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Electric Bus Boom: Northern Ireland Buying 100 Electric Buses

CleanTechnica

The UK’s Translink has announced that it is excited about the Department for Infrastructure providing £88 million in funding to buy 100 zero-emission electric buses as well as EV charging infrastructure to support them. Translink says this “will be transformational in delivering a zero emission transport future for Northern Ireland.” Wrightbus will be supplying the […].

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Is bidirectional charging becoming more accessible?

GreenBiz

Widespread consumer adoption of bidirectional charging will require more affordable options. Sono Motors' upcoming electric vehicle — priced at less than $30,000 — might gain traction.

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Recycling in the Office: The In’s and Out’s of Setting Up an At-Work Recycling Program

Green Business Bureau

With more companies taking the leap into sustainability these days, recycling in the office has become one of the top green initiatives for corporate sustainability programs. The fact is: All companies, even those with remote workforces, generate some form of waste. This article focuses on regular office waste and discusses the benefits of recycling in the office, steps for implementing an effective recycling program, and how to encourage green employee behavior.

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How the private sector can help mitigate climate change

GreenBiz

Sponsored: Companies can drive collaborative actions towards preserving nature and reducing climate impact.

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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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Waste crime will not be solved by banning plastic exports, says recycling trade association

Envirotec Magazine

The Recycling Association has warned that waste crime will continue to happen, even if exports of plastics for recycling are banned. MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee have called for the Government to ban exports of recyclable plastics by 2027 and introduce measures to reduce them before then. But The Recycling Association has said this would be a huge mistake.

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A floating park above the piers of Manhattan, New York

Inhabitat - Innovation

Little Island by Heatherwick Studio and MNLA is exploring the creation of raised platform parks to combat rising seas. With over 11,000 square meters of space, this park on the Hudson River sits on a series of stilted platforms that look like boats aloft over the water. It hosts three new public performance venues.

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9 ways the circular economy can help avert the climate crisis

GreenBiz

Circular economy strategies can complement decarbonization measures and support scaling the clean energy transition.

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California utility selects thermal hydrolysis systems for biosolids digesters

Envirotec Magazine

San Francisco Public Utilities (SFPUC) has selected three Cambi thermal hydrolysis technology systems for new biosolids digester facilities. The technology will allow the SFPUC to enhance odour control, boost energy recovery, and reduce the plant’s environmental footprint. The SFPUC is investing over $3 billion to upgrade and modernize the Southeast Treatment Plant, the City’s largest wastewater treatment facility, as part of a more extensive citywide Sewer System Improvement Program.

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We are in the 6th mass extinction, said World Wildlife

Inhabitat - Innovation

The biodiversity of the planet is in peril. Today, over a million species of plants and animals are on the verge of extinction. Scientists believe we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction, the largest since the dinosaurs.

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Why Is Diesel Being Exported During A Shortage?

R-Squared Energy

Following my recent article — Why The U.S. Has A Diesel Shortage — one reader pointed out that I omitted one factor from my analysis. Even as the U.S. grapples with one of the worst diesel shortages on record, U.S. companies are exporting more than a million barrels of distillates a day. That’s a fair point, but it isn’t a new development. U.S. companies have been exporting more than a million barrels a day of distillates for about a decade.

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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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How to Use Climate Science to Drive Your Net Zero Strategy

GreenBiz

New Global Carbon Budget (GCB) projections – recently released at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt – showcase not only how much progress has been made in the past year to reduce CO2 emissions, but also how many years of “carbon budget” we have left.

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Pre-treatment boosts efficiency of converting sewage to biogas

Envirotec Magazine

A research team from Washington State University has tested a pretreatment technology that they say improves the conversion of sewage sludge to biogas. The approach adds an extra step to typical treatments and uses oxygen-containing high pressure steam to break down sewage sludge. They found that they were able to convert more than 85% of the organic material to biogas, which can be used to produce electricity or upgraded to renewable natural gas (RNG) for the natural gas grid or for local use.

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THE PARKS will be Africa's largest sustainable city

Inhabitat - Innovation

Dubai-based URB has just unveiled plans to create Africa's largest sustainable city, THE PARKS.

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NI announces its highest-performing EV battery cycler to date

Charged

Battery labs need power—lots of power—in order to test batteries by cycling them over and over. NI , a provider of automated testing and measurement systems, keeps turning up the voltage. The company has just unveiled its highest-voltage EV battery cycler to date, the High Power System-17000. This 150 kW battery cycler is designed to support existing EV architectures “while leaving room for future higher-voltage variants as technology continues to evolve.

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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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A deforestation roadmap that leaves a lot to be desired

GreenBiz

COP 27 started with the announcement of a plan to end deforestation in the soy, palm oil and beef but experts think it's without backbone or bite.

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Array Technologies to Supply Solar Trackers for Over 750 MWdc Solar Project in Ohio

altenergymag

• Array DuraTrack® solar trackers to be installed at one of the largest solar energy projects in the U.S. • Project raises Array’s profile in growing Midwest U.S.

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Solar nears 60pct of grid generation for first time, taking biggest bite yet out of coal’s lunch

Renew Economy

Rooftop PV and large scale solar producer nearly 60 per cent of generation for first time, sending grid demand to record low and eating further into coal's lunch. The post Solar nears 60pct of grid generation for first time, taking biggest bite yet out of coal’s lunch appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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ZF’s new e-axle for pickup trucks features 800 V SiC inverters

Charged

ZF has introduced an e-axle designed for Class 1-6 pickup trucks in the North American market. The eBeam Axle is composed of a motor, transmission, solid axle and the company’s 800 V SiC inverters. It is intended for 400 and 800 V systems, and is capable of supporting up to 350 kW and 16,000 Nm per axle. “The eBeam Axle allows for the same level of performance as traditional internal combustion engine-powered pickup trucks, specifically in towing capacity, torque and smooth acceleration required

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Blue carbon will be the next frontier of carbon crediting

GreenBiz

The ocean and surrounding coastlands is a vast carbon sink that has yet to be fully tapped while offsetters and companies are chomping at the bit.

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How Web3 can help the most climate-vulnerable

Impact Alpha

Innovative financial services and blockchain/Web3 solutions are a passport to greater climate resilience, writes Scott Onder, Mercy Corps’ chief investment officer. The post How Web3 can help the most climate-vulnerable appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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Spanish energy giant switches on ACT battery – its first in the world

Renew Economy

A 10MW, two-hour (20MWh) battery energy storage system has been completed in the ACT, where it will be used to support the transmission network. The post Spanish energy giant switches on ACT battery – its first in the world appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Skeleton Technologies launches supercapacitor/battery, joins coalition to electrify mining

Charged

Skeleton Technologies has introduced a new product that combines supercapacitors and batteries, and has joined a coalition of nine members, including Shell , that aims to electrify mining equipment. The SuperBattery doesn’t use any cobalt, copper, nickel or graphite. The company says it can last for 50,000 cycles. It is currently being used or tested in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles and charging infrastructure.

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How to turn trucks green, using low-emissions steel

GreenBiz

Given that steel accounts for around 8% of total global carbon dioxide emissions, finding cleaner ways to make it that are commercially viable is a vital task.

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The Nuclear Energy Ice Age Appears to Be Over

Energy Central

The Nuclear Energy Ice Age Appears to Be Over The global scope and division of market segments for the international nuclear energy industry are becoming more clear. As nations seek to replace fossil fueled power plants with reliable 24×7 CO2 emission free sources, global interest in nuclear energy has made a major turnaround in the past two years.

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France electricity prices surge past €1,000/MWh as more nuclear reactors close for winter

Renew Economy

France announces another four reactors are broken and won't be operating over winter, sending power prices soaring and increasing fears of blackouts. The post France electricity prices surge past €1,000/MWh as more nuclear reactors close for winter appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Researchers achieve a breakthrough in the development of lithium metal batteries

Charged

A team of researchers working in collaboration with the Nagoya Institute of Technology has discovered a new mechanism to stabilize the lithium metal electrode and electrolyte in lithium metal batteries. The researchers say the new mechanism, which does not depend on the traditional kinetic approach, has the potential to enhance the energy density of batteries.

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Political heavyweight or yesterday’s voice? Trade associations and environmental policy

GreenBiz

Ironically, the waning of judicial deference towards federal agency rulemakings coincided with a declining influence of trade associations.

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Water Trends for 2023

U.S. Green Technology

Adoption of efficient technologies and strategies will see an uptick What can we expect in the field of water management in 2023? Primary pressures expected to intensify include climate change, the infrastructure crisis, and growing urban water demand. Here are some factors decision-makers should take into consideration in the year to come. Decentralization Late 2021.

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“Massive pieces of kit:” Wind blades set sail for Andrew Forrest’s huge hybrid project

Renew Economy

First batch of wind turbine blades for the $3bn Andrew Forrest-backed Clarke Creek renewable energy precinct set sail for port of Gladstone. The post “Massive pieces of kit:” Wind blades set sail for Andrew Forrest’s huge hybrid project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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DOE awards grant to NCSU and ComEd for extreme fast charging research

Charged

The DOE has awarded a $200,000 grant to North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) FREEDM Systems Center and electric utility ComEd for a research project aimed at boosting the efficiency of—and decreasing the cost of—extreme fast charging (XFC). The total budget for the project is $5 million, which includes cost sharing from other collaborators. “The goal of this new project is to bring extreme fast charging much closer to market realization and support the continued adoption of electric ve

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The flexible film recycling conundrum

GreenBiz

The major challenge with flexible packaging remains its recyclability. TerraCycle founder Tom Szaky discusses likely scenarios for what's ahead.

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The Week in Impact Investing: Deliver

Impact Alpha

TGIF, Agents of Impact! Take a moment to thank a vet on this Veterans Day. ?? Unfinished business. We launched The Brief the. The post The Week in Impact Investing: Deliver appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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A technologically advanced society is destroying itself. It’s fascinating and horrifying to watch

Renew Economy

How is it that a technologically advanced society could choose to destroy itself by failing to act to avert a climate catastrophe? The post A technologically advanced society is destroying itself. It’s fascinating and horrifying to watch appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Dongfeng Fukang ES600 uses CATL’s battery swap solution

Charged

Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL) and Dongfeng Peugeot-Citroën Automobile (DPCA) are collaborating on a battery swap project that uses CATL’s EVOGO system. The EVOGO modular battery swap solution will be incorporated into the Dongfeng Fukang ES600 electric sedan (which appears to be an electric version of the Peugeot 408 ). The EVOGO battery swap system is already being used in the FAW Bestune NAT and Aiways U5.

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