Poll: British Columbians want climate and clean energy at the centre of B.C.’s recovery plan

Poll: British Columbians want climate and clean energy at the centre of B.C.’s recovery plan

As the government surveys British Columbians to help shape its recovery plan, new polling from Stratcom and Clean Energy Canada offers insight into how many would like to see things unfold.

Scientists break “bottleneck” in hydrogen electrolysis technology

Scientists break “bottleneck” in hydrogen electrolysis technology

Secondly, the team used machine learning combined with their newfound understanding to select new spinel oxides that increased catalytic activity and, in turn, made water electrolysis more efficient.“To improve the performance of spinel oxides, we need a deeper understanding of how they work as catalysts to make water electrolysis more efficient,” said Associate Professor Xu of the NTU School of Materials Sciences and Engineering.

Hazer signs off on $17m green hydrogen facility

Hazer signs off on $17m green hydrogen facility

The project is set to be built at the Western Australian Water Corporation’s Woodman Point Wastewater Treatment Plant and will produce up to 100 tonnes per annum of low-emissions hydrogen using biogas collected from the treatment plant.“This is a significant milestone, and we look forward to moving smoothly into Project execution,” Hazer Group managing director Geoff Ward said.

Influx of electric vehicles accelerates need for grid planning

Influx of electric vehicles accelerates need for grid planning

PNNL researchers evaluated the capacity of the power grid in the western U.S. over the next decade as growing fleets of EVs of all sizes, including trucks, plug into charging stations at homes and businesses and on transportation routes.

Calls for oil-well decommissioning to become ‘skills bridge’ to energy transition

Calls for oil-well decommissioning to become ‘skills bridge’ to energy transition

Fast-tracked North Sea decommissioning projects should be used as a “skills bridge” to get hundreds of oil workers over the current job-cuts crisis and into green energy roles, a new report said.

Lithium ion battery waste used in biodiesel production from discarded vegetable oil

Lithium ion battery waste used in biodiesel production from discarded vegetable oil

More information: Gilberto Maia Brito et al, Eco-green biodiesel production from domestic waste cooking oil by transesterification using LiOH into basic catalysts mixtures, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (2020).

What the heroin industry can teach us about solar power

What the heroin industry can teach us about solar power

He has been studying opium production in Afghanistan for more than 25 years and tells me the introduction of solar is by far the most significant technological change he has seen in that time.

Solar-driven membrane distillation technology that can double drinking water production

Solar-driven membrane distillation technology that can double drinking water production

The KIST research team used a new solar absorber made of titanium (Ti) and magnesium fluoride (MgF2) in a multi-layer film to develop a high-efficiency solar-driven membrane distillation technology that can exponentially increase water production.

Nuclear power: A women-led, progressive group takes a new approach

Nuclear power: A women-led, progressive group takes a new approach

Another thing that’s different — and really couches us in the progressive movement and not in the energy think tank space — is that we are focused on community-level engagement.And a lot of the developers of these new [nuclear] technologies see where it’s going.

Renewable energy supply and demand during lockdown – and the best time to bake bread

Renewable energy supply and demand during lockdown – and the best time to bake bread

What if they could choose the best time of their day to bake, based on when renewable energy generation was at its daily peak – and the carbon intensity of the grid is at its corresponding nadir?

A pretty good start but room for improvement: 3 experts rate Australia’s emissions technology plan

A pretty good start but room for improvement: 3 experts rate Australia’s emissions technology plan

But what’s less clear is an appreciation of the sheer scale of change needed to support a low- or net-zero emissions future.The roadmap would benefit from an assessment of the scale of investment and infrastructure needed to meet the long-term emissions goals of the Paris Agreement.

Researchers create a roadmap to better multivalent batteries

Researchers create a roadmap to better multivalent batteries

Researchers review the current state of multivalent metal-ion battery research and provide a roadmap for future work in Nature Energy , reporting that the top candidates—using magnesium, calcium, zinc and aluminum—all have great promise, but also steep challenges to meet practical demands.

Chevron is installing solar panels — To produce oil more cheaply

Chevron is installing solar panels — To produce oil more cheaply

The Lost Hills project, Chevron’s largest solar-powered oil field, marks an unusual twist in the fate of the state’s decade-old Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program.

Moray East wind farm jackets arrive on giant transport ship

Moray East wind farm jackets arrive on giant transport ship

Meanwhile, a consortium of Deme and Smulders are designing, manufacturing and installing the jackets, and Global Energy has been subcontracted to provide facilities at the Port of Nigg to support the installation work.

Open-source renewable energy potential (reV) model offers endless potential

Open-source renewable energy potential (reV) model offers endless potential

Available open source as of February 2020, the reV model was developed by researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to align previously disparate analyses for resource modeling, technical potential, and renewable energy cost supply curves.

Battery breakthrough gives boost to electric flight and long-range electric cars

Battery breakthrough gives boost to electric flight and long-range electric cars

Now, researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, have reported in the journal Nature Materials a new class of soft, solid electrolytes—made from both polymers and ceramics—that suppress dendrites in that early nucleation stage, before they can propagate and cause the battery to fail.

FERC’s New PURPA Rule Undermines Clean Energy Projects, Advocates Say

FERC’s New PURPA Rule Undermines Clean Energy Projects, Advocates Say

Under PURPA, utilities in states without wholesale energy markets must contract with independent power projects, known as qualifying facilities (QFs), if they can produce electricity at less than the utility’s avoided cost of generation.

MacGregor’s youngest son at heart of a secondary demerger of family businesses

MacGregor’s youngest son at heart of a secondary demerger of family businesses

Last year Inverness-based Global Energy Group (GEG) split in two, with about 40% of its business becoming subsidiaries of a new investment company, Envoy and Partners, owned by two of his sons and a Japanese investor.

Why stakeholders in the 'wind energy vs. biological conservation' conflict have low mutual trust

Why stakeholders in the 'wind energy vs. biological conservation' conflict have low mutual trust

A team from the Leibniz-IZW led by Dr. Tanja Straka undertook a self-administered online survey to analyze how values, beliefs, and emotions towards wind turbines and bats affect trust between stakeholders involved in this 'green-green' conflict in Germany.

‘Clean stimulus’ isn’t idealistic, it’s good economic policy

‘Clean stimulus’ isn’t idealistic, it’s good economic policy

While the idea of a clean (or green) recovery has made the news rounds in recent weeks, less covered were a number of new reports that together draw the same conclusion – that clean stimulus isn’t idealistic, it’s good economic policy.

How electricity market rule reforms could mean more sun for everyone

How electricity market rule reforms could mean more sun for everyone

Today, three rule change requests to better integrate distributed energy resources (DER) in the electricity grid — from TEC and ACOSS, SA Power Networks and St Vincent de Paul — were published by the AEMC, with a six-month consultation period to begin shortly.

Wanted: The best storage battery

Wanted: The best storage battery

Empa and ETH Zurich researchers Kostiantyn Kravchyk and Maksym Kovalenko have taken a closer look at possible alternatives to lithium-ion batteries.

Power in a time of pandemic

Power in a time of pandemic

Hospitals must move to a systematic plan to tackle power challenges.There needs to be a move away from ad hoc small-scale generation to a formal systematic power source planning,” said Yadav.

Graph of the Day: Map of Victoria generation – Coal, gas, wind, solar, batteries and hydro

Graph of the Day: Map of Victoria generation – Coal, gas, wind, solar, batteries and hydro

The brown dots are the brown coal generators that have dominated the state’s grid for decades, hydro – mostly in the mountainous north east – is reflected in blue; solar (mostly in the north west) is in yellow and wind (mostly south west) is green.

Water-filled windows could make a huge splash when it comes to saving energy and reducing global carbon emissions

Water-filled windows could make a huge splash when it comes to saving energy and reducing global carbon emissions

Dr. Gutai has been researching the concept for over a decade and his latest study, published in Elsevier's journal Energy and Buildings , in collaboration with Dr. Abolfazl Kheybari, of the University of Kaiserslautern, demonstrates how "water-filled glass" (WFG) can revolutionize building design and performance when used as part of a wider heating system.

Synthetic oils from municipal waste offers hope of alternative jet fuels

Synthetic oils from municipal waste offers hope of alternative jet fuels

In a process supported by the University of Dayton Research Institute, ASTM International has approved the use of a synthetic oil derived from municipal waste in the manufacture of jet fuel at petroleum refineries.

New Med-TSO head elected from Sonelgaz

New Med-TSO head elected from Sonelgaz

Chaher Boulakhras, the current CEO and chairman of Sonelgaz, will take his position for three years.“The long-term vision of this association, as I see it, is to promote the integration of the Mediterranean electric and energy system in an effective or efficient way.”.

The Covid-19 pandemic is threatening vital rainforests

The Covid-19 pandemic is threatening vital rainforests

With governments distracted with the pandemic — both Indonesia and Brazil have seen major increases in infections — both countries may face another spike in forest fires as enforcement of environmental laws lapses and pressure mounts to exploit their riches.

Humans are making pandemics more likely

Humans are making pandemics more likely

Science journalist Sonia Shah, author of the 2017 book Pandemic, says the expansion of humans onto more of the planet’s land has increased the likelihood of disease outbreaks in two ways.Watch the video above to learn more about how human land use is increasing the chance of zoonotic disease outbreaks.

US public opinion supports action on climate change — and has for years

US public opinion supports action on climate change — and has for years

On a range of policies to address climate change, moderate Republicans are closer to moderate Democrats than they are to their conservative brethren: Even on the straightforward question of whether government should regulate the economy to encourage a clean energy transition, a majority of moderate Republicans support: With climate policy as with many issues, the polarization of public opinion is less between Republicans and Democrats than between conservative (mostly older and male) Republicans and everyone else.