July 25 Energy News

July 25, 2022


¶ “Another Sign Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Are The Future” • Pratt & Whitney Canada has signed an agreement with consulting firm Ricardo to co-develop hybrid-electric aircraft technology. This is not a level or stage of development that CleanTechnica typically covers. However, it seemed to deserve a brief note due to what it signals about the industry. [CleanTechnica]

Pratt & Whitney Canada hybrid-electric (Ricardo image)

¶ “Russian Aggression An Opportunity For Faster Switch To Renewable Energy, Says COP President” • The world’s leading economies must use Russia’s war in Ukraine as an opportunity to accelerate a transition to renewable energy, COP26 president Alok Sharma says, even if some nations will need to rely on more fossil fuels in the short term. [Sydney Morning Herald]

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Cornish Farm That Plans To Last 1,000 Years” • Merlin Hanbury-Tenison explained the benefits of a Large Black pig named Gloria. He then gestured to distant hills. “That’s a green desert,” he said. “There’s nothing living in it. We really need the chaos, the mosaic, the messiness that a pig like Gloria can bring to the natural world.” [BBC]

Large Black Pigs (Keith Evans, CC BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “SVolt Energy Readies Solid-State Battery With 400 Wh/kg Energy Density For Production” • CnEVPost reports that Svolt Energy is the first company to create prototype 20 Ah solid-state battery cells. With an energy density of 350 to 400 Wh/kg, the cells could enable EVs to drive 1,000 km or more on a single charge, the company says. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Airlines Banking On Capturing Carbon From The Air” • In the EU, airlines are under pressure to cut carbon emissions or pay for the emissions they create. Airbus and several airlines have signed Letters of Intent “to explore opportunities for a future supply of carbon removal credits from direct air carbon capture technology.” [CleanTechnica]

Airbus carbon scheme (Airbus image)

¶ “Tesla Gets Its Own Lane At Mexican Border Crossing” • Tesla sources parts from six companies that have factories in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. The state wants to ease congestion at the border for local companies doing business with companies in the US, especially Tesla. One way to do that is to add dedicated lanes for their business. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK Government Publication Debunks EV Myths” • Car makers (finally) want to sell their EVs, and governments are promoting them, but they need to do more to educate the driving public. The UK’s Department for Transport has taken a step in the right direction with a new publication, “Common Misconceptions About Electric Vehicles.” [CleanTechnica]

Charging an EV (Andrew Roberts, Unsplash)

¶ “Solar Panels Begin Installation In Northern Goldfields” • The first solar panels have started being installed this week at BHP’s massive solar farm at Leinster Nickel Operation in the Northern Goldfields of Western Australia. By the end of 2022, over 20,000 solar panels will be installed at this site alone, helping to power BHP Nickel West’s operations. [BHP]

¶ “Global Gas Expansion Endangers Climate Targets” • Rebuffing the still widespread narrative that natural gas is a “bridge” fuel, a team of German energy economists is warning that the massive global expansion of gas infrastructure now under way puts both climate mitigation efforts and the transition to renewable energy at risk. [The Energy Mix]

Halliburton frack job (Joshua Doubek, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Dangerous Volcano Erupts Near Nuclear Reactor In Japan, Highest Alert Issued, Area Evacuated” • Sakurajima Volcano, on the Kyushu Islands in Japan, has once again erupted dangerously. The entire area was evacuated after lava erupted in this volcano. The explosion is only a few kilometers away from the Sendai nuclear reactor. [News Day Express]


¶ “Oak Fire: Wildfire Grows As Firefighters Battle Punishing Heat” • The Oak Fire has now burned 15,603 acres of land and is still “zero per cent uncontained,” California’s fire department said on Sunday night. More than 6,000 people have been evacuated and 10 structures destroyed. A further 3,271 structures, homes and businesses, are under threat. [BBC]

Firefighting airplane (Ben Kuo, Unsplash)

¶ “Charging Up To Drive Cheaper And Cleaner Just Got A Lot Easier In Virginia” • Virginia’s primary electric utility, Dominion, will now commence with well-designed EV charger offerings, to get more EVs out on the road, putting dollars back in Virginians’ pockets while reducing air pollution by nudging more expensive polluting cars off the road. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Court Fights Raise Caution Flags On Green Energy Push In Nevada” • Opposition from friends, not foes, is creating potential roadblocks to President Biden’s green energy agenda on federal lands in the blue-leaning state of Nevada. Conservationists are taking issue with a pair of lithium mines and a geothermal power plant. [Los Angeles Times]

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