December 13 Energy News

December 13, 2022

Science and Technology:

¶ “Nuclear Fusion: How Long Until This Breakthrough Discovery Can Power Your House” • The deuterium in a glass of water, with a little tritium, could power a house for a year, with practically no waste. But it could be decades before fusion is able to produce large amounts of energy, and scientists are on a race against the clock to fight climate change. [CNN]

NIF target chamber (Damien Jemison, LLNL)

World:

¶ “BYD Atto 3 Gets 10,000 Orders In Thailand In One Month” • News coming out of Thailand is that in just one month, 10,000 Atto 3s have been ordered and that new orders have been paused for a little bit in order avoid excessive customer lead times. The price of the Standard Range Atto 3 starts from the equivalent of $31,500 in Thailand. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Forty Tesla Megapacks Replace 70-Year-Old Generating Plant In Belgium” • The Tesla Megapack is bringing changes to the utility grid in the Belgian city of Lessines, which has depended on a gas-fired turbine for its electricity for 70 years. The plant was built in six months. It provides frequency regulation on the Belgian electricity network. [CleanTechnica]

Battery installation (Courtesy of Corsica Sole)

¶ “Fields Of Green Returning To Columboola” • The Chinchilla-Dulacca area of Queensland’s Darling Downs was once a sea of undulating green fields. Then came the coal mines, gas fracking, and polarization with the “Coal for Breakfast” and “Lock the Gate” campaigns. Now the area has turned to renewable energy, and green fields can return. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Denmark’s Potential Role In Nordic Hyperloop Solutions” • Hyperloop serves relatively small autonomous vehicles (called pods) that move in an almost airless tube on a magnetic track at high speed – up to 1,000 km/h (620 mph). Without air or track friction, it is very efficient. A hyperloop is being proposed for Denmark. [CleanTechnica]

Hyperloop (Image courtesy of TransPod)

¶ “Djibouti Inks Deal To Deploy 10 GW Of Renewables And Green Hydrogen” • Djibouti’s Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources has entered into an agreement with a renewable energy company, CWP Global, to develop 10 GW of renewable energy and green hydrogen capacity to meet the country’s energy demand. [Energy Capital & Power]

¶ “Renewable Energy Jobs Growing Four Times Faster Than Rest Of UK Market” • The number of jobs being created in the renewable energy industry is growing four times faster than the overall UK employment market, it has emerged. The number of green jobs advertised almost trebled in the last year, to 336,000 roles, altogether. [The Guardian]

Wind turbines (Irina Iriser, Unsplash)

¶ “H&M Signs Sweden’s Largest Renewable Power Deal” • Neoen and Swedish solar developer Alight have signed a power purchase agreement with Swedish fashion retailer H&M Group. The deal, which is for 90 MW of solar, is the largest solar PPA contracted in Sweden to date, Neoen and Alight stated. Commissioning is to take place in 2025. [reNews]

¶ “Germany Sets Renewable Power Record In 2022, But Is Off-Track For 2030 Target” • Germany is set to produce a record 256 TWh of electricity from renewable sources this year, but that is insufficient to put it on track to its 2030 targets, the Federal Environment Agency said. The goal for 2030 is 600 TWh, 80% of German demand. [Renew Economy]

Rooftop PV in Frankfurt (From BSW Solar)

¶ “Macron Says Talks Are Ongoing To Remove Heavy Weapons From Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Site” • French President Emmanuel Macron said that an agreement had been reached on removing heavy weapons from Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant and that talks were under way on the necessary procedures. [Radio Free Europe]

¶ “France Requests Emergency Cut In Electricity Exports To UK As Nuclear Crisis Deepens” • RTE asked the National Grid if it could halve its scheduled exports through an interconnector to the UK for an hour, as it wrestled with a spike in demand. A combination of the cold weather, strikes, and delayed reactor maintenance prompted the request. [MSN]

Cooling towers (Lukáš Lehotský, Unsplash)

US:

¶ “US Winter Storm To Bring Blizzard, Tornadoes, And Floods” • A coast-to-coast storm is bringing heavy snowfall, strong winds, the threat of thunderstorms, and other extreme weather. Some western states, including Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota, are expecting up to two feet (60 cm) of snow. Some states in the south, could face a tornado outbreak. [BBC]

¶ “US Forest Service Aims For Fleet Of 17,000 Battery-Electric Vehicles And Is Piloting Ford F-150 Lightning” • The US Forest Service is testing the Ford F-150 Lightning pickup as it begins to transition its 17,000 vehicles (fossil powered at the moment) to a rugged, sometimes off-road fleet of over 17,000 battery-electric vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

Ford F-150 Lightning (Courtesy of Ford)

¶ “Yotta Energy Speaks With CleanTechnica About New EV Chargers And A Microinverter” • Yotta Energy recently unveiled several products: commercial EV chargers, solar-powered EV charging stations, and a 3-phase commercial microinverter. The commercial EV chargers can be used with solar-plus-storage. Here is an iterview with the CEO. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Keystone Pipeline Dumped 14,000 Barrels Of Crude Oil Into A Kansas Stream” • About 14,000 barrels of crude oil escaped from the Keystone pipeline in northeast Kansas border last week. According to federal data, it is by far the largest oil spill from any pipeline in the past 9 years and the largest in the history of the Keystone pipeline. [CleanTechnica]

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