October 5 Energy News

October 5, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “We Can Eliminate Millions Of Air Pollution Deaths” • Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, alongside climate change. Studies of air pollution suggest hundreds of milions of healthy life years are lost. Countries adopting air quality standards aligned with the needs of human health will free us from that threar. [CleanTechnica]

Air pollurion (NOAA image, public domain)

World:

¶ “The classic cars being converted to electric vehicles” • Oswald is a black 1953 Morris Minor. But he is as quiet as a mouse after having his 68-year-old fossil-fuel drinking heart replaced with a recycled electric motor. Driving beside the Thames in London all you can hear are a few creaks, and sounds of traffic. The image of EVs as sleek and futuristic is changing. [BBC]

¶ “Greenpeace Protesters Blockade Shell Refinery In Rotterdam” • A squadron of Greenpeace activists built a blockade around Shell’s Pernis refinery in Rotterdam, the largest in Europe, to call attention to the company’s advertising campaign, which the group calls “greenwashing.” Greenpeace is in a campaign to get the EU to ban fossil fuel advertising. [CleanTechnica]

Protest (Image credit: © Bart Hoogveld, Greenpeace)

¶ “France Jumps Above 20% Plugin EV Share In September” • France, Europe’s second largest auto market, saw plugin electric vehicle share jump up to a record 21.5% in September, over twice the 10.6% share seen a year ago. Diesel was down to a record low of 17.6% share. The overall auto market volume was down some 16% over seasonal norms. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Shell Backs 800 MW Of UK Solar” • Shell signed deals with two UK solar developers for solar projects exceeding 800 MW. An agreement with renewable energy developer Island Green Power is for 700 MW of solar projects with co-located battery storage potential, and Shell agreed with Clearstone Energy to develop projects totalling 100 MW. [reNews]

Solar array (Shell image)

¶ “NT Government Says Plan For 50% Renewables On Darwin-Katherine Grid Will Save $30 Million A Year” • The Northern Territory government has detailed its plans for more solar plants, more batteries, and “hydrogen-compatible” gas generators to lift the portion of energy from renewables to 50% by the end of the decade, saving $30 million per year. [ABC]

¶ “GE Turns Up Haliade-X Prototype To 14 MW” • GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X prototype in Rotterdam is now operating at 14 MW, making it the first player in the industry to operate a wind turbine at this power output. The Haliade-X 14-MW is an uprated version of the Haliade-X 13-MW, which received its type certification in January 2021. [reNews]

GE Haliade-X Prototype (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “UK Pledges To Hit All-Renewable Electricity By 2035” • All of Britain’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2035, the governing Conservatives announced. Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said “the only way to strengthen Britain’s energy security is zero carbon power that is generated in this country.” [Beatrice Daily Sun]

US:

¶ “What We Know So Far About The California Oil Spill” • A leak in an oil pipeline caused a major spill off the coast of southern California on Saturday, sending oil spewing into the local environment, potentially harming wildlife and nearby human residents. The volume of the spill pales in comparison to some of the US’ largest such incidents. [CNN]

Laguna Beach Condos (Kevin Zollman, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Tesla Quarterly Sales Growth From 2012 To 2021 – Like Climbing Mt. Everest” • We’ve been covering Tesla sales for the past 9 years. At many steps along the way, I’ve thought the quarterly sales chart has shown amazing growth. Looking back to those points now, they look like small successes and periods of low sales. How things change! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Laketran Unveils Ohio’s First Battery Electric Bus Lines” • Laketran is a transit agency serving Lake County, Ohio, just northeast of Cleveland. Its new Frank Polivka Transit Center is the state’s first electric bus charging facility. It has six 450-kW chargers to charge 10 New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE electric buses that will be in operation this fall. [CleanTechnica]

Bus at a pantograph chargers (Image courtesy of Laketran)

¶ “I Am Super Excited For The Full Self Driving Tesla Model $25K” • A tweet from Elon Musk said that Tesla will have a $25,000 model coming in about 2 years. At least one version of it will not have driving controls like a steering wheel and pedals. It may mean that a complete Full Self Driving  package is included in the $25,000. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “GAO Calls For Congressional Action On Spent Nuclear Fuel” • There are about 86,000 metric tons of spent nuclear fuel from commercial reactors stored at 75 US sites. This amount continues to grow. Policymakers have been at an impasse over what to do with the spent fuel since the licensing of the Yucca Mountain repository stopped in 2010. [Homeland Security Today]

Have an emphatically marvelous day.

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