November 20 Energy News

November 20, 2021


¶ “A Look At China’s Largest Coal Mine And China’s Coal Lie (Video)” • ADVChina, a YouTube channel that focuses on the adventure lifestyle and exploring China, shared an in-depth look at one of China’s largest open-pit coal mines. The hosts of the channel held a discussion about China’s obsession with coal. The video is very informative. [CleanTechnica]

ADVChina hosts (Screenshot via Youtube)

Science and Technology:

¶ “A Recent Aptera Video Gives Us A Peek At Its Repairable Guts” • A video by Aptera shows us that the company is committed to making the vehicle repairable by normal people. It also gave us a peek at how some of that is actually going to happen. These are development vehicles, but it appears that the Aptera is going to have some underbelly access. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Real-Life ‘Lego’ Wind Turbines Coming Soon To A Wind Farm Near You” • Denmark happens to be the home base of both the leading wind turbine manufacturer Vestas and the toymaker Lego. Vestas seems to be taking a page out of Lego’s modularity book to help accelerate the pace of manufacturing wind turbines and drop the costs, too. [CleanTechnica]

Vestas wind turbines (Photo courtesy of Vestas)

¶ “Beginning Of The End Of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch? (Video)” • The Ocean Cleanup achieved proof of technology at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and is ready to return to begin cleanup. In celebration of this milestone, a marine parade welcomed the offshore crew in Canada. The video captures just a bit of that celebration. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “How cities are going carbon neutral” • More than half of the world’s population currently live in cities, and cities are the sources of 60% of our greenhouse gas emissions. But cities are also becoming leaders in the fight against climate change. They are adopting aggressive strategies to reduce both global warming emissions and other pollutants. [BBC]

Cyclists in Amsterdam (Noralí Nayla, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Drivers Left Unable To Start Their Cars After Outage” • Some Tesla drivers say they have been locked out of their cars after an outage struck the carmaker’s app. Dozens of owners posted on social media about an error message on the mobile app that was preventing them from connecting to their vehicles. The problem has reportedly been addressed. [BBC]

¶ “Teslas Multiplying In The ‘Burbs Of Australia” • It wasn’t long ago when my Model 3 was the only Tesla in Bracken Ridge, a suburb of Brisbane. Then it was the only Model 3. Then it was the only red Model 3. Those days are over, as Teslas multiply out in the suburbs. Things are changing. Bracken Ridge is not part of the yuppie wealth belt. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Robin van Geenen, Unsplash)

¶ “GM Flags Concern Over Renewable Energy In Mexico, Sees Investment Risk” • A senior executive of carmaker General Motors raised concern about the future of renewable energy usage in Mexico. He said that without a solid legal basis for renewables, automotive investment in Latin America’s number 2 economy would suffer. []

¶ “India’s State Coal Companies Target Installing 5.56 GW Renewable Power By 2030” • India’s state-run coal companies aim to install 5.56 GW of renewable capacity by 2030 and take other measures designed to reduce CO₂ emissions, to meet pledges made at the COP26 Conference in Glasgow, the Ministry of Coal said. [Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide]

Wind farm, Tamil Nadu (Raj, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Japanese Island Ditches Diesel For Microgrid Renewables” • Plans are underway for a microgrid that will combine renewable generating capacity and batteries for tiny Okinoerabu Island in the southern part of Japan. Detailed plans for the project are due to be completed by the end of March 2022, with construction to start soon thereafter. [Microgrid Knowledge]


¶ “Ford Doubles EV Production Plans And GM Books 18,000 BrightDrop Order” • Ford CEO Jim Farley announced on Twitter that his company is doubling its EV production goal to 600,000 vehicles by 2023. General Motors is moving on its own plans to build BrightDrop battery electric delivery vans. It already has one order for 12,600 EV600 vans. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Courtesy of Ford Motor Company)

¶ “New Mexico Co-Op Dumps Monopoly Supplier To Offer More Solar” • Rural areas are sometimes isolated, disconnected from modern conveniences and the latest technologies. The digital divide is real, but one New Mexico cooperative is proving to be an exception, as it connects customers to affordable solar energy and reliable Internet service. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “House Passes Build Back Better Act In US” • The House of Representatives has passed the Build Back Better Act, which includes support for clean energy and contains several provisions that directly impact the offshore wind industry. The legislation includes long-term clean energy tax credits. It is now going to the Senate for consideration. [reNews]

US Capitol (US Government, public domain)

¶ “Intersect Secures €2.3 Billion For US Clean Power Push” • The developer Intersect Power has secured €2.3 billion ($3.09 billion) in financing for the construction and operation of a six-project renewable portfolio in the US totaling 2200 MW. The generating capacity includes late-stage solar projects and 1.4 GWh of storage that will be in operation by 2023. [reNews]

¶ “Southern Co To Build Landmark Small Nuclear Reactor” • Southern Co announced plans to build a small, experimental nuclear reactor in Idaho using technology from TerraPower, a company backed by Bill Gates. The project, partially funded with federal money, is considered a key step in bringing new nuclear technologies to scale. [E&E News] (Waste of money – ghh)

Have an exceptionally fine day.

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