September 1 Energy News

September 1, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “E-Core Inventor Wants To Replace World’s Millions Of 50cc Engines With Electric Motors” • Benjamin Surain of Belgium has developed a battery and electric motor package that would be a direct, drop-in replacement for the ubiquitous 50cc gasoline engines that power millions upon millions of mopeds and scooters all around the world. [CleanTechnica]

Electric replacement system (Benjamin Surain, E-Core)

¶ “Comparing Battery Chemistries For Energy Storage” • To unlock the potential of renewables, larger energy storage systems are needed. It will take a variety of battery chemistries to meet that demand. The three battery technologies being widely used are lead, lithium, and vanadium redox flow. The choice should be based on multiple considerations. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “The Arctic Circle: A New Frontier For Sustainable Wine” • In recent years, heat waves, drought, and smoke from wildfires have been wreaking havoc on European vineyards. It is increasingly difficult to produce the same legacy wines that producers have been making for centuries. Now there are vineyards in Sweden, and they are starting to be productive. [BBC]

Vineyard (Karsten Würth, Unsplash)

¶ “DuPont Commits To Using Renewable Energy Across All Its Global Operations” • Industrial giant DuPont says it is committed to using renewable energy across all its operations worldwide. As a step towards that goal, DuPont has joined RE100, a global environmental initiative committed to making the shift to 100% renewable energy. [Robotics & Automation News]

¶ “Horizon Power Secures Land To Take Goldfields Town To 100% Renewables” • Western Australia’s regional utility Horizon Power is seeking to shift the northern Goldfields town of Menzies to 100% renewables. Menzies is one of 32 remote communities served by HP microgrids. Most are diesel powered, but they are all turning to renewables. [One Step Off The Grid]

Menzies Hotel, Menzies (Michal Lewi, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “India Can Generate $212 Billion By Investing In Renewable Energy: Report” • India could generate $212 billion in revenue by investing in renewable energy by 2030, a research report says. The report by Aspire Circle said India could create about 3.4 million jobs if ventures invest $350 billion in renewable energy and cleantech. [Business Standard]

¶ “Energinet To Study 6 GW Of Danish Offshore Wind” • Energinet will start feasibility studies on behalf of the Danish Government for a potential 6 GW of offshore wind farms at the North Sea 1, Kattegat 2 and Kriegers Flak 2 zones. According to the Danish Finance Act for 2022, an additional 2 GW of offshore wind must be established by 2030. []

Marine survey vessel Relume (Energinet image)

¶ “Kimberly-Clark And Carlton Power To Bring Forward Green Hydrogen Project In Barrow” • International manufacturer of consumer products Kimberly-Clark has signed an agreement with Carlton Power to supply hydrogen to the company’s manufacturing facility at Barrow-in-Furness a port town in Cumbria, England. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “Ukraine Nuclear Reactor Shut Down Due to Shelling, Says Operator” • One of two operating reactors at Ukraine’s Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant complex has been shut down due to Russian shelling, operator Energoatom said on Thursday. Energoatom added, “Power unit No 6 continues to work in the energy system of Ukraine.” []

Dnieper River (Maxim Razin assumed, CC-BY-SA 3.0)


¶ “Biden-Harris Admin Launches $675 Million Program To Expand Domestic Critical Materials Supply Chains” • The Biden-Harris Administration, through the US DOE, issued a Request for Information on the development and implementation of a Critical Materials Research, Development, Demonstration, and Commercialization Program. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ten Big Cleantech Benefits In Inflation Reduction Act” • The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 has been the story of the quarter in the cleantech world. It covers a wide array of topics. Solar power giant SunPower came up with a list of 10 things in the Inflation Reduction Act that can “change your home and fill your wallet.” Here is a look at them. [CleanTechnica]

Rooftop solar system (Courtesy of SunPower)

¶ “$46 Million For New Technologies That Convert Carbon And Waste Into Clean Energy” • The DOE announced $46 million for 22 projects that will create biofuel energy to help decarbonize the transportation and power generation sectors. The projects will develop waste conversion and carbon capture technologies to produce fuels. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Toyota To Invest $5.3 Billion In US Manufacturing, $2.5 Billion In NC” • The world’s largest automaker announced plans to invest more than $5.3 billion into manufacturing in the US and Japan to increase its EV production capacity, with up to $2.5 billion earmarked to expand Toyota’s North Carolina plant and add up to 350 new jobs by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

Toyota manufacturing plant (Toyota image)

¶ “Hawaii Closes Last Coal-Fired Power Plant As Ban Begins” • The last bits of ash and greenhouse gases from Hawaii’s only remaining coal-fired power plant slipped into the environment this week when the state’s dirtiest source of electricity burned its final pieces of fuel. The facility produced up to one-fifth of the electricity on Oahu. [NY1]

¶ “California Legislators Advance Plan To Extend Nuke Plant Run” • The California Legislature approved Governor Gavin Newsom’s blueprint to extend the lifespan of the state’s last operating nuclear power plant by up to five years, after he warned the state could face rolling blackouts if its twin reactors were retired too soon. []

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