Daily Archives: August 15, 2022

How Well Do We Know Climate Change?

By A. K. Shyam, PhD I have been following the developments on this critical global issue ever since my first paper on Global Warming at the Hamburg International Conference in early 1990s. Although a few thoughts have been penned here and there, its complexity seems to be getting more challenging as we progress year after…

Enhanced geothermal energy system R&D gets a boost from DOE money

By Renewable Energy World The U.S. Department of Energy’s Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy field laboratory announced up to $44 million for projects to develop and test technology to foster innovation in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). The lab said that only a small fraction of the United States’ geothermal resource can be harnessed…

China Startup – a Thorium-powered Molten-salt Reactor

By Dan Yurman China to Start Operations for a Thorium-powered Molten-salt Reactor Terrestrial Energy Signs Agreement for IMSR Deployment in Alberta Brief History of Reactor Design Efforts Related to Canada’s Tar Sands Deep Isolation / Amentum Form to Commercialize Nuclear Waste Disposal Technology Argonne National Lab Aims to Lower Nuclear Energy Costs with Artificial Intelligence…

Greens: Reject Robbins Island wind farm #AUS

By National Wind Watch Robbins Island development should be rejected under precautionary principle. Federal and state environment ministers need to heed a recent Federal Court decision and apply the precautionary principle to the EPBC assessment for UPC’s proposed Robbins Island windfarm. This development should be rejected on the basis of insufficient information of species’ harm….

Colorful solar panels could make the technology more attractive

Solar panels aren’t just for rooftops anymore — some buildings even have these power-generating structures all over their facades. But as more buildings and public spaces incorporate photovoltaic technologies, their monotonous black color could leave onlookers underwhelmed. Now, researchers have created solar panels that take on colorful hues while producing energy nearly as efficiently as…

Congress passes Inflation Reduction Act: Its climate promise relies heavily on carbon capture, meaning thousands of miles of pipeline

By Wil Burns My new piece on the Inflation Reduction Act and its carbon removal (both carbon capture with sequestration and carbon dioxide removal) provisions in the Conversation: Burns, Congress passes Inflation Reduction Act: Its climate promise relies heavily on carbon capture, meaning thousands of miles of pipeline, The Conversation, Aug. 12, 2022. Read Full…

Environmental Return on Energy Investment

By Jim Baird EROEI typically describes energy return on energy investment, which is the ratio of the amount of usable energy (exergy) delivered from an energy source to the amount of exergy used to obtain that source. It relates to heat engines like the one depicted below, where a boiler produces a vapor that drives…

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