August 17 Energy News

August 17, 2022


¶ “Can Renewable Energy Visions Of The Future Actually Be Within Reach?” • The passage of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the US has opened up hope that this is just a start, that other renewable energy and sustainability visions of the future might be within our grasps. Let’s imagine looking into an all-electric crystal ball … [CleanTechnica]

Hope (Marc-Olivier Jodoin, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘We’ve Got The Power’ – Sandia Technology Test Delivers Electricity To The Grid” • For the first time, Sandia National Laboratories researchers delivered electricity produced by a new power-generating system to an electrical grid. It is a closed-loop Brayton cycle system based on captured CO₂ instead of H₂O, and it is very efficient. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Car Tires Are Disastrous For The Environment. This Startup Wants To Be A Driving Force In Fixing The Problem” • As tires wear down, the material they lose becomes dust. Around 6.1 million metric tons of tire dust end up in our atmosphere and waterways annually. A startup in London, The Tyre Collective, says its technology can reduce the problem. [CNN]

Old tires (Markus Spiske, Unsplash)


¶ “In France, 12% Of New Cars Now Fully Electric!” • In July, French full battery EV sales were up 69% year over year. At the same time, plugin hybrids were down a harsh 33%, for their steepest fall since the covid-hit month of April 2020. The overall car market was down 7% year over year, but that is down by 35% compared to 2019. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Finally, An Electric Pickup In Right-Hand Drive” • While some consumers in the US are now taking deliveries of the Rivian R1T pickups or Ford F-150 Lightnings, customers in the UK, a right-hand drive market, have had to watch from the sidelines. That is changing now, as the UK is getting the all new, all electric SAIC Maxus T90 EV! [CleanTechnica]

Maxus pickup (Image courtesy of Maxus)

¶ “BYD Partners With Nic Christiansen Group For New Energy Passenger Vehicles In Denmark” • BYD has appointed the Nic Christiansen Group as a national dealer for its passenger EVs in Denmark. BYD is ramping up production of its revolutionary Blade Battery and battery EVs, so it can enter more markets and take electric mobility to the world. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Lebanon Turns To Solar Power To Address Acute Energy Crisis” • Lebanon is currently battling one of its worst economic crises in decades. Facing a severe energy crunch, Lebanese are increasingly turning to the sun to meet their electricity needs. But high costs remain a barrier to widespread adoption of solar power systems. [DW]

Rooftop solar system (Watt A Lot, Unsplash)

¶ “Adani Green Energy Gets Provisional Approvals For Two Projects In Sri Lanka” • Adani Green Energy has provisional approvals for two wind power projects in northern Sri Lanka, Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara has announced. For an investment of over $500 million, the wind projects will have a combined capacity of 520 MW. []

¶ “Total Eren Signs Green Hydrogen Project Deal In Australia” • Renewable energy company Total Eren signed an MOU with the Government of the Northern Territory of Australia to develop a new green hydrogen project in Darwin. Plans for the Darwin H2 Hub comprise of more than 2 GW of solar PV and a hydrogen electrolyzer with a capacity of 1 GW. [reNews]

Green hydrogen project (Westküste100 image)

¶ “Germany Says Undecided On Nuclear Plants Extension” • The German government denied a media report that it had decided to postpone the closure of its last three nuclear power plants. The country’s position is that it will make its final decision once it received the results of ongoing stress tests. The incorrect report was in the Wall Street Journal. []


¶ “The West’s Historic Drought Is Threatening Hydropower At Hoover Dam” • The climate change-fueled drought and overuse of the Colorado River’s water is pushing Lake Mead lower and threatening the dam’s electricity production. Declining water flow has cut the dam’s power generation capacity almost in half, as of June. [CNN]

Hoover Dam (Ryan Thorpe, Unsplash)

¶ “Takeaways From Today’s Report On Lake Mead And The Colorado River” • The federal government announced that the Colorado River will operate in a Tier 2 shortage condition for the first time starting in January as the West’s historic drought has taken a severe toll on Lake Mead. States are facing mandatory cuts in water use. [CNN]

¶ “Oak Ridge National Lab Prepares Drones To Prevent And Fight Wildfires” • Researchers at the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using sensors, drones, and machine learning to prevent fires while also minimizing their damage to the electric grid as a result of climate change. And they are doing it without burning fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Drone (Image by ORNL, US DOE)

¶ “Biden Signs Climate, Tax And Health Bill Into Law” • US President Joe Biden has signed a $700 billion (£579 billion) bill that aims to fight climate change and healthcare costs while raising taxes, primarily on corporations and the rich. The final version is more modest in scope than the $3.5 tillion package first envisaged by Democrats. [BBC]

¶ “Governor Hochul Announces Third Competitive Opportunity To Support Existing Wind Energy And Hydropower Projects In New York State” • Governor Kathy Hochul announced the third solicitation under the renewable energy procurement program Competitive Tier 2, which is designed to retain New York State’s existing renewable energy resources. [NYSERDA]

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