Archive for August 1st, 2022

August 1 Energy News

August 1, 2022


¶ “Is The Tesla Model Y The World’s Best Selling Vehicle Right Now?” • My answer is “maybe,” depending on how you measure sales and how sales of last year’s best sellers have increased or decreased. Since sales figures lag 3 to 6 months, we won’t know for sure until next year, but I’ll present the evidence I found and you can judge for yourself. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y (Daniel.Cardenas, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Ten Ways Methane Gas Companies Are Misleading The Public” • Methane has been responsible for nearly half of global warming to date. Not only does methane gas use threaten to destabilize the climate, but burning gas in the home is bad for our health. Most Americans are unaware of this, and that is partly due to corporate greenwashing. [Environment Maine]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Mapping The Battery Data Genome For Better Batteries” • Energy storage is the key to electrified transportation and the rapidly evolving power grid, cornerstones of a decarbonized future. An open exchange of battery data is integral to meeting energy goals. An emerging collaboration between NREL and industry partners supports this effort. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla batteries (Tesla image)

¶ “Solar Is The Cheapest Power, And A Literal Light-Bulb Moment Showed Us We Can Cut Costs And Emissions Even Further” • We need to transition to renewable energy quickly. Newly published research points to a way we can drive down costs of the shift using cheaper forms of silicon for highly efficient solar panels. [The Conversation]


¶ “The Rebellious Gardeners Defying Their Local Climate” • All over the world, rebellious gardeners have discovered that they can grow edibles generally considered unusual for their climate, upturning commonly held perceptions about what one can and cannot grow oneself. In the face of a changing climate, they grow unexpected crops. [BBC]

Calamondin grown in Virginia (David J Stang, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “India’s First Green Hydrogen Project Founded By PM” • In the Union Territory of Ladakh, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation for India’s first public use green hydrogen transportation project. The project will be built by National Thermal Power Corporation over the course of the following 18 months. [Northlines]

¶ “How Bangladesh Can Benefit From Japan’s Super Grid” • Japan has sped up efforts to materialize its decade-old plan to de-carbonize Asia by connecting some of the biggest economies and the power-hungry populations through a 36,000 km integrated grid of renewable energy. Bangladesh is part of the “Asia Super Grid” initiative. [Dhaka Tribune]

Asia Super Grid (Renewable Energy Institute, Japan)

¶ “Russia Transfers $20 Billion To Turkey For Nuclear Power Plant” • According to a Bloomberg report, senior Turkish officials said that the Russian state-owned company Rosatom sent around $5 billion last week to the Turkish company Akkuyu Nuclear JSC, which is building the plant in the city of Mersin. And $15 billion more will be sent soon. [Middle East Monitor]

¶ “Hinkley B: UK’s Most Productive Nuclear Power Plant To Close” • Hinkley Point B in Somerset has been making power since 1976 and currently contributes about 3% of the UK’s total power needs. Now, it is shutting down for good. The shutdown is expected to increase the cost of electricity on the short term, because it implies increased use of natural gas. [BBC]

Western End of Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station
(Richard Baker, CC BY-SA 2.0)


¶ “McKinney Fire Spreads Rapidly In North Of California” • The McKinney Fire, which started in the northern Siskiyou county on Friday, has already burnt 52,500 acres (21,000 hectares), the state fire service said. At least 2,000 residents and visitors have left the area, authorities say. Some homes have been destroyed. It was 0% contained as of Sunday. [BBC]

¶ “All Eyes Turn To Sinema As Democrats Face A Week That Could Transform Biden’s Presidency” • Democrats have a chance to accomplish something big. But to do that, they must push the Manchin-Schumer compromise climate and health care bill through the Senate. And to do that, they need to get the crucial vote of Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema. [CNN]

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (Gage Skidmore, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “What Does The Growing US EV Supply Chain Look Like? We Mapped It” • The deal between Senators Schumer and Manchin to extend and revise the incentives for EVs put the spotlight on the EV supply chain. It would require car makers to source a rapidly increasing share of battery materials and components domestically or from trade allies. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tesla Reveals Its Q2 Capital Expenditures And Expectations Moving Forward” • Tesla revealed that it focused intensely on its Gigafactories during the second quarter of 2022, to the tune of about $1 billion in capital expenditures. Tesla intends to continue to put an emphasis on battery development to solidify its corporate plan and mission. [CleanTechnica]

Home powered by Tesla (Tesla image)

¶ “EV Sales Are Growing, And More And More US Drivers Want To Go Electric” • A Consumer Reports survey found a record amount of interest in going electric for their transportation. The nationally representative survey of 8,027 American consumers found that 71% of respondents expressed some level of interest in buying or leasing an EV. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Installing Home EV Chargers Just Got Much Easier (And Cheaper)” • Of all the obstacles between the car-buying public and the EV revolution, the American home is one of the stickiest. EV charging at home can be expensive to get started or even impossible. Siemens and ConnectDER have come up with a solution to the problem. [CleanTechnica]

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