Thu.Jan 09, 2020

The First Battery Breakthrough Story Of 2020 Comes From Nikola Motors. There Will Be Many More.

CleanTechnica

Trevor Milton, CEO of Nikola Motors, claims his company had acquired a startup that makes lithium-ion batteries that are smaller, lighter, and cheaper. Could it be true? Batteries Clean Transport Electric Vehicles Energy Storage Lithium-Ion Batteries battery breakthrough Nikola Motors Trevor Milton

This startup is helping universities and companies embrace circular asset management

GreenBiz

It aims to scale the sharing of equipment and supplies across industries — and make the "multi-usiverse" happen. Circular Economy Information Technology Sharing Economy

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US Electricity: Solar Up 15%, Wind Up 9%

CleanTechnica

"Small-scale solar photovoltaics (e.g., rooftop solar systems) alone grew by 19.22% YTD. Compared to all other energy sources, solar-generated electricity has enjoyed the fastest growth rate thus far in 2019."

The innovative design of one of the world’s largest net-zero buildings

GreenBiz

A peek inside the 'Unisphere.'. Buildings Built Environment Net Zero

Mercedes/BMW Ride-Hailing Group “Free Now” Buys 60 Tesla Automobiles

CleanTechnica

Free Now, an app based taxi service in Europe and the UK is adding 60 electric cars to its fleet in Hamburg -- all of them from Tesla. Cars Clean Transport Consumer Technology Electric Cars Electric Vehicles Smartphone Apps BMW daimler electric taxis Free Now Mercedes Tesla Tesla Model 3 Tesla taxi

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Offshore wind is gearing up for liftoff

GreenBiz

The source of electricity has enormous potential that has yet to be tapped in the U.S. Clean Economy Clean Energy Electrification Energy & Climate Wind Power

GM & LG Chem’s 30+ GWh Ohio Battery Gigafactory Highlights Rapid EV Industry Progress

CleanTechnica

The market has changed much since then, and just one month ago GM and LG Chem announced a joint venture to build a 30+ GWh battery factory in Ohio, and drive down battery costs in the process.

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The 2 Big Questions Regarding Volkswagen’s Future

CleanTechnica

Volkswagen is launching into what could be a huge electric decade that reinvents and rejuvenates the large global automotive group. Yes, the Volkswagen ID.3 — which is sort of supposed to be the VW Beetle or Golf of this century — has some delays. Reinvention can be tough.

The Garden House features greenery and bee-friendly landscapes

Inhabitat - Innovation

The Garden House by Christos Pavlou Architecture is a physical representation of the potential for urban gardens to create micro-climates that improve the living conditions of cities rather than make additional contributions to climate change

The Nissan e-4orce Brings Dual Motor Electric Power Without Sacrificing Control

CleanTechnica

Nissan has been quietly playing with its electric vehicle technology and brought the latest development vehicle to CES this year in Las Vegas.

Your eco-friendly travel guide for New York City

Inhabitat - Innovation

It’s easy to get caught up in New York’s frenetic energy, but there are plenty of opportunities to find some beauty and tranquility within the city's nonstop nature

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Africa Released 6 Billion Tonnes Of CO2 In 2016, Despite Its Low Record For GHG Emissions

CleanTechnica

With the continent of Africa not being the largest source of global emissions, questions are not being asked as to what else is being done there to impact our climate. This report is indicative of that underlying problem. Climate Change Africa co2 emissions GHG emissions

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Impossible Foods debuts plant-based pork at CES

Inhabitat - Innovation

Impossible Foods has unveiled its newest meatless product, Impossible Pork

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Climate action infiltrates CES clamor, but electronics industry must do more

GreenBiz

Lots of big tech companies talk about emissions reductions programs, but the truth is the industry as a whole still isn't doing that much. Consumer Electronics Information Technology Practical Magic

BIG presents a sustainable living laboratory town in Japan for Toyota at CES

Inhabitat - Innovation

Created in collaboration with Toyota Motor Corporation, the project will be the world’s first urban incubator dedicated to the advancement of all aspects of mobility with a focus on sustainability, from renewable energies to shared mobility

Solarcentury Gets Boost from UK Government for 500MW Overseas Pipeline

GreenTechMedia

Developer Solarcentury has secured €54.8 million ($61.1 million) of finance for 500 megawatts of solar in Spain — with a little help from the U.K. government. The backing by U.K.

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CleanTech Alliance

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EV Charging Infrastructure Has a Soft Costs Problem

GreenTechMedia

The U.S. solar industry has spent a decade working to streamline and reduce the "soft costs" of projects, which include less-visible expenses in areas like customer acquisition, permitting, financing and installation. Now it's time for the growing EV charging industry to do the same.

PNNL and UW creating app to make package delivery easier for drivers

CleanTech Alliance

Source: KHQ Q6, Jasmine Darajky Jan 3, 2020 The holidays may be over, but that means shipping and returns season has begun. Right now the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is developing a project that could potentially help us send and receive our packages sooner. The $1.5 million project is funded by the D.O.E’s ’s Office of […]. Industry News Member News

New York Confirms Plan for 1GW-Plus Offshore Wind Solicitation in 2020

GreenTechMedia

New York confirmed plans to issue its second solicitation for offshore wind farms this year, expected to add at least 1 gigawatt to the state’s pipeline.

Sony’s concept EV embarrasses legacy automakers

Charged

The surprise star of the CES tech show seems to be a concept EV from Sony. Yes, that Sony. Is everyone going to get into the EV game now? Who’s next, a vacuum cleaner company ?

Amply Wants to Make Electric Vehicle Fleet Charging Super Simple

GreenTechMedia

Converting a fleet from fossil-fueled to electric is a lot more complicated than simply buying new vehicles. The electric cars, trucks and buses need carefully scheduled charging to ensure they have sufficient fuel for their duties.

Volvo unveils heavy-duty concept EVs for construction and regional transport

Charged

Volvo Trucks has developed electric concept trucks for construction operations and regional distribution to gauge commercial interest. The company plans to have select European customers pilot a small number of these concept vehicles, which it plans to commercialize in the future.

Rising eco-anxiety means addressing mental health alongside food security

Eco-Business

As the effects of climate change are being felt around the world, more people are experiencing eco-anxiety, which can further exacerbate worries about food safety and security

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Inverter competition causes consolidation and exits 2020 Trends in Solar

Solar Power World

The inverter manufacturing market is always competitive, but the past year was even more challenging for companies. A Wood Mackenzie report found total revenue for the Top 5 global inverter vendors declined 10% last year due to price pressure and fierce competition.

Small businesses, big opportunities: Where to hunt for impact investments in Africa this year

Impact Alpha

Out of the gate, 2020 is being hailed as a comeback year for emerging-markets investing. In sub-Saharan Africa, the World Bank forecasts economic growth to pick up to 2.9% (from an estimated 2.5% in 2019.

Ameresco installing 2.4 MW of solar across 11 housing developments

Solar Power World

Energy efficiency and renewable energy company Ameresco and the New Bedford Housing Authority (NBHA), a housing authority on the South Coast of Massachusetts, executed a $12.7 million energy performance contract (EPC) that will focus on rooftop-mounted solar installations.

Assessing community impact in Opportunity Zone projects

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Jan. 9 – The capital gains tax breaks available in the zones created, uh, opportunities that are both potentially transformative for low-income neighborhoods – and ripe for abuse.

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Deforestation moves swiftly once ‘tipping point’ reached: scientists

Eco-Business

Satellite images showing land use change between 1992 and 2015 reveal that deforestation occurs relatively slowly at first, until it reaches a point where a block has lost around 50 per cent of its forest

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A growing solar industry confronts a dwindling subsidy 2020 Trends in Solar

Solar Power World

The federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) helped legitimize the solar industry by providing a 30% tax reduction on total project costs for the duration of the subsidy’s lifespan.

Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT raises $6 million for soil restoration funding

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Jan. 9 – The Evanston, Illinois-based REIT opened up its soil restoration notes via a direct public offering in September.

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Budweiser Brewer Signs Europe’s ‘Largest Corporate Solar PPA’

GreenTechMedia

InBev, brewer of Budweiser and a host of other beers, has signed a 130-megawatt solar power purchase agreement, which it calls the largest "pan-European corporate solar" PPA so far. The deal, with German renewables developer BayWa r.e., will supply enough electricity for 14 breweries in Western Europe. BayWa will finance and develop two new solar projects in Spain totaling 200 megawatts, with InBev's virtual PPA acting as the tentpole.

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The Brief: Big opportunities in small businesses in Africa, soil restoration REIT, social housing in France, greenhouse lettuce, Opportunity Zone impact

Impact Alpha

Greetings, Agents of Impact! Featured: ImpactAlpha Original Small businesses, big opportunities: Where to hunt for impact investments in Africa this year. The World Bankforecasts economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa to pick up to 2.9% (from an estimated 2.5% in 2019).

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IBM unveils heavy metal-free battery that performs better than Li-ion

Charged

IBM Research has unveiled new battery materials extracted from seawater that it says could help eliminate the need for dangerous heavy metals in battery production. Use of the three new proprietary materials create a battery chemistry that does not use heavy metals or other substances that suffer from concerns about sourcing.

These Climate Science Deniers are Spreading Misinformation about the Australian Bushfires

DeSmogBlog

Read time: 6 mins Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has doubled down on his refusal to strengthen his administration’s approach to climate policy as his country burns.

CleanSpark signs microgrid planning agreement with Utah school district

Solar Power World

CleanSpark signed an MOU with the Shoreline Unified School District to form a strategic alliance for Microgrid Assessment and Deployment. In accordance with the MOU, CleanSpark will evaluate two stages of grid resiliency for the district.

Hydrogen On The Rise At CES, From Drones And Daimler Trucks To Toyota’s City Of The Future

Forbes Green Tech

This year’s show makes clear that hydrogen, which has had a negligible impact as a clean fuel for passenger cars so far, is coming to market as a power source for heavy-duty trucks, buses, drones and even cities