January 10 Energy News

January 10, 2022

Opinion: 

¶ “Here’s How To Solve The UK Energy Crisis For The Long Term – Store More Power” • The key to making sure there is enough affordable, low-carbon energy is more storage to make the most of the renewable energy available. A storage boom has been forecast over the coming decade as governments race to meet their climate targets. [The Guardian]

Highview Power’s CryoBattery (Highview Power image)

¶ “Taxonomy: Nuclear And Gas Energy Might Get Greenwashed, But With Little Impact ” • The EU Commission wants to classify nuclear and gas-fired power plants as “sustainable” generators. Activists are on fire, but as legitimate as their opinion is, the move is not actually all that significant. For one thing, nuclear power is too expensive. [Investigate Europe]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Develop Stable Sodium Battery Technology” • If the lithium and cobalt in lithium-ion batteries is replaced, it will result in technology that is more environmentally and socially conscious, scientists say. Toward that end, University of Texas at Austin researchers have developed an improved sodium-based battery material. [CleanTechnica]

Batteries and parts (Robin Glauser, Unsplash)

World:

¶ “Tesla China Shares Video On How Safety Comes First At Tesla” • Tesla China shared a new video on its YouTube channel that highlights the important focus on safety that Tesla is well known for. The video led with a clip of CEO Elon Musk speaking on how important it is to put safety first. The video is in Chinese with English subtitles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Delhi’s Smog Problem Is Rooted In India’s Water Crisis” • In the first week of November 2021, when Delhi’s air quality went beyond hazardous, stubble burning accounted for 42% of the city’s levels of PM2.5. The stubble is largely on farms where large amounts of ground water are used for paddy farming. And the ground water is getting scarce. [BBC]

Indian paddy fields (Sreehari Devadas, Unsplash)

¶ “Coal-Fired Power Is Not Flexible Enough For Negative Prices” • When the Australian Energy Regulator put the spotlight on the inability of coal-fired power stations to respond quickly to sudden changes supply and demand, it opened a discussion about dealing with the problem. The AER is asking whether coal plants can operate more flexibly. [AFR]

¶ “Adani Group Floats ANIL For Green Energy Projects, Aims To Become World’s Biggest Renewables Company” • Adani Group has set up a subsidiary, Adani New Industries Ltd, for low-carbon electricity and green hydrogen projects, and to manufacture wind turbines, solar PVs, and batteries. Its goal is to be the world’s largest renewable energy company. [Firstpost]

Gautam Adani (Image courtesy of Adani Group)

¶ “Aquila Takes 51% Stake In 421-MW Italian PV” • Aquila Capital has formalized the acquisition of 51% stakes in 421 MW of solar projects under development in Italy from Soltec Power Holdings’ subsidiary Powertis for an undisclosed price. The agreement also contemplates the co-development of an additional 90 MW for energy storage in the country. [reNews]

US:

¶ “World Economic Forum: Texas Could Experience Warmest Winter In 130 Years” • Texas is likely to experience its warmest winter in 130 years, according to the World Economic Forum. Considering last year’s deep freeze is still haunting those of us in the deep South, that may sound like a relief. But the warmer weather come with its cost. [CleanTechnica]

Drought conditions (US Drought Monitor image)

¶ “Gemilang To Deliver 140 Electric School Buses To California Schools” • Gemilang International Limited is planning to deliver 140 fully electric school buses to schools in California this year. The company, based in Johor, Malaysia, has been designing and manufacturing coaches and buses for over 30 years. It also makes bus bodies for EV producers. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Blackstone Invests $3 Billion In Invenergy In Renewable Push” • The Blackstone Group injected $3 billion in Invenergy, a US multinational firm focused on power generation development and operations, in green push, Bloomberg reported. This follows the alternative asset manager giant’s $13 billion commitment in 2019 to back clean energy. [Arab News]

Solar array (Invenergy.com)

¶ “Work Starts On 100-MW Solar Project In Eastern Kern” • Construction has begun on a 100-MW solar PV project in Kern County, California. Rabbitbrush Sola will come with a battery storing 50 MWh of electricity. Developer Leeward Renewable Energy said it chose to build in Kern because of its consistent sunlight and flat land. [Yahoo News]

¶ “Edelman To ‘Part Ways’ With Clients That Do Not Meet New Climate Standards” • PR agency Edelman plans to “part ways” with clients that do not align with its climate principles. The agency reviewed them based on Carbon Disclosure Project reporting and scores, the latest IPCC reports, and industry emissions analysis. [Marketing Interactive]

Have a stupifyingly gorgeous day.

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