September 7 Energy News

September 7, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Wooden Buildings Could Eliminate 106 Billion Tons Of Carbon Emissions” • The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research published a study in Nature Communications that says building future cities from engineered wood products could prevent 106 billion tons of carbon dioxide from entering the Earth’s atmosphere by 2100. [CleanTechnica]

Logging (US Forest Service, USDA)

¶ “Inland Water Carbon Emissions On The Rise” • Global carbon emissions from inland waters such as lakes, rivers, streams, and ponds are being undercounted by about 13%, at about 4.4 billion metric tons of carbon annually. They will likely continue to rise, given climate events and land use changes, Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists found. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Data Centers Guzzle Energy To Keep Cool. Could Snow Be The Answer?” • A city in Japan has found a way to cool the vast servers that support the global digital economy without fueling the climate crisis. In Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, Bibai and its White Data Center have turned to collecting snow and piling it up in insulated storage. [CNN]

Proposed snowy expansion (Courtesy of White Data Center)

¶ “Nord Stream 1: How Russia Is Cutting Gas Supplies To Europe” • Russia has cut the amount of gas it sends to Europe by shutting the key Nord Stream 1 pipeline for the second time in recent months, saying the closure is necessary to allow repairs. The latest reason given for closing the Nord Stream pipeline is that a leak was detected in a turbine. [BBC]

¶ “Malawi, IFC, Scatec JV, And EDF Signed A Binding Agreement To Develop The 350-MW Mpatamanga Hydropower Plant” • The Government of Malawi, IFC, Scatec, and EDF announced the signing of a binding agreement to co-develop the Mpatamanga hydropower project, with both pumped storage and traditional hydropower. [CleanTechnica]

Pumped storage (National Hydropower Association via NREL)

¶ “Europe’s Household Electrical Bills Could Surge By $2 Trillion By Next Year” • EU households should brace for an expensive winter. The cost of energy could peak next year, with spending on bills across Europe growing by €2 trillion ($2 trillion), a Goldman Sachs research team, led by Alberto Gandolfi and Mafalda Pombeiro, said in a note. [Fortune]

¶ “GE Renewable Energy Picks Up 80-MW Japanese Turbine Contract” • GE Renewable Energy has been selected by Green Power Investment as the supplier for the Fukaura Wind Farm in the Aomori Prefecture, Japan. The project, which will feature 19 units of GE’s 4.2-117 onshore wind turbine, represents GE’s third project with GPI in Japan. [reNews]

Wind turbine and flowers (GE Renewable Energy image)

¶ “India Tenders 2.25 GW Of Round-The-Clock Power From Renewable Hybrids” • Solar Energy Corp of India is taking bids to supply 2.25 GW of round-the-clock power from renewable energy projects with other sources or storage added. Projects are to be connected with the inter-state transmission network on a build-own-operate basis. [PV Magazine]

¶ “Poll reveals nationwide support for renewables” • Polling in every constituency in Britain shows strong support for building wind and solar projects to drive down consumer bills, according to RenewableUK. RUK said the results of the poll by Survation show that the Conservative Government risks losing voters if it fails to support renewables. [reNews]

Solar array (British Solar Renewables)

¶ “UN Calls For A Demilitarised Zone Around The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • Addressing a UN security council session, UN secretary general António Guterres called for a demilitarised zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, with Russian occupying troops withdrawing and the agreement of Ukrainian forces not to move in. [The Guardian]

¶ “Water Is Now Seen As A Precious, Vital, And Scarce Resource In The Global Energy Sector” • The link between energy and water is of crucial importance and we need to value the latter resource far more going forward, according to the CEO of a leading gas infrastructure firm. Drought reduces output of coal, gas, and nuclear plants. [CNBC]

Nuclear plant in Belgium (Jonas Denil, Unsplash)


¶ “Record High Temperatures Continue To Bake The West” • Over 50 million people in the West are under heat alerts, as a prolonged heat wave continues to set record high temperatures and upend daily life. Californians were warned to prepare for rolling blackouts and asked to conserve energy. Wildfires have ripped across the state. [CNN]

¶ “Billions Directed To Food And Agriculture Is ‘Largest Since The Dust Bowl Of The 1930s’” • The Inflation Reduction Act, the biggest climate bill the US has ever passed, also addresses food and agriculture. Several areas of conservation, food protection, and financial insulation for at-risk farmers have been bundled in climate-friendly farm practices. [CleanTechnica]

Farm (Dan Meyers, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Renewable Energy From Local Sources – California Edition” • Sunnova announced that it has applied to the California PUC to develop a novel solar and storage “micro-utility.” This innovative renewable energy platform allows residents, communities, and businesses to share excess clean power and “island” from the legacy distribution system. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Algae Biofuel Back From Dead, Now With Carbon Capture” • Algae biofuel stakeholders have been stuck in the doldrums for years, but in an odd twist of fate, the fossil fuel industry could help algae make a comeback. Apparently the new plan is to pair algae farming with waste carbon from gas power plants and other industrial operations. [CleanTechnica]

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