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Technology

Google’s Plan to Power Data Centers with Geothermal
Technology

AM Briefing: Google’s Geothermal Deal

On the tech giant’s geothermal deal, Musk’s pay package, and the climate costs of war

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There’s Gold in That There Battery Waste

Aepnus is taking a “fully circular approach” to battery manufacturing.

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Climate

AM Briefing: N20 Emissions Climb

On a very potent greenhouse gas, Florida’s flooding, and hydropower

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Technology

AM Briefing: TerraPower Breaks Ground

On Bill Gates’ advanced nuclear reactor, solar geoengineering, and FEMA

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Rivian’s Next-Gen R1 EVs Are Here

AM Briefing: Rivian’s R1 Revamp

On the R1S and R1T, fusion, and a copper shortage

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Technology

Everything Is a Battery

The challenges of long-duration energy storage have inspired some creative solutions.

Earth and a battery.
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Imagine a battery. Maybe you envision popping one into a fading flashlight or a dead remote controller. Perhaps you consider the little icon on the top of your phone or laptop screen, precariously dipping into the red while you search for a charger. Or you might picture the powerful battery pack inside your electric vehicle, helping to make gas stations obsolete.

These minor to major electrochemical marvels are fine, but the opportunity space for energy storage is so, so much larger — and weirder. Water moving between two reservoirs is a classic un-classic battery, but compressed air stored in a cavern, raising and lowering heavy blocks, even freezing water or heating up rocks can also all be batteries. And these methods of energy storage have the potential to be enormously helpful where standard lithium-ion batteries fall short — namely for long-duration energy storage and large-scale heating and cooling applications.

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Climate

AM Briefing: The Southwest Is Baking

On a new IEA report, Hochul’s congestion pricing u-turn, and the heat dome

Clean Energy Investment Is Eclipsing Fossil Fuel Funding
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Current conditions: Unseasonably cool temperatures brought snow to parts of Scotland • New South Wales in Australia recorded more than a month’s worth of rain in just 12 hours • Multiple tornadoes were reported across Maryland.

THE TOP FIVE

1. Gov. Hochul pauses NYC congestion pricing ‘indefinitely’

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced yesterday that she will “indefinitely pause” the long-awaited NYC congestion pricing program that was set to start on June 30. The policy would have charged drivers for entering some of the city’s busiest areas, raising $1 billion annually for the transit authority, cutting pollution, and easing traffic congestion. It would have been the first such program in the nation. But, no more. Hochul said it risked “too many unintended consequences.”

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