December 1 Energy News

December 1, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Underground Water Battery To Bust Energy Storage Dam Wide Open” • The Texas firm Quidnet Energy has won a $10 million grant from the US Department of Energy to put the finishing touches on a new type of pumped storage. Their “water battery” uses underground rock formations instead of having to rely on elevated reservoirs. [CleanTechnica]

Water battery (Courtesy of Quidnet Energy)

World:

¶ “Canadian Ambassador Tells EU That Deforestation Rules Are ‘Burdensome’” • Canada’s ambassador to the EU voiced concern with proposed EU rules to curb deforestation. The regulation is intended to limit the trade of products linked to deforestation worldwide. Climate campaigners have called Canada’s resistance to the rules “shocking.” [BBC]

¶ “Some 200 Irish Businesses Get To Try Out Electric Vehicles For Free” • As part of a goal to have roughly 1 million EVs on Irish roads by 2030, the Irish government is aiming to boost the electrification of commercial fleets. A new project will allow 200 Irish businesses to test out EVs for free as part of initiatives aimed at reducing pollution. [CleanTechnica]

Cobh, Ireland (Kristel Hayes, Unsplash)

¶ “The Semiconductor Shortage Could Soon Become A Glut Of Chips” • The shortage of chips needed for advanced technologies may soon turn into a surplus, ending the semiconductor shortage that has afflicted the automotive industry for almost two years. VNC Automobile, an in-vehicle networking specialist, believes recession could cause the change. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Volkswagen In Talks With Foxconn And Magna To Build Scout Vehicles” • Volkswagen seems to be moving ahead with a plan to build an electric SUV and pickup truck under the Scout brand it got when it bought the successor to International Harvester. According to media sources, Foxconn and Magna Steyer are both in talks with VW. [CleanTechnica]

Scout (Scout image)

¶ “AMEA Power Completes $1.1 Billion Deal To Deploy 1 GW Of Wind And Solar Energy In Egypt” • AMEA Power announced that it has achieved the financial close to deliver 1 GW of renewable energy projects in Egypt. The landmark 500-MW wind and 500-MW solar projects represent $1.1 billion of investment into the Egyptian economy. [Yahoo News NZ]

¶ “Brookfield Signs 600-MW Deal With Amazon” • Brookfield Renewable, a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management, will provide over 600 MW of clean wind and solar capacity to power Amazon’s operations in Europe, North America, and India. In total, these projects are expected to generate 1,370 GWh, a year’s power for 120,000 US homes. [reNews]

Wind turbine (Brookfield image)

¶ “Europe Embarks On Solar Power ‘Revolution’ To Solve Its Energy Crisis And Fight Climate Change” • Spurred by Russia’s war in Ukraine and its own pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, the EU is aggressively ramping up its use of solar power, installing panels on everything from city rooftops to farmland. [Yahoo News]

¶ “Austria Loses EU Court Case Against Hungarian Nuclear Power Plant” • The General Court of the EU has dismissed an action brought by Austria in an attempt to annul the European Commission’s decision to approve the expansion of the Paks nuclear power plant in Hungary, the Luxembourg-based court announced. [Hungary Today]

Paks nuclear plant (Paksi Atomerőmű Zrt via Facebook)

US:

¶ “Biden Commits To Protect Nevada Sacred Tribal Lands” • President Joe Biden committed to protecting Spirit Mountain and the surrounding area in Nevada, a sacred site for Native American tribal nations. The anouncement is part of a process to make the site a national monument, to be klnown as the Avi Kwa Ame National Monument. [CNN]

¶ “More Than 70 Water Agencies In California Could Face Water Shortages In The Coming Months” • The California Department of Water Resources issued a report on its water supply. Nearly 20% of the urban water agencies said they could see significant water shortages in the coming months in the state’s potential fourth consecutive year of drought. [CNN]

California Aquaduct (Triddle, public domain)

¶ “North Carolina’s Governor Highlights Cleantech Progress In The State” • Governor Roy Cooper recently spoke at the North Carolina Medium- and Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle State Policy Bootcamp to highlight how crucial it is for North Carolina to electrify the vehicles. He showcased the policies the state has put in place to make this happen. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “After A Long, Hard Road, Lordstown Endurance Truck Gets Regulatory Approvals, Shipping Out” • Lordstown announced that its Endurance pickup finally has regulatory approval. It said in a press release that 500 of the battery-electric pickup trucks have been homologated and are now leaving Foxconn EV’s Ohio plant for customer delivery. [CleanTechnica]

Lordstown Endurance (Courtesy of Lordstown)

¶ “Governor Hochul Announces The Start Of Construction On The 339-Mile Champlain Hudson Power Express Transmission Line” • New York Governor Kathy Hochul celebrated the start of construction of the 339-mile Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission line to deliver reliable clean energy from Hydro-Québec to New York City. [NYSERDA]

¶ “Bringing Nuclear Power To Montana More Expensive Than Originally Forecast” • The cost of power from a small nuclear reactor, which has been eyed by Montana legislators and utility commissioners as a potential lifeline for the Colstrip Power Plant, has nearly doubled according to reports from early adopters in Utah and Idaho. [The Billings Gazette]

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