Weekend Reads: - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Solar, Sourcing Renewables, Wind  -  May 11, 2024

Weekend Reads: Magma's Massive Potential; "Hydrogen Fever"

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

Clean energy on the cusp of rolling back fossil fuels: Report (Al Jazeera)   Renewable energy will this year shrink fossil fuels’ reigning share of the global electricity market for the first time. That is the key finding of Ember, a leading energy think tank based in London, which on Wednesday published its first comprehensive Global Electricity Review analyzing data from 215 countries.

Drilling into magma: Risky plan takes geothermal to supercritical extremes (New Atlas)  The Krafla Magma Testbed (KMT) "has the potential to be for geoscientists what the Large Hadron Collider has been for particle physicists." So say researchers working on the project to drill straight into a magma chamber to explore massive geothermal power.

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"Hydrogen Fever" erupts after discoveries of large deposits of the clean gas (Scientific American)  Natural hydrogen could power our cars, light our houses and provide a cleaner alternative for all of the industries that are currently dependent on methane, from cement to steel production. Yet it could also prove to be another unicorn that keeps us distracted from implementing clean energy solutions that are less glamorous but more demanding. 

In some parts of the U.S., the grid of the future might be closer than you think (States Newsroom)  A little more than two years ago, a clean energy record was broken. For the first time, a regional transmission organization met more than 90% of its electric demand, called load, with renewable power. But if you don’t follow the electric industry closely, you might be surprised where it happened. On March 29, 2022, Southwest Power Pool, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the grid operator for a red-state heavy portion of the central U.S., hit a renewable penetration level of 90.2%, almost all of it from wind power.

Cheap catalyst made out of sugar has the power to destroy CO2 (SciTechDaily)  A new catalyst made from an inexpensive, abundant metal and common table sugar has the power to destroy carbon dioxide (CO2) gas. In a new Northwestern University study, the catalyst successfully converted CO2 into carbon monoxide (CO), an important building block to produce a variety of useful chemicals.

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