Speeding the Energy Transition
May 27, 2021

Offshore Wind Takes Off! | Colonel Pipeline Hacked | Solar Podcast Clean Power Hour Ep.45

Offshore Wind Takes Off! | Colonel Pipeline Hacked | Solar Podcast Clean Power Hour Ep.45

Clean Power Hour (Ep.45) 
The offshore wind industry is taking off with full approval of Vineyard 1 that will power 400,000 homes when fully constructed. The 13 MW turbines by GE are the pinnacle of wind engineering might. Back on shore, hackers took down the Colonel Pipeline one of the largest fossil fuel pipelines feeding the eastern US. Meanwhile the IEA (International Energy Agency) estimates that humanity needs to scale the solar industry to 630 GW per year by 2030 in order to stop climate chaos and achieve net zero energy. “This special report is the world’s first comprehensive study of how to transition to a net zero energy system by 2050 while ensuring stable and affordable energy supplies, providing universal energy access, and enabling robust economic growth.” This and much much more renewable energy news. 

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It may sound like fake news but all of the Covid-19 virus that has infected humanity would fit inside a soda can or a milk jug at most. 
“Total volume/mass of all SARS-CoV-2 would almost certainly fit into a soft drink container, and definitely into a milk container.”
https://twitter.com/DoctorKarl/status/1393791881482424322

IEA says 630 GW/solar/year needs occur by 2030 to stop climate chaos
https://www.iea.org/reports/net-zero-by-2050

Hackers took down a major gasoline pipeline - be afraid
https://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/colonial-shippers-say-pipeline-communication-system-is-down/P3XATFG575ALJDPZHA5PVR7GZY/

Biden Administration Approves Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm.
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/11/climate/climate-wind-farm.html
$20 million for offshore wind in California
https://www.offshorewind.biz/2021/05/17/california-earmarks-offshore-wind-green-hydrogen-money-in-new-budget/

SpaceX has been awarded a $50 million contract from NASA for an "on-orbit large scale cryogenic propellant management and transfer demonstration." Contract is estimated to be completed by the end of 2022.
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=53849.0
SN-15
China lands on Mars
Discovery tele
https://www.discovery.com/dnews/who-wants-to-be-an-astronaut

Spain-based energy company Iberdrola has launched Perseo, an international start-up program competition aimed at identifying competitive and innovative solutions to combine solar photovoltaic plants with activities related to agriculture, horticulture, livestock, fish-farming or bee-keeping.
https://www.pv-magazine.com/2021/05/14/iberdrola-seeks-innovative-solutions-for-agrivoltaics/
A twitter thread of agrivoltaic systems that I’ve collected - https://twitter.com/SolarInMASS/status/1311989570716807168

Polar night energy in Finland? (sand energy storage)
https://polarnightenergy.fi/technology

Aluminum batteries coming for Lithium? 
https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeltaylor/2021/05/13/ev-range-breakthrough-as-new-aluminum-ion-battery-charges-60-times-faster-than-lithium-ion/

Project of the week… Keeversville CSG - 2.7 MW DC community solar project near Joliet IL in the shadow of Braidwood Nuke Station.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DSkOWE-k1I0BmZ2g3PRkNn-xh7ECYAyW/view?usp=sharing

Green aluminum is here! 'Current average cost of producing aluminium fossil fuels $1,680/ton...combination renewables and new “inert anode” technologies see production costs at $1,590/ton, avoiding virtually all emissions from smelting process, @BloombergNEF estimates’'
https://reneweconomy.com.au/green-aluminium-already-cost-competitive-and-huge-opportunity-for-australia/