2023

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Food decarbonization comes of age at COP28

GreenBiz

Governments, funders and businesses are rolling up their sleeves at the climate summit to transform food systems.

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COP28 Climate Fund Pledge Tracker

NRDC onEarth

At COP28, countries will pledge to UN climate funds that help developing countries reduce greenhouse emissions and address the impacts of climate change. Keep track here.

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2023: A Transformative Year for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

POWER Magazine

The small modular reactor (SMR) concept has long been viewed by many within the nuclear sector and by policymakers as somewhat of an arriviste—an upstart with bold promises but lacking […] The post 2023: A Transformative Year for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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CSIRO says wind and solar much cheaper than nuclear, even with added integration costs

Renew Economy

CSIRO's GenCost report updated to include near term transmission costs for wind and solar, and finds that the case for nuclear has been blown out of the water by the collapse of US SMR project. The post CSIRO says wind and solar much cheaper than nuclear, even with added integration costs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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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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Why people still fall for fake news about climate change

Grist

In 1995, a leading group of scientists convened by the United Nations declared that they had detected a “human influence” on global temperatures with “effectively irreversible” consequences. In the coming decades, 99.9 percent of scientists would come to agree that burning fossil fuels had disrupted the Earth’s climate. Yet almost 30 years after that warning, during the hottest year on Earth in 125,000 years , people are still arguing that the science is unreliable, or that the threat is real bu

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Liebreich: Clean Hydrogen’s Missing Trillions

BloombergNEF

90 million tons of clean hydrogen by 2030 would be enough to sustain claims that the world is on track to limit warming to 1.5C over pre-industrial levels. The post Liebreich: Clean Hydrogen’s Missing Trillions appeared first on BloombergNEF.

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America's first 'enhanced' geothermal plant just got up and running

Canary Media

A next-generation geothermal plant backed by Google has started sending carbon-free electricity to the grid in Nevada, where the tech company operates some of its massive data centers.

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Revealed: Ads Urging Canadians to Oppose Climate Laws Paid for by Gas Industry

DeSmogBlog

A national industry group representing gas producers is quietly paying for digital advertisements urging Canadians to “speak up” to their elected officials against laws addressing climate change and public health, DeSmog can reveal. “Voice of Energy” is a new ad campaign and website featuring photos of diverse and well-dressed young people, explainers making the case for natural gas while downplaying its massive contribution to climate change, and videos urging viewers to join in an effort to “p

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24/7 solar towers could double energy output

TechXplore

If you want to improve the output of solar energy systems, why not also run them at night? That's the question researchers in Qatar and Jordan addressed as they successfully devised a system that promises to more than double energy output of current solar power stations.

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Nikola and Firstelement Fuel Forge 10-Year Strategic Partnership to Advance Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

FuelCellsWorks

FirstElement Fuel named authorized Fueling Solutions Partner for Nikola Class 8 hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks. PHOENIX — Nikola Corporation (Nasdaq: NKLA), a global leader in zero-emissions transportation and energy supply and.

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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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ExxonMobil’s $10 billion plan to boost plastics production in China

GreenBiz

A new climate agreement with the U.S. disregards China’s plans to increase plastics production.

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California Is Short-Changing Climate-Friendly Mobility

NRDC onEarth

A new NRDC report finds that California only allocates 18.6% of transportation funds to low-carbon mobility choices. Read the full report here.

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Westinghouse Secures First Customer for eVinci Nuclear Microreactor

POWER Magazine

Westinghouse’s first customer for its eVinci microreactor—a flagship 5-MWe/13-MWth “nuclear battery”—is poised to be the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC), Canada’s second-largest research and technology organization. The commercial laboratory that provides […] The post Westinghouse Secures First Customer for eVinci Nuclear Microreactor appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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Australia’s richest person says solar panels are an eyesore: Here’s why that matters

Renew Economy

AFR's choice of business heroes - mostly those who have fought quick action on net zero - underlines the tough road ahead for the green energy transition. The post Australia’s richest person says solar panels are an eyesore: Here’s why that matters 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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Spain awards contracts to 1.9GWh energy storage in first PERTE tender

Energy Storage News

The government of Spain, through the Institution for the diversification and energy savings (IDAE) has awarded 880MW/1809MWh in its first tender for energy storage to be co-located with renewables.

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Zero-Emission Vehicles Factbook: COP28 Edition

BloombergNEF

By Colin McKerracher, Head of Advanced Transport, BloombergNEF While the climate and energy world gather in Dubai this week for COP, BloombergNEF has published its annual zero emission vehicle factbook. The report was first launched at COP26 in Glasgow and provides a comprehensive picture on where we are on the journey to cleaning up road […] The post Zero-Emission Vehicles Factbook: COP28 Edition appeared first on BloombergNEF.

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Sellafield: ‘bottomless pit of hell, money and despair’ at Europe’s most toxic nuclear site

The Guardian: Energy

Described as a nuclear Narnia, the site is a source of economic support for Cumbria – and a longstanding international safety concern Sellafield nuclear site hacked by groups linked to Russia and China Ministers who visit Sellafield for the first time are left with no illusions about the challenge at Europe’s most toxic nuclear site. One former UK secretary of state described it as a “bottomless pit of hell, money and despair”, which sucked up so much cash that it drowned out many other projects

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Portugal just ran on 100% renewables for six days in a row

Canary Media

One recent autumn afternoon, I watched the Atlantic gusts collide with the cliffs that rise above Nazaré, Portugal. Rain pelted down, and the world-renowned swells rose into walls of water that even the most death-defying surfers reach only via Jet Ski.

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Poland’s answer to the climate crisis: one hundred nuclear reactors

Energy Transition

The good news is that Poland is no longer denying or ignoring the climate crisis. The bad news is that it believes the solution to eradicating its 80 percent dependency on fossil fuels – the highest in the EU – is an expansive nuclear energy program. Even the three democratic parties likely to form a new, liberal-minded coalition government, the outcome of the October 15 general election.

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A new system for producing green hydrogen cheaply and efficiently

TechXplore

What does it take to produce green hydrogen more efficiently and cheaply? Apparently, small ruthenium particles and a solar-powered system for water electrolysis. This is the solution proposed by a joint team involving the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italian Institute of Technology, IIT) of Genoa, and BeDimensional S.p.A. (an IIT spin-off).

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TotalEnergies Inaugurates H2Benelux Hydrogen Refueling Stations in Rotterdam and Utrecht

FuelCellsWorks

TotalEnergies yesterday inaugurated new public hydrogen refueling stations in the Rotterdam region, in Capelle aan den IJssel, and in Utrecht, the Netherlands, in the presence of Robert Joore, Managing Director.

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Biden administration announces policy to decarbonize federal work travel

GreenBiz

The new private-sector partnership is aimed at increasing low-emissions transit.

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A Secretive Network Is Fighting Indigenous Rights in Australia and Canada, Expert Says

DeSmogBlog

A campaign to deny Indigenous peoples a voice in Australia’s national Parliament is using tactics similar to an earlier conservative legal battle against First Nations communities in Canada, a new research paper argues. That’s no coincidence, according to the paper’s author Jeremy Walker, because think tanks linked to these efforts in Canada and Australia belong to a secretive U.S. organization called the Atlas Network that’s received support from oil, gas and coal companies and operates in near

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Kairos’ Hermes Secures First NRC Green Light for Advanced Nuclear Non-LWR Reactor

POWER Magazine

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved a construction permit for Kairos Power’s 35-MWth Hermes molten salt “non-power” demonstration reactor, which the firm has proposed to build at the East Tennessee […] The post Kairos’ Hermes Secures First NRC Green Light for Advanced Nuclear Non-LWR Reactor appeared first on POWER Magazine.

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Batteries are getting bigger and longer, and helping wind and solar push coal out the door

Renew Economy

Wholesale electricity prices declined across the grid in 2023, and batteries are having a growing influence over the market as their numbers and length of storage grows. The post Batteries are getting bigger and longer, and helping wind and solar push coal out the door appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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LFP cell average falls below US$100/kWh as battery pack prices drop to record low in 2023

Energy Storage News

After a difficult couple of years which saw the trend of falling lithium battery prices temporarily reverse, a 14% drop in lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery pack cost from 2022-2023 has been recorded by BloombergNEF.

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Tripling Global Renewables By 2030 Is Hard, Achievable and Necessary to Achieve Net Zero

BloombergNEF

Tripling global renewables capacity by 2030, as proposed by the COP28 Presidency, is in line with the 10.5 terawatts required to get on track for net-zero according to BloombergNEF analysis BNEF’s forecasts see solar on track for what’s needed by 2030, while wind and storage will require concerted action to unlock London, November 21, 2023 […] The post Tripling Global Renewables By 2030 Is Hard, Achievable and Necessary to Achieve Net Zero appeared first on BloombergNEF.

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Chris Bowen’s bold and sudden movement on climate sent the Coalition clutching at its pearls

The Guardian: Energy

The existential battle against global heating requires connecting science, politics and community life, often much harder than it looks Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast A lot of the time, politics feels incremental. But every now and again, a big thing happens suddenly. Chris Bowen made it clear this week the government intends to transform the fundamentals of Australia’s energy grid.

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Chart: The US installed more solar in 2023 than ever before

Canary Media

Canary Media’s chart of the week translates crucial data about the clean energy transition into a visual format. This has been a record-shattering year for U.S. solar power.

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The struggles of the offshore wind industry

Financial Times: Energy

Governments around the world have set ambitious targets to tackle climate change, but developers say power prices will have to rise to pay for it

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World may have crossed solar power 'tipping point,' study suggests

TechXplore

The world may have crossed a "tipping point" that will inevitably make solar power our main source of energy, new research suggests.

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SunHydrogen Enters Consulting Agreement With 3 of Japan’s Most Esteemed Green Hydrogen Production Experts

FuelCellsWorks

CORALVILLE, IA– SunHydrogen, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water, today announced that the Company has entered into a consulting agreement with.

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Europe to add record 56GW of new solar capacity in 2023

PV Tech

A new report from SolarPower Europe demonstrates that Europe is on track to install a record 56GW of new solar capacity in 2023.

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'Large gaps still need to be bridged': UN chief returns to COP28 as climate talks remain on knife edge

Business Green

With crunch climate talks' scheduled close less than 24 hours away, negotiators are still wrangling over the future of fossil fuels, finance pledges, and climate adaptation goals