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Economic Report: “Break Free” Act Could Cripple U.S. Manufacturing, Jobs

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The Report, “Economic Implications of a Permit ‘Pause’,” measured the anticipated impacts of the BFFPP Act’s provision requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to “pause” permitting of production at numerous plastic manufacturing facilities for three to five years, which would result in factory shutdowns. (Similar language is included in Title IX of the proposed CLEAN Future Act). The “pause” also would halt the production of essential chemical building blocks – ethylene and propylene – that support nearly every sector of the U.S. economy.

The economic impacts would be enormous and devastating. The Report found that the “pause” would put at risk as many as 910,000 jobs by 2026 and curtail as much as $413 billion in economic output. (see video).

“While a pause may sound harmless,” said Joshua Baca, American Chemistry Council’s vice president of plastics, “it would shutdown key manufacturing facilities that support nearly one million jobs, create untold number of essential products and make America’s supply chains more resilient.

“The idea of pausing production for five years demonstrates a thorough lack of understanding of how American manufacturing works. Our ‘just-in-time’ economy relies on an uninterrupted supply chain of essential materials that would be severely disrupted by the pause prescribed in bill. The COVID-19 pandemic recently put our nation on pause – we don’t need another even more devastating shock to the economy.”

Ostensibly designed to prevent plastic waste, the BFFPP Act would halt production of plastics and other essential materials only in the United States. The Report notes that the production “pause” risks driving U.S. jobs, manufacturing and markets overseas, making the American people and economy significantly more dependent on foreign companies and governments.

According to the report, the lost U.S. jobs and economic output could become permanent, since many closed factories would be unlikely to reopen. Report: “[I]t is unlikely that production would quickly return to ‘pre-pause’ levels following the end of the ‘pause’. In the intervening years, customer industries will have shifted supply chains abroad. As a result, a share of the economic impacts presented in this report, including job losses, could become permanent.”

In addition: “The U.S. would go from being a net exporter of plastic resins to a large net importer.  This trade impact would make the U.S. dependent on other countries, likely China and those in the Middle East, for a wide range of critical chemicals and plastics including plastics used in medical applications such as syringes, N95 masks, lightweight polymers and composites for fuel efficient vehicles, electric vehicle batteries, solar panels and wind turbines.”

The American Chemistry Council urges legislators to scrap the BFFPP Act to prevent seriously disrupting our nation’s economy and the loss of American jobs, and to ensure that plastics can continue to play a critical role in manufacturing supply chains.

The Report was researched and created by the Economics and Statistics Department at the American Chemistry Council. Access the Report here.

http://www.americanchemistry.com

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people’s lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $565 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation’s economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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Les meilleures start-ups pour la ville durable du monde récompensées par le Future Hamburg Award

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HAMBOURG, Allemagne, 13 juin 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Le prix Future Hamburg Award 2021 a été remis lors de la journée internationale de l’innovation numérique par Plug-and-Play Hamburg le 10 juin 2021.

Les startups Breeze Technologies, traceless materials et Infinite Mobility sont les lauréats de cette année. Basés en Norvège et en Allemagne, elles ont convaincu le jury avec des solutions intelligentes pour des villes durables. Les trois gagnants rejoindront un programme sur mesure à Hambourg, créé par la Startup-Unit de la ville. Pour la première place, Breeze Technologies participera au programme international d’accélération Plug-and-Play dans la Silicon Valley. Des entreprises prometteuses de 15 pays avaient déposé leur candidature pour le prix. Les prix bonus, décernés par homePORT, partenaire du prix, ont été attribués à Blue Atlas Robotics (Danemark) et KONVOI (Allemagne).

Lauréats du Future Hamburg Award 2021 :

  1. Breeze Technologies, Allemagne
    Basée à Hambourg et à Copenhague, Breeze Technologies est déjà un leader technologique dans le domaine des capteurs, des données et de l’analyse de la qualité de l’air. Leurs capteurs permettent de surveiller la qualité de l’air en temps réel et à l’échelle d’une zone, que ce soit dans des locaux professionnels ou dans des environnements urbains. En associant un modèle commercial performant à la lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique, Breeze Technologies a le potentiel pour se développer à l’échelle internationale. www.breeze-technologies.de
  2. traceless materials, Allemagne
    traceless materials a créé une alternative écologique au plastique. Avec son produit de substitution innovant, la startup spécialisée dans la bioéconomie contribue à résoudre le problème mondial de la pollution environnementale. Cette technologie utilise des sous-produits de l’industrie agricole pour produire des films stables au stockage, des matériaux solides et des revêtements très fins qui sont entièrement compostables. www.traceless.eu
  3. Infinite Mobility, Norvège
    Infinite Mobility développe des véhicules légers, alimentés par l’énergie solaire, pour la mobilité urbaine, pour de courts trajets en ville. L’entreprise soutient les objectifs de développement durable des Nations unies et le développement de villes durables, car ses tuk-tuks innovants fonctionnant à l’énergie solaire sont rentables, sûrs et peu encombrants. www.infinite-m.no.

Depuis 2019 et pour la deuxième fois, le prix Future Hamburg Award est décerné par Hamburg Marketing pour la ville de Hambourg. En tant que centre de la mobilité innovante, Hambourg accueille le congrès mondial ITS 2021. Avec la région métropolitaine du nord de l’Allemagne qui l’entoure, Hambourg est en passe de devenir la plaque tournante de l’hydrogène vert en Europe. Cela fait de la deuxième plus grande ville d’Allemagne le lieu idéal pour les innovations et l’accès aux marchés internationaux.

Plus d’informations : https://future.hamburg/future-hamburg-award.

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Las mejores «startups» del mundo en pro de la ciudad sostenible, galardonadas con el Future Hamburg Award

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HAMBURGO, Alemania, 13 de junio de 2021 /PRNewswire/ — El galardón se presentó en el Día Internacional de la Innovación digital de Plug-and-Play Hamburg el 10 de junio de 2021.

Las empresas emergentes Breeze Technologies, traceless materials e Infinite Mobility son las ganadoras de este año. Con sede en Noruega y Alemania, convencieron al jurado con soluciones inteligentes para ciudades sostenibles. Las tres empresas ganadoras se incorporarán a un programa hecho a medida en Hamburgo por la Startup-Unit de la ciudad. Como ganadora del primer premio, Breeze Technologies participará en el programa acelerador internacional de Plug-and-Play en Silicon Valley. A este galardón se habían presentado empresas prometedoras de 15 países. Los premios adicionales, otorgados por el socio del galardón, homePORT, se otorgaron a Blue Atlas Robotics (Dinamarca) y KONVOI (Alemania).

Ganadores del galardón Future Hamburg Award 2021: 

  1. Breeze Technologies, Alemania 
    Con sede en Hamburgo y Copenhague, Breeze Technologies ya es un líder tecnológico en el ámbito de los sensores, los datos y los análisis de la calidad del aire. Sus sensores permiten controlar en tiempo real la calidad del aire en toda la zona, ya sea en instalaciones empresariales o en entornos urbanos. Combinando un modelo de negocio de éxito con los esfuerzos para reducir la contaminación atmosférica, Breeze Technologies tiene potencial para prosperar a nivel internacional. www.breeze-technologies.de
  2. traceless materials, Alemania 
    traceless materials ha creado una alternativa ecológica al plástico. Con su innovador producto sustitutivo, la empresa emergente de bioeconomía contribuye a resolver el problema mundial de la contaminación ambiental. La tecnología utiliza subproductos de la industria agrícola para obtener películas estables de almacenamiento, materiales sólidos y revestimientos muy finos que son totalmente compostables. www.traceless.eu
  3. Infinite Mobility, Noruega
    Infinite Mobility desarrolla vehículos ligeros de movilidad urbana impulsados por energía solar para trayectos cortos por el centro de la ciudad. La empresa respalda los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible de la ONU y el desarrollo de ciudades sostenibles, ya que sus innovadores «tuk-tuk», impulsados por energía solar, son rentables, seguros y ocupan poco espacio.www.infinite-m.no.

El galardón Future Hamburg Award, que se celebra por segunda vez desde 2019, lo otorga Hamburg Marketing en nombre de la ciudad de Hamburgo. Como centro de la movilidad innovadora, Hamburgo acoge el Congreso Mundial de ITS 2021. En el norte de Alemania, Hamburgo y la región metropolitana circundante están en vías de convertirse en el centro del hidrógeno ecológico de Europa. Esto hace que la segunda ciudad más grande de Alemania sea el lugar ideal para la innovación y el acceso al mercado internacional.

Más información: https://future.hamburg/future-hamburg-award.

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Nuclear waste recycling is a critical avenue of energy innovation

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No single question bedevils American energy and environmental policy more than nuclear waste. No, not even a changing climate, which may be a wicked problem but nonetheless receives a great deal of counter-bedeviling attention.

It’s difficult to paint the picture with a straight face. Let’s start with three main elements of the story.

First, nuclear power plants in the United States generate about 2,000 metric tons of nuclear waste (or “spent fuel”) per year. Due to its inherent radioactivity, it is carefully stored at various sites around the country.

Second, the federal government is in charge of figuring out what to do with it. In fact, power plant operators have paid over $40 billion into the Nuclear Waste Fund so that the government can handle it. The idea was to bury it in the “deep geological repository” embodied by Yucca Mountain, Nevada, but this has proved politically impossible. Nevertheless, $15 billion was spent on the scoping.

Third, due to the Energy Department’s inability to manage this waste, it simply accumulates. According to that agency’s most recent data release, some 80,000 metric tons of spent fuel—hundreds of thousands of fuel assemblies containing millions of fuel rods—is waiting for a final destination.

And here’s the twist ending: those nuclear plant operators sued the government for breach of contract and, in 2013, they won. Several hundred million dollars is now paid out to them each year by the U.S. Treasury, as part of a series of settlements and judgments. The running total is over $8 billion.

I realize this story sounds a little crazy. Am I really saying that the U.S. government collected billions of dollars to manage nuclear waste, then spent billions of dollars on a feasibility study only to stick it on the shelf, and now is paying even more billions of dollars for this failure? Yes, I am.

Fortunately, all of the aggregated waste occupies a relatively small area and temporary storage exists. Without an urgent reason to act, policymakers generally will not.

While attempts to find long-term storage will continue, policymakers should look towards recycling some of this “waste” into usable fuel. This is actually an old idea. Only a small fraction of nuclear fuel is consumed to generate electricity.

Proponents of recycling envision reactors that use “reprocessed” spent fuel, extracting energy from the 90% of it leftover after burn-up. Even its critics admit that the underlying chemistry, physics, and engineering of recycling are technically feasible, and instead assail the disputable economics and perceived security risks.

So-called Generation IV reactors come in all shapes and sizes. The designs have been around for years—in some respects, all the way back to the dawn of nuclear energy—but light-water reactors have dominated the field for a variety of political, economic, and strategic reasons. For example, Southern Company’s twin conventional pressurized water reactors under construction in Georgia each boast a capacity of just over 1,000-megawatt (or 1 gigawatt), standard for Westinghouse’s AP 1000 design.

In contrast, next-generation plant designs are a fraction of the size and capacity, and also may use different cooling systems: Oregon-based NuScale Power’s 77-megawatt small modular reactor, San Diego-based General Atomics’ 50-megawatt helium-cooled fast modular reactor, Alameda-based Kairos Power’s 140-megawatt molten fluoride salt reactor, and so on all have different configurations that can fit different business and policy objectives.

Many Gen-IV designs can either explicitly recycle used fuel or be configured to do so. On June 3, TerraPower (backed by Bill Gates), GE Hitachi, and the State of Wyoming announced an agreement to build a demonstration of the 345-megawatt Natrium design, a sodium-cooled fast reactor.

Natrium is technically capable of recycling fuel for generation. California-based Oklo has already reached an agreement with Idaho National Laboratory to operate its 1.5-megawatt “microreactor” off of used-fuel supplies. In fact, the self-professed “preferred fuel” for New York-based Elysium Industries’ molten salt reactor design is spent nuclear fuel and Alabama-based Flibe Energy advertises the waste-burning capability of its thorium reactor design.

Whether advanced reactors rise or fall does not depend on resolving the nuclear waste deadlock. Though such reactors may be able to consume spent fuel, they don’t necessarily have to. Nonetheless, incentivizing waste recycling would improve their economics.

“Incentivize” here is code for “pay.” Policymakers should consider ways that Washington can make it more profitable for a power plant to recycle fuel than to import it—from Canada, Kazakhstan, Australia, Russia, and other countries.

Political support for advanced nuclear technology, including recycling, is deeper than might be expected. In 2019, the Senate confirmed Dr. Rita Baranwal as the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy at the Department of Energy (DOE). A materials scientist by training, she emerged as a champion of recycling.

The new Biden administration has continued broadly bipartisan support for advanced nuclear reactors in proposing in its Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request to increase funding for the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy by nearly $350 million. The proposal includes specific funding increases for researching and developing reactor concepts (plus $32 million), fuel cycle R&D (plus $59 million), and advanced reactor demonstration (plus $120 million), and tripling funding for the Versatile Test Reactor (from $45 million to $145 million, year over year).

In May, the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced a new $40 million program to support research in “optimizing” waste and disposal from advanced reactors, including through waste recycling. Importantly, the announcement explicitly states that the lack of a solution to nuclear waste today “poses a challenge” to the future of Gen-IV reactors.

The debate is a reminder that recycling in general is a very messy process. It is chemical-, machine-, and energy-intensive. Recycling of all kinds, from critical minerals to plastic bottles, produces new waste, too. Today, federal and state governments are quite active in recycling these other waste streams, and they should be equally involved in nuclear waste.

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Společnost Risen Energy představila na veletrhu SNEC 2021 první masově vyráběný 700 W vysoce účinný napájecí modul NewT@N

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Modul [email protected] je motorem globální zelené energetické revoluce a zahajuje éru čistých nulových emisí  

NINGBO, Čína, 12. června 2021  /PRNewswire/ — Uprostřed nabitého veletrhu SNEC 2021 upoutala společnost Risen Energy Co., Ltd. („Risen Energy”), přední výrobce vysoce výkonných solárních fotovoltaických produktů úrovně 1, pozornost vystavovatelů i účastníků uvedením modulu [email protected], prvního sériově vyráběného solárního modulu s výkonem až 700 W.

Modul [email protected], který byl představen 3. června, znamená příchod éry fotovoltaiky 7.0 a slibuje stabilnější výkon a vyšší produkci energie na jediném křemíkovém plátku o velikosti 210 mm. [email protected] je zkratka pro technologii nazvanou „Nové tunelování oxidu / amorfního křemíku (@) typu N”. Znak „@” znamená kombinovanou pasivaci oxidu (o) a amorfního křemíku (a). Díky technologii [email protected] je společnost Risen Energy schopna vyřešit problém vysoké míry povrchové rekombinace tradičních PERC článků na kovových plochách, což zlepšuje elektromotorické napětí a účinnost článků. [email protected] je nejnovějším příkladem toho, jak společnost Risen Energy využívá svou špičkovou technologii modulů k uspokojení rostoucí celosvětové poptávky po zelené energetické revoluci a přispívá k dosažení cíle čistých nulových emisí.

„S tím, jak svět postupuje v cestě k uhlíkově neutrální budoucnosti, roste instalovaná kapacita zelené energie rychlým tempem. Na trhu se objevily stovky nových společností a fotovoltaický průmysl čelí nebývalému nárůstu příležitostí a výzev. Ve společnosti Risen Energy nám naše vědecké výzkumné instituce na národní úrovni a mezinárodně certifikované laboratoře umožnily stát v čele této transformace. S našimi nejnovějšími fotovoltaickými moduly, založenými na platformě 210 mm křemíkových destiček, můžeme účinně snížit náklady na kilowatthodinu, generovat nejvyšší možné příjmy pro zákazníky a přispět ke globálnímu snížení uhlíkových emisí,” uvedla společnost.

Vysoce výkonný solární modul [email protected] 700 W využívá pokročilé technologie, jako je nedestruktivní řezání naříznutých solárních článků, vícenásobné sběrnice (MBB) a balení s vysokou hustotou, které zlepšují účinnost a účinně snižují riziko praskání článků a vzniku míst přehřívání. Modul navíc kombinuje výhody a doplňuje technologie solárních článků nové generace TOPCon a HJT. Díky tomu se [email protected] může pochlubit celkovou účinností modulu 22,5 % a kontrolovanými náklady v rámci standardů hromadné výroby.

[email protected] je také zářným příkladem nové nízkonapěťové, vysokoproudové řady společnosti Risen Energy. Nízkonapěťové výrobky, jako jsou křemíkové destičky o velikosti 210 mm, zvládnou vyšší zátěž a pojmou větší instalovanou kapacitu. Podle odhadů ve srovnání s tradičními moduly o velikosti 182 mm a výkonu 540 W zvyšuje [email protected] výrazně účinnost výroby energie a stabilní výkon a současně snižuje náklady. Díky modulu lze snížit podlahovou plochu o 6,6 % a zvýšit instalovaný výkon o 29,63 %, což znamená snížení celkových nákladů BOS o 6,68 až 8,95 % a nákladů LCOE o 4,84 až 6,16 %.

S blížící se érou fotovoltaiky 7.0 je uvedení modulu [email protected] připraveno posunout odvětví na novou úroveň. Do budoucna bude společnost Risen Energy i nadále využívat své špičkové technologie, aby udržela krok se současnými odbytišti pro výrobu energie, podpořila snižování nákladů LCOE a v konečném důsledku přinesla zákazníkům větší výhody. Zároveň bude společnost neustále investovat do výzkumu a vývoje s cílem splnit požadavky zelené energetické revoluce a zahájit globální éru čistých nulových emisí.

O společnosti Risen Energy

Společnost Risen Energy je předním světovým výrobcem vysoce výkonných fotovoltaických produktů úrovně 1 s hodnocením „AAA” a poskytovatelem komplexních obchodních řešení pro výrobu energie. Společnost, která byla založena v roce 1986 a v roce 2010 vstoupila na burzu, vytváří hodnoty pro své globální zákazníky. Technické a obchodní inovace, spolu se špičkovou kvalitou a podporou, přinášejí komplexní obchodní řešení společnosti Risen Energy v oblasti fotovoltaiky, která patří k nejvýkonnějším a nákladově nejefektivnějším v oboru. Díky přítomnosti na místním trhu a silnému finančnímu zázemí jsme odhodláni a schopni budovat strategickou, oboustranně výhodnou spolupráci s našimi partnery a společně využít rostoucí hodnotu zelené energie.

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