Archive for September 27th, 2022

September 27 Energy News

September 27, 2022


¶ “Electric Vehicle Good, E-Bike Better, Cargo E-Bike Even Better” • “One bike that can do almost anything – commutes, trips to the store, daycare drop-off, leisure rides, and more.” So said the e-bike maker CERO, as it unveiled its CERO One. It’s all true! The CERO One feels like silk in motion to ride, and you can use it for local shopping. [CleanTechnica]

CERO One (CERO image)

¶ “If You’re A Climate Activist, Beware – Fossil Fuel Companies May Target You Next” • EarthRights International has uncovered a trend in the US and abroad of closing civic space, where those who exercise their fundamental rights to speak up about matters of public interest face retaliation through judicial harassment and physical violence. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Climate Change Is Causing Hurricanes To Intensify Faster Than Ever” • Rapid intensification has historically been a rare phenomenon, but human-caused climate change is stacking the deck in favor of more intense storms. As they generate more rainfall and larger storm surge, they are also more likely to be stronger and intensify faster. [CNN]

Super Typhoon Noru (NOAA/CIRA/RAMMB)


¶ “Energy Dome To Partner With Ørsted For Energy Storage” • Energy Dome has technology that uses CO₂ as an energy storage medium. The company is building its first demonstration facility on Sardinia, where its CO₂ battery will help smooth the island transition to renewables when it shuts down its two coal-fired generating stations next year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Project Agreements For 420 MW Of Onshore Wind Signed This Week In South Africa” • The first three project agreements of South Africa’s fifth bid window of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme have been signed. The bid window aims to procure 1,600 MW onshore wind and 1,000 MW of solar PV plants. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Brett Sayles, Pexels)

¶ “South Africa’s Eskom Announces New Partnership For Developing A Renewable Energy Training Facility” • South African power utility Eskom announced a partnership with the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet and the South African Renewable Energy Technology Centre on a training facility at the Komati Power Station. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Corio Partners On Development Of Spanish Floater” • Corio Generation partnered with global investment platform Q-Energy to explore opportunities for development of floating offshore wind power in Spain. The announcement comes as the Spanish government is aiming to build up to 3 GW of floating offshore wind by 2030. [reNews]

Floating wind turbine (WindEurope image)

¶ “Wärtsilä To Provide Energy Storage Systems To The Cayman Islands” • The technology group Wärtsilä will supply two 10-MW, 10-MWh energy storage systems under a contract to Caribbean Utilities Company Ltd in the Cayman Islands. This project will enable the utility to nearly double its renewable energy capacity on Grand Cayman. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

¶ “European’s Energy Independence Impossible Unless Wind Power Considered A Strategic Industry Says SGRE” • Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy published a white paper on Europe’s energy sovereignty. It highlights how the recent exceptional pressures on the wind industry led to a challenging financial situation. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Siemens Gamesa wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Victoria Targets 6.3 GW Of Renewable Storage By 2035” • Victoria’s new storage targets are Australia’s largest to date. Victoria is already home to the largest battery in the Southern Hemisphere, Neoen’s 300-MW Victorian Big Battery. The state’s new targets include batteries, hydroelectricity, and hydrogen technologies. [pv magazine Australia]


¶ “Hurricane Ian: Florida Warned To Brace For ‘Major Disaster’” • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned the state to brace for a potential “major disaster” as category two Hurricane Ian gathers force in the Caribbean. Ian is expected to make landfall on the west coast of Florida on Wednesday, but the hurricane’s exact path is still uncertain. [BBC]

Governor Ron DeSantis (Gage Skidmore, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “GM Banks On Honking Big Electric Vehicles In First-Ever Propulsion Do-Over” • GM has announced its first retooling of one of its propulsion facilities to make the innards for EVs. That’s the kind of move that could make EV-only startups quake in their boots. But the real question is how to plump up the lithium supply chain. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Rheem Releases 120V Plug-In Heat Pump Water Heater That Can Be Plugged Into Typical Outlet” • Rheem released its 120V ProTerra(R) Plug-in Heat Pump water heater. This is really good news. When it comes to climate effects and price, heat pump water heaters are the energy equivalent of seven solar panels that cost one-sixth of the price. [CleanTechnica]

Rheem 120V heat pump water heater (Rheem image)

¶ “Activists Push Back Against Plan That Would Dump Nuclear Waste Into Ocean” • A crowd of about 100 activists objected to a plan by Holtec International, which is decommissioning the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to dump radioactive waste into Cape Cod Bay as one of its options to get rid of the material. [NECN]

¶ “Feds Commit $50 Million To For-Profit Nuclear Fusion Companies” • The DOE announced that $50 million will go toward private nuclear fusion companies in public-private partnerships. The US government has put federal money into fusion science research since the 1950s and today invests about $700 million per year into fusion research. [CNBC]

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