Archive for November 23rd, 2022

November 23 Energy News

November 23, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Thousands Of Very High Quality Tesla Employees Are Why Tesla Is A Success” • It’s the people who create the products and come up with the specific innovations. Over the years, Elon Musk has given much credit to the thousands of Tesla employees as the real source of Tesla’s success, but I think that has typically been under-acknowledged. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla factory floor (Steve Jurvetson, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

World:

¶ “Panasonic Strikes Battery Minerals Deal In Canada” • As it works to ramp up its US production of EV batteries, Panasonic Energy announced that it has an MOU with Canadian integrated graphite producer Nouveau Monde Graphite to establish a North American supply chain for graphite, an anode material used in lithium-ion batteries. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Australia Will See More Extreme Weather Events, Putting Strain On Economy, Report Shows” • Australia will continue to see increased extreme rainfall, heat, and more dangerous fires, its government agencies warned. The changes are happening more rapidly and will put further pressure on Australia to transition its economy away from fossil fuels. [CNN]

Koala up a tree (David Clode, Unsplash)

¶ “Floating Wind Power Market Size Worth $15.64 Billion, Globally, by 2029 at 56.5% CAGR” • The global floating wind power market size is expected to be $680 million in 2022. It is projected to reach $15.64 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 56.5% during the forecast period from 2022-2029, according to Fortune Business Insights. [One News Page]

¶ “Ukraine War: How Germany Ended Reliance On Russian Gas” • After a scramble to secure alternative supplies, lights sparkle in German Christmas markets. Germany’s hastily assembled system to manage without Russian gas appears to be working for now. And engineers have finished building the country’s first liquified natural gas terminal in record time. [BBC]

Gas terminal (Uniper image)

¶ “UK Could Add 1 GW OF Hydropower Capacity” • Hydropower can realistically provide an additional 1GW of energy in the UK under the right policy framework, according to a report. The Energy Informatics Group at the University of Birmingham was commissioned by the British Hydropower Association to assess the future of UK hydropower. [reNews]

¶ “Geely Holding And ElectroMobility Poland Sign Agreement To License Pure Electric SEA Architecture” • Geely Holding Group, the largest privately held auto maker in China, agreed to provide ElectroMobility Poland, a Polish government-backed EV manufacturer, a license for its all-electric Sustainable Experience Architecture. [CleanTechnica]

Geely Zeekr 001 (Zotyefan, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “How Will Scotland’s Space Sustainability Roadmap Tackle Climate Change?” • Scotland’s Space Sustainability Roadmap was launched on the international stage to produce partnerships to fight climate change. The roadmap offers short, medium, and long term packages to help negate the space industry’s carbon footprint and advance climate change science. [DIGIT]

¶ “Energia And Microsoft Sign Irish Renewables Deal” • Energia Group will supply Microsoft with electricity from new renewable wind and solar assets for the software company’s Irish operations under a corporate power purchase agreement. Microsoft said that it will add more than 900 MW of wind and solar energy to Ireland’s electricity grid by 2025. [reNews]

Wind farm in Ireland (Energia image)

¶ “UN Steps Up Its Efforts To Create A Protection Zone Around The Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Plant” • Rafael Grossi, head of the UN nuclear watchdog, is intensifying his consultations on setting up a protection zone around the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in Ukraine following renewed shelling that struck the plant over the weekend. [Oil Price]

US:

¶ “Maryland Transit System Gets Solar+Storage Microgrid For Charging Its Electric Buses” • The Mobility House announced the completion of Brookville Smart Energy Bus Depot in Maryland. The site has a 6.5-MW microgrid for electric bus charging using on-site solar panels, battery storage, and natural gas generators to support 70 electric buses. [CleanTechnica]

Recharging at a bus depot (The Mobility House image)

¶ “New York Governor Signs First-Of-Its-Kind Law Cracking Down On Bitcoin Mining” • New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a law banning certain bitcoin mining operations that run on carbon-based power sources. Bitcoin mining companies must use 100% renewable energy, or they will not be allowed to expand or renew permits. [CNBC]

¶ “Enel Launches US Renewables Retail Arm” • Enel North America has launched a new retail energy business in the US to provide commercial and industrial customers with clean energy straight from the company’s renewable energy plants. In Texas, Enel already has over 4 GW of renewable projects operational or under construction. [reNews]

Wind farm (Enel image)

¶ “US Renewable Energy Will Surge Past Coal And Nuclear By Year’s End” • Renewables are on track to generate more power than coal in the US this year. But the question is whether they can grow fast enough to meet the country’s climate goals. Supply chain constraints and trade disputes have slowed wind and solar installations. [Scientific American]

¶ “First Comprehensive Plan To Deal With Climate Change In Greater Tampa Bay Area Released” • The Tampa Bay region’s first comprehensive plan to prepare for the effects of climate change has been released. It has 72 pages of recommendations on how the community can adapt to extreme heat, rising seas and other effects of climate change. [WUSF News]

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