Weekend Reads: A Step Forward for Hydrogen; America's Climate Leaders - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Sourcing Renewables  -  June 1, 2024

Weekend Reads: A Step Forward for Hydrogen; America's Climate Leaders

It's the weekend! Kick back and catch up with these must-read articles from around the web:

The hydrogen race has a new, low-cost, underground runner (Forbes)  The case for producing hydrogen from underground reservoirs in the same way natural gas is produced took a step forward last week with the successful testing in Australia of an exploration well which flowed high purity hydrogen and helium.

Small modular reactors are still too expensive, too slow, and too risky (IEEFA)  Despite proponent and industry claims, small modular reactors (SMRs) are still too expensive, too slow to build, and too risky to play a significant role in transitioning away from fossil fuels, according to the latest Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) report.

These US companies are best at cutting their emissions to fight climate change (USA Today)  USA TODAY has partnered with market research firm Statista to create the second annual America's Climate Leaders list. It provides an easy to comprehend, data-driven metric of companies that have significantly decreased their carbon dioxide emissions (adjusted by revenue) between 2020 and 2022.

New reactor system converts carbon dioxide into usable fuel (SciTechDaily)  A novel reactor design transforms CO2 emissions from small boilers into methane fuel, providing a promising strategy for addressing climate change.

How AI can lift climate research out of the lab and into the real world (World Economic Forum)  The debut of Generative AI (GenAI) expanded the collective imagination of what AI can do. We already know that AI can drive scientific breakthroughs, but can it go further? Leaders should explore how AI can act as a downstream catalyst in the innovation cycle, driving adoption of the latest tools and awareness of the latest science.

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