August 22 Energy News

August 22, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “How The Climate Crisis Is Changing Hurricanes” • The proportion of high-intensity hurricanes has increased due to warmer global temperatures, according to a UN climate report released earlier this month. Scientists have also found that the storms are more likely to stall and lead to devastating rainfall, and they last longer over land. [CNN]

Hurricane (Pixabay, Pexels)

¶ “Why Autumn Weather Won’t Be The Same This Year” • At the halfway point of August, fall is quickly approaching. But warm temperatures and prolonged drought could continue, hindering the traditional fall feeling of cool, crisp mornings with beautiful foliage on the trees. The Climate Prediction Center also raised chances for La Niña this fall. [CNN]

¶ “CEO Karsten Temme Of PivotBio On Microbes Reducing Agriculture GHG Emissions” • PivotBio was founded on the basis of a eureka moment. Microbes that fix nitrogen don’t work hard in fields that are fertilized. When microbes can be made to fix nitrogen constantly in fertilized fields, fertilizing is needed less frequently, reducing emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Agriculture (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

World:

¶ “The Middle East Is Running Out Of Water, And Parts Of It Are Becoming Uninhabitable” • Lakes in the Middle East are drying up, and there are concerns that they will disappear entirely. The region has witnessed persistent drought and temperatures so high that they are barely fit for human life. And from this point, things are just getting worse. [CNN]

¶ “Major Solar Energy Project Coming To Israel” • A bid for plans for a 300-MW solar farm in Israel that will provide significant electricity reserves for the country received 11 proposals from national and international groups. The solar farm is to be spread over 3,000 acres. Some electricity will be routed to a battery storage facility. [The Jerusalem Post]

Solar panels (Pixabay, Pexels)

¶ “Need For Generation Licences For Small-Scale Renewable Energy-Based Systems Eliminated” • In Pakistan, the Cabinet Committee on Energy approved the proposal of the Power Division for eliminating the need for generation licences for small-scale Renewable Energy based systems of up to 25 kW for net metering. [Business Recorder]

¶ “With 4 Lakh (400,000) Renewable Energy Installations By July, Odisha Achieves Milestone” • In India, the Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency has made significant strides in generation and use of renewable energy in the state with more than 400,000 installations serving around 5.5 million people. [Sambad English]

Rooftop solar in India (Thamizhpparithi Maari, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “UK Government Announces £12 Million Energy Storage Solution Competition” • The UK Government is planning to award up to £12 million in prize money to innovators competing to develop the nation’s next energy storage solutions. Entries are welcome, so long as pre-existing commercialised technologies are not put forward. [Energy Digital]

US:

¶ “Hurricane Henri: East Coast Warned Of Significant Damage” • Residents on the East Coast have been urged to prepare for one of the most powerful storms in years. Hurricane Henri, which has strengthened from a tropical storm, is expected to hit Long Island and southern parts of New England. Hurricanes are rare for this part of the US coastline. [BBC]

Coming storm (Shashank Sahay, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Switching To LFP Batteries For Standard Range Model 3 And Model Y” • Though it is probably wise not to be moved by internet rumors, they sometimes pan out. There’s the rumor of standard range Model 3 and Model Y vehicles made in Fremont getting LFP (LiFePO₄) batteries. Tesla already has experience with this configuration in China. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Exelon Generation Receives US DOE Grant To Explore Hydrogen Production At Oswego Nuclear Station” • Exelon will partner with Nel Hydrogen, Argonne National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory and the National Energy Laboratory to demonstrate integrated production, storage and normal usage at the Nine Mile Point nuclear plant. [H2 View]

Have an indisputably ducky day.

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