Archive for June 6th, 2022

June 6 Energy News

June 6, 2022


¶ “Road To Zero Emissions Now Clear For Road Traffic” • The road to zero emissions from road traffic is becoming very clear now. That the solution is battery electric vehicles is now accepted even at most legacy carmakers. Only Toyota and a few of its friends still believe in an important role for hydrogen fuel cell technology. [CleanTechnica]

Kia EV6 (Hyundai Motor Group, Unsplash)

¶ “The Coalition Didn’t Do Much On Nuclear Energy While In Office. Why Are They Talking About It Now?” • Despite having not made a serious attempt to start a nuclear power industry in nine years as Australia’s government, the Coalition decided to argue for one as soon as it lost power. So why is it talking about nuclear energy again? [The Guardian]

Science and Technology:

¶ “This Deep Ocean Turbine Could Provide A Constant Source Of Renewable Energy” • Japanese heavy machinery maker IHI Corp has been testing a subsea turbine for over a decade. Kairyu is a 330-ton prototype anchored to the seafloor at a depth of 100 to 160 feet. It has two counter-rotating turbine fans and a system that adjusts buoyancy. [One Green Planet]

Ocean power source (Ant Rozetsky, Unsplash)


¶ “Bonn Climate Conference: Ukraine War No Excuse For Prolonging Coal, Kerry Warns” • The US envoy on climate change John Kerry has warned that the war in Ukraine must not be used as an excuse to prolong global reliance on coal. If countries extend their reliance on coal in response to the war, then “we are cooked,” Mr Kerry said. [BBC]

¶ “Financial Analysis: Faster Electrification Would Boost Car Company Stocks And Profits” • Car makers stand to increase their market value and profit margins by switching to EVs faster than they currently plan, according to a financial analysis of six car companies. It finds they could add €800 billion to their stock value if they transition quickly. [CleanTechnica]

VW ID. Life concept (Image courtesy of Volkswagen)

¶ “Masdar, Azerbaijan Plan 4-GW Clean Power Drive” • Masdar signed implementation agreements with the Ministry of Energy of Azerbaijan to develop renewable energy projects with a total confirmed capacity of 4 GW, including offshore wind integrated with green hydrogen. The deal also includes the right to develop a 6-GW second phase. [reNews]

¶ “RWE Fires Up 60-MW Battery In Ireland” • RWE has brought online the 60-MW Lisdrumdoagh battery storage project in County Monaghan, Ireland. The facility is capable of providing the rapid delivery of electricity into the power grid to help balance intermittency in electricity generation, according to the company. [reNews]

RWE battery (RWE image)

¶ “IAEA Chief Working On Mission To Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant, Now Held By Russia” • Rafael Grossi, head of the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, said he is working on sending an international mission of experts to the nuclear power plant at Zaporizhzhia in Ukraine. It is Europe’s largest nuclear plant, and it is held by Russia. [Reuters]


¶ “Why Canberrans’ electricity bills are falling while other Australians’ power costs soar” • Australia is facing an energy crisis. Wholesale power prices are currently more than five times last year’s average price, sparking fears that some electricity retailers will collapse. But Canberra’s electricity price is going down because of renewable energy. [ABC]

Sydney Harbor (Jamie Davies, Unsplash)

¶ “Labor Needs To Double The Pace Of Its Renewable Energy Rollout To Meet 2030 Emissions Target” • Australia will need to double the pace of its renewable energy uptake to meet the 2030 emissions target set by the Albanese government, even without any increase in demand, the head of the Victoria Energy Policy Centre said. Can it be done? [The Guardian]

¶ “Why Australia Is Declaring A ‘New Era’ In The Pacific” • Many small Pacific nations have long considered Australia to be their “big brother.” But more recently, some say Australia’s approach has been tearing the family. According to them, the key problem has been the reluctance of previous governments in Australia to act on climate change. [BBC]

Coast of Tahiti (Robert Preinfalk, CC 2.0 Germany)

¶ “Supermarket Major Reaches Milestone In Rooftop Solar Rollout” • Woolworths marked a major milestone in its rooftop solar program when a store in a Canberra suburb become its 150th outlet to be fitted with solar PV panels. The company is committed to 100% renewable power for all of its Australian operations by the end of 2025. [pv magazine Australia]


¶ “Elon Musk: IDRA Group’s 9,000-Ton Giga Casting Machine Is For Tesla Cybertruck Unibody” • IDRA Group is a Tesla supplier that provides the automaker with ultra-large Giga Presses or Giga Casting machines. This Italian Giga Press manufacturer has been teasing an upcoming 9,000-ton Giga Casting machine for Tesla Giga Texas. [CleanTechnica] (Too many Gigas!)

IDRA 9,000-ton Giga Press machine (IDRA Group via YouTube)

¶ “Potential Electricity Reliability Concern For Central USA” • Higher electricity demand forecasts and potential lower supply raise concerns about tight reserve margins in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator balancing authority this summer. To ensure reliability, authorities plan for more available supply for the demand. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hit By Probe, Biden To Waive Tariffs On Solar Panels From Malaysia, Other SE Asian Countries For 24 Months” • President Joe Biden will declare a 24-month tariff exemption for solar panels from four Southeast Asian nations after an investigation froze imports and stalled projects in the US, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. [Malay Mail]

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