September 15 Energy News

September 15, 2021

World:

¶ “Sweden Is Home To One Of The World’s Tallest Wooden Structures” • The Swedish city of Skellefteå, on the shores of the Baltic Sea, is home to a new performing arts center and hotel constructed entirely of wood. Designed by White Arkitekter, it features a 20-story hotel that springs from the Sara Cultural Center below. [CleanTechnica]

Sara Kulturhus (White Arkitekter image)

¶ “Fast Charger Network – If You Build It, They Will Come” • The Australian states are falling over each other to bring fast chargers to the public. Western Australia, Queensland, and New South Wales all have impressive projects supporting EVs in the works. Now, New South Wales is planning to install 1000 “fast” charging bays along major routes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wärtsilä Is Swapping Batteries For Waterway Vessels In The Netherlands” • Wärtsilä has come up with a mobile battery swapping system to help power and re-power electric waterway vessels. This may be an old idea, but it’s new in the real world. The first order, for an initial 3 units, was just placed and fulfilled in June in the Netherlands. [CleanTechnica]

Wärtsilä marine battery swapping (Wärtsilä image)

¶ “Japanese Firms Strike Australian Green Hydrogen Deal” • Four large Japanese companies have signed a MOU to explore large scale green hydrogen generation in Australia. The agreement with Stanwell Corporation and APT Management Services Pty, is to implement a joint feasibility study of the Central Queensland Hydrogen Project. [reNEWS]

¶ “Ford Mustang Mach-E Police Car Now An Option In UK” • Police officers in the UK could soon be rolling around in style thanks to the police Mustang Mach-E. Ford indicates that the offering is actually the case of abundant customer inquiries, rather than Ford pushing sales. UK police forces were reportedly asking about buying the EVs. [CleanTechnica]

UK Mustang Mach-E police car (Ford image)

¶ “Proposed Power Market Reforms Could Reduce Renewable Energy Costs Further” • A new briefing note by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says the proposed reforms to the design of India’s electricity market will help pave the way for the rollout of large-scale, ultra-low-cost variable renewable energy. [pv magazine India]

¶ “Coal On Way Out As Renewable Energy Costs Hit Record Lows In India” • South Asia has a pre-construction pipeline of 37.4 GW of new coal projects. India’s 21-GW pipeline accounts for 56% of this. However, new coal facilities do not make economic sense for India anymore. Renewable energy is better, cheaper, and quicker. [Times of India]

Coal mining equipment (Albert Hyseni, Unsplash)

¶ “France To Add 3.7 GW Of Solar Capacity With €5.7 Billion In Aid” • France is set to expand its portfolio of renewable energy capacity by adding 3,700 MW of solar energy using €5.7 billion ($6.7 billion) in funding approved by the European Commission. The aid is to help France to achieve its 2030 carbon emissions reduction target. [Smart Energy International]

US:

¶ “Pair Of California Wildfires Now Threatening Some Of The World’s Largest Trees” • Wildfires in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains have forced much of Sequoia National Park to close. Two-thirds of all the Sierra Nevada’s giant sequoia grove acreage had already burned in wildfires of 2015 through 2020, according to the National Park Service. [CNN]

¶ “The Company Behind Tide And Bounty Pledges Net Zero Emissions By 2040” • Procter & Gamble is launching a new climate goal that reduces the pollution generated by the company’s vast supply chain. P&G told CNN it plans to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across its operations and supply chain by 2040. [CNN]

¶ “Clean Trucks New York Program to Bring Significant Benefits” • New York Governor Hochul gave the green light last week for the state to move forward with the Advanced Clean Trucks rule. The directive to the Department of Environmental Conservation represents one of her Administration’s first actions to mitigate climate and air pollution. [CleanTechnica]

Electric sanitation truck (Photo courtesy of Volvo Group)

¶ “JB Straubel Plans Circular Supply Chain For Batteries, With Emphasis On USA” • JB Straubel, Tesla co-founder and former CTO wants to bring more battery production to the US. A big part of his plan involves ramping up the recovery of essential battery raw materials such as lithium, nickel, copper, and cobalt by recycling old batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Activism Works! Harvard Will Divest From All Fossil Fuels” • In an open letter to the Harvard community, President Lawrence Bacow announced that the Harvard Management Company is in the process of removing the university from all investments in fossil fuels. While the letter does not use the word “divestment,” it is clear that is what is happening. [CleanTechnica]

Harvard University (Image via Harvard Press Kit)

¶ “President Joe Biden Turns To Colorado To Pitch Investments In Clean Energy” • While legislators in Washington craft details, President Joe Biden is pitching his massive domestic spending package with a visit to NREL in Colorado. He is highlighting how the investments in clean energy in his plan would help combat climate change. [CBS Denver]

¶ “NRC Backs Storing Nuclear Waste In Texas” • The NRC has approved a private company’s plan to store nuclear waste in West Texas. The agency authorized Interim Storage Partners LLC “to receive, possess, transfer and store up to 5,000 metric tons of spent fuel and 231.3 metric tons of Greater-Than-Class C low-level radioactive waste for 40 years.” [Power Magazine]

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