[GWSG] MARS saves energy; Let Coal Die; Greenland heat spiking; despair useless; Jax vulnerability; US energy facts

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Tue Jan 24 10:51:34 EST 2023

1. Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a solar and storage power system which delivers both AC and DC power, along with cybersecurity. It has the potential to reduce power loss by 50% and to stabilize AC frequency; it has detected all cyber intrusions in trials. MARS, the Multi-port Autonomous Reconfigurable Solar power plant, can reconfigure itself according to the available type of energy, and has been found to reduce electrical costs by up to 40%. https://electrek.co/2023/01/20/solar-storage-project-could-be-a-us-grid-game-changer/
Solar Power World adds details on MARS. https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2023/01/doe-researchers-design-solar-project-both-ac-dc-power/
MARS and not solar cell hardware technology could bring the next big reduction in the cost of utility-level solar power. Some comments indicate that it, or parts of it, can be used in existing plants. More methane and coal may be left in the ground because of MARS.

2. Climate Town entertains us with a half hour tour of our life with coal in It’s Time to Let Coal Die. Funny & pointed. https://climatecrocks.com/2023/01/21/let-coal-die-climate-town-is-killing-it/

3. Analysis of ice cores from Greenland shows the temperature has spiked since 1995. Estimates of melt rate and projections of the consequent sea level rise require adjustment. https://phys.or g/news/2023-01-ice-core-analysis-sharp-greenland.html

4. Despair is an attractive option but only ensures we will be too weakened to deter those who wish to continue to make money by burning fossil fuels. https://climatecrocks.com/2023/01/21/ok-doomer-patagonia-ad-is-a-classic/

5. Jax Today has a story from ADAPT on Jacksonville, FL’s vulnerability to climate disruption. The city’s Chief Resilience Officer Anne Coglianese is holding three meetings next month to inform the public on the situation and to hear questions and reactions. The story links to an interactive map showing areas flooded at a range of sea levels, and to other relevant illustrations. https://jaxtoday.org/2023/01/23/community-meetings-are-next-step-for-jax-chief-resilience-officer/?utm_source=WJCT+Public+Media+Audience&utm_campaign=bef27a46b6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2023_01_23_06_36&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-bef27a46b6-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D

6. Four graphs from Yale Climate Connections give the lie to four common myths about US energy. In fact, fossil fuels are booming, US fossil fuel exports are way up, fossil fuels are grossly inefficient in producing electricity from their expended energy, and renewables are able to use almost all their energy in generating electricity—that is one of the reasons they are so cheap. Renewables are no longer a minor player in US energy generation.  https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2023/01/myths-about-fossil-fuels-and-renewable-energy-are-circulating-again-dont-buy-them/

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