Fri.Jun 07, 2024

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The week in climate policy: 4 updates you need to know

GreenBiz

Virginia is done playing by California’s rules on vehicle emissions standards; Jared Kushner is backing solar power.

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Wind turbine processing centre opens in Glasgow

Envirotec Magazine

A circular supply chain for wind turbines in Scotland is one step closer, says sustainable materials firm EMR, thanks to a pilot processing centre the group has opened at its Glasgow South Street site. While wind power delivers an increasingly high percentage of the UK’s energy demands, the oldest wind turbines are now reaching the end of their operational lifespans.

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Circular textile ‘phoenix’ Renewcell is bought out of bankruptcy

GreenBiz

Private equity firm Altor, which is renaming the company Circulose, recently raised 3 billion euros to invest in green businesses.

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Work revives dew ponds in Sussex

Envirotec Magazine

Ranger Lawrence Leather next to the restored Newbarn Pond at Seven Sisters Country Park (image credit: Jeff Travis). Eight derelict dew ponds have been lovingly restored and are now thriving with new life, thanks to funding of over £90,000 from the South Downs National Park Trust. After years of stagnation and dwindling water levels due to climate change, eight dew ponds across Sussex and Hampshire are once again providing a haven for scores of fauna and flora, including dragonflies, toads, frog

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene

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Jodhpur, India Unveils A Net-Zero Public Cooling Station

NRDC onEarth

As India grapples with intense heat, its cities are advancing cooling solutions to help keep people safe.

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Could EV batteries have a second life in stationary storage?

Envirotec Magazine

Image credit: Connected Energy. By Matthew Lumsden, CEO of Connected Energy, a firm with expertise in using batteries for energy storage. Picture this, it’s Friday night and you’re watching the ever-popular TV game show Family Fortunes. The question comes up: “What items are often discarded when still 75% full?” Stale bread, long forgotten condiments, and unloved cosmetics all come up as popular answers, but how many people would have guessed an EV battery?

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Scientists propose converting natural gas into hydrogen directly in gas fields

TechXplore

Skoltech researchers have found a way to produce hydrogen from natural gas with 45% efficiency right in the gas field by injecting steam and a catalyst into a well and adding oxygen to ignite the gas. Catalyst-assisted combustion produces a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen, from which the latter can be easily extracted. This technology will help accelerate the transition from fossil fuels to clean hydrogen power.

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Development of the Hydrogen-Powered Toyota Hilux Enters the Next Round

FuelCellsWorks

Prototype of the pick-up with fuel cell drive in intensive testing phase Production of the first ten units at Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) Over 30 years of research and.

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Southern California adopts landmark rule to electrify industrial heat

Canary Media

Swimming pools and dry cleaners use them. So do aircraft-engine factories, textile mills, and facilities that make packaged snacks and bottled drinks. Wherever there’s a need for large amounts of steam or heat, industrial boilers and water heaters are likely to be found.

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Underway With Hydrogen Pipelines in the North of the Netherlands

FuelCellsWorks

Hydrogen will play a pivotal role in the energy transition, particularly in the industrial sector where you find the major gas consumers that need to switch to sustainable energy in.

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Electrofuels Are the Future: The Driving Force to Decarbonizing Heavy Transport

Speaker: Ayesha Choudhury - Senior Vice President, Head of Capital Markets at Infinium

With the first wave of the energy transition, renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind) have begun replacing coal power generation. However, some sectors are lagging behind and struggling to decarbonize more than others, including large-scale transportation like commercial aviation, shipping, and rail transit. Electrofuels (aka eFuels) are the next generation of solutions to help the hardest-to-abate sectors pivot from their reliance on fossil fuels.

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Entergy, NextEra Energy Resources to develop 4.5 GW of New Solar + BESS

Solar Industry

Entergy and NextEra Energy Resources have agreed to jointly accelerate the development of up to 4.5 GW of new solar generation and BESS projects across U.S. southern states. “We’re excited about this joint development agreement, which will enable Entergy to provide our customers with low-cost, renewable energy as demand grows across Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas,” says Rod West, group president of utility operations for Entergy.

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Decarbonization of European Refineries: A First Agreement Signed Between TotalEnergies and Air Products for the Delivery of Green Hydrogen

FuelCellsWorks

TotalEnergies and Air Products have signed a 15-year agreement for the annual supply in Europe of 70,000 tons of green hydrogen starting in 2030. This first long-term deal follows TotalEnergies’.

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Kyushu to build 5-MW Kirishima geothermal power plant in Kagoshima, Japan

ThinkGeoEnergy

Kyushu Electric Power , thru subsidiary Kyuden Mirai Energy, has announced that it will build a 4990-kW geothermal power plant in Kirishima City in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Construction will begin by September this year and the power plant is expected to start commercial operations by the end of the 2026 fiscal year. The Kirishima Eboshi-dake geothermal power plant will be using binary power plant technology.

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Fallback Friday Story: FORVIA Starts Deliveries of Hydrogen Tanks From First Mass Production Plant in France

FuelCellsWorks

Type IV Hydrogen tanks* have started rolling out from FORVIA’s groundbreaking mass production plant in Allenjoie, France. This first-of-its-kind facility in Europe and North America aims to produce 100,000 tanks.

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

With 191 country signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement now hard at work in the race to zero carbon by 2050, much of the heavy lifting in ecosystem sustainability falls on the shoulders of the world's densely populated urban centers. This conversation considers how today's AI-enabled simulation media, such as AR/VR, can be effectively applied to accelerate learning, understanding, training, and solutions-modeling to sustainability planning and design.

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Stagecoach EV fleet to participate in UK capacity market and balance intermittency

Smart Energy International

Dublin-based smart energy company GridBeyond and Stagecoach, the largest bus operator in the UK, have announced a partnership to enable the latter to participate in the UK’s capacity market from October 2024. According to the partners in a release, their collaboration will allow Stagecoach to optimise the energy consumption of its EV fleet and integrate renewable energy into their business strategy.

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Vallourec Joins Cross-Continental Alliance to Develop Hydrogen Value Chain

FuelCellsWorks

Meudon (France)– Vallourec, a world leader in premium tubular solutions, announces its effective membership in Dii Desert Energy, a global organization dedicated to energy in the desert regions of the Middle.

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Einride orders 150 Peterbilt 579EV electric semi tractors for its US fleet

Charged

American truck brand Peterbilt has announced its biggest electric semi sale to date: 150 of the company’s 579EV battery-electric trucks to Swedish transport company Einride. This fleet of new EVs will service Einride’s North American customers. Einride’s Freight Capacity as a Service offerings are designed to make it easy for fleets to go electric by delivering a turnkey package that includes electric and autonomous vehicles, charging depot infrastructure, and the company’s proprietary digital f

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ABS Supports Innovative LH2 Containment System Project

FuelCellsWorks

EU Funded Project Looks to Revolutionize Liquid Hydrogen Storage on a Massive Scale. ATHENS– ABS is supporting the innovative LH2CRAFT project, an ambitious research initiative funded by the European Union.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Climate 4.0 Economy. Climate change is here. We see it in many ways already. Weather catastrophes: Texas freezing over, the wildfires of California, the increasingly unpredictable violence and frequency of hurricanes, the rapid melting and disappearance of polar ice caps. Much more evidence all around us. What can we do in our corporate organizations, in our homes and communities, to change the current course?

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Research suggests new testing standards for PV modules in desert regions

PV Tech

The harsh conditions of desert regions can undermine the performance of modules, although the impact of which is not adequately addressed.

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GMK Enerji, Hephae Energy collaborate for geothermal development in Türkiye

ThinkGeoEnergy

Following the 2024 Iceland Geothermal Conference , geothermal service provider and developer GMK Enerji (GMK) has announced a collaboration with high-temperature geothermal technology specialist Hephae Energy Technology (Hephae). The collaboration will be centered around the testing and deployment of Hephae’s advanced high-temperature drilling technology in GMK’s geothermal development projects in Türkiye.

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Solatio to develop 4GW solar PV project in Brazil

PV Tech

Solatio has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Piauí state government in Brazil to develop a 4GW solar PV plant.

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Emerson’s Test and Measurement business unveils major updates to its software products

Charged

Emerson’s Test and Measurement business ( formerly NI ) has unveiled significant updates to its core software products, including NI LabVIEW. At a recent conference for customers and partners, Emerson showcased its newest advancements in NI hardware and software, which are designed to enhance the efficiency of engineers. “Our software-centric, modular hardware approach to testing is our unique value proposition and a differentiator for our customers,” said Ritu Favre, Group President of Emerson’

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Novel battery manufacturer EnerVenue is raising $515M, per filing

TechCrunch: Climate

The company is in the process of building a gigawatt-scale factory in Kentucky to produce its nickel-hydrogen batteries. © 2024 TechCrunch. All rights reserved. For personal use only.

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Goodyear’s ElectricDrive 2 EV tires, in 17 sizes, now available

Charged

Goodyear Tire & Rubber has made its ElectricDrive 2 all-season EV tire, announced earlier in the year , available for purchase as scheduled. ElectricDrive 2 features 50% sustainable raw materials, SoundComfort Technology, improved rolling resistance and optimized tread and streamlined design to maximize drivers’ EV performance. The tire is now available to order in the US through the Goodyear website and comes in 17 sizes to fit various consumer EV sedans and CUVs.

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Saudi Aramco prices stock offer at low end of range in $11.2bn sale

Financial Times: Energy

World’s largest oil company targets international investors as government raises funds following budget deficit in first quarter

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2 days left to join the Virtual Conference on EV Infrastructure

Charged

There are just two days left to reserve your spot at the Charged Virtual Conference on EV Infrastructure, which starts on Monday. The free-to-attend conference will be broadcast June 10 – 12, 2024, and will feature live presentations, interactive Q&As, on-demand webinars, and whitepaper downloads. All live webcast sessions will also be recorded and available on demand after the event.

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Chart: US sets new record with $71B in clean energy investment

Canary Media

Canary Media’s chart of the week translates crucial data about the clean energy transition into a visual format. Last year was a record year for clean energy investment in the U.S. — and this year is off to an even stronger start.

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A new satellite could help solve one of our climate’s biggest mysteries: Clouds

Grist

Despite the fact that clouds envelop two-thirds of the planet at any given time, transport water on the wind, and shield the Earth from the sun, surprisingly little is known about how climate change affects them. Atmospheric scientists are not yet certain, for instance, whether rising temperatures will lead to more or fewer clouds, or make them better or worse at reflecting the heat of the sun.

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Group Produces Green Hydrogen Using Wind Turbines on Ships

POWER Magazine

An Oregon-based sustainable energy innovation group said it has successfully produced green hydrogen through the use of vertical wind turbines on an oceangoing vessel. ONESTONE HOLDINGS on June 3 said […] The post Group Produces Green Hydrogen Using Wind Turbines on Ships appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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More Than 160 Groups Call on UN to Stop Promoting Carnivorous Fish Farming as ‘Sustainable’

DeSmogBlog

Over 160 experts and civil society groups are calling on the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to remove carnivorous fish farming from its definition of “sustainable aquaculture” ahead of World Ocean Day on 8 June. As industrial aquaculture expands globally, concerns are mounting among academics, fishing communities, and campaign groups about the environmental and social impacts of farming species like salmon, shrimp, and sea bass – carnivorous fish that are reared on wild-caught fish

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Sky's the limit for biofuels

Science Daily: Renewable Energy

The United States has enough biomass potential to produce 35 billion gallons per year of aviation biofuel by 2050, a new report confirms.

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Former BP boss calls for end to new North Sea drilling licences

The Guardian: Energy

John Browne appears to back Labour energy policy as he underlines need for green transition The former boss of BP John Browne has appeared to back a key Labour energy policy by calling for an end to new North Sea oil and gas drilling licences. The oil industry veteran, who was known as the Sun King when he ran the oil company between 1995 and 2007, said an important test for the UK’s political parties before next month’s general election was whether they have “serious plans for the country’s gre

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Grid + renewables spend hikes beyond fossil fuels

Smart Energy International

In this week’s edition of Smart Energy’s Power Playbook, Yusuf Latief reports on an investment update from the International Energy Agency (IEA) which has found that of the total $3 trillion expected to be invested in energy, the lion’s share will go into renewables and the power grid, surpassing fossil fuels. The IEA yesterday released its World Energy Investment 2024 report and although it is not the first such report to come from the Agency, its findings still spark interest.