October 12 Energy News

October 12, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Australian Submarines May Go Nuclear But Our Power Stations Never Will” • The AUKUS pact has Australians thinking about nuclear energy. But there is a simple reason why Australia will never have nuclear power, despite deciding to get reactors that wander around under the ocean. The reason is that nuclear power is too expensive. [SolarQuotes]

Nuclear warning (Dan Meyers, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Game Over For Gasmobiles: Electric Vehicle Batteries Just Keep On Getting Better” • Improvements offered by Group14’s silicon-carbon technology include ease of manufacturing in addition to enhanced battery performance compared to typical electric vehicle batteries, which are made with graphite anodes or some version thereof. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Scientists Looked At More Than 100,000 Studies And Found The World Has A Giant Climate-Crisis Blind Spot” • Climate change studies are twice as likely to focus on wealthier countries in Europe and North America than low-income countries like those in Africa and the Pacific Islands. The low-income blind spot represents a problem. [CNN]

Resort in Fiji (Josaia Cakacaka, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “More Than 30 Countries Have Joined Pledge To Reduce Climate-Warming Methane Emissions By 30%” • Canada, Japan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are among 31 parties that are joining a global pledge, led by the US and EU, to slash planet-warming methane emissions by 30% by the end of the decade, US climate enjoy John Kerry announced. [CNN]

¶ “Climate Crisis Is ‘Single Biggest Health Threat Facing Humanity,’ WHO Says, Calling On World Leaders To Act” • The World Health Organization, in a special report, is calling for governments and policymakers to “act with urgency” on the climate and health crises. The report says climate change is the “single biggest health threat facing humanity.” [CNN]

Glacier in Argentina (NOAA, Unsplash)

¶ “Chinese Coal Prices Hit Record High And Power Cuts Continue” • Heavy rains have forced the closures of 60 coal mines in Shanxi province, the country’s largest coal mining hub. The flooding is hitting the major coal production center hard, sending coal prices soaring and complicating efforts by Beijing to tackle ongoing power shortages. [CNN]

¶ “Europe’s Policymakers Lag Behind Truckmakers On CO₂ Emissions” • EU policymakers are lagging behind truckmakers when it comes to CO₂ emissions, a study shows. Improvements in aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, as well as flexibilities in the regulations, mean trucks can already achieve the EU’s 2025 CO₂ reduction target rather easily. [CleanTechnica]

Electric tuck (Image courtesy of Renault Trucks)

¶ “India En-Route To Achieving 450 GW Of Solar Power Capacity By 2030” • RK Singh, Minister of Power, New and Renewable Energy, said that India is already ahead of its pledged Nationally Determined Contributions. “Already 39% of our installed capacity is from non-fossil based sources. By 2022 we will reach our target of 40%.” [eGov Magazine]

¶ “Subsea Cable Planned To Import Green Power To Singapore From Indonesia” • A subsea cable will be developed to import renewable energy from Indonesia to Singapore. Power grid operator SP Group partnered with French energy company EDF Group to develop the infrastructure, including a proposed solar PV plant of 1,000 MW. [The Straits Times]

Singapore (Peter Nguyen, Unsplash)

¶ “Palaszczuk Government To Build New Renewable Hydrogen Plant Near Chinchilla” • Renewable hydrogen will be produced at a demonstration facility on Queensland’s Darling Downs in less than two years. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the plant would be owned by the state government and produce 50,000 kg of hydrogen per year. [Media Statements]

¶ “Drax’s Selby Plant ‘Is The UK’s Biggest CO₂ Emitter’” • Drax power plant at Selby which uses biomass is the UK’s biggest carbon dioxide emitter, according to new research by Ember. Analysts of the environmental think tank placed the Drax plant in third place of the top five list with the carbon emitters in Europe. [Energy Live News]

Drax power plant at Selby (Drax image)

¶ “Renewable Energy Market To Reach $1,977.6 Billion By 2030: Allied Market Research” • According to the report published by Allied Market Research, the global renewable energy market garnered $881.7 billion in 2020, and is anticipated to reach $1,977.6 billion by 2030, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate of 8.4% from 2021 to 2030. [Benzinga]

US:

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Receives Turbine Supply Order For Vineyard Wind Offshore Wind Farm” • GE Renewable Energy announced that it received an order from Vineyard Wind, a joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables, for 62 13-MW Haliade-X turbines for Vineyard Wind 1, the first utility-scale US offshore wind farm. [Evwind]

Smaller version of GE Haliade-X turbine (GE image, cropped)

¶ “General Motors Amps Up Its Electric Vehicle Plans: Ultium, Ultra Cruise, And More” • At an Investors Day event, GM said it will double its revenue by 2030, take the EV sales crown away from Tesla, introduce its Ultra Cruise self-driving system, offer an under-$30,000 electric SUV, introduce a new low price electric SUV, and more. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “First Executive To Head To Prison In Doomed Nuclear Project” • Kevin Marsh, a former utility executive who lied to ratepayers and regulators costing billions of dollars after he found out a pair of nuclear reactors being built in South Carolina were hopelessly behind schedule, will soon be heading to prison for two years. [KTBS]

Have a fantastically fortuitous day.

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