Posts Tagged ‘energy’

The US isn’t ready for clean energy

November 26, 2021

The US isn’t ready for renewable energy. The electric transmission grid doesn’t have the capacity to move it where it needs to be. A vox video by Madeline Marshall, animated by Matt Dunne.

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“Old Power Gear Is Slowing Use of Clean Energy and Electric Cars,” Ivan Penn, New York Times

“2020 was the worst year yet for power outages in the US,” Justine Calma, The Verge

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Oil Doesn’t Corrupt Norway

November 15, 2021

“Why Oil Doesn’t Corrupt Norway,” a PolyMatter video by Evan Edinger. 

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Nuclear Plants Are Shutting Down

November 4, 2021

The Indian Point nuclear plant, on the Hudson River 30 miles north of Manhattan, shut down recently. Cleo Abram takes a closer and explains why so many nuclear plants are shutting down.

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Cover the Sahara With Solar Panels?

October 5, 2021

Joseph Pisenti of RealLifeLore asks “What If We Covered the Sahara With Solar Panels?”

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How do wind turbines work?

May 20, 2021

Rebecca Barthelmie and Sara Pryor explain wind turbine technology for TED-Ed.

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Solar Panels In Space

May 6, 2021

“Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) was widely mocked and criticized for having suggested Jewish-run space lasers might be responsible for California’s wildfires. But it turns out the technology she flagged — orbiting panels that beam solar energy to Earth — does exist, at least in prototype form, CNN reports. Only instead of the Rothschilds, the Pentagon controls the technology, and instead of destroying California’s forests and homes, Photovoltaic Radiofrequency Antenna Modules (PRAMs) could provide emergency power during natural disasters.”

— “U.S. scientists have shown it’s plausible to power the Earth from solar panels in space,” Peter Weber, The Week

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Spice Up Solar Panels With Chili Peppers

March 11, 2021

Spice Up Solar Panels With Chili Peppers

“Here’s some news hot off the press. Researchers have found a secret ingredient for making solar panels that absorb the sun’s energy more efficiently. Depending on what you like to eat, there’s a good chance you can find it at home. Capsaicin, the chemical that gives chili peppers their spicy sting, also improves perovskite solar cells – the devices that make up solar panels.

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America Can Leave Fossil Fuels Behind

September 15, 2020

How America can leave fossil fuels behind, in one chart. a Vox video by Danush Parvaneh, David Roberts, and Joey Sendaydiego.

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The Strait of Hormuz

October 29, 2019

The Strait of Hormuzm a 21 mile-wide passage between Iran and Oman, supports 20% of the world’s oil supply. The oil chokepoint is center of conflict between the US and Iran.  A Vox video.

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Electricity: Renewables Beat Coal

June 21, 2019

Electricity: Renewables Beat Coal

“In April, renewables eclipsed coal generation in the US for the first time. The Energy Information Administration estimates renewables outperformed coal by 16% in April and will generate 1.4% more in May.”

— “Renewables generated more electricity than coal for the first time in US history,” Michael J. Coren, Quartz

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