Archive for November 22nd, 2022

November 22 Energy News

November 22, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Have Some Meat, Muscle, And A Screaming Yellow E-Bike With Your Daily Commute” • The big, brassy Nomad 1 fat tire e-bike is the latest creation of the California startup Velotric. It may be new on the scene, but Velotric knows its bike riders. And zero emission e-bikes make commuting more do-able for people who can’t walk or use mass transit. [CleanTechnica]

Nomad 1 e-bike (Courtesy of Velotric)

¶ “Renewable Energy Transition Is Only Half The Climate Story” • The trasition to renewable energy is urgent, but it’s only half the story. We need a radical shift in how we design, manufacture and use the plastics, metals, fibres, chemicals, food, and building materials that are produced and sold every day to power a global population of 8 billion. [Renew Economy]

Science and Technology:

¶ “ESA Mulls Solaris Plan To Beam Solar Energy From Space” • The European Space Agency will this week likely approve a three-year study to see if having huge solar farms in space could work and be cost effective. The eventual aim is to have giant satellites in orbit, each able to generate the same amount of electricity as a power station. [BBC]

Beaming electricity to Earth (ESA image)

World:

¶ “A Rural Town’s River Vanished. Is Chile’s Constitution To Blame? ” • Petorca is a rural town in central Chile with more than 10,500 inhabitants. The country’s current constitution and the water code that was derived from it granted water rights for free and in perpetuity. It allowed water rights bearers to trade and sell them. Now, Petorca’s river is dry. [CNN]

¶ “Taxes On EVs Cut, Incentives Added In Australia” • Given the cut in taxes on electric vehicles and added incentives, the future looks bright for EVs in Australia. Import tariffs and the Fringe Benefits Tax will be cut on EVs costing below A$84,000 ($55,700). Also, all of the states in Australia now offer cash incentives to the purchasers of EVs. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla (Martin Katler, Unsplash)

¶ “Fellten Launches As Classic Vehicle Electric Conversion Systems Provider” • Fellten is a combination of two leading firms transforming conventional gasoline and diesel cars into electric vehicles. With operations on three continents, the new business has emerged as the industry leader in the production of electric conversion systems. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Atlas Powers Up 300-MW Mexico Solar” • In Mexico, Atlas Renewable Energy’s 300-MW La Pimienta solar plant is now fully operational. According to Atlas, it is the second largest operational solar plant in Mexico. The plant will supply power to the Yucatan peninsula. It has over a million solar panels, which are spread across 651 hectares. [reNews]

Solar plant in Mexico (Atlas Renewable Energy image)

¶ “Punjab Government Announces It Is To Install 300 MW Of Solar Power Projects” • The Punjab government has decided to install solar PV projects with a total capacity of 300 MW. These projects include 200 MW of canal-top solar PV projects and 100 MW of floating solar PV projects on the reservoirs and lakes, an official statement says. [Business Standard]

¶ “Enel Unveils 21-GW Green Capacity Goal For 2025” • Enel expects to add around 21 GW of installed renewable capacity by 2025, mostly in its core markets. This puts it on track to reach its decarbonisation targets in line with the Paris Agreement. The group plans to develop its renewables capacity supported by a pipeline of around 425 GW. [reNews]

Solar array (American Public Power Association, Unsplash)

¶ “Ukraine’s Zelenskiy: Nuclear Plants Need Protection From Russian Sabotage” • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged NATO members to guarantee the protection of Ukraine’s nuclear plants from Russian sabotage. He made the appeal a day after the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia plant was rocked by heavy shelling. [ThePrint]

¶ “Nuclear Power No Solution For The NWT, Some Experts Suggest” • Experts disagree on questions of nuclear power. But for Canada’s North, two academics on different sides of the debate agree: small modular reactors are not an economically feasible way of getting remote northern communities off of diesel-generated power. [CBC]

NuScale small modular power module (NuScale image)

US:

¶ “Biden Administration Will Give PG&E $1.1 Billion To Help Keep California Nuclear Plant Online” • Nuclear energy in California got financial support from the Biden administration as the US DOE awarded a $1.1 billion grant to Pacific Gas & Electric to help extend the life of its Diablo Canyon Power Plant on the central California coast. [CNN]

¶ “LG Chem To Build $3 Billion Battery Cathode Factory In Tennessee” • The Inflation Reduction Act continues to drive new investment in America. LG Chem announced that it will build a new $3 billion cathode manufacturing facility in Clarksville, Tennessee. When complete, it will be the largest factory of its kind in the US. [CleanTechnica]

Artist’s concept of Tennessee LG Chem factory (LG Chem image)

¶ “Pilot Company And Volvo Group Partner To Build National Public Heavy-Duty Charging Network” • The Volvo Group and Pilot Company, the biggest North American travel center, signed a Letter of Intent to partner on a nationwide public charging network to support the expansion of the battery-powered Volvo VNR Electric trucks. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Campbell Enters Into Renewable Energy Agreement With Enel North America” • Campbell Soup Company and Enel North America announced a 12-year virtual renewable power purchase agreement. Campbell will buy electricity and energy credits from a 115-MW wind project in Oklahoma to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [Campbell Soup Company]

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