Wed.Jul 29, 2020

Elon Musk Says Tesla Willing To Share Software & Powertrains With Competitors

CleanTechnica

Elon Musk says Tesla would be willing to provide its software, powertrains, and batteries to other manufacturers. What would that look like?

The impact of Covid-19 on the environment

The Environmental Blog

With the world almost brought to a halt due to the Coronavirus pandemic , the planet has seen a reduction in carbon thanks to the lack of travel. But, with the world beginning to open back up again and driving and flying becoming more common, will the level of carbon return to pre-pandemic levels?

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Record EV Sales In Europe!

CleanTechnica

While the overall European market is still in recovery mode in June, down 24% year over year (YoY), the European passenger plugin vehicle market has returned to the fast track, having achieved almost 93,000 registrations in June (+95%).

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BMW, Ford, other automakers rev up carbon commitments

GreenBiz

BMW, Ford, other automakers rev up carbon commitments. Katie Fehrenbacher. Wed, 07/29/2020 - 02:00. The world's biggest automakers are ramping up their carbon commitments even as they struggle to build back in the wake of the pandemic. .

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100+ Ultrafast Charging Stations Coming To Aral Stations In Germany

CleanTechnica

One more sign of the EV revolution's arrival in Germany: gas station network Aral is installing more than 100 ultrafast charging stations at its retail locations across Germany in the coming year.

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Powered By Plutonium, NASA’s New Mars Rover Is Ready To Roll

Jim Conca

Last week, NASA’s new Mars rover, Perseverance, received its nuclear power source, a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator, whose energy is provided by a tiny piece of Pu-238, supplied by the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, which will power the rover for 15 years.

Tesla’s Big Advantage: Culture of Fast Action

CleanTechnica

The history of Tesla is a collection of individual stories. Some of these are comical, some are tragic, many are inspiring, and some have morals — object lessons that illustrate the reasons for Tesla’s surprising success.

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10 Countries With 5–10% Plugin Vehicle Market Share

CleanTechnica

A few days ago, I wrote an article about the top 5 countries in terms of plugin vehicle market share. In response to that article, one reader, "No way" (I have a feeling that's not his/her real name), requested a graph and article on countries aspiring to 10% plugin vehicle market share.

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Kangaroo leather sporting goods illegally sold in California

Inhabitat - Innovation

Leading retailers have been found to be illegally selling products made from k-leather

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Why Thailand Has So Few COVID-19 Deaths

CleanTechnica

Let me tell you two stats that you may forget or you may remember. As of July 27, Thailand had only 58 deaths from Covid-19. The USA had over 150,011 Covid-19 deaths at the same point in time. Health Policy & Politics coronavirus COVID-19 pandemics Thailand

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Cuban painted snails critically endangered by illegal wildlife trade

Inhabitat - Innovation

A thriving black market for Polymita shells is threatening six species with extinction

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US Offshore Wind Projects Face Make-or-Break Moment

CleanTechnica

Offshore wind is at a key juncture right now. And your voice can help take it to the next level.

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Super-Hybrid: Dutch Offshore Wind Farm to Include Floating Solar, Batteries and Hydrogen

GreenTechMedia

Oil major Shell and Dutch utility Eneco will build a super-hybrid offshore wind farm, having won the latest Dutch tender. Shell is chasing carbon neutrality by 2050 or sooner and the project in the Netherlands offers a glimpse of how it hopes to get there.

Top 14 European Countries In EV Market Share, Sales From 2012–2020 (Charts)

CleanTechnica

I recently published a report on the top 5 countries in terms of plugin vehicle market share (percentage of their auto sales coming from plugin vehicle sales). Underneath that article, some readers requested that I do a report focused only on fully electric vehicles.

Innovative Future Tree was built by robots and 3D-printing

Inhabitat - Innovation

Robotic construction has taken another step forward

Department of Energy Announces $100 Million for Artificial Photosynthesis Research

CleanTechnica

WASHINGTON, D.C. Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $100 million in funding over five years for two new awards focused on advancing artificial photosynthesis for the production of fuels from sunlight.

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Could a private car ban make NYC more livable?

Inhabitat - Innovation

COVID-19 has made urban planning officials and designers consider city streets with fewer cars

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US Department Of Energy Picks 5 Projects To Receive Up To $28 Million For Geothermal Energy Research

CleanTechnica

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that five projects will receive up to $28 million to promote the advancement of the next generation of geothermal energy technologies.

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UTC Weekly Bulletin- July 28

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Utilities and Transportation Commission, July 28, 2020 New workshops, rulemakings, and upcoming dates The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission invites the public to participate in its work to implement Washington’s 2019 clean energy legislation. The 2019 Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA) requires electric utilities to transition to a carbon-neutral supply of electricity by 2030 […].

Today! ?? CleanTechnica’s First Virtual Trade Show

CleanTechnica

Welcome to the very first CleanTechnica Virtual Trade Show — join us on July 29 to attend! Clean Transport CleanTechnica Electric Vehicles EV Charging EV Charging Stations CleanTechnica Virtual Trade Shows EV Annex KIGT NeoCharge trade shows

TCF Bank pledges to lend $1 billion to diverse businesses and support homeownership

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, July 29 – Detroit-based TCF has joined the chorus of corporations and financial institutions making commitments to combat systemic racism in the U.S.

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Watt It Takes: Opower’s Dan Yates on the Origins of Behavioral Efficiency

GreenTechMedia

Dan Yates and his co-founder Alex Laskey built Opower, an efficiency company that saves more energy every year than the hoover dam can generate. It was based on cutting-edge behavioral science — but it wasn’t always clear how the science would play out.

Czech town welcomes wastewater treatment installation

Envirotec Magazine

The below-ground treatment plant will improve the quality of local water sources and ensure they meet Water Framework Directive requirements.

Texas Utility CPS Energy Kicks Off Search for More Than 1GW of Clean Resources

GreenTechMedia

San Antonio municipal utility CPS Energy wants to replace aging fossil-fueled generation with more than a gigawatt of solar, energy storage and flexible capacity, and it’s asking for ideas on how to get there.

Lack of trust and government mixed signals hamper UK-EU environment deal

Envirotec Magazine

The EU Environment Sub-Committee has stressed the benefits of the level playing field in future relationship negotiations. Peers urge compromise to secure a ‘level playing field’.

Swedish Battery Maker Northvolt Raises $1.6B, First Gigafactory Set to Open in 2021

GreenTechMedia

Swedish battery maker Northvolt announced that it has raised $1.6 billion of debt, more than doubling its capital as it readies its first production facility.

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Firm cites significant carbon reductions for using energy recovery facilities to treat clinical waste

Envirotec Magazine

Resource management firm Veolia is highlighting how significant emissions reductions can be achieved by using energy recovery facilities, ERF, to dispose of the more than 61,000 tonnes of orange bagged clinical and infectious waste that arises each year in the UK.

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More Big Batteries for the West, as EDF Renewables Nabs Deal with NV Energy

GreenTechMedia

EDF Renewables plans to build a 200-megawatt solar plant with a 180 megawatt/720 megawatt-hour battery for Nevada utility NV Energy, the developer announced Wednesday, adding to the growing list of large solar-and-storage projects under construction within the state and region.

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Satellite telemetry supports flood protection in Scotland

Envirotec Magazine

Water monitoring expert OTT Hydromet explains some of the practicalities behind a recent project. The SatLink3, a combined datalogger and satellite transmitter, was therefore trialled at a site in Boat of Garten, near Aviemore.

California Nears Tipping Point on All-Electric Regulations for New Buildings

GreenTechMedia

California is readying what could be the next game-changing update to its building-performance standards. Building-performance standards have been saving Californians energy and money for four decades. Occasionally, updates to the standards, which are reviewed every three years, yield a breakthrough.

World Biogas Summit and Expo 2020 to be held online

Envirotec Magazine

The World Biogas Summit and Expo will take place online from 6 to 8 October. Physical event 2020 is cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic but will be reinstated from 2021 onwards. The AD & Biogas Industry Awards ceremony 2020 on 8 October will also be online only.

Questioning Tesla’s New Record-Low Residential Solar Pricing

GreenTechMedia

Since its acquisition of SolarCity in 2016, Tesla has systematically eliminated all active customer-acquisition channels. In 2017 the company stopped door-to-door sales.

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‘Criminalising’ dissent and martial law fuel attacks on Filipino environmental defenders

Eco-Business

Attacks on environmental and land defenders in the Philippines have escalated under President Rodrigo Duterte, with at least 43 deaths in 2019, watchdog group Global Witness says in its latest report

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How Should Europe Decarbonize? Depends Who You Ask

GreenTechMedia

The EU wants to become a net-zero emitter of greenhouse gases by 2050. And that's pretty much where the consensus stops. A number of pathways have been proposed for reaching "climate-neutrality," but a close look reveals sizable discrepancies between them.

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Tackling information disorder is critical for transboundary water cooperation in South Asia

Eco-Business

Misinformation and fake news on transboundary water issues in South Asia can negatively impact longstanding cooperation efforts. There is an urgent need to ramp up efforts to tackle such information disorder on shared waters in the region

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Active fund managers fret as investors pour money into “passive” ESG funds

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, July 29 – Net inflows to low-cost, passively managed environmental, social, and governance funds totaled $12.7 billion in 2019, compared to $8.7 billion for their actively managed counterparts.

South Korea proposes ban on overseas coal financing

Eco-Business

The new legislation would prohibit public firms from pouring money into coal overseas. It could see a planned project in Vietnam fall over, but with the deal about to be sealed, the window of opportunity is closing fast

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