Weekend Reads: Solar's Way Forward; Algae-Powered Electricity - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  June 15, 2024

Weekend Reads: Solar's Way Forward; Algae-Powered Electricity

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

Nuclear power company backed by Bill Gates breaks ground in Wyoming on first facility (GeekWire)  Nuclear company TerraPower broke ground Monday on its commercial power plant, located near a soon-to-be-retired coal power plant in Kemmerer, Wyo. The company’s Natrium reactor could become the first sodium-cooled, power-generating reactor in the U.S.

American solar’s way forward (Forbes)  In Q1 2024, 11 gigawatts of solar module manufacturing capacity were activated in the United States. This represents a 71% increase, making it the largest quarterly capacity increase in American history. That is enough electricity to power 8.2 million homes. Amidst such good news, it is easy to ignore the looming problems associated with American solar energy.

Princeton’s AI unlocks new levels of performance in fusion reactors (SciTechDaily)  A team from Princeton has developed a machine learning method to control plasma edge bursts in fusion reactors, achieving high performance without instabilities and reducing computation times dramatically for real-time system adjustments.

Risks to Earth systems are rising. The good news? Businesses are taking action (World Economic Forum)  Business leaders from across the globe are stepping up to advocate for stricter rules and making more investments in averting climate pollution — from carbon, methane, toxic gasses, soil and water pollutants and plastics.

Surprising new renewable power source has 'negative carbon emissions' (Newsweek)  A surprising renewable power source has "negative carbon emissions," a new study has found. By harnessing the power of photosynthesis, a team at Concordia University in Wisconsin developed micro photosynthetic power cells that generate electricity from algae. These cells capture electrons produced during photosynthesis, turning them into a continuous electrical current.

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