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    The United States consumed a record amount of renewable energy in 2020



    In 2020, consumption of renewable energy in the United States grew for the fifth year in a row, reaching a record high of 11.6 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), or 12% of total U.S. energy consumption. Renewable energy was the only source of U.S. energy consumption that increased in 2020 from 2019; fossil fuel and nuclear consumption declined.

    Wind energy, or electricity generated by wind-powered turbines, is almost exclusively consumed in the electric power sector. Wind energy accounted for about 26% of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2020. Wind surpassed hydroelectricity in 2019 to become the single most-consumed source of renewable energy on an annual basis. In 2020, U.S. wind energy consumption grew 14% from 2019.

    Hydroelectric power, or electricity generated by water-powered turbines, is almost exclusively consumed in the electric power sector. It accounted for about 22% of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2020. U.S. hydropower consumption has remained relatively flat since the 1970s, but it fluctuates with seasonal rainfall and drought conditions.

    Wood and waste energy, including wood, wood pellets, and biomass waste from landfills, accounted for about 22% of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2020. Industrial, commercial, and electric power facilities use wood and waste as a fuel to generate electricity, produce heat, and manufacture goods.

    Biofuels, including fuel ethanol, biodiesel, and other renewable fuels, accounted for about 17% of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2020. U.S. biofuel consumption fell 11% from 2019 as overall transportation sector energy use declined in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Solar energy accounted for about 11% of U.S. renewable energy consumption in 2020. Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, including rooftop panels, and solar thermal power plants use sunlight to generate electricity. Some residential and commercial buildings use solar heating systems to heat water and the building. Overall, 2020 U.S. solar consumption increased 22% from 2019.

    In other news.




    New Jersey regulators have awarded development rights for nearly 2.7 gigawatts of offshore wind power capacity to separate projects headed by Danish wind giant Ørsted and a venture between Shell and France's EDF.

    The big picture: The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities awards bring the project pipeline off the state's coast to over 3.7 gigawatts, the agency said. This includes a separate, previously approved Ørsted project.

    Why it matters: It's the latest move in efforts by East Coast states, federal officials and deep-pocketed energy giants to build large-scale offshore projects in the U.S., which has lagged far behind Europe in marine wind but now has a significant project pipeline.

    By the numbers: The state regulators said the newly approved capacity, if indeed built, would create enough electricity to power almost 1.2 million homes and generate 7,000 full and or part-time jobs across its various phases.

    Development timelines, however, are not short. Per Windpower Monthly's coverage, the projects will come online in the 2027-2029 timeframe.

    Biden’s EPA.




    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has withdrawn a 2020 rule that would allow a radioactive substance in some road construction.

    The October 2020 rule allowed the use of phosphogypsum, a substance generated by phosphate fertilizer production. The waste product is kept in 13 predominantly southeastern states, where the majority of the construction would have occurred.

    Between 1989 and the Trump-era rule, the EPA required that all phosphogypsum be stored in “stacks” that experts and activists said would release dangerous amounts of radon gas if dispersed. In Florida alone, 1 billion tons of the substance are stored in 25 stacks, one of which recently leaked millions of gallons into a wastewater reservoir near Tampa Bay.

    In a memo dated June 30, EPA Administrator Michael Regan specifically addresses the Oct. 14, 2020, letter from the agency approving a request from the Fertilizer Institute to use the stacks for road construction.

    Regan wrote that the agency “does not believe it can be reasonably contended” that the request for approval of phosphogypsum complied with federal regulations.

    “The request generally described the type of road construction that might be undertaken but identified no actual road construction project and gave little specific, particularized information about the proposed use,” he wrote, adding that the request further did not provide sufficient information about how any of the substance that was not used would be disposed of.

    As a result, Regan wrote, the EPA rescinded the approval of the “broad, generalized request” to use the substance in road construction.

    The Center for Biological Diversity, one of several environmental groups that sued over the rule in December, hailed the decision in a statement Thursday.

    “Allowing phosphogypsum in roads was a boneheaded, short-sighted favor to the industry,” Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a statement. “While the withdrawal cites technical deficiencies in the applicant’s petition, this action is consistent with 30 years of science showing that phosphogypsum poses a substantial risk to humans and the environment.”

    Just because.





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    Heart Aerospace raises $35M Series A, lands order with United and Mesa Airlines for 200 aircraft

    Swedish electric aviation startup Heart Aerospace has received its biggest order to date: 200 of its inaugural ES-19 electric aircraft from aviation giant United Airlines and its regional airline partner Mesa Air Group.

    The deal, which includes an option of purchasing up to 100 additional aircraft, was announced together with a $35 million Series A funding round. Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures, United’s venture arm and Mesa led the round. Seed investors EQT Ventures and Lowercarbon Capital also participated.

    The ES-19 is a regional airplane that seats 19 and runs on batteries and electric motors instead of traditional jet fuel. The startup says it will deliver the first aircraft for commercial use by 2026. These aircraft will be designed for flights of up to 250 miles based on today’s battery technology.

    Heart has made a full-scale prototype of its electric propulsion system, the core of its technical innovation. But the company still has to complete many steps along the way to its proposed date of commercial operations. Chief amongst these is actually assembling a prototype of the full aircraft, testing it and getting it certified with relevant authorities in the U.S. and Europe.



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    Rivian raises $2.5 billion ahead of electric truck launch

    Rivian, the electric truck startup, said Friday it had closed a $2.5 billion private funding round, bringing its total capital raised to date to $10.5 billion.

    Why it matters: The money will help fund the company's next phase of growth, including a second U.S. assembly plant that will also include battery cell production. Reuters first reported the planned facility on Thursday.


    • The private financing comes as many other electric vehicle startups are funding growth by merging with publicly traded shell companies.


    Details: Current backers, including Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund, D1 Capital Partners, Ford Motor Company and funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, led the latest round.


    • Third Point, Fidelity Management and Research Company, Dragoneer Investment Group and Coatue Management also participated.


    What they're saying: “As we near the start of vehicle production, it’s vital that we keep looking forward and pushing through to Rivian’s next phase of growth,” said Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe.


    • “This infusion of funds from trusted partners allows Rivian to scale new vehicle programs, expand our domestic facility footprint, and fuel international product rollout.”


    What to watch: Rivian recently delayed the launch of its long-awaited R1T electric pickup truck and R1S SUV until this fall, blaming “cascading impacts of the pandemic,” especially a global shortage of semiconductor chips.


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    Quote Originally Posted by the dogcatcher View Post
    Frankly this is all bullshit.
    How long do the batteries last and how much does it cost to replace them.
    Still have to burn fossil fuels to recharge them.
    The planet is a finite resource, when it's fucked it's fucked.. end of.
    Even solar power is not completely sustainable.
    Let's all drive V8s and be done with it.
    Thumbs up for 8 years ago, nothings changed

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    ^^ Love the concept ... fugly front end IMHO

    I'm all for solar powered (from my roof top) EV's

    Maybe a decade before I'll afford one though.

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    ^ Hyundai Ioniq 5 has rooftop panels.



    Available now. Well OK not in Thailand but...

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    ^^I do believe that Rivian will do well in the US market even with that ugly front end.

    Going to get an appointment for the EQS when I get back home next year. But if there are any doubts about the advertised 770 kilometers/480 miles (on one charge) I might wait before the purchase. However, I’ve read where the EQS will go about 400 miles on a charge but with a 15-minute quick charge it’ll pick up another 186 miles. I would be happy with 550 (plus) miles.


    I’ve had solar panels on a home in the sates for years. If I do purchase the EQS I’m going to try to set up a solar power system that’ll charge the car while at home and while away store it in a container (with a/c) to keep the vehicle cool and protect it from the (Florida) elements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    ^ Hyundai Ioniq 5 has rooftop panels.

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    Biden officials celebrate infrastructure deal in fuel-cell big rig


    White House national climate adviser Gina McCarthy and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm celebrated progress on President Biden's infrastructure package by taking a spin in a Kenworth fuel-cell, zero-emissions Class A truck.

    What they're saying: "We have a deal, a Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework deal," Granholm said. McCarthy responded: "it's big and it's beautiful."


    • "[I]t's going to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure like charging stations. But also, hopefully we're going to see incentives for these big trucks which are emission free," Granholm added, referring to the truck she McCarthy were in.
    • "This is the future we're driving in right now," McCarthy said.

    The big picture: Granholm noted that the transportation section is "a big contributor to carbon pollution." U.S. transportation emits approximately 1.9 billion tons of carbon annually, Yale University said in 2017.


    • The secretary also said that increasing production of zero-emission vehicles would increase jobs within the trucking industry.
    • Granholm and McCarthy then use the CB radio to chat about semiconductors with Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo: "Gina 2 to Gina 1!"
    • Raimondo describes Biden's plan to create jobs by stimulating semiconductor production and increasing broadband coverage.




    Just for fun.


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    Electric vehicles forecast to overtake gas engines within a decade

    Market share projections of internal combustion engine vs. electrified vehicles



    Cars over the next decade are going to flip from being mostly gasoline-powered to mostly electrified, according to a new IHS Markit forecast.

    Why it matters: The changeover, if it plays out as expected, represents a breathtaking and potentially risky transition for the global auto industry.


    • While automakers have committed more than $300 billion to electrify their fleets — and governments are adding new restrictions on gasoline vehicles —consumer acceptance remains the wild card.


    Driving the news: The Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed more aggressive vehicle emissions targets through 2026, while the White House said it wanted half of all new cars and trucks sold to be electric by 2030.


    • With new electric models and the help of emissions credits for some companies, the industry is on track to meet the EPA's revised targets through 2026, IHS researchers said. "Beyond that, there remains work to do."


    Where it stands: Electric vehicles accounted for 2.2% of U.S. light-vehicle registrations through May, according to IHS Markit data.


    • Hybrid gas-electric vehicles were 5.8% and plug-in hybrids were just under 1%.


    What to watch: IHS Markit forecasts electric vehicles to grow from 3% of sales in 2021 to 32.3% by 2030, while gasoline-powered vehicles shrink from 87% of sales to just 36.5%.

    US EPA Proposed Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Years 2023-2026; What to Expect | IHS Markit

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    California energy commission mandates solar panels for new buildings

    The California Energy Commission voted Wednesday to require solar panels and battery energy storage systems in new commercial buildings and certain multifamily residences beginning in 2023, according to the New York Times.

    Why it matters: It's an aggressive step in California's transition away from fossil fuels and broader drive to cut carbon emissions, although the provision must first be approved by the state's Building Standards Commission.


    • The Building Standards Commission is expected to include the mandate in a revision of the state's building code in December.


    The big picture: The new mandate builds on a directive that went into effect in 2020 which required all newly constructed low-rise residential buildings to include solar power.


    • The Energy Commission's energy plan also includes incentives to eliminate natural gas from new buildings and to add batteries to solar systems in single-family homes, according to the Times.

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    Bill Gates pledges $1.5B for climate projects in infrastructure bill

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates has pledged $1.5 billion from his climate investment fund to collaborate with the federal government on renewable energy projects if the White House-backed infrastructure package becomes law.

    The package, which passed the Senate 69-30 this week, includes $25 billion for the Energy Department as well as over $100 billion toward improved grid resilience and incentives for transportation electrification.

    In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Gates said it would be “critical” for any clean-energy initiatives to “get the costs down and to be able to scale them up to a pretty gigantic level.”

    “You’ll never get that scale up unless the government’s coming in with the right policies, and the right policy is exactly what’s in that infrastructure bill,” he added.

    “Breakthrough Energy Catalyst’s commitment shows that the private sector is ready to lead the fight to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve a net-zero economy by 2050,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a statement Thursday. “Paired with the historic investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda, these investments will unlock new technologies to position the U.S. as a global leader of the clean energy economy—creating good-paying jobs for all kinds of workers in all pockets of the country.”

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    • Nuclear scientists hail US fusion energy breakthrough


    Nuclear scientists using lasers the size of three football fields said on Tuesday (Aug 17) they had generated a huge amount of energy from fusion, possibly offering hope for the development of a new clean energy source.

    Experts focused their giant array of almost 200 laser beams onto a tiny spot to create a mega blast of energy - eight times more than they had ever done in the past.

    Although the energy only lasted for a very short time - just 100 trillionths of a second - it took scientists closer to the holy grail of fusion ignition, the moment when they are creating more energy than they are using.

    "This result is a historic advance for inertial confinement fusion research," said Dr Kim Budil, the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which operates the National Ignition Facility in California, where the experiment took place this month.

    Nuclear fusion is considered by some scientists to be a potential energy of the future, particularly because it produces little waste and no greenhouse gases.

    It differs from fission, a technique currently used in nuclear power plants, where the bonds of heavy atomic nuclei are broken to release energy.

    In the fusion process, two light atomic nuclei are "married" to create a heavy one.

    In this experiment scientists used two isotopes of hydrogen, giving rise to helium.

    This is the process that is at work in stars, including our Sun.

    "The NIF teams have done an extraordinary job," said Professor Steven Rose, co-director of the centre for research in this field at Imperial College London.

    "This is the most significant advance in inertial fusion since its beginning in 1972." But, warned Dr Jeremy Chittenden, co-director of the same centre in London, making this a usable source of energy is not going to be easy.

    "Turning this concept into a renewable source of electrical power will probably be a long process and will involve overcoming significant technical challenges," he said.: Nuclear scientists hail US fusion energy breakthrough, World News & Top Stories - The Straits Times

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    Here's an interesting discussion about using hydrogen for big-engined machinery (heavy duty machines for industry rather than small private cars).



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    U.S. clean power sees record growth

    Just-published industry data shows that installation of renewable power and battery storage capacity is on a record pace this year.

    By the numbers: The American Clean Power Association said 9,915 megawatts of capacity came online in the first half of this year — a 17% increase over the first half of 2020.


    • On a quarterly basis, new solar installations in April-June were 2,226 megawatts of capacity, a 73% jump over the first quarter.
    • Q2 wind capacity installations were 2,824 megawatts, similar to Q1 and above the same period last year.


    New battery storage capacity is growing even faster, albeit from a much smaller base, with Q2 installations of 570 megawatts compared to roughly 100 in Q1.


    • The storage amount added this year already comes close to matching 2020's full-year additions.
    • U.S. battery storage is expected to see a lot more growth in the years ahead.



    The chart above is from a new Energy Information Administration report on the storage market.


    • It looks at large-scale systems — that is, grid-connected projects with a capacity of more than 1 megawatt.
    • Most of the large-scale systems coming online in the next few years will be co-located with solar installations.
    • Of note: The EIA report is based on surveys of the industry and does not try to model potential policy changes or new incentives.


    The intrigue: While renewables are surging, the industry and the White House say new policies are needed to reach President Biden's target of 100% carbon-free power by 2035.


    • The trade group is pushing for an extension of renewable power tax credits, the creation of federal storage and transmission credits and other steps.
    • "This growth and expansion are expected to continue but we need policymakers in Washington to make long term decisions to ensure we can continue to develop these critical projects," CEO Heather Zichal said in a statement.

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    I am not sure if it has been talked about in this thread, I skimmed through it and did not see anything about ir, but I could have missed it .
    I was watching the following Video on a new innovations of hydrogen fuel cell to generate electricity rather than the conventional battery system, and d rather that compressing hydrogen to 10,000 PSI, which requires the compression part and the heavy storage part. they have developed a hydrogen impanated film, that releases the hydrogen when hit with a laser. Its supposedly less expensive than conventional hydrogen comparison and storage, a lot liter, provides more range, and is quicker to recharge.
    Anyway watch the video and tell me what you think . Don't be put off by the title it is not a conspiracy video.
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    The technological changes coming over the next 3-5 years will be no less as phenomenal as the introduction of the Ford Model T car in 1905. Battery and hydrogen fueled cars will make the ICE powered vehicles look like horses and buggy whips. Those rushing out to buy an ICE powered vehicle today, and grossly over paying for it, will be in for a shock when these new vehicles arrive and make their old jalopy next to worthless.
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    China is gearing up to activate the world's first 'clean' commercial nuclear reactor

    By Ben Turner July 24, 2021
    Plans include building up to 30 reactors in partnered nations.

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    A top down view of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's 1960s molten salt reactor experiment, an early precursor to the Chinese reactor. (Image credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory/US Department of Energy)


    Chinese government scientists have unveiled plans for a first-of-its-kind, experimental nuclear reactor that does not need water for cooling.


    The molten-salt nuclear reactor, which runs on liquid thorium rather than uranium, is expected to be safer than traditional reactors because the molten salt cools and solidifies quickly when exposed to the air, insulating the thorium, so that any potential leak would spill much less radiation into the surrounding environment compared with leaks from traditional reactors.

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    (Reuters: Carlos Garcia Rawlins)

    The prototype reactor is expected to be completed next month, with the first tests beginning as early as September. This will pave the way for the building of the first commercial reactor, slated for construction by 2030.

    China to activate world's first 'clean' nuclear reactor in September | Live Science
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    hydrogen fuel cell to generate electricity rather than the conventional battery system
    Sounds like a good idea, but (for now)…………

    In addition to the thin fueling station network, there is another reason for the as of yet low demand for hydrogen fuel cell cars: they are relatively expensive to buy. The few models of fuel cell vehicles already available on the market cost around USD 80,000 for a mid- or upper-mid-range vehicle. That’s almost twice as much as comparable fully electric or hybrid vehicles.

    In addition to the cost of purchase, operating costs also play an important role in the cost-effectiveness and acceptance of a propulsion technology. In hydrogen fuel cell cars, these costs are not least dependent on the price of the fuel. At present, 1 lb (0.45 kg) of hydrogen costs around USD 14 in the U.S., as compared with USD 4.80 in Germany (this is the price the H2 Mobility partners have agreed on). An FCEV can drive about 28 miles (45 km) on 1 lb (0.45 kg) of hydrogen.

    The cost per mile of running hydrogen cars is therefore currently almost twice as high as that of battery-powered vehicles charged at home. Rücker expects these operating costs to converge: “If the demand for hydrogen increases, the price could drop to around USD 2.50/lb (USD 5.60/kg) by 2030.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necron99 View Post
    We don't have energy production problems.
    We have storage and transport problems, and oil, at present is the most efficient and practical storage medium we have.
    If you want to be green, you would do less damage by buying a second hand v8 than causing, by your market influence, a new electric car to be built.

    This car, why is it called a Tesla?, should really be an Edison shouldn't it? DC powered motors aren't they?
    A Farady sounds better

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    Clean energy interest soars in NSW as states resist rules to prop up coal | Energy | The Guardian




    A New South Wales plan for Australia’s largest renewable energy zone in the state’s New England region has been overwhelmed with investor interest, with registrations coming in at more than four times the available capacity, the state government says.

    The state energy minister, Matt Kean, said the New England renewable energy zone had received 80 registrations of interest from investors offering to build a total of 34GWs of new wind, solar and storage projects. The proposed 8GW-capacity zone is one of five designated clean energy areas in the state under legislation passed with multiparty support last year.

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    Toyota spending $13.5B on battery development for electric vehicles by end of decade

    Toyota told investors Tuesday that it plans to spend roughly $13.5 billion on developing batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles by 2030 as automakers look to compete in their commitments to reducing carbon emissions in the coming decades.

    Masahiko Maeda, the company’s chief technology officer, said in a briefing that “by establishing a system for both development and supply, we will promote the dissemination of electrified vehicles.”

    “The amount of investment in the development of a battery supply system and research and development ... is expected to be approximately 1.5 trillion yen [$13.5 billion] by 2030,” he added.

    The investment comes as part of the Japanese automaker’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality, or net-zero emissions, by 2050.

    Toyota, which kickstarted the popularity of hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles through the popular Prius, also hopes to offer its first entirely electric line of cars by 2022.

    “To adapt to the future sustainably and practically, Toyota would like to contribute to the achievement of carbon neutrality by improving its adaptability to change and its competitiveness, as well as by aiming for the fundamental widespread acceptance of ever-better electrified vehicles,” Maeda told investors Tuesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S Landreth View Post
    Sounds like a good idea, but (for now)…………

    In addition to the thin fueling station network, there is another reason for the as of yet low demand for hydrogen fuel cell cars: they are relatively expensive to buy. The few models of fuel cell vehicles already available on the market cost around USD 80,000 for a mid- or upper-mid-range vehicle. That’s almost twice as much as comparable fully electric or hybrid vehicles.

    In addition to the cost of purchase, operating costs also play an important role in the cost-effectiveness and acceptance of a propulsion technology. In hydrogen fuel cell cars, these costs are not least dependent on the price of the fuel. At present, 1 lb (0.45 kg) of hydrogen costs around USD 14 in the U.S., as compared with USD 4.80 in Germany (this is the price the H2 Mobility partners have agreed on). An FCEV can drive about 28 miles (45 km) on 1 lb (0.45 kg) of hydrogen.

    The cost per mile of running hydrogen cars is therefore currently almost twice as high as that of battery-powered vehicles charged at home. Rücker expects these operating costs to converge: “If the demand for hydrogen increases, the price could drop to around USD 2.50/lb (USD 5.60/kg) by 2030.”
    No hydrogen distribution infrastructure, or pressurization nessacery with the technology developer by by Plasma Kinetics, that stored the hydrogen in a thin film of special plastic and then it is released in the vehicle for use by the hydrogen fuel cell when it is hit by a laser.
    " Plasma Kinetics proprietary nanophotonic material absorbs hydrogen at standard atmospheric pressure and temperature. The material absorbs metric tons of hydrogen in minutes. Hydrogen is released by controlled light at 99.99+% purity. "

    " PK's system is safe, clean, and scalable and holds more energy than a lithium ion battery, costing less, and recharges in 5 minutes."
    Plasma Kinetics

    It's exciting news, How it develops it's anyone's guess. Watch the video I provided on my previous post.,

    By the way, Sandy Monroe is well respected in the industry and not some crockpot.

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    The environmentalist's apology: how Michael Shellenberger unsettled some of his prominent supporters

    According to the latest publicly available financial records, Environmental Progress earned US$809,000 in revenue in 2017 from gifts, grants and donations.

    In the process of researching this article, Guardian Australia emailed questions to Shellenberger to clarify why Forbes had removed his article and who funded his organisation.

    A third question related to a 2017 internal report from the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) which said the institute, which represents the nuclear energy industry, had “engaged third parties to engage with media through interviews and op-eds” and named “environmentalist Michael Shellenberger” as one of those it had engaged.

    Ninety minutes after the deadline to respond to the questions had passed, Shellenberger emailed a letter to Guardian Australia entitled “Formal request for ethics investigation of Graham Redfearn [sic]” and then shared the letter on social media.

    A spokesperson for NEI said: “Our engagement with third parties that you referenced means to keep in contact with people and organisations who have an interest in nuclear energy and sharing materials of common interest. No payments have been provided to Mr. Shellenberger. NEI has been a participant and registrant to annual meetings that Environmental Progress hosted in 2018 and 2019.”

    In his letter to Guardian Australia, Shellenberger wrote: “We accept donations solely from individuals and organizations with no financial interest in our work and publish the names of our donors on our website.”

    Michael Shellenberger

    In 2019, Shellenberger also testified in support of Ohio House Bill 6. The bill, which was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine later that year, provided subsidies to uncompetitive nuclear and coal plants, and rolled back Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for electric utilities. Others who testified in support of the bill at one of the same hearings included representatives of NEI and its affiliate Nuclear Matters.

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