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PEi Connect provides a brief look at what got our attention during the week (31 May – 03 June), and first up we focus on the fact that Bill Gates will be testing Terrapower’s novel nuclear reactor technology in Wyoming, USA.

Billionaires unite for clean energy

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Power companies run by billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have teamed up to build a nuclear reactor demonstration project at a retiring coal plant in Wyoming. In 2008, when Gates launched Terrapower, a team of engineers began working on a novel concept, The Traveling Wave Reactor design. This design is said to remove the possibility of a pressure-related destabilising event and eliminates reprocessing thereby reducing proliferation concerns.

Small modular reactors are considered key to our clean energy future and according to Gates: “We think Natrium will be a game-changer for the energy industry.” Read more about the project.

Total becomes TotalEnergies

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In a strategic move, Total has changed its name to demonstrate the company’s new direction as a broad energy company committed to producing cleaner energy. Said Patrick Pouyanné, chairman and CEO of TotalEnergies: “Energy is reinventing itself, and this energy journey is ours. Our ambition is to be a world-class player in the energy transition. That is why Total is transforming and becoming TotalEnergies.”

International Space Station solar upgrade

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Two new solar array wings to power the International Space Station have been packed inside the trunk of a SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule for launch on Thursday from the Kennedy Space Center.

The six new solar array wings, coupled with 24 new lithium-ion batteries launched to the station during Japanese resupply missions, will help ensure the lab’s power system can support continued operations through 2030. Read more

Happy World Bicycle Day

In April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 3 as International World Bicycle Day. Why does it matter? In a world desperate to decarbonise, increasing numbers of people are opting for the healthier mode of transport in order to curb emissions, get some exercise and enjoy a dose of fresh air.

Connect with us next week for another selection of interesting sector news. Until then, take care, stay safe and power on.

The PEi Ed team 🙂