- Scientists are warning that super floods and aging dams in the West could be a dangerous combination. An expert paleo-hydrologist of the University of Arizona found that floods much larger than any in recorded history are routine occurrences, and the historic record, which dates back only to the late 1800s, is inadequate for understanding risks. [Yahoo News]
- A Reversible Solid Oxide Cell device uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gas by a process more efficient than the technologies in current use. ReSOC is particularly interesting because the exactly same device can also be operated “in reverse” to produce power from the hydrogen it produced. [EETE Power Management]
- Each year, environmental pollutants cost an estimated 1.7 million lives among children under 5, one in four deaths of children 1 month to 5 years old, according to World Health Organization reports released Monday. More than 90% of the world’s population is thought to breathe air that violates quality guidelines set by the WHO. [CNN]
- Blackouts were averted in South Australia after an incident that saw more than 600 MW of electricity generation capacity suddenly lost. A transformer at a power plant exploded, resulting in units at the Pelican Point Power Station tripping. The loss was taken up by power transmitted from Victoria, solar PVs, and wind generators. [Energy Matters]
- California utilities are testing new ways to network solar panels and battery storage to create “virtual power plants” that manage green power and feed it into the power grid as needed. Solar farms in California create so much power during daylight hours that they often drive real-time wholesale prices in the state to zero. [The Australian]
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