Archive for October 20th, 2022

October 20 Energy News

October 20, 2022


¶ “For Years, I Was Insulated From The Effects Of Climate Change. Evacuating My Home Was A Rude Awakening” • I lived in a city for most of my life and, for many years, I felt largely immune to climate change. While I knew it was happening, I was protected from the immediate impacts. That changed pretty soon after I moved to the mountains. [CNN]

Wildfire in Colorado, 2018 (US Forest Service, public domain)

¶ “US Nuclear Power Industry Has A Russian Problem” • US firms developing a new generation of small nuclear power plants have a big problem: only one company sells the fuel they need, and it’s Russian. That’s why the US government is urgently looking to use some of its stockpile of weapons-grade uranium to help fuel the new advanced reactors. []

Science and Technology:

¶ “Aeromine Rooftop Wind Technology Outperforms Solar” • Aeromine created a bladeless wind energy system that harvests ambient wind currents to generate electricity. It is vibration-free, silent, and easy to install.  Aeromine says it can generate up to 50% more electricity than a comparable solar power array, but it costs no more. [CleanTechnica]

Aeromine system (Aeromine image)

¶ “New Zinc Energy Storage System Beats Supply Chain Blues” • A lithium supply chain that is not up to snuff leaves room for alternatives to edge into the market. The latest development on that score comes from the Canadian company Salient Energy, which is offering a new zinc-ion battery that relies on abundant materials in the US. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Global CO₂ Emissions From Fossil Fuels To Rise By Less Than 1% This Year As Renewables And Evs Take Off” • Finally, good news in the battle against greenhouse gasses: CO₂ emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are on track to rise less than 1% this year. We have electric vehicles and an uptake of renewables to thank for the surprisingly small increase. [CNN]

Coal burning power plant (Sam LaRussa, Unsplash)

¶ “Ukrainians Told To ‘Charge Everything’ As Power Grid Hit By Russia” • Ukraine’s national energy company has urged citizens to “charge everything” by 07:00 (04:00 GMT) Thursday because of expected power cuts caused by Russian missile strikes. Energy plants were hit by Russian missiles again on Wednesday – part of a wave of such strikes since 10 October. [BBC]

¶ “Roam Rolls Out The First-Ever Electric Mass-Transit Bus Operation In Kenya!” • Roam announced the launch of the first electric, public mass transit bus operation in Nairobi. A year-long pilot project aims to address the unique challenges of public transport by providing mass transit that is reliable, sustainable, efficient, and modern. [CleanTechnica]

Roam bus (Courtesy of Roam, Kenya Power)

¶ “Octopus Energy Partners with Nexta for 1.1 GW Renewables in Italy” • A UK-based builder of wind and solar farms, Octopus Energy Generation, said it will enter Italy’s green power market by investing in renewable energy developer Nexta. Octopus held that the move will help the country wean itself off gas and lower future energy bills. [Saur Energy]

¶ “Victorian Labor To Build Publicly Owned Renewables, Revive Electricity Commission If Re-Elected” • A re-elected Victorian Labor government would build 4.5 GW of publicly owned renewable energy generation, with a renewable energy target of 95% by 2035. The election promise also includes an emissions reduction target of 75% to 80% by 2035. [ABC]

Solar array in Queensland (Queensland government)

¶ “Securing Tasmania’s Renewable Energy Future Through Historic Partnership” • The Tasmanian Government and the Australian Government are partnering under the Rewiring the Nation initiative to move ahead on an energy package including the Marinus Link, the North West Transmission Development, and Battery of the Nation. [Premier of Tasmania]

¶ “Government Rules Out Nuclear Power” • The Government of Ireland will not be taking the advice of Engineers Ireland to build Small Modular Reactors, Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath has said. “My own view and the view of the Government is that the future for Ireland is renewable energy,” he said. “It’s not nuclear.” [Newstalk]

Rendering, NuScale plant (Oregon State University, CC-BY-SA 2.0)


¶ “Biden-Harris Administration Awards $2.8 Billion For US Manufacturing Of Batteries For Electric Vehicles And Electric Grid” • Twenty companies in twelve states will receive a total of $2.8 billion to build and expand facilities to extract and process lithium, graphite, and other battery materials, manufacture components, and show technology. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volvo Trucks Levels Up Its Electric Trucks Sales Process With End-To-End Fleet Electrification Consulting” • Volvo Trucks North America spent a week showing off its trucks at its 2022 Electromobility Summit. Its flagship truck in North America is the Volvo VNR, a Class 8 semi truck with a power-packed fully electric powertrain. [CleanTechnica]

Fully electric FH for the European market (Volvo Trucks image)

¶ “Tesla Dominating US Luxury Vehicle Market” • Tesla remains the leader in the luxury sector of the US auto market, outpacing typical leaders BMW and Mercedes-Benz by a wide margin. Tesla doesn’t reveal its specific sales numbers, but current estimates hold that the automaker outsold its next competitor in luxury vehicles by over 100,000 units. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “7-Eleven Enrolls In MIGreenPower Renewable Energy Program For 160 Locations” • 7-Eleven Inc enrolled in DTE Energy’s voluntary renewable energy program, MIGreenPower. The enrollment will enable 7-Eleven to achieve 100% renewable energy for all 160 of its southeast Michigan locations for 20 years beginning in 2025. [North American Windpower]

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