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My exclusive interview with ChatGPT about AI, climate tech and sustainability

GreenBiz

Can artificial intelligence conduct an informed conversation about the broad and complex technologies under the climate tech umbrella? Let's let it speak for itself.

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Generator-maker Generac expands into residential EV charging stations

Charged

Generac Power Systems (NYSE: GNRC) makes a variety of power products, but is probably best-known as a manufacturer of backup generators. As bidirectional EV charging, which allows an EV battery to be used as a source of backup power, moves into the mainstream, demand for generators seems likely to dwindle, and some stock analysts have been making pessimistic predictions about Generac’s future.

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UK substantially underestimates its methane emissions from oil and gas production – and many other countries probably do too

Envirotec Magazine

A newer, more accurate method for calculating methane emissions from offshore oil and gas production suggests that the United Kingdom severely underestimates its greenhouse gas emissions. Researchers conclude that as much as five times more methane is being leaked from oil and gas production than reported. Methane is the second most important greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide, contributing about 0.55°C present-day global warming relative to pre-industrial times.

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Barfly Media: Promoting Sustainability in Advertising With Holographic Display Units

Green Business Bureau

BarFly Media’s LED holographic display units are designed to help brands stand out in a crowded market BarFly Media is disrupting the traditional On/Off-premise Point of Display (POS) with their digital LED holographic display units. These units provide brands with an adaptive, dynamic, and efficient way to engage with consumers and stand out in a crowded market.

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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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Here’s a glimpse of the EU response to the Inflation Reduction Act

GreenBiz

After almost 6 months of discussions and debate in the European Union, the trading bloc’s response to the Inflation Reduction Act is finally taking shape.

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Kseng Solar provided solar farm solution to support sustainable agriculture in Japan

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As the global push to replace fossil fuels with clean energy, agrivoltaics have been applied as an alternative in land-constrained Japan. Located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan, this solar plant is one of the agrivoltaics projects, and it was reported by Nikkei BP, one of the largest providers of cutting-edge information, content, and services in Japan.

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Solar and storage to dominate new US capacity additions in 2023

Renew Economy

Report forecasts tens of gigawatts of new utility-scale renewables capacity will be added to US grid in 2023, the majority of it solar and storage. The post Solar and storage to dominate new US capacity additions in 2023 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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How Kathy Cacciola is creating a greener global food program at Google

GreenBiz

A year into her new job as global sustainability lead of the food program at Google, Kathy Cacciola discusses the skills and strategies it takes to land such a prestigious role.

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TravelCenters of America to deploy 1,000 Electrify America fast EV chargers at 200 locations

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TravelCenters of America (Nasdaq: TA), which operates a network of 281 travel centers (truck stops, to use the old-fashioned term) in 44 states under the TA, Petro and TA Express brands, is working with Electrify America to deploy DC fast charging at select TA/Petro locations. TA aims to install some 1,000 chargers at 200 locations along major highways over five years.

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Comment: 2024 EPR costs could have a severe impact on businesses’ viability

Envirotec Magazine

Joseph Doherty, Managing Director of Re-Gen Waste, and member of Defra’s Advisory Committee on Packaging, reflects on whether businesses should be accounting now for EPR A recent Defra Business Ready Forum webinar attended by over 700 stakeholders on EPR data collection and costs, left many deeply frustrated by the lack of information available to predict their likely costs.

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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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RS Adds Three New Suppliers to its Industry 4.0 Technology Portfolio

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ILME, ABB Robotics, and Madison Company further extend RS’ industry-leading selection of industrial automation solutions, including connectors, robotics, switches, and sensors.

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Care about biodiversity? Push for food systems transformation

GreenBiz

Increasing biodiversity is the new kid on the block for sustainability professionals. But solving it will require investing in the old guard that we keep overlooking.

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New York City to require rideshare fleets to use 100 percent EVs by 2030

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Electrifying rideshare vehicles has the potential to deliver outsize emissions reductions , as they log many more miles than personal vehicles. In his recent State of the City speech, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that rideshare fleets operating in the city will be required to go zero-emission by 2030. The Big Apple is one of the world’s largest markets for app-based ridesharing, with an estimated 100,000 for-hire vehicles plying the streets.

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New initiative aims to use Earth observation and geospatial data to detect sewage spills

Envirotec Magazine

Earth imaging satellite firm Planet provides data in which each pixel translates to 3.7 m 2 on the ground. Ordnance Survey is working with consultancy firm CGI to investigate the possibilities of using Earth observation data to detect sewage from space. Launched by CGI and the UNFCCC, the Sustainability Exploration Environmental Data Science ( SEEDS ) programme is described as “an exciting research initiative to challenge the thinking and practice around sustainability, provide predictive analy

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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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More than 75% of global insect species not adequately protected

Grist

More than 75 percent of the world’s insect species are insufficiently protected when it comes to conservation areas around the globe, according to a recent new study. From our favorites like bees and butterflies, to the lesser appreciated organisms such as wasps and mosquitoes, insects are facing threats such as climate change, and a myriad of other ills such as habitat loss and pesticide use.

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Losing ourselves in the Tower of (Risk) Babel

GreenBiz

A basic assumption in approaches to risk assessment is that the problems they address can be resolved primarily by better information and technocratic solutions. But business executives, policymakers and the public crave simpler, more practical alternatives.

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Renesas introduces second-generation gate driver integrated circuit for EV inverters

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Semiconductor supplier Renesas Electronics has announced a new gate driver integrated circuit (IC) designed to drive high-voltage power devices, such as insulated gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) and silicon carbide (SiC) metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs) for EV inverters. Gate driver ICs are designed to provide an interface between the inverter control microcontroller unit (MCU) and the IGBTs and SiC MOSFETs that deliver power to the inverter.

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£1 million grant for novel hydro energy storage system

Envirotec Magazine

BEIS-funded research project to identify and test minerals and discarded wastes for use in RheEnergise’s grid scale hydro energy storage system In partnership with the University of Greenwich and the University of Exeter, RheEnergise, a UK company developing a novel form of pumped hydro-energy storage, has secured a grant of £1 million, funded through the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) as part of the UK Government’s Energy Entrepreneurs Fund.

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“We might get sued:” Fossil fuel lobby wants environmental objective watered down

Renew Economy

Fossil fuel lobby demands that new laws designed to force regulators to consider and environmental and emissions in their rulings be watered down. The post “We might get sued:” Fossil fuel lobby wants environmental objective watered down appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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Back to basics: A systems thinker's view on circularity

GreenBiz

The circular economy is a systems approach that answers one 'how' in our quest for sustainability.

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California bill would make EV conversions eligible for state rebates

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California has several state programs, including the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program (CVRP) and the Clean Cars for All Program, to encourage drivers to buy EVs. However, EV conversion fans have been feeling left out of the party. Now the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a trade group that represents the specialty automotive industry, has sponsored legislation that would create a rebate program for converting legacy vehicles to electric drive.

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Planning permission granted for Sunderland plastics pyrolysis plant

Envirotec Magazine

The 12-acre site at Port of Sunderland earmarked by Quantafuel for the plant. Sunderland City Council has given the go-ahead for a new plant at the Port of Sunderland, creating over 100 permanent jobs and processing plastic waste that is largely not recycled in the UK, according to Norwegian technology firm Quantafuel ASA. The plant will take mixed plastic waste from across the north of England that would otherwise have been incinerated or disposed of in landfill.

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Second best month for big solar in Australia as WA facility tops rankings again

Renew Economy

Australia produces its second highest solar output on record in January, with NSW solar assets delivering more than any other state. The post Second best month for big solar in Australia as WA facility tops rankings again appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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How green is your green bond?

GreenBiz

With green bond growth projected strong for 2023, investors would do well to read the fine print.

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Safe, flexible and powerful: Power racks as game changers for the energy transition

Charged

Whether wind energy, solar power or green hydrogen – energy from sustainable and climate-neutral production is becoming increasingly important. The increasing electrification of the world inevitably affects our critical infrastructure. The requirements for the new energy sources in terms of speed of expansion, flexibility and reliability are correspondingly high.

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Firm receives InnovateUK funding to enhance vessel performance monitoring technology

Envirotec Magazine

The Flex 42X multi-role crewboat (image credit: Penguin International). Vessel monitoring and control solutions provider, Reygar, has won InnovateUK funding to develop a range of new features for its BareFLEET product in collaboration with Singapore-based designer, builder, owner and operator of high-speed aluminium craft, Penguin International. The group says the project, dubbed FleetVision, will build on Reygar’s commercially proven BareFLEET technology to offer live feedback on various aspect

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What is bidirectional EV charging?

Solar Power World

The installation of EV chargers is quickly becoming a must-have offering in a solar installer’s services. As more solar manufacturers begin making EV products, solar contractors usually have the right connections and knowledge to do another electrical hookup in a garage. Bidirectional EV charging should also provide new installation opportunities for contractors as customers seek… The post What is bidirectional EV charging?

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Satellite tracking is helping scientists pinpoint the worst emissions offenders

GreenBiz

Understanding where our greenhouse gas emissions come from is crucial to helping us curb them.

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Ensorcia invests €200 million to build lithium hydroxide conversion plant in Europe

Charged

Chile-based Ensorcia Metals , a specialist in extraction and transformation of lithium, reports that as a first step in its global expansion plans, it will invest €200 million for the construction of a European lithium hydroxide conversion plant under the auspices of its subsidiary, Sorcia Europe. According to Ensorcia, operations are to begin in 2025 with an installed capacity of 20,000 tons of lithium carbonate equivalent per year and a ramp-up capacity of 40,000 tons.

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Sharing the load: Tariff to lower bills for businesses with their own green power

Envirotec Magazine

Energy tech firm Octopus Energy has launched a new tariff to help businesses with renewable generation to share the green power they generate on one site with the rest of their sites – and lower bills as a result. The new ‘Max Power’ tariff allows businesses with two or more sites to send any excess renewable energy they’re generating to their other locations in the UK.

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Fluke Announces New Solar Leadership and Kickstarts Solar Training Initiative

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Solar Applications Specialist Will White to bolster Fluke’s solar training and education efforts, beginning with Intersolar North America, an upcoming webinar and a NABCEP 2023 session

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Accounting for impact at Candide, MicroVest, Echoing Green and other investment managers

Impact Alpha

ImpactAlpha, Feb. 6. 2023 – The age of ad hoc impact reporting may be coming to an end. In the meantime, we’ve taken a. The post Accounting for impact at Candide, MicroVest, Echoing Green and other investment managers appeared first on ImpactAlpha.

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A closer look at graphite—its forms, functions and future in EV batteries

Charged

Graphite is a pure form of carbon. Its physical structure allows it to store lithium ions. There are three main forms of graphite: spherical graphite is used in non-EV battery applications, whereas EV batteries use a blend of coated spherical graphite and synthetic graphite. Graphite is the critical component of all current anode designs. Some advanced designs use a small amount of silicon, which can store more energy.

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Biogas trade bodies and companies call for an urgent rethink on GHG Protocol guidance for corporate biomethane use reporting

Envirotec Magazine

Over 50 biogas and biomethane trade associations and companies from around the world have written to the World Resources Institute (WRI), administrator of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol , 1 calling for a rethink of its position on the use of biomethane certificates for greenhouse gas reporting by corporate gas users. The GHG Protocol is globally recognised as the leading GHG accounting standard.

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