Archive for May 31st, 2022

May 31 Energy News

May 31, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Stanford-Led Research Finds Small Modular Reactors Will Exacerbate Challenges Of Nuclear Waste” • Industry analysts say the advanced modular designs for nuclear plants will be cheaper and produce fewer radioactive byproducts than conventional reactors. A study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says the opposite. [Stanford News]

Work on small modular reactor (Idaho National Laboratory)


¶ “Civil Society Calls On EU Policymakers To Support More Ambitious Car And Van CO₂ Targets” • Next week’s vote on EU clean car rules could help pave the way to European energy independence and make significant gains for the environment, consumers, and public health, 51 NGOs have said in a public appeal to MEPs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “New Zealand Salmon Farmer Says Climate Change Is Happening Faster Than Expected” • One of the largest producers of chinook salmon is New Zealand King Salmon. Its CEO, Grant Rosewarne, told The Guardian that 42% of the fish being raised in some of its ocean farms died this year before reaching maturity because the water is too warm. [CleanTechnica]

Salmon (New Zealand King Salmon image)

¶ “Volkswagen Is Planning An Electric Station Wagon, The ID.7 Tourer” • Unlike most manufacturers, Volkswagen still makes station wagons instead of only making crossovers. It recently filed a new trademark for the ID.7 Tourer, which is expected to be an electric station wagon. It is expected to be exported to the United States. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Power Bills Set To Rise 9.2% In Regional Queensland As Report Blames Delays In Renewable Energy Projects” • Power prices in regional Queensland are set to jump by 9.2% next financial year because of the surging cost of coal and gas. A report details how customers are ultimately paying for delays in developing large-scale renewables projects. [The Guardian]

Yallourn W Power Station (Marcus Wong, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Focus On Battery Storage Could Be A Cost-Effective Energy Goal For Albanese Government, Report Says” • The Australian government should redirect some of the $20 billion going to its Rewiring the Nation plan to support a storage goal and speed up the take-up of batteries and other power storage, according to a Victoria Energy Policy Centre report. [The Guardian]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Lands A 110-MW Spanish Hat-Trick” • Siemens Gamesa will install three wind farms in the Spanish province of A Coruña, with a total capacity of 110 MW, for independent power producer Greenalia. The wind farms will be equipped with 22 SG 5.0-145 turbines, one of the company’s most powerful models. [reNews]

Wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Hinkley Point B Owner Says It Will Not Extend Life Of Nuclear Plant” • The French-owned EDF Energy said it will not extend the life of Hinkley Point B beyond a planned shutdown, despite officials raising concerns over the danger of blackouts in the months that follow. The plant’s two reactors are scheduled to be shut down on 8 July and 1 August. [The Guardian]

¶ “HyDeal Picks EPC Partners For PV-hydrogen Project In Spain” • HyDeal selected engineering, procurement and construction partners for the initial phases of a multi-GW solar-connected electrolyzer project in northern Spain. The expectation is that 9.5 GW of solar generating capacity will be installed along with 7.4 GW of electrolyzer capacity. [reNews]

Solar panels (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

Russian Fossil Fuels:

¶ “Russia Could Cut Off Natural Gas For Denmark And The Netherland” • Denmark and the Netherlands could become the latest European countries to have their deliveries of Russia’s natural gas cut off because they had refused to make payments in rubles. Moscow has already cut off supplies to Poland, Bulgaria, and Finland. [CNN]

¶ “Europe’s Scramble For Gas Could Cause The Next Energy Shortage” • Europe’s scramble to find alternatives to Russia’s natural gas is pushing the world to the brink of a winter energy shortage, with the worst effects likely to be felt in poorer economies in Asia. Liquified natural gas is transported by ship, and Europe has been buying it up. [CNN]

LNG carrier (Ken Hodge, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Russian Oil: EU Agrees To Compromise Deal On Banning Imports” • EU leaders agreed on a plan to block more than two-thirds of Russian oil imports. The ban will stop oil arriving by sea but not pipeline oil, which Hungary opposed banning. European Council chief Charles Michel said the deal cut off “a huge source of financing” for the Russian war machine. [BBC]


¶ “With LA’s Vote, America’s Two Largest Cities Have Said No New Fossil Gas” • The Los Angeles City Council voted to ban fossil fuels in new construction. The Council told departments to develop a plan requiring “all new residential and commercial buildings in Los Angeles to be built so that they will achieve zero-carbon emissions.” [CleanTechnica]

Los Angeles (Venti Views, Unsplash)

¶ “National Grid Is Installing Pole-Mounted EV Chargers In Massachusetts” • National Grid has a plan to address the need for EV chargers for people who can’t plug in an electric car at home. In Melrose, Massachusetts, a suburban community 10 miles north of Boston, it is installing 16 EV chargers that are mounted on light poles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “DeLorean Previews Electric Sports Car, Plans Three New Models” • Joost de Vries, who recently acquired the DeLorean brand, plans an entire lineup of new DeLorean cars. The first of those cars is scheduled to appear at Pebble Beach later this year. He says the car will have a 0 to 60 time of 3.4 seconds and an EPA range of at least 300 miles. [CleanTechnica]

Have a splendidly comfortable day.

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