November 22 Energy News

November 22, 2020

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Could Lead To Landslide-triggered Tsunami In Alaska: Scientists” • Whittier, Alaska, has still not forgotten the tsunami of 1964, which killed 13 people and did $10 million in damages. But another tsunami threat looms large on the city with climate change, as Barry glacier could fall into the ocean causing a mega-tsunami. [Republic World]

Whittier, Alaska (Wikimedia Commons)

¶ “How To Cut Carbon Out Of Your Heating” • Most homes in the UK heat with gas. There are plenty of less carbon intensive alternatives for householders, such as using electric heating, heat pumps, or even district heat networks, where a central source is used to heat water, which is then shared among building units. Here, we look at heat pumps. [BBC]

¶ “Tesla Dojo Supercomputer Explained – How To Make Full Self-Driving AI” • Tesla fans have heard regularly about the Tesla Dojo supercomputer, with few knowing what it was. It was talked of at Tesla Autonomy Day in April, 2019, but more recently a few comments from Georg Holtz, Tesmanian, and Elon Musk have shed light on this project. [CleanTechnica]

Application specific integrated circuit (Tesla image)

¶ “Nickel, Nickel, Nickel – Diving Into Green Nickel With Talon Metals” • Several months ago, Tesla CEO Elon Musk expressed some rather strong interest in nickel. I connected with a top North American company in this arena and was lucky to get the opportunity to dig in much deeper. Here is an interview with officers of Talon Metals Corp. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Electric Vehicle Interest Surges 500% In UK On News Of 2030 Fossil Fuel Car Ban” • News of the UK’s plan to ban sales of new gas and diesel cars in 2030 has reportedly led to a huge increase in interest in electric vehicles. According to BuyaCar.co.uk, electric vehicle inquiries increased by 500% following the news of the stronger timeline. [CleanTechnica]

MG ZS EV (MG image)

¶ “18% Plugin Vehicle Share in Germany in October – Record Month!” • The German plugin vehicle market set new records in October, reaching an 18% market share. Full electric vehicles were up 365% (!) from last year, and plugin vehicles as a whole were up 303%. Overall, the car market was down 4%, with petrol cars down 30% and diesel down 19%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The All-Electric Hyundai Kona Is Now Assembled In Nigeria!” • The transition to electromobility in developed markets is going on a whole lot faster than previously thought. Now, the transition has spread to developing markets. New EVs are being made in Africa, and in fact, they are being manufactured in Nigeria, a major African oil producer. [CleanTechnica]

Hyundai Kona interior

¶ “‘Renewables Superhighway’ To Ease Grid Limits, Open Way For Snowy 2.0” • Electricity transmission constraints between Victoria and New South Wales will be eased after the Andrews and Morrison governments struck a $200 million deal on a key grid project. It will spur more investment in wind and solar farms. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

¶ “Nuclear Power Pushed To Back Burner In UK’s Green Energy Plan” • Britain’s goal of renewing its aging fleet of nuclear power plants is losing momentum as the government offers few new details on how it will support new projects. The issue gained urgency as EDF SA’s announced is closing its Hinkley Point B reactors two years early. [The Japan Times]

Hinkley Point (Richard Baker, Wikimedia Commons)

US:

¶ “Kansas Sees New Wind Energy Initiative” • Governor Laura Kelly is applauding the announcement of the new Renewables Direct initiative at Evergy. She remarked that Renewables Direct provides long-term price stability and competitive pricing for local renewable energy to businesses, agencies, and commercial customers that qualify. [WIBW]

¶ “Wind Energy Flourished In Wyoming This Year. But The Renewable’s Future Here Is Unclear” • Wind energy capacity has grown substantially across Wyoming this year. The state’s wind generating capacity is expected to increase by over 1,000 MW for the year, despite the Covid-19 pandemic. But federal tax credits are set to expire. [Casper Star-Tribune Online]

Wind turbines (Karsten Würth, Unsplash)

¶ “In Washington, Babbott Backs Bill To Burn Forest Waste For Renewable Energy” • Arizona’s Coconino County Supervisor testified in Washington DC before a Senate subcommittee, saying the lack of a market for forest waste has impeded efforts to clear national forests of combustible undergrowth and halt the growth of catastrophic wildfires. [Arizona Daily Sun]

¶ “Wisconsin’s Nuclear Power Plant Operator Seeks 30 More Years” • The operator of Wisconsin’s only nuclear power plant wants to keep the 50-year-old plant running through 2050. NextEra Energy Resources has submitted an application to the NRC seeking to add another 20 years to the licenses for the Point Beach Nuclear plant. [WUWM]

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