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Green Energy #18

  • Clean energy giants merge
  • Solar-assisted heating
  • ASEAN takes the lead
  • Smokeless coal isn’t clean
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The Conversation

‘Renewable’ natural gas may sound green, but it’s not an antidote for climate change

Natural gas is a versatile fossil fuel that accounts for about a third of U.S. energy use. Although it produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants than coal or oil, natural gas is a major contributor to climate change, an urgent global problem. Reducing emissions from the natural gas system is especially challenging because natural gas is used roughly equally for electricity, heating, and industrial applications.

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Nikkei Asian Review

Indonesia and Philippines are smart to make nuclear power plans

Even though critics say building nuclear power plants is an expensive and environmentally unfriendly strategy, at least two nations in Southeast Asia are keen on it: both Indonesia and the Philippines have recently proposed reviving plans for nuclear energy.

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Editor’s Note:

While several countries around the world are choosing to increase investments in wind and solar power, Indonesia and the Philippines have chosen a different path. Jun Arima reports that the two countries are building nuclear power plants, and this could prove to be a very smart decision.

Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Solar assisted heating networks reduce environmental impact and energy consumption

These installations centralize large scale heating and the production of hot water. One study led by researchers from the URV has created a diagnostic tool that uses artificial intelligence to demonstrate the feasibility of these systems.

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Inside Climate News

Inside Clean Energy: Sunrun and Vivint form new solar Goliath, leaving Tesla to play David

The joining of the two companies could reshape the industry, which still accounts for energy production in only 3% of U.S. households.

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Financial Express

Renewable Power Could be the New Holy Grail for Investors

While tech is the flavour of the season, renewables could soon give it a run for its money.

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Associated Press

Coronavirus slams Poland’s already-troubled coal industry

The coronavirus has ripped through Poland’s coal mines, where men descend deep underground in tightly packed elevators and work shoulder-to-shoulder to extract the source of 75% of the nation’s electrical power.

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Editor’s Note:

The ongoing pandemic has had a majorly negative impact on Poland’s coal industry. Vanessa Gera writes that this development could prove to be good news for the renewables sector.

Nikkei Asian Review

Thai power generator buys wind projects in Germany and Vietnam

BANGKOK – Thai electricity company Gulf Energy Development has acquired a wind power project in Germany and another in Vietnam in the space of a week, targeting the growing global trend towards decarbonization.

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Independent (Ireland)

Pollution from ‘smokeless’ coal fire as bad as smoky fuels

Burning smokeless coal in household stoves is a major source of air pollution despite its apparent clean credentials.

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Editor’s Note:

In recent times, smokeless coal has been touted as a cleaner alternative to traditional coal. However, this form of coal is not as clean as it sounds, Caroline O’Doherty writes.

Forbes

Hydrogen Production With A Low Carbon Footprint

In a previous article, I analyzed the carbon footprint of producing hydrogen from fossil fuels. That is how over 95% of the world’s hydrogen is currently produced.

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Guardian

Rishi Sunak’s green recovery plan is the only way to boost the British economy

We environmentally minded Conservatives know there’s no contradiction between being blue and green.

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