Author: Mokurai

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Renewable Roundup: Electric buses sweeping South America, equipped with new battery tech

Electric buses in Brazil to advance batteries. Of course, they don’t have this market all to themselves. By Mokurai Brazilian buses to help drive down cost of lithium-sulfur batteries British manufacturer Oxis Energy has announced plans to help Brazil to an all-electric bus fleet by 2045. Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO of the Oxford-based company, told pv magazine in […]

June 10th

Renewable Roundup: 15 GW of solar energy for Israel

Israel lifted our spirits, by announcing plans to add 15 GW more solar this decade. Mazel tov, Eretz Yisroel! No coal after 2026! Huge amounts of solar! Now, we just have to get a new Israeli government willing to abandon gas. And let the Palestinians join in. And, well, you know. By Mokurai Israel wants another 15 […]

June 9th

Renewable Roundup: Michael Moore’s Planet of the (wrong, wrong, wrong!) Humans

Michael Moore definitely knows how to stir up a controversy, sometimes to good effect. But it is nearly universally agreed that Planet of the Humans (like Planet of the Apes, ha-ha, get it?) gets the science and technology all wrong, with disastrous policy implications. By Mokurai No, let me be precise. Policy “prescriptions” that are wrong, wrong, wrong: […]

June 8th

Renewable Roundup: How refrigeration figures in climate change action

Most of the attention on Global Warming quite rightly goes to renewable electricity and EVs. But we have to thank those who focus on the less glamorous parts of the problem. Refrigeration, including air conditioning, turns out to be another critical issue. By Mokurai Alternative Refrigerants — Drawdown Fluorinated gases are not the only refrigerants […]

June 5th

Tesla drops auto prices, starts bidding on land for game-changing Terafactory

We have actual news about actual Tesla price cuts. Then we have Elon Musk hinting at exciting new developments, but delaying the actual announcements. Then we have real bidding on possibly revolutionary factories. Nobody can keep this all straight. Certainly I can’t. By Mokurai Or as the nerd proverb puts it, In theory, there is […]

June 3rd

Fossil fuels kill more than Covid-19

The Denialists deny it, and the MSM is too scared to bring it up. We have more than five million deaths from fossil fuel, 8.8 million from air pollution overall every year. Covid-19, with 119,000 confirmed deaths so far, is a blip, a rounding error in the deaths we inflict on ourselves from coal and […]

June 1st

Renewable Roundup: Clean energy eclipses coal

The targets become ever more tempting as antiquated coal plants age out and become ever more financially ruinous for their owners. Which ones are they working on where you are? Are we having fun yet? In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S. The coronavirus has pushed the coal industry to […]

May 24th

Renewable Roundup: Renewable energy is a huge boon for the island nation of Indonesia

Indonesia is undergoing another conversion in government policy on energy. There is much more renewable energy in this year’s plan, to be achieved much sooner than previously thought, on more than 9,000 inhabited islands. Wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, wave, tide, storage… By Mokurai Indonesia should put more energy into renewable power Aug 19, 2019 In […]

May 23rd