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Feb 18, 2018

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Australia Risks Missing Out On Lithium Battery Boom

Feb 18, 2018: Australia must act quickly and decisively to take advantage of its leading position in the global lithium resources market, or risk missing out on what could be a $2 trillion value supply chain, a new report has warned…

How Tesla Redefines The Auto Business

Feb 18, 2018: Tesla’s original mission was to electrify the world’s transportation system. Along the way, that expanded into a reboot of the entire automotive industry. By the time it’s all over, Tesla will have redefined not just the way cars are fueled, but the way they are designed, manufactured, marketed and sold…

Tesla’s Big Battery In Oz Now Has Its Own Widget Showing Charging & Discharging

Feb 18, 2018: The response to the Tesla big battery has been so immense that the owners and operators of what is known officially to the market as the Hornsdale Power Reserve have published a widget to enable the operations of the facility to be monitored…

What Are Elon Musk’s Ultimate Goals? Overview Of Tesla & SpaceX Plans

Feb 17, 2018: What's the ultimate goal of Elon Musk? As some would have it, he's a money grubber who only exists because of government "subsidies" (presumably a reference to the federal EV tax credit, which is open to consumers buying electric cars from any auto manufactures, and to California's air pollution reduction programs). As others would have it, he's a savior of the world who will "colonize" Mars and transition the world away from fossil fuels…

Will New Nissan LEAF Be #1 Best Selling Car In Norway This Year?

Feb 17, 2018: The 2018 Nissan LEAF is flying out of showrooms in Norway so fast, it may become the best selling car in the country this year. Not best selling electric car. Best selling of all.

Tesla In Talks To Supply Battery Storage To Con Edison

Feb 17, 2018: Tesla is teaming with Orange & Rockland Utilities, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, to test the effectiveness of grid scale battery storage systems for selected commercial and industrial customers. If successful, this could lead to a major new source of business for Tesla.

Renault Pushing For Carlos Ghosn To Stay On Another 4 Years As CEO, Seek Deeper Ties With Nissan

Feb 17, 2018: In contrast to earlier expectations that he would vacate his position as CEO at Renault and move into a chairman role for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, the board of directors at Renault has asked Carlos Ghosn to stay on another 4 years, it's been reported…

Elon Promises Safety Upgrades After Model 3 Suffers Severe Crash Using Autopilot

Feb 17, 2018: A driver and his passenger have walked away from a high speed crash in a Tesla Model 3. But why did the car not bring itself to a halt before it rammed itself into a fire engine?

Rooftop Solar Lowers Peak Electricity Demand In Australian Heatwave

Feb 17, 2018: Households and businesses played a key role in reducing peak demand and capping wholesale electricity costs in South Australia last month, with data showing that rooftop solar played a major role in reducing and deferring demand peaks in the midst of the heatwave…

Corbyn Avoids Real Choices with Call for Nationalization of Energy

Feb 17, 2018: Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for the nationalization of the UK energy industry in order to deliver the transition to a low-carbon economy. That may sound radical and ambitious, writes Karel Beckman, editor-in-chief of Energy Post, but it is not a solution at all. According to Beckman, the Labour Leader is shirking the responsibility […] The post Corbyn Avoids Real Choices with Call for Nationalization of Energy appeared first on The Energy Collective.

China: Should Tesla Stay Or Go?

Feb 17, 2018: A new report throws another factor into the Tesla factory in China mix. If Tesla builds cars there, must it equip them with batteries made in China, too?

World’s #1 Renewable Energy Installer, NextEra, Powers On With Renewables Despite Trump

Feb 17, 2018: Originally published on RenewEconomy By Simon Nicholas  The best-performing electricity utility in the USA is also the world’s biggest installer of renewables. Despite the current Presidential regime’s attempts to defend the coal industry, the U.S. is home to a utility breaking world records for renewable energy development. NextEra Energy Inc. is a major American electricity generator with 47 GW [&hellip…

Arizona Could Implement Huge Energy Storage Mandate, Aim For 80% Renewables By 2050

Feb 17, 2018: As US president Donald Trump throws his support behind “beautiful clean coal,” the American state of Arizona — a Republican Party stronghold — is poised to take the lead on energy storage in the country as it tosses up whether to impose an 80% clean energy target by…

Australia’s First Solar Farm Co-Located With Wind Formally Opened

Feb 17, 2018: Australia’s first large-scale solar farm co-located with a wind farm was formally opened this month, the first of more than a dozen projects likely to follow suit within the next few years…

Powershop Australia “Stunned” By Low Prices In Solar + Wind Purchase

Feb 16, 2018: The ambitious renewable energy-focused power retailer Powershop Australia has signed a huge deal for the output of a 200MW solar farm and two big wind farms, after being “stunned” by the low prices offered after it went to the market for proposals last year…

Your shampoo and deodorant are as bad for you as car exhaust

Feb 16, 2018: That stuff you use to get ready in the morning? It could be as bad for your health and the planet as car pollution. A new study shows that half of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in our air may come from products like shampoo, perfume, deodorant, as well as household products like paint, bleach and pesticides. Every time you wash your hair, paint your house, spray your hair, put on deoderant or paint your nails, you are making the air quality in your home and city worse - not to mention the...

Dreamy cabin is the perfect lakeside escape for large families

Feb 16, 2018: Montreal-based YH2 Architecture has given the traditional lakeside cottage a modern refresh in Window on the Lake, a minimalist timber cabin that derives its name from its stunning glazed end wall. Located just steps away from the shores of Lac Plaisant in Quebec’s Mauricie region, the gabled dwelling features a clean and minimalist design so as not to detract from its surroundings. The spacious family cottage sleeps up to 12 across two floors. Built of timber inside and out, Window...

300 artificial islands in Dubai, 'The World,' may get another chance

Feb 16, 2018: The World, an archipelago of 300 artificial countries planned for Dubai, met an untimely end right before the 2008 financial crisis. But construction is underway once again. The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright reported, "After a decade in limbo, The World is back - with more ambitious plans than ever before." Related: Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons (1,2,3)…

BioAmber Gets Little Love From Investors on Valentine’s Day

Feb 16, 2018: by Debra Fiakas Management of sustainable chemical developer BioAmber (BIOA:  NYSE; BIOA:  TSX) have not been feeling much love from the capital markets.  The BioAmber team just wants some consideration for its proprietary platform for production of bio-based succinic acid.  Historically succinic acid has been produced from fossil fuel and sold as an intermediate input for use […] The post BioAmber Gets Little Love From Investors on Valentine’s Day appeared first on Alternative Energy Stocks.

This company makes leggings with biodegradable, compostable fabric

Feb 16, 2018: Have you ever heard the words 'biodegradable' and 'compostable' associated with activewear? Fitness company Aqua Vida offers leggings and shorts made with Amni Soul Eco fabric that is 100 percent recyclable and reusable - and in an anaerobic landfill or compost heap, will decompose in less than three years. Related: + Aqua Vida + Aqua Vida Sustainability Via…

Wooden home designed to withstand extreme weather assembled in just two days

Feb 16, 2018: Related: + Borren Staalenhoef Architecten BV bna Via Archdaily Het Kulkje Vlieland, Borren Staalenhoef Architecten BV bna,…

Breast cancer spread connected to amino acid in asparagus

Feb 16, 2018: Scientists have linked the spread of the disease breast cancer to a compound that's in asparagus and several other foods, The Guardian reported. Studies with mice reveals asparagine drives the advance of the cancer, and when they reduced asparagine in creatures with breast cancer, the amount of "secondary tumors in other tissues" dropped.

New tech for commercial Lithium-ion batteries finds they can be charged 5 times fast

Feb 16, 2018: Researchers have developed a new direct, precise test of Lithium-ion batteries' internal temperatures and their electrodes potentials and found that the batteries can be safely charged up to five times faster than the current recommended charging limits.

Hidden talents: Converting heat into electricity with pencil and paper

Feb 16, 2018: Thermoelectric materials can use thermal differences to generate electricity. Now there is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way of producing them with the simplest of components: a normal pencil, photocopy paper, and conductive paint are sufficient to convert a temperature difference into electricity via the thermoelectric effect.

Bringing a hidden superconducting state to light

Feb 16, 2018: Using high-intensity pulses of infrared light, scientists found evidence of superconductivity associated with charge 'stripes' in a material above the temperature at which it begins to transmit electricity without resistance -- a finding that could help them design better high-temperature superconductors.

Even without the clean power plan, US can achieve Paris Agreement emissions reductions

Feb 16, 2018: Researchers have calculated that the US can meet -- or even beat -- the near-term carbon dioxide emission reductions required by the United Nations Paris Agreement, despite the Trump Administration's withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP).

Pepsi launches new drink option with reusable bottle

Feb 16, 2018: Soda is struggling — sales of non-diet soda have dropped by over 25 percent during the last 20 years, according to Co.Design. PepsiCo is trying something new: an product they're calling Drinkfinity with reusable, BPA-free bottles. Users mix the contents of ingredient Pods into water to create beverages Drinkfinity's website boasts are "unapologetically less sweet."…

Hywind Scotland, World’s First Floating Wind Farm, Performing Better Than Expected

Feb 16, 2018: The world's first floating wind farm, the 30 megawatt Hywind Scotland, is outperforming expectations and operating at levels consistently above that of its seabound offshore brethren, according to project developer Statoil. …

US Renewables Account For 18% Of Energy Mix, Hot On The Heels Of Nuclear

Feb 16, 2018: Renewable energy deployment grew at a near-record pace in 2017, increasing by 14% to account for 18% of total US electricity generation, double its contribution a decade ago, and bringing it hot on the heels of the nation's nuclear energy fleet, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance's new Sustainable Energy in America Factbook 2018. …

EVBox & IBC Solar Partnering For Solar + EV Charging Stations

Feb 16, 2018: The elective vehicle charging solutions firm EVBox will be partnering with the solar photovoltaic solutions firm IBC Solar on the deployment of integrated solar energy + electric vehicle charging point solutions.

The Netherlands plans 26,910-square-foot floating solar farm at sea

Feb 16, 2018: Around 26,910 square feet of floating solar panels could provide clean energy for the Netherlands.

One of the last remaining communities still farming like the Aztecs

Feb 16, 2018: The village of San Gregorio Atlapulco is one of the only remaining communities that farms in the Aztec-era agricultural tradition. Located in Mexico City’s Xochimilco municipality, San Gregorio Atlapulco is home to vast fields known as chinampas, small islands which are connected by canals used for irrigation and transportation of crops and labor. Tenochtitlan, the Aztec island capital located in the middle of the Lake of Texcoco, was once fed by an integrated, complex system of chinampas....

Gorgeous timber home in the UK blends local vernacular with sustainable design

Feb 16, 2018: Related: The main superstructure is formed of a highly-insulated Timber frame with larch cladding fixed externally and internally. An air source Heat pump combined with Solar Thermal panels provides all hot water and heating needs. Wastewater is treated in a new onsite Bio Disk Treatment plant. All windows and Doors are either triple and double glazed units in a timber and aluminium composite frame. + RX Architects Photography by Ashley Gendek RX Architects, Chalfront Residence,...

"We are not prepared" for climate changescientists issue bleak warning

Feb 16, 2018: Researchers have determined that countries around the world are failing to fulfill their greenhouse gas reduction commitments under the Paris climate agreement, inevitably subjecting the world to unpredictable extreme weather. In a study published in the journal Science Advances, …

100% Renewable Electricity Worldwide Is A New Cost-Effective Reality

Feb 16, 2018: A first of its kind study simulating a global electricity system based entirely on renewable energy on an hourly basis throughout a whole year shows that the existing renewable energy potential and technologies, including storage, are able to generate sufficient and secure power supply worldwide by 2050.

Green-roofed house blends beautifully into a Mediterranean landscape

Feb 16, 2018: Giuseppe Gurrieri Studio completed a beautiful new home for artists in Sicily complements its Mediterranean environment using natural materials and landscaping. The home, called Casa ECS, was also created with a major focus on sustainability. Powered by renewable energy, the building is topped with a green roof and built with thick earthen walls that ensure effective insulation. . Located in the town of Scicli, the 230-square-meter Casa ECS is set atop a series of terraces that gently...

1st “Gas Free” Suburb In Australian Capital Territory, Part Of 100% Renewable Energy Goal

Feb 16, 2018: The Australian Capital Territory is to trial its first “gas-free” suburb as part of the next step in its push for 100% renewable energy in the nation’s capital…

Physical Oil Markets Don’t Lie: Is Another Crash Likely?

Feb 16, 2018: Oil prices are falling and analysts and market players are as eager as ever to explain the decline in accordance with their own bullish or bearish leanings. It’s a natural correction that was only to be expected after the buildup of long bets on crude oil and oil product futures, the bulls insist. It’s the […] The post Physical Oil Markets Don’t Lie: Is Another Crash Likely? appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Cheap Renewables Are Transforming the Global Electricity Business

Feb 16, 2018: Renewables are not yet the least costly option in every market, writes Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies Australasia at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), but the pace of change demonstrates that a tipping point toward a new energy economy is coming, and fast. Article courtesy IEEFA. Records were smashed in […] The post Cheap Renewables Are Transforming the Global Electricity Business appeared first on The Energy Collective.

The Proposed Federal Budget: Friday the 13th, Part 2

Feb 16, 2018: The Trump administration’s proposed budget for energy efficiency is a bad sequel to the slash-and-burn budget it proposed last year. It would cut to pieces many effective energy efficiency programs. Like last year’s budget proposed, it would eliminate help for low-income families and seniors from the Weatherization Assistance Program, and help for states and emergency […] The post The Proposed Federal Budget: Friday the 13th, Part 2 appeared first on The Energy Collective.

What Energy Utilities Can Learn from Kodak When It Comes to Digitalization

Feb 16, 2018: Utilities might want to take a closer look at what happened to Kodak in the past: Kodak had developed a digital camera in 1975 and filed a patent in 1978 which was the basis for the digital camera market as we know it today. (Estrin 2015) First, Kodak did not believe in this technology (who […] The post What Energy Utilities Can Learn from Kodak When It Comes to Digitalization appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Utilities Continue to Increase Spending on Transmission Infrastructure

Feb 16, 2018: Spending on infrastructure to deliver power to homes and businesses has increased steadily over the past 10 years as utilities build, upgrade, and replace station equipment, poles, fixtures, and overhead lines and devices. Based on information compiled from utility reports to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)—filed by utilities representing about 70% of total U.S. […] The post Utilities Continue to Increase Spending on Transmission Infrastructure appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Report Reveals Pollution Transparency Problems for Majority of New Mexico’s Energy Companies

Feb 16, 2018: Much is known about the methane pollution coming from New Mexico’s oil and gas industry. Scientists studying methane emissions have found the nation’s most concentrated cloud of methane shrouding the state’s San Juan Basin. And since methane is the primary components of natural gas, we know the state’s operators are wasting hundreds of millions of […] The post Report Reveals Pollution Transparency Problems for Majority of New Mexico’s Energy Companies appeared first on The Energy Collective.

No one knows why these bees build incredible spiraling hives

Feb 16, 2018: Caution: after what you are about to see, you may never be satisfied with your run-of-the-mill honeycomb again. That's because these design-savvy bees weren't content to live in generic boxes like most bees, so they made their hives look like something that could have come out of the mind of Zaha Hadid herself. Known as sugarbag bees (Tetragonula carbonaria), the insects live in Australia and create an unusual single-layer spiraling hive that is completely unlike the traditional flat beehive....

Peru protects one of world's last great untouched forests

Feb 16, 2018: In collaboration with local and international conservation groups, the Peruvian government has established Yaguas National Park in the country's far eastern territory, in which millions of acres of pristine rainforest will be permanently protected. “This is a place where the forest stretches to the horizon,” Corine Vriesendorp, a conservation ecologist at The Field Museum in Chicago, told the New York Times. “This is one of the last great intact forests on the globe.” The forest is so massive...

One in four of world's largest cities under water stress

Feb 16, 2018: Cape Town, South Africa is rapidly approaching what has been called "Day Zero," the moment when the diverse metropolitan area of nearly 4 million runs out of clean drinking water. While Cape Town has taken drastic measures to conserve water, it is simply not enough to avoid the imminent crisis. With Cape Town in the news, it's important to understand which other major cities around the world are also at risk. Lack of water is truly a global problem; one in four of the world's largest cities are currently...

Japanese builder unveils plans for worlds tallest timber skyscraper in Tokyo

Feb 16, 2018: Japanese builder and developer Sumitomo Forestry has unveiled designs for the world’s tallest timber skyscraper in the heart of Tokyo. Designed by Nikken Sekkei, the 1,148-foot-tall wooden tower will form part of the W350 Project, a mixed-use environmentally friendly development that the firms aim to complete in 2041 to mark Sumitomo’s 350th anniversary. The company says these steel-and-timber structures will help “transform the city into a forest.” Early renderings of the...

Graphene filter made out of soybeans makes water from Sydney Harbor drinkable

Feb 15, 2018: Imagine if we could create clean water from any freshwater source - no matter how dirty - in just one step. Australian scientists have done just that with a filtration technique that utilizes graphene film. It's so effective that even the filthiest water was clean enough to drink after passing through the filter.