December 31 Energy News

December 31, 2022

Opinion:

¶ “2024 Tesla Next-Generation Vehicle Should Sell For $12,500 After US Tax Credit” • Paul Fosse explains why Tesla’s the next generation car will be much less expensive than expected. His calculations show that Tesla can make a compact EV in Mexico or the US for $16,000 and sell in the US for $20,000, with people  getting a full $7,500 tax credit. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla factory (Tesla image)

Science and Technology:

¶ “NanoFlocell Wants To Sell Flow Battery Cars In The US” • In the past, flow batteries were too bulky and heavy to be of much use for EVs, but that’s changing. A new concept from nanoFlocell is a sports car called the Quantino 25. Its flow battery will take it from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.5 seconds. And it has a range 1,200 miles! [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Experts Push For Crop Diversification To Deal With Climate Change” • The need for crop diversification to deal with climate change and enhance the nutritional value of food was stressed by experts at a workshop at Dr Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry in India. They cited a need for broad agreement on climate change. [The Statesman]

Rice paddy (Pan Species, Unsplash)

¶ “Ocean Warming And Acidification Have Major Ramifications For Marine Food Web” • Ocean warming and acidification driven by climate change cause declines in nutritional quality of some marine organisms, disrupting the ocean food web, according to a study from an environmental science institute at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. [The Fish Site]

World:

¶ “Manchester To Double Its Double Decker Electric Bus Fleet” • In September Greater Manchester’s new Bee Network showed the first of fifty double decker buses it was getting for the region around Manchester. Now, Transport for Greater Manchester has the experience it needs to give Alexander Dennis Limited an order for fifty more. [CleanTechnica]

New Flyer double decker bus (New Flyer image)

¶ “Open The Floodgates! Record Electric Car Sales Month In Germany – 22% Of New Cars Fully Electric” • It seems the German automotive market has bottomed out and is back on a growth path. November brought a surprising 31% increase in sales. Much of this growth can be attributed to plugins, as sales of full EVs grew 44% year over year. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “China Electric Car Sales: 25% Fully Electric, 35% Have A Plug!” • Despite a drop in the overall Chinese auto market, plugin vehicles continue to rise. They grew 50% year over year in November. They scored over 625,000 registrations last month, their second best month ever, only behind last September when they hit 636,000 registrations. [CleanTechnica]

BYD Song Plus (Zotyefan, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “Serbia Is To Launch Auctions For 1,400 MW Of Renewables” • Serbia intends to launch auctions for installation of renewable power plants of 1,400 MW in total, which will increase the country’s overall capacity to 2,000 MW. Minister of Mining and Energy Dubravka Đedović said the goal is to create a three-year plan for auctions. [Balkan Green Energy News]

¶ “Fresh German Turbine Order For Vestas” • Vestas received a 50-MW order to power an undisclosed wind project in Germany. The order includes a total of nine V150-6MW wind turbines at a hub height of 166 meters with some units delivered in 5.6-MW operating mode. Commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2024. [reNews]

Wind turbine (Vestas image)

¶ “Enefit Green To Build Solar Farm At Estonian Mine” • Enefit Green plans to build a solar farm in an industrial area of Estonia. The project will have a capacity of nearly 3 MW and will be on a platform made of rocks. The 27-meter-high structure was built for the solar park on a mine site from waste rock left over from oil shale extraction. [reNews]

¶ “Green Power Energy Solar Energy Plant Commissioned In Myanmar” • Green Power Energy announced that Myanmar’s latest solar energy plant, the 20-MW Taungdaw Gwin project, has been officially opened. The project was developed by Green Power Energy Company Limited, a subsidiary of Gold Energy Company Limited. [Renewable Energy Magazine]

Solar array (Green Power Energy image)

¶ “Shelling Damages Backup Power Line To Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, IAEA Says” • A backup power line to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant was disconnected due to damage caused by shelling, the International Atomic Energy Agency said. The plant is not operating, but it still needs power for cooling. [Radio Free Europe]

US:

¶ “Intel Committed To Greenhouse Gas Reduction And Circular Economy In 2022” • Earlier this year, we missed two news items from chip giant Intel. Taken alone, each sounds like a small news bite, a lot like what every large corporation is supposed to say these days. But, these two announcements fit together to be something bigger than that. [CleanTechnica]

Please click on the image to enlarge it. (Intel image)

¶ “‘The Brink Of Disaster’: 2023 Is A Critical Year For The Colorado River As Reservoirs Sink Toward ‘Dead Pool’” • After decades of overuse and human-caused climate change, demand for the Colorado River’s water vastly outpaces its supply. Officials must find a way to keep the largest manmade reservoirs in the US filled to at least minimum levels. [CNN]

¶ “How Ocean Wind Power Could Help The US Fossil Fuel Industry” • The Biden administration is proposing offshore wind farms in the Gulf of Mexico. They could provide electricity for 3.1 million homes in Texas and Louisiana. But industry is eyeing their potential to power oil refining, steel, fertilizer manufacture, and other industrial processes. [The Guardian]

Have an utterly delightful day.

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