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.
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.
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.