Energy

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Big freeze to contain contaminated water at Fukushima

In March of 2011, an earthquake and tsunami in Japan resulted in a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Three of the plants six reactors melted down, and substantial amounts of radioactive material was released. That includes contaminated water that escaped from the three units. Containing that water has proven to be an ongoing problem confronting those who are working to clean up Fukushima. A  Michigan State University grad works with a company that is going to try to contain contaminated water with an old technology that has never before been employed at a nuclear site. Continue Reading →

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Four Great Lakes states rank among top in energy efficiency

WalletHub Energy Map

Four of the top 10 states in energy efficiency are from the Great Lakes region, according to WalletHub, a personal finance advice website that measured the energy use of cars and homes in each of the lower 48 states. Of the Great Lake states, New York (2), Wisconsin (3), Minnesota (6) and Michigan (10) are in the top 10. Other Great Lakes states ranked as follows: Indiana (19), Ohio (23), Illinois (26) and Pennsylvania (39). WalletHub determined efficiency in homes by “calculating the ratio between total residential energy consumption per capita and annual degree days.” Car-related efficiency was measured as a ratio between annual vehicle miles driven and gallons of gasoline used. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Climatic Data Center, the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the Federal Highway Administration suggests that home energy use was proportionally larger than car-related energy use, according to WalletHub. Continue Reading →

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