September 26 Energy News

September 26, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “COP26: What Is The Glasgow Climate Conference And Why Is It Important?” • The UK is hosting a summit that may be crucial for climate change to be brought under control. The meeting in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November could lead to major changes to our everyday lives. Two hundred countries are asked for plans to address climate change. [BBC]

Survey launch from NOAA ship Fairweather (NOAA, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Tesla Rolls Out “FSD Beta Button” And “Safety Score” To Countless Tesla Owners” • After a long and often impatient wait, Tesla owners across the US have nearly gotten access to the company’s “FSD Beta” driver-assist software for city streets. As one of those owners, Zach Shahan documents what exactly he got in the past 24 hours. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Calendar Aging Research Is Critical To Future Of Silicon-Based Batteries” • Silicon anodes offer a promising improvement to existing lithium-ion technology. Replacing the graphite anode material typically used in Li-ion batteries with silicon anodes may pave the way to reducing battery pack size by 25%–30% and increase driving range by 30%–40%. [CleanTechnica]

Scientist studying silicon nanoparticles (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

World:

¶ “Many Nations Join Call For No New Coal Plants” • After China announced it will stop overseas coal power finance, a group of countries, including Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, and the UK have announced a No New Coal Power Compact. They aim to encourage all countries to commit to stop building coal-fired power plants. [The Sentinel Assam]

¶ “Mercedes And Volkswagen Ramp Up Battery Factory Plans” • New Mercedes CEO Ola Kaellenius announced that his company has taken a 33% stake valued at $1.2 billion in battery cell maker Automotive Cells Company. Also, Volkswagen announced a new battery factory, which it expects to deliver over 150,000 battery systems per year, in Hefei, China. [CleanTechnica]

Model of a future components plant in Hefei (Volkswagen image)

¶ “Oh Polly! Installs Renewable Energy System At Wirral Warehouse” • Based in Wirral, in North West England, online fashion giant Oh Polly said it has taken”bold steps to deliver on its sustainability promise” by installing a renewable energy system. The firm is investing £700,000 in a new system that will provide heat and electricity. [Wirral Globe]

¶ “Xlinks Launches Morocco-UK Renewable Energy Plan” • Xlinks has set out plans to export clean electricity from Morocco to the UK, via HVDC subsea cables. The Morocco-UK Power Project will generate 3.6 GW of electricity in the North African state using solar and wind. The project will also include a 5-GW, 20-GWh battery. [Energy Voice]

Wind farm in Morocco (sqala, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Young People Around The World Take To The Streets And Demand Urgent Climate Change Action” • Young people around the world took to the streets on Friday to demand urgent action to avert disastrous climate change, in their largest protest since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The strike took place five weeks before the COP26 summit. [Newshub]

¶ “UK Looking At Deal To Remove China From Nuclear Project: Report” • The UK is closing in on a deal that would remove China’s state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group from involvement in building a nuclear power station on the Suffolk coast, eastern England, alongside France’s EDF, according to a report in The Guardian. [Press TV]

Sizewell B Power Station (Robin Somes, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Prime Minister And Chancellor Backing Plans For New Nuclear Power Plant In Wales” • The Prime Minister of the UK and the Chancellor of the Exchequer back plans for a nuclear plant in Wales. Dylan Morgan, co-ordinator for an anti-nuclear campaign group, pointed out that it will take fifteen years to build, and the crisis is here now. [Nation.Cymru]

US:

¶ “Lying, Cheating Oil And Gas Companies Stick Taxpayers With Cleanup Bill” • There are millions of abandoned gas and oil wells all across America. Many states require oil and gas companies to put up a bond to cover the cost of closing them down, but in practice, that bond is often a small percentage of the actual cost. Taxpayers pay the difference. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Progressive Caucus Presses For End To Fossil Fuel Subsidies” • As Congress drafts reconciliation legislation, the leaders of the Congressional Progressive Caucus pressed leaders of the US House of Representatives for an end to major fossil fuel subsidies that fuel pollution in communities across the country as part of the Build Back Better Act. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “City Of Minneapolis: Help The City Prioritize Ways To Reach 100% Renewable Electricity Goals” • The City of Minneapolis appealed to residents: “We are in a climate crisis. To fight climate change, Minneapolis has developed a draft 100% Renewable Electricity Plan to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy and needs to know your priorities.” [Patch]

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