Archive for October 13th, 2022

October 13 Energy News

October 13, 2022


¶ “The Aptera Gamma – CleanTechnica Video Walkthrough” • We live in an exciting time of our world. We are pushing technology to the limits, especially when it comes to new EVs. One of the most exciting upcoming EVs for many of us is the Aptera, and I recently had a chance to checkout the Gamma prototype at Fully Charged Live. [CleanTechnica]

Apterra (Chris Anthony, public domain)

¶ “ElectraMeccanica Solo – CleanTechnica Review” • It’s not everyday that you’ll see a small electric vehicle with just 3 wheels and a single seat. Designed for those within a city for easy commuting and use, the ElectraMeccanica Solo was founded in 2015 as a way for solo drivers to complete the majority of their trips in an efficient auto-cycle. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Nissan Sells Its Business In Russia For €1, Focuses Instead On New EV Enterprise With Renault” • Nissan is on the brink of investing $500 million to $750 million in Renault’s EV business. So what if it loses $687 million or so as it hands over its business in Russia to a state-owned entity for €1? The automaker swears it can maintain its earnings forecast. [CleanTechnica]

Nissan EV (Nissan image)

¶ “Bboxx Partners With Ampersand To Provide Thousands Of Electric Motorcycle Taxis For Riders In Rwanda” • Persistent Energy’s Report, titled “A Dozen Markets and Counting, Opportunity For Two Wheel E-Mobility in SSA,” says that three times more motorcycles are imported annually into Sub-Saharan Africa than cars. Electrifying them is important. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Offshore Wind Could Unlock Green Aluminium” • Offshore windpower could supply 100% of the electricity needed for the Portland Aluminium Smelter in Victoria. The 1-GW Spinifex Offshore Wind Farm is a subsidiary of Alinta Energy. The smelter is responsible for more than 10% of electricity demand of the state. [Australian Renewable Energy Agency]

Portland Aluminium Smelter (Photo via ARENA)

¶ “Power Restored At Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant, IAEA Says” • International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi says power was restored at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine after the second outage in five days highlighted the “precarious” situation concerning the station’s safety and security functions. [Voice of America]

¶ “Greta Thunberg On Nuclear And Why It’s ‘Completely Insane’ We Aren’t Talking About Energy Saving” • Greta Thunberg says it would be “a mistake” for Germany to switch off its nuclear power plants if that means burning more climate-wrecking coal. The German government is still debating the future of its nuclear plants, set to be shut down this year. [Euronews]

Greta Thunberg, 2022 (Raph_PH, CC-BY-SA 2.0)


¶ “Liz Truss On Collision Course With Jacob Rees-Mogg Over Solar Power Ban” • Liz Truss is facing a rebellion from Jacob Rees-Mogg’s business department over plans to ban solar power from most of England’s farmland. The prime minister and her environment secretary, Ranil Jayawardena, want to ban solar from about 58% of agricultural land. [The Guardian]

¶ “Scottish Renewable Energy Output Hits Record Level Amid Soaring Bills” • Scotland produced a record amount of renewable energy at the start of summer this year, a report says. Higher wind speeds, increased rainfall, and additional capacity coming online helped boost the country’s output to 7,358 GWh in April, May, and June, up 36% from 2021. [STV News]

Whitelee wind farm (Rosser1954, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “TagEnergy Inks 500-MW Storage Deal” • TagEnergy and Balance Power have signed a framework agreement to build, own, and operate 500 MW of energy storage projects in the UK. This will require investment of over £300m over the next four years. TagEnergy’s current portfolio of over 300 MW battery projects will increase by 500 MW. [reNews]


¶ “Biden Administration Outlines Plan To Pay For Colorado River Water Cuts As Crisis Looms” • As concerns grow over the future of the drought-plagued Colorado River system, the Biden administration has announced how it intends to pay farmers, cities and Native American tribes in the Southwest for significant, voluntary water cuts. [CNN]

Lake Mead (Carlin Harris, Pexels)

¶ “Honda Announces Major EV Manufacturing Investment In Ohio” • At a press conference with Governor Mike DeWine, Honda and LG Energy Solution said they will invest $4.2 billion and create a combined 2,527 new jobs in Ohio between building a new EV battery factory in Fayette County and the retooling of existing Honda plants to make EVs. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Inflation Reduction Act Spurs Changes In US Electric Vehicle Production” • The Inflation Reduction Act is barely 2 months old and already there are news reports galore of battery plants being built in America, new lithium mining agreements, and EV plants being built. Major corporations are adjusting their plans to take advantage of the economic reality. [CleanTechnica]

Audi EV (Audi image)

¶ “US Auto Sales Down 21% Vs Q3 2019 – Tesla Up 169%” • US auto sales were up 1% in the 3rd quarter of 2022 compared to the 3rd quarter of 2021, but they were down 13% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2020 and down 21% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2019. Naturally, Tesla’s sales increased all 4 years in a row in the 3rd quarter. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hitachi Expands US Transformer Facility” • Hitachi Energy today announced plans to expand and modernise its power transformer manufacturing facility in South Boston, Virginia to accommodate renewable energy generation. It plans to invest more than $37 million in the facility, which is being modified to satisfy demand from utilities and data centres. [reNews]

Have a transcendentally pleasant day.

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