Archive for March 7th, 2023

March 7 Energy News

March 7, 2023


¶ “Historic UN Ocean Treaty Agreed – Greenpeace Statement” • A historic UN Ocean Treaty has finally been agreed at the United Nations after almost two decades of negotiations. It is vital that countries urgently ratify this Treaty, and begin the work to create vast, fully protected ocean sanctuaries covering 30% of oceans by 2030. [CleanTechnica]

Science and Technology:

¶ “Sesame Solar’s Portable Solar Nanogrids Provide Renewable Electricity On The Go” • Sesame Solar, based in Jackson, MS, manufactures portable solar power and energy storage systems for emergency situations or work scenarios where they provide mobile power. Their technology can be set up quickly at a site, integrating hydrogen power. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Solar Powers Entire Town In South Australia, Slashes Energy Costs” • William Creek is part of the Australian Outback. One of its biggest claims to fame is that its nearest neighbor is Anna Station, the largest cattle ranch in the world – bigger than Israel, actually. Another is that it is the only town in Australia powered entirely by solar energy. [CleanTechnica]

William Creek Pub (Repat, CC-BY-SA 3.0, cropped)

¶ “Two-Thirds Of European Battery Production At Risk” • More than two-thirds of lithium-ion battery production planned for Europe is at risk of being delayed, scaled down, or cancelled, new analysis has shown. Europe’s global share of new investment in Li-ion battery production dropped from 41% in 2021 to a meagre 2% in 2022. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “50Hertz Hits Renewables Transmission Record” • The share of renewables on the 50Hertz grid has risen to a record 65% – but more speed is needed to reach climate neutrality, according to the operator. 50Hertz added 2500 MW of renewable capacity last year, of which more than 1800 MW was photovoltaic and 700 MW was onshore wind power. [reNews]

50Hertz worker (50Hertz image)

¶ “Queensland To Spend $5 Billion On 1,100-Km CopperString Power Line To Unlock Renewables Potential” • The Queensland government said it will take control of a $5 billion proposal to build a 1,100-km power line connecting Mount Isa to the national grid. It says this will “unlock” development of new-economy mineral deposits. [The Guardian]

¶ “Wave Energy, Storage Pilot Begins Orkney Trials” • A project to power subsea equipment with wave power and subsea energy storage has taken to the seas in Orkney, Scotland. The £2 million demonstrator project, called Renewables for Subsea Power, has connected Mocean Energy’s Blue X wave energy converter  with a Verlume Halo underwater battery. [reNews]

Blue X wave energy converter (Mocean image)

¶ “Adani To Develop 15 GW Of Renewable Energy Projects In Andhra Pradesh” • Adani Group committed to building 15 GW of renewable power projects in Andhra Pradesh, while Reliance announced its 10 GW solar plans for the state. Avaada, Greenko, Indosol, and ReNew have also pledged massive investments into the state’s renewables sector. [pv magazine India]

¶ “Spain Installed 6.93 GW Of PVs In 2022” • Spain deployed about 8,312 MW of new renewable energy capacity in 2022, provisional figures from APPA Renovables show. Of the new capacity, 5,663 MW was grid-scale, of which wind accounted for about 1,382 MW, and 4,281 MW was PVs. There was also 2,649 MW of smaller PVs. [PV Magazine]

Andasol Solar Power Station (kallerna, CC-BY-SA 4.0)


¶ “Biden Will Veto Senate Rule Blocking ESG Investments” • The US Senate voted to reverse a rule that permits retirement plan managers to factor in considerations of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) into their investments. President Biden has threatened to use his veto power to prevent the attempt to block ESG investments. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Wind, Solar, And Batteries Increasingly Account For More New US Power Capacity Additions” • Wind, solar, and battery storage are growing as a share of new generating capacity each year. These technologies make up 82% of the new utility-scale generating capacity that developers plan to bring online in the US this year, DOE data shows. [CleanTechnica]

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¶ “Honda Pushes Forward With New Stationary Hydrogen Power Station For Backup Power” • Honda unveiled a new stationary fuel cell power system that will serve as the backup power for its data center at its American Honda headquarters in Torrance, California. The stationary power system uses second life fuel cells taken from Honda vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “‘Green Hydrogen’ Would Squander Renewable Energy Resources In Massachusetts” • Efforts by natural gas utilities in Massachusetts to replace 20% of their gas with “green hydrogen” would use more clean energy than the state’s ambitious offshore wind energy buildout would produce, a report says. Heat pumps would be more effective. [Inside Climate News]

Heat pumps (Kristoferb, CC-BY-SA 3.0)

¶ “Virginia Regulators Approve Bill Increase For Appalachian Power’s Fuel Costs” • Virginia regulators approved an average monthly residential bill increase of $20.17 for customers of Appalachian Power, the state’s second-largest electric utility, so that the company can recover increased fuel costs. The utility had sought an increase of $33.24. [Virginia Mercury]

¶ “Vogtle 3 Reaches Initial Criticality” • Vogtle 3, one of the two 1,117-MW Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactors Southern Nuclear Operating Co is building in Georgia, has reached initial criticality. The event marks a pivotal milestone for the Generation III+ pressurized water reactor, the first of its kind built in the US. [POWER Magazine]

Have an extraordinarily beautiful day.

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