TDI-Brooks will conduct oceanographic surveys of US Wind's offshore wind lease tract in Maryland from April through July. "These seabed surveys are an important next step in our commitment to providing Maryland with clean, renewable energy," said US Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski.
The Interior Department should "strike a rational balance" between fishing concerns and offshore wind development, according to a legal opinion issued by Interior Department Principal Deputy Solicitor Robert Anderson on Friday. The opinion reverses the Trump-era opinion that the agency should lean "on the side of less interference rather than more interference," with a preference for fishing interests.
Technological advances are making turbines larger and more efficient, but that same level of innovation hasn't been applied to the lip-seals used in bearings and rotating shafts, writes Andras Kaldos of James Walker. Kaldos discusses opportunities to improve lip-seal design, as well as James Walker's Walkersele X-Gen solution.
Algorithms can't beat humans when it comes to weighing environmental, social and governance investments, according to Goldman Sachs. "Some of it you can make quantitative, but definitely not all of it," said executive Thomas Konig, adding ESG investing requires active management.
Aaron Olivera has plans for a nuclear-powered superyacht that will carry up to 425 data-gathering environmental scientists and include luxury suites for tourists willing to pay $3 million for a 10-day trip. UK-based Core Power, using technology developed by TerraPower, is designing the onboard molten-salt reactor and although the ship is planned to sail in 2025, the reactor won't be cleared for another five to seven years.
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are working with a US Air Force team to test an asteroid deflection method that uses neutron radiation from a nuclear detonation to shift the trajectory of an object in space. "In certain scenarios, using a nuclear device to deflect an asteroid would come with several advantages over non-nuclear alternatives," says researcher Lansing Horan IV.
The Vermont Electric Cooperative, with 32,000 members, pledged to have a 100% carbon-free power supply by 2023. Noncarbon-emitting sources, including nuclear, currently account for about 75% of the utility's supply.
A town hall has been scheduled for Thursday to discuss the results of tests conducted on a 700-C fan at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. The fan was shut down in 2014 following an accidental radiation leak.
Plans to release water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean are moving forward, with an announcement expected this week from the Japanese government. There are about 1,000 water storage tanks at the site, expected to reach storage capacity next year.