September 15 Energy News

September 15, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “‘Our Next Energy’ To Showcase Anode-Free Battery With 600-Mile Range” • Our Next Energy says it has created an anode-free battery cell with an energy density of 1,007 Wh per liter. The new cell eliminates the need for graphite and anode equipment, which could make it possible for manufacturing costs to be as low as $50 per kWh. [CleanTechnica]

Our Next Energy skateboard (Our Next Energy image)

World:

¶ “EU Posits $140 Billion Windfall Tax On Energy Companies” • The EU wants to raise €140 billion by tapping the windfall profits of some energy companies to help consumers pay electricity and gas bills, which are up about 550% up on last year’s levels. Tariffs for power generated by wind, solar and nuclear energy are linked to the wholesale price of natural gas. [CNN]

¶ “Leapmotor Starts Exports Of The T03, And The First 60 Units Are On Their Way To Israel” • Chinese EV manufacturers have been exporting vehicles to Europe and other places, but are now starting to really position themselves for global exports on a larger scale. The Leapmotor T03 is one example. The car starts at the equivalent of €10,000 in China. [CleanTechnica]

Leapmotor T03 (Courtesy Leapmotor)

¶ “MG4 Electric Celebrates Its European Launch With Prices Starting From €28,990!” • SAIC plans to deliver 150,000 MG4 hatchback EVs to Europe in 2023. And it will also go to Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, the Middle East, and South America. The entry level MG4 is at price parity with an entry level internal combustion VW Golf! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EU Commission President Promises To Reform Energy Markets” • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised to reform the European Union’s electricity market by focusing more on renewable energy. She emphasized reducing the influence of gas on the price of electricity and harnessing the power of renewable resources. [UPI]

Ursula von der Leyen (European Parliament, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “EU Limits Subsidies For Burning Trees Under Renewable Energy Directive” • The European parliament has called to end public subsidies for the environmentally destructive practice of burning trees for fuel, but campaigners warned the plans risked being “too little, too late.” MEPs voted to phase down the use of wood, but they did not set limits. [The Guardian]

¶ “No Need For Nuclear Power To Reach Australia’s Climate Goals: Finkel” • Australia has no need to include nuclear power in its future energy mix as it moves to meet emissions reductions targets to combat climate change, Australia’s former chief scientist Alan Finkel said. Dr Finkel was once an advocate of nuclear power. [Renew Economy]

Wind farm in Victoria (John Englart, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Speedy Shift To Nuclear Power In Japan Shot Down By Watchdog” • Japan’s procedure for restarting nuclear reactors can’t be hastened, according to the nation’s top atomic watchdog. The natural-disaster risk assessment takes time. This presents a potential hurdle in the government’s effort to speed the revival of power plants. [Yahoo News]

US:

¶ “Patagonia’s Founder Transfers Ownership Into Two Entities To Help Fight The Climate Crisis” • Patagonia, based in Ventura, California, sells outdoor apparel and equipment. It was founded in 1973 by rock climber Yvon Chouinard. He and his family are transfering ownership to two nonprofits, which will use its profits to fight climate change. [CNN]

Yvon Chouinard on El Capitan (Tom Frost, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Power Outages Are On The Rise, Led By Texas, Michigan And California. Here’s What’s To Blame” • Power outages in the US are climbing, researchers reported. As extreme weather gets worse due to the climate crisis, the demand for electricity is climbing. At the same time, the country’s energy infrastructure gets older and more vulnerable. [CNN]

¶ “California’s Mosquito Fire Prompts More Evacuations As It Races Toward Mountain Communities” • The Mosquito Fire burning in Northern California flared up and charged toward the community of Foresthill, torching more homes and burning dangerously close to a high school. It has already consumed 58,544 acres in two counties. [CNN]

Pyrocumulus cloud over the Mosquito Fire
(ALERTCalifornia, Public domain)

¶ “Biden–Harris Admin Approves First 35 State Plans To Build Out EV Charging Infrastructure” • Over two-thirds of state EV Infrastructure Deployment Plans have been approved ahead of schedule under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, the Biden–Harris Administration said. The plans cover 53,000 miles of roads. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Virtual Power Plant Model To Expand In Utah And Idaho” • Looking for a US partner to replicate its virtual power plant systems in Europe, sonnen struck a deal with Wasatch Group, a housing developer. It found an installer partner called ES Solar that was willing to overhaul its sales tactics to highlight what batteries can do. [CleanTechnica]

sonnen virtual power plant (Image courtesy of sonnen)

¶ “IRA Creating Pathways For Renewable Energy Careers In Appalachia” • Appalachian Voices is a nonprofit that has been part of a consortium of nonprofits working with communities, unions, businesses, and local governments to help Appalachia transition to an environmentally and economically sustainable renewable energy economy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Set To Unveil Water-Test Results” • The owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station plans to share test results on the plant’s radioactive water at a meeting of a state nuclear advisory panel this month. But Holtec says it could be next year before the company is ready to reveal how it plans to dispose of the water. [WCAI]

Have a fundamentally glorious day.

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