Archive for December 6th, 2021

December 6 Energy News

December 6, 2021

Opinion and Review: 

¶ “All You Need To Know About Electric Campers” • Here is a view of one person’s personal selection of a number of electric campers that are noteworthy, existing, conceptual, or rendered. It is followed by a list of a few obstacles we’re obviously facing with electric campers – together with some of the solutions we might see put to use. [CleanTechnica]

Stella Vita Solar Camper (Solar Team Eindhoven)

¶ “Explaining The Exponential Growth Of Renewable Energy” • Understanding the exponential growth of renewable energy gives us reason to be more optimistic about how fast it can ramp up to meet climate goals. This article explains the reasons behind solar and wind’s growth, how much progress has already been made and what’s needed to go even further. [GreenBiz]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Discover Another Reason Why EV Batteries Can’t Charge In A Few Minutes” • At Argonne National Laboratory, scientists discovered that when lithium-ion batteries are charged too quickly, the lithium ions cover on the surface of the graphite anode, plating it, instead of inserting themselves into the anode’s graphite. This reduces battery life. [CleanTechnica]

Lithium ions in a graphite anode (ANL image)

¶ “3D Printing Could Be A Game Changer In The Renewable Energy Sector” • With the supply levels of fossil fuels reaching all-time lows and the effects of climate change running rampant, the need for change in the energy sector is clear. Creative and sustainable solutions must be put into action. And 3D printing is ready to answer that call. [Manufactur3D]

¶ “Climate Scientist Warns Countries Thinking About Starting Geoengineering Earth – Consequences Could Be Disastrous” • A climate scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Kate Ricke, told Wired geoengineering is actually so affordable that countries will inevitably choose to do it. But the effects of doing so might not be what they want. [MITechNews]

One proposed geoengineering project (Hughhunt, CC-BY-SA 3.0)


¶ “Is ‘Blue Hydrogen’ Japan’s Answer To Coal?” • Japan is turning for energy to “blue hydrogen,” which is made from natural gas or coal, with carbon capture and sequestration. One energy expert thinks the Japanese government chose blue hydrogen a decade ago when renewables were expensive, and they are now locked into a plan that no longer makes sense. [BBC]

¶ “Will This Solar Farm Blind New Zealand Pilots?” • New Zealand is installing its biggest solar farm at Christchurch Airport. The 150-MW system will almost double New Zealand’s installed capacity. There is no real fear that the PVs will reflect sunlight to blind pilots, but it’s a good bet anti-renewable scare mongers will push that idea. [CleanTechnica]

Typical New Zealand housing (Adrien Aletti, Unsplash)

¶ “Voltalia Inks Bundled PPA For 56-MW Solar Project In France” • France’s Voltalia SA has sealed a corporate power purchase agreement with French lender LCL, the retail banking unit of Credit Agricole SA, for the output of a 56-MW solar park. Ten French companies, along with LCL, will buy green electricity from the project for 20 years. [Renewables Now]

¶ “Renewables Account For Over 68% Of Brazil’s Year-To-Date Power Additions” • Brazil has switched on over 6,436 MW of new power plants since the beginning of the year, of which 47.41% comes from wind farms, 19.46% from solar and 1.39% from small hydropower plants. The year’s goal of 4,790 MW was surpassed in September. [Renewables Now]

Solar project in Brazil (CoyoteBR, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Renewable Electricity Growth Is Accelerating Faster Than Ever Worldwide” • The latest IEA report says growth of the world’s capacity to generate electricity from solar panels, wind turbines and other renewable technologies is on course to accelerate over the coming years, with 2021 expected to set a fresh record for new installations. [Modern Diplomacy]

¶ “World’s Largest Renewables Player Granted Retail License For Australia” • The world’s largest private renewable energy player, Enel, with 51 GW of renewable capacity, announced it has been granted a retail energy licence from the Australian Energy Regulator. Enel will offer its “greentailer” solution to Australia’s National Energy Market. [pv magazine Australia]

Cohuna Solar Farm (Enel image)


¶ “PUC To Give A Boost To Renewable Projects In Northern Maine” • Despite criticism of the New England Clean Energy Connect project, state regulators in Maine have begun the process of collecting proposals for a high-voltage transmission line to serve as a conduit for renewable energy projects in northern Maine. [The Portland Press Herald]

¶ “Lithium Brine Bummer Could Turn Into Bonanza Soon” • Geothermal power plants at the Salton Sea in California produce brine that is so extraordinarily high in lithium that the US could become to a leading producer of lithium for EV batteries. There are technical issues in the way, but it appears that the issues can be overcome. [CleanTechnica]

Hell’s Kitchen geothermal plant (Controlled Thermal Resources)

¶ “Six California Communities Move To 100% Renewable Energy” • East Bay Community Energy said six communities, Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Hayward, Pleasanton, and San Leandro, have elected to transition to its Renewable 100 service, sourced entirely from California wind and solar resources, at a slight increase in cost. [The Independent]

¶ “Activists: Holtec Walks Back Plans To Dump Nuclear Water Into Cape Cod Bay” • The Director of Cape Downwinders, Diane Turco, said Holtec, the company decommissioning the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, is backing off potential plans to dump a million gallons of possibly radioactive water into Cape Cod Bay. [WBZ News Radio]

Have a marvelously agreeable day.

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