Archive for September 26th, 2022

September 26 Energy News

September 26, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “NGK Is To Supply Sakuú With Ceramics For Solid-State Batteries” • Sakuú, based in California, has novel methods of 3D printing. NGK is a Japanese company with expertise in ceramics. They will collaborate to develop 3D-printed solid-state batteries. Sakuú says the batteries are 50% smaller, 30% lighter, and less expensive than lithium-ion batteries. [CleanTechnica]

Sakuú solid-state battery (Sakuú image)

World:

¶ “Volkswagen Subsidiary Elli Enters Partnership To Integrate EVs Into Grid” • Some recent news from Volkswagen shows us that using EVs to stabilize the grid is far from being a dream. Elia Group, re.alto, and Elli agreed to undertake joint activities with the aim of illustrating the benefits of e-vehicles integrating into the electricity system. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electric Utility Vehicles For Australia And New Zealand” • EV enthusiasts in Australia and New Zealand might be holding out for a Rivian or a Ford F-150 Lightning, but they may have to make do with the Chinese LDV T60 EV. The vehicle is available for order in New Zealand now and should be launched late this year or early next year in Australia. [CleanTechnica]

LDV eT60 (LDV New Zealand)

¶ “Saudi Arabia Announces Five Renewable Energy Projects To Produce Electricity” • Saudi Arabia has announced five new projects to produce electricity using renewable energy. They include three wind energy projects, with a total capacity of 1,300 MW, and two solar energy projects, whose combined capacity will be 1,500 MW. [Business Standard]

¶ “Enercon Unveils 6-MW E-175 Turbine” • German turbine manufacturer Enercon has revealed a new model, the E-175 EP5, which has a rotor diameter of 175 metres and a nominal power of 6 MW. The wind energy conversion system is designed for low to medium wind sites. A prototype is planned for 2023/24 and the start of series production for 2024. [reNews]

New wind turbine (Enercon image)

¶ “Tomago Aluminium Ramps Up Renewable Energy Plans” • New South Wales’ largest electricity user, Tomago Aluminium, is accelerating its plan to abandon coal-fired power, revealing it is looking to collaborate with key industry partners to develop new and innovative renewable power generation and energy storage projects. [pv magazine Australia]

¶ “Queensland Pushes Closer To Renewable Energy Target” • Stanwell is working with global renewable energy developer RES on the proposed Tarong West Wind Farm, 30 km south-west of Kingaroy. It is expected to have a capacity of up to 500 MW. Support is expected from the Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund. [pv magazine Australia]

Coopers Gap wind farm (DiamondIIIXX, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Renewable Energy Capacity Sees Rapid Expansion” • China’s installed capacity of renewable energy notched up rapid growth in the first eight months of the year amid the country’s pursuit of green development. By the end of August, the country’s total installed capacity included 340 million kW of windpower, and 350 million kW of solar. [The Bull]

US:

¶ “Florida officials urge residents to prepare for Tropical Storm Ian” • Floridians are bracing for Tropical Storm Ian, which is expected to rapidly intensify before hitting western Cuba with threats of strong winds and storm surge as high as 9 to 14 feet, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is too early to know where it will make US landfall. [CNN]

Forecast arrival times (NOAA image)

¶ “Biden Touts Climate Package At Global Citizen Festival” • President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden addressed the Global Citizen Festival, underscoring the administration’s commitment to climate action, according to remarks obtained by CNN. Biden cited the Democrats’ $369 billion climate package, the largest such investment in US history. [CNN]

¶ “East Bay Customers Support California’s Grid During Extreme Heat Wave Through Innovative Program” • East Bay Community Energy and Sunrun have been installing solar + battery systems in California. Systems in EBCE’s Resilient Home Program gave critical emergency energy support to stave off rolling blackouts during California’s Flex Alerts. [CleanTechnica]

Sunrun installation (Sunrun image)

¶ “Tesla Passes 10,000 Model Ys Produced At Texas Gigafactory” • Elon Musk has an ambitious goal for 2030. He wants Tesla to be producing 20 million vehicles a year by the end that year. Many milestones will be passed to get to that goal. The big milestone of the month at “Giga Texas” is that it just recently rolled out its 10,000th vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Corporate Demand Drives New Renewable Energy Projects Across Michigan” • Through voluntary “green pricing” programs created under 2016 statewide energy reforms, utilities regulated by the Michigan Public Service Commission have reported exponential growth in the amount of customer-purchased renewable energy. [MiBiz]

DTE Energy’s Pinnebog Wind Park (Courtesy photo)

¶ “NYISO Report Examines Pathways To Renewables” • New York state will need to increase its electric generating capabilities by 20 GW to meet state’s goal that 70% of the state’s power come from renewable sources in 2030. The state Independent System Operator has identified what it terms an unprecedented level of electrical system investment. [Observer Today]

¶ “US Partnerships Boost Development Of Hydrogen Economy” • Argonne National Laboratory has teamed up with Constellation Energy Corp to develop projects, with one focusing on hydrogen production from nuclear power plants, while Bloom Energy and Excel Energy have announced plans for hydrogen production at a nuclear plant in Minnesota. [Eurasia Review]
(I think they are looking for ways to continue the operation of nuclear plants in a market where nuclear can’t compete. GHH)

Have an unimaginably excellent day.

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