November 11 Energy News

November 11, 2022


¶ “How To Donate Solar Panels And Wind Turbines To Ukraine” • The Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform Global100RE and the World Wind Energy Association initially made the call for support buying and deploying solar panels and wind turbines to help the people of Ukraine back in March. Here’s how you can reach out to WWEA. [CleanTechnica]

Kyiv, Ukraine (Ilya Cher, Unsplash)

¶ “New-Build Nuclear Must Face Down Industry’s Costly Past” • EDF’s 1.65-GW Flamanville plant, under construction in northwestern France, is 10 years behind schedule and is set to cost €12.7 billion, four times more than first estimated in 2004, Reuters reported. It is just one example of many nuclear plants that came in late and over budget. [S&P Global]


¶ “Solar-Powered Trains For France” • SNCF Voyageurs is a state-owned subsidiary of the French National Railway Company. It is in charge of operating France’s passenger train network. SNCF Voyageurs is now aiming to have 40% to 50% of the rail network’s electricity coming from solar power by 2026. What’s better than solar-powered train travel? [CleanTechnica]

SNCF train (Didier Duforest, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “How Australia Has Become The World’s Greatest Lithium Supplier” • As demand soars for EVs and clean energy storage, Australia is meeting much of the world’s demand for lithium. It supplied roughly half the world’s lithium in 2021. While this helps reduce the need for fossil fuels, it raises another question – how can we source lithium sustainably? [BBC]

¶ “Gogoro And Zypp Electric Announce Strategic Partnership To Accelerate The Electric Transformation Of 2-Wheel Last Mile Deliveries” • In Delhi, Gogoro Inc and Zypp Electric announced a strategic B2B initiative and partnership to accelerate the urban shift of logistics fleets and last-mile deliveries to electric using battery swapping. [CleanTechnica]

Gogoro (Gogoro image)

¶ “Kenya And The UK Agree To Fast-Track £3.6 Billion In British Investment To Support Kenya’s Leadership On Climate Change” • Kenya has an installed electricity generation capacity of 3,077 MW. Renewables provided 89% of Kenya’s electricity generation in 2021. Building on this, six projects worth $4.1 billion will be fast-tracked with UK financial help. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Chile’s QB2 Copper Mine Will Be Fully Powered By Clean Energy” • The Quebrada Blanca Phase 2 copper project, in Chile, will be fully powered by renewable energy, according to Teck Resources. The company announced a 17-year power purchase agreement with AES Andes for 1,069 GWh/year of energy from renewable sources. [Mining Weekly]

Chalcopyrite copper ore (Didier Descouens, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Renewable Power Negates Need For 27 TWh Of Gas” • Gas consumption data taken from the Digest of UK Energy Statistics showed that in the first 40 days of the winter period (beginning in October), the level of renewable power generated in the UK has displaced the equivalent of 3% of UK annual gas demand and 6% of UK net gas imports. [Current News]

¶ “10-GW Wind Farm To Be Built In Egypt” • Masdar, Infinity Power, and Hassan Allam Utilities have signed an agreement to develop a 10 GW onshore wind project in Egypt – one of the world’s largest wind farms. The project will reduce Egypt’s carbon emissions by 9% and save the country an estimated $5 billion each year. [Energy Digital Magazine]

Wind turbine in Egypt (Hatem Moushir, CC-BY-SA 3.0)


¶ “Floridians Are Picking Up The Pieces After Hurricane Nicole Pummeled The State, Killing At Least 4 And Collapsing Homes As It Moves North” • Nicole hit Florida’s coast as a Category 1 hurricane, just as the state was still reeling from catastrophic Hurricane Ian. Nicole was the first hurricane to hit the US during November in nearly 40 years. [CNN]

¶ “Homes Are Collapsing Into The Ocean In Florida. Here’s What’s Behind The Dangerous Situation” • Homes and buildings are collapsing into the ocean as Tropical Storm Nicole pushes a huge volume of ocean water onshore in southeast Florida. The storm surge came at an exceptionally high tide, and the sea has risen a foot in the last hundred years. [CNN]

Wave (lucas andreatta, Pexels)

¶ “New Report Paints Dire Picture Of America’s Future As The Climate Crisis Accelerates” • A new draft of the National Climate Assessment has been released. It paints a dire picture of what life is now like in America amid the climate crisis, and the incredible changes in store in the future. It outlines some painful truths we must confront, but so far have not. [CNN]

¶ “Argonne And Oak Ridge National Laboratories Collaborate With Wabtec On Hydrogen-Powered Trains” • Scientists at the Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories are exploring options for emissions-free trains. The research focuses on hydrogen and other low-carbon fuels as viable alternatives to diesel for the rail industry. [CleanTechnica]

Locomotive (Wabtec image)

¶ “Tesla To Boost Fremont Production With Some Help From Shanghai” • Recent production upgrades to Tesla’s Gigafactory Shanghai boosted the company’s weekly output in China. Now the automaker may be looking to draw on this expertise for its plant in California. The help is expected to boost the Fremont plant’s production significantly. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “State Approves Minnesota Power Plan To Exit Coal By 2035, Add More Renewables” • Minnesota utility regulators Thursday unanimously approved Minnesota Power’s plan to close its two Cohasset coal generators by 2035 and add significant amounts of renewable power. The utility also plans to build its first grid-scale storage batteries. [Star Tribune]

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