Archive for May 8th, 2022

May 8 Energy News

May 8, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Metals Company Success: Deep-Water Collector Vehicle Tested At Depth Of Almost 2,500 Meters” • A polymetallic nodule collector vehicle has been successfully tested in the Atlantic Ocean at a depth of almost 2,500 meters. The vehicle shows that polymetallic nodules can be mined while disturbing the environment minimally. [CleanTechnica]

Deep-water vehicle (Photo courtesy of The Metals Company)

¶ “Climate Change Is Affecting Global Mental Health” • Young people answering a survey mentioned inadequate government responses to climate change alongside feelings of betrayal by their governments. “These psychological stressors threaten health and wellbeing,” a study in the Lancet said, “and could be construed as morally injurious and unjust.” [MSN]

¶ “Invasive Species And Climate Change Impact Coastal Estuaries” • Native species in California’s estuaries are expected to experience greater declines as invasive species interact with climate change, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, which was published in the Ecological Society of America’s journal, Ecology. [Eurasia Review]

Non-native and native colonial ascidians (Ben Rubinoff, UC Davis)

World:

¶ “Mine E-Waste, Not The Earth, Say Scientists” • The recycling of e-waste must urgently be ramped up because mining the Earth for precious metals to make new gadgets is unsustainable, scientists say. The Royal Society of Chemistry says there now needs to be a global effort to mine that waste, rather than mining the Earth. [BBC]

¶ “Glencore And Li-Cycle Partner For Battery Recycling” • Li-Cycle and Glencore have announced a long-term battery supply agreement to improve the EV battery supply chain. They came to a global feedstock supply agreement: Glencore will supply a variety of manufacturing scrap as well as end-of-life lithium-ion batteries to Li-Cycle. [CleanTechnica]

Batteries going to a recycling shredder (Li-Cycle image)

¶ “Tesla Plans German Factory Expansion” • Production at the Tesla factory in Grünheide, Germany near Berlin is barely under way and already Tesla is making plans to expand the facility. Quoting local broadcaster RBB, electrive says Tesla wants to buy about 100 hectares of land near the current site for additional storage space and a goods station. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Arctic Town Attempts To Design Wind And Solar Devices Against Climate Change And Energy Crisis” • The arctic town of Qaanaaq, Greenland, plans to incorporate renewable energy to save the lives of financially-stricken residents, who were gripped by the burdens to pay for fossil fuels required to heat and power their homes. [Nature World News]

¶ “India Added 15.5 GW Of Non-Hydro Renewable Energy Capacity” • India added 15.5 GW non-hydro renewable energy capacity during FY22, compared to just 7.7 GW installed in the preceding fiscal year, a CEEW Centre for Energy Finance Market Handbook says. But to get to India’s 2030 goal of 500 GW, 40 GW will be needed each year. [GreentechLead]

¶ “Soon we’ll have too MUCH energy!” • Britain is predicted to have an excess amount of electricity by 2030 due to huge investments in wind and solar power, according to new analysis. It predicts that huge amounts of electricity could go to waste by 2030. The government also wants to build eight nuclear plants by 2050. [Daily Mail] (So, what’s the point of nuclear?)

Wind turbines (Arteum.ro, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “Huge Wildfire in New Mexico Could Worsen This Weekend” • The so-called Hermits Peak Fire in New Mexico is the second biggest wildfire the state has ever seen. It has been burning for more than a month and has torn through an area larger than the city of Chicago. Winds, near-record heat, and dry conditions are expected to make it worse. [BBC]

¶ “Mary Barra Says By Mid-Decade GM Will Be Selling More EVs In The US Than Anyone – Including Tesla” • General Motors CEO Mary Barra told Yahoo! Finance that the company plans to sell more EVs in the US than other automakers, including Tesla, by the middle of the decade. She also said that EVs are a huge opportunity for the company. [CleanTechnica]

Chevy Silverado EV (Courtesy of GM)

¶ “The Two Largest Reservoirs In California Are Already At ‘Critically Low Levels’ And The Dry Season Is Just Starting” • Against the backdrop of the water crisis in the Colorado River Basin, where the country’s largest reservoirs are plunging at an alarming rate, California’s two largest reservoirs, Shasta Lake and Lake Oroville, are facing a similar struggle. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla’s 2021 Impact Report – Exiting The Fossil Fuel Era” • Tesla released its 2021 Impact Report and shared details about the environment, supply chain, and how it’s leading the exit from the fossil fuel era. Last year alone, Tesla customers avoided 8.4 million metric tons of CO₂e. This statement is an incredible milestone, but more is coming. [CleanTechnica]

Have a beautifully restful day.

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