Archive for March 22nd, 2023

March 22 Energy News

March 22, 2023


¶ “The New Normal In Energy Systems” • In this time of rapid change, things that used to be new are now normal. EVs are not just greener, they are better technology than internal combustion engine vehicles. The major green energy technologies – wind, solar, EVs, batteries, and ancillary technologies – are not just greener, but better. [CleanTechnica]

Wind turbines (Sam Forson, Pexels)

Science and Technology:

¶ “Can We Really Take CO₂ Back Out The Air?” • The AR6 report published by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change should serve as a “a survival guide for humanity,” UN chief Antonio Guterres has said. It is looking more clear that we will have to remove CO₂ from the atmosphere actively. Here is a look at that possibility. [BBC]

¶ “Massive Spray Drones Are Transforming Agriculture With Win After Win” • Agricultural drones are pervasive. One professinal guess was 15% usage by the two million farms in the US, either as a service or with direct ownership, but data suggest current usage is far greater, with 75% of farmers surveyed in 2018 having used or planning to use drones. [CleanTechnica]

Drone (Jason Blackeye, Unsplash)

¶ “The IPCC’s Sixth Synthesis Report on Climate Change” • On March 20, the IPCC issued its Sixth Synthesis Report On Climate Change, refered to as AR6. This report synthesizes three reports produced in 2021 and 2022. None of those earlier reports is trivial in scope or size. Each, by itself, is a monumental work of science. [Green Energy Times]

¶ “Qnetic Unveils Revolutionary Flywheel Energy Storage System To Accelerate Renewable Energy Adoption” • Qnetic has developed a groundbreaking flywheel energy storage system to tackle the storage challenge head-on. The Qnetic battery has a 2 MWh capacity, with a 500 kW power output and a discharge duration of 4 to 12 hours. [Benzinga]

Qnetic system (Qnetic image)


¶ “UN Warns Against ‘Vampiric’ Global Water Use” • A UN report warns of a looming global water crisis and an “imminent risk” of shortages due to overconsumption and climate change. It says the world is “blindly travelling a dangerous path” of “vampiric overconsumption and overdevelopment,” It comes before first major UN water summit since 1977. [BBC]

¶ “Indian Solar Module Maker Lands $2.5 Million Funding From World Bank” • Indian solar module manufacturer Insolation Solar has secured funding from a World Bank-backed fund for expansion of its production line. Insolation Energy currently has a module and cell production capacity of 700 MW and plans to expand it to 1,700 MW. [CleanTechnica]

Solar panels (, CC0)

¶ “Tata Power Secures 510-MW Solar-Wind Hybrid PPA” • One of the largest renewable energy companies in India, Tata Power Renewable Energy, has entered into a power purchase agreement for a solar-wind hybrid project. The company signed a 510-MW power purchase agreement with group company Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Renewable Energy Sees Record Increase in 2022, Agency Says” • Renewable energy saw a record increase in 2022 with capacity up almost 10% globally, as 83% of new power capacity came from renewable sources, the International Renewable Energy Agency said. But IRENA also warned it was not enough to limit climate change. [VOA News]

Wind turbines (Pixabay, Pexels)

¶ “Wales Launches Tidal Lagoon Challenge” • The Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford, has announced £750,000 for the Tidal Lagoon Challenge. The money will be available for at least three research projects focusing on the deployment of tidal lagoon technology. The work will advance the future development of a tidal lagoon project in Welsh waters. [reNews]


¶ “California Battles Heavy Floods With More Rain And Wind To Come” • California residents are confronting heavy floods as the state braces for yet another week of storms. Millions of people in central and southern California, including the Los Angeles area, are under flood watches as the twelfth atmospheric river of this season is hitting the state. [BBC]

Atmospheric river hitting California (NOAA image)

¶ “Fisker Partners With ChargePoint For Public Charging In North America” • Fisker Inc, a leading EV innovator, announced ChargePoint as its North American partner for providing public charging systems. This strategic partnership will enable Fisker to expand its reach and offer more charging options to customers across the continent. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Boston’s Mayor Wants To Adopt Climate-Friendly Building Code” • Boston Mayor Michelle Wu wants the City to adopt a green building code for new construction. The updated energy code will deliver the long-term benefits of improved air quality, lower energy costs, reduced carbon emissions, and enhanced thermal comfort to residents. [CleanTechnica]

Boston (Sean Sweeney, Unsplash)

¶ “Entergy’s New Solar Station” • Entergy Mississippi announced that its 100-MW solar power station is up and running near the small Delta town of Ruleville. This power station, known as the Sunflower Solar Station, is the largest utility-owned solar PV installation in Mississippi, providing enough energy to power 16,000 homes. [Entergy Newsroom]

¶ “US Regulators Delay Decision On Nuclear Fuel Storage License” • US regulators have said they need more time to wrap up a final safety report and make a decision on whether to license a multibillion-dollar complex intended to provide temporary storage for tons of spent fuel from commercial nuclear power plants around the nation. []

Have a reasonably frolicsome day.

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