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AI doesn’t have to be a power hog

GreenBiz

AI doesn’t have to be a power hog. Heather Clancy. Thu, 07/30/2020 - 02:15. Plenty of prognostications, including this one from the World Economic Forum, tout the integral role artificial intelligence could play in "saving the planet." . Indeed, AI is integral to all manner of technologies, ranging from autonomous vehicles to more informed disaster response systems to smart buildings and data collection networks monitoring everything from energy consumption to deforestation. .

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What Type of Roofing Should You Have for Solar Panels?

U.S. Green Technology

Installing solar panels on a residential or commercial scale can be a worthwhile investment. Solar energy is extremely cost-effective and can significantly cut down on your utility bills. What type of roofing is best, though? Thankfully, solar panels are extremely versatile. No one kind of roof is better than others, as they can be mounted. The post What Type of Roofing Should You Have for Solar Panels? appeared first on U.S. Green Technology.

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Storing Energy in the Freezer: Long-Duration Thermal Storage Comes of Age

GreenTechMedia

Jason Dreisbach fields at least half a dozen calls every week from people trying to sell him a technology to lower his energy costs. As the owner of Dreisbach Enterprises, a cold-storage facility owner with operations in Northern California, he's a popular target. Cold storage — from frozen food warehouses to grocery and restaurant refrigeration — has one of the highest energy costs of any industry; energy expenditures are usually second only to payroll.

The Environmental Effects of Natural Disasters

The Environmental Blog

Within seconds, natural disasters can destroy buildings, tear up roads and upturn normal life. The damage these events cause, however, isn’t just limited to people and their property. When recovery begins, you often have to contend with what happens to the environment. Erosion, destruction of wildlife , water contamination and release of carbon dioxide are all real environmental threats that can be caused by natural disasters.

Sustainable Takeout Packaging: A Smart Choice for Your Business

Green Business Bureau

With today’s current pandemic, restaurants are solely surviving off their take-out orders. And with an increase of carryout from restaurants, comes an increase of plastics that will most likely end up in the garbage. Almost half of Americans say that it is difficult to recycle properly , so this means most of the plastic containers from take-out orders are actually being sent to a landfill.

GM’s Ultium Battery Factory Is Sprouting Up In Ohio

CleanTechnica

GM formed a joint venture with LG Chem earlier this year, Ultium Cells LLC, and CleanTechnica was lucky to talk at length with GM President Mark Reuss about this and the company's electrification plans just before a certain infamous coronavirus shut the country down. The Ultium battery factory in Ohio is sprouting now. Uncategorized EV batteries EV battery factories GM GM batteries GM factories LG Chem lg chem batteries Lordstown ohio Ultium Batteries

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Artificial Intelligence Platform Detects Power Grid Flaws And Wildfire Dangers Better And Faster Than Humans

Jim Conca

Powerlines and equipment problems have been the cause of most recent wildfires. But a new AI and machine vision technology can analyze millions of images of powerlines and towers to find dangerous faults and flaws to help utilities identify problem areas and repair them before a fire starts. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation AI /ai Business energy

Comparing solar power with electric power

U.S. Green Technology

The recent pandemic caused a lot of unrest. It has become difficult even to afford essentials. Gone are the days when you could invest in electric gadgets. Obviously, the gadgets use electric power. All this costs money. Nowadays, you go about looking for switchboard manufacturers so that you can have the most efficient electric connection. The post Comparing solar power with electric power appeared first on U.S. Green Technology. Featured Posts Featured Stories Solar Power Solar power

Tesla Autopilot Display Will Soon Show Other Teslas By Model & Color

CleanTechnica

This may not seem like a big deal to some people, but many Tesla owners have been eager to see this improvement to Tesla's Autopilot display for a while, and some have been begging for it on Twitter without any response from Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Cars Clean Transport Consumer Technology Electric Cars Electric Vehicles Elon Musk Tesla Tesla autopilot Tesla touchscreen

How Cargill’s new science-based water targets go with the flow

GreenBiz

How Cargill’s new science-based water targets go with the flow. Joel Makower. Mon, 07/27/2020 - 02:11. Cargill, the giant food and ag conglomerate, last week announced a new set of 2030 corporate water targets, the latest to do so among firms in its sector. But this was no me-too kind of endeavor. Rather, it put the company at the front of the pack, going well beyond its own operational footprint to engage its entire supply chain, and to do so using a novel science-based approach for water.

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What to do with banana peels

Inhabitat - Innovation

It turns out there are many surprising uses for banana peels

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Gadgets That Will Increase Your Productivity While Working from Home

U.S. Green Technology

One of the hardest parts of working from home is that you may not already have all the equipment you need to work from home successfully. Creating a home office may sound simple, and you can get by with the bare minimum, but you will likely find that getting by with the bare minimum will. The post Gadgets That Will Increase Your Productivity While Working from Home appeared first on U.S. Green Technology. Featured Posts Featured Stories Green Technology Gadgets

Elon Musk Says Tesla Willing To Share Software & Powertrains With Competitors

CleanTechnica

Elon Musk says Tesla would be willing to provide its software, powertrains, and batteries to other manufacturers. What would that look like? Autonomous Vehicles Batteries Cars Clean Transport Consumer Technology Electric Cars Electric Vehicles Energy Storage Lithium-Ion Batteries Elon Musk Herbert Diess Tesla Tesla autopilot Tesla batteries Tesla powertrain deals volkswagen

Remembering Flex exec Bruce Klafter

GreenBiz

Remembering Flex exec Bruce Klafter. pete may. Mon, 07/27/2020 - 01:45. Longtime GreenBiz friend Bruce Klafter died July 18 after a short and intense bout of pancreatic cancer. Bruce most recently was a vice president of sustainability strategy and outreach at Flex in Silicon Valley. GreenBiz co-founder and President Pete May reflects on his interaction with Bruce over the years. And below, we provide memories of Bruce from many of his friends and collaborators in the sustainability community.

Coconut oil production is a danger to vulnerable species

Inhabitat - Innovation

Coconut oil might be in the spotlight, but there are some scary truths lurking in the shadows

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The impact of Covid-19 on the environment

The Environmental Blog

With the world almost brought to a halt due to the Coronavirus pandemic , the planet has seen a reduction in carbon thanks to the lack of travel. But, with the world beginning to open back up again and driving and flying becoming more common, will the level of carbon return to pre-pandemic levels? Or will people be more cautious and conscientious when it comes to their travel habits?

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Record EV Sales In Europe!

CleanTechnica

While the overall European market is still in recovery mode in June, down 24% year over year (YoY), the European passenger plugin vehicle market has returned to the fast track, having achieved almost 93,000 registrations in June (+95%).

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Morgan Stanley will measure CO2 impact of loans and investments

GreenBiz

Morgan Stanley will measure CO2 impact of loans and investments. Michael Holder. Mon, 07/27/2020 - 00:15. Morgan Stanley has become the first major U.S. bank to commit to measuring and disclosing the climate impact of its loans and investments, announcing last week that it has joined a multi-trillion dollar group of global financial institutions developing a standardized method for carbon accounting. The U.S.

Kangaroo leather sporting goods illegally sold in California

Inhabitat - Innovation

Leading retailers have been found to be illegally selling products made from k-leather

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Powered By Plutonium, NASA’s New Mars Rover Is Ready To Roll

Jim Conca

Last week, NASA’s new Mars rover, Perseverance, received its nuclear power source, a Multi-Mission Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator, whose energy is provided by a tiny piece of Pu-238, supplied by the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, which will power the rover for 15 years. Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Science /science Business energy

Bolivia Is Ransacking Lithium From Its Indigenous People

CleanTechnica

In a tweet back in may by Kawsachun News, a video shows indigenous natives of Bolivia standing up for what's been happening to them in this industry. Authorities from Chayanta, Norte Potosí say Bolivia's lithium is being ransacked from the indigenous people," the caption read. Today, for the natives in Potosí, lithium is the new silver.

BMW, Ford, other automakers rev up carbon commitments

GreenBiz

BMW, Ford, other automakers rev up carbon commitments. Katie Fehrenbacher. Wed, 07/29/2020 - 02:00. The world's biggest automakers are ramping up their carbon commitments even as they struggle to build back in the wake of the pandemic. . This week, Germany's BMW took the plunge and set a goal to reduce its carbon emissions per car by at least one-third by 2030.

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Isaac Burrough unveils solar-powered luxury yacht concept

Inhabitat - Innovation

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Green Fuel On The Horizon - Achíni Green Crude

Jim Conca

Achíni Scientific announced that they have developed a way to make fuel from air and water, which they call Green Crude – green because it doesn’t add to the atmospheric CO2 burden and it burns cleaner than petroleum-based fuels. . Energy /energy Business /business Energy /energy Innovation /innovation Green Tech /green-tech Business energy

Tesla’s Next Frontier — The Tesla Home

CleanTechnica

On the Tesla earnings call last Wednesday, July 22, Elon mentioned the renewable energy stack for the home. Tesla was focused on the big three: collection (solar), storage (Li-on batteries), and consumption (transport). These are indeed three defining parts of the renewable energy cycle for private persons.

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Electric boilers fuel Diageo’s carbon-neutral whiskey distillery dream

GreenBiz

Electric boilers fuel Diageo’s carbon-neutral whiskey distillery dream. Jesse Klein. Thu, 07/30/2020 - 00:30. Even whiskey is going electric. Distilleries have long been difficult operations to electrify due to the large heat loads it requires to turn grain into one of humanity's oldest vices, alcohol. But Diageo’s new 72,000-square-foot distillery is designed to be completely carbon-neutral.

Arctic wildfires rage through Siberia

Inhabitat - Innovation

The earth's poles have made the news a lot this summer, and not for good reasons. Now, another awful update has hit, with Arctic wildfires burning out of control

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Dominion CEO to Step Down as Utility Marks Massive Loss from Pipeline Cancellation

GreenTechMedia

Dominion Energy is replacing its CEO as part of an executive shakeup accompanying the Virginia utility’s major shift away from natural gas and toward a renewable energy future, and its hefty financial penalty for its cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project. Dominion announced Friday that CEO Tom Farrell would step down in October and be replaced by Robert Blue, now executive vice president and co-chief operating officer.

India Set To Propose World Solar Bank & Mobilize $50 Billion In Solar Funding

CleanTechnica

In its ongoing efforts to strengthen international solar diplomacy, India is set to launch a major funding initiative. India’s Ministry for New and Renewable Energy is likely to propose to the government to set up a World Solar Bank. The bank is likely to help member countries of the International Solar Alliance to access affordable funding for solar power projects.

Semiconductor firm Applied Materials puts supply chain at center of new commitments

GreenBiz

Semiconductor firm Applied Materials puts supply chain at center of new commitments. Heather Clancy. Tue, 07/28/2020 - 02:00. The sustainability ambitions of the world’s largest cloud software companies — Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce — have been well-documented. The broad semiconductor industry’s position to date, however, has been less transparent and less ambitious, with the highly visible exceptions of AMD, IBM and Intel. .