November 16 Energy News

November 16, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Toyota’s Team Japan Aims To Save Internal Combustion Engine From Extinction” • Toyota’s embrace of hydrogen and the internal combustion engine has become ridiculous. Headed up by Akio Toyoda, Toyota is celebrating its own refusal to sign a pledge to eliminate infernal combustion engines in Glasgow last week by forming Team Japan. [CleanTechnica]

Toyota pickup truck (Dusty Barnes, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ford And Purdue University Created A Cable That Fully Charges An EV In 5 Minutes” • Ford has teamed up with Purdue University to build a prototype of a cable that could fully charge an EV’s battery in just five minutes without overheating. It could help overcome one of the last major obstacles standing in the way of EVs achieving mass acceptance. [Yahoo]

¶ “Harnessing The Power Of The Tides In Scotland” • The most ambitious of the tidal energy devices operating in the Orkney Islands is the Orbital O2 from Orbital Marine. It has an output of 2 MW, enough to heat the tea kettles and run the lights in 2,000 UK homes. The Orbital O2 is 240 feet long, weighs 650 tons, and is as big as a floating jumbo jet. [CleanTechnica]

Tidal turbine (Image courtesy of Orbital Marine)

World:

¶ “Indian State Of Andhra Pradesh To Buy 7 GW Of Solar Power” • The power distribution utilities of Andhra Pradesh secured approval from the state regulator to procure 7 GW of solar power from projects auctioned by the Solar Corporation of India. Power will be supplied in tranches between September 2024 and September 2026. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electrification Of Rail Freight Industry Takes One (Just One) Giant Step Forward” • Everybody knows that transportation by rail freight is fuel efficient. The missing link for sustainability is full electrification. Now we can see some hope in the form of a 100% electric locomotive soon to ply the rails for the Canadian railway company CN. [CleanTechnica]

Battery electric locomotive (Courtesy of Wabtec Corporation)

¶ “Epson Becomes The Manufacturing Industry’s First To Switch To 100% Renewable Electricity At All Sites In Japan” • Epson is the first company in the Japanese manufacturing industry to convert to 100% renewable electricity for all its domestic sites. As a result, Epson will reduce its annual CO₂ emissions by about 250,000 tonnes. [MarketScreener]

¶ “China To Encourage Power Users To Directly Buy Renewables In Cross-Province Spot Trading” • China will encourage power consumers to trade directly with renewable power generators in spot electricity trading, and will gradually add bulk power users and power sellers into the trade, the National Development and Reform Commission said. [MarketScreener]

Solar panels in China (Davidzdh, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “UK, US Partnership Eyes 20-GW Clean Power Goal” • UK-based Low Carbon and the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company joined forces to build a renewable energy independent power producer of 20 GW by 2030. Focusing on international projects, it will leverage proven technologies including solar, storage, windpower, and waste-to-energy. [reNews]

¶ “Global Storage Market ‘Set For Boom’” • Global energy storage installations will reach a cumulative 358 GW by the end of 2030, according to the latest forecast from energy research company BloombergNEF. BNEF forecasts 358-GW, 1028 GWh by the end of 2030, more than 20 times larger than the 17-GW, 34-GWh at the end of 2020. [reNews]

Energy storage (Engie image)

US:

¶ “Biden Signs ‘Once-In-A-Generation’ $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Into Law” • US President Joe Biden has signed into law a $1.2 trillion spending bill. The legislation pledges funding to upgrade highways, roads, and bridges, to modernize transit and passenger rail networks, and for clean drinking water, high speed internet, and a nationwide network of EV charging points. [BBC]

¶ “11% Of Ford F-150 Lightning Pre-Orders Are From Tesla Owners” • A Lightning Owners forum for F-150 Lightning buyers tracks the pre-orders for Ford’s all new electric pickup truck and analyzes the data. One thing it tracks is what vehicle those people will be getting rid of to put an F-150 Lightning in their driveway. It turns out 11% are Teslas. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Ford Motor Company)

¶ “Tesla Semi Spotted Charging At Megacharger At Giga Nevada” • A Twitter user shared photos of a white Tesla Semi charging at the Megacharger at Giga Nevada. Whether or not Pepsi will be receiving its first Semi this year isn’t known, but what is known is that those old rumors of the Tesla Semi not existing can be put to bed – again. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Jericho’s Two New Solar Plants Will Generate Enough Power For 7,800 Vermont Homes” • Two utility-sized solar plants have come online in Jericho, Vermont, topping a former gravel pit and a closed-down landfill. They are expected to generate enough electricity for 7,800 homes, according to their developer, Encore Renewable Energy. [Burlington Free Press]

Solar array in Jericho (Encore Renewable Energy)

¶ “Solar Project Now Powers Five New England Colleges” • The 76.5-MW Farmington solar project in Maine has entered service, and will supply power to five New England colleges, Amherst, Bowdoin, Hampshire, Smith, and Williams, as part of a 20-year power purchase agreement. A unit of NextEra Energy Resources built the facility. [pv magazine USA]

¶ “Rising Sea Levels: How Climate Change Has Affected South Carolina” • While climate projections look to the future and discuss the worst impacts of climate change, we are already experiencing its effects across the US. Here are descriptions of what is happening in South Carolina and neighboring states, along with a link to the national story [WCBD]

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