December 3 Energy News

December 3, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “How Green Schools Can Help Save Our Planet” • Local schools are our most powerful mechanism for shaping the future. They teach critical skills and knowledge. Many promote equity and, through free breakfast and lunch programs, ensure that no child goes hungry. Think what they might accomplish if we tapped them to combat climate change. [CleanTechnica]

School (Image courtesy of Zūm)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Field Testing Printed Solar Panels” • What is the best way to field test printed solar panels? After 20 years in development in the lab at the University of Newcastle, it was decided to invite Stuart McBain to drive 18,000 km around the coast of Australia for 3 months as a test. This made the point that there is no range anxiety when you plan well. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “PV Windows Cut Energy Use By 40% In Glazed Buildings, Says NREL” • The US DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has shown that perovskite-based thin-film PV, transparent PV, and dynamic PV glazing technologies can reduce the energy use of glazed buildings by around 40% across eight regions in the United States. [PV Magazine]

How PV windows work in a building (NREL, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Impacts Of Wind Power On Air Quality, Premature Mortality, And Exposure Disparities In The US” • Wind power relating to renewable portfolio standards in 2014 resulted in $2.0 billion in health benefits from improved air quality. Health benefits could have been $8.4 billion if displacement of fossil fuel generators prioritized the most polluting. [Science]

World:

¶ “Ukraine War: G7 And Allies Approve Cap On Price Of Russian Oil” • The G7 group and its allies have officially approved a cap on the price of Russian oil. The price cap will come into force on 5 December or “very soon thereafter.” The plan, which stops countries paying more than $60 (€57, £48) a barrel, needed the agreement of all EU states. [BBC]

Oil pump (Zbynek Burival, Unsplash)

¶ “Europe Electric Car Sales Report: 13.6% Of New Cars Fully Electric” • The European automotive market is back in the black, with a 14% growth rate in October, its third growth month in a row. Plugin hybrids, which had been in the red, grew 10% in October. Full battery EVs grew 17% year over year in October to 124,000 registrations. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Electric Vehicle Leasing Firm Equator Mobility Ramping Up In Kenya” • Equator Mobility is ramping up leasing operations in Kenya to catalyze the transition to electric mobility. It launched its operations last year by introducing a program with the option of direct sales for commercial electric vehicles. The leases range from 6 months up. [CleanTechnica]

EVs in Kenya (Courtesy of Equator Mobility)

¶ “Industry Leaders Sound Alarm Over Need To Broaden Supply Chain Of Renewables” • The global energy crisis sparked by war in Ukraine shows how parts of the renewables supply chain might face similar struggles if not quickly diversified, energy executives told the Reuters NEXT conference. For one example, China dominates the PV market. [The National]

¶ “The UK Still Has Some Way To Go To Meet Its Renewable Electricity Target” • Some 39% of the UK’s electricity came from renewable sources in Q2 of 2022, the latest available data shows. The UK has steadily increased the amount of power generated from renewables. In 2015 just 25% of the UK’s electricity came from renewable sources. [New Statesman]

Wind farm in Wales (Alan Hughes, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

¶ “Macron Shamed As France Caught In ‘Scandalous’ Buying Of Russian Nuclear Fuel” • Russia is still selling uranium to Europe, filling Russian President Vladimir Putin’s pockets with cash despite his brutal invasion of Ukraine. Campaigners called out French President Emmanuel Macron after Russian nuclear fuel arrived at a French port. [Daily Express]

¶ “IAEA Gives Update On Demilitarising Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant As War Attacks Continue” • The International Atomic Energy Agency carried out a nuclear safety and security mission to the plant this week. The agency announced that it hopes for a deal on the demilitarized zone around Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant by the end of 2022. [Republic World]

IAEA inspectors (IAEA Imagebank, CC-BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

US:

¶ “Feds Find Four Chinese Solar Panel Companies Have Been Evading US Tariffs” • After a months-long investigation, US officials have preliminarily determined that four Chinese solar panel companies have been avoiding US tariff laws by routing their operations through Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. [CNN]

¶ “Tesla Semi Reveal – Huge Power, Huge Charging Ability” • Tesla held its long awaited ceremony to introduce its electric Class 8 tractor, known simply as the Tesla Semi, on December 1. You can watch a video of the event here. In it, you will see Elon Musk drive a white Semi on stage followed by two others decked out in Pepsi and Frito-Lay livery. [CleanTechnica]

Hardcore testing (Tesla image)

¶ “Earthshot Prize: Prince William Announces Five Winners” • Prince William announced the five winners of the Prince of Wales’s prestigious Earthshot Prize at an awards ceremony in Boston. The annual awards were created by Prince William to fund projects that aim to save the planet. Each £1 million ($1.2 million) prize is to develop innovation. [BBC]

¶ “Honda To Build Fuel Cell Car Based On CR-V In 2024” • Honda announced this week that it will begin manufacturing a fuel cell vehicle based on the popular CR-V at its Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio in 2024. The car will be North America’s first production vehicle to combine a plug-in feature with fuel cell EV technology. [CleanTechnica]

Have a nicely ordered day.

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