Brazil can accommodate up to 338 GW of solar power plants – research

Natural, climatic and infrastructural conditions of Brazil allow for it to accommodate in its territory almost 338 gigawatt (GW) of solar power plants (SPPs). This is the conclusion made by the scientists from German Aerospace Center, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and San Francisco de Quito University (Ecuador), who calculated the SPPs potential for each Brazilian state. The results of their research are published in Nature journal.

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Oil-fired power plants continue to cover electricity demand peaks in the USA

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the US Department of Energy post-factum registered the peak of energy demand in the New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode-Island and Vermont). In this region the demand for electricity on February 3 and February 4 2023 exceeded 16 thou MWh per hour for 32 successive hours, i.e., even in the night time, though normally at night the demand goes down below 14 thou MWh per hour.

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Russian scientists proposed a new photocatalyst for removing phenol from water

Scientists from the Science and Technology University within Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys in cooperation with their colleagues from Fudan University in Shanghai developed a photocatalyst for removing phenol (one of the most dangerous pollutant) from water. This new material is based on the hexagonal boron nitride – white powder with graphite-like crystalline structure – oxidising phenol to water and carbon dioxide. The results of their research are published in the Journal of Water Process Engineering.

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Uruguay needs to improve energy development forecasts

Energy consumption forecasts including consumption by the neighbour countries is key for the energy development in Uruguay, Ruben Chaer, professor of the University of the Republic in Montevideo, the Manager of the Uruguay’s Administration of the Electricity Market stated in his interview to Global Energy.

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