September, 2023

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Confusion reigns as Whitehall briefing contradicts PM’s net zero speech

Envirotec Magazine

There are increasing concerns that civil servants in the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero (DESNZ) are attempting to undermine the Prime Minister’s attempts to reset the UK’s net zero policies, says trade body the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA). In a briefing issued to the heating industry only hours after the PM’s net zero speech officials outlined their continuing approach to “encouraging” households to fit heat pumps, retaining unrealistic targets for heat pump installations

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Time for New York City to Act on Extreme Heat

NRDC onEarth

The September heat wave now enveloping New York is a reminder that the time has arrived for officials in the nation’s largest city to further protect its residents from the dangers of extreme heat.

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Big Battery to the rescue as rooftop PV pushes biggest isolated grid to record demand lows

Renew Economy

WA's first big battery comes to the rescue as rooftop solar provides record 76 pct of state generation and sends grid demand below crucial threshold. The post Big Battery to the rescue as rooftop PV pushes biggest isolated grid to record demand lows appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Fossil Fuel Companies Made Bold Promises to Capture Carbon. Here’s What Actually Happened.

DeSmogBlog

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) was high on the agenda at New York Climate Week last week, where critics of the technology raised concerns it would be used to extend the life of the fossil fuel industry. For years, experts have pointed out that CCS has been primarily used to pump more oil out of the earth, using a process known as enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

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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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Chart: The remarkable rise of California’s grid battery capacity

Canary Media

Canary Media’s chart of the week translates crucial data about the clean energy transition into a visual format. Grid batteries are the latest crop to flourish in the California sunshine: The state’s energy storage capacity has surged tenfold in just the past three years.

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Microsoft is going nuclear to power its AI ambitions

The Verge: Energy

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, speaks during an interview in Redmond, Washington, on Wednesday, March 15th, 2023. | Image: Chona Kasinger / Bloomberg via Getty Images Microsoft thinks next-generation nuclear reactors can power its data centers and AI ambitions, according to a job listing for a principal program manager who’ll lead the company’s nuclear energy strategy.

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Food Is Made to be Eaten: New Videos Encourage Food Donation

NRDC onEarth

NRDC teamed up with Chef Tom Colicchio to highlight liability protections for food donors because food is made to be eaten and should not end up in landfills.

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Rooftop solar meets all of South Australia demand in major new milestone

Renew Economy

Updated: Rooftop solar meets all of South Australia's demand at one stage on Saturday, as more records fall across the grid, including batteries, low coal and minimum demand. The post Rooftop solar meets all of South Australia demand in major new milestone appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Meet the Shadowy Network Vilifying Climate Protestors

DeSmogBlog

By Amy Westervelt, Drilled , and Geoff Dembicki, DeSmog , with additional reporting by Julianna Merullo and Lyndal Rowlands Earlier this year, news footage began making the rounds on social media of young activists from the German climate organization Letzte Generation (Last Generation) being assaulted by their fellow citizens as they obstructed streets in an effort to draw attention to the German government’s inaction on climate.

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Heat pumps outperform boilers and furnaces — even in the cold

Canary Media

Not only do heat pumps function in freezing temperatures — they work far more efficiently than fossil-fuel heating systems in the cold. That’s according to a team of researchers in Europe affiliated with the independent nonprofit Regulatory Assistance Project.

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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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Gotion to build US$2 billion gigafactory in Illinois

Energy Storage News

China-headquartered lithium-ion battery manufacturer Gotion High-Tech has announced a new US$2 billion gigafactory in Illinois, US, targeting the EV and energy storage system (ESS) markets.

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DOD Advances X-Energy Mobile Nuclear Microreactor as Second Project Pele Design

POWER Magazine

The Department of Defense (DOD) has moved to develop a second transportable microreactor under Project Pele, granting X-energy a contract option to advance the design of its mobile advanced nuclear […] The post DOD Advances X-Energy Mobile Nuclear Microreactor as Second Project Pele Design appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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After Decades, Tenants Are Still Fighting NYC Public Housing for Speedy Mold Relief

NRDC onEarth

In the 1990s, they organized. In 2013, they sued. In 2023, residents continue the fight for safe homes in NYCHA developments across the city.

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Rooftop solar eats up all demand in South Australia, world’s most renewable grid

Renew Economy

Rooftop solar effectively eliminated grid demand in South Australia on Saturday as it accounted for all but a few megawatts of demand in the world's most renewable grid. The post Rooftop solar eats up all demand in South Australia, world’s most renewable grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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“Embarrassingly Wrong” Tufton Street Net Zero Report Gets Widespread Coverage

DeSmogBlog

A report from the Tufton Street group Civitas on the supposed cost of net zero was featured in several major newspapers today despite serious data errors. Authored by management consultant Ewen Stewart, the report claimed that achieving net zero emissions will cost the UK £4.5 trillion, or £6,000 per household, by 2050. The report was covered in the the Times, Daily Express, Daily Mail, the Spectator, and the influential conservative blog Guido Fawkes through both news reports and opinion pieces

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Fervo Energy breaks ground on next-gen geothermal project in Cape Station, Utah

ThinkGeoEnergy

Fervo Energy has broken ground on an exploration drilling campaign for a next-generation geothermal energy project at Cape Station in Beaver County, Utah. The project is set to deliver 400 MW of electricity by 2026 with full-scale production targeted by 2028. Earlier this year, Fervo announced breakthrough results of its first full-scale EGS pilot project in northern Nevada, Project Red.

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Chart: Renewables are on track to keep getting cheaper and cheaper

Canary Media

Canary Media’s chart of the week translates crucial data about the clean energy transition into a visual format. Renewable energy already beats fossil fuels on cost globally — and according to analysts, the gap is only going to grow.

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The POWER Interview: Making the U.S. Nuclear Industry Great Again

POWER Magazine

There are many reasons to be optimistic about the prospects for nuclear energy. As a carbon-free energy source, it is a great option for power generation in a world trying […] The post The POWER Interview: Making the U.S. Nuclear Industry Great Again appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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Alstom to Present Italy’s First Hydrogen-Powered Train and the Latest Innovations for Smart Mobility at EXPO Ferroviaria 2023

FuelCellsWorks

Alstom and Ferrovie Nord Milano (FNM) will unveil the hydrogen-powered Coradia Stream, Italy’s first hydrogen train The new Metropolis train for the Turin Metro Line 1 will also be unveiled together.

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China solar juggernaut hurtles towards 1,000GW of installed capacity by 2026

Renew Economy

New modelling shows China will this year pass the 500GW mark for total installed solar capacity – and then double that milestone by the end of 2026. The post China solar juggernaut hurtles towards 1,000GW of installed capacity by 2026 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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‘Missing half the equation’: scientists criticise Australia over approach to fossil fuels

The Guardian: Energy

Prof Lesley Hughes and others say there is ‘cognitive dissonance’ between Labor’s stated commitment to the climate crisis and its policies The Australian government is “missing half the equation” in acting on the climate crisis by backing a shift to renewable energy but having no plan to get out of fossil fuels, according to an author of a new scientific review.

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Rimac unveils ‘most technically advanced BESS in the world’, SineStack

Energy Storage News

Rimac Energy, the battery energy storage system (BESS) division of EV supercar company, has unveiled its new product at the Energy Storage Summit Central Eastern Europe (CEE).

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Electric big rigs are going farther and charging faster

Canary Media

There’s only one way to know if electric trucks can really replace diesel-fueled trucks: load them up with cargo, put them on the road and collect the data to see how far they can go. That’s exactly what 10 freight depots in North America have been doing over the past two weeks.

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A Guide to Six Greenwashing Terms Big Ag Is Bringing to COP28

DeSmogBlog

Agriculture, which is responsible for over one third of the world’s emissions, will be under the spotlight at the upcoming COP28 global climate summit in Dubai. In the wake of blazing heat, rising food insecurity and devastating floods, COP28 leaders have released a four-point “food and agriculture” agenda for the conference, which will call for governments to work with industry to find new solutions.

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It’s not just coral. Extreme heat is weakening entire marine ecosystems in Florida. 

Grist

This story is part of Record High , a Grist series examining extreme heat and its impact on how — and where — we live. Summer afternoons on Florida Bay are a wonder. The sky, bright blue and dotted with clouds, meets the glassy water in a blur of blue that melts away any sign of the horizon. Wading birds rustle in the verdant branches of mangroves. Beneath the surface, fish and other creatures dart among tangled mangrove roots adorned with colorful sponges and corals.

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Battery cell prices plunge in August, close to tipping point for the end of ICE vehicles

Renew Economy

Price of battery cells plunges in August, taking it close to the "tipping point" where the cost of building battery-powered EVs can match that of internal combustion engine cars. The post Battery cell prices plunge in August, close to tipping point for the end of ICE vehicles appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Ditching fossil fuels can shave $800 from a Canadian family’s monthly bills: report

Clean Energy Canada

OTTAWA — With the International Energy Agency’s latest milestone report pointing to a peak in fossil fuel demand by the end of this decade, Clean Energy Canada has released a new study illustrating what ditching oil and gas means for Canadian households and their energy bills. A family living in a house in a Toronto suburb that adopts a few common clean energy solutions—including EVs and heat pumps—could knock $800 off their monthly energy bills, compared to one that is largely reliant on fossil

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Who says heavy-duty EVs won’t work? 170-tonne, 620 kWh battery-electric truck hits the road in Australia

Charged

The next time some troll insists that EVs are only suitable for small vehicles, you might send ‘em a picture of this behemoth. Janus Electric, a startup based in New South Wales, Australia, has partnered with mining giant OZ Minerals and logistics provider Qube to trial an electric triple road train. The converted Volvo FH16 8×6 prime mover delivers 720 hp and 2,500 Nm of torque.

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The world's largest low-carbon steel plant moves closer to completion

Canary Media

A plan to build the world's first large-scale green steel plant just moved closer to becoming a reality. H2 Green Steel , the company behind the groundbreaking project in Sweden, has raised a €1.5 billion ($1.6 billion) equity round.

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Tata Elxsi Eyes Hydrogen and Other Clean Energy Innovations to Augment EV Solutions

FuelCellsWorks

India’s engineering solutions providers have been quick to capitalize on the recent global interest in electric vehicles. One of the key players in this field is Tata Elxsi, which stands.

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The American chestnut tree is coming back. Who is it for?

Grist

This story was co-published with Native News Online. When Neil Patterson Jr. was about 7 or 8 years old, he saw a painting called “Gathering Chestnuts,” by Tonawanda Seneca artist Ernest Smith. Patterson didn’t realize that the painting showed a grove of American chestnuts, a tree that had been all but extinct since his great-grandparents’ time. Instead, what struck Patterson was the family in the foreground: As a man throws a wooden club to knock chestnuts from the branches above, a child shell

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Tesla gets ready to take on Australia energy utilities in landmark move for the grid

Renew Economy

Tesla has applied for new licences with market operator and regulator in a landmark move for the grid, and for efforts to "orchestrate" consumer energy resources as coal plants close. The post Tesla gets ready to take on Australia energy utilities in landmark move for the grid appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Italian Oil Giant Eni Knew About Climate Change More Than 50 Years Ago, Report Reveals

DeSmogBlog

Italian oil major Eni knew of the climate impacts of fossil fuel extraction since 1970, according to a report by Greenpeace Italy and advocacy group ReCommon shared with DeSmog. The report comes four months after the two organizations announced a lawsuit against the company alleging Eni used “lobbying and greenwashing” to push for more oil and gas production, despite having known about the risks fossil fuels posed over the past 53 years.

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Europe’s banks helped fossil fuel firms raise more than €1tn from global bond markets

The Guardian: Energy

Exclusive: Pan-European investigation looked at thousands of transactions since Paris climate agreement in 2016 Banks including some of Europe’s largest lenders have helped fossil fuel companies to raise more than €1tn (£869bn) from the global bond markets since the Paris climate agreement, according to an investigation by the Guardian and its reporting partners.