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Europe Turns to an Unlikely Source to Replace Russian Energy: Ukraine
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Europe Turns to an Unlikely Source to Replace Russian Energy: Ukraine

"Maxim Timchenko, DTEK’s chief executive, said that once the statcoms or batteries are in place, exports can rise slowly to 1.6 gigawatts a day, up from current deliveries of about 350 megawatts a day to Poland and Moldova, and that they could rise further if more power lines to Europe are restored. 'Ukraine can become one of the major suppliers of clean energy to the European countries,' he said."

How synthetic biology startups plan to revolutionize fertilizer production
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How synthetic biology startups plan to revolutionize fertilizer production

"Relying on biological processes eliminates the nitrous-oxide emissions that occur in synthetic fertilizer production, which have 300x the warming potential of carbon dioxide and accounted for 7% of all US GHG emissions in 2020, according to the EPA. It can also prevent nitrogen from leaching into and contaminating nearby water sources, a common side effect of using synthetic nitrogen fertilizers."

Breakthrough Energy Ventures Leads $20M Series A for Blue Frontier’s Game-Changing Sustainable, Energy-Storing Air Conditioning
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Breakthrough Energy Ventures Leads $20M Series A for Blue Frontier’s Game-Changing Sustainable, Energy-Storing Air Conditioning

"Blue Frontier's AC system reduces electricity use by up to 90% by combining dew-point-style sensible cooling with liquid desiccant dehumidification. The desiccant is recharged and stored when electricity is the cleanest or lowest cost, and later used to deliver cooling when electricity is dirty or costly."

NuScale, Last Energy Make Significant Insteps for SMRs in Poland
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NuScale, Last Energy Make Significant Insteps for SMRs in Poland

"Poland has in recent months ramped up efforts to establish a nuclear power industry to accelerate the country’s energy transition. The Eastern European country holds the largest reserves of coal in Europe. But while it produced 70% of its power from coal in 2020,  it unveiled a commitment last November to phase out its coal plants, targeting a 2040 timeframe—a decade earlier than the 2049 date it set earlier in 2021."

Redwood Materials To Supply Cathodes For Panasonic’s Kansas EV Battery Plant
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Redwood Materials To Supply Cathodes For Panasonic’s Kansas EV Battery Plant

“'The cathode material is roughly 15% of the cost of an EV. It's a phenomenally impactful component that isn't very well understood. Overall, the battery supply chain accounts for maybe 20% to 25% of the cost of an EV,' Straubel said. 'This is a really meaningful and monetarily significant step toward launching this industry in the U.S.'”

California’s Misguided Electric Vehicle Policies
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California’s Misguided Electric Vehicle Policies

“If California’s elected officials are serious about transitioning to EVs by 2035, more EV chargers will be needed. The best way and most consumer-friendly way to get more EV chargers is to work with the private market to get more private capital invested in charging. But, to do that, the state should stop approving utility companies that want to increase the bills of their customers to cover the cost of EV charging.”

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