Sat.Aug 22, 2020 - Fri.Aug 28, 2020

Pipestrel Ready To Set 7 Electric Aircraft World Records

CleanTechnica

Pipistrel, a small electric aircraft company we've covered several times, has a small electric airplane called the Velis Electro. The Velis Electro got its "first type approval" from the EU aviation security authority and is ready for an adventure.

New sparks for the electric vehicle industry

GreenBiz

New sparks for the electric vehicle industry. Zoé Bezpalko. Tue, 08/25/2020 - 01:45. Thinking back to the beginning of 2020 can seem like a lifetime ago. Before the pandemic took root on a global level, the transportation industry was already in the midst of a great and exciting transition.

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Wind Energy Is More Beneficial Than Fuel

The Environmental Blog

Wind energy is well-known for its capability to cut electricity costs for consumers as it replaces the produced fuel with wind energy free of charge. Due to this factor, wind energy is strongly beneficial compared to traditional energy sources and power generators.

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80% of oil workers considering career impacts of climate change

Envirotec Magazine

New study shows half in oil and gas have considered new role in renewable energy industry – or are already diversifying into it. Eight in ten Scots oil workers have considered that their careers could be impacted by actions being taken to tackle climate change, new research suggests.

Amazon Orders 1,800 Mercedes Electric Delivery Vans For EU And UK

CleanTechnica

Amazon has placed an order for 1,800 electric delivery vans from Mercedes Benz for service in Europe and the UK. Electric Vehicles Amazon electric delivery van Mercedes e-Sprinter Rivian

The rise (and rise) of sustainability-linked finance

GreenBiz

The rise (and rise) of sustainability-linked finance. Joel Makower. Mon, 08/24/2020 - 02:11. One silver lining of this horrific moment is the rise of loans, bonds and other financial instruments linked to sustainability outcomes.

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Initiative turns marine plastic pollution into reusable PPE

Envirotec Magazine

The initiative appears to be a world first for reusable PPE. A seemingly world-first collaboration is bringing recycled and reusable PPE visors to UK health workers and NGOs in the Dominican Republic.

U.S. Shipments of Solar Photovoltaic Modules Increase as Prices Continue to Fall

CleanTechnica

In 2019, U.S. shipments of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, also referred to as solar panels, reached a record-high 16.4 million kilowatts (kW), 2.9 million kW more than the previous record of 13.5 million kW set in.

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Amazon hands Mercedes-Benz its biggest electric vehicle order to date

GreenBiz

Amazon hands Mercedes-Benz its biggest electric vehicle order to date. Katie Fehrenbacher. Fri, 08/28/2020 - 00:00. German auto giant Mercedes-Benz announced its largest order of electric vehicles to date Friday: 1,800 electric delivery vans for retail giant Amazon to use across Europe.

Painting wind turbines may reduce bird collisions and deaths

Inhabitat - Innovation

Painting one wind turbine blade black could reduce bird deaths at wind farms by up to 70

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Bill Gates’ Nuclear Reactor Company Adds Molten Salt Storage to Its SMR System

GreenTechMedia

TerraPower, the Bill Gates-backed nuclear innovation firm, has launched a new small modular reactor system paired with a molten salt storage unit. The new concept, dubbed Natrium, is being developed in partnership with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy.

Tesla & Amprius — What Is Going On? [Updated: Nothing]

CleanTechnica

Tesla fans have zeroed in on a battery startup called Amprius. A number of clues indicate that it may be acquired by Tesla in the future, or that it at least plays a role in Tesla's battery innovation and coming announcements at Tesla Battery Day.

This is why investors want financial regulators to tackle climate risk

GreenBiz

This is why investors want financial regulators to tackle climate risk. Ravi Varghese. Mon, 08/24/2020 - 01:15. To understand economic crises of the recent past, present and future, there may be no finer teacher than Michael Lewis.

The CrossWater is a solar-powered mode of public water transportation

Inhabitat - Innovation

Forget air-polluting boats or sitting in traffic on the highway. CrossWater is rethinking transportation

SunPower Completes Spinoff of Manufacturing Assets to Newly Formed Company Maxeon

GreenTechMedia

Distributed solar and storage company SunPower and panel manufacturer Maxeon Solar Technologies finalized their split on Thursday.

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Tesla’s Relentless Innovation Brought 13 Improvements To The Octovalve In 3 Months

CleanTechnica

Sandy Munro worked in the automotive industry for decades before starting his consulting firm Munro & Associates. In recent years, the firm has made a name for itself with its unique insights into Tesla’s vehicles.

Where there's hope for speeding up business action on plastics

GreenBiz

Where there's hope for speeding up business action on plastics. Elsa Wenzel. Wed, 08/26/2020 - 02:01. In 10 short years, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) arguably has done more than any other group to define and advance the circular economy.

Norway oil drilling expands to Svalbard

Inhabitat - Innovation

Norway is expanding oil drilling operations farther north into the Arctic

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‘First of a Kind’ UK Project Aims to Unleash Residential Grid Flexibility

GreenTechMedia

A new residential grid flexibility service available in parts of the U.K. will combine energy storage, vehicle-to-grid and smart EV charging for the first time. The project, led by energy technology firm Kaluza, will trade that flexibility in close to real-time conditions.

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Tesla Air? Elon Musk Hints Tesla Could Mass Produce 400 Wh/kg Batteries In 3–4 Years

CleanTechnica

Elon Musk suggested on Twitter last night that Tesla may be able to mass produce batteries with 50% more energy density in three to four years, which could possibly enable electric airplanes.

Engaging Middle America in recycling solutions

GreenBiz

Engaging Middle America in recycling solutions. Suzanne Shelton. Wed, 08/26/2020 - 01:00. A few weeks ago, I wrote a GreenBiz piece about what Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can teach us about the moment we’re in right now, based on our latest polling of Americans.

Guallart Architects unveil winning bid for a self-sufficient community in China

Inhabitat - Innovation

Presented as a model for sustainable urban growth, the project champions local energy production, food production, energy efficiency and material reuse

Stop perverse climate impact of biomass by radically reforming CO2 accounting rules, says advisory body

Envirotec Magazine

Several European countries who are considered leaders in climate protection owe their apparently good emission reductions to biomass. These might turn out to look quite different in the future, if carbon-accounting under the Emissions Trading System (ETS) were to be based on science and the real effects on climate. As the European Commission works on a revision of its central climate policy tool, the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council suggests a radically new standard.

Unmodified Volkswagen ID.3 Travels 531 Kilometers On A Single Charge

CleanTechnica

A stock Volkswagen ID.3 with a 58 kWh battery completed a trip from Germany to Switzerland -- a distance of 531 kilometers -- without stopping to recharge along the way. Electric Cars Hypermiling range record Volkswagen ID.3

Ensuring Performance and Safety in Recycled Plastics

GreenBiz

Ensuring Performance and Safety in Recycled Plastics. As companies and consumer brands incorporate recycled plastic content into their products and as part of their circularity goals, product integrity becomes an important consideration.

The prefab Tiny Tetra House in Bali is made of recycled waste

Inhabitat - Innovation

Tetra Pak beverage containers are used in the roof and wall construction of this unique home. Tiny Tetra has 688 square feet of space with a diagonally-oriented floor plan. It is elevated 40 centimeters off the ground via point foundations in order to help blend the structure into the surroundings. There is a bedroom, ensuite bathroom, and open kitchen, living room and outdoor terraces. Apart from the sustainable advantages

Exelon Threatens to Close 2 Nuclear Plants as Battle Over State Subsidies Looms

GreenTechMedia

Exelon is following through with a threat to close two of its Illinois nuclear power plants by next year unless it receives state support to boost their financial viability, a move that could undermine the state's carbon-free electricity goals.

Nearly 80% Of Tesla Model Y Buyers Come From Fossil Fuel Vehicles, Data Implies

CleanTechnica

Someone named Troy (or "Troy Teslike" on Twitter) has been fastidiously tracking Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y orders for the past several years. Troy has consistently gotten so much participation that he has very reliable and useful data on new Tesla buyers that you can't get anywhere else.

Episode 234: Circularity 20 highlights, talking green chemistry

GreenBiz

Episode 234: Circularity 20 highlights, talking green chemistry. Heather Clancy. Fri, 08/28/2020 - 02:00. Week in Review. Stories discussed this week (6:45). The rise (and rise) of sustainability-linked finance. This Israeli startup mimics mangroves, coral and oysters to create protective seawalls.

USDA closes Tiger King zoo for animal welfare violations

Inhabitat - Innovation

A USDA report found multiple animal welfare violations, leading to the closure of Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park

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