Posts Tagged ‘energyandenvironment’

The Renewable-Energy Revolution Will Need Renewable Storage | The New Yorker

June 4, 2022

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“I’m kind of surprised and encouraged that the solutions to the long-duration-energy-storage problem could be the caveman stuff,” Craig said. Batteries depend on “pretty sophisticated electrochemistry that quickly gets outside of what I understand. And yet the solutions may be picking up heavy stuff with cranes, picking up the earth with a hydraulic jack. I think there’s some fellas in Nevada that are putting rocks in a train and rolling it uphill, then they come back down. Like, Fred Flintstone would be comfortable with most of this stuff. It could be the way.”
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What about just storing energy by storing hydrogen? And then “burning” it (to produce water) when power is needed?
Also, really liked the “physicality” of most of the energy storage approaches. Seems to be a different kind of high-tech here.

America’s Favorite Pickup Truck Goes Electric | The New Yorker

March 1, 2022

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2022/01/31/americas-favorite-pickup-truck-goes-electric

Net-zero living: How your day will look in a carbon-neutral world | New Scientist

September 18, 2021

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25133504-300-net-zero-living-how-your-day-will-look-in-a-carbon-neutral-world/

Plastic has a problem; is chemical recycling the solution?

July 1, 2021

https://cen.acs.org/environment/recycling/Plastic-problem-chemical-recycling-solution/97/i39

PET + polyethylene – 1 & 2 – are easiest to deal w/ mechanically rest are harder, so a chemical solution.

Microplastics are everywhere — but are they harmful?

June 3, 2021

worrisome for those committed to plastics
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01143-3

Those who worry about CO2 should worry about methane, too | The Economist

April 29, 2021

https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2021/04/03/those-who-worry-about-co2-should-worry-about-methane-too

They’re Among the World’s Oldest Living Things. The Climate Crisis Is Killing Them. – The New York Times

January 3, 2021

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/12/09/climate/redwood-sequoia-tree-fire.html redwood, joshua tree, sequoia

The Roman Republic Was Teetering. Then a Volcano Erupted 6,000 Miles Away. – The New York Times

July 7, 2020

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/22/science/rome-caesar-volcano.html

A radiative cooling structural material | Science

April 19, 2020

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A stronger, cooler wood

One good way to reduce the amount of cooling a building needs is to make sure it reflects away infrared radiation. Passive radiative cooling materials are engineered to do this extremely well. Li et al. engineered a wood through delignification and re-pressing to create a mechanically strong material that also cools passively. They modeled the cooling savings of their wood for 16 different U.S. cities, which suggested savings between 20 and 50%. Cooling wood would be of particular value in hot and dry climates.
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interesting material for anti-insulation

https://science.sciencemag.org/content/364/6442/760.full
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/364/6442/760.editor-summary

Сurrent weather and forecast – OpenWeatherMap

February 22, 2020

https://openweathermap.org/