December 17 Energy News

December 17, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “Review Of The Zendure SuperBase 2000 Pro, The Fastest Solar Power Station” • Whether you are looking for a solar charging station in particular or a general portable power supply to run power tools in the field, power your campsite, or provide backup for your home in a power outage, the Zendure SuperBase 2000 Pro is a good choice. [CleanTechnica]

Cat with a computer (Zendure image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Scientists Enhance Stability Of Perovskites For Solar Cells” • New materials that can both harvest and emit light offer exciting potential for technologies that range from solar cells to TV and display screens. Researchers have developed a way of enhancing the stability and performance of perovskites, a particular type of these materials. [CleanTechnica]

World:

¶ “Virgin To Fly ‘Net-Zero’ Transatlantic Boeing 787” • Virgin Atlantic plans to operate a Boeing 787 from London to New York, powered solely by waste oils and fats, a move hailed as a step toward reducing aviation’s significant environmental impact. Billed as the “world’s first” net zero transatlantic flight, the aircraft will hit the skies in 2023. [CNN]

Boeing 787 (Etienne Jong, Unsplash)

¶ “The World Is Burning More Coal Than Ever Before, New Report Shows” • The global energy crisis caused by Russia’s war on Ukraine has pushed global demand for coal to a record high in 2022, the International Energy Agency said. The growth is mostly down to a rapid rise in the prices of natural gas. Coal is the most polluting fossil fuel. [CNN]

¶ “BYD May Lead In EV Deliveries And Tesla Will Pass Toyota” • While BYD could threaten Tesla’s crown for the world’s largest EV maker, some argue that another metric matters far more. Analysts predict Tesla’s operating profit will surpass global leader Toyota’s. This could represent another industry-wide disruption from the US automaker. [CleanTechnica]

New Tesla Roadster (Tesla Fans Schweiz, Unsplash)

¶ “Europe’s Biggest Bank To Stop Funding New Oil And Gas” • After years of pressure, Europe’s largest bank says it will stop funding new oil and gas projects. London-based HSBC’s new policy bars new lending to projects “pertaining to new oil and gas fields and related infrastructure.” The bank will offer service  to customers with certain emissions goals. [Grist]

¶ “Eight Batteries To Be Built Around Australia To Increase Renewable Energy Storage Capacity” • Eight large batteries to store renewable energy will be built to support the Australian grid and help keep energy prices down, the federal government said. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency would provide $176 million in funding. [The Guardian]

Transmission lines (Brett Sayles, Pexels)

¶ “Renewables Provide 46.9% Of Electricity Used In Germany In 2022” • Renewable energy accounted for 46.9% of German power consumption 2022, up 4.9 percentage points from a year earlier thanks to favourable weather conditions, industry groups said. Both higher sunshine intensity and wind speeds were behind the trend. [Successful Farming]

¶ “Egypt’s New Energy Projects To Add 55 GW To Renewable Energy” • According to Egypt’s top renewable energy official, Egypt will soon be a major global energy hub. The country signed several projects in November that would add almost 55 GW to its existing solar and winds power capacity. The projects are to produce green hydrogen, [SolarQuarter]

Wind farm in Egypt (Hatem Moushir, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Austrian Parliament Opposes Czech Plan For Small Nuclear Reactors At Temelín” • Austria’s lower house of parliament unanimously passed a resolution rejecting Czechia’s plans to build small modular reactors, according to the APA news agency. Austria has been calling on Europe to abandon nuclear power since 2012. [Expats.cz]

US:

¶ “Apple Pushing For Deeper Decarbonization” • Amazon and Apple have announced more efforts toward climate stabilization, equity and inclusion, and deeper decarbonization in the past month and a half. The tech giants have plenty to clean up, but they’ve also been leaders in the adoption of clean renewable energy. [CleanTechnica]

Kenyan farmers benefitting from Apple (Courtesy of Apple)

¶ “Tesla Gigafactory In Texas Now Producing 3,000 Model Y EVs Per Week” • Tesla Gigafactory Texas has reached a production rate of 3,000 Model Y EVs per week. That’s 156,000 Model Y crossovers or SUVs per year from this new factory, but expect the number to keep climbing quickly and end well above that rate a year from now. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Siemens And EverCharge Announce New US EV Charger Factories” • More companies are setting up to make EV chargers in the US, due to incentives provided in the Inflation Reduction Act. Siemens and EverCharge have announced they are building factories in America to make chargers that qualify for the “Made In America” incentives. [CleanTechnica]

EVs Charging (EverCharge image)

¶ “Meta Turns To The Sun To Power Data Centers In Tennessee And Georgia” • Silicon Valley-based tech giant Meta Platforms, Inc, formerly Facebook, said it will purchase 720 MW of clean electricity from seven solar farms being built in Tennessee and Georgia to use 100% renewable power for all of its operations in the region. [Chattanooga Times Free Press]

¶ “Connecticut Makes Climate Change Studies Compulsory” • Starting next July, Connecticut will mandate climate change studies across its public schools as part of its science curriculum. New Jersey had enacted a similar mandate in 2020, to become the first state to require K-12 climate change education across its school districts. [The Guardian]

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