August, 2023

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New Google tools to map rooftop solar potential, air quality

GreenBiz

Google Maps functionality harnesses AI and aerial imagery to help businesses and cities plan solar deployments and tackle air pollution.

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New pipeline will accelerate Scotland’s green hydrogen export potential, says report

Envirotec Magazine

Scotland’s hydrogen production and export potential could be significantly accelerated with the development of a purpose-built marine pipeline according to a report published on 31 August by the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC). NZTC’s Hydrogen Backbone Link project explored the critical hydrogen transport infrastructure required to deliver a cost-effective pipeline solution which would position Scotland as a front runner in the development of a pan-European hydrogen infrastructure for export.

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More States Are Requiring Flood Disclosure

NRDC onEarth

New home buyers and renters should have a right to know a property’s flood history before they commit to calling it home.

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On the last day of winter, Australia reaches record 37.5 pct renewables share for the year

Renew Economy

Australia's main grid reached a new 12-month rolling renewables record of 37.5 per cent on Thursday, the last day of winter. The post On the last day of winter, Australia reaches record 37.5 pct renewables share for the year appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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Engie Chile starts building 418MWh BESS at solar PV plant

Energy Storage News

The Chilean arm of France-based multinational utility Engie has started construction on a 68MW/418MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) at an operational solar PV plant.

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A new AI-generated map of the world’s trees and renewable energy projects could help fight climate change

The Verge: Energy

A view showing the parts of the world covered by SATLAS using images from Sentinel-2 satellites. | Image: Allen Institute for AI A first-of-its-kind map of renewable energy projects and tree coverage around the world launched today, and it uses generative AI to essentially sharpen images taken from space. It’s all part of a new tool called Satlas from the Allen Institute for AI, founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

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EV charging is changing, Part 4: Behind the scenes as seven automakers counter Tesla’s Superchargers

Charged

Part 1: How automakers’ disappointment in Electrify America drove them into Tesla’s arms Part 2: No, NACS is not today’s Tesla connector Part 3: Why Tesla’s NACS is unlikely to kill CCS EV charging is changing, but much remains to be settled A flurry of news over less than a year permanently altered the US landscape for EV charging. To put these startling developments in context, Charged interviewed more than a dozen executives, engineers and analysts from automakers, DC fast charging netw

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New York City Remains a Battleground for Illegal Ivory Trade

NRDC onEarth

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announces new exhibit of confiscated ivory at the New York State Museum that educates the public about the harmful industry.

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Rooftop solar takes an even bigger bite out of diminishing coal pie: But can it be controlled?

Renew Economy

Amid all noise about the energy outlook, AEMO revealed two fascinating graphs showing how renewables are fundamentally changing the nature of the grid. The post Rooftop solar takes an even bigger bite out of diminishing coal pie: But can it be controlled? appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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An affordable and scalable strategy to fabricate efficient silicon heterojunction solar cells

TechXplore

Silicon heterojunction (SHJ), solar cells based on a heterojunction between semiconductors with different band gaps, are among the most promising photovoltaic technologies. So far, these cells have exhibited remarkable power conversion efficiencies and good operational stabilities.

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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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Unveiling of £2.7 Billion Pipeline Blueprint for Scotland’s Hydrogen Exports

FuelCellsWorks

Scotland’s hydrogen production and export potential could be significantly accelerated with the development of a purpose-built marine pipeline according to a report published today (31 August 2023) by the Net.

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Is your fleet ready for vehicle-to-grid? Ask these 5 questions first

GreenBiz

Before pursuing the reduced costs and environmental benefits promised by vehicle-to-grid tech, make these careful considerations.

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Biden offers $15.5B to boost battery and EV manufacturing

TechCrunch: Climate

The United States Department of Energy is dedicating $15.5 billion to support the transition to electric vehicles. As part of President Joe Biden’s Investing in America agenda, most of the money will go to automakers and suppliers to retool their plants to produce electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, the agency said Thursday.

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At Long Last, the Vision of the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition Is Realized

NRDC onEarth

The designation of the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni—Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument is not only extremely popular but its protections are long overdue.

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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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Snowy 2 Much: How can a 2.2GW water battery be worth more than $12 billion?

Renew Economy

The Snowy Hydro "reset" comes with no details or analysis. The Australian public, as the ultimate shareholders, must be provided with a comprehensive report, not just a two page media release. The post Snowy 2 Much: How can a 2.2GW water battery be worth more than $12 billion? appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Nissan is reusing the batteries from old Leaf electric vehicles to make portable power sources

TechXplore

Batteries in older Nissan Leaf electric vehicles are getting a new life as portable power sources that can be used to run gadgets on the go or deliver emergency power in disasters.

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Solar Farm at a Landfill Site Brings New Meaning for Waste to Energy

POWER Magazine

The Mount Olive project in New Jersey is a model for turning a brownfield site into a “brightfield,” supporting cleaner power generation and providing a wealth of benefits for the local community. The U.S The post Solar Farm at a Landfill Site Brings New Meaning for Waste to Energy appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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Trina Solar begins commercial production of Vertex N 700W+ modules

PV Tech

Trina Solar, a member of the Solar Module Super League, has started commercial production of its Vertex N 700W+ modules.

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Sunfire Receives a €169 Million Boost for the Production of Electrolyzers

FuelCellsWorks

Sunfire is the only German producer of large-scale electrolyzers to receive support for scaling up its technologies as part of the “Important Projects of Common European Interest” (IPCEI). Federal Minister.

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At Long Last, the Vison of the Grand Canyon Tribal Coalition Is Realized

NRDC onEarth

The designation of the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni—Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument is not only extremely popular but its protections are long overdue.

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Last coal generator in Australia’s biggest grid will be managed out earlier than you think

Renew Economy

The Mt Piper is destined to be the last coal plant in the NSW grid, but is likely to cease operation well before that - leaving the biggest state coal-free in 10 years time. The post Last coal generator in Australia’s biggest grid will be managed out earlier than you think appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Researchers design a new way to capture and recycle carbon dioxide from industrial emissions

TechXplore

Carbon capture is a promising method to help slow climate change. With this approach, carbon dioxide (CO2) is trapped before it escapes into the atmosphere, but the process requires a large amount of energy and equipment. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have designed a capture system using an electrochemical cell that can easily grab and release CO2.

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Texas Adding to U.S.-Leading Renewable Portfolio with 200-MW RWE Wind Farm

POWER Magazine

A 200-MW onshore wind farm project is under construction in Texas, an installation that will add to the state’s U.S.-leading renewable energy portfolio. RWE, a German multinational energy provider, on […] The post Texas Adding to U.S.-Leading Renewable Portfolio with 200-MW RWE Wind Farm appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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FTC Solar Debuts New Software to Optimize Solar Plant Performance

Solar Industry

Solar accounted for 54% of all new electricity-generating capacity additions in the first quarter of 2023, so it’s important to keep sites up and running efficiently to continue this trajectory. To that end FTC Solar Inc. , a solar tracker provider, has launched SUNOPS – a differentiated cloud-based PV asset monitoring solution. The tracker-agnostic SUNOPS software offers a holistic view of plant operation, analyzing most facets of PV plant performance.

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John Vesco Appointed to Nikola Board of Directors

FuelCellsWorks

More than 30 years of transportation and supply chain expertise joins Nikola’s leadership. PHOENIX– Nikola Corporation, a global leader in zero-emissions transportation and energy supply and infrastructure solutions, via the HYLA.

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NOAA’s Proposed Seafood Rule: Too Weak to Improve Conditions

NRDC onEarth

NOAA’s Proposed Rule excludes protections for species at high-risk of illegal fishing & fails to help address human rights violations in the seafood industry.

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Costs jump for controversial new gas plant, with no update on green hydrogen in the mix

Renew Economy

The cost of building a government-backed new gas plant in NSW has jumped to almost $1bn, with no word on whether green hydrogen will be in the mix when it comes online. The post Costs jump for controversial new gas plant, with no update on green hydrogen in the mix appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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All products are garbage, and for good reason

TechCrunch: Climate

The spirit animal of capitalism is bamboo: Hypergrowth above everything. As we traipse deeper into late-stage capitalism, a paradoxical phenomenon is taking shape.

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South Korea’s First ‘K-Gas Turbine’ Begins Commercial Operation

POWER Magazine

Marking a significant inroad to establish a South Korean foothold in the world’s gas turbine technology market, heavy industrial company Doosan Enerbility this summer began commercial operation of its first The post South Korea’s First ‘K-Gas Turbine’ Begins Commercial Operation appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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Arizona Public Service Signs PPA for CO Bar Solar Power, Battery Storage

Solar Industry

Clenera , an Enlight Company specializing in utility-scale solar farms and energy storage, has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Arizona Public Service (APS) , Arizona’s largest utility, for 258 MW of solar and 824 MWh of battery storage at the CO Bar complex outside of Flagstaff, Ariz. The CO Bar complex is a solar and storage complex being developed by Clenera, a subsidiary of Enlight Renewable Energy.

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Energy storage in molecules

Science Daily: Renewable Energy

Molecular photoswitches that can both convert and store energy could be used to make solar energy harvesting more efficient. A team of researchers has used a quantum computing method to find a particularly efficient molecular structure for this purpose. Their procedure was based on a dataset of more than 400,000 molecules, which they screened to find the optimum molecular structure for solar energy storage materials.

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What Are Heat Pump Air Conditioners?

NRDC onEarth

They’re way more efficient and cost-effective than standard ACs. Even better, they double as carbon-slashing heating systems.

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“Dedication and audacity:” Neoen sails past 3GW of solar, wind and batteries in Australia

Renew Economy

Global renewables giant marks milestone 3.3GW of wind, solar and battery storage installed in Australia – hopes to make it 10GW by 2030. The post “Dedication and audacity:” Neoen sails past 3GW of solar, wind and batteries in Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Is Europe’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation delivering on its promise?

Impact Alpha

The European Union’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, known as SFDR, is making waves in the investment industry. The legislative measure, introduced in 2019, The post Is Europe’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation delivering on its promise? appeared first on ImpactAlpha.