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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #4466 on: March 18, 2021, 03:20:09 PM »
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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #4467 on: March 18, 2021, 06:24:07 PM »
For more than four decades, the name of former Cedar Rapids utility executive Duane Arnold has been synonymous with nuclear power in Iowa. Now it could have a new connotation: a massive solar energy project planned for 2023 near the now-idle Duane Arnold Energy Center.

Owner NextEra Energy of Florida this week laid out plans in a virtual meeting with nearby landowners to build a solar farm that could bring in a $700 million capital investment and about 300 construction jobs.

The solar farm is planned across 3,500 acres at and near the now-decommissioned nuclear plant in Palo, project manager Kimberly Dickey said in the Tuesday night meeting.

It is expected to produce up to 690 megawatts of solar energy — even more than the single-unit nuclear plant generated.

When Duane Arnold was operating, NextEra said, the 615-megawatt facility could generate enough electricity for 600,000 homes.

“We’re also hoping to accompany that solar project with up to 60 megawatts of AC-coupled batteries,” Dickey said.

Battery storage allows a company to store energy captured when customer demand is lower to use in peak times.


https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/business/duane-arnold-nuclear-plant-solar-farm-nextera-energy-palo-ia-20210318
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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #4468 on: March 19, 2021, 09:59:22 AM »
LONDON: Energy group BP aims to build Britain's largest hydrogen plant by 2030, it said on Thursday (Mar 18), as part of the country's push to boost use of the fuel and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The Teesside plant in northern England will have capacity of up to 1 gigawatt (GW) of so-called blue hydrogen, about a fifth of Britain's target of 5 GW of hydrogen capacity by the end of the decade.

Blue hydrogen is produced by converting natural gas into hydrogen and storing the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its production.

BP has begun a feasibility study on the project to explore technologies that could capture up to 98 per cent of carbon emissions from the hydrogen production process.

The Teesside project, dubbed H2Teesside, is expected to capture up to 2 million tonnes of CO2 a year and pipe it into storage below the North Sea, BP said.


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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #4469 on: March 19, 2021, 10:02:19 AM »
The technology works by adding an attachment to the cooling towers and a blend of CO2-absorbing chemicals to the towers’ water. The water sucks in the carbon dioxide while the attachment activates a “regeneration process” to convert the captured carbon back into gas. Noya can then resell that captured gas to industrial CO2 consumers.

The concept works within a circular economy model. Still, it’s not green because the CO2 is recirculated instead of sequestered—nevertheless, it’s cleaner than existing sources of consumer CO2, which comes from ethanol and ammonia plants.

Santos said:

Five years from now, we fully intend to have vertically integrated carbon capture and sequestration. Our first step is locally produced low-cost atmospherically captured CO2. If we were to go all-in on carbon capture, that would require a lot of time to develop. What this initial model allows us to do is fine-tune our capture technology while building up long-term to go to market.


https://www.intelligentliving.co/amp/cooling-towers-converted-into-carbon-capture-devices/
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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #4470 on: March 19, 2021, 10:03:40 AM »
These sound like PR projects to me.  I'm dubious.

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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #4471 on: March 19, 2021, 10:31:18 AM »
I agree, but....... I'm hopeful

with enough smart/lucky folks poking around, perhaps there will be a major breakthrough that can actually really help
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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #4472 on: March 20, 2021, 09:57:38 AM »

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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #4473 on: March 20, 2021, 10:06:52 AM »
The problem with sucking CO2 out of the air is entropy.

And the fact that plants do it very well now by themselves.

I doubt a human process can do much better or more efficiently.

Look at a tree, nearly all of its mass is made from CO2 and water.  Just plant more trees and cut the down after 20 years and bury the trunks.

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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #4474 on: March 20, 2021, 10:31:06 AM »
they could use more trees around Amarillo
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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #4475 on: March 20, 2021, 10:52:27 AM »
they could use more trees around Amarillo
One of my proposals if to plant trees on Interstate shoulders, far enough not to be a traffic hazard, and then cut them every 20 years and bury them where they don't degrade.  Making lumber is OK too I think, though eventually that also rots.

More tree farms, the cellulose in paper products usually ends up in landfill and entombed.

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« Reply #4476 on: March 21, 2021, 12:33:57 PM »
PNNL-developed solvent breaks barriers, captures carbon for less than industrial counterparts.

As part of a marathon research effort to lower the cost of carbon capture, chemists have now demonstrated a method to seize carbon dioxide (CO2) that reduces costs by 19 percent compared to current commercial technology. The new technology requires 17 percent less energy to accomplish the same task as its commercial counterparts, surpassing barriers that have kept other forms of carbon capture from widespread industrial use. And it can be easily applied in existing capture systems.

In a study published in the March 2021 edition of International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory—along with collaborators from Fluor Corp. and the Electric Power Research Institute—describe properties of the solvent, known as EEMPA, that allow it to sidestep the energetically expensive demands incurred by traditional solvents.


Two Stage Flash Configuration

This animation depicts the two-stage flash configuration, one of several processes described in a new study detailing how EEMPA, a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory-developed solvent, can capture carbon from flue gas emitted by power plants. From left to right, EEMPA (red) first interacts with flue gas (black), where it absorbs carbon dioxide. Then, as a saturated solvent (blue), EEMPA is stripped of carbon dioxide in high and low-pressure tanks. Finally, the stripped solvent is reintroduced to the carbon dioxide absorber, where the process begins again. Credit: Animation by Michael Perkins | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #4477 on: March 21, 2021, 12:36:36 PM »
I bet trees do it better.

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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #4478 on: March 22, 2021, 01:38:38 PM »
How much Carbon does one Tree absorb? | CarbonPirates

Short answer, trees would help, some.

A young tree absorbs about 5900 gram CO2 per year, while a 10 year old tree absorbs almost 22.000 gram per year.
By taking these numbers we can calculate the average CO2 that is absorbed by a tree during his lifetime.
To make this more tangible we convert the absorption per tree, to the CO2 capture per acre.
When you run the number, it turns out that one acre of forest absorbs about 2.5 tons of CO2 per year.





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Re: Weather, Climate, and Environment
« Reply #4479 on: March 22, 2021, 01:40:28 PM »
And a problem is that trees eventually die, and rot, which releases the CO2 they stored, unless they are harvested and preserved somewhere, or converted down to carbon.


 

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