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Re-thinking Solar Panel Waste
Science Direct forecasts worldwide solar PV waste will to reach around 78 million tonnes by 2050. Recovery of materials such as silicon has traditionally needed hydrofluoric acid, a highly toxic and corrosive chemical. Scientists have found a new way to recover silicon which uses a specific chemical treatment sequence, using less toxic chemicals. The process delivers a silicon purity of 99.9984%, recovers more useful materials than just silicon and delivers a profit of $185 on every 1kg of solar panel recycled in this manner.https://www.saurenergy.com/solar-energy-news/indian-scientists-recover-pure-silicon-from-obsolete-solar-cells
19 November 2021 by Kylie Hargrea...

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AtmosFuel - Guilt free fuel from Air + Water
Take CO2 from the Air, combine it with Hydrogen extracted from Water ( using renewable energy) and you can make various fuels like ethanol, diesel, kerosene, petrol and aviation fuel.  Fuels made like this can notionally get to Net Zero, although are more likely to generate  90% fewer emissions than the conventional hydrocarbons. Still pretty good, and another benefit is they work without needing expensive modifications to the car or plane. https://carbonengineering.com/news-updates/ce-lanzatech-jet-fuel/
26 October 2021 by Kylie Hargrea...

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Circular Economy Sewage Sludge
Sewage sludge, which is fully of organics and nutrients, is often used for fertiliser. But sewage sludge can contain pathogens, microplastics, heavy metals, PFAS and chemicals. Pyrolysis (high heat/no oxygen) is a process often used to render biomass (sludge) safe. RMIT have developed a novel pyrolysis reactor which optimises heat/mass transfer processes. This translates directly into savings in capital and operating costs. It also delivers a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions, while shrinking the tech to make it highly mobile. Trials of the new reactor in real-world applications are underway in Victoria, Australia.
24 October 2021 by Kylie Hargrea...

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MoorPower Please
Vessels moored off-shore typically rely on diesel for fuel. For vessels like feeding barges, used in aquaculture, frequent re-fuelling also risks spills and other disruptions to their operations. But what if you could harness the energy from the waves for an endless, reliable, clean source of energy by using a submerged buoy to convert the motion into electricity energy? Over the next two year Carnegie Clean Energy will test its adapted CATO system for just these sorts of applications. If successful, decarbonising offshore aquaculture would be just the beginning.
24 October 2021 by Kylie Hargrea...

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A cheaper, longer lasting non-electric battery?
Phase Change Materials (PCM) are substances which absorb or release heat when they go through a change in their physical state, eg. water changing from ice to liquid. You can tap this energy. PCM batteries can operate just like an electric battery, but can be 2 - 3 times cheaper. A South Australian company is developing PCM battery versatility even further by partnering the battery with heat pumps, renewable energy to power the battery processes, advanced weather and system usage forecasting, as well as energy pricing data to maximise energy efficiency and financial return. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMr0wgb3r4E&t=4686s
19 October 2021 by Kylie Hargrea...

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16 October 2021 by Kylie Hargrea...
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