💚 Baking Soda for Energy? ⚡

💚 Baking Soda for Energy? ⚡

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Dennis Kamprad

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Think about clean energy, the energy grid, and clean energy storage. One of their key problems lies at the very end: the storage part! (Efficient batteries anyone?)

So, wouldn’t it be amazing if we were getting closer to solving this part of the puzzle?!

I’d love to see the energy storage part being solved, so that the fluctuating nature of our renewable energies wouldn’t be a problem anymore.

Imagine how much quicker we’d be able to move forward with these!

That’s why I’m super happy to share a slightly different type of discovery with you today—one that has baking soda as the key player…

⚡ Discovered: How Baking Soda Helps Store Clean Hydrogen Energy

In a breakthrough discovery, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists have discovered that baking soda can be a key force in storing waste from hydrogen power. This could mean that hydrogen—a clean energy—becomes even more feasible in the future. 

Up until this discovery, hydrogen power had a big problem…

In order to use it as energy, hydrogen needs to be stored in large quantities. However, optimizing hydrogen storage has been a stubborn issue. To date, there is no completely safe, cost-effective, and energy-efficient way to store hydrogen at large scales.

Baking soda—or, more accurately, a baking soda-esque bicarbonate—can present a feasible solution to this storage problem.

In more scientific terms, here’s how this solution would work: “An electrochemical process that makes formate and formic acid from carbon dioxide. The process would bind carbon dioxide with the hydrogen located in water’s iconic chemical bond, H2O. The result would be a solution that looks just like water

Clean hydrogen (produced without fossil fuels) is one of the most promising renewable energy carriers. And baking soda could be a solution for clean hydrogen storage.

This baking soda breakthrough can open up new possibilities for clean energy from hydrogen. 

This is super promising, because hydrogen is not only our most abundant element (found in about 75% of all matter), but also more geographically neutral than other sources of renewable energy. It does not need to rely on sources of sun or water and is much more reliable as a result.

Similarly, baking soda is equally abundant, making this solution affordable and easy!

As someone who cares deeply about our urgent transition to clean energy, this great news to me. I’m so excited to see what we are going to do with this breakthrough, hopefully leading to ever more increased usage of clean energy worldwide!

📢 More Good News…

👉 Vietnam boosts their renewables: Dependence on fossil fuels has left many parts of Vietnam with unstable power. The government is looking to change this by investing in future renewable energy projects, joining many other countries in pledging to reach net-zero by 2050

👉 Biden announcing climate investment: In a positive turn for US climate policy, President Biden is expected to announce over $600 million in climate investment. The money will be used to build protections for those in high-risk areas. 

👉 Reusable bag wins: Booming reusable bag pilot project Beyond the Bag has reached 150 stores. The project aims to reduce some of the worst impacts of single-use bags and shows the strides we are making toward a zero-waste future. 

Share the news with your friends to make a bigger positive impact on the world and society together!

Stay impactful 💚

Dennis

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🌎 Event of the Week: World Refugee Day

🏳‍ Today is Global Refugee Day, a day created by the UN to honor the millions of refugees around the world who face hardship and discrimination. Every 20 minutes, someone flees a dangerous situation looking for a better life. On this day, we focus on all those who have been displaced, are stateless, or have escaped situations like war and famine. 

Below are our favorite charities that are especially relevant for World Refugee Day:

📜 This Week in History

🗽June 20, 1779: The Battle of Stono Ferry occurred in South Carolina, an important battle of the American Revolutionary War. 

👑 June 20, 1837: Queen Victoria takes the throne. Over the course of her reign, she would define the 19th century for England and become the longest-reigning monarch until Elizabeth II. 

🇨🇦 June 21, 1957: Canada’s first female cabinet minister, Ellen Louks Fairclough is sworn into office

💭 Quote of the Week

“We will not have failure, only success and new learning.”

— Queen Victoria

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