Reading Roundup - September 8

Oklo Tentatively Selected to Provide Clean and Resilient Power to Eielson Air Force Base

Press Release from Oklo, August 31, 2023

Oklo, Inc. has been selected to participate in Eielson Air Force Base’s micro-reactor pilot program. Oklo will design, construct, own, and operate the power plant to deliver clean and reliable electricity and steam to Eielson Air Force Base.

The top ten critical minerals powerhouses of the energy transition

By Oliver Gordon, Energy Monitor, August 30, 2023

The energy transition is dependent on four minerals that will play a pivotal role: lithium, cobalt, copper, and nickel. Ten countries hold the largest reserves of these critical minerals and will be the forces that drive how efficiently the world can build out new clean energy infrastructure. 

Chart Source: USGS/EnergyMonitor

Singapore to expand ocean CO2 removal project as scientists call for more research

By David Stanway, Reuters, September 5, 2023

Ocean carbon dioxide removal (OCDR) is one of the hottest topics in the climate science world, with millions of dollars in venture capital funds being dumped into promising projects. To explore the potential of OCDR technology, Singapore is expanding a pilot project that uses electricity to extract CO2 from seawater, allowing it to absorb more greenhouse gas from the atmosphere when it is pumped back out into the ocean.

Developers set to flip switch at Alaska’s largest solar farm

By Alex DeMarban, Anchorage Daily News, September 1, 2023

The Mat-Su Valley and Southcentral are getting ready for a boost in electricity supply with the 8.5-megawatt solar farm in Houston. The project, which covers an area the size of 34 football fields, will provide power to about 1,400 homes when turned on.

Oil and gas companies have outsized economic impact on Alaska, says industry study

By Yereth Rosen, Alaska Beacon, August 31, 2023

A study by McKinley Research Group has found that in 2022, oil and gas employment, spending, tax revenues, and spinoff effects supported 16% of the state’s jobs. The industry’s impact in the state will only increase in the years to come, with companies planning to spend $14 billion on new fields and investments in existing fields through 2028.

Microsoft just signed a giant carbon removal deal to sponge up CO2 using limestone

By Lisa Stiffler, Geekwire, September 7, 2023

One of the biggest deals of its kind to date, Microsoft has announced intent to purchase 315,000 metric tons of carbon removal over a multi-year period from climate tech startup Heirloom Carbon. Heirloom uses limestone like a sponge to trap carbon in a more accelerated way.


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