Archive for October 7th, 2022

October 7 Energy News

October 7, 2022


¶ “Michigan Has Potential To Reduce Emissions By Over 94%” • The 2030 Report: How Michigan Should Meet Its Climate Change Goals outlines the most feasible and ambitious set of policies that would help Michigan reduce health-harming pollution and greenhouse gases while putting the state on a strong path for meeting its climate goals. [CleanTechnica]

Michigan wind farm (Gregory Varnum, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “CleanTechnica Tested: EcoFlow DELTA 2 Portable Power Station” • The new EcoFlow DELTA 2 bundles EcoFlow’s robust iron phosphate battery cell tech with its proven electronics into a compact 1 kWh package that boasts an impressive 1,800 watt continuous and 2,700 watt peak power output. We were eager to test it. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Better Buy: Renewable Energy Or Uranium Stocks?” • While uranium stocks should continue performing well over the next decade, the time will come when we move away from nuclear energy. I would instead choose the security of renewable energy from environmental sources and seek stocks that are set up for growth in this sector. [Motley Fool]

Wind farm (Kervin Edward Lara, Pexels)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Seven Ways Of Getting CO₂ Out Of The Atmosphere” • There are currently seven recognized negative emissions technologies. What are their global CO₂ removal potentials, costs, and relevant side effects? Ranging from planting trees to drawing down carbon, here is an overview of the pros and cons of carbon capture and storage. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Solar Panels Create Micro-Climate To Save Vineyards In Spain” • The giant energy firm Iberdrola is keenly interested in its latest project, a tiny array of just a few solar panels with a total of 40 kilowatts in capacity, called Winesolar. The flea-sized project could have broad impact on both the solar industry and the wine industry, too. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels at a vineyard (Courtesy of Iberdrola)

¶ “Anglo American And EDF Renewables Agree To Renewable Energy Partnership In South Africa” • Anglo American, a global mining company, and EDF Renewables have announced their agreement to form a new jointly owned company, Envusa Energy, to develop a regional renewable energy ecosystem in South Africa. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Independence Can Unlock Scotland’s Renewable Energy Potential, Report Finds” • A report by Dr David Skilling, director of Landfall Strategy Group, showed that the green sector could create up to 385,000 jobs and boost the Scottish economy by £34 billion a year by 2050. The SNP’s leader at Westminster said the Union is holding Scotland back. [The National]

Wind turbines in Scotland (Tom Swinnen, Pexels)

¶ “Europe’s Renewable Energy Supply Chain Under Threat From Soaring Power Prices, 25% Of Solar And Battery Manufacturing Capacity At Risk – Rystad Energy” • Record-breaking electricity prices in Europe are damaging the continent’s attempts to build a reliable low-carbon supply chain and reach its decarbonization targets, as solar and battery costs mount. [energy-pedia]

¶ “UK Defies Climate Warnings With New Oil And Gas Licences” • The UK has opened a new licensing round for companies to explore for oil and gas in the North Sea. Nearly 900 locations are being offered for exploration, with as many as 100 licences set to be awarded. The decision is at odds with international climate scientists. [BBC]

Wind turbines (Matthis, Pexels)

¶ “IAEA Rejects Russia’s Claims To Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • Ukrain and Russia are caught up in a struggle over Europe’s largest nuclear plant. Vladimir Putin signed a decree saying Russia will take operational control of the Zaporizhzhia complex. But the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says the need for a safety zone is “more urgent than ever.” [NHK]


¶ “The World’s First Hydrogen-Powered Haul Truck Could Help Clean Up The Mining Industry” • The mining industry puts out as much as 7% of the world’s carbon emissions. First Mode, based in Seattle, is designing a zero-emission solution to replace the diesel engines used in haul trucks. The plan is to do this with hydrogen fuel cells. [CNN]

Hydrogen-powered haul truck (Anglo American image)

¶ “Western Governors Sign Agreement To Tackle Climate Crisis And Transition To Clean Energy” • The governors of California, Oregon, and Washington and the premier of British Columbia gathered in San Francisco to sign an agreement to decarbonize the electric grid, speed the transition to electric vehicles, and make their communities more resilient. [CNN]

¶ “Viking Cruise Ship Can’t Finish Voyage Because Mississippi River Is Too Low” • A Viking river cruise ship heading north on the Mississippi River can’t finish its voyage because of low water levels, according to a statement from the company. The ship isn’t the only one facing problems on the largest US river. Several barges have run aground. [CNN]

Viking Mississippi (Viking image)

¶ “Tesla Semi Deliveries Begin December 1st!” • It’s been a long wait since we very enthusiastically discovered all of the amazing features and specs of the Tesla Semi when it was revealed 5 years ago, in November 2017. Elon Musk has just tweeted that Tesla has started actual Tesla Semi production, and deliveries will begin on December 1st, 2022. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Form Energy Raises $450 Million In Latest Funding Round” • Form Energy​ is in the race for long-term energy storage. Its efforts are centered on iron air technology to send power to the grid for up to 100 hours. The company claims its technology will cost about one-tenth as much as lithium-ion battery storage. Now it has funding. [CleanTechnica]

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