December 14 Energy News

December 14, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Nuclear Power Is Just A Slow And Expensive Distraction” • The British and French governments can sign any deal they like, but if key financial investors don’t take up 60% of construction costs, the planned Sizewell C plant is going nowhere. The omens aren’t good for that. Solar and onshore wind power can be developed at about a quarter of the cost. [New Statesman]

Nuclear power plant (Petar Avramoski, Pexels)

¶ “CEO Of LG Chem Talks About The Challenges Posed By The Inflation Reduction Act” • In a recent interview with Bloomberg that was shared with CleanTechnica via e-mail, Shin Hak-Cheol, CEO of LG Chem, spoke about the challenges the South Korean company is facing as it tries to come to terms with the Inflation Reduction Act signed into law this year. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Counterintuitive: Large Wild Herbivores May Help Slow Climate Change” • In the battle to combat climate change, large herbivores like elephants – ambling about, stripping branches, chomping on tree seedlings or even uprooting full-grown trees – appear to be the enemy. But a paper published in the journal Current Biology begs to differ. [Mongabay]

Deer in Wyoming (nacho_c via Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0)

¶ “StoreDot Fast Charging Technology Validated In Independent Testing” • StoreDot, a battery manufacturing company based in Israel, announced that its fast charging claims were validated by an independent testing laboratory. The new StoreDot batteries  can be recharged more quickly than other batteries that are commercially available. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Tesla Sold Over 100,000 Shanghai-Built EVs In November” • The Chinese auto market slumped in November, with an overall drop in sales across the market. Nevertheless, Tesla Gigafactory Shanghai posted record numbers during the same month. Some say the news shows Tesla’s electric vehicle dominance in the world’s largest auto market. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla (Makara Heng, Pexels)

¶ “Converted Electric Semi Trucks Are Getting More And More Popular” • With 140 confirmed orders, Janus Electric is rolling to success. Its order book is full with Macks, Volvos, Kenworths, and Freightliners queuing up for conversion from diesel to battery electric. These trucks have similar chassis width, so Janus can use one design for batteries and drivetrains. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Taiwan Awards 8.7 GW Of Capacity In Round 3” • Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs has awarded tenders to more than 8700 MW of offshore wind farms in the country. Among those who entered bids, total of six developers and ten projects have qualified for the first round selection for the Phase III Zonal Development auction. [reNews]

Wind turbine (Siemens Gamesa image)

¶ “Siemens Gamesa And Capital Energy Sign New Contract For A 52-MW Wind Power Plant In Spain” • Siemens Gamesa and renewable energy developer Capital Energy strengthened their relationship following a new agreement for the installation of a 52-MW wind project in the province of Albacete, in the southeast of Spain. [Siemens Gamesa]

¶ “Concerns Raised Over UK Electricity Network” • Six trade bodies representing the UK energy sector, including Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, wrote the UK Energy Secretary Grant Schapps asking for leadership to address constraints on the electricity network. Energy projects are facing delays of up to fifteen years due to capacity constraints. [reNews]

Transmission lines (National Grid image)

¶ “AMEA Power Awarded Through Competitive Bidding 120-MW Solar Project In South Africa” • AMEA Power said it has been awarded a 120-MW PV project in South Africa under the Sixth Bid Submission Phase of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program. The Doornhoek project will sell electricity Eskom. [PV Magazine]

¶ “IAEA Missions To Be Dispatched To All Ukraine’s Nuclear Power Plants” • Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said an agreement on moving heavy weapons from the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant is still being worked out, but they said a decision had been made to send IAEA teams to all Ukrainian nuclear power plants. [Radio Free Europe]

Nuclear power plant (Victor Korniyenko, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

US:

¶ “US Battery Storage Growth To Boom Through 2025” • US Developers and power plant owners plan to significantly increase utility-scale battery storage capacity in the country over the next three years, reaching 30 GW by the end of 2025, according to the latest Preliminary Monthly Electric Generator Inventory, which was published by the DOE. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wyoming Nuclear Plant Delayed, Tentative Start Date Pushed To 2030” • The advanced nuclear reactor proposed for Wyoming will likely be delayed at least two years, its developer announced. Fuel can’t be imported from Russia, the only source of the highly enriched fuel the plant requires, so TerraPower must wait for the US supply chain to catch up. [Casper Star-Tribune]

Kemmerer, Wyoming (Kenneth Hynek, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Colorado School Of Mines Is Big On Solar” • Every time the Orediggers’ Division II title contenders took the field this fall, they were surrounded by buildings and parking lots with newly installed solar panel arrays aimed at making the school’s campus far more self-sufficient in energy use. The campus has 8 MW of solar capacity. [The Colorado Sun]

¶ “New Jersey’s Last Operating Coal Plant Imploded” • A former coal-fired generating plant in New Jersey has been imploded. Starwood Energy demolished the former Logan Generating Plant and announced plans for a $1 billion venture on the site, where batteries will be deployed to store power from renewable energy sources. [Power Engineering]

Have a gorgeously composed day.

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