Wed.Apr 01, 2020

Liebherr Releases First All-Electric Cement Mixer

CleanTechnica

Swiss construction firm Liebherr recently announced an all-electric first for heavy-duty construction sites. Meet the ETM — a five-axle semi truck mixer based on the new 670 HP all-electric Volvo FM. It's the first mixer that's 100% electric, and 100% awesome.

Is a solar desalination breakthrough coming to the desert?

GreenBiz

The output of desalination plants is a mere fraction of what it the world could use. Using the sun to convert seawater into drinking water could be key. Water Efficiency & Conservation

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Last Coal-Fired Generating Plants Closing In UK & New York

CleanTechnica

Three large coal generating stations -- 2 in the UK and 1 in the US -- are closing soon as coal power continues to shrink around the world. Coal Fossil Fuels coal generating plants Natural gas New York SSE Thermal UK

Sustaining sustainability: Lessons from the coronavirus pandemic

GreenBiz

The current crisis shows in unequivocal terms that frontline and shop-floor employees surviving hand to mouth will be disproportionately affected when the climate crisis hits. Climate Change Corporate Strategy COVID-19

Automotive Expert Sandy Munro On The Tesla Model Y “Lots of Room in There”

CleanTechnica

We have covered expert Sandy Munro and his company Munro & Associates multiple times on CleanTechnica over the years. When the Tesla Model 3 first came out, Munro led the charge to call Tesla out for out of spec panel gaps.

Dirty air, tailpipes and COVID-19

GreenBiz

Air pollution impacts how the human body can fight infections and viruses. Coronavirus mortality rates could become another galvanizing force for cleaning up the air and simultaneously lowering carbon emissions.

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Look for the green bond label

GreenBiz

Certification and labeling schemes are important for diversifying the investor base, clarifying market signals and responding to investor demands. Finance & Investing Green Bonds

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50% of Volkswagen up! Buyers Now Buy e-up! in Germany

CleanTechnica

The Volkswagen e-up! is one of the cheapest electric vehicles on the market. Throw in the usual operational savings of an electric car and you end up with a compelling total cost of ownership. Consumers are starting to catch on. Volkswagen reports that approximately 50% of up!

Report Report: Toxic air, ride sharing, carbon removal and rating the raters

GreenBiz

A wrap-up of recent research on sustainable business and the clean economy. Climate Change Banking Forestry Sustainable Development Goals / SDGs Report Report

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Hawaiian Electric Plans Nearly 1 Terawatt-Hour Of Battery Storage, Mostly From Tesla Megapacks

CleanTechnica

Hawaiian Electric says it is planning to add nearly 1 terawatt-hour of battery storage and close its largest coal-fired generating station over the next few years.

Contemporary Camp O communes with nature in the Catskills

Inhabitat - Innovation

Humble natural materials and modern sensibilities combine in Camp O, a light-filled house-studio nestled in the middle of the Catskills’ preserve.

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Volkswagen Group’s Leadership On Coronavirus: Cash, Cars, Respirators, Ventilators, Masks, & More

CleanTechnica

Like some other automakers, Volkswagen Group hasn't been sitting idly and waiting to reopen the many factories the conglomerate owns and runs.

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Best of the Rest: 4 Emerging State Energy Storage Markets to Watch [GTM Squared]

GreenTechMedia

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Tesla = 20th Best-Selling Auto Brand of 2019 in USA

CleanTechnica

Tesla was the 20th best-selling auto brand of 2019 in the USA, despite selling only three models, the Model 3, Model S, and Model X. JATO Dynamics recently compiled lists of the top 25 automotive brands and models in the.

Sustainability for York National Railway Museum Central Hall

Inhabitat - Innovation

London-based architecture practice Feilden Fowles has won an international design competition to create the new Central Hall for the National Railway Museum in York, England.

Faroe Islands: 4000+ Tested For Coronavirus, 173 Infected, 1 Hospitalized, 0 Deaths

CleanTechnica

As I've lamented before, we have poor data — very poor data — on the coronavirus and resulting COVID-19 disease that is wreaking havoc on our world. The Faroe Islands, though, appear to have some good data. Let's have a look. Health Policy & Politics Research Science coronavirus COVID-19 Denmark Faroe Islands

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A cluster of serene bungalows is tucked into Vietnamese rice fields

Inhabitat - Innovation

Enjoy peace and quiet in these bungalows overlooking rice fields in Vietnam

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A Guide To Disaster Preparedness — Coronavirus Edition: Money

CleanTechnica

A few months back, I wrote two guides to disaster preparedness. They were meant as general references, assuming you may someday face a natural disaster or acute emergency. To many readers, they probably seemed abstract since there was no imminent danger at the time.

UPS Goes Carbon Neutral With Offset Program

Green Business Bureau

The transportation industry, and heavy and light-duty vehicles in particular, uses a significant amount of energy and emits large portions of CO2 every year. This contributes to the greenhouse gas effect.

Solar Basics: How to choose between string and microinverters in residential solar projects

Solar Power World

Solar Basics is a video series by Solar Power World created to help installers learn about the business, tools and tricks of the solar power trade. String inverters and microinverters take different approaches to converting DC power to usable AC power in solar projects.

Vodka From Thin Air: An Unusual Climate Prize Hits a Coronavirus Snag

CleanTech Alliance

Source: Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, March 30, 2020 In 2017, Stafford Sheehan handed a friend an unusual bottle of booze. He had made it himself — but not the usual way. A chemical physicist, Dr. Sheehan had invented a process to make alcohol from carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas associated with climate change, not […]. Industry News

Investments in edtech platforms are powering online learning in the age of COVID

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, April 1 – From presidents and provosts to faculty members, students and families, the entire higher ed community is grappling with closing dorms, cancelling commencements, and – perhaps most importantly – moving courses online to continue some semblance of the learning experience.

How the solar industry can deal with supply chain interruptions during COVID-19

Solar Power World

By Rainey Jernigan, Operations and Supply Chain Manager, Quest Renewables. This article is also featured on Quest Renewables’ blog and shared with permission. With the onslaught of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we are all experiencing an unprecedented time.

ODonnellBrown designs affordable, modular outdoor classroom

Inhabitat - Innovation

In a bid to support creative and independent learning in the outdoors, Glasgow-based architectural practice O’DonnellBrown has designed and built a prototype for a Community Classroom that can be assembled, adapted and dismounted in a cinch. Completed for just £10,000 (roughly $11,278), the entirely self-initiated project is based on a kit of parts that was developed using standard structural timber section sizes that make up the skeletal frame

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Samsung researchers describe all-solid-state battery with silver-carbon composite layer

Charged

Researchers from the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and the Samsung R&D Institute Japan (SRJ) have published a study on high-performance, long-lasting all-solid-state batteries in the journal Nature Energy.

European Countries Postpone Renewable Auctions, Delay Deadlines Due to Coronavirus

GreenTechMedia

European governments are stretching auction and tender timelines and suspending penalties for delayed projects in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Germany, France and Ireland have all taken action to ensure existing projects, at various stages of development, are not negatively impacted.

Live free of fossil fuels or die trying: A New Hampshire solar case study

Solar Power World

Dover High School & Career Technical Center was a building 10 years in the making. Its doors opened for the first time to 1,476 students for the 2018-2019 school year after a decade of navigating proposals, planning, permitting, board review and construction.

In smog-choked South Korea, the biggest barrier facing renewables is people

Eco-Business

Despite dirty air and climate threats, South Korea’s population is not particularly fond of renewables, shows a new report. How can the industry get residents on board

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LeapFrog leads $55 million investment in MedGenome to expand genetic testing

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, April 1 – The Indian subcontinent makes up about 20% of the world’s population, but only 0.2% of the DNA sequences in global genetic databases.

The new coronavirus emerged from the global wildlife trade – and may be devastating enough to end it

Eco-Business

Wild animals and animal parts are bought and sold worldwide, often illegally. This multibillion-dollar industry is pushing species to extinction, fueling crime and spreading disease

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EV software delays threaten to become “a disaster” for the German automakers

Charged

When I interviewed Tesla co-founder Ian Wright in 2014 for my history of Tesla, he described the software found in traditional automobiles as “a dog’s breakfast,” by which he meant that it was a motley mixture of heterogenous hardware and software, in contrast to Tesla’s elegant unified system, which controls every function of the vehicle. “I’m

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The corporate world is helping to combat coronavirus—but mind the virus-washing

Eco-Business

Are businesses genuinely trying to help in a time of coronavirus, or are they using the pandemic as a chance for some opportunistic point-scoring

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kWh Analytics signs second Solar Revenue Put with IGS Solar

Solar Power World

kWh Analytics, the market leader in solar risk management, today announced that it structured a Solar Revenue Put for a portfolio of 4,000 projects totaling approximately 30 MWDC of capacity located in the Northeast, Florida and California.

Environmental destruction is making the next coronavirus more likely

Grist

View the video in your browser Sprawling cities, habitat loss, and climate change are a dangerous mix. Sign up for Grist’s “Climate in the Time of Coronavirus” newsletter. Sources: Grist| The frightening origins of the coronavirus. WHO | Origins of the 2014 Ebola epidemic.