Archive for October 23rd, 2022

October 23 Energy News

October 23, 2022


¶ “Europe Should Sanction Russia’s Nuclear Industry – Now” • The Russian nuclear industry has once again managed to avoid inclusion in the latest round of EU sanctions. It is the eighth in a row that it skirted this vital issue in an apparent acknowledgment that Europe’s dependence on Russian nuclear fuel cannot easily be reversed. [The Moscow Times]

Model of Emstand nuclear plant (ChNPP, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “6K Has A New Formula For Sustainable EV Batteries” • The US firm 6K has been showing off its improved battery technology. The Massachusetts startup just won $50 million in funding from the Biden administration to manufacture more sustainable EV batteries domestically, deploying a proprietary high tech process it calls UniMelt®. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Massive Russian Strikes Target Energy Grid” • Russia has launched a “new massive strike” targeting Ukraine’s energy grid, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said. He said the attacks were on a “very wide” scale, hitting Ukraine’s regions in the west, centre, south and east. Nearly 1.5 million households were without electricity. [BBC]

BM-21 Grad rocket launcher (Qasioun News Agency, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Opole And Solaris Are Putting Even More Electric Buses On Polish Roads” • Opole, a city in southern Poland, has around 127,000 people living in it. According to a recent press release, Opole’s public transport operator Miejski Zakład Komunikacyjny just signed a contract with Solaris Bus & Coach to receive eight electric buses. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Tata Motors Is Electrifying Both Transit And Rideshare” • The Government of Jammu & Kashmir commissioned Tata Motors to provide it with 150 9-meter and 50 12-meter electric buses as part of their a transportation initiative. Tata Motors also signed an agreement with Evera, a ride-hailing platform in the Delhi region, for 2,000 XPRES T EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Tata XPRES T EV (Norbert Aepli, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Can Low Speed Electric Vehicles Spark The EV Revolution In Africa?” • Low Speed EVs are starting to find their way to some African cities. They have been available in some West African countries where they drive on the right side of the road. Now they are being introduced in eastern African countries, where cars are on the left side of the road. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bureau Of Meteorology Was ‘Cowering In The Corner’ On Climate Crisis: Former Staff” • Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology was accused of “cowering in the corner” on the climate crisis, with current and former staff describing a conservative culture that left the Australian public poorly informed. The bureau was accused of havin a toxic workplace. [The Guardian]

Wildfire in Tasmania (Matt Palmer, Unsplash)

¶ “Sri Lanka Gets 6000 MW Of Renewable Energy Proposals As Competitive Bidding Ends” • Sri Lanka had received proposals from operators to build around 6,000 MW of renewable electric generating capacity when expressions of interest were called, according to industry officials, as competitive procurement was also ended. [Economy Next]

¶ “India’s First Solar-Powered Village Promotes Green Energy, Sustainability And Self-Reliance” • During his two-day visit to India this week, UN Secretary-General António Guterres visited a model project site in Gujarat state, designated the country’s first solar-powered village. He commended villagers there on the shift towards renewable energy. [UN News]

Residents interacting with the UN Secretary-General (UN News)

¶ “Macron Calls For ‘Massive Acceleration’ Of Renewable Energy” • President Macron called for a “massive acceleration” of renewable energy development in France, along with offshore wind farms and solar power, through a plan has the country work to narrow the gap behind its European neighbors in terms of energy policy. [Nation World News]


¶ “Major Storm Is Bringing Early-Season Snow To The Western US This Weekend” • A major storm system is bringing early-season snow, heavy rain and severe thunderstorms to the US this weekend and into early next week. It begins in the western US this weekend, bringing with it the first significant snowfall of the season to the Intermountain West. [CNN]

Forecast map (NOAA & National Weather Service)

¶ “Foxconn Model V Is Just The Latest Electric Truck To Be Unveiled” • Foxconn, the iPhone maker, has been making rapid headway into the automotive world, having purchased the old GM factory in Lordstown, Ohio, and kicking off the production of the Lordstown Endurance. Now, they have a production-ready electric truck: the Foxconn Model V. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “TeraWatt Plans High Power Charging Corridor From Long Beach To El Paso” • TeraWatt Infrastructure, the EV charging company, has raised a billion dollars from investors in its initial funding round. It plans to use that money to build and operate charging centers for heavy duty electric trucks on Interstate 10 from California to Texas. [CleanTechnica]

TeraWatt charging area (TeraWatt image)

¶ “Energy Debated In New Mexico State Land Office Race As More Lands Leased For Wind Power” • Thousands of acres in south-central New Mexico are to host two windfarms on public land after a lease sale by the New Mexico State Land Office. Both bids were awarded to subsidiaries of Pattern Energy for a total of 15,000 acres. [Carlsbad Current-Argus]

¶ “Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant Has Long To-Do List To Assure Safety” • The Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant has a new lease on life – thanks to $1.4 billion in taxpayer financed loans – but oversight officials and critics worry about the massive backlog of inspections left unaddressed because the plant was headed for shutdown. [NBC Bay Area]

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