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PEi Connect provides a brief look at what got our attention during the week (23-30 April), and first up, we focus on the fact that Joe Biden has occupied his presidential seat for 100 days and has done a great deal for America’s stance on climate action.

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Bullish Biden

Over the past 100 days, US President Joe Biden has rejoined the Paris Agreement, committed the US to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 52% below its 2005 emissions levels by 2030, and hosted a two-day Climate Summit to urge all countries to take immediate action to save the planet. Take a look at what else Biden has been up to

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Space for power

Coal requires mines, and plants to convert it into electricity. Nuclear power takes uranium mines, facilities to refine it, a reactor, and a place to store the spent fuel safely. Renewable energy needs wind turbines or solar panels. So how much space would it take to power the whole world? This interesting TED-Ed talk explores the sustainability of different power sources.

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Vertical turbines – the future of wind

New research from Oxford Brookes University has found that the vertical turbine design is far more efficient than traditional turbines in large-scale wind farms, and when set in pairs the vertical turbines increase each other’s performance by up to 15%. Read more about this innovative idea

A new coal goal

A Russian telecoms magnate plans to spend billions on the Siberian coal project, despite terrain that is covered by snow up to eight months a year and the doomed efforts of the previous owner, and this at a time when the Western world is shifting rapidly to renewables. This interesting article looks at the vision of Elga as Russia’s new coal behemoth. Read more

Fukushima fiasco

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Is it true that Japan will pump 1.25 million tonnes of potentially contaminated wastewater from the decaying Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean? It is true and independent UN human rights experts have expressed grave concern. Read more

Connect with us next week Friday for another selection of interesting sector news. Until then, take care, stay safe and power on.
The PEi Ed team 🙂