October 1 Energy News

October 1, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “As Gas Prices Soar, People Are Mulling Alternatives To Heating Their Homes. Here’s What To Know” • Soaring natural gas prices have raised the specter of cold homes and inflated energy bills for millions of people over winter across Europe and the US. At the same time, pressure is mounting to reduce use of fossil fuels. Here are things to know. [CNN]

Avedøre Power Station (Gunnar Bach Pedersen, public domain)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Carbon Capture’s Other Dirty Secret: Nowhere To Put It (Part 1 Of 2)” • If we actually did start using carbon capture at anything approaching the scale of the problem, where would we put the resultant CO₂? Would we put it underground? There is already competition for the few accessible sealed underground voids suitable for CO₂ sequestration. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Carbon Capture’s Other Dirty Secret: Nowhere To Put It (Part 2 Of 2)” • Sequestering CO₂ has many problems. One is that the volume of CO₂ burning oil and gas produces is far greater than what was extracted, so empty wells won’t do. Another problem is that the deeper you go underground, the hotter it gets. And the whole process is very expensive. [CleanTechnica]

Mauna Loa Observatory (NOAA image)

World:

¶ “NIO ES8 Launch – Exclusive Details, Like 120 KW Charge Rate” • Chinese EV maker NIO is launching its first vehicle, the ES8, and its first NIO House in Europe, in Oslo. And NIO House is an entirely different concept for show rooms. It is more like a community center with books, a café, and a place offering weekly yoga classes. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Powerpack Batteries Installed At World’s Largest Single-Site Solar Park” • The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority announced the inauguration of a pilot project for energy storage at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park this week. The project has a power capacity of 1.21 MW and an energy capacity of 8.61 MWh. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Powerpack batteries in Dubai (DEWA image)

¶ “Nigeria Receives €15 Million EU Funding To Boost Renewable Energy Development” • Nigeria received an additional funding of €15 million as a grant from the EU to support its renewable energy development. The funding will expand the Nigerian energy support program, which is co-financed by the EU and the German government. [TheCable]

¶ “London’s Largest Private Taxi Company To Go All Electric By 2023” • Addison Lee operates London’s largest private taxi fleet, with more than 4000 cars in service. It says all of them will be electric by the end of 2023 and it will provide over 20,000 rides per day by that time, emissions free. The cost of the changeover will be £160 million ($219 million). [CleanTechnica]

Electric taxi (Addison Lee image)

¶ “New Renewable Energy Policy To Implement Power Projects By 2025” • The Maharashtra government has come up with a new Renewable Energy Policy aiming at implementing 17,360 MW of transmission system-connected power projects by 2025. This includes 12,930 MW of solar projects, 2,500 MW of wind projects, and more. [The Indian Express]

¶ “GE Wins 200-MW Cypress Order” • GE Renewable Energy has been selected to supply 40 onshore wind turbines for the 200-MW Aftissat wind farm extension in Morocco. GE will supply Energie Eolienne du Maroc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nareva, with 5-MW turbines from its Cypress platform, each with a rotor diameter of 158 meters. [reNews]

Wind turbines and a camel (GE image)

¶ “UK Wants China Out Of Nuclear Power Project” • The UK is ousting China’s CGN from the Sizewell C nuclear power plant project, the Financial Times reported. The publication added that the options for the 20% stake that the Chinese company holds in the project will be sold to institutional investors or floated on the stock market. [Oil Price]

US:

¶ “Robotaxis Getting Real In California – Waymo And Cruise Get Permits To Roll Out Robotaxis” • Waymo and GM’s Cruise have permits from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to operate robotaxis. All they need to do is get approval from the California Public Utilities Commission, and they will be able to sell people rides in them. [CleanTechnica]

Waymo robotaxis (Waymo image)

¶ “GM Blows Past Biden Renewable Energy Goals With 100% By 2025” • In recent years, General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra has made the company into a renewable energy influencer. Now, GM has announced a new carbon-cutting initiative that sets a 100% renewable energy goal by 2025. Yes, that’s 2025. Not 2035, or even 2030. It’s 2025 or bust. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Vineyard, Salem City Ink Port Partnership” • Vineyard Wind entered into an agreement with the City of Salem and Crowley Maritime Corporation to establish Salem Harbor as the second major offshore wind port in Massachusetts. Vineyard Wind has estimated that over five years, the project would create up to 900 full time equivalent job years. [reNews]

Rendering of Salem Harbor project (Vineyard Wind image)

¶ “Grants Fund New Partnership To Explore Renewable Energy Storage In Minnesota” • The University of Minnesota Morris has explored energy storage solutions for five years. Now, it has two grants to fund this work from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust. The grants, totaling over $2.65 million, support an energy storage project. [News & Events]

¶ “Offshore Wind Brings Central Coast Closer To Becoming Renewable Energy Hub” • Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) believes California’s Central Coast can become the clean energy capital of the US, and a recently signed bill brings the region one step closer to developing offshore wind power. [New Times San Luis Obispo]

Have an impressively happy day.

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