Wind and solar output surges as AI fights wildfires and Tesla eyes Chinese rivals


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Llast week, BP has released its annual World Energy Statistical Review, which provides a comprehensive overview of the global energy industry. One of the most interesting stats within it was the growth of renewable energy, the consumption of which increased by 15% in 2021. Hydroelectric, nuclear and renewable energy accounted for around 18% of energy consumption worldwide, the balance being provided by fossil fuels. . Wind and solar power combined accounted for 10.1% of total global energy production, the first time this figure exceeded 10%. “Together, wind and solar energy provided 2,894 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity in 2021,” writes Forbes Robert Rapier, Senior Energy Contributor. “For perspective, in 2010 that number was 380 TWh.”

The big read

Can AI predict if your house will burn to the ground?

As summer fire season approaches in California, is using machine learning to help insurers and property owners make realistic risk assessments and reduce damage to homes and property. Learn more here.

Discoveries and Innovations

Rising temperatures and associated climate change could increase the prevalence of landslides, avalanches and rockfalls in the mountains.

Researchers from Yale determined that many current climate models may be underestimating future flood impactsbecause of the way they take into account the physics of raindrop formation.

Scientists at University of Washington have designed a new type of switch that could significantly improve the energy efficiency of large data centers.

Sustainability Deals of the Week

Spanish construction start 11 a.m. raised a $25 million Series A to grow its business of helping developers build with more sustainable materials, reports Techcrunch.

energy giant Shell announced that it has finalized plans to build a renewable hydrogen plant in the Netherlands, which the company says will be the largest in the world when it begins operations in 2025.

French biorecycling company Carbios announced that he has signed a two-year contract with On, Patagonia, PUMA and Salomon to develop recycling solutions for the company’s products.

on the horizon

The European Parliament has given its consent to allow certain nuclear energy and natural gas projects to be qualified as “green”. The result of the policy is that some of these projects can now benefit from access to low-interest loans and even grants. Although controversial, the move could make a difference to emissions targets amid Russian sanctions, which have led countries like Germany to reopen coal-fired power plants.

What else we read this week

The green revolution is coming for energy-hungry particle accelerators (Popular Science)

Toxic slime contributed to Earth’s worst mass extinction – and it’s making a comeback (Scientific American)

The infamous 1972 report that warned of the collapse of civilization (wired)

Green Transportation Update

American media coverage Potential challengers to Tesla’s dominance in electric vehicles focuses primarily on big automakers like GM, Volkswagen and Ford, as well as promising startups like Rivian and Lucid. But it turns out the company is already being challenged by fast-growing Chinese manufacturers including BYD, SAIC and NIO. In fact, BYD overtook Tesla in global plug-in vehicle sales in the first half of the year, even if that includes plug-in hybrids that still use small gasoline engines. Elon Musk’s powerhouse will retain its global lead for another year in 2022, but he has a string of competitors determined to reduce Tesla’s dominance.

The great history of transport

Tesla delivery pace drops in second quarter due to China slowdown

Part of the reason BYD edged out Tesla in the first half was due to the US company’s production headaches at its Shanghai factory, which was hampered in the second quarter by strict local Covid-related lockdown rules. As a result, the company’s quarterly vehicle deliveries fell 26% more than expected sequentially from the first quarter, although they were up 18% from a year earlier. Learn more here.

More green transport news

The Pillars of a Net Zero Transport Sector: Electric Vehicle Adoption and Clean Energy

Tevva: a universal hydrogen-battery delivery truck from London

China’s assault on the European electric car market is gaining momentum

King Car dropped off at rue Royale as work begins to remove car traffic from central Brussels

Sales of Warren Buffett-backed BYD electric vehicles more than tripled in June

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