Reading Roundup - October 18

Energy workforce “most resilient” industry in nation as jobs continue slow but steady climb

World Oil, October 6, 2023

Across the oil and gas industry, 838 jobs were added in the U.S. in September, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) after adjustments to August numbers and analysis by the Energy Workforce & Technology Council.

Demystifying nuclear energy

By Gwen Holdmann and Richelle Johnson, UAF From the Grid, September 15, 2023

Public opinion of nuclear energy is varied and uncertain. With the recent announcement of the selection of Oklo, Inc. as the vendor for the Eielson Air Force Base nuclear microreactor, the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at UAF conducted a poll (in partnership with Strategies360) which had results that highlight a microreactor opinion and information gap. The next step to increase public understanding of the technology is to gauge Alaskans’ awareness, concerns, and conduct interviews with key stakeholders.

Image Courtesy: Strategies 360, Inc. When it comes to microreactors there is a large information gap. Interior residents have heightened awareness, but overall understanding remains low.

Copper producers warn of lack of mines to meet demand for metal

By Harry Dempsey and Euan Healy, Financial Times, October 8, 2023

A major sticking point in the energy transition is the lack of adequate copper supply and slow speed at which mines are developing to extract the material. All infrastructure built to support renewable energy uses large amounts of copper - it has been nicknamed the “metal of electrification” for that reason. 

The $44 Million Bet To Make Upton, Wyoming Ground Zero For Rare Earth Elements

By Renee Jean, Cowboy State Daily, October 10, 2023

Rare Element Resources has invested $44 million to build a demonstration plant in Upton, Wyoming that will test a new way of processing rare earths that is “both less costly and more efficient than anywhere else in the world.” The facility is set to be located close to the Bear Lodge Project which is positioned to be a major North American source of rare earth elements.

What Is a Heat Pump?

By David Schneider, IEEE Spectrum, October 6, 2023

This year, the U.S. began offering tax incentives to those who install heat pumps in their homes, replacing traditional furnaces which are less energy efficient. Check out this helpful explainer that walks us through what a heat pump is and how the technology works in everyday homes.

Image Courtesy: IEEE Spectrum. This diagram shows how an air-source heat pump operates in heating mode.


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