December 2 Energy News

December 2, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “Anti-EV And Anti-Renewable Propaganda Keeps Evolving” • As Stella Levantesi and Giulio Corsi write in DeSmog, climate denial has been evolving into “a softer, more insidious type of misinformation. The new approach has its focus on denying urgency and action, and it targets the solutions more than anything else. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla’s EVs, solar, and batteries, targets of FUD (Image by Tesla)

¶ “Renewables Are Set To Soar” • New renewable electricity capacity will set another record this year, at 290 GW, a report from the International Energy Agency says. That’s equivalent to building hundreds of nuclear reactors, and it’s happening despite the global supply chain issues, the rising material costs, and the covid restrictions. [MIT Technology Review]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Mercedes-Benz And Stellantis Catch Solid-State EV Battery Fever” • A number of automakers have invested in solid-state EV battery R&D in recent months, including Daimler and Stellantis. This comes as the US startup Factorial Energy claims a 20 to 50% improvement in driving range over lithium-ion batteries along with safety improvements. [CleanTechnica]

Solid-state battery (Photo courtesy of Factorial Energy)

¶ “Zapping Cow Dung With Lightning Is Helping To Trap Climate-Warming Methane” • A Norwegian company found a way to stop livestock slurry from releasing methane – by zapping it with artificial lightning. A spokesman for N2 Applied said independent tests showed their technology reduces methane emissions from cow dung by 99%. [CNN]

World:

¶ “Europe Unveils Its $340 Billion Answer To China’s Belt And Road Infrastructure Initiative” • The EU unveiled a €300 billion ($340 billion) alternative to China’s Belt and Road initiative. The EU claims their program will create “links, not dependencies.” The Global Gateway is aimed at helping the global recovery by mobilizing investments. [CNN]

Prague (Anthony Delanoix, Unspash)

¶ “Madagascar’s food crisis has been blamed on climate change. Scientists say that’s wrong” • A study by the World Weather Attribution initiative, an effort led by Imperial College London and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, found that a natural variation in the climate was most likely the main reason for the drought in Madagascar. [CNN]

¶ “Volta Gets Order For 1470 Electric Trucks From DB Schenker” • DB Schenker has over 74,200 people working at 2,100 locations in over 130 countries around the world. It just placed an order for 1,470 fully electric trucks manufactured by Volta. It will be the first company to use prototypes of the Volta Zero, starting in the spring of next year. [CleanTechnica]

Volta bus (Volta image)

¶ “Top Electric Vehicles In The World For October 2021” • In October 2021, global plugin vehicle registrations were up 70% from October 2020, scoring 589,000 units (or 8.8% share of the overall auto market). Market disruption is already happening in Europe and China, and we should see consistent disruptive levels on a global scale next year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Is Even Cheaper Than Previously Thought” • Researchers at Oxford showed that early models consistently underestimated both how quickly the costs of renewable energy would fall and the benefits of a rapid switch to clean energy. Costs of renewables are falling far faster than expected, even as costs of energy from coal and nuclear rise. [GreenBiz]

Costs (Institute of New Economic Thinking image)

¶ “Affordable Dacia Spring Takes Pole As France Hits Record 23.5% Plugin EV Share” • November saw France, Europe’s second largest auto market, hit a record 23.5% plugin EV share, up 63% from 14.8% a year ago. Legacy diesels and plugless hybrids were stagnant at below 20% share, with petrol at just under 37% share. The Dacia Spring was the leading EV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “IEA Head: Gas Producers Are To Blame For Energy Crisis In Europe” • “The deliberate policies of energy producers” are to blame for the soaring gas and electricity prices in Europe, Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, recently said at an industry event, in yet another lash-out at fossil fuel producers generally and Russia specifically. [Oil Price]

Natural gas flame (Kwon Junho, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Forecasting US Renewable Energy Adoption To 2050” • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has just made its 2021 Standard Scenarios Outlook available. The number of scenarios was expanded, with three levels of power sector decarbonization added this year due to increased interest in reducing power sector emissions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How California Hydropower Plants Navigate Intense Drought” • Although drought conditions in California reduced the water supply, hydroelectric generation during the period from April to September 2021 still increased. This was because hydro ramped up generating in response to higher average hourly electricity prices in the late afternoon. [CleanTechnica]

Hoover Dam in 2017 (Mariordo, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Hewlett Packard Enterprise Selected For New Supercomputer” • Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that it was selected by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a world leader in advancing energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to build a supercomputer to support ongoing R&D on energy from renewable sources. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Texas Farmers And Ranchers Are Embracing Renewable Energy” • Among the many things that are bigger in Texas is the number of reasons why farmers and ranchers are embracing renewable energy, the Financial Times reports. Also, interest in small-scale systems has increased following the failure of the grid and gas system last winter. [EcoWatch]

Have a supremely goodly day.

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