November 22 Energy News

November 22, 2021


¶ “Why Schools Are Failing Children On Climate Change” • Ever since Greta Thunberg started her campaign on climate change, children have been taking center stage in the fight against a rapidly warming world. And as they do, many are pushing for schools to add climate change to their curriculum. In some places, that is not easy. [BBC]

Student in Indian school (Nikhita S, Unsplash)

¶ “Tesla Model A – The Tesla Mini Car We Want To See” • Do you remember back in 2018 when Elon Musk tweeted that Tesla was working on a mini car that could “squeeze in an adult?” Sadly, years have passed and we have yet to see a mini Tesla EV come into production. But what would a Tesla mini car look like? Here, we take a look at one possibility. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Comic Relief Department: Shell CEO Says The Best Way To Finance Clean Energy Is To Consume More Oil” • Climate scientists agree that we have to stop burning fossil fuels very soon, to avoid climate catastrophy. Not slightly reduce it – end it. Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell, says the best way to finance that is by buying oil. [CleanTechnica]

Oil rig (Photo courtesy of Pixabay/Pexels, CC0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “UN Highlights Ultra-Low Carbon Footprint Of Nuclear And Renewables” • The UN Economic Commission for Europe identified nuclear as the lowest carbon electricity source and the low carbon technology with the lowest impacts on land use and mining and metal use. The report said it has a fractionally lower carbon footprint than renewables. [Business Green]
(The assessment calculated the carbon footprint of an unknown – and unknowable – way to deal with waste. It has other issues.)

¶ “Can The Sun’s Eleven-Year Cycle Explain Global Warming?” • Climate sceptics have long argued that solar activity can explain global warming. The finding of a controversial near 11-year cycle in solar activity prompted comparison with a similarly long cycle related to climate change. A study published in Climate Dynamics found they do not match. [SciTechDaily]

Sunrise (Dawid Zawiła, Unsplash)


¶ “‘Greenflation’ A Risk For Renewable Energy, But Long-Term Viability Intact” • Rising prices of commodities needed for renewable energy will increase the costs of setting up new green power projects, but his will be balanced by better access to funds and economies of scale, a European Bank for Reconstruction and Development officer said. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Asia-Pacific Investors Toast 40-MW Vietnamese Wind” • The Blue Circle and its partner ACEN have completed the 40-MW second phase of the Mui Ne wind farm in Binh Thuan province, south Vietnam. The project features eight 5-MW turbines. They are the first turbines to use blades in two pieces assembled on site, the developers said. [reNews]

Wind turbine in Vietnam (Image by The Blue Circle)

¶ “Shell Increases Stake In Australia’s Electricity Market With Powershop Takeover” • Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell has expanded its presence in Australia’s electricity market, buying retailer Powershop from New Zealand’s Meridian Group as part of a $729 million deal that may upset some customers who want to avoid fossil fuel companies. [The Guardian]

¶ “Greek Developer Targets 90-MW Polish Wind Farm” • Greek developer Terna Energy is developing four wind farms in Poland with a total capacity of 90 MW. All four wind projects are in the licensing stage and Terna Energy will build and operate them. The developer already runs eight wind farms in Poland with a total installed capacity of 102 MW. [reNews]

Wind farm (Anastasia Palagutina, Unsplash)

¶ “Nofar Energy Enters Poland’s Renewable Energy Market With Significant Initiative” • Nofar Energy is expanding its global traction by entering Poland’s renewable energy market. The company reported that Nofar Europe and Electrum SP ZOO formed a joint venture to develop and manage PV and wind energy projects of up to 1,250 MW. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “BASF, Covestro Clinch Renewable Energy Deals In China To Achieve Emission-Reduction Goals” • In China, energy-intensive multinational chemical companies are getting renewable energy supplies to help them keep up with decarbonization demands as part of their global climate commitments. BASF and Covestro are examples. [South China Morning Post]

Shanghai (Li Yang, Unsplash)

¶ “Major Chinese-French Wind Power Project In Jiangsu Linked To Grid” • A major Chinese-French wind power project has been completed ahead of schedule and was connected to the power grid in Dongtai, East China’s Jiangsu Province. It is a significant step in renewable energy cooperation between Chinese and foreign companies. [Global Times]


¶ “The On Again, Off Again Apple Car Project Is Back On Again, Again” • For almost 7 years, Apple has threatened to build a car, presumably an EV. Project Titan’s leadership has changed many times in that time, we’ve had little hard information, and the project recently looked dead. Insiders now say Apple’s goal is fully autonomous cars by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

Apple and elusive cars (Andy Wang, Unsplash)

¶ “Build Back Better Plans Ambitious Growth For Renewables” • The ‘Build Back Better’ bill has passed in the House. Its budget reconciliation framework is $1.75 trillion, with $555 billion for the climate and clean energy, the largest amount ever. Now, it will go to the Senate, where moderate Democrats are not entirely happy with it. [Power Engineering International]

¶ “Consumers Energy To Add Clean Energy From Three Solar Projects” • Michigan utility company Consumers Energy says it will add enough renewable energy through three solar projects in 2023 to power nearly 190,000 homes. The company says the projects in the southern-central part of the state are expected to produce 375 MW of clean energy. [WZZM 13]

Have an incomparably pleasing day.

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