Archive for February 13th, 2023

February 13 Energy News

February 13, 2023


¶ “Solar, Solar Everywhere! Clever And Creative Uses Are Dotting The Landscape” • As the cost of solar panels continues to drop, it is becoming increasingly competitive as a popular energy source for households, businesses of all sizes, and municipalities. As a result, some solar applications are quite clever, creative, and imaginative. [CleanTechnica]

Lincoln Financial Field (Courtesy of Philadelphia Eagles)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Supporters Of A Controversial Climate Solution Say It Could Be Key. Critics Believe It Is The Path To Catastrophe” • One way to slow climate change, called geoengineering, releases chemicals into the atmosphere. Those who oppose the technology say it could open the door to an almost infinite number of potential negative consequences. [CNN]

¶ “Cyclone Gabrielle: The Science Behind Its Power” • It has been a soggy few weeks for the upper North Island. Not many cyclones make it this far south intact, but the combined effects of climate change and La Niña are making Cyclone Gabrielle dump more water on New Zealand. And unfortunately, more such cyclones are likely to come. [RNZ]

Cyclone Gabrielle (Zoom Earth, JMA, NOAA, CIRA)

¶ “Integration Of EV Charging Stations And Renewable Energy Resources” • A new research paper proposes an optimal planning technique to identify the sites and sizes of EV charging stations with controlled charging and hybrid wind and PV systems in a multi-microgrid. The paper was recently published in Energy Science and Engineering. [PV Magazine]


¶ “Electric Trucks And Buses Have Lowest Emissions – ICCT Report” • The European Commission is about to release new proposed emissions regulations for heavy duty trucks and buses. A leaked draft of the rules indicates that they will heavily favor battery-electric vehicles over those powered by hydrogen fuel cells and so-called e-fuels. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Semi (Tesla image)

¶ “Kenya Power’s E-Mobility Conference Develops Roadmap For Electric Motorization” • Kenya Power is looking to new business frontiers as part of its five-year Strategic Plan for 2023-2028. Key pillars of the plan include electric mobility, encouraging a shift to electric cooking, energy storage, and electrification of several sectors to support decarbonization. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Citicore To Diversify Renewable Energy Projects By 2030” • Oliver Tan, the President and CEO of Citicore Renewable Energy Corp, told reporters the company is to add solar power projects, run-of-river hydro plants, offshore wind power, and energy storage over the next seven years, launching 1 GW of projects every year to 2027. [Philippine News Agency]

Philippine wind turbines (Obra19, CC-BY-SA 3.0)


¶ “Green Biscuits For Australia” • Whether you like coffee or tea, the morning cuppa with a biscuit of choice is part of Australia’s culture. Arnott’s, Australia’s main maker, has made a major move towards green energy. Arnott’s will be making green biscuits – 40 million kilograms a year of them. It’s like adding 15,000 Teslas to Queensland roads. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “UK Renewables Giant Targets Australian Solar With $145 Million Spending Spree” • Glennmont Partners, a UK fund manager, is eyeing the Australian renewable energy market. It plans to acquire, build, and operate a portfolio of Australian solar farms and energy storage assets as part of a A$145 million ($100 million) strategy. [pv magazine Australia]

Solar array (Green Gold Energy image)

¶ “Neoen Gets Transmission Go-Ahead For First Stage Of Country’s Biggest Renewable Zone” • Neoen has convinced South Australian energy bureaucrats that the 33 kilometer transmission line it needs to build to get power from what will be the country’s biggest renewable energy zone to the people should not be regulated. [Renew Economy]

¶ “$65 Million For ‘First-Of-A-Kind’ Concentrated Solar Power Plant” • The Australian Renewable Energy Agency confirmed it approved A$65 million ($44.95 million) to help Vast Solar build VS1, a “first-of-a-kind” concentrated solar power  plant north of Port Augusta. The plant will have a capacity of 500 MW and store energy for four to sixteen hours. [pv magazine Australia]

Concentrated solar plant (Vast Solar image)

¶ “Nuclear Power Debate Looms” • The Federal Government of Australia said it would examine the potential of nuclear power, and discussions have been reinstated. There are some who favor nuclear power. Limestone Coast Protection Alliance chairman Angus Ralton said instead of nuclear power, wind farms and solar would be more efficient. [The Border Watch]


¶ “US Clean Energy Goals Hinge On Faster Permitting” • The speed and scale the climate crisis requires reforms to the way projects sited and permitted to achieve our national goals. One analysis found that the project build time, including permitting, siting, and construction, for utility-scale solar and wind facility projects averages four years. [CleanTechnica]

Agrivoltaic system (BlueWave via CS Energy)

¶ “US DOE Ramps Up Efficiency Standards For Appliances, Funds More Efficient Wind Turbine Manufacturing” • The DOE made several major moves this week. After a conditional $2 billion loan to Redwood Materials for a battery recycling facility, DOE made announcements about the energy efficiency of home appliances and wind turbines. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Oregon Churns Out Renewable Energy, But Needs Batteries To Store It” • In Oregon, some utilities have begun ramping up renewable energy to meet the state’s clean energy goals. There is one problem: These sources only generate energy intermittently. There is also a solution to the problem: Batteries operate the rest of the time. [Jefferson Public Radio]

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