August 15 Energy News

August 15, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “XPeng Bringing Truly Ultrafast Charging To Town” • Chinese EV startup XPeng is on the verge of releasing an EV that will be able to charge at a wicked-fast pace. According to the company, the G9 will be able to gain 200 kilometers (124 miles) of driving range in just 5 minutes. The company is reportedly rolling out the chargers for the car, as well. [CleanTechnica]

Xpeng G9 (Xpeng image)

¶ “New Tesla LFP Megapack Is Big – Really Big!” • Until recently, each Megapack was listed as having 2.6 MWh of storage capacity. Now, with no fanfare, a Tesla web page says each Megapack is rated at 3.9 MWh of capacity, an increase of nearly 50%. A report at Tesmanian says the new Megapack units are bigger and heavier than before. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “World leaders Make Fifth Attempt To Pass UN Oceans Treaty” • World leaders will meet at the UN in New York for more talks to save the world’s oceans from overexploitation. The UN High Seas Treaty has been through 10 years of negotiations but has yet to be signed. If agreed, it would put 30% of the world’s oceans into conservation areas by 2030. [BBC]

Fishing boat (Knut Troim, Unsplash)

¶ “Saudi Aramco Tops Its Record With $48.4 Billion Quarterly Profit” • Saudi oil giant Aramco broke its own record with a $48.4 billion profit for the second quarter of 2022, on high oil prices after Russia’s invasion of Ukrain. The 90% year-on-year increase marks the biggest earnings since its public listing three years ago. Aramco is the world’s largest oil exporter. [BBC]

¶ “BEV Demand Increasing, ICEV Demand Decreasing Across Europe” • Compared to 2021, new car sales have dropped by 11% to 20% in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the UK. Full battery EV demand is increasing, while all types of internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEV), including hybrids, have falling demand throughout Europe. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Martin Katler, Unsplash)

¶ “CATL To Build $7.6 Billion, 100 GWh Battery Factory In Hungary” • At the end of last year, CATL, the world’s largest battery maker, had an annual production capacity of 170 GWh. It plans to increase that to 670 GWh by 2025, according to Reuters. A major part of the expansion will be from a $7.6 billion battery factory in Hungary. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Greens Propose Shutting Down All Victorian Coal-Fired Power Plants By 2030” • Victoria’s three remaining coal-fired power plants would be progressively shut down over the next eight years, under a Greens bill to be introduced to parliament this week. The bill is set to form a central pillar of the state’s Greens Party’s climate policy. [The Guardian]

Wind turbine (Kshithij Chandrashekar, Unsplash)

¶ “Ukraine Preparing For ‘Tragedy’ At Russian-Held Nuclear Plant” • Ukrainian Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky said the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant is under the control of unqualified specialists who could cause a tragedy. He said: “Of course, it’s hard to even imagine how terrible things could become if Russia continues their actions there.” [EU Reporter]

¶ “Dozens Of Countries Call On Russia To Withdraw Troops From Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Plant” • Forty-two countries have signed a statement urging Russia to withdraw its armed forces from Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant, saying their presence poses “a great danger.” The statement was released on the EU website. [Radio Free Europe]

Nuclear plant in Cruas, France (Jametlene Reskp, Unsplash)

¶ “French Nuclear Plants Break A Sweat Over Heat Wave” • Like a number of other countries in Europe, France has been baking in temperatures of up to 40°C (104°F) for several weeks. That has been putting French nuclear reactors under stress, and half are temporarily closed. But it doesn’t seem to have called the French energy strategy into question. [DW]

US:

¶ “Volta And Hoboken, NJ, Partner To Install 25 New Public EV Chargers” • The city of Hoboken will get at least 25 new public EV chargers through its partnership with Volta in the next 18 months. This will double the number of the city’s public EV chargers. Volta and the city of Hoboken may work together in the future, as well. [CleanTechnica]

Volta charger in the UK (Volta image)

¶ “US Utility-Scale Solar Projects Report Delays” • Power plant developers plan to install 17.8 GW of solar PV capacity in 2022, the US EIA’s 2022 Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory shows. In January through June 2022, PV installations were delayed by an average of 4.4 GW each month, up from 2.6 GW for the same time last year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pennsylvania School District Goes Solar In Big Way” • In Pennsylvania, the Central Columbia School District going solar in a big way. In February 2022, the school board approved plans for nearly 2 MW of solar power. Now they are in place. The panels in ground arrays can give students a close understanding of what solar power is about. [CleanTechnica]

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