1650 hydrogen molecules per hour

The Novosibirsk scientists have proposed a new efficient method for synthesis of a highly active photocatalyst for hydrogen production under the action of sunlight. The materials developed are porous “sponges” made of graphite-like carbon nitride with platinum nanoparticles. The system showed one of the highest values of photocatalytic activity, among all known analogues, with a low content of noble metals, the Russian Science Foundation says.

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Metal-organic frameworks for CO2 capture

British renewable energy company Drax along with Promethean Particles, a metal-organic framework manufacturer and the University of Nottingham is going to test an innovative CO2 capture unit at the bioenergy power plant in North Yorkshire. If the tests are a success, Drax will launch construction of a full-fledged commercial analogue in 2024, its first stage will be put into operation in 2027, and the second one – in 2030.

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Rae Kwon Chung: the new climate economy can be a job generator

Transition to a sustainable economic development model focused on investment in the planet’s resources and human capital increase will lead to rapid generation of new jobs. Rae Kwon Chung, Chairman of the International Award Committee of the Global Energy Prize, talked about this in the lecture The New Climate Economy and Carbon Neutrality on May 19 as part of the New Horizons online forum arranged by the Russian Znanie Society.

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Georgy Tikhomirov: closed nuclear fuel cycle opens up access to 99% percent of uranium’s energy

In 2021, in the Tomsk Region, located in Eastern Siberia, State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom began construction of the BREST-OD-300 lead-cooled reactor. Why can this project demonstrate the benefits of a closed nuclear fuel cycle? When will this technology be commercialised? And what is the future of thorium reactors? Georgy Tikhomirov, Deputy Director of the Institute of Nuclear Physics and Technology of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, one of the authors of the report “10 Breakthrough Ideas in Energy for the Next 10 Years”, answered these questions in an interview for the Global Energy Association.

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May 2022
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