Britain set for first coal-free day since Industrial Revolution

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    Britain set for first coal-free day since Industrial Revolution
    Friday 21 April 2017 07.11 EDT
    National Grid expects the UK to reach coal energy ‘watershed’ on Friday in what will also be the country’s first 24-hour coal-free period
    https://www.theguardian.com/environ...coal-free-day-since-the-industrial-revolution

    "The UK is set to have its first ever working day without coal power generation since the Industrial Revolution, according to the National Grid.

    The control room tweeted the predicted milestone on Friday, adding that it is also set to be the first 24-hour coal-free period in Britain."

    "Britain became the first country to use coal for electricity when Thomas Edison opened the Holborn Viaduct power station in London in 1882. It was reported in the Observer at the time that “a hundred weight of coal properly used will yield 50 horse power for an hour.” And that each horse power “will supply at least a light equivalent to 150 candles”."

    "NG Control Room‏ @NGControlRoom
    It looks likely that today will be the first ever working day in Britain without #coal since the industrial revolution!"
    https://twitter.com/NGControlRoom/status/855314049038286849?ref_src=twsrc^tfw&ref_url=about:srcdoc
     
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    A Day Without Coal -- Why Last Friday’s Generation Mix In The UK Is Such A Big Deal
     
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    Can the USA join Britain and China in moving off of Coal for good?

    A Chinese company is offering free training for US coal miners to become wind farmers
    https://qz.com/990192/a-chinese-company-wants-to-retrain-wyoming-coal-miners-to-become-wind-farmers/

    "If you want to truly understand what’s happening in the energy industry, the best thing to do is to travel deep into the heart of American coal country, to Carbon County, Wyoming (yes, that’s a real place).

    The state produces most coal in the US, and Carbon County has long been known (and was named) for its extensive coal deposits. But the state’s mines have been shuttering over the past few years, causing hundreds of people to lose their jobs in 2016 alone. Now, these coal miners are finding hope, offered from an unlikely place: a Chinese wind-turbine maker wants to retrain these American workers to become wind-farm technicians. It’s the perfect metaphor for the massive shift happening in the global energy markets.

    The news comes from an energy conference in Wyoming, where the American arm of Goldwind, a Chinese wind-turbine manufacturer, announced the free training program. More than a century ago, Carbon County was home to the first coal mine in Wyoming. Soon, it will be the site of a new wind farm with hundreds of Goldwind-supplied turbines.

    Goldwind sees the ex-miners as a font of the sort of technical knowledge—mechanical and electrical engineering, on par—with the experience of working in difficult conditions required to run and maintain a wind farm. Adapting coal-mining skills to wind farming seemed a natural fit. “If we can tap into that market and also help out folks that might be experiencing some challenges in the workforce today, I think that it can be a win-win situation,” David Halligan, chief executive of Goldwind Americas, told the New York Times.

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    The loss of coal jobs, in Wyoming and across the country, can be attributed partly to increasing mechanization and partly to the falling demand for coal. Despite Trump’s promise to bring back coal jobs, the department of labor reports that in the first quarter of 2017, there were8% fewer coal jobs (more than 6,000 positions) compared to the same period the year before.

    As the US’s largest coal supplier, Wyoming has to date resisted the rise of renewable energy—despite having some of the highest annual wind speeds and lowest population densities in the country, making it ideal for wind-farming.

    In fact, Wyoming is the only state in the US that levies taxes on wind-energy generation, a policy that’s scared away wind-farm developers, despite the billions of federal subsidy dollars available for them. But opportunities like the Goldwind project—while unlikely to absorb all coal miners who have lost their jobs—may change the narrative in Wyoming, so that it looks more like the one the world’s bought into."
     
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    (The world's first commercial carbon capture) Plant is 1,000 Times More Efficient at CO2 Removal Than Photosynthesis Is Now Active
    https://futurism.com/a-plant-1000-t...o2-removal-than-photosynthesis-is-now-active/

    "The world's first commercial carbon capture plant is now online in Switzerland. Its operators emphasize that both carbon capture systems and a low-carbon economy are essential to meeting climate change goals."

    A plant 1,000 times more efficient at CO2 removal than photosynthesis is now active. The world's first commercial carbon capture plant is now online in Switzerland.
    https://www.reddit.com/r/climate/comments/6fdxb5/a_plant_1000_times_more_efficient_at_co2_removal/

    THE CO2 COLLECTOR
    "Yesterday, the world’s first commercial carbon capture plant began sucking carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the air around it. Perched atop a Zurich waste incineration facility, theClimeworks carbon capture plant comprises three stacked shipping containers that hold six CO2 collectors each. Spongey filters absorb CO2 as fans pull air through the collectors until they are fully saturated, a process that takes about two or three hours.

    The container then closes, and the process reverses. The collector is heated to 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit), and the pure CO2 is released in a form that can be buried underground, made into other products, or sold.

    According to Climeworks, the startup that created this carbon capture facility, hundreds of thousands more like it will be needed by midcentury if we want to remain below the limits set by the Paris Agreement. However, to keep the planet’s temperature from increasing by more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), we’ll need to do something more than simply lowering global emissions.

    “We really only have less than 20 years left at current emission rates to have a good chance of limiting emissions to less than 2°C,” Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment directorChris Field told Fast Company. “So it’s a big challenge to do it simply by decreasing emissions from energy, transportation, and agriculture.”"

    CLIMEWORKS - Capturing CO2 from air


    Climeworks makes history with world-first commercial CO2 capture plant

    http://www.climeworks.com/world-first-co2-capture-plant/
     
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    Record levels of green energy in UK create strange new world for generators
    As renewables play a greater role in the British market, they are making the price of power increasingly unstable
    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/jun/17/green-energy-surge-fuels-anxiety-uk-power-grid

    "As the sun shone on millions of solar panels and unseasonable gusts turned thousands of turbine blades last Sunday, something remarkable happened to Britain’s power grid.

    For a brief period, a record 70% of the electricity for the UK’s homes and businesses was low-carbon, as nuclear, solar and wind crowded out coal and even gas power stations. That afternoon was a glimpse into the future, of how energy provision will look in 13 years’ time because of binding carbon targets.

    On what one grid manager called “stunning Sunday”, the carbon intensity of producing power – a key measure of progress towards climate goals – dropped below the “magic number” of 100g of CO2 per kilowatt hour for the first time. That’s the level that must be the norm by 2030, according to the government’s climate advisers.

    Yet last Sunday was just one of a run of striking records for renewable power in Britain that pose profound questions for conventional generators and the companies which manage power grids.

    On one Friday in May, solar power briefly eclipsed the UK’s eight nuclear power stations. The grid recently went without coal for an entire day for the first time, and the dirty fuel is now regularly absent from power supply for hours at a time."

    And, still...

    Coal-fired plants top polluters in Europe
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/worl...b1f0ff459df_story.html?utm_term=.f77118204797

    "HELSINKI — Coal-fired power stations are responsible for the most pollution in Europe, with Britain among the top polluters, the European Union says.

    The European Environment Agency said in a report late Sunday that half of the plants responsible for the largest releases of air and water pollution were in Britain, with a total of 14. Germany was second with seven, followed by France and Poland, each with five."
     

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