December 20 Energy News

December 20, 2021

Opinion: 

¶ “The Arctic Should Never Feel Like The Mediterranean” • A warming Arctic should alarm all of us. The BBC has reported that it’s been seeing Mediterranean-like temperatures in the summer. The UN’s World Meteorological Organization recently verified the record that was set on June 20, 2020, in the Siberian town of Verkhoyansk. [CleanTechnica]

Arctic Ocean (NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio)

¶ “The US Isn’t Prepared For Climate Disasters Like Hurricane Ida” • The United States isn’t prepared for the dramatic effects of climate change, and Louisiana is front and center in this battle. Hurricane Ida impacted Baton Rouge badly, but it got off lucky compared to the rest of southeastern Louisiana. And the storms just keep getting worse. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Selective Separation Could Help Alleviate Critical Metals Shortage” • Processing methods developed by MIT researchers could help ease looming shortages of the essential metals that power everything from phones to automotive batteries. They make it easier to separate rare-earth metals from mining ores and recycled materials. [CleanTechnica]

Rare-earth oxides (Peggy Greb, US Department of Agriculture)

¶ “NREL Experimental Effort Synthesizes A Material That Was Previously Theoretical” • Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in collaboration with researchers at the Colorado School of Mines, have experimentally synthesized a nitride perovskite that previously only existed in theory and measured its properties. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “TotalEnergies To Develop 160 MW Of New Caledonia PV” • TotalEnergies is to develop solar farms in New Caledonia totaling 160 MW and 340 MWh of energy storage to supply electricity under a 25-year renewable power purchase agreement for the industrial operations of mining and metallurgy consortium Prony Resources New Caledonia. [reNews]

Solar array (Total image)

¶ “Hitachi Energy Helps The Faroe Islands Aim For 100% Renewable Energy By 2030” • Hitachi Energy announced that SEV1, the Faroe Islands power company, selected an e-mesh™ PowerStore™ battery energy storage system as part of its efforts to achieve energy independence based on 100% renewable generation by 2030. [Process and Control Today]

¶ “BayWa RE Signs 135-MW Spanish VPPA” • The renewables arm of BayWa has signed a 135-MW virtual power purchase agreement with packaging provider Huhtamaki for electricity from two solar farms in Spain. The deal totaling 200 GWh per year is for 10 years and will cover about 80% of Huhtamaki’s electricity needs in Europe. [reNews]

Solar panels (BayWa image)

¶ “China Puts Pioneering ‘Pebble Bed’ Nuclear Reactor Into Operation” • China launched a high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear plant in the eastern coastal province of Shandong. It is the first to use ‘pebble bed reactor’ technology developed by state-run China National Nuclear Corporation. The reactor is now connected to the grid. [MarketScreener]

¶ “Rolls-Royce Receives Huge Boost As It Ties Up Required Funding To Start Supplying Parts For Mini Nuclear Reactors” • The Qatar Investment Authority, the country’s wealth fund, will pour £85 million into the Rolls-Royce nuclear offshoot, which now has total funding of £490 million. It means it can start scouting sites for factories. [This is Money]

Rolls-Royce small modular reactor (Rolls-Royce image)

US:

¶ “Ford F-150 Lightning Battery Specs Revealed” • The Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck will come in two flavors. The entry level Pro will come with a 98 kWh (usable) batter only and an EPA range rating of 230 miles. The XLT will have a 98 kWh battery, but a larger 131 kWh (usable) battery will be an option with an EPA range of 300 miles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hertz Begins Installing EV Chargers For Its First Tesla Model 3 Rentals” • Hertz is installing EV chargers for some Tesla Model 3 rental lots, Drive Tesla Canada reports. The company is getting set for increasing numbers of customers choosing EVs over vehicles with internal combustion engines. The Fort Myers International Airport is one lot getting chargers. [CleanTechnica]

Hertz lot with Teslas (Hertz photo)

¶ “One Man Behind The White House Effort To Convert Federal Fleet To Electric Vehicles” • Fuel and vehicle regulations expert Ted Sears of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has been tasked with supporting the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality in efforts to convert the federal fleet to zero-emission vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “SEA To Convert 10,000 US School Buses To Electricity” • SEA Electric, a provider of electric commercial vehicles originally from Australia and now based in Los Angeles, has stuck a deal with Midwest Transit Equipment to convert 10,000 existing school buses to electric vehicles over the next five years. Midwest will provide the buses. [CleanTechnica]

School bus (Courtesy of SEA Electric)

¶ “SWEPCO Plans For Coal Plant Retirements And Renewable Energy Capacity Additions” • Southwestern Electric Power Co, an American Electric Power utility, released its Integrated Resource Plan. It includes timelines for retiring coal plants and adding renewable energy capacity, but the Sierra Club says they aren’t happening soon enough. [UA Little Rock Public Radio]

¶ “Water Managers Grapple With A Smaller Colorado River As The Climate Changes” • For years, scientists have warned that climate change would have significant effects on the Colorado River. With two back-to-back dry years and dramatic declines in Lake Mead, the point is clear: The Southwest needs to plan for water scarcity. [The Nevada Independent]

Have a fascinatingly enjoyable day.

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