- “Offshore Wind Offers 1.4 TW Potential By 2050” • Up to 1,400 GW of offshore wind capacity could be built around the world by the year 2050, according to the Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition. It said 1,400 GW is achievable considering the resource potential, technology innovation, and government appetite to focus on offshore windpower. [reNEWS]
- “World’s Largest Renewable Hydrogen Plant (Part 2)” • The city of Lancaster, California has a hydrogen project that IS rocket science. One thing is easy to understand about it: The science makes it possible to produce hydrogen from waste paper, on cost parity with the fossil-fuel-based grey hydrogen, with a negative carbon impact. [CleanTechnica]
- “Melting Permafrost Claims Its First Major Victim, Russia’s Oil & Gas Network” • This past week, there was an oil spill in Siberia because of melting permafrost. Almost all of Russia’s oil and gas fields are under permafrost and much of the pipeline system goes over permafrost. Russia’s planned pipelines to China are especially at risk. [CleanTechnica]
- “Could The Coronavirus Crisis Finally Finish Off Coal?” • The UK’s electricity grid has burnt no coal for 60 days, and National Grid said it isn’t expecting a coal generator to be turned back on anytime soon. The proximate cause is the pandemic, but an underlying cause is that renewables have almost no marginal costs, and they keep getting cheaper to build. [BBC]
- “Britain Goes Coal Free As Renewables Edge Out Fossil Fuels” • Britain is about to pass a significant landmark: At midnight on June 10 it will have gone two full months without burning any coal to generate power. A decade ago about 40% of the country’s electricity came from coal. The coronavirus is part of the story, but far from all of it. [BBC]
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