May 4 Energy News

May 4, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “How Spiral Welding Is Revolutionizing Wind Turbine Manufacturing” • Colorado-based Keystone Tower Systems is changing how wind turbines can be manufactured, transported, and installed. They have been using a spiral-welding technique, borrowed from the steel-pipeline industry, to build some of the largest turbine towers on the market. [CleanTechnica]

Audi plant in Mexico (carlos aranda, Unsplash)

¶ “‘One Earth Climate Model’ Shows How To Cut Global Emissions” • One of the most comprehensive and rigorous attempts to detail emissions cuts is a study recently published in the journal Energies. It examined how to keep warming below 1.5°C by 2050 on an industry by industry basis. The study is the topic of a webinar on May 4. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “EU Unveils Plan To Ban Russian Oil Imports” • The EU has been outlining plans this morning to ban imports of Russian crude oil within six months and refined oil products by the end of the year. Exceptionally, Hungary and Slovakia would be able to continue buying Russian crude oil until the end of 2023 under existing contracts. [BBC]

Pump jack (David Thielen, Unsplash)

¶ “Delhi Propels Final-Mile Deliveries In Bid To Become India’s Electric Vehicle Capital” • A report by RMI India, RMI, and the Dialogue and Development Commission of Delhi offers a novel on-the-ground analysis of fleet electrification efforts in Delhi. It assembles findings from electric delivery deployment and the implementation of pilot project. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Li-Metal Gets Grant To Advance Lithium Metal Solid-State Batteries” • Li-Metal, a company based in Canada, is developing technologies for producing lithium metal anodes and lithium metal. It has a patent-pending production process to replace lithium chloride as a raw material with lithium carbonate, which is easily available. [CleanTechnica]

Model of Li₂CO₃ crystal structure (Ben Mills, public domain)

¶ “Victorian Big Battery Drives Major Revenue Jump For Neoen” • Renewable energy developer Neoen said that its revenue for the first quarter of 2022 was up a staggering 36%, a performance the French company said was largely attributable to the addition of the Victorian big battery, which was switched on in December of last year. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “New Class Of Hydrogen Ship Design From C-Job” • C-Job Naval Architects designed a new class of liquid hydrogen tanker that may revolutionize the renewable energy market. The tanker concept, developed in partnership with LH2 Europe, is a critical element in realizing a green end-to-end liquid hydrogen supply chain. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Hydrogen ship (Courtesy of C-Job Naval Architects)

¶ “Denmark Wants To Build Two Wind Energy Islands To Supply More Renewable Energy To Europe” • Dan Jørgensen, Denmark’s energy minister, said Denmark and Europe “must be free of Russian fossil fuels as fast as possible.” The country plans to build two islands to facilitate offshore wind farms, with one eventually providing for 10 GW. [Evwind]

¶ “Ukraine To Build Five Nuclear Power Units Together With Westinghouse” • NNEGC Energoatom and Westinghouse are doing joint research on construction of new power units at Ukrainian nuclear plants. Noting that two Russian missiles flew over the Zaporizhia nuclear plant, the CEO of NNEGC said the new plants would have higher security. [menafn]

Westinghouse AP1000 at Sanmen (, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)


¶ “Lake Powell Officials Take Unprecedented, Emergency Steps To Delay Water Releases As Level Plummets” • The federal government announced unprecedented steps to help boost water levels at Lake Powell. The measures are intended to buy the surrounding communities more time to plan for what happens if the reservoir runs out of water. [CNN]

¶ “NREL Builds Out National Capability To Reduce Risk In Big Changes In Grid Infrastructure” • The transition to renewable and distributed energy requires a deep look at how to develop, control, and deploy upcoming power electronic devices for energy systems. This is now possible with the Power Electronic Grid Interface platform at NREL. [CleanTechnica]

NREL researcher Jin Tan (Image from NREL)

¶ “Tesla Now Makes More Money Than GM And Ford” • For the longest time, GM and Ford have been the kings of this industry, but that is no longer true. Tesla is now making more money than General Motors and Ford. An article in The Street highlighted this Tesla achievement, noting that the world leader in EVs is taking trophies GM and Ford used to win. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Biden Admin: $3.16 Billion From Bipartisan Infrastructure Law To Boost Domestic And Battery Manufacturing” • The US DOE said that $3.1 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will fund more batteries and components in America, bolster domestic supply chains, create good-paying jobs, and help lower costs for families. [CleanTechnica]

Stationary battery (Dennis Schroeder, NREL)

¶ “Study Finds Offshore Wind Could Drive Down Energy Costs In New England” • A new analysis led by North Carolina State University researchers found offshore wind power could help lower wholesale electricity prices on average for six states in New England, with relatively low risk of wind turbines failing during extreme winter storms. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Should Gavin Newsom Keep Diablo Canyon Open? SLO Anti-Nuclear Group Has Concerns” • San Luis Obispo Mothers for Peace questioned “whether the governor has the power to make any decisions about how long Diablo Canyon should operate,” and noted several difficulties they see with attempting to keep the plant open. [San Luis Obispo Tribune]

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