- “Stars Have Aligned For Hydrogen Economy” • Hydrogen, for use as a carbon free fuel and as energy storage for renewables, is attracting unprecedented interest. And all of the factors that are required for the construction of a hydrogen economy are falling into place, the expert panel assembled for the PE Live 7 webcast agreed last week. [Petroleum Economist]
- “Already Under Pressure, Virginia’s Coal Industry Sees Idled Mines And Furloughs Amid Covid-19 Pandemic” • Appalachian coal has declined for decades. Virginia had 10,662 coal mining jobs in 1990, and only 2,576 in 2019. With Covid-19, the Energy Information Administration forecast a 35% drop in Appalachian coal production this year. [Bristol Herald Courier]
- “Study: Air Pollution From Fracking Linked To Deaths In PA” • A study found a correlation between shale gas extraction with particulate matter pollution and mortality in areas where active fracking wells are sited. Researchers used NASA satellite data to pinpoint daily levels of particulate matter pollution from wells in Pennsylvania. [Binghamton University]
- “Researchers Report Significant Improvement In Fuel Cell Technology” • Scientists Vijay Ramani, Zhongyang Wang, and Shrihari Sankarasubramanian have been studying fuel cells that operate on NaBH₄, a liquid that does not need to be pressurized the way H₂ does. It eliminates one of the troublesome aspects of conventional fuel cells. [CleanTechnica]
- “Fluence Announces 6th Generation Energy Storage Tech” • An announcement by Fluence gives a pretty good indication of where the energy storage market is heading. The company says it has commitments from Enel, LS Power, sPower, and Siemens to install 800 MW / 2300 MWh of battery storage using its 6th generation technology. [CleanTechnica]
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