Increase in energy prices: “inflation compensation” of 100 euros definitively approved

In a service station in Nice, in October 2021. ERIC GAILLARD / REUTERS By a last vote of the National Assembly, the Parliament definitively approved, Wednesday November 24 evening, “the inflation allowance” of 100 euros provided by the government for 38 million French people, The measure is contained in the second amending finance bill for … Read more

Senegal: biomass, a hope for storing energy

From an oven at 300 ° C, Sokhna Dieng takes out pieces of nickel and cobalt carefully deposited on a glass dish. In the two small air-conditioned rooms of the physics department laboratory at Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Dakar, the master 2 student in physics moves between fifteen modern machines lined up on … Read more

Prize-winning technology for large-scale energy storage

Journal Reference: Ziyauddin Khan, Ujwala Ail, Fatima Nadia Ajjan, Jaywant Phopase, Zia Ullah Khan, Nara Kim, Jakob Nilsson, Olle Inganäs, Magnus Berggren, Xavier Crispin. Water‐in‐Polymer Salt Electrolyte for Slow Self‐Discharge in Organic Batteries. Advanced Energy and Sustainability Research, 2021; 2100165 DOI: 10.1002/aesr.202100165 An increasing share of renewable energy in the energy mix and increasing consumption … Read more

Speeding up the energy transition reduces climate risks

Journal Reference: Harald Desing, Rolf Widmer. Reducing climate risks with fast and complete energy transitions: applying the precautionary principle to the Paris agreement. Environmental Research Letters, 2021; DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ac36f9 “Who would board an airplane, if the chance to arrive safely would only be 50 percent?” ask Harald Desing and Rolf Widmer at the very beginning … Read more

Solar energy with an’ ironclad future’

Journal Reference: Mariia Becker, Vanessa Wyss, Catherine E. Housecroft, Edwin C. Constable. The influence of alkyl chains on the performance of DSCs employing iron(ii) N-heterocyclic carbene sensitizers. Dalton Transactions, 2021; DOI: 10.1039/d1dt03252f Sensitizers are intensely coloured compounds that absorb light and convert its energy into electricity by releasing electrons and “injecting” them into the semiconductor. … Read more

Making solar energy even more sustainable with light-powered technology

Journal Reference: Iacopo Benesperi, Hannes Michaels, Tomas Edvinsson, Michele Pavone, Michael R. Probert, Paul Waddell, Ana Belén Muñoz-García, Marina Freitag. Dynamic dimer copper coordination redox shuttles. Chem, 2021; DOI: 10.1016/j.chempr.2021.10.017 An international team of scientists have identified a new process using coordination materials that can accelerate the use of low-cost, Earth-abundant materials with the potential … Read more

France’s energy future: a citizen consultation tinged with sobriety

“Nuclear” or “wind”? The Internet user will not find any occurrence of these words in the public consultation posted on November 2 by the Ministry of Ecological Transition. Until mid-February 2022, this allows anyone who wishes to answer a series of questions relating to the future French Energy and Climate Strategy – the SFEC, according … Read more

Energy: “Meeting the objectives of security, competitiveness and sustainability is one of the most formidable challenges of the 21st century”

Tribune. From the G20 in Rome to COP26 in Glasgow, the global conversation on energy and climate reveals a fundamental truth: Everyone wants to save the planet, but no one wants to see national energy bills increase. In their Rome declaration, G20 leaders underscored their commitment to ensure a “Just and orderly transition of our … Read more

In Tangshan, symbol of China’s difficult energy transition

In a steel plant in Tangshan (northeast China), February 24, 2020. YANG SHIYAO / XINHUA / MAXPPP Sitting against a parapet in front of his brick house, Mr. Hu is sunbathing. This old peasant with a weathered face remembers the days when the sky was black, even in broad daylight. “There was so much soot … Read more

The energy transition, a huge challenge for a South Africa heavily dependent on coal

The Rooiwal coal-fired power station near Pretoria on October 13, 2021. MICHELE SPATARI / AFP South African President Cyril Ramaphosa repeated it again in October: developed countries “Bear the greatest responsibility for climate change” and must, as such, “Offer significant financial support” to developing countries, in their efforts to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Less … Read more