November 18 Energy News

November 18, 2022


¶ “Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer To The Earth’s Energy Crisis” • Nuclear power is falling behind wind and solar. But now, for the first time, the 2022 World Nuclear Industry Status Report assesses the risks of nuclear power and war. Ukraine’s nuclear plant at Zaporizhzhia provides an example of the problem of nuclear power and war. [Daily Trust]

Cooling towers (Kelly, Pexels)


¶ “Activists Hoped Egypt’s COP27 Would Bring A Focus On Africa. They Were Disappointed” • Philip Osano, director of the Africa Center at the Stockholm Environment Institute, told CNN, “Africa contributes less than 4.8% of emissions, but the impacts have now become very serious, that’s why this is a priority item.” It was never even put on the agenda at COP27. [CNN]

¶ “The Floating Solar Panels That Track The Sun” • A 73-kW array of solar panels floats in Oostvoornse Meer, a lake in the south-west Netherlands. SolarisFloat, the Portuguese company that built it, believes this small installation could be scaled up to generate large amounts of clean electricity – and, crucially, without taking up valuable land. [BBC]

Floating solar array (SolarisFloat image)

¶ “Deep Rift Over Climate Cash Clouds End Of COP27” • The nations at COP27 are deeply divided over cash to help poor countries cope with the impacts of climate change. The Egyptian hosts are trying to broker an agreement among almost 200 countries after two weeks of negotiations. Given the scale of division, the talks may overrun into the weekend. [BBC]

¶ “Mauritius’ Light Rail Transit (LRT) System, The Metro Express” • Metro Express is the first investment in train travel in Mauritius since the old train lines were closed in the 1960s. The service offers cutting edge technology, and provides the public with a significant time-saving alternative, reducing pollution and greatly reducing costs. [CleanTechnica]

Metro Express (Metro Express Limited image)

¶ “Global Electric Vehicle Sales Up 62% (Overall Auto Sales Down 8%)” • Electric vehicle sales were up 62% globally in the first half of 2022 compared to the first half of 2021. That includes both fully electric vehicles and plugin hybrids. The plugin vehicles reached 4.3 million sales in the first half of 2022. Overall, global automobile sales were down 8%. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Geely’s Radar Brand Officially Launches The RD6 Electric Pickup Truck” • The Geely Group’s new brand Radar Auto has officially released its new RD6 electric pickup for sale in China with a starting price of RMB 178,800, the equivalent of $24,600. The announcement comes after a preview of the RD6 electric pickup was given back in July. [CleanTechnica]

Geely RD6 (GZrex, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Gas Well Methane Leaks Are A ‘Huge’ Environmental And Economic Issue, BP CEO Says” • In a wide-ranging interview with the ABC, Bernard Looney, CEO of oil and gas supermajor BP, said methane leakage from gas wells in Australia and across the globe was a “huge issue” that needed to be fixed on economic and environmental grounds. [ABC]

¶ “Rooftop Solar Powers Western Australia To Renewable Energy Record” • The Australian Energy Market Operator confirmed a record for instantaneous renewable energy share at about 12:30 local time on Nov 12, with rooftop solar contributing more than 61% of the electricity generated in WA’s main grid, the South West Integrated System. [pv magazine Australia]

Rooftop solar systems (ARENA image)

¶ “UK To Impose 45% Windfall Tax On Renewables Generators” • Renewable electricity generators in the UK will be hit with a 45% windfall tax effective from January 1. The Electricity Generator Levy will tax extraordinary revenues above a pre-crisis price baseline of £75/MWh, applying to certain renewable, nuclear, and biomass electricity generators. [reNews]


¶ “Proposed HVDC ‘Macrogrid’ To Transmit Renewable Power At Low Cost In US” • Modeling specialist Vibrant Clean Energy has proposed a transmission “overlay” for the contiguous US, with about 210 underground high-voltage DC transmission lines, 70 nodes, and underwater lines. HVDC can deliver power over long distances very efficiently. [PV Magazine]

Macrogrid (Vibrant Clean Energy image)

¶ “First Solar Commits To $1 Billion Solar Panel Factory In Alabama” • First Solar announced that it has selected a site in northern Alabama for its fourth US PV module manufacturing facility. The new factory is part of a previously announced investment in scaling First Solar’s American manufacturing footprint to over 10 GW DC by 2025. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Burns & McDonnell Signs Offshore Substation Partnership” • Burns & McDonnell and Bay Ltd have announced a partnership to provide US-based engineering, procurement, fabrication, and construction of offshore substations. Burns & McDonnell will lead engineering. Fabrication and construction will take place in existing Bay Ltd facilities in Texas. [reNews]

Substation (RES image)

¶ “Electric Helicopter Makes Historic Flight” • A fully electric conversion of the popular Robinson R44 helicopter reportedly was the first electric helicopter to go from one city to another or from one airport to another. It flew along the Coachella Valley of California from Jacqueline Cochran Airport, 24 miles to Palm Springs International Airport. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Archer Partners With Molicel To Supply Battery Cells For Archer Midnight Aircraft” • Archer Aviation has chosen Molicel to provide the battery cells for its new Archer Midnight eVTOL aircraft. E-One Moli Energy Corp is an industry-leading supplier of lithium-ion battery cells. Archer Aviation has been a leader in eVTOL aircraft. [CleanTechnica]

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