November 30 Energy News

November 30, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Driverless Cars Will Change Our World” • The promise of driverless technology has long been enticing. It has a potential to transform our experience of commuting and long journeys, take people out of high-risk work environments and streamline our industries. But in order for driverless technology to become mainstream, a lot needs to change. [BBC]

EasyMile EZ10 in Stolberg (Jacek Rużyczka, CC-BY-SA 4.0)


¶ “It Hasn’t Been A Lake For A Century. An Atmospheric River Just Made It One Again” • Another atmospheric river will stream into western Washington and parts of British Columbia this week. The region typically sees atmospheric river events in November. The problem this year is repeated systems with no breaks for drying in between. [CNN]

¶ “Tropical Cyclones In Asia Could Have Double The Destructive Power By The End Of Century, Study Finds” • Tropical cyclones in Asia could grow to have double the destructive power by the end of the century, according to research based on data from 1979 to 2016. Scientists say the human-made climate crisis has already made them stronger. [CNN]

Stormy weather (Neenu Vimalkumar, Unsplash)

¶ “Federal Government Lags Behind All Australian States On Renewable Energy Action, Report Finds” • Australia’s federal government was ranked behind all its states and the Northern Territory in the move toward clean energy, in a report. It shows Tasmania, New South Wales, and South Australia are leading the transition to renewables. [The Guardian]

¶ “Nissan Will Invest $18 Billion To Bring New EVs (And More Hybrids) To Market” • Nissan announced it has a new plan for its EVs. It is going to invest $18 billion over the next five years to bring out more electrified models. It says it will introduce fifteen battery EVs and eight models that feature the company’s ePower hybrid technology by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Nissan ambition (Image courtesy of Nissan)

¶ “Landmark Green-Energy Exchange For Water Seen As A Win-Win For Israel And Arab Partners” • Israel, Jordan, and the UAE signed an energy-water deal that would see Israel supplied with renewable electricity from a 600-MW solar plant in Jordan in exchange for up to 200 million cubic meters of desalinated water from Israel. [Jewish News Syndicate]

¶ “It’s All Downhill For Alberta As Quality Discount Hits $14 Per Barrel” • Alberta may be best known for its oil sands, a very large reserve of hydrocarbons which must remain almost entirely in the ground because of global warming. Recent news was good for the climate, but bad for Alberta. It’s about peak oil and a steeply declining economy in Alberta. [CleanTechnica]

Pump jack in a canola field (David Thielen, Unsplash)

¶ “Stellantis Signs Lithium Supply Agreement With Vulcan Energy” • Stellantis signed a binding agreement with Vulcan for lithium hydroxide in Europe for use in EVs, beginning in 2026. A Vulcan project in the Upper Rhine Valley uses geothermal energy to produce battery-quality lithium hydroxide from brine, with no fossil fuels used. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Japanese Island Will Reduce Power Sector Emissions To ‘Virtually Zero’ With Renewable Microgrid” • A tiny island in southern Japan, surrounded by a coral reef, will be able to use renewable energy as its main source of power, thanks to a microgrid with battery technology at its heart. CO₂ emissions will be “virtually zero.” [Energy Storage News]

Schematic of the project (Kyocera image)

¶ “Iran Nuclear Talks Resume” • Negotiators from several countries returned on Monday to the same hotel in Vienna where they signed a nuclear agreement with Iran in 2015. While US President Joe Biden signaled he wants to rejoin the deal that former President Donald Trump withdrew from in 2018, a US delegation is only indirectly involved. []

¶ “Wind Farms Produced Largest Share Of Electricity For First Time In Turkey” • On November 28, the wind power share of the Turkish electricity supply reached 22.6%, the Turkish Electricity Transmission Corporation said. Gas-fired power plants achieved a 22% share, followed by a 17.8% share by power plants fueled by imported coal. [Balkan Green Energy News]

Wind farm (tomasz66, Pixabay)


¶ “Elon Musk Confirms: Tesla Employees Get Health Insurance, Stock, And Are Paid More Than Unionized Auto Workers” • In an interview, General Motors CEO Mary Barra got tough questions about whether Tesla employees got better compensation than those at GM. “This was not the case,” she said. But Elon Musk confirmed that it is the case. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Fuel For The Supersonic Air Force One Of The Future” • Green hydrogen may be great, but to make renewable fuel for jet engines, carbon is going to have to come into the picture somehow. The Air Force tapped energy company Twelve to deliver jet fuel produced from green hydrogen and carbon dioxide from the air. [CleanTechnica]

Vision of a next-generation Air Force One (Exosonic image)

¶ “120 Volt Heat Pump Water Heaters Hit The Market And Make Gas Replacements Even Easier” • A big change is coming for some homeowners, as 120-volt heat pump water heaters are set to hit the market, most by early next year. This allows people with gas water heaters to switch them out for upgrades that are less expensive and cleaner. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Looks To Extract Lithium For Batteries From Geothermal Waste” • At the moment nearly all the lithium used in the US for its energy storage batteries must be imported from China and other nations. But that trend could shift within two years if an efficient method is found to remove lithium from power plant waste in California. [Scientific American]

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