November 26 Energy News

November 26, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Britain’s Ancient Fortresses For Nature” • Though made by man, hedgerows form a vital reservoir of biodiversity in human-dominated landscapes where many species might otherwise struggle to survive. By nurturing pollinating insects, they can enhance the yield of crops. And they do it all while pulling carbon out of the atmosphere. [BBC]

Hedgerow (Tony Hand, Unsplash)

¶ “Mining Nickel From Plants Is Possible And Could Cut CO₂ Emissions” • We eat plants every day for their mineral content, but actively growing plants that contain massive amounts of minerals such a nickel and extracting that mineral for industrial purposes? This is agro-mining, growing plants specifically to absorb metals from the soil. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Politicians Are Failing To Deliver Climate Justice. Lawyers And Scientists Could Do It In Court” • In the UK, three young climate activists are seeking to sue the prime minister and other cabinet members, claiming that slow climate action threatens not only their right to life, but also their right to family life, which they argue includes their relatives abroad. [CNN]

Foreign Minister Simon Kofe addressing the COP26 conference
from Tuvalu (Tuvalu Ministry of Justice image, via Facebook.)

¶ “German Government Deal: 2030 Coal Phaseout, But Plenty Of Questions Remain” • An accelerated 2030 coal phaseout is inevitable for Germany to meet the EU’s environmental, energy, and climate targets, and Paris Agreement goals. Also, coal profits have collapesed, coal is uneconomic, and subsidizing it would be an intolerable waste of public money. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Twiggy Forrest Pushing To Redirect Australia’s Diesel Rebate To Fund Green Hydrogen” • Andrew (Twiggy) Forrest, non-executive chairman of Fortescue Metals, has managed to upset farmers and miners alike by privately lobbying the Australian government to divert fossil fuel subsidies away from them and towards “green” hydrogen. [CleanTechnica]

Outback in New South Wales (Elsa Guyader, Unsplash)

¶ “MG Motor India’s Halol Facility To Use Wind-Solar Hybrid Power From February 2022” • MG Motor India has joined hands with CleanMax Enviro Energy Solutions for the supply of 4.85 MW of wind-solar hybrid power to its manufacturing facility in Halol. The facility is expected to begin drawing the solar plant’s electricity in February of 2022. [India.com]

¶ “Madeira Island Will Reach 50% Renewable Energy With New Battery Storage System” • The Portuguese island of Madeira will be able to reduce its fossil fuel use radically while keeping its electricity supply stable and reliable, thanks to battery energy storage system technology. The battery system capacity is to be 22.5 MVA, 15.6 MWh. [Energy Storage News]

Rendering of the battery project (Siemens image)

¶ “Australia Passes Legislation To Develop Offshore Wind Energy Industry” • Australia is set to be the next country to incorporate offshore wind energy into its efforts to expand its renewable power supply. After years of advocacy by environmentalists, Parliament approved laws to support the offshore electricity infrastructure. [The Maritime Executive]

¶ “Estonia To Invest Heavily In Renewables, Bring Power Prices Down Long-Term” • Estonia has organised a reverse auction of 450 GWh of power from renewable energy resources. The country recognizes that high energy prices are related to dependence on fossil fuels, according to the Estonian public broadcaster ERR. [Baltic News Network]

Wind turbines (distelAPPArath, Pixabay)

¶ “Tepco Finds Melting Of Ice Wall At Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi Plant” • Tokyo Electric Power Co will launch remedial works at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to strengthen an ice wall intended to halt the flow of groundwater after testing indicated partial melting. The work could begin as early as the start of December. [Yahoo]

¶ “Greek €2.27 Billion Aid Scheme For Renewables Approved By EU” • The European Commission has approved, under the EU’s state aid rules, the Greek support mechanism of €2.27 billion for the production of electricity from renewable energy sources and high-efficiency combined heat and power with a combined capacity of 4.2 GW. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Solar array (fabersam, Pixabay)

US:

¶ “Rivian Encounters ‘Production Hell.’ R1S Deliveries Pushed Back 3 Months – Or More” • A few years ago, Tesla experienced what Elon Musk called “production hell,” as it struggled to ramp up manufacturing of the Model 3. Now Rivian is having a similar problem getting its R1S electric SUV out the door and into the hands of customers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Gridtractor Launches Fleet Electrification For Farmers” • Gridtractor set its sites on electrifying the world’s fleet of tractors and diesel-powered farm equipment a decade ago. There is now an opportunity to get this transformation rolling. Farmers resonate profoundly with the idea of producing their own fuel and saving up to 75% in fuel costs. [CleanTechnica]

Bringing in the hay (Gozha Net, Unsplash)

¶ “FLO Installs The Northernmost Fast Chargers In North America” • If Santa ever trades in his reindeer for battery power, he might rest easier knowing there’s a public charging station conveniently close to home. That’s because FLO installed a pair of DC fast chargers in Fairbanks, Alaska. FLO charging stations are certified to operate at -40°. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Southern Celebrates Glass Sands Success In Oklahoma” • Southern Power has brought online the 118MW Glass Sands wind farm in Murray County, in Oklahoma. The project, Southern Power’s 15th wind facility, is the company’s fifth in Oklahoma. Glass Sands consists of 28 Vestas turbines. It has a power purchase agreement with Amazon. [reNews]

Have a relaxingly upbeat day.

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