Archive for December 7th, 2021

December 7 Energy News

December 7, 2021

Science and Technology:

¶ “In Tests, Cars Powered By E-Petrol Pollute The Air As Much As Petrol Cars” • E-fuels are chemically similar to petrol and diesel. The fossil fuel industry and car parts suppliers tout them as a way to prolong the life of the internal combustion engine with zero emissions. But they are costly, and testing shows they emit as much NOx as fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “The EU Is Finally Putting Its Money Where Its Mouth Is On China” • The EU has wanted trade with China, but is unwilling to ignore human rights abuses and climate failures. A coherent strategy of the EU is now coming into focus, through a series of policies that have the clear ambition of countering China, regardless of investment and trade. [CNN]

¶ “The World’s Newest Nation Is Both Drying Up And Drowning” • While droughts and floods may seem like polar opposites, they are more related than what is obvious. To those dealing with this problem in South Sudan, the climate crisis is clearly here already and offers the rest of the world a glimpse of what complications it could bring. [CNN]

¶ “Shell Pulls Out Of Cambo Oil Field Project” • Things can change in a heartbeat in the oil business, it seems. The Guardian reports that Shell announced it won’t pursue the Cambo project after all. Its CEO said last week that it needed to develop such projects, but now it says the business case for the development is too weak to go ahead. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Amid Shortage, Canada Taps Into Emergency Maple Syrup Reserves” • The Quebec Maple Syrup Producers – the so-called OPEC of maple syrup – has released about 22 million kg from its emergency larder, nearly half the total in reserve. Demand for maple syrup is high, but a shorter and warmer season caused the supply to drop by nearly a quarter. [BBC]

Sugar house (Mike Petrucci, Unsplash)

¶ “Japanese Startup Building Ship With 220-MWh Battery Storage To Bring Offshore Renewable Power Home” • Startup PowerX has a concept of the Power ARK power transfer vessel. The company has announced a partnership with shipbuilding company Imabari Shipbuilding to develop a prototype by the end of 2025. [Energy Storage News]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Partners On Offshore Wind-To-Hydrogen” • Siemens Gamesa signed a memorandum of understanding with Strohm to collaboratively develop offshore wind-to-hydrogen infrastructure. They will focus on a decentralized concept, with each turbine generating green hydrogen and sending it to shore through a submarine pipe. [reNews]

Hydrogen generating station (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Fukushima Evacuees Return Home For First Overnight Stay In Over 10 Years Since Nuclear Disaster” • Some residents of Japan’s Katsurao village spent their first night at home in over a decade since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident turned their village into a no-go zone. They hope to return full-time soon. (Very short video) [South China Morning Post]


¶ “Christmas Trees Burned By The Heat, Dwindling The Supply” • Oregon produces roughly 40% of the nation’s Christmas tree supply, according to the National Christmas Tree Association. Last summer’s heat waves have resulted in losses of Christmas tree crops. The Christmas tree growers are struggling, and the prices for consumers have increased. [CNN]

Christmas trees (Oliver Dumoulin, Unsplash)

¶ “SEC Probes Tesla On Whistleblower’s Claims About Solar Panel Defects” • Tesla is under regulatory investigation in a whistleblower case filed some years ago. He alleged the company failed to properly disclose fire risks associated with solar panel defects. The solar panel probe was revealed in a letter from the US Securities and Exchange Commission. [CNN]

¶ “Solid-State EV Battery Plot Thickens As GM Inks Deal With POSCO” • GM said it and the Korean firm POSCO Chemical joined to build a battery factory in the US. GM reminded us that its coming Ultium platform aims to deliver an EV battery cell that costs 40% less than the one used in its Chevy Bolt. And GM talked about what comes after that. [CleanTechnica]

GMC Hummer EVs (Screenshot courtesy of GM)

¶ “10,000 Workplace EV Chargers Now In USA – Boom In 2021” • We just have data through the first quarter of 2021 so far, but the first quarter did see a notable boom in workplace charging stations for employees’ EVs. The US DOE reported that around 1,000 chargers were installed in the US in the quarter, bringing the total to nearly 10,000. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electrify America Adds 30 MWh Of Battery Storage To 140 EV Charging Sites” • Electrify America has been installing large behind-the-meter storage batteries from Tesla to 140 of its fast charging facilities, 90 of them in California. To date, the total installed battery capacity is 30 MWh and growing. It is the largest such system in North America. [CleanTechnica]

Charging station (Electrify America image)

¶ “California Energy Commission Pairs with US Navy on Microgrid And Clean Energy Projects” • The US Navy and the California Energy Commission signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on energy and water-related projects to improve the reliability, efficiency and resilience of Navy installations in California. [T&D World]

¶ “Con Edison Plans 2.4-GW Offshore Link To New Jersey” • Con Edison Transmission is proposing a grid network link to deliver electricity from offshore wind farms to New Jersey. The plans for the Clean Link New Jersey project would look to connect 2.4 GW of future offshore wind capacity to the grid’s high-voltage onshore network. [reNews]

Have a reflectively celebratory day.

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