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Jan 18, 2018

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Good News! Study Claims Global Warming Will Only Be Disastrous, Not Catastrophic

Jan 18, 2018: A new study suggests the Earth may not suffer a catastrophic increase in average temperatures but predicts it will see an increase of about 2.8 degrees Celsius. That's enough to cause massive changes in climate that will affect hundreds of millions of people.

UK Study Claims Shale Gas One Of Least Desirable Options For Generating Electricity

Jan 18, 2018: A study by the University of Manchester finds that shale gas obtained by fracking is one of the least sustainable fuels for generating electricity sustainably, with wind and solar ranked highest.

BNEF Predicts 107 Gigawatts Of Solar In 2018 & $330 Billion In Clean Energy Investment, Again!

Jan 18, 2018: Bloomberg New Energy Finance experts are predicting that global solar capacity additions made in 2018 will reach 107 gigawatts and that clean energy investment will again hit $330 billion. …

UK Wind Power Output Breaks Record, Tops 13 Gigawatts

Jan 18, 2018: UK wind electricity output has skyrocketed in the past week, breaking 10 gigawatts for the first time ever on Saturday before climbing further to peak at 13.5 gigawatts on Wednesday. …

Climate Action Tracker To Develop Paris-Consistent Benchmarks

Jan 18, 2018: The Climate Action Tracker, one of the world's leading climate science advisories, has announced that it is developing a new series of Climate Action Benchmarks that will serve to highlight the level of emissions reductions governments and sectors must achieve to contribute to the Paris Climate Agreement's long-term temperature goal. …

Masdar & Statoil To Explore Potential Of Battery Storage At Hywind Scotland

Jan 18, 2018: Masdar and Statoil have announced a collaborative agreement to study and explore the potential for battery storage by analyzing data from their joint offshore wind and battery storage project at Hywind Scotland, known as Batwind. …

Shell Continues Renewable Investment Spree With UK Solar PPA

Jan 18, 2018: Shell has continued its recent investment spree in the clean energy sector this week, announcing a Power Purchase Agreement in England which will make it the single off-taker from the largest solar farm in the country, the 69.8 MW Bradenstoke solar power plant…

New Perovskite Solar Cell Breakthrough Funded By Texas Oilman’s Legacy

Jan 18, 2018: The Texas-based Welch Foundation is behind new perovskite solar cell research that will keep pushing the cost of solar power down, down, down…

Japanese train barks and snorts to protect deer from harm

Jan 18, 2018: Researchers from the Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) in Japan have equipped a train with a speaker that plays the sounds of dogs barking and deer snorting to persuade deer to scramble off the train tracks, away from any oncoming train. A three-second deer snort is played first to catch the attention of any nearby deer, followed by twenty seconds of dog barking to scare the animals away.

New NASA Study Solves Climate Mystery, Confirms Methane Spike Tied to Oil and Gas

Jan 18, 2018: A team led by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed that the oil and gas industry is responsible for the largest share of the world’s rising methane emissions, which are a major factor in climate change — and in the process the researchers resolved one of the mysteries that has plagued climate scientists over the past several years.

Norway shoots for 100% electric short-haul flights by 2040

Jan 18, 2018: More than 50 percent of new car sales in Norway were electric vehicles, according to Electrek. Now the country aims to take the electric revolution to the skies. Norwegian airports public operator Avinor wants all their short-haul flights to be electric in just over 20 years. CEO Dag Falk-Petersen told Agence France Presse (AFP) they're hoping "to be the first in the world" to switch over to all-electric air transportation.

Minnesota Utility Takes Baby Steps Toward Broadening Community Solar Access

Jan 18, 2018: Minnesota’s largest utility is planning a pilot community solar program specifically targeted to low-income customers, an important first step in bridging significant gaps in accessing the benefits of the state’s burgeoning clean energy economy…

Coupling experiments to theory to build a better battery

Jan 18, 2018: Researchers has reported that a new lithium-sulfur battery component allows a doubling in capacity compared to a conventional lithium-sulfur battery, even after more than 100 charge cycles.

Lifespan of fuel cells maximized using small amount of metals

Jan 18, 2018: Researchers have described a new technique to improve chemical stability of electrode materials which can extend the lifespan by employing a very little amount of metals. Using computational chemistry and experimental data, the team observed that local compressive states around the Sr atoms in a perovskite electrode lattice weakened the Sr-O bond strength, which in turn promote strontium segregation.

Using electricity to switch magnetism

Jan 18, 2018: Scientists have managed to use electrical fields to control the magnetic oscillations of certain ferrous materials. This has opened up huge potential for computer technology applications, as data is currently transferred in the form of electrical signals but stored magnetically.

Former Angry Bird marketing guru proposes 80-mile underwater tunnel to link two cities

Jan 18, 2018: Peter Vesterbacka, the former marketing chief for the smash hit mobile game Angry Birds, has embraced a new kind of challenge: the construction of an 80-mile-long tunnel between Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia. This tunnel would facilitate a high-speed rail connection between the capital of Finland, a artificial island in the Baltic Sea that Vesterbacka plans on building, and the capital of Estonia. “Digging is just a few billion [euros],” Vesterbacka told Buzzfeed News…

The world's coldest settlement is so cold, its public thermometer broke

Jan 18, 2018: The coldest inhabited place on Earth is so chilly right now that the thermometer broke. In the village of Oymyakon in Siberia, a public thermometer lets tourists and local see how low the temperatures are. But this week, as temperatures dropped to -62 C, the thermostat gave up the ghost and went on strike. Some locals say their own thermometers went as low as -67 C, which is almost a record for the village. Oymyakon is a village of 50 people in Siberia, and has a reputation as the coldest...

This tent-shaped chapel in Portugal is in tune with nature

Jan 18, 2018: Panoramic views that this plateau in central Portugal offers informed the design of this inviting tent-shaped chapel by Plano Humano Arquitectos. The chapel will be part of the National Scout´s Activities Camp (CNAE) as a new addition that channels the scouting experience– outdoor life and camping– as well as the simplicity of the Christian lifestyle. The chapel, dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, acts as a large tent that has its doors open to anyone looking for shelter or a space...

China wants to destroy space junk with giant lasers

Jan 18, 2018: Not only do we need to worry about pollution on Earth, but also in space. A team of six scientists in China are working on a very science-fiction-sounding solution: blasting that space trash with lasers. Could a space-based laser really help clean up the 20,000 pieces of junk orbiting our planet? From magnetic tugs to long tethers, the ideas of how to deal with our space mess have been imaginative but haven't given us a firm solution yet. Could lasers offer an answer? Related:…

Giant twisting staircase revealed in Schmidt Hammer Lassen-designed solar-powered office

Jan 18, 2018: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects has unveiled designs of a new sustainable office campus in Oslo for the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Norway’s largest geotechnical specialist community. Topped with green roofs and solar panels, the approximately 30,000-square-meter campus comprises two modern structures that will accommodate up to 300 employees. Both buildings will be flooded with natural light, while the larger of the two features a dramatic spiral staircase that winds its way up a...

Hairy micro-office teleports you to a world of calm

Jan 18, 2018: We’ve seen our fair share of unusual architecture, but this “hairy” building is a first. UK-based 2hD Architecture Workshop designed a surreal structure called “Mission Control” that’s entirely clad in brown bristles and appears to be mysteriously void of any doors or windows. Created as a micro-office and haven for concentration, the workspace located in a Nottingham garden is described by the architects as “an exercise in teleportation, designed to take us from the everyday hurly...

No, GM Isn’t Going To Crush Tesla

Jan 18, 2018: Recently Business Insider published a fairly thoughtful, historically informed, but ultimately inaccurate opinion piece saying that GM just hadn't bothered crushing Tesla yet, but was about to. In other words, it looked backward well, but forward poorly…

Carbon Market Developments in 2017

Jan 18, 2018: Looking back at my 2017 post on developments in 2016, it becomes clear that the past twelve months have been more consolidation than progress in terms of carbon market development. It also means that the coloured map (below) hasn’t really changed, apart from a slight set-back and the very positive addition of Singapore. A big story […] The post Carbon Market Developments in 2017 appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Yukon Goes Silicon

Jan 18, 2018: A few weeks ago, the financial press took note as Norway’s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the Norwegian Government Pension Fund (“NGPF”), announced that it would drop oil and gas stocks from its index.[1]  Yet Norway has not been the only sovereign wealth player exiting oil and gas.  International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), a division of […] The post Yukon Goes Silicon appeared first on The Energy Collective.

How Feed-In Tariffs Can Unleash Clean Local Energy and Obviate Polluting Gas Plants in California

Jan 18, 2018: California has an opportunity to replace polluting natural gas plants with clean local energy — and never build another new gas plant again. But the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) must require efficient market mechanisms to ensure this happens in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible. This fall, environmental groups, local leaders, and advocates […] The post How Feed-In Tariffs Can Unleash Clean Local Energy and Obviate Polluting Gas Plants in California appeared first on The Energy Collective.

2018: A Breakout Year For Clean Energy

Jan 18, 2018: The bullish momentum for global clean energy investment, which rose 3 percent to $333.5 billion in 2017, will continue this year. The post, 2018: A Breakout Year For Clean Energy, was first published on By Nick Cunningham There was significant progress in the transition to cleaner energy in 2017, and 2018 should see more of the […] The post 2018: A Breakout Year For Clean Energy appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Almost All Power Plants That Retired in the Past Decade Were Powered by Fossil Fuels

Jan 18, 2018: Nearly all of the utility-scale power plants in the United States that were retired from 2008 through 2017 were fueled by fossil fuels. Of the total retired capacity, coal power plants and natural gas steam turbines accounted for the highest percentages, 47% and 26%, respectively. Most of the planned retirements through 2020 will also be […] The post Almost All Power Plants That Retired in the Past Decade Were Powered by Fossil Fuels appeared first on The Energy Collective.

As API Changes Leaders, It Must Change Leadership

Jan 18, 2018: With Jack Gerard stepping down as head of the American oil and gas industry’s most powerful trade association, industry has an important opportunity to change with the times. The oil and gas industry and its ecosystem are evolving rapidly before our eyes. Technology improvements allow ever more efficient production. Resource discovery in areas like the […] The post As API Changes Leaders, It Must Change Leadership appeared first on The Energy Collective.

China built the 'World's biggest air purifier' - and it's actually working

Jan 17, 2018: What has been called the world's largest air purifier by its operators is now up and running in the city of Xian in Shaanxi province, China. The 100-meter (328 feet) tall tower has already improved the local air quality, according to Cao Junji, the scientist in charge of the project, and could prove to be a valuable tool in China's fight against urban air pollution. Greenhouses covering the size of half a soccer field surround the base of the tower, into which polluted air is pulled. The smog...

24-year-old Yemeni engineer invents mini biogas plant that turns trash to fuel

Jan 17, 2018: Some villages in the country of Yemen still don't have electricity since the recent conflict started nearly two years ago, according to 24-year-old chemical engineering graduate Omer Badokhon speaking to Reuters. He hopes to bring power and combat indoor pollution with micro-scale biogas devices to transform trash into cleaner fuel. He recently among the winners of the Young Champions of the Earth prize from United Nations Environment, winning a $15,000 prize he plans to use to construct 50 to 80...

These Adidas sneakers double as subway passes in Berlin

Jan 17, 2018: No ticket? No problem. If you're wearing one of just 500 pairs of these Adidas sneakers, you can hitch a free ride on Berlin's subway for most of 2018. Photos by Overkill…

Hold On, That Infiniti Q Inspiration May Be Electric After All

Jan 17, 2018: Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa announced at the Detroit auto show on Tuesday that all new Infiniti models will be electric or plug-in hybrids beginning in 2021.

Greenlots Working With Californian Utility For Turnkey Charging Solutions In Critical Spots

Jan 17, 2018: If you live in PG&E's utility network, there is a program you might be interested in checking out. Greenlots provides grid-enabled EV smart charging solutions that have caught the eyes of Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), which has launched a program that will help further the adoption of electric vehicles in the region. In particular, PG&E is working with Greenlots to roll out intelligent EV charging in the areas of most latent demand — at multifamily buildings, workplaces, and universities…

Europe & UK Decide To Get Serious About Plastic Pollution, Sort Of

Jan 17, 2018: New proposals from the EU and the UK are meant to address the scourge of plastic-based trash, most of which ends up in landfills and in the oceans. But are those proposals too little too late?

BlackRock CEO Calls For Social Justice In Corporate Culture

Jan 17, 2018: Laurence Fink, CEO of Black Rock, an investment firm with over $6 trillion in assets under management, has written a letter telling corporate CEOs they must be socially responsible or risk losing their social license to operate.

Volkswagen To Pay $232 Million Settlement In Canada Relating To Diesel Emissions Scandal

Jan 17, 2018: Volkswagen will be paying a settlement of up to $232 million (CAD$290.5) in Canada relating to excess emissions from 3.0-liter diesel vehicles sold there in recent years, according to recent reports…

A run-down property in Portugal gets a playful renovation using a blend of colors and patterns

Jan 17, 2018: The renovation of this house in Ovar, Portugal, reconnects the main residence with the backyard addition and uses subtle patterns to introduce an element of modernity to the property. Architect Nelson Resende approached the project with a clear intent to find a balance between the past and the present. The house is located in the city of Ovar in Portugal, on a lot bordering the access road, leaning against the adjacent buildings. The secondary structure and the main house itself are treated differently–...

The majority of the National Park Service board just resigned

Jan 17, 2018: The majority of the 12-person National Park Service advisory board turned in their resignations this week. Led by Democrat Tony Knowles, former governor of Alaska, nine members resigned because they said President Donald Trump's Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was unwilling to meet with them, according to NPR. Knowles said in their resignation letter provided by The Washington Post, "...from all of the events of this past year I have a profound concern that the mission of stewardship, protection,...

Semiconductor breakthrough may be game-changer for organic solar cells

Jan 17, 2018: In an advance that could push cheap, ubiquitous solar power closer to reality, researchers have found a way to coax electrons to travel much further than was previously thought possible in the materials often used for organic solar cells and other organic semiconductors.

Demand Flexibility

Jan 17, 2018: Demand response and demand flexibility—shifting demand to intervals where electricity is abundant and cheap, and away from when the grid is constrained or power is expensive and dirty—can help keep prices down, optimize the grid overall, and help us integrate more renewable supply into grid power while displacing more fossil fuels.

Ultra-thin memory storage device paves way for more powerful computing

Jan 17, 2018: A team of electrical engineers has developed the thinnest memory storage device with dense memory capacity, paving the way for faster, smaller and smarter computer chips for everything from consumer electronics to big data to brain-inspired computing.

UK’s Climate Change Watchdog Warns Clean Growth Strategy “Does Not Go Far Enough”

Jan 17, 2018: The UK's Committee on Climate Change has warned that the Government's Clean Growth Strategy, though ambitious, does not go far enough and that urgent action and additional measures are necessary in order to meet the country's carbon targets. …

Shell, Swedfund, ENGIE Invest $20 Million In Rural Distributed Renewables In Asia & Africa

Jan 17, 2018: Husk Power Systems, a leading rural distributed utility company which operates mini-grids in Asia and Africa, has announced the closure of a $20 million equity investment from Shell, Swedfund, and ENGIE, which will serve to accelerate the company's growth in the global mini-grid market. …

Australia Secured Record Clean Energy Investment In 2017

Jan 17, 2018: Australia recorded its best ever clean energy investment year in 2017, according to new figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, taking in $9 billion in 2017, up 150% on 2016 and lifting Australia to 7th position in terms of global clean energy investment last year. …

54 Gigawatt Chinese Solar Boom Drives Global Clean Energy Investment To New Highs, Overshadowing Australian & Mexican Momentum

Jan 17, 2018: With solar PV installations in China expected to have reached 54 gigawatts in 2017, new figures from Bloomberg New Energy Finance show that global clean energy investment totaled $333.5 billion last year, up 3% and the second highest annual figure ever, coinciding with impressive momentum in both Mexico and Australia. …

Ultrathin black phosphorus for solar-driven hydrogen economy

Jan 17, 2018: Researchers combined two different types of 2-D materials -- black phosphorus and bismuth vanadate -- to form a biologically inspired water-splitting catalyst. Normal sunlight could drive the reactions and careful design of the catalyst enabled the expected ratio of hydrogen and oxygen production.

French company debuts hydrogen-powered bikes

Jan 17, 2018: Pragma Industries is the first company to begin industrial production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for commercial and municipal purposes. Founded in 2004, Pragma has turned its fuel-cell expertise, gained through building and supply cells for the French military among other clients, to the development of hydrogen fuel-cell powered bikes. Based in Biarritz, France, Pragma has already secured 60 orders for the hydrogen bikes from French municipalities such as Saint Lo, Cherbourg, Chambery and Bayonne....

What Should We Make Of Ford’s New Claim That It Will Release 40 Electrified Models By 2022?

Jan 17, 2018: Hot on the heels of the announcement that Ford will be releasing new diesel truck models in the US — as a means of lowering official overall fleet fuel economy ratings, and thus keeping in line with regulations — Ford execs at the Detroit Auto Show have revealed that the company will be investing $11 billion into electrified vehicles by…