May 22 Energy News

May 22, 2023

Science and Technology:

¶ “Induction, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count The Ways …” • The ability of induction ranges to eliminate the need for gas piped to your home, and help transition the economy towards all-electric clean renewable energy, makes them a game changer. They are a “big move” in the CleanTechnica series “Decarbonize Your Life.” [CleanTechnica]

Induction stove (Image courtesy of Samsung)


¶ “Zero-Emission Zones Can Cut Air Pollution Tremendously” • New modelling commissioned by the Clean Cities Campaign and Transport & Environment shows that air pollution levels can be brought close to the science-based guidelines of the World Health Organization if stronger action is taken on polluting vehicles. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “More Renewable Energy Projects In The Philippines Pop Up As Conglomerates Jump In” • PetroGreen Energy Corp, part of the Yuchengco Group of Companies, one of the Philippines’ largest business conglomerates, announced its acquisition of two solar projects in Luzon. They will add 60 MW to the company’s renewable energy portfolio. [CleanTechnica]

PetroSolar’s Tarlac solar plant (Image courtesy of PetroSolar)

¶ “ACWA Power Secures $3.25 Billion Deals For Massive Saudi Solar Projects” • ACWA Power has secured three power purchase agreements valued at $3.25 billion for three large-scale PV solar plants. The combined capacity of the three projects will be 4.55 GW, providing sufficient renewable energy for around 750,000 households. [Oil & Gas Middle East]

¶ “Four Nairobi Bus Operators Now Using Electric Buses!” • One of Nairobi’s top public transportation providers, Embassava Sacco, has announced the introduction of four electric buses to its fleet in collaboration with BasiGo, an African startup for electric transportation. They are BYD K6 electric buses, which have a range of about 250 km. [CleanTechnica]

BYD K6 electric bus (BasiGo image)

¶ “Green Energy Plays Bigger Roles In European Countries” • According to the Brussels-based Solar Power Europe, the 27 EU member states saw 41.4 GW of new solar PV capacity connected to their grids in 2022. This is a 47% increase compared to 2021. In April, Portugal reached a milestone, with 51% of its electricity coming from wind and solar power. [Xinhua]

¶ “Spain’s Renewable Energy Powered The Entire Country For A 9-Hour Work Day” • Spain is among a handful of countries that lead the world in the push toward renewable energy. Last week it reached a new milestone. Energy generated from wind, sun, and water met the needs of mainland Spain from 10 am to 7 pm on Tuesday, El Pais reported. [Yahoo Sport UK]

Valle Solar Power Station (Arvydas Cetyrkovskis, CC-BY-SA 4.0)

¶ “Ukraine Says There Is A Power Outage At Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant” • Energoatom, Ukraine’s state-owned power company, said there was a power outage at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant after a Russia-installed official said the plant was switched to standby and emergency power supply. This is the seventh such power outage since Russia invaded. [RTE]

¶ “TotalEnergies’ Spanish PV Projects Pass EIA Test” • The Spanish Ministry of Energy Transition and Autonomous Communities gave TotalEnergies a favourable Environmental Impact Assessment for an estimated 3 GW of installed solar PV capacity. The first projects are expected to be coming on stream in early 2024. [reNews]

Solar array (TotalEnergies image)


¶ “Green Power Target Will Require ‘Huge’ Investment Surge” • The Australian government’s ambitious renewable energy target is achievable but requires a “huge” investment surge, senior officials from the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment, and Water told senators. Investment in solar is on track, but wind is lagging. [Shepparton News]

¶ “Australia’s Renewable Superpower Ambitions Could Be Turbo-Charged By Biden Compact” • The new US-Australia Climate, Critical Minerals, and Clean Energy Transformation Compact agreed on by US President Biden and Australian Prime Minister Albanese provides a landmark policy statement of strategic intent. [Renew Economy]

Mining operation (Pilbara Minerals image)

¶ “‘Savagely imperfect:’ Forrest lets fly at coal, nuclear, and ex-Snowy boss Paul Broad” • Australian iron ore billionaire Andrew Forrest says the newly announced critical minerals and clean energy compact between Australia and the US could get Australia over the line in its shift to 82% renewables by 2030 – and if it doesn’t, “we’re toast.” [Renew Economy]


¶ “Solar-Panel “Clustering” Coming To Scores Of Army Homes On Hawaii” • Lendlease Communities operates nearly 8,000 homes on Oahu, providing housing for military families through a partnership with the US Army. They are addressing local electric rates of 44¢/kWh with solar arrays that serve clusters of four to six homes. [CleanTechnica]

Island of Palms, Hawaii (Courtesy of Lendlease Communities)

¶ “Ample Wants To Bring Battery Swapping To Everyone” • With its new swap station design, Ample says it can cut swap times in half, to 5 minutes, while being user-friendly and safe. It can serve the needs of both small passenger cars and large delivery trucks. A whole platform raises with the car to allow passengers to enter and exit the car during a swap. [CleanTechnica]

¶ “The Homeowner Basics Of Financing Solar PV Power For Residential Real Estate” • The Inflation Reduction Act, as well as other incentives have made residential solar energy systems more attractive for homeowners. Last year, the growth of residential solar in the US boomed, as residential solar projects grew by a “staggering” 40%. [CNBC]

Have an abundantly edifying day.

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