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Geothermal Energy

Quaise Inc. drilling technology could allow geothermal to power the world

(Science Communications) Geothermal energy systems have the potential to power the world and become the leading technology for reducing greenhouse gas emissions if we can drill down far enough into the Earth to access the conditions necessary for economic viability and release the heat beneath our feet. Quaise Inc. is developing a potentially disruptive drilling technology to make that happen. Matt Houde of Quaise presented the approach at the World Geothermal Congress on June 15.

Fibre-optics used to take the temperature of Greenland Ice Sheet

(University of Cambridge) Scientists have used fibre-optic sensing to obtain the most detailed measurements of ice properties ever taken on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Their findings will be used to make more accurate models of the future movement of the world’s second-largest ice sheet, as the effects of climate change continue to accelerate.

Local impacts from fracking the Eagle Ford

(Stanford University) Stanford scientists simulated the local risk of damaging or nuisance-level shaking caused by hydraulic fracturing across the Eagle Ford shale formation in Texas. The results could inform a new approach to managing human-caused earthquakes.

How a Greentech Success Provides a Model for Battling Climate Change – Built In

As the climate crisis and its compounding effects increase in both frequency and severity around the globe, the reality that world leaders have failed to meet the greatest challenge of our time with practical climate policy solutions becomes more evident….

How This CO2 ‘Vacuum Cleaner’ Is Fighting Climate Change – Architectural Digest

Iceland was the ideal location for Orca. “It’s the only only site in the world where you can mineralize the CO2,” explains Beuttler, who notes that Climeworks has had a demonstrator running there since 2017. The site also allows the…

The missing trillions

(University of Sussex) The hidden social, environmental and health costs of the world’s energy and transport sectors is equal to more than a quarter of the globe’s entire economic output, new research from the University of Sussex Business School and Hanyang University reveals.

Energy harvesting: Printed thermoelectric generators for power generation

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) Thermoelectric generators, TEGs for short, convert ambient heat into electrical power. They enable maintenance-free, environmentally friendly, and autonomous power supply of the continuously growing number of sensors and devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) and recovery of waste heat. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now developed three-dimensional component architectures based on novel, printable thermoelectric materials. The results are reported in npj Flexible Electronics (DOI: 10.1038/s41528-020-00098-1) and ACS Energy Letters (DOI: 10.1021/acsenergylett.0c02159)

Scared by global warming? In Iceland, one solution is petrifying – Reuters

By Alister Doyle 8 Min Read OSLO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – On a barren hillside in southwest Iceland, workers are installing huge fans to suck carbon dioxide from the air and turn it to stone deep below ground, in a…

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Having sustainability in mind: lithium from the Upper Rhine Graben for batteries

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) Worldwide demand for lithium is increasing. The raw material is much sought-after for e-mobility. To meet this increasing demand, production of lithium by deep geothermal energy plants has been discussed for some years now. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has decided to fund the UnLimited project for setting up a pilot facility at the geothermal power plant in Bruchsal by Energie Baden-Württemberg as consortium leader in cooperation with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

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