Mi Hongyu

Summary 1:

Link: https://www.notion.so/3fc351d6048f4b02976cbeac29262c03?v=89320ee679a34e95bc1a9042aae47e75&p=a6f78a15bfc747bda4552c98632fdf82 Summary: The video talks about the issue of clean water depletion and how people are trying to solve it using the desalination technique. The video explains the fundamental principles behind it(the concept of osmosis), then some of the concerns and limitations as well as provide some insights into the clean water depletion problem. Indeed, it is great documentation, but personally I would tag it under sustainability rather than energy as energy is not the main focus of this reference. Rating: 85/100

Summary 2:

Link: https://nctce.com.au/what-is-sustainable-energy/ Summary: The reference article gives a pretty comprehensive introduction to the most common types of sustainable energy including wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower. However, the evaluation is pretty weak as it only states that sustainable energy is "eco friendly" which does not give us much insight into the problem. Rating: 60/100

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Link: https://aibusiness.com/document.asp?doc_id=760147&site=aibusiness Summary: This article demonstrate an application of AI technology to save tremendous amount of energy by controlling the energy demand and supply flow through machine learning algorithms. Personally, as an Applied AI student, I find it very interesting and, once again, impressed by how the world is changing because of AI. Rating: 90/100

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Link: https://www.wwf.org.hk/en/?2560/WWF-Reveals-the-Latest-Carbon-Footprint-Data#:~:text=According to the data of,Hong Kongresident is 13.44 tonnes. Summary: This reference is an article written by WWF on the latest carbon footprint data of HK. It shows that the greatest percentage of carbon footprint in HK is contributed by air travel which is as high as 55.6%, followed by local transportation and household consumption. At the end of the article, the author highlights the severity of the issue and the urgency of combating it by quoting the Director of the Hong Kong Observatory "The catastrophic typhoon Hagupit that flooded Tai O in 2008 used to be an event that only happened once in 50 years, but by the middle of this century, it will happen once every nine years and then by the end of this century, once in two years if climate change continues. We need to change our lifestyle and practice low-carbon living to prevent the crisis from happening." This reference provides much insight into the local environmental problem as it shows what should be focused on when attempting to design a solution. Rating: 100/100

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Link: https://www.iea.org/reports/energy-storage Summary: The article evaluates the important role of energy storage in the current society and expresses concern regarding the decrease in the demand for energy storage. Then suggests some actions to be taken in the future including place flexibility at the core of policy design, continue to revise the status of storage in regulatory frameworks, expand the role of storage in ancillary service and flexibility markets, and prioritize the most easily accessible applications. Rating: 70/100

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Link: https://marketscale.com/industries/energy/humanizing-ai-in-the-energy-industry/ Summary: The article evaluates the use of AI technology in the energy industry, especially how it can be used to lower cost or maximize profit by controlling the flow. The tight relationship between software technology and the energy industry is also described, however, the perspective in the article is limited and does not provide much insight nor detailed information about the topic. Rating: 60/100

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Summary: The article introduces five common types of fuel-cells and can be a potentially useful reference when designing a similar product. However, it does not seem very intuitive for people without a technical background, chemistry especially, like me as many terminologies are used throughout the article.

Rating: 60/100

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Summary: Though named advantages and disadvantages of energy efficiency, the article really just talks about the advantages which are not consistent with the title. Nevertheless, it does evaluate the energy efficiency issue structurally by discussing the goal, benefits, and challenges.

Rating: 75/100

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Summary: The reference seems practical at the stage as it showcases various types of DIY Generators that do not require too much technical knowledge nor expensive material. The presentation style is also made more reader-friendly through a combination of video, text, and image.

Rating: 90/100

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Summary: This is a brief introduction of solar power from the Solar Energy Industries Association, it is clear and reader-friendly unlike the one about batteries I read just now. However, again, it lacks some insight on the topic as it only presents one side of the product which is totally understandable because it is written by SEIA and bias should exist.

Rating: 80/100

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Summary: Similar to the previous reference, this is a comprehensive introduction to hydropower, outlining the principles, benefits, and examples of it. But far from an exception, it also does not evaluate any of the disadvantages of hydropower which does not provide much insight into it.

Rating: 80/100

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Summary: This website really enlightened me by correcting some of the common misconceptions and discussing the not-so-often discussed topic of waste to energy. Through the evaluation of different aspects of energy waste including how they are generated, how they are processed, and how they impact the environment as well as our lives. The drawbacks of energy production are often overweight by the crucial role it plays in our society, and consequently, they are not commonly discussed by people. Given that, my knowledge of the energy topic expanded significantly after reading this website.

Rating: 95/100

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Summary: This is a report from the US Energy Information Administration, I actually used this piece of information for a math report in high school. EIA is relatively speaking objective and accurate in terms of their data, and as shown in the report, they have done a very comprehensive analysis of the raw data in terms of the consumption pattern and shift in the past decade. Just as the title itself suggests, only facts are presented in the report, and the author is not attempting to make any evaluation which is an accurate description of the content.

Rating: 90/100

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Summary: This video is very interesting that it argues that electric cars are actually worse for the environment. Such argument contrasts the common conception that electric cars are environmentally friendly and the reasoning behind, including lithium mining and battery production, actually makes sense. Though the answer to whether electric cars are greener or not remains controversial, it is always good to have more perspectives. Disclaimer here: I’m not saying whatever that disagrees with the majority is good, but simply considering more factors will not yield any significant negative consequences for sure.

Rating: 85/100

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Summary: Perfect guidelines for our project, I would say, as all of them are very practical and easy to implement as individuals. If I were to host an environment campaign, these are the techniques, or so-called life hacks, I will teach my visitors/audiences for them to save their electricity bills.

Rating: 100/100