Archive for October 30th, 2022

October 30 Energy News

October 30, 2022


¶ “The Demented Gift American Politicians Handed To China” • Once America was great. We had a political system that was the hope of the world. But we also had the best science, with the greatest researchers, finding the best ways to do things. But we walked away from our greatness, and now the huge renewables market is dominated by China. [CleanTechnica]

America’s largest wind farm (Photo by Ionna22, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Researchers Discover Substitutes For Rare Earth Materials In Magnets” • University of Cambridge researchers, in collaboration with colleagues in Austria, report that tetrataenite, a “cosmic magnet” that takes millions of years to develop naturally in meteorites, can be made artificially and could be used instead of rare earth materials in magnets. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Arctic Ocean Becoming Acidic Due To Climate Change” • Researchers have found that climate change is causing the Arctic Ocean to become more acidic. The latest research is the work of a team from the University of Gothenburg, who compared data from Arctic areas in 1994 through 2020. It was published in the journal Science. []

Arctic waters (Jeremy Bishop, Unsplash)


¶ “Antarctica’s Emperor Penguins At Risk Of Extinction Due To The Climate Crisis” • Global warming is melting the sea ice the Antarctica’s emperor penguins depend on for their survival, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service now categorizes the species as threatened. The agency lists “imperiled species as endangered or threatened regardless of their country of origin.” [CNN]

¶ “The Architect Helping Sinking Cities Fight Flooding” • When floods devastated Bangkok over a decade ago, Thai landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom became determined to help her sinking hometown fight this deadly climate threat. The central question she focuses on is “how are we going to live with the water, without fear?” [CNN]

Design by Kotchakorn Voraakhom (Landprocess image)

¶ “The Nigerian Woman Cleaning Up A Land Soaked In Oil” • It is the rarest of stories: a fix for an environmental disaster that is actually working. Oil spill after oil spill has turned the Niger Delta, in southern Nigeria, into one of the most polluted places on Earth. Scientist Eucharia Nwaichi is using bioremediation to remove pollutants in the soil naturally. [BBC]

¶ “Mobilize Fast Charge: The New Ultrafast Charging Network In Europe” • New fast chargers are coming to Europe by mid-2024. Mobilize, a Renault Group brand, is launching Mobilize Fast Charge network. The ultrafast charging network consists of 200 charging stations, mostly at Renault dealerships that are less than five minutes from a motorway. [CleanTechnica]

Mobilize rest area (Mobilize image)

¶ “Solar Powering South Australia Completely For Several Hours A Day” • Recently, all of the electricity demand in South Australia was met by solar from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, for six hours of free electricity. All operational demand being met by renewables may become the norm this year, with excess supply being exported to Victoria or stored in batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy And Nepal” • Nepal declared Energy and Water Resources Decade (2018-28) to implement the Roadmap for Energy Development. Nepal is self-sufficient in electricity production now, producing 11,064 GWh in 2022, a big jump from 4,258 GWh in 2013. And next year, all of its people are to have access to electricity. [The Kathmandu Post]

Upper Tamakoshi diversion dam (Bishaldev100, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Greece Emerging As Electric Power Supplier To Southeast Europe” • Greece has recently become an exporter of electric power to its neighbors in Southeast Europe. The country has become a net exporter – rather than importer – of electricity, according to the Independent Power Transmission Operator, Greece’s national grid operator. [Greek Reporter]

¶ “Up To Six Mystery Drones Spotted Over UK Nuclear Plant In Possible ‘Malicious’ Event” • Up to six drones were reported to armed police after being spotted over a British nuclear plant in an incident which remains unexplained, new information shows. The unidentified aerial vehicles were spotted over a uranium enrichment site in Cheshire. [Metro UK]


¶ “Oakland Expands Electric Vehicle Charging Access” • The city of Oakland, California, has opened another public EV charging station. It is an EVgo fast charging station near Lake Merritt. The new station has six 200 kW fast chargers, capable of charging a vehicle up to 80% in 15–45 minutes, depending on the charging capacity of the vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “A ‘Delivery Wave’ At Tesla Is Causing Problems With Logistics, Not Demand” • Investors are nervous about a delivery decline, but as a company inside the Tesla ecosystem, it’s crystal clear at EVANNEX. Tesla is delivering plenty of cars. We are seeing the usual vehicle deliveries “bump,” but it’s coming slightly after the typical end of the quarter. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla (EVANNEX image)

¶ “Chevron, Algonquin Partner On Permian Basin Solar Facility” • Multinational oil producer Chevron is venturing into renewable power through a partnership with Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. Chevron’s Hayhurst Solar Power Facility in Eddy County, New Mexico, that will generate renewable energy for oil and gas operations in the Permian Basin. [MySA]

¶ “‘It’s Got Nasty’: The Battle To Build The US’ Biggest Solar Power Farm” • When proposals for the largest solar plant ever conceived for US soil started to gather pace – a plan that involves putting several million solar panels up on the flat farmland of northern Indiana – something in one woman from a farming family seems to have snapped. [The Guardian]

Have a pleasantly exciting day.

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