November 28 Energy News

November 28, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “Electric Car FAQs: Do EVs All Use The Same Plug?” • Electric cars are mostly like regular cars. You step on the pedal on the right and the car goes, you turn the wheel and the car turns. 99% of the time the only difference is what kind of fuel goes into the car, but that last 1% is important. For that, you need to learn a bit, and it probably needs explaining. [CleanTechnica]

Chevy Bolt in an absurdly clean garage (GM image)

¶ “Transparent Solar Windows: You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” • Researchers have worked on the challenge of using sunlight to generate electricity from see-through windows for years. Just look at any glass building and you can feel the possibilities blooming. There are many obstacles, but it looks like a real breakthrough may be at hand. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Power To X Highlights Process That Use Renewable Electricity To Create Products” • A Venture Taranaki paper explores creating more green energy than New Zealand may need, based on the current economy, to enable the economy to power-up and expand significantly into the manufacturing of green products to substitute carbon intensive ones. [Stuff.co.nz]

New Zealand (Casey Horner, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “China-Africa Cooperation Supports Africa’s Transition To Green Energy” • As the world is grappling with climate change in consensus to move to green energy, China-Africa’s renewable energy cooperation is bearing fruit. In various parts of Africa, China-Africa cooperation brings in clean electricity to boost the power supply. [Global Times]

¶ “MG Australia Gets It: If You Charge It, They Will Come” • MG, the seller of the second most popular electric car in Australia, the MG ZS EV, seems to have realized it must match the availability of Tesla’s almost ubiquitous chargers if it is going to improve on its sales figures in the country. And for getting to that goal, MG is a long, long way behind Tesla. [CleanTechnica]

MG chargers (From mgelectric.com.au)

¶ “Hydro Versus Batteries: Tasmania Pushes Its Undersea Cable Plan” • Tasmania has an abundance of hydroelectric power, quite a bit more than it needs. It would very much like to sell some of its excess electricity to the rest of Australia. But there’s a flaw in the Hydro Tasmania plan. The proposed Marinus Link would be up against big batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “5-Hectare Solar Park Being Built Along French Highway” • PV Magazine reports that Vinci Autoroute, a unit of Vinci Group, is partnering with Tryba Energy, a solar project specialist, to build a ground-mounted PV facility along the A19 highway. In total, the area encompasses 5 hectares. It is near the town of Chantecoq in northern France. [CleanTechnica]

Site of French solar highway (Vinci Construction image)

¶ “A Second Significant Deal For Nofar Energy In Poland’s Renewable Energy Market” • Nofar Energy announced a second significant deal in Poland. The company reported that it had purchased a portfolio of solar projects with a total capacity of 185 MW. The projects are acquired from Paged Real Estate, which will continue developing them. [Tech Times]

¶ “Canadian City Uses AI For Renewable Energy Optimization” • The city of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, partnered with BluWave-ai to optimize its smart grid and ensure integration and optimization of more distributed renewable energy resources. They tested an AI-based platform as part of the city’s living lab program. [Power Engineering International]

AI optimization (ThisisEngineering RAEng, Unsplash)

¶ “Nation Lacks Resources For A Nuclear Disaster: Report” • A disaster at a nuclear power plant in Taiwan could require the resettlement of up to 10 million people, a report said. Taiwan has less funds available and less robust disaster-response procedures than Japan in the event of a nuclear disaster, said Control Yuan member Tien Chiu-chin. [Taipei Times]

US:

¶ “Interior Department Report Finds Significant Shortcomings In Oil And Gas Leasing Programs” • The Department of the Interior released a report on federal oil and gas leasing and permitting practices, after a review of onshore and offshore oil and gas programs. The report identifies significant shortcomings that should be addressed. [CleanTechnica]

Oil rig (Arvind Vallabh, Unsplash)

¶ “Oil Prices Are Gloomy, But The Energy Forecast Is Sunny In North Carolina” • Oil and gas prices are expected to climb this winter, and President Biden is tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. But beyond the immediate price spikes for oil supplies, the prospect for cheaper and cleaner energy is literally sunny, especially in North Carolina. [Charlotte Observer]

¶ “2022 Massachusetts Solar Tax Credits And Other Incentives” • A couple of states stand out for green energy efforts. Despite not having the vast land of California or the year-round sun that Arizona has, the availability of a Massachusetts solar tax credit has long been a reason that this New England state is a top state for solar energy installations. [EcoWatch]

Have an extraordinarily hunky-dory day.

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