5 October 2022
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Politics

German energy policy: How will the country navigate its gas shortage nightmare this winter?

Germany normally relies heavily on Russian gas for domestic heating, but with supplies cut off and energy usage already above average for the time of year, the government may be forced to introduce rationing Environment | Analysis 30 September 2022 By Philippa Nuttall A gas power plant in Berlin, Germany Frank Hoensch/Getty Images A chilly […]

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Sience

Alan Ahn Says Nuclear Is Still the Carbon-Free Fuel of the Future

“We need nuclear energy to fight climate change,” says Alan Ahn, a senior fellow at Third Way, a think tank that advocates for the industry. But he acknowledges you might not share his opinion. Especially, he says, if you’re around his age and grew up watching Homer Simpson, a rather infamous member of the nuclear […]

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Sience

Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez Wants to Strengthen the Grid

The United States’ power grid is in trouble. Much of the country’s energy comes from nonrenewable resources that contribute to climate change. And as the resulting climate crisis brings more frequent heat waves, wildfires, and freezes, demand on the grid becomes greater and more erratic. The strain is heavy, but Patricia Hidalgo-Gonzalez has ideas for […]

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World

Cuban Innovator Uses Sunlight to Create a Model Sustainable Space — Global Issues

Félix Morffi, an 84-year-old retiree, shows a self-made solar heater and solar panels installed on the roof of his house in the municipality of Regla in Havana. His hope is that his house will soon become an experimental site for the use of renewable energies and that students will learn about the subject in situ. […]

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Sience

The Wild Plan to Export Sun From the Sahara to the UK

By the time Scotland’s Hunterston B nuclear power station closed in January of this year, its dual reactors had produced enough energy to power 1.8 million British homes for 46 years. It also provided over 500 jobs to people living in one of the country’s most deprived areas. Now, a project borne on the tide […]

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Sience

Electric car charging: Too many plugging in at night could overload the grid

As electric car ownership rises, we will need new infrastructure to avoid overwhelming electricity grids – including public charging stations and more daytime charging Technology 22 September 2022 By Jeremy Hsu As electric car use grows, we will need to make changes to the energy grid to meet charging demand Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/Shutterstock The growth […]

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Sience

Engine based on Maxwell’s demon concept may help us understand entropy

Researchers have built an engine based on a famous thought experiment called Maxwell’s demon, and it may help us understand how entropy is produced Physics 20 September 2022 By Leah Crane A canister of shaking beads mimics the Maxwell’s demon thought experiment Antoine Naert/ENS de Lyon A device based on a 155-year-old thought experiment has […]

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World

Mexico’s Electric Mobility, Stuck in Fossil Fuel Traffic — Global Issues

The Mexico City government is increasing the number of electric buses in its fleet, such as the trolleybuses pictured here on a street in the south of the capital. But their energy source is still fossil fuels and the deployment of electric cars remains slow in the country. CREDIT: Emilio Godoy/IPS by Emilio Godoy (mexico city) […]

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Sience

Electric Vehicles Could Rescue the US Power Grid

But utilities will likely play the biggest role in ushering in a new era of electricity grids, says Max Baumhefner, a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. One easy way they can encourage EV drivers help the grid is by offering “time-of-use” rates, which make it cheaper for owners to charge at times […]

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Sience

Teaching ‘Selfish’ Wind Turbines to Share Can Boost Productivity

Exactly how much energy is gained depends on factors such as the farm layout and the site’s wind conditions. However, when tested at a commercial farm in India, the algorithm boosted the energy output between 1 and 3 percent, depending on the wind speed, which would be the equivalent of powering 3 million homes if […]

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