April 20 Energy News

April 20, 2023

Science and Technology:

¶ “Apple Will Use 100% Recycled Cobalt In Batteries By 2025” • Apple announced significant acceleration of its efforts to expand the use of recycled materials across all of its products. It aims to use 100% recycled cobalt in all of the batteries it makes by2025. Apple-designed printed circuit boards will also have a number of other 100% recycled materials. [CleanTechnica]

Apple landscape (Apple image)

¶ “Solarge Debuts Lightweight Fully Recyclable Solar Panels” • Solarge, based in the Netherlands, has introduced what it calls the world’s first 100% recyclable solar panel. It claims a number of advantages for the panels, including light weight, a negative carbon manufacturing footprint, non-toxic materials, and a recyclable design. [CleanTechnica]


¶ “Fleet Of Russian Spy Ships Has Been Gathering Intelligence In Nordic Waters, Investigation Finds” • Russia has a fleet of ships in Nordic waters. A joint investigation by the public broadcasters of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland suggests they are spying as part of a program developing an ability to sabotage submarine cables and wind farms. [CNN]

Storm over the Baltic Sea (Marek Piwnicki, Unsplash)

¶ “A Caribbean Island’s Quest To Become The World’s First Climate-Resilient Nation” • Dominica is one of the most disaster-vulnerable countries on Earth. It faces a choice of building resilience or a risk of being locked in an unsustainable cycle of destruction and rebuilding. So it is trying to become “the world’s first climate-resilient nation.” [BBC]

¶ “Toyota Unveils Two New BZ Series Models At Auto Shanghai” • Toyota recently announced that it will expand the current line-up of battery EVs by releasing ten new models by 2026, which would amount to 1.5 million vehicles of annual sales. Toyota says this new generation of BEVs will have double driving range and impressive performance. [CleanTechnica]

Toyota battery EVs (Toyota image)

¶ “UK Report Shows Promise Of 100% Clean Energy, Without Nuclear Power, By 2050” • A best-case scenario in which the UK fully transitions to renewable energy with no nuclear generation would save more than £100 billion (over $124 million) achieving net-zero by 2050 and produce 20% fewer carbon emissions, an analysis concludes. [Common Dreams]

¶ “Renewables Is Scotland’s Biggest Economic Opportunity” • In Scottish Renewables’ fourth edition of its Supply Chain Impact Statement, 89% of renewable energy supply chain businesses said they think renewable energy is the largest economic opportunity for Scotland, while 94% said they have invested in upskilling as a result of clean power opportunities. [reNews]

Offshore wind farm (SSW image)

¶ “Large Floating Platforms To Power Ireland’s Renewable Energy Transition” • Float Europe® has developed a number of large floating platforms to assist Ireland’s renewable energy transition and while meeting Europe’s 2030 sustainable goals. The company offers a pneumatically atabilized platform and a wave energy converter. [Innovation News Network]

¶ “Mega Solar Farm In Waikato Set To Power 70,000 Homes” • A mega solar farm development set for Waikato, New Zealand, has turned another leaf with an agreement between the international developer and manawhenua. The solar farm, with 300-MW of capacity, will operate on two sites covering a total of 660 hectares of land. [Stuff.co.nz]

Sheep grazing among solar panels (Supplied photograph)

¶ “Vattenfall Plans To Build 730 MW Of Swedish Hydro Power” • Vattenfall plans to upgrade four existing hydro power stations in Sweden, with a goal of providing additional capacity totaling 730 MW. The Swedish developer is looking to start development of the new capacity in 2026, with the expectation that it will be completed by 2032. [reNews]


¶ “Tesla Reduces US Prices For Sixth Time This Year! What Does That Mean?” • On Tuesday, Tesla reduced the price US customers will pay for certain models again. It is the sixth time this year that the company has done so. The big winners this time around are customers who want to buy or lease the best-selling Tesla Model Y, but other prices also fell. [CleanTechnica]

Tesla Model Y (Tesla image)

¶ “Ford Establishes New Division For AI And Autonomy” • Ford has put together a new AI and autonomous vehicle division, Latitude AI. Anything as complex as a self-driving car doesn’t seem to happen through the traditional development practices of automakers, but Ford has already accumulated over 50 million miles of hands-free driving. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Seven Fully Electric Cars That Now Get $7,500 US EV Tax Credit” • The US federal tax credit for EVs has been updated, and that means that some electric cars, trucks, and SUVs no longer qualify for the tax credits they once had. Actually, most EVs on the market in the US no longer qualify! The good news is most of the most popular EVs still do. [CleanTechnica]

2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV (Chevrolet image)

¶ “Renewable Energy Vision Becomes Reality In Indiana” • A leader in the waste-to-value energy market, BioTown Biogas, has activated its newest digester and processing facility. It is one of the largest on-farm biodigesters in the world. Its two digesters can produce 42 million kWh of electricity and over 3 million gallons of natural gas. [Farm Progress]

¶ “Illinois Clean Energy Advocates Rally Against Nuclear Power In Springfield” • Clean energy advocates from across Illinois rallied as the state considers expanding its options for the energy grid. “Nuclear is gonna take a long time to put on the grid, and wind and solar can go tomorrow,” said Jen Walling of the Illinois Environmental Council. [MyStateline.com]

Have a thrillingly delightful day.

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