Watch This Magic Plastic Instant-Coffee Package Disappear in Your Drink
Plastic wrapping is something of a scourge of modern living. So a new company that is seeking to replace this with something more sustainable - is making waves.
With a typical single-serve packet of instant coffee—the ready-to-brew kind that Starbucks and other brands sell for home and office use—the plastic wrapper ends up in the trash. In a prototype of a new seaweed-based packaging design
, the wrapper dissolves into the drink, adding nutrients.
The design is from London-based Notpla (short for “not plastic”). A tea bag made from seaweed can be safely stirred into the water instead, adding some fibre and antioxidants. The seaweed is processed so it doesn’t add any flavour
The material can also be used for something like a pack of ramen noodles or a serving of rice so that the whole package can be dropped into hot water during preparation. “For people who go on a hike and want to bring back their packaging, it could be literally consumed within the meal,”
This New Tech Could Make Hydrogen an Affordable, Clean Fuel for Planes
Again there are two issues with this technology. The first is that it is relying on CCUS to capture and store carbon produced from fossil fuel hydrogen generation (This is an unproven and unscaled technology) and secondly they talk about shipping hydrogen around the world. If they’re using fossil fuel ships and trains to do that, this isn’t zero carbon tech.
Furthermore, even if the process is 45% more efficient than extracting hydrogen the old-fashioned way, it is still 65% less efficient than using electricity (as hydrogen is 3 times less efficient than electricity)
Global Energy Storage Market Set to Hit One Terawatt-Hour by 2030
BloombergNEF’s 2021 Global Energy Storage Outlook estimates that 345 gigawatts/999 gigawatt-hours of new energy storage capacity will be added globally between 2021 and 2030, which is more than Japan’s entire power generation capacity in 2020
Batteries are a key enabling technology for renewables. You need the ability to both capture renewable energy when it is cleanest and use it when the RE isn’t as robust as it needs to be (windless nights, for example).
BNEF’s forecast suggests that the majority, or 55%, of energy storage built by 2030 will be to provide energy shifting (for instance, storing solar or wind to release later). Co-located renewable-plus-storage projects, solar-plus-storage in particular, are becoming commonplace globally.
Nestlé Australia Switches to 100 Pct Renewables With CWP Wind Farm Deal
Despite the fact that the Australian government seems intent on running the whole of the country on as much coal as it can, some companies there appear to be bucking the trend and going to renewables. One such company is the Australian offshoot of Nestle
The contract with Nestlé, effectively immediately, is for 106GWh of wind output a year. As a guide, Sapphire produces around 830GWh of electricity a year. Corporate customers are playing an increasingly important role in driving investment in new wind and solar projects, and also supporting existing ones.
Fossil Gas Pared Back to Its Bare Bones in South Australia’s Renewables Grid
On the topic of Austalia and renewables, this article indicates
that there is now so much of it in South Australia that the market operator supplying energy has turned the wick down dramatically on the gas generators it uses to provide the baseload for the state
Some gas generation – even when there is enough wind and solar generation to meet all local demand – is usually required to provide “synchronous generation” considered essential to maintain system strength and keep the grid in a secure state