Tue.Oct 27, 2020

Tesla Megapack Batteries Coming To New South Wales

CleanTechnica

New South Wales in Australia will be home to the first installation of Tesla Megapack batteries at the Wallgrove substation west of Sydney. Energy Storage New South Wales renewable energy zones Tesla Megapack battery TransGrid Virtual machine mode

Gillette plans to shave use of virgin plastics by 50% by 2030

GreenBiz

Gillette plans to shave use of virgin plastics by 50% by 2030. Deonna Anderson. Tue, 10/27/2020 - 02:17. Personal care products brand Gillette, known for its razors, set out to become a more sustainable company one decade again.

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Tel Aviv-Yafo Will Charge Electric Buses Invisibly From The Road

CleanTechnica

Wireless electric vehicle charging is an interesting technology solution. It's been long debated how much of a role it plays in the future of the industry. The big benefit is the convenience, of course — you don't even have to plug in.

5 Eco-friendly ways to stay warm this winter

The Environmental Blog

Many scientists believe that the power of thought can control your own perception of temperature regimes – for example, your body will be warmer if you imagine a sunny tropical beach.

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Trapping Light Inside Solar Cells Can Boost Solar Panel Output By 125%

CleanTechnica

Researchers at the University of York say they have found a way to make solar cells that increase output by 125%, opening the door to cheaper and more flexible solar panels. Solar Cells checkerboard solar cells flexible solar panels silicon solar cell University of York

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Brown, female and on the bus: A personal journey into transportation policy

GreenBiz

Brown, female and on the bus: A personal journey into transportation policy. Sahar Shirazi. Tue, 10/27/2020 - 01:30. I got my first passport at 6 months old.

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Lisa Jackson: How Apple aims to lead on environment and equity

GreenBiz

Lisa Jackson: How Apple aims to lead on environment and equity. Elsa Wenzel. Tue, 10/27/2020 - 02:00. Apple's Lisa Jackson is moving social justice to the top of the list for protecting the environment.

“World’s 1st ‘Intelligent’ EV Battery” — Huh?

CleanTechnica

We've had a press release sitting on our story list for a few weeks that I've been debating whether to cover. It touts "the world’s first ‘intelligent’ EV battery.".

Former Walmart exec brings ride-share technology to fresh produce transport

GreenBiz

Former Walmart exec brings ride-share technology to fresh produce transport. Jesse Klein. Tue, 10/27/2020 - 01:00. Hwy Haul co-founder and CEO Syed Aman knows fresh produce is the future of grocery stores. It’s one of the few categories that still drives shoppers to buy in-store.

How To Go Solar At Your School — Solar Schools Report Published

CleanTechnica

As school districts struggle to adapt to a nationwide budget crisis brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak, many K-12 schools are shoring up budgets with a switch to solar power. Find out more inside this third edition of Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools.

Modular Tree-House School concept connects kids with nature

Inhabitat - Innovation

Could this be the school of the future

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London’s Mayor Takes On Heavy Vehicle Scrappage To Fight Air Pollution

CleanTechnica

The mayor of London is launching a heavy vehicle scrappage scheme to help solve the problem of toxic air in the city prior to the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) standards going into effect in March.

Vegan hotel in Scotland wins National Geographic Award

Inhabitat - Innovation

Scotland's first vegan hotel opened in June 2019, and it's already winning awards. National Geographic just bestowed a "Good Egg" award on the Saorsa 1875 for its commitment to sustainability. The 11-room Victorian lodging features vegan dining, upcycled furniture, eco cleaning products and runs on renewable energy

How To Safely Test Tesla’s Full Self-Driving (Beta)

CleanTechnica

Recently, Tesla released a beta version of its Full Self Driving (FSD) software to some owners, and told us that the limited release would slowly expand to include more drivers. Like everyone else, I'm excited. Sure, we didn't get flying cars by 2015.

BP Signals Imminent Hydrogen and Offshore Wind Plays

GreenTechMedia

BP is readying offshore wind bids during the next six months with heightened hydrogen activity also in the pipeline, the oil major’s CEO said Tuesday.

3 Tidal Turbines? Pop Into New York City’s East River

CleanTechnica

Marine energy company Verdant Power has plopped three tidal power turbines into New York City's East River on one array. This is called the Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project, and it is indeed the first US-licensed tidal power project.

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Aleph Zero program plans to grow slaughter-free meat in space

Inhabitat - Innovation

Would you eat meat cultivated in space

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Roush CleanTech Deploys Class 6 Battery Electric Vehicles

CleanTechnica

ROUSH CleanTech, known for its advanced clean transportation solutions, is providing Penske Truck Leasing with all-new Ford F-650 battery electric vehicles later this year for deployment across Southern California.

Japan aims to be carbon-neutral by 2050

Inhabitat - Innovation

Japan hopes to rely solely on renewable energy in the next 30 years

US Army Launches 5-10 Year Plan For Best Ever Energy Storage

CleanTechnica

The US Army launches new next-generation energy storage research effort, dings fossil fuels along the way.

The Night Ministry building is a stunning showcase of adaptive reuse

Inhabitat - Innovation

The new headquarters for Chicago's The Night Ministry is a three-story adaptive reuse project that truly showcases what this building stands for: refuge and recovery

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SEAT Gets Into Mobility Software

CleanTechnica

SEAT has created its first multimodal mobility platform as a service through its SEAT:CODE software development centre. This platform is the first software product developed and marketed by the company in order to operate and manage vehicle fleets 100% digitally.

Weekly UTC Bulletin- October 27

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Utilities and Transportation Commission, October 27, 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 […]. Member News Public Policy newsletter rulemaking utc weekly bulletin

Impact America’s $55 million second fund is hunting for unicorns in the disruption of systemic racism

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Oct. 27 – Kesha Cash has raised $55 million to look for technologies that address one of the largest market inefficiencies of our time: systemic racism. Impact America Fund’s thesis: Solutions to structural racism represent a series of multi-billion dollar investment opportunities.

NuScale Faces Questions on Nuclear Reactor Safety and Financing Its First Project

GreenTechMedia

NuScale Power wants to build the first small modular nuclear reactor complex in the U.S. by decade's end and has pointed to recent federal safety approvals and a cost-sharing arrangement with its first prospective public utility customers as advancing that goal.

3 new tools to help you design solar more efficiently

Solar Power World

By Bogdan Zlatkov, senior content marketing manager, Aurora Solar One of the challenges of the current economic climate is that solar installers have to do more with less. In the past, a solar sales rep could be responsible solely for door-to-door knocking.

Recovering the Missing Millions Owed to Africa’s Minigrids

GreenTechMedia

Minigrid developers have called for changes to international financing programs after research found that only a fraction of the cash pledged was getting through to projects.

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Virginia charts the first carbon-free policy path in the South — solar’s role still TBD 2020 Regional Solar Policy Report

Solar Power World

It doesn’t go unnoticed when a Southern state takes a stand on clean energy. But saying you’re supportive of renewable energy standards and carbon-free electricity is much different than actually making it happen, as Virginia is beginning to take steps to accomplish.

How Utilities Can Avoid Being Financially Swamped by the Coal Closure Wave

GreenTechMedia

Coal-fired power is an increasingly bad business for utilities and their customers. In December 2019 Morgan Stanley noted “the fastest growing U.S. utilities are those that are moving most aggressively toward clean energy.

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Making People and Jobs an Integral Part of the Circular Economy Solution

The City Fix

Their goal is an ambitious one: make the world more prosperous by transitioning it from a linear economy that only works from inputs to outputs to a circular economy that loops both together. Instead of designing clothing to be cast. Continue reading on TheCityFix.com.

Researchers link deadly Sichuan quake to fracking

Eco-Business

As more evidence emerges of earthquake threats posed by the controversial extraction method, experts are calling on frackers to address them. But with the earth's subsurface often poorly mapped, can firms ever rule out such risks

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Recent Deals – 27 October

CleanTech Group

Looking for the latest market movements in cleantech? From Fresh produce to your door, plastic and metals recycling, to hybrid charging – find the insights you’re looking for. Agriculture & Food Energy & Power Materials & Chemicals Recent Deals Resources & Environment

P&G shareholders vote in landslide to cull supply-chain deforestation

Eco-Business

Such corporate commitments are not uncommon, but the P&G vote signals a shift in shareholder awareness of the long-term implications of a supply chain that’s potentially destructive to forests

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Soteria licenses battery tech designed to eliminate thermal runaway

Charged

Soteria Battery Innovation Group has exclusively licensed and optioned a technology developed by the DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) designed to eliminate thermal runaway in Li-ion batteries due to mechanical damage. The technology complements Soteria’s existing battery safety technology.