Archive for December 11th, 2022

December 11 Energy News

December 11, 2022


¶ “How Pepsi’s Tesla Semis Will Change Hauling” • The Tesla Semi represents major changes to come in the hauling industry. It could help prove to consumers and commercial customers that batteries can support heavy-cargo vehicles over long distances. And that is an important shift to help reduce global supply chain emissions. [CleanTechnica]

Interior of a Tesla Semi (Photo courtesy of Tesla)

¶ “CleanTechnica Tested: The Generac G2000 Portable Power Station” • Generac dominates its sector of the home generator market, and it made a move into the residential energy storage space in 2019. This year, Generac is pushing the envelope further with a new line of portable power stations. CleanTechnica had an opportunity to review them. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Great Barrier Reef ‘Coral Nurseries’ Show Early Signs Of Success” • A UN report recommended that the reef be added to the World Heritage “in danger” list. Now, pieces of broken coral are being rescued and rehabilitated so they can be transplanted back onto the Great Barrier Reef. But marine scientists say it’s no substitute for action on climate change. [ABC]

Rescued pieces of coral (Reef Restoration Foundation)


¶ “Ski Resorts Are Melting. Here’s What That Means For Winter Vacations” • Winter sports fans are drawn to the mountains for the pristine wild environments, energizing views, pure air, and hearty fun in the snow. But the energy mountain resorts need has a price, threatening the very premise of a pastime wedded to the natural world and winter bounty. [CNN]

¶ “SolarBotanic Trees – Charging Stations Of The Future?” • SolarBotanic Trees is moving closer towards full production. It agreed with the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to develop a field prototype. And Raw Charging Group ordered 200 co-branded solar trees for a network of commercial EV charging sites. [CleanTechnica]

SolarBotanic Trees (SolarBotanic Trees image)

¶ “French Firm Starts Developing Renewable Energy Plant In Zambia” • Total Eren, a French company, secured a long-term strategic partnership with mining firm First Quantum Minerals, for a 400-MW project that will combine wind and solar energy. It will power not only the mining firm, but also its community in northwestern Zambia. [News Ghana]

¶ “NSW Declares First Renewable Energy Zone With Offshore Wind In Plan To Replace Coal” • New South Wales has declared its fourth renewable energy zone as it races to install new wind, solar, and storage infrastructure to replace the country’s biggest fleet of coal generators. It is the first zone that includes access to offshore windpower. [Renew Economy]

Wind turbine (Corio Generation image)

¶ “India Achieved 166 GW Of Renewable Energy Capacity In October” • India’s goal is to have 175 GW of installed Renewable Energy capacity in 2022. As of October, a total of 165.94 GW had been installed in the country, according to a written statement by Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh. India’s goal for 2030 is 500 GW. [PSU Connect]

¶ “Solar Farm Will Allow Brewery To Produce Products With Renewable Energy” • Akuo, Cervecería Nacional Dominicana, and Altio confirmed that a solar park in María Trinidad Sánchez province, Dominican Republic, is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2023, generating 550 direct jobs and more than 2,000 indirect jobs. [Dominican Today]

Street in Dominican Republic (AminTorres, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Uranium Price Hits 4-Month Low As Corrosion Problem In French Nuclear Plants Undermine Confidence” • After rallies on pledges by western nations to increase nuclear plant spending, uranium spot prices have fallen to $48.50 per pound. It seems confidence in the nuclear power sector has been hit by corrosion problems at EDF reactors. [The Deep Dive]


¶ “GM Dealer Community Charging Program: Nearly 1,000 GM Dealers Enrolled To Date” • Since the official launch of its Dealer Community Charging Program in late 2021, GM has enrolled almost a quarter of all North American dealers in the program. The first community charging stations were installed in Michigan and Wisconsin. [CleanTechnica]

GM charging station (GM image)

¶ “Do Electric Vehicles Actually Cut Utility Costs?” • A common misperception is that widespread EV charging will strain the grid and require expensive upgrades that raise electricity prices. But a Synapse Energy Economics analysis of the three utility service territories that have the most EVs in the US found that exactly the opposite is true. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Hourly Electric Grid Monitor For USA” • Large-scale events that affect normal routines, ranging from major holidays to the COVID-19 pandemic, planned or not, can change the pattern of electricity usage in the country. The DOE’s Hourly Electric Grid Monitor provides up-to-the-hour information on electricity demand across the US. [CleanTechnica]

Have a superbly restful day.

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