is there any good news ?
Projects to produce carbon neutral fuels
Green HYDROGEN (NOT BLUE-FROM FOSSIL FUELS)
Imagine waste plastic being a valuable feedstock in the manufacture of hydrogen, a fuel of the future
Oxford University have just released details on a brilliant new plastic waste to Hydrogen method using microwaves.
Prof. Peter P. Edwards Group are now moving onto large scale trials which could be very significant in solving 2 big problems
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There is another project at Cambridge University to produce Hydrogen from waste plastic.
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Professor Reisner's team also have other exciting projects relating to eco fuels.
Fusion - zero co2 electricity generation
From LBC - On Nuclear Fusion.
Results from the UK Atomic Energy Authority's (UKAEA) MAST Upgrade experiment indicate the effectiveness of an innovative exhaust system designed to make compact fusion power plants commercially viable.
Experts say that with no greenhouse gas emissions and abundant fuels, fusion can be a safe and sustainable part of the world's future energy supply.
Fusion energy is based on the same principle by which stars create heat and light.
My opinion - Fusion has always been 30 years away from being viable due to the major engineering problems. Now it could be 15 to 20 years away and would make a massive impact on our electricity production. No CO2 and no radioactive waste and unlimited fuel supplies.
Reduction in Fossil fuels
There is rapid growth in solar power linked to batteries and storage. This means developing countries can go straight to clean electricity without going through the massively polluting coal and gas era that Europe and the USA went through.
2019 was full of stories of huge new clean-energy projects in Africa, South America and Asia. A new solar plant in Mali will generate 10% of the country’s electricity. In Rwanda, the government introduced an initiative to get 40% of households using off-grid solar. Ecuador agreed to build a US$60m electric bus factory. And the Philippines approved a 150MW solar project.
The costs of solar and wind power keep plummeting. Globally, costs of solar power are projected to fall a further 50% by 2020. The technology is better, deployment at scale is bringing stellar cost reductions, and the link to new digital and smart technologies is giving further cost drops. The future for renewables is as bright as coal’s is bleak.
From 1 October 2024 Great Britain will no longer use coal to generate electricity, a year earlier than planned, Energy and Climate Change Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced today (Wednesday 30 June 2021).
Tidal power can now be added to the list of renewables, a 2 MWatt turbine is now generating electricity in the Orkneys, enough to power around 2000 homes.
Our total generation capacity is around 100 GWatts, but all of these generation methods make the grid more flexible and resilient. Even local schemes of under a MWatt can really help.
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Their are some amazing regenerative farming projects throughout the world and they are having a big impact on the soil and carbon sequestration. Netflix has a documentary suggesting it will solve all of our problems, wouldn't that be nice. The link is to the U.K. site and is well worth a visit to find local farmers with local produce.
Must be part of our future.
The LSE’s Nicholas Stern is cautiously optimistic, saying that what has changed in recent years is the realisation that green economic growth is the only long-term option.
It looks like the trends are going in the right direction, so as long as everyone joins in, we stand a real chance of avoiding the most catastrophic effects of global warming.
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