can South Africa Embrace Renewable Energy From The Sun?” • South Africa’s state power utility Eskom, Africa’s biggest carbon emitter, has a $10 billion plan to close most of its coal-burning power stations by 2050 and embrace renewable energy. Other countries promised $8.5 billion to help, but Eskom is staggering under a $27 billion debt burden. [BBC]

¶ “Without Support For Renewable Energy General Motors Won’t Invest In Mexico” • General Motors CEO in Mexico, Francisco Garza, said that GM and other companies won’t invest in Mexico in the short and medium term without a legal and structural framework that supports the production of renewable energy. [Mexico News Daily]

¶ “Husk Power Systems Provides Clean Energy For Rural People In Developing Countries” • Electricity is scarce in the rural parts of the poorest countries, and where it exists, it is powered mostly by diesel. Husk Power Systems is trying to change that. It puts in the power systems and charges people only for the energy they use, with no up-front cost. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Chevy Bolt Production Halted Through End Of 2021” • Some Chevy Bolt EVs have problems with batteries, and GM has issued a recall. It stopped production to deal with the issue in new cars, but it restarted for a brief while to replace recently recalled cars. Now it has told the plant’s employees that the plant will be closed for the rest of the year. [CleanTechnica]

Chevy Bolt (Image courtesy of GM)

¶ “Electric Vehicle Education Increases Likelihood Buyers Will Consider Purchasing EVs” • Pew Research Center conducted a survey of over 13,700 US adults in April 2021. A more recent examination of the numbers shows that those people who had learned about EVs were much more likely to buy one than those who knew little about them. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden’s Infrastructure Act Bets Big On Three Types Of ‘Green’ Energy Tech” • A report from Princeton University’s ZERO Lab shows that by itself, the signed infrastructure package won’t do much to bring down the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. The package backs hydrogen (in ways mostly not ‘green’), carbon capture, and nuclear power. [Popular Science]

Millstone nuclear plant in Connecticut (JJBers, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Several Renewable Energy Plants To Open In Astoria” • A part of the Astoria Energy Complex, which had once generated power via fossil fuels, will be transformed into an emissions-free converter station through a project that was announced by New York Governor Kathy Hochul in September. The electricity will come from Canadian hydropower. [Sunnyside Post]

¶ “Ørsted Acquires 302-MW Illinois Wind” • Ørsted has acquired the 302-MW Lincoln Land onshore wind farm in Illinois from funds managed by Ares Management’s Infrastructure and Power strategy. Lincoln Land reached commercial operation last week. The project is fully contracted by power purchase agreements with McDonald’s and Meta (Facebook). [reNews]

Lincoln Land wind farm (Ørsted image)

¶ “Caterpillar To Launch Demonstration Project Using Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology” • Caterpillar Inc has launched a three-year project with collaboration with Microsoft and Ballard Power Systems to demonstrate a power system with a large hydrogen fuel cell to produce reliable and sustainable backup power for data centers. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “First Solar Gets Multi-Year Orders For 5.4 GW Of Modules” • First Solar announced that global solar leader Lightsource bp and integrated energy company bp have placed multi-year orders for up to 5.4 GW combined of First Solar PV solar modules. There are firm orders for about 4.4 GW of modules, with options for another 1 GW. [Energy Industry Review]

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