Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Near-term goal of 100% renewable electricity is unrealistic, misguided

Someday, U.S. electrical power generation may come from 100% renewable energy consisting almost entirely of wind and solar. But predictions of that happening within 10 or 20 years are unrealistic. There are simply too many obstacles standing in the way, among them: the massive investment of capital that would be required, the disruption of entire industries, technical challenges, and considerable societal and environmental impacts.

Solar Panels Are Starting to Die, Leaving Behind Toxic Trash

Solar panels are an increasingly important source of renewable power that will play an essential role in fighting climate change. They are also complex pieces of technology that become big, bulky sheets of electronic waste at the end of their lives—and right now, most of the world doesn’t have a plan for dealing with that.

But we’ll need to develop one soon, because the solar e-waste glut is coming.

Argonne National Lab Breakthrough Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Ethanol

According to a press release from ANL, researchers at the lab, working with partners at Northern Illinois University, have discovered a new electrocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide and water into ethanol with very high energy efficiency, high selectivity for the desired final product, and low cost. Ethanol is a particularly desirable commodity because it is an ingredient in nearly all US gasoline and is widely used as an intermediate product in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics industries.

Boilermakers on air to talk CCUS

Boilermakers from Local 13, Local 28 and Local 154 joined Saturday Night Live With Philly Labor to talk about the environment, jobs and the importance of Carbon Capture.