November 21 Energy News

November 21, 2022


¶ “World Still ‘On Brink Of Climate Catastrophe’ After COP27 Deal” • COP27 ended with a historic deal providing assistance to poor countries. But the outcome was widely judged a failure on efforts to cut CO₂, after oil producers and big emitters weakened and removed key commitments on phasing out fossil fuels and greenhouse gases. [The Guardian]

Polluting infrastructure (Patrick Hendry, Unsplash)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Africa’s Climate Crisis: Global Warming Made Niger, Nigeria Floods 80 Times More Likely, Says Study” • The torrential rains and floods that killed 600 and 200 people Nigeria and Niger respectively from June to October 2022 were made 80 times more likely because of climate change, according to a report by World Weather Attribution. [Down To Earth]


¶ “Ukraine War: Germany Looks To Renewables After Russian Invasion” • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sparked an energy crisis in Germany, and many communities there are looking urgently at ways to wean themselves off gas and oil. Abensberg, a Bavarian town of 15,000 people, has ambitions to use solar power be self-sufficient in electricity by 2030. [BBC]

Stadtplatz mit Rathaus (Gunterius, public domain)

¶ “Google Maps Adds Custom EV Fast Chargers To Search Results” • An updated version of Google Maps for Android and iPhone is rolling out with the option to search for EV stations with fast chargers, according to CNBC. Google says that the update is available in all countries where EV charging stations are available. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Not Just The Safest – Tesla Model 3 Is Greenest Car On Highway In Europe” • With each passing day, Tesla’s electric cars are proving to be safer. It’s a similar story for sustainability. The Tesla Model 3 just recently won 5 stars in Europe’s Green New Car Assessment Program, with the highest rating ever in one of the program’s categories. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model 3 (Bram Van Oost, Unsplash)

¶ “Australian Renewable Energy Storage Target Push Continues” • Australia’s Climate Council says A$42 billion of investment and about 100,000 jobs in renewable energy could be created by implementing a Renewable Energy Storage Target. ACC and other organizations will have representatives lobby the Albanese Government on REST. [SolarQuotes]

¶ “Sono Motors And Bosch Car Service Partner In Europe For Sion Solar-Powered EV Repair” • Two German companies, Sono Motors and Bosch, are working together to create a network of auto repair shops that spans all of Europe. All maintenance and repair services will be provided within the scope of the Bosch Car Service workshop concept. [CleanTechnica]

Sono Sion (Sono Motors image)

¶ “Solar, Wind To Lead Philippine Clean Power Expansion In Next Decade” • The Philippine wind and solar energy sectors are forecast to drive clean power growth in the country in the next ten years with foreign investments and strong government support. Fitch Solutions expects 6.8 GW of non-hydropower renewable projects to 2031. [Philippine Star]

¶ “Consenting delays threaten UK’s renewable energy targets” • Legal experts have warned that the UK’s push for net zero and energy security may be undermined as thousands of renewables projects are stuck in protracted planning and consenting work. Onerous paperwork, legal challenges and a lack of talent may be hindering progress. [Energy Voice]

Equinor’s Dogger Bank (Equinor image)

¶ “China Reveals Ambition To Bankroll Renewable Energy Transition In Africa” • As the World discusses Energy for All, the African continent is looking at development partners to spur its energy transition towards the net Zero goal. China is home to 90% of the global renewable energy technology, and China has an ambition to guide development. [Vanguard News]

¶ “Explainer: ‘Close Call’ At Ukrainian Nuclear Plant” • Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which is under Russian control, was rocked by shelling, drawing condemnation from the UN nuclear watchdog which said such attacks risked a major disaster. IAEA experts reported damage in several areas of the nuclear power plant. [Reuters]

Russian artillery (© Vitaly V Kuzmin, CC-BY-SA 4.0)


¶ “Tesla Starts Sending Invites To Semi Delivery Event” • Earlier this week, Tesla announced that an entire event will be held at its Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, to celebrate the first deliveries of its class-8 semi truck, the Tesla Semi. Now that the event is all set to happen, Tesla has started sending invitations to retail investors to RSVP. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “BrightDrop On Track For Fastest Company In History To Reach $1 Billion In Revenue” • BrightDrop, a GM subsidiary that makes delivery EVs, told investors it expects to have $1 billion in sales in 2023, showing historically fast growth. By the end of the decade, the company expects to reach 20% profit margins and up to $10 billion in revenue. [CleanTechnica]

Brightdrop delivery vehicle (GM image)

¶ “Waymo: New Robotaxi Platform, And Expanded Service In Phoenix” • After a couple of years operating in a small portion of Phoenix, Waymo is expanding into busier areas. The company is operating its driverless robotaxi services in downtown Phoenix. Waymo recently announced it will soon operate robotaxis in San Francisco and Los Angeles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “KB Home Offers Energy Efficient, Connected Homes In California” • KB Home is building a new community in the Golden State with a difference. All 78 homes are designed to be energy efficient and resilient, so they will use about 40% less electricity than others. They will also be built to for a microgrid powered by solar PVs. [CleanTechnica]

Have a radiantly resplendent day.

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