After more than a decade involving little new construction activity, U.S. projects designed to remove carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the atmosphere and either store it deep underground or put it to some beneficial use are seeing a resurgence in popularity.
The U.S. presidential election is all over save for the shouting. The election offered Americans stark differences between two visions for their country. One of the starkest was in climate and energy policy.
President-elect Joe Biden wants to spend $2 trillion to decarbonize the U.S. economy. Part of that massive investment will be used to accelerate the development and deployment of carbon capture and negative-emissions technologies.
As the world dices with the climate emergency, businesses and governments are starting to push funding toward technology that aims to trap planet-heating gases rather than let them saturate the atmosphere.
“Energy Transitions: The Framework for Good Jobs in a Low-Carbon Future” provides a comprehensive overview of a suite of climate and labor policies, supported by the AFL-CIO and EFI, that will accelerate America’s transition to a low carbon economy while preserving and creating access to high quality jobs.
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.
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.