This is not news about alternateve energy. It is alternatative news about energy. I.e., it is energy news of the sort that may not necessarily fit the agendas of MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN, so it is likely to escape common knowledge.
Duke is asking North Carolina regulators to ease air quality emission limits for some of Duke’s combustion turbine facilities. The utility is trying to reduce air pollution it says is due to the increased penetration of solar power. North Carolina ranks second in the nation, behind only California, in the amount of installed solar plants. Duke’s problem shows what happens when basic science collides with operational reality. It turns out that when zero-emission nuclear plants are dialed back to make room for solar, greenhouse gas-emitting plants must be employed to give nuclear plants time to ramp back up when the sun goes down.
China intends to cooperate with Russia to develop nuclear power and wind power projects in the Arctic region. China and Russia will deepen energy cooperation. Ou Xiaoming, chief representative of China State Grid Corporation, indicated that except for the cooperative agreement to build nuclear reactors in China, two countries will also develop Arctic wind energy resources.
The offshore wind industry has a problem with how it forecasts the output of projects, industry leader Ørsted has warned. Denmark’s Ørsted issued a statement alongside its Q3 results explaining that it was downgrading its anticipated internal rate of return for several projects. The underlying issue is an underestimation of wake and blockage effects.
After years of backing away from nuclear power, France suddenly wants to build six huge reactors. The third-generation design produces enough electricity to supply 1.5 million people, and automatically shuts down and cools in the event of an accident.
On October 16, CNNC announced that Hualong No. 1 reactor started construction in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province. This project plans to build 6 million-kilowatt-class third-generation nuclear power units. Two units in Phase I will feature Hualong No. 1 technology. In addition, Zhangzhou Nuclear Power is a large-scale clean energy base planned by the China National Nuclear Corporation in Fujian Province aiming at exploring a new paradigm for nuclear power development.
If a Gen IV reactors get too hot, it automatically cools on its own. This all happens because of gravity—no pumps, external power, or human intervention is required. Existing nuclear waste becomes impotent through the Gen IV process. Gen IV can also consume traditional fuel and no weapons-grade material byproduct will result.
Nakamura, having worked at MIT, Georgia Institute of Technology, NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology and Duke University, reports that global mean temperatures before 1980 are based on untrustworthy data, that today’s “global warming science” is built on the work of a few climate modelers who claim to have demonstrated that human-derived CO2 emissions are the cause of recently rising temperatures “and have then simply projected that warming forward.” Every climate researcher thereafter has taken the results of these original models as a given, and we’re even at the stage now where merely testing their validity is regarded as heresy, says Nakamura.
The current annual British subsidy will be about £9 billion, and the grand total for the years 2017 to 2024 will come to nearly £70 billion. Details of the environmental levies and subsidies in the UK.
Fossil-fuel divestment is a waste of time according to Gates. While it may come as a shock to climate activists who claim to refuse to invest in oil and coal will help the planet, Gates observed, “divestment, to date, probably has reduced about zero tonnes of emissions… It’s not like you’ve capital-starved [the] people making steel and gasoline.