- “Fervo Completes Geothermal Energy Testing” • Fervo Energy, based in Houston, uses horizontal drilling techniques developed by the oil and gas industry to unlock geothermal resources in places where tapping underground sources of heat to generate electricity has never been possible. Fervo says a test at a full-scale pilot facility was successful. [CleanTechnica]
- “2024 Will Probably Be Hotter Than This Year Because Of El Niño, NASA Scientists Say” • As millions bake under a relentless heat wave in the South and Southwest US, and as temperatures soar around the Northern Hemisphere, NASA scientists warned that we haven’t seen the worst of El Niño and next year will likely be even warmer for the planet. [CNN]
- “Coal-Fired Electricity Is Falling Below Solar In NC” • Coal was used in 37% of electricity generation in 2015 in North Carolina. In the first quarter of 2023, it was down to 7%, while solar was up to 8%. A North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association officer said, “Based on this data, we’d expect to see solar generation regularly surpass coal generation starting this year.” [WFAE]
- “Better EV Batteries Start On Factory Floor With New ‘Dry Manufacturing’ Method” • The latest development in EV battery technology comes from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is part of the US DOE’s sprawling network of research facilities, in a public-private partnership with the US energy storage firm Navitas Systems. [CleanTechnica]
- “Unlocking The Potential Of Commercial Rooftop Solar” • RMI says in a report that US real estate investment trusts control 38.5 billion square feet of rooftops on commercial buildings, parking lots, and garages that are suitable for solar panels. If fully utilized, they could produce about 10% of all electricity generated in the country. [CleanTechnica]
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