September 23 Energy News

September 23, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “The Firms Making Flour From Mushrooms And Cauliflower” • Flour is culturally ingrained in our lives, but there are affordable alternatives to wheat. They are gaining attention, particularly after a year of disruption to the grain market resulting from the Russian invasion of Ukraine. And the alternatives have benefits for human health and the climate. [BBC]

Wheat growing in Ukraine (Polina Rytova, Unsplash)

¶ “A Wave Of Technologies Uses Nature To Fight The Climate Crisis” • A wave of technologies is accelerating natural climate solutions, and experts say that, together, they can provide around one-third of the cost effective climate mitigation that is needed between now and 2030 to achieve the 1.5ºC target of the UN Climate Paris agreement. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Fearsome Hurricane Fiona Could Be Canada’s Strongest-Ever Storm” • Canadians are bracing for what could be the strongest storm ever to hit their country’s coast. Hurricane Fiona lashed the Caribbean, is forecast to brush by Bermuda as a dangerous Category 3 storm, and shows no signs of slowing before it slams into Canada on Saturday morning. [CNN]

Hurricane Fiona storm track (NOAA image)

¶ “Kenya’s Fuel Subsidy Could Have Bought 28,000 Electric Buses!” • In 2021, Kenya’s bill for imported petroleum products came to $3 billion! Now, the price is far higher because of the energy crisis. Subsidies for consumers mean higher taxes. But for the cost of the subsidies Kenya could buy 28,000 BYD buses, with leased batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Fortescue Moves To Eliminate Fossil Fuel Risk” • Here is more on the Fortescue Metals Group investment of US$6.2 billion to eliminate fossil fuel use in its iron ore operations. One point is that the goal is not net-zero carbon emissions, but “real zero.” Also, eliminating fossil fuels is expected to reduce operating costs by US$818 million per year. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image to enlarge it. (Fortescue image)

¶ “Renewable Energy Jobs Rise By 700,000 In A Year, To Nearly 13 Million” • Worldwide employment in the renewable energy sector reached 12.7 million last year, a jump of 700,000 new jobs in just 12 months, despite the lingering effects of COVID-19 and the energy crisis, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency. [Indiablooms]

¶ “Brookfield Aims To Build 12 To 16 GW Of Renewable Power In India Over The Next 10 Years” • Brookfield aims to multiply it’s current 4-GW Indian renewable portfolio by three to four times within the next decade. It will also help corporates transition to decarbonizing and invest in building large scale supply chain in India, a top executive said. [The Economic Times]

Wind turbine (Elena Zhuravleva, Pexels)

¶ “Macron Aims To Make It Easier To Build Renewable Energy Projects In France” • French President Emmanuel Macron said he will cut red tape to halve the time it takes in France to get renewable projects off the ground, stressing that was crucial at a time when Europe faces a serious energy crunch amid the war in Ukraine. [Offshore Engineer Magazine]

¶ “Siemens Gamesa Announces RecyclableBlade For Onshore Wind Power Projects” • Siemens Gamesa has launched its RecyclableBlade for onshore wind projects, aiming to make wind energy even more sustainable and creating a fully circular sector. A similar product for offshore projects took only 10 months to get to market. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Wind farm (Siemens Gamesa RE image)

¶ “Damage Near Ukraine Nuclear Plant Prompts Poland To Distribute Iodine Pills” • Poland, concerned about fighting near Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, distributed iodine tablets to regional fire departments to give to people in the event of radioactive exposure. Iodine is considered protective against thyroid cancer in case of radioactive exposure. [NDTV.com]

¶ “IAEA Proposal For Ukraine Nuclear Safety And Security Protection Zone Wins Support As Talks Begin On Establishment” • An IAEA proposal to establish a nuclear safety and security zone around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant is receiving strong international support and detailed talks have begun. [International Atomic Energy Agency]

IAEA meeting (D Candano Laris, IAEA)

US:

¶ “California Pushes Aggressive Climate Action Plans Forward” • California is pushing its climate agenda forward again with more pieces of legislation. A press release from the office of Governor Gavin Newsom says the package of new laws will cut pollution, protect Californians from big polluters, and accelerate the state’s transition to clean energy. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Kia Moves Start Of Electric Car Production In US Forward To 2024” • Earlier this year, South Korean car maker Kia announced it was talking with officials in Georgia about building a factory for making EVs near Savannah. As originally planned, it would start producing cars in 2025. Now, reports are that the factory will begin production a year sooner. [CleanTechnica]

Kia ev6 gt (Kia image)

¶ “Colorado Co-Op Cuts The Country In On The EV Revolution” • For many small towns in rural areas, the hefty power lines needed to install a DCFC station just aren’t around. Fortunately, the Highline Electric Association, a Colorado rural electric co-op, has found a solution: Freewire’s DCFC stations with integrated battery storage. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EnerVenue And Green Energy Renewable Solutions Announce 250-MWh Master Supply Agreement” • EnerVenue, a maker of metal-hydrogen batteries capable of 30,000 cycles, announced a Master Supply Agreement with Green Energy Renewable Solutions for 250 MWh of EnerVenue’s storage systems over the next three years. [Hydrogen Fuel News]

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