July 23 Energy News

July 23, 2021

Opinion:

¶ “As The World Burns, California Will Pick Up The Pace On Climate – Maybe” • Reading directives by California’s governor about goals for 2030 and 2035 and 2045, we should think about a report from RMI, whose authors wrote, “The most important year to phase out fossil fuel infrastructure and invest in clean energy solutions is this year.” [Los Angeles Times]

Smoke in California (Bruce Warrington, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Bacteria Can Recover Precious Metals From Electric Vehicle Batteries” • Bioleaching, also called biomining, uses microbes that can oxidize metal as part of their metabolism. It has been widely used in the mining industry, where microorganisms are used to extract valuable metals from ores. Bioleaching can also extract metals from used batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “When The Sun Makes Drinking Water” • A new partnership between SOURCE Global and Conservation International will deliver sustainable, clean drinking water to the Binta’t Karis Indigenous peoples of Iraan, in the Philippines. The community has very limited drinking water infrastructure and a history of water-borne disease. [CleanTechnica]

Solar-powered hydropanels (SOURCE image)

¶ “Catastrophic Floods To Be 14 Times More Frequent Across Europe, Study Blames Climate Change” • A study published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters claims that catastrophic floods like those that hit Europe are likely to become much more frequent due to global warming. This is largely because warmer air can hold more moisture. [India Today]

World:

¶ “Opportunities For Cleaner, More Efficient Freight Transport In India” • Demand for freight transport is expected to grow fivefold in India by mid-century. While rising freight activity will be critical for India’s economic growth, it also implies challenges related to high logistics costs and high emissions. The challenges are opportunities in themselves. [CleanTechnica]

Freight train in India (Anirudh, Unsplash)

¶ “E&Y: Electric Cars Are Coming Sooner Than Expected” • As EV sales increase in key regions around the world, analysts are gradually revising their forecasts the end of the Oil Age. Ernst & Young now predicts that EV sales in the US, China, and Europe will surpass those of fossil-powered vehicles five years sooner than previously expected. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Mercedes-Benz Prepares To Go All-Electric” • Mercedes-Benz provided visions of a future unlike what other auto makers see. They include a realization that the market can flip to 100% EVs before 2030, worldwide. If the market flips, Mercedes-Benz has to be ready. That means it has to be prepared to change to 100% EV production before 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Mercedes-EQ, EQS 580 4MATIC (Mercedes image)

¶ “Tesla And BHP Form An Alliance To Promote Sustainability In The Mining And Resources Sector” • BHP and Tesla announced an agreement to supply Tesla with nickel from BHP’s Nickel West asset in Western Australia. According to BHP, Nickel West is one of the most sustainable and emission-free nickel producers in the world. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bigwigs Of India’s Fossil-Fuel Industry Could The Drive Country’s Green Energy Sector” • The key players of India’s fossil-fuel industry, from the government and the private sector, are turning over a ‘green’ leaf. Many of them have announced massive-scale participation in India’s plans to transition to clean energy. [Mongabay-India]

Thermal power plant in India (sheikh sohel, Unsplash)

¶ “China Aims To Install Over 30 GW Of New Energy Storage By 2025” • China aims to install more than 30 GW of new energy storage capacity by 2025, its state planner said, as part of efforts to boost renewable power consumption while ensuring stable operation of the electric grid system. The plan includes several storage technologies, but not pumped hydro. [Reuters]

¶ “Japan Boosts Renewable Energy To Meet Emissions Target” • Japan aims to increase its use of renewable energy a lot and reduce fossil fuel consumption over the next decade as its pushes to meet its ambitious emissions reduction target, according to a draft of a new energy plan. The draft maintains the current target for nuclear energy, however. [Manufacturing.net]

Mount Fuji (Manuel Cosentino, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Bootleg Fire Is Burning Up Carbon Offsets• Oregon’s largest wildfire so far this season, the Bootleg Fire, has burned nearly 400,000 acres spreading approximately four square miles a day across the southern parts of the state. At the time of this report, the flames spread through one fifth of forests set aside for carbon offsets in the immediate area. [CNN]

¶ “Colorado Passes Embodied Carbon Legislation – The Most Important Climate Solution You’ve Never Heard Of” • Under the “Buy Clean Colorado” legislation signed into law by Colorado Governor Jared Polis, public construction projects will have to meet clear environmental criteria for the use of seven common construction materials. [CleanTechnica]

Colorado (Briana Tozour, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Vehicle Registrations Stay Robust Amidst Supply Chain Tensions” • For Q2, Tesla vehicle registrations in California are up 85% from last year, largely due to the success of the Model Y. The all-electric automaker announced record vehicle deliveries for the quarter, even as it confronted an industry-wide shortage of semiconductors. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Magic Ingredients For Innovative Batteries? Humble Rust And Salt” • Form Energy, based in Somerville, Massachusetts, has developed an energy storage technology based on iron and rust. In nearby Cambridge, researchers at Malta, Inc are working on an energy storage technology that is based on an equally humble material: molten salt. [WBUR]

Have an extraordinarily fulfilling day.

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