January 1 Energy News

January 1, 2023

Science and Technology:

¶ “Sorghum: Harnessing The Power Of Climate Smart Crops” • As we begin to see the effects of climate change, it is clear that not all crops will be reliable producers in the long term. Extreme weather patterns and changing ecosystems pose a threat to many of the sources of food and energy we rely on. Sorghum, however, is up to the challenge. [The Business Journals]

Sorghum (Larry Rana, USDA, public domain)

World:

¶ “What Happened To The World’s Ozone Hole?” • Back in the 1990s, the hole in the planet’s ozone layer was a pressing global crisis. To address the issue, the Montreal Protocol was signed by every country on Earth – to date the only treaty to be universally ratified. Unfortunately, the scope of climate change makes it much more difficult to address. [BBC]

¶ “Happisburgh: The Norfolk Village Crumbling Into The Sea” • Happisburgh and other parts of the Norfolk coast have the highest number of properties at risk from coastal erosion in England. During the last 20 years, 34 homes have crumbled into the water in Happisburgh because of coastal erosion. The erosion is linked to the changing climate. [BBC]

Erosion defence (DS Pugh, CC BY-SA 2.0, cropped)

¶ “Victoria’s Roadmap From Gas To Electricity” • The Australian state of Victoria is making headlines as it moves from brown coal to wind and from fossil fuel gas to battery-firmed solar. As such, it is making a great effort to take the general public along for the journey along Victoria’s Roadmap, with education playing a key role in the process. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “3D-Printed Electric Car Whipped Up By Canadian Auto Parts Companies” • 3D printing has steadily wormed its way into the auto parts field. Everyone wants a piece of the action, including Canadian auto parts suppliers. They are breaking out of the pack with Project Arrow, an electric car featuring a fully functional 3D-printed chassis. [CleanTechnica]

Project Arrow electric car (Courtesy of Project Arrow)

¶ “Greener Power: India To Produce Half Of Its Energy Needs From Renewable Sources By 2030” • India is projected to surpass the government’s target of producing half of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030. While solar and wind projects dominate, newer trends, such as microgrids, are redefining the energy paradigm. [The New Indian Express]

¶ “Awesome Dutch BEV Sales In 2023” • The Dutch market for first-time battery EV buyers may grow a little, perhaps from 20% market share to 25% in 2023. But a market of BEV replacement orders is starting, perhaps reaching 15% market share. The whole year could be over 40% BEV market share, growing to 50% at the end of the year. [CleanTechnica]

Amsterdam (Azhar J, Unsplash)

¶ “Nuclear Plants Face Shutdown Over Tax On Windfalls” • EDF, which operates all five of the UK’s operating nuclear plants, said the Chancellor’s raid on power producers will make it harder to keep the ageing Heysham 1 and Hartlepool stations open as long as hoped. It would mean the sites close in March 2024, removing a “cushion” of spare capacity. [MSN]

US:

¶ “New (Green) Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trucks, New Hope For Nikola” • The US startup Nikola got off to a rough start after it launched in 2014, but things have been looking up for the zero emission automaker of late. The company is finally on track to bring its promised Tre hydrogen fuel cell truck to the market for long-distance shipping. [CleanTechnica]

Tre hydrogen fuel cell truck (Courtesy of Nikola)

¶ “New Mexico EV Charging Stations Update (Some Got A Second Jolt Of Cash)” • New Mexico charging stations have been having supply chain issues. In Alamogordo, Allsup’s had built a new station, and everything was in place except for one very notable thing: the stations themselves. Here is an update on how things are going in the state. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Massive Tesla Supercharger Buildout In Response To Massive Sales Of Model Y, 3, S, And X” • The I-15 (Salt Lake City and Saint George, Utah corridor to Las Vegas, Nevada, and on to Southern California) corridor has become a very heavily traveled route for Tesla vehicles. The Tesla Supercharger buildout and use along this route has become really clear. [CleanTechnica]

I-15 in Arizona (NWAyeah, CC-BY-SA 4.0, cropped)

¶ “California Offshore Wind Promises A New Gold Rush While Reducing Emissions” • Installation of enormous floating wind turbines needed to turn West Coast ocean gales into clean electricity may be years off, but results of a federal lease auction this month off California promised to kickstart a work boom on the state’s northern and central coasts. [OPB]

¶ “Warming Waters Are Driving Bering Sea Crashes, But Alaska’s Fishing Industry Is Quiet On Climate” • The number of snow crabs in the Bering Sea is down by billions, devastating Alaska’s crab fishing fleet. Many people at a meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council blamed trawlers. Scientists say climate change is the likely culprit. [Alaska Beacon]

Have an inspiringly fortunate day.

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