December 12 Energy News

December 12, 2022

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¶ “Rare Wave Clouds Amaze Sky-Watchers In Wyoming” • A stunned sky-watcher in Wyoming snapped photos of a rare cloud formation that looked a lot like ocean surf. “This was special and I immediately knew I needed to capture it,” Rachel Gordon said. Kelvin-Helmholtz instability should remind us of how amazing nature can be. [BBC]

Kelvin-Helmholtz instability (Rachel Gordon via Facebook)
I don’t know of a conspiracy theory that explains this. Science does.

Science and Technology:

¶ “Ultra Thin Printed Solar Cells From MIT” • Researchers at MIT developed ultra thin, flexible solar cells that can be printed using semiconductor inks and scalable fabrication techniques. They are much thinner than a human hair, weigh 1% as much as a conventional solar panels, and generate 18 times more power per kilogram, an MIT blog post says. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “How Seagrass In Seychelles Is Helping The Fight Against Climate Change” • It might not look like much in photos, but the seagrass that lives in our oceans is actually a very effective natural climate change deterrent. These ocean plants used to be plentiful in places like Seychelles, but now they’re struggling to survive in seas that are rising with climate change. [BGR]

Seychelles (Datingscout, Unsplash)

¶ “US Officials Set to Announce Fusion Energy Breakthrough” • The pursuit of fusion reactors has gone on for decades. US scientists reportedly have carried out the first nuclear fusion experiment to achieve a net energy gain. The US Department of Energy is expected to announce the breakthrough on December 13, according to news reports. [POWER Magazine]

World:

¶ “Zimbabwe Power Outages Hit Businesses And Families” • In the last decade, Zimbabwe has sunk about $2 billion into power generation. But Zimbabwe still struggles with power outages. The country’s coal-burning plants break down often, and drought has limited hydro power. The result is that people can’t work, and poverty makes it all worse. [BBC]

Harare, with power on (Tatenda Mapigoti, Unsplash)

¶ “Swiss Re And Carbonfuture Sign Multi-Year Deal For More Than 17,000 Tonnes Of Carbon Removals” • Leading reinsurer Swiss Re signed a multi-year deal with carbon removal platform Carbonfuture. At more than 17,000 tonnes, it is one of the largest CDR deals of its kind to date. This move is seen as a real vote of confidence in carbon removal. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Humanity Is A Weapon Of Mass Extinction, Says António Guterres At COP 15” • UN chief António Guterres opened COP 15, the 15th UN Conference On Biodiversity, by saying humanity is a weapon of mass extinction and that governments must end the “orgy of destruction” associated with the extraction and burning of fossil fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Antonio Guterres (Image via YouTube)

¶ “Tesla Megapacks Help Power Battery Supplier To Generate Renewable Energy Manufacturing” • Tesla Megapacks are being used by Panasonic on the test side near Kyoto, Japan, to store power generated by renewable energy for manufacturing. The battery supplier used solar panels, Tesla Megapack batteries, and hydrogen fuel cells for power. [TechStory]

¶ “Lightsource bp, bp, and Shell Receive The Green Light For Trinidad And Tobago’s First Large-Scale Solar Project” • The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago agreed with bp Alternative Energy Trinidad and Tobago, Shell Renewables Caribbean, and Lightsource bp to a develop a 112- MW (AC) solar project. It is the country’s first large solar project. [Lightsource bp]

Trinidad and Tobago (Renaldo Matamoro, Unsplash)

¶ “Asia’s Richest Man Wants India To Lead A Green Energy Revolution” • India’s Gautam Adani, the richest man in Asia, made his fortune betting on coal. Now he is aiming to be the world’s top player in renewables by 2030 and to make India a clean energy superpower. Adani owns six coal-fired power plants and is India’s largest private player in power. [RFI]

¶ “Australia Already At ‘Worst Case’ Climate Scenarios For 2030” • Australia already appears to be experiencing the worst-case climate scenarios that were projected to occur eight years from now. The finding was revealed by world-renowned climatologist David Karoly’s analysis of how closely projections published in 2015 align to current conditions. [Cosmos Magazine]

Australia (Joeyy Lee, Unsplash)

¶ “Saudi Plans Ten New Renewable Energy Projects” • OPEC member Saudi Arabia is planning to execute ten new renewable energy projects as part of a strategy to boost reliance on solar and wind power and reduce oil use for generating electricity, reports say. The world’s largest oil exporter approved the ten projects in its 2023 budget. [ZAWYA]

US:

¶ “Lectron To Provide Tesla/NACS Connector And EVSE For Aptera” • We have known for a while that Aptera planned to use a Tesla charging connector for its vehicle. Here we have additional information about that. Tesla has announced that its plug is a standard for the automotive industry, making it available to Aptera and others. [CleanTechnica]

Aptera (Aptera image)

¶ “Tesla Semi’s 500-Mile Drive On One Charge” • Just days before Tesla delivered the first-production Semi trucks to PepsiCo, five years after the semi truck was first shown, the automaker tested the Tesla Semi for a 500-mile run on a single charge. It is the range that Tesla originally claimed at the Semi’s unveiling back in 2017. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Erthos Redefines The Meaning Of Ground Mount Solar” • Erthos has a better idea for how to install solar panels. It is to lay them flat on the ground. The installation method has drawbacks and advantages for installers to weigh. Encore Renewable Energy, a Vermont firm, signed an MOU with Erthos for a noteworthy project in their portfolio. [CleanTechnica]

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