Renewable Technology Will Take Starring Role As Energy Recovers From Covid-19

The global energy system is in a state of upheaval, thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has “caused more disruption than any other event in recent history, leaving scars that will last for years to come,” says the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its latest World Energy Outlook (WEO).

“But whether this upheaval ultimately helps or hinders efforts to accelerate clean energy transitions and reach international energy and climate goals will depend on how governments respond to today’s challenges,” the report adds, suggesting that the next decade will be pivotal to both recovering from the current crisis and to tackling climate change.

Global energy demand is set to drop by 5% in 2020, with energy-related CO2 emissions down by 7% and investment in the sector 18% lower than the previous year as the pandemic-induced lockdowns around the world depress economic activity. Global energy

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Australia’s telco and energy sectors agree to boost infrastructure resiliency

Communications Alliance and Energy Networks Australia (ENA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to improve the way the two sectors collaborate and share knowledge when responding to emergency situations.

Under the MoU, the pair have agreed to improve the safety of communities by mitigating risks caused by telecommunications or power outages during emergencies, as well as the sustainability of telecommunications and power supply services to communities affected by emergencies to support their recovery.

The MoU also sets out that the two sectors will collaborate and coordinate on preparing telecommunications and electricity networks and infrastructure for responding to emergencies at local, regional, and state level.

A report prepared by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in May found that during the peak period of the Black Summer bushfires, most telecommunication outages were due to power failures rather than direct fire damage to communication assets.

The report found that during

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EcoGrid Technologies makes energy efficiency projects pay for themselves with innovative technology

TORONTO, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ – Every day, Canadian companies struggle to reduce their carbon footprint without increasing their bottom line.

That might sound like a lofty goal, but EcoGrid Technologies, an energy equipment and solutions company based out of Toronto, ON, has a proven track record of helping industrial operators launch energy efficiency projects that pay for themselves and increase cash flow at the same time.

Recently, EcoGrid Technologies worked with LHM Technologies Inc. of Woodbridge, ON to replace facility lighting in its 50,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing space, where they produce high quality precision components for the aerospace, military, automotive, oil and gas and nuclear energy sectors.

“We are proud to have helped LHM fit its production facility with our state-of-the-art wireless solution,” says George Filtsos, President of EcoGrid Technologies. “Using our exclusive cutting-edge Bluetooth controls to automate illumination levels base on usage has resulted in more than

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Freshwater Wildlife Continues To Decline But New Energy Trendlines Suggest We Can Bend That Curve

Last month I wrote about the 86% decline in populations of migratory fish since 1970. Turns out that was just a trailer for the feature film.

In September, WWF released its Living Planet Report, which includes the grim statistic that essentially all vertebrate species that depend on freshwater ecosystems are following the same precipitous plunge as migratory fish.

How the world developed its energy systems, particularly hydropower dams that fragmented rivers, is one of the primary reasons for this dramatically dropping trendline. 

How the world designs, builds and operates its future energy systems will be key to halting, and ultimately reversing that trendline.

The current decline in freshwater populations is tracked by the “Living Planet Index” (LPI), which provides insights into the health of global wildlife, much like an index fund provides insights into the health of financial markets. And just as an index fund reflects the prices

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Seven Los Alamos scientists and engineers honored as 2020 Laboratory Fellows | US Department of Energy Science News

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Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Christopher Fontes, Vania Jordanova, Thomas Leitner, John Lestone, Joseph Martz and Ralph Menikoff become part of a prestigious fellowship

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The 2020 Laboratory Fellows: top Row (left to right): Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Christopher Fontes, Vania Jordanova, and Thomas Leitner. Bottom Row (left to right): Ralph Menikoff, Joseph Martz, and John Lestone


LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Oct. 12, 2020–Seven Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists and engineers have been named 2020 Laboratory Fellows: Tanmoy Bhattacharya, Christopher Fontes, Vania Jordanova, Thomas Leitner, John Lestone, Joseph Martz and Ralph Menikoff.

“Recognizing the Fellows of Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of my proudest responsibilities. To be a Fellow is to be a leader at the Laboratory and within the scientific community at large,” said Thom Mason, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory. “Thank you to this year’s seven Fellows for their dedication and exceptional contributions.”

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ClearSign Technologies Corporation Receives Multi-Unit Process Burner Order for Major Energy Infrastructure Company

SEATTLE, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ClearSign Technologies Corporation (Nasdaq: CLIR) (“ClearSign” or the “Company”), an emerging leader in industrial combustion and sensing technologies that improve energy, operational efficiency and safety while dramatically reducing emissions, announces it has received an order for three burners to be installed in an existing process heater at a California storage and transportation terminal. The burners were sold and will be installed by ClearSign’s channel affiliate, California Boiler, who will be a subcontractor to the overall project management company, R. A. Nichols Engineering.

“We are grateful for the this order to supply one of North America’s largest energy infrastructure companies with our best in class ClearSign Coreä technology to help meet its emissions reduction needs,” said Jim Deller Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of ClearSign.  “This order is meaningful for us for a multitude of reasons.  It is an expansion into another vertical, energy infrastructure,

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Google Launches New Nest Thermostat for More Energy Savings

Google  (GOOGL) – Get Report launched its latest Nest Thermostat, which monitors heating and cooling systems and can be controlled from anywhere via the Google Home app, Google Assistant, Amazon’s  (AMZN) – Get Report Alexa, or other smart devices.

Using the Soli technology for motion sensing and a user’s phone location, the Nest Thermostat will prevent unnecessary heating or cooling by setting itself to an Eco temperature, the company said in a statement.

Nest Thermostat also monitors heating and cooling systems and ensures that an HVAC system is running smoothly.

The Google Home app feature Quick Schedule lets users set custom temperatures for different times and days.

It also alerts users through the Home app or email when something is not right, enabling them to schedule a technician visit through the Mountain View, Calif., search and tech giant’s partner Handy.

This feature will be available later

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Cortex-wide variation of neuronal cellular energy levels depending on the sleep-wake states — ScienceDaily

It is assumed that the brain has homeostatic mechanisms to prevent the depletion of cellular energy, required for all cellular activities. For example, the blood flow increases, and oxygen and glucose are actively delivered in the brain region in which neural firing activity occurs. Besides, the cerebral blood flow and glucose uptake into the cells fluctuate accompanying the variations of cellular activities in the brain across the sleep-wake states of animals. Under these brain energy homeostatic mechanisms, it is assumed that the cellular energy status in the brain could be maintained constant in all physiological conditions including across the sleep-wake states of animals. However, this has not been experimentally proven.

To investigate whether the cellular energy status in the brain of living animals is always constant or variated, the researchers measured the neuronal intracellular concentration of adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP), the major cellular energy metabolite, using a fluorescent sensor in the

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The West Intends Energy Suicide: Will It Succeed?

Suicide is viewed as a crime in many countries. In a court of law, it is a serious charge and the evidence needs to be conclusive for such an accusation to stand (e.g., did you actually see him attempt to jump off the bridge?). But when societies (or at least their leaders) attempt it, one can say that it safely falls under the rubric of the sovereign right to misrule. In the hallowed tradition of Western liberal democracy, so long as its political leaders are elected in free and fair elections, misrule leading to societal death by suicide is merely an unfortunate outcome of either gross negligence or culpable intention led by, say, a death-cult ideology. Nevertheless, let us proceed with the case for the prosecution.

The Circumstantial Evidence Of Societal Suicide

The first piece of evidence is an astonishing article published last week in the Boston Review by a

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Remembering Mario Molina, Nobel Prize-winning chemist who pushed Mexico on clean energy — and, recently, face masks

<span class="caption">Molina speaking about climate change at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico, Nov. 2018. </span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/nobel-prize-recipient-mario-molina-speaks-to-the-audience-news-photo/1074094970?adppopup=true" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Leonardo Alvarez/Getty Images">Leonardo Alvarez/Getty Images</a></span>
Molina speaking about climate change at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico, Nov. 2018. Leonardo Alvarez/Getty Images

Dr. Mario Molina, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who died on Oct. 7 at age 77, did not become a scientist to change the world; he just loved chemistry. Born in Mexico City in 1943, Molina as a young boy conducted home experiments with contaminated water just for the fun of it.

But Molina came to understand the political importance of his work on atmospheric chemistry and ozone layer depletion, which won him the Nobel in 1995, along with Paul J. Crutzen and F. Sherwood Rowland. Getting that surprise call from Sweden completely changed how he saw his role in the world, Molina said in 2016. He felt a responsibility to share his knowledge of clean energy, air quality and climate change broadly and to push decision-makers to use that information to protect

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