Archive for May 4th, 2023

May 4 Energy News

May 4, 2023

Science and Technology:

¶ “Indo-Pacific Corals Found To Be More Resilient To Climate Change Than Atlantic Corals” • In the face of global warming and other environmental changes, corals in the Atlantic Ocean have declined precipitously in recent years, while corals in the Pacific and Indian Oceans are faring better. An international team led by Penn State examined the reasons why. []

Coral (Francesco Ungaro, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Moss Is A Powerful Carbon Storage Solution. Can It Help Fight Climate Change?” • Research shows that we should start paying more attention to moss because it’s seriously important for soil in ecosystems around the world. It might even be a game-changer for climate change. The findings were published in the journal Nature Geoscience. [Inverse]


¶ “COP28 President Says Fossil Fuels Still Have A Role To Play, Prompting Concerns About Climate Summit’s Goals” • The president of the UN’s COP28 climate conference said he sees a future for fossil fuels, even as scientists say the world must rapidly transition to clean energy. His remarks raise concerns about a backsliding on climate commitments. [CNN]

Sultan Al Jaber (Arctic Circle, CC-BY-SA 2.0)

¶ “Biffa And LUNAZ Partner To Up-Cycle Refuse Collection Trucks In The UK” • Lunaz announced a partnership with Biffa, where diesel refuse trucks will be upcycled instead of scrapped, as Biffa transitions its fleet to zero-emissions. In addition to no emissions, each ‘Upcycled Electric Vehicle’ will save 21 tonnes of embedded carbon, versus a new vehicle. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “RWE Turns Sod On Thor Onshore Substation” • RWE has started building the onshore substation for its 1GW Danish offshore wind farm Thor. The onshore substation will be built in the municipality of Lemvig. RWE will build Thor offshore wind farm in the Danish part of the North Sea, approximately 22 km off the coast of Thorsminde. [reNews]

RWE offshore wind farm (RWE image)

¶ “Energy Crisis Prompts Thailand To Accelerate Shift To Renewables” • The fallout from the global energy crisis arising from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is pushing Thailand to accelerate its shift to renewables after dragging its feet for years, the latest nation to embrace wind and solar in order to reduce dependence on imported fuel. [Yahoo Finance]

¶ “Cero, Enso Energise 50-MW Larks Green” • Cero Generation with UK development partner Enso Energy has completed the energization of the first solar farm to connect directly to the UK transmission network. The solar plant, the 50-MW Larks Greens olar farm, comprises 152,400 solar modules installed in a 200-acre plot. [reNews]

Solar farm (Enso image)

¶ “INEOS Running All Norwegian Plastics Plants On Renewable Energy” • Europe’s third largest polyolefins producer, INEOS Olefins & Polymer, will run all its plants in Norway on renewable energy. INEOS signed a renewable power purchase agreement with Skagerak Energitjenester to provide 100% green energy to two operations. [Power Engineering International]


¶ “New York Becomes The First State To Ban Natural Gas Stoves And Furnaces In Most New Buildings” • New York is the first state in the country to ban natural gas and other fossil fuels in most new buildings – a major win for climate advocates, but a move that could spark pushback from fossil fuel interests. The law was push by climate-minded voters. [CNN]

Cooking with gas (Henrique Malaguti, Unsplash, cropped)

¶ “Volvo Is Leading The Shift At Advanced Clean Transportation 2023” • Compared to earlier shows, The 2023 Advanced Clean Transportation show in California, was almost unrecognizable. Gone are the niche sensibility and futuristic concepts, replaced with activations loaded with high-tech electric and hydrogen-fueled fleet solutions. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “US Postal Service Carrier Orders Fifty Fuel Cell Trucks From Nikola” • Nikola has just nailed down an order for fifty Class 8 fuel cell trucks from the Los Angeles firm AJR Trucking. In the big world of trucking, fifty trucks is not especially impressive. But the news is significant because gives Nikola a big bump-up for its footprint in the US. [CleanTechnica]

AJR Trucking hydrogen-powered truck (Courtesy of AJR)

¶ “Ford Mustang Mach-E Now Has More Range And Lower Prices” • Ford announced that it is granting EV enthusiasts their wishes for longer range and lower costs. Ford had stopped accepting orders for the Mustang Mach-E until it could fill more of its existing orders. Now it says it is ready to open the order books once again. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “Bosch And Nikola Are Ready With Hydrogen” • W hen Nikola showed up to the 2022 ACT Expo in Long Beach last year, the message was simple: we’re still here. After all the trials and tribulations the fledgling truck brand had faced, it had survived. But this year, the message was different. Nikola isn’t just here – Nikola is the real deal. [CleanTechnica]

Have an understandably uplifting day.

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