October 4 Energy News

October 4, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “How Many Solar Panels Could Power The World?” • The YouTube channel “Corridor Crew” has shared an awesome video demonstrating just how many solar panels it would take to power the world. “How many solar panels could power the world? 23 billion solar panels. That is how many we will need.” [CleanTechnica]

Solar Panels (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Decreasing Cost Of Renewables Unlikely To Plateau Anytime Soon” • Past projections of energy costs have consistently underestimated just how cheap renewable energy would be in the future, as well as the benefits of rolling them out quickly, according to a report out of the Institute of New Economic Thinking at Oxford. [Ars Technica]

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Bosses And Labor Chief Want Big Changes At Wolfsburg Factory” • Herbert Diess, the Volkswagen Group CEO, sees Tesla and a host of Chinese car companies in the rear-view mirror and moving up fast. Volkswagen risks falling behind the competition unless it makes big changes in its manufacturing facilities. [CleanTechnica]

Two Volkswagen ID.3 electric cars (Volkswagen AG image)

¶ “Climate change: Stop smoke and mirrors, rich nations told” • Rich countries’ plans to curb carbon are “smoke and mirrors” and must be urgently improved, say poorer nations. Ministers meeting here in Milan at the final UN session before the Glasgow COP26 climate conference heard that some progress was being made. [BBC]

¶ “First Electric Fire Truck In Australia” • It is only fitting that the nation’s capital receives the first electric fire truck. Canberra will take delivery of the million-dollar vehicle next year. It will be the fourth in operation in the world – there are two in Europe and there’s one in Los Angeles. The truck is being produced by the Rosenbauer company of Austria. [CleanTechnica]

Electric Truck (ACT Emergency Services Agency image)

¶ “Agnew Gold Mine Could Run Off 95% Renewable Energy In 12 Months, Owner Says” • The owner of a gold mine in Western Australia says he expects the site will be frequently powered by up to 95% renewable energy in 12 months’ time. The Agnew gold mine is one of the first in the world to combine wind, solar, gas and battery storage for power usage. [ABC]

¶ “CIP Installs First Jacket At 589-MW CFXDI” • Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners has installed the first foundation at its 589-MW Changfang and Xidao (CFXD) offshore wind complex in Taiwan. Boskalis-HC Offshore partnership Bowei put the jacket in place at the weekend using the Bokalift 1 vessel. [reNews]

Bokalift 1 (Boskalis image)

¶ “Sea Levels Rising And Arctic Ice At A Record Low, Global Report Says” • Arctic ice levels have reached record lows, according to a new report on the world’s oceans and the impact of climate change. This year’s report draws on analysis by over 120 scientific experts from more than 30 European institutions. [CTV News]

US:

 “Big Oil Is Going All-Out To Fight Climate Rules In Build Back Better” • America’s oil-and-gas industry is fighting scale back climate provisions in the President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better plan. “We’re leaving everything on the field here in terms of our opposition to anti-energy provisions,” the head of the American Petroleum Institute. [CNN]

Refinery (Kamran Chaudhry, Unsplash)

¶ “Huntington Beach: California Oil Spill Sparks Concern For Wildlife” • An oil slick off the coast of California has started washing ashore, killing fish, contaminating wetlands and closing beaches. Approximately 3,000 barrels of oil have spread over an area covering 13 square miles (33 sq km), off the Orange County coast. [BBC]

¶ “Vintage Porsche 912 Gets Tesla Upgrade” • A vintage Porsche 912 has gone electric with a Tesla Model S transplant, Green Car Reports reports. it was converted by Zelectric and was shown on Jay Leno’s Garage. Davide Bernardo and Trent Wonsley showed Leno how they converted the classic Porsche into a fully electric vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

Have a memorably great day.

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