Archive for October 12th, 2022

October 12 Energy News

October 12, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “NASA Solid-State Battery Is Lighter And More Powerful” • Researchers at NASA are chasing a dream – advanced solid-state batteries that can power electric aircraft. Battery performance is a key aspect in the development of more sustainable electric aircraft, whose batteries must store huge amounts of energy while being extremely light. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Israel And Lebanon Reach Historic Agreement, Paving The Way To Potentially Rich Gas Exploration” • Israel and Lebanon have reached a historic agreement, leaders on each side said separately, settling a years-long maritime border dispute over major oil and gas fields in the Mediterranean. The disputed area is 860 km² (332 mi²) of the sea. [CNN]

¶ “New Zealand Wants To Tax Farmers For Their Cows’ Burps And Farts” • Prime Minister Jacinda Arden confirmed that her government will push ahead with a proposal to make farmers pay for their livestock’s emissions in a bid to combat climate change. New Zealand is a major livestock and meat exporter, and has around 10 million cattle. [CNN]

New Zealand farmland (Match Sùmàyà, Unsplash)

¶ “Greenland’s Culture Shifts As Arctic Heats Up” • Communities in northern Greenland have lived in one of the world’s toughest environments for centuries. But temperatures have risen faster in the Arctic region than elsewhere on earth, and the impact of climate change is being felt on the local way of life. In the past, they used dogs to pull sleds, but not now. [BBC]

¶ “Cars.Co.Za Buys Into The Sun Exchange’s Karoo Fresh Off-Grid Solar Project To Boost Sustainability” • Sun Exchange, a global solar leasing platform, announced that leading South African automotive platform, Cars.co.za, has bought into a project that provides off-grid solar-plus-battery storage power to Karoo Fresh. [CleanTechnica]

Solar and battery system (Sun Exchange image)

¶ “The Ten Biggest EV Battery Manufacturers In The World (2022)” • The EV battery world has changed a lot in the past few years. Let’s start with the ten largest EV battery manufacturers through most of 2022, but then also look at how this list changed over the years. There are several Chinese and Korean companies on the list, but none in the US. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Maersk To Transport, Install French Floater’s Turbines” • The Maersk Supply Service has contracted to transport and install three 10-MW wind turbines at the Eoliennes Flottantes Du Golf Du Lion wind farm, a French pilot project. The EFGL wind farm is in the Mediterranean Sea, 16 km off the coast of Leucate in the Gulf of Lion natural marine park. [reNews]

Maersk at work (Maersk Supply Service)

¶ “World Must Triple Investment In Renewable Energy By 2050: UN Report” • Global investments in renewable energy need to triple by 2050 to put the world on the trajectory toward net-zero emissions, a report by the World Meteorological Organization says. The supply of electricity from clean energy sources must double within eight years. [CGTN]

¶ “Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant Loses External Power” • Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant lost all external power and was running on diesel generators, the International Atomic Energy Agency watchdog said. Ukraine accused Russia of preventing fuel shipments from reaching the site. They are needed to provide power to cool the plant. [UPI]

UK:

¶ “Use Covid Lessons To Curb Climate Change, Lords Tell Government” • Information campaigns like those used in the Covid-19 pandemic would help individuals act on climate change, a House of Lords report has said. To meet climate goals, a third of cuts to UK emissions by 2035 must come from people changing their behaviour, the report says. [BBC]

¶ “Seagreen Gets Nod To Increase Capacity” • Scottish ministers gave the go ahead for plans seeking to maximise the renewable energy potential of Seagreen, Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm. The application to increase the potential installed capacity of the project’s remaining 36 turbines from 360 MW to up to 500 MW has been granted. [reNews]

Wind turbines (SSE image)

¶ “UK Confirms 2023 Revenue Cap On Renewables” • The UK government has confirmed plans to introduce a temporary cap on renewable energy generators’ revenue to curb the impact of soaring wholesale power prices. The ‘Cost-Plus Revenue Limit’ will apply to renewables in England and Wales from the start of 2023. [reNews]

US:

¶ “GM Is Starting An Energy Storage Subsidiary To Take On The Tesla Powerwall” • General Motors is starting an energy storage business using its Ultium battery packs to power homes and charge cars as well as to feed power back into the grid when needed. GM Energy divisions will be of Ultium Home, Ultium Commercial and Ultium Charge 360. [CNN]

GM Ultium Home system (GM image)

¶ “BYD Bringing Cutest Little Electric School Bus To California Schools” • BYD is bringing a Type A electric school bus to the Los Olivos Elementary School District in California, and it’s one of the cutest vehicles around. The Los Olivos Elementary School District aims to be the first school district that has a 100% zero-emission school bus fleet. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Duke Energy Targets Carbon-Free Power Generation” • Like many utilities, Duke Energy is working with NREL to investigate the pathways to a decarbonized grid, as well as opportunities to reduce carbon emissions in coordination with policymakers and regulators. Duke Energy has a goal of a net-zero CO₂ emissions power system by 2050. [CleanTechnica]

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