Archive for October 15th, 2022

October 15 Energy News

October 15, 2022


¶ “What Will Happen With Russia?” • With or without Putin, it’s hard to see those in power ignoring the short-term benefits of black gold and investing in an economic transformation. While Ukraine moves into renewable energy, who in Russia is going to make the historical giant a more modern, more diversified, more robust economy? [CleanTechnica]

Russian product exports, 2019 (OEC, CC0, public domain)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ready For Liftoff: Traveler Electric Longboard Breaks Down” • Traveling with most e-boards is not easy. The aptly-named Traveler Board is an exception to that rule, however. On the contrary, it’s been designed with portability in mind, splitting at key points to fit itself neatly into a carry-on style “personal item” backpack. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “EnerVenue Backs Its Nickel Hydrogen Batteries With 20-Year, 200,000-Cycle Warranty” • EnerVenue makes nickel hydrogen batteries that have proven themselves in orbital spacecraft by providing reliable electricity for over 200 million cell-hours and over 100,000 charge and discharge cycles. Now, EnerVenue wants to do business on Earth. [CleanTechnica]

EnerVenue nickel hydrogen battery (Courtesy of EnerVenue)

¶ “Climate Change Turning Arctic Ocean Into Acidic Soup Where No Marine Life Can Thrive” • A study says acidification in the western Arctic Ocean is currently happening a rate three to four times higher than in other oceans, due to climate change. The Arctic Ocean acidification rate is correlated to sea-ice loss speed that is caused by climate change. [MSN]


¶ “Nigeria Floods: Braving The Rising Waters In Kogi State” • Nigeria is suffering its worst flooding in a decade, forcing 1.4 million people from their homes. The central city of Lokoja is in one of the worst-affected areas, Kogi state, and residents here are doing their best to cope. Unfortunately, more rains are in the forecast, so flooding will probably remain. [BBC]

Lokoja in normal times (Chinexfrust701, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “BMW 100%-Electric Vehicle Sales Up 114.8%” • BMW took a while to put another full-EV model on the market after its BMW i3, but it’s rolling stronger and stronger now in the EV space. In the first 9 months of 2022, BMW Group sold 128,196 fully electric vehicles. That puts them up 114.8% compared to the first 9 months of 2021. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Stellantis Materials Deal Shows Growth In Minerals From Friendly Countries” • Stellantis and GME Resources Limited have announced their agreement to sell quantities of battery grade nickel and cobalt sulphate products from the NiWest Nickel-Cobalt Project in Western Australia, through a binding Memorandum of Understanding. [CleanTechnica]

EV in a place I would not want to drive (Courtesy of Stellantis)

¶ “Family Bank And BasiGo Sign Electric Bus Financing Deal In Kenya” • Family Bank, the fifth-largest bank in Kenya, signed a partnership agreement with BasiGo to enable players in the public service vehicle industry to access flexible financing options. The deal will assist in supply of electric bus services to sub-Saharan Africa. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Central Asian Solar On The Rise” • Utility-scale solar is stirring in Central Asia, with support from development banks. After a series of auctions, PV projects have been commissioned and are under development in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Corporate interest in distributed, small-scale renewables is growing but better incentives may help. [PV Magazine]

Solarway founder Abdulla Ushurov in Kazakhstan (Solarway)

¶ “Australia’s Newest Coal Plant Bluewaters Strips Fortunes Amid Rapid Rise Of Renewable Energy” • Less than a year after the coal-burning Bluewaters power station came online, powerful investors pulled the plug the business empire that created it. The downfall of its head, Ric Stowe, has served in some ways as a troubling metaphor for Bluewaters itself. [ABC]

¶ “Indigenous-Owned Wind Farm Thrives In One Of Quebec’s Windiest Regions” • Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula is home to some of the strongest sustained winds in Canada. Indigenous groups have successfully developed independent energy projects that are bringing economic prosperity and electricity to thousands of households. [The Weather Network]

Wind farm (Luca Bravo, Unsplash)


¶ “Sony And Honda Will Build Electric Cars In America, May Bypass Dealers” • In June, Sony and Honda announced a new company, called Sony Honda Mobility, that will manufacture electric cars together. Now, the new company said the cars will be made at one of Honda’s 12 US factories, most likely in Ohio. First deliveries  are to be in 2026. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “VW And TVA Testing Combined Electric Cars And Electric Aviation” • It makes sense for utilities to include not only EVs in their street fleets, but try to make use of small electric aviation, too. And, that’s exactly what Volkswagen and the Tennessee Valley Authority plan to do, starting with a test vehicle. It is part of a larger plan to go all electric. [CleanTechnica]

TVA EV (Volkswagen image)

¶ “San Diego Ranked The ‘Greenest’ City In America Thanks To Renewable Energy” • A study released this month ranked San Diego as the greenest city in America, thanks to copious amounts of renewable energy and healthful environment. San Diego was followed by Portland and Honolulu in the study by WalletHub, based in Washington, DC. [Times of San Diego]

¶ “Georgia Workers Begin Loading Radioactive Fuel Into New Nuclear Reactor” • Workers are loading radioactive fuel into a new nuclear reactor in Georgia, putting the first new American nuclear reactor built in decades on a path to generate electricity in coming months. Workers will transfer 157 fuel assemblies into the reactor core at Plant Vogtle. [WGMD]

Have a terrifically comfy day.

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