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EPA Rule to Phase Out Gases Used in Refrigerators, Coolants – NBC10 Boston

In the first Biden administration rule aimed at combating climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to phase down production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners. The proposed rule follows…

EPA rule to phase out gases used in refrigerators, coolants – The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the first Biden administration rule aimed at combating climate change, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to phase down production and use of hydrofluorocarbons, highly potent greenhouse gases commonly used in refrigerators and air conditioners. The…

Here comes the sun: Tethered-balloon tests ensure safety of new solar-power technology

(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories recently used 22-foot-wide tethered balloons to collect samples of airborne dust particles to ensure the safety of an emerging solar-power technology. The study determined that the dust created by the new technology is far below hazardous levels, said Cliff Ho, the lead researcher on the project. Ho’s team just received $25 million from the Department of Energy to build a pilot plant that will incorporate this technology.

Modeling the probability of methane hydrate deposits on the seafloor

(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) A team of researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have developed a new system to model the likelihood of finding methane hydrate and methane gas that was tested in a region of seafloor off the coast of North Carolina.

New tool at Sandia brings some West Texas wind to the Duke City — virtually

(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have a new tool that allows them to study wind power and see whether it can be efficiently used to provide power to people living in remote and rural places or even off the grid, through distributed energy.

Global Warming Threatens Luxury Lifestyles Of The Rich – Forbes

A Mercedes 6X6 outside Harrods luxury store in London. Getty Images As London Fashion Week approaches this weekend, luxury brands talk about sustainability as if it were going out of fashion. But do their buyers really care? Consumers of some…

A material benefit to society, Sandia scientist elected AAAS fellow

(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) Sandia National Laboratories senior scientist Tina Nenoff was elected by her peers a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the advancement of science ‘in service to society’ and ‘for outstanding accomplishments in nanoporous materials and technology through research and group effort leadership, particularly in ion and gas separations for energy and environmental applications.’

Rooftop solar panels get boost from Sandia tool that previews a year on grid in minutes

(DOE/Sandia National Laboratories) Sandia National Laboratories and partners developed new software that can perform quasi-static time series analysis 1,000 times faster than previous tools to show how rooftop solar panels interact with the electrical grid throughout the year.