December 2 Energy News

December 2, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Agrivoltaics: Solar Panels And Tomatoes May Be Perfect For Each Other” • Agrivoltaics can increase yields for farmers. A research paper published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory surveyed agrivoltaic research all across America. It noted that, on average, yields of tomatoes doubled compared to non-agrivoltaic sites. [CleanTechnica]

Tomatoes growing under solar PVs (Asurnipal, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

World:

¶ “Philippines Will Explore For Oil In South China Sea Even Without A Deal With Beijing: Marcos” • The Philippines must find a way to explore for oil and gas in the South China Sea even without a deal with China, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr said. He emphasized his country’s right to exploit energy reserves in the contested waterway. [CNN]

¶ “Airbus Reveals Plans For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Aircraft” • Airbus announced it is developing a hydrogen-powered fuel cell engine, and it plans to test it on the largest commercial airplane ever to fly. It will mount the engine between the wings and the tail of a modified A380 superjumbo. Test flights are expected in 2026, and a zero-emission aircraft by 2035. [CNN]

Rendering of Airbus test aircraft (Airbus SAS 2022)

¶ “Modi Urges Unity On Climate Change, Terrorism, Pandemics As India Assumes G20 Presidency” • The world must cooperate to tackle the greatest challenges of climate change, terrorism, and pandemics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, as India began its year-long presidency of the Group of 20. He said this is not a time for war, but for unity. [CNN]

¶ “5 Million More Londoners To Breathe Cleaner Air Thanks To ULEZ” • London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone will be expanded on 29 August 2023. It will operate London-wide across all London boroughs, up to the current Low Emission Zone boundary. To be clear, this means five million more Londoners will soon breathe cleaner air. [CleanTechnica]

BYD electric bus in the UK (Spsmiler, public domain)

¶ “Indian Coal Magnate Gautam Adani Goes Green” • Asia’s richest man, Gautam Adani, made his vast fortune betting on coal as an energy hungry India grew swiftly after liberalizing its economy in the 1990s. He’s now set his sights on becoming the world’s biggest renewable energy player by 2030, aligning his investments with India’s priorities. [MSN]

¶ “AEMO Rolls Out Its Roadmap To 100% Renewables” • The Australian Energy Market Operator has published its latest assessment of what will be required to ensure that the National Electricity Market can operate securely and reliably at 100% instantaneous renewable penetration for the first time by as early as 2025. [pv magazine Australia]

Wind farm in Western Australia (Michaeldolphin, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Cold Spell Could Lead To French Power Cuts Next Week” • As a cold spell arrives in north-western Europe this weekend, the situation could become critical. France could face power cuts because of cold weather and delays to the restart of nuclear power after repair work, which will lead to demand outstripping supply, analysts said. [The National]

US:

¶ “Insured Losses From Disasters Will Exceed $100 Billion For Second Year In A Row, Led By Hurricane Ian, New Data Shows” • Preliminary analysis by Swiss Re found that 2022 was the second year in a row in which insured losses are expected to exceed $100 billion. Swiss Re said losses trended up each year at a rate of 5 to 7% over the past decade. [CNN]

After Hurrican Ian (David Dellinger, NWS, public domain)

¶ “US Rail Strike: Senate Passes Bill To Avert Labour Stoppage” • The US Senate has overwhelmingly approved a measure to block a strike by railway workers that could have a devastating impact on the US economy. In an 80 to 15 vote, the Senate passed a bill that imposes a contract deal on a dozen unions representing railway workers. [BBC]

¶ “Canoo Delivers Modular Light Tactical Vehicle To US Army” • In July, the US Army signed a contract with Canoo in which it agreed to evaluate the company’s Light Tactical Vehicle for its uses. This week, Canoo announced that it has delivered the first LTV to the Army so it can be put through its paces in a real world combat environment. [CleanTechnica]

Canoo Light Tactical Vehicle (Courtesy of Canoo)

¶ “Corvette Plans To Follow Porsche Into The Electric Passenger Car And SUV Market” • The Corvette brand is set to expand to include a 4-door car and an SUV, a move that mirrors the pivot Porsche made to cars and SUVs many years ago. GM president Mark Reuss told investors the car would arrive in 2025 with “incredible performance.” [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Ford To Bump Mustang Mach-E Production To 270,000 A Year” • Ford is the second bestselling electric car brand in the US. Now, it is accelerating Mustang Mach-E production and targeting global annual production rate of 270,000 as part of its plan to scale to a rate of 600,000 electric vehicles annually by the end of 2023 and 2 million by 2026. [CleanTechnica]

Ford Mustang Mach-E (Courtesy of Ford Motor Company)

¶ “Vermont Officials Seek To Engage Public In Renewable Energy Policy Review” • Vermont is reevaluating its renewable energy policies and want to engage the public in the process, especially disadvantaged people who may have been left out of the process in the past. The three-phased process will being with engaging Vermonters on the issue. [WCAX]

¶ “Entergy Texas Issues An RFP For 2,000 MW Of Renewable Resources” • Entergy Texas issued a request for proposals for 2,000 MW of solar and wind generating capacity. The solicitation for emissions-free renewables can provide cost-effective energy supply, capacity, fuel diversity and other benefits to customers for years to come. [Entergy Newsroom]

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