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Sep 22, 2017

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$10 Million Pledged To Build Fast Charging Network In New York City

Sep 22, 2017: New York City will spend $10 million to construct 50 fast charging hubs throughout the city, each with up to 20 fast charging stations. $10 Million Pledged To Build Fast Charging Network In New York City was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Mercedes To Bump Electric Car Investment In US By $1 Billion, Expand Partnership With BYD

Sep 22, 2017: Mercedes is expanding its investment in electric car and battery production facilities in the US and increasing its cooperation with BYD in China Mercedes To Bump Electric Car Investment In US By $1 Billion, Expand Partnership With BYD was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

How termites draw on solar power for climate control

Sep 22, 2017: Termite mounds could hold clues into passive climate control, according to new research. Seven scientists scrutinized African termite mounds to see how they keep their homes cool in the sun and also maintain a uniform concentration of carbon dioxide. Researchers have looked at south Asian termite mounds in the past, but as those are often more shaded, uncovering the secrets of African termite mounds could lead to new building ideas.

Astronomers observe an object in space unlike anything they've seen before

Sep 22, 2017: Space is full of oddities, but astronomers were recently able to observe a type of object we've never found anything like. 288P is a binary asteroid - or two asteroids orbiting each other - that has the features of a comet, like a long tail and bright coma, or cloud of dust and gas surrounding a comet's nucleus. It is the first binary asteroid we've ever found that can also be classified as a comet. Related:…

Nicaragua joins Paris Accord, leaving the US and Syria as lone dissenters

Sep 22, 2017:   A big wake-up call is coming for President Trump, now that Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has plans to sign the Paris Accord. In December of 2015, nearly 200 countries signed the Paris Climate Agreement to reduce global greenhouse emissions and prevent climate change from worsening. Despite receiving counsel on the decision, US President Trump refused to enter into the agreement because he believes climate change is a “hoax” invented by the Chinese. As a result, the US and war-torn...

Innogy Planning To Spend Up To $1.2 Billion On E-Mobility, Solar PV, & Glass Fibre Networks By 2019

Sep 22, 2017: The German firm Innogy is now planning to spend up to €1.2 billion on e-mobility, photovoltaics and glass fibre networks by the year 2019, according to a recent public statement on the matter Innogy Planning To Spend Up To $1.2 Billion On E-Mobility, Solar PV, & Glass Fibre Networks By 2019 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Soaring timber tower could clean up contaminated water in NYC's Central Park

Sep 22, 2017: Related: "Aside from supplying water to the pool and Harlem Meer, the Reservoir sits stagnant and fenced off due to its current state as a health threat to millions of New Yorkers, tourists and animals," said DFA. "DFA envisions a temporary landmark that is remarkably of its time to creatively transform the reservoir into one of New York's boldest urban amenities," said studio founder Laith Sayigh. "This conceptual project pushes the boundaries of what we perceive is possible in a city as...

Puerto Rico could be without electricity for months due to Hurricane Maria

Sep 22, 2017:   Last Saturday, a Category 4 hurricane named Maria pummeled Puerto Rico. Hundreds of homes and businesses were destroyed by the 155 mph winds, and the entire island was left in a total blackout. After a natural disaster such as this, residents would usually go about their lives and pick up the pieces along the way. Due to the island's poor infrastructure, economic woes and the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, however, it may be months before millions of people have access to...

Is The UK Really Planning To Approve “Mini Nuclear Reactor” Rollout?

Sep 22, 2017: It was reported last week in The Telegraph that ministers in the UK were "ready" to approve the rapid development and testing of a fleet of "mini nuclear reactors" — to be used as baseload capacity and meant to make up for older soon-to-be-decommissioned nuclear facilities Is The UK Really Planning To Approve “Mini Nuclear Reactor” Rollout? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

L3Pilot Self-Driving Vehicle Research Project Launched In Wolfsburg

Sep 22, 2017: The L3Pilot self-driving vehicle tech research project — backed by a broad consortium of Europe-based firms and operating under the management of Volkswagen Group — recently launched in Wolfsburg, Germany L3Pilot Self-Driving Vehicle Research Project Launched In Wolfsburg was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Nouvelle AOM wins competition to give Paris' Tour Montparnasse a massive green makeover

Sep 22, 2017: French architectural consortium of Nouvelle AOM has just been chosen to redesign Paris' historic Tour Montparnasse. The winning design includes a modern makeover for the historic tower that includes cladding the building in a transparent shell and adding a vegetated forest that will improve the air quality around the tower. https://youtu.be/pMFQKyeL_IU The 689-foot Tour Montparnasse was completed in 1973, and was France's tallest skyscraper until 2011. There is a lot of history behind...

AEye Completes Live Demo Of 360 Degree Solid State LiDAR System

Sep 22, 2017: The robotic vision tech company AEye has successfully completed a live demo of its solid-state commercial LiDAR system (with 360° vehicle coverage) in a metropolitan setting, according to a new press release AEye Completes Live Demo Of 360 Degree Solid State LiDAR System was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The cost of solar power has dropped over 25% in one year

Sep 22, 2017: The revolution continues and solar energy is leading the charge. In a recently published report, the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratories documented that the cost of utility-scale solar, in contrast to residential solar,…

A123 Systems Puts Money Into Solid-State Battery Firm Solid Power

Sep 22, 2017: The lithium-ion battery technology firm A123 Systems has invested an unspecified amount of money into the solid-state battery tech developer Solid Power Inc, according to recent reports A123 Systems Puts Money Into Solid-State Battery Firm Solid Power was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The Future Of Germany’s Energy Transition Policy: An Interview With Patrick Graichen, Director Of Agora Energiewende

Sep 22, 2017: We are on the eve of the German election. We thought this was a perfect time to interview one of the main actors of the Energiewende: Patrick Graichen, the Director of Agora Energiewende, a think tank and policy laboratory that develops scientifically based and politically feasible approaches for ensuring the success of the German energy transition The Future Of Germany’s Energy Transition Policy: An Interview With Patrick Graichen, Director Of Agora Energiewende was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Geothermal-powered Lake Austin Home is tuned in to nature

Sep 22, 2017: Local studio A Parallel Architecture designed the award-winning Lake Austin Residence, a beautiful luxury home that derives inspiration from nature. Despite its large 6,750-square-foot size and horizontal footprint, the contemporary house achieves a sense of lightness thanks to ample full-height glazing and limestone massing. The energy-efficient dwelling offers geothermal climate control, as well as onsite waste treatment and water collection. Spread out across two stories, the Lake...

Solar-powered Cottage in the Vineyard puts a modern spin on rural architecture

Sep 22, 2017: Ramón Esteve Estudio completed a minimalist mono-pitched dwelling that blends into its agricultural backdrop yet still catches the eye with its modern design. Located in the rural outskirts of Valencia, Spain, the Cottage in the Vineyard was designed to perfectly integrate into the landscape and features full-height glazing to blur the lines of indoor/outdoor living. The home also sits lightly on the landscape with its use of solar panels, natural insulation, energy-efficient lighting, and rainwater...

Why Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Won’t Lead to Action on Climate Change

Sep 22, 2017: It’s not easy to hold the nation’s attention for long, but three solid weeks of record-smashing hurricanes directly affecting multiple states and at least 20 million people will do it. Clustered disasters hold our attention in ways that singular events cannot — they open our minds to the possibility that these aren’t just accidents or natural phenomena to be painfully endured. […] The post Why Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Won’t Lead to Action on Climate Change appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Hurricane Irma Cut Power to Nearly Two-Thirds of Florida’s Electricity Customers

Sep 22, 2017: Hurricane Irma struck Florida on September 10, 2017, and knocked out power to 6.7 million electricity customers—64% of all customer accounts in the state—according to reports compiled by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. About 100,000 customers (1% of the state total) remained without power as of September 19. The count of customers reflects the number […] The post Hurricane Irma Cut Power to Nearly Two-Thirds of Florida’s Electricity Customers appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Kerry Emanuel: This Year’s Hurricanes Are a Taste of the Future

Sep 22, 2017: In a detailed talk about the history and the underlying physics of hurricanes and tropical cyclones, MIT Professor Kerry Emanuel yesterday explained why climate change will cause such storms to become much stronger and reach peak intensity further north, heightening their potential impacts on human lives in coming years. Climate scientist describes physics behind expected […] The post Kerry Emanuel: This Year’s Hurricanes Are a Taste of the Future appeared first on The Energy Collective.

On Eve of Michigan Mobility Conference, a Flurry of EV Charging Activity

Sep 22, 2017: The usually sleepy month of August saw a flurry of activity around the build-out of plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Duke Energy entered into a settlement agreement that, if approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, would result in the creation of an $8 million EV charging program.  A settlement was also reached in […] The post On Eve of Michigan Mobility Conference, a Flurry of EV Charging Activity appeared first on The Energy Collective.

World’s Largest Tesla Supercharger Facility Coming To Shanghai, China

Sep 21, 2017: Tesla is busy installing 1000 Superchargers throughout China. The largest Supercharger installation in the world is now under construction in Shanghai. World’s Largest Tesla Supercharger Facility Coming To Shanghai, China was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

High Risk That Temperatures Could Exceed Thermal Survival Limits For Many Fish Species By 2070, Study Finds

Sep 21, 2017: Anthropogenic climate warming could lead to water temperatures in some parts of the world exceeding the thermal survival limits of the fish species living there now, according to new research from the University of Washington. High Risk That Temperatures Could Exceed Thermal Survival Limits For Many Fish Species By 2070, Study Finds was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Florida residents prohibited from using solar energy after Hurricane Irma

Sep 21, 2017: Millions of Florida residents lost power after Hurricane Irma. But homeowners with solar energy installations couldn't use them - or they'd be breaking the law. Florida's electricity board made it illegal for people to power their houses with solar panels. Related:…

Off-grid Lake House escapes the Texan heat with minimal landscape impact

Sep 21, 2017: There’s nothing quite like taking a cool dip in a lake on a hot summer’s day. The lucky owners of the Lake House get to escape the brutal Texan heat with laps in Lake Austin thanks to their off-grid boathouse. American studio Andersson-Wise Architects designed the two-story boathouse that operates off the grid and exerts minimal impact on the environment. Created as part of a residential estate, the Lake House in Austin is a boathouse set a half-mile away from the main residence...

New waterproof solar cell generates power even after it gets soaked

Sep 21, 2017: A new solar cell could go through the laundry and emerge still working. The photovoltaic cell, developed by Japanese company RIKEN and the University of Tokyo, is ultra thin and coated on both sides with waterproof and stretchable films. The solar cell can be stretched or compressed or washed and continue to work. The innovation could offer a breakthrough in wearables powered by solar cells. Related: This carbon nanotube yarn generates power when pulled Via RIKEN and TreeHugger Images...

Grow your own mushroom lamp with this brilliant DIY kit

Sep 21, 2017: Related: + Grow Kickstarter + Ecovative Design + MushLume Lighting Collection Grow-It-Yourself Lamp Kickstarter, Ecovative Design, MushLume Lighting Collection, Danielle Trofe, mushroom mycelium, lamp design, mushroom lamps, diy lamps, natural lamps, eco lamps, eco interior design, sustainable lamps, Grow Lamp kit, eco-friendly goods, diy gardening, shroom lamps, mycelium technology, earth-compatible products…

Mathematics, Mass Extinction, Climate Change, & The Threshold Of Catastrophe

Sep 21, 2017: New research has identified what are called "thresholds of catastrophe" in the carbon cycle. These are concentrations of carbon dioxide which, if exceeded, lead to an unstable environment, climate change, and mass extinctions Mathematics, Mass Extinction, Climate Change, & The Threshold Of Catastrophe was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Schmidt Hammer Lassen breaks ground on LEED Gold-seeking incubator in Shanghai

Sep 21, 2017: A striking new high-tech building in Shanghai is going for gold—LEED Gold, that is. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects just broke ground on the new CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters, an incubator for high-tech firms designed for LEED Gold certification. Engineered for climate control, the boxy green-roofed center will mitigate Shanghai’s muggy summers and bone-chilling winters with its stacked and staggered massing. Located east of downtown Shanghai near Hongqiao Airport, the...

Xcel Has Room For Renewable Generation On Its Minnesota Grid. So Where Is It?

Sep 21, 2017: Determining exactly how much local renewable generation can reach Xcel Energy customers in Minnesota hinges in part on how many of these projects the existing grid can accommodate. To that end, the state’s Public Utilities Commission compelled the utility last year to report on more than 1,000 “feeders” delivering electricity to homes and businesses across its Twin Cities service territory Xcel Has Room For Renewable Generation On Its Minnesota Grid. So Where Is It? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

New York City to install around 1,000 fast-chargers for EVs

Sep 21, 2017: New York City aims to majorly expand their electric vehicle (EV) charging network with a $10 million investment. They recently introduced a plan to bring 50 fast-charging hubs to the city by 2020 - and each hub could have 20 chargers. The city hopes to encourage more people to buy EVs, with the goal that by 2025, 20 percent of new car registrations will be electric cars. Related: Germany unveils plans for the world's largest EV charging station Starting next year, the city will work...

Yingli Green Ships Record 1,146.6 Megawatts In Q2 But Reports Significant Losses

Sep 21, 2017: Yingli Green Energy, also known as Yingli Solar, published its second quarter earnings report this week, and its again good news mixed with bad, with record shipments of 1,146.6 MW but increasing net and operating losses.  Yingli Green Ships Record 1,146.6 Megawatts In Q2 But Reports Significant Losses was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

San Francisco & Oakland’s Lawsuit Against 5 Oil Companies — More Depth & Context

Sep 21, 2017: San Francisco and Oakland have sued 5 oil companies, asking them to pay into a fund to indemnify the cities against the cost of combating rising sea levels. San Francisco & Oakland’s Lawsuit Against 5 Oil Companies — More Depth & Context was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

New analysis explains role of defects in metal oxides

Sep 21, 2017: Researchers have determined formulas to guide development of a promising new high-tech material, composed of insulating metal oxides known as alkaline-earth-metal binary oxides, that could lead to better computer memory chips, refrigeration systems, and other devices.

China Halting Major Project Development In Areas Of High Pollution

Sep 21, 2017: As part of its bid to reduce dangerously high air pollution levels, authorities in China will be instituting a halt to "major project" development in areas of high pollution, the country's official news service Xinhua has reported China Halting Major Project Development In Areas Of High Pollution was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Futuristic floating bubble car wins London design competition

Sep 21, 2017: Renault and Central Saint Martins, UAL have teamed up to develop the car of the future as part of a design competition. The challenge in the competition was for the students of MA Industrial Design to think about the future of autonomous, modular car design, and how infrastructure and services might support it. The concepts will be shown at Designjunction 2017, which runs from September 21-24. Renault is a partner in the competition, since it is eager to develop the technologies of the...

Total Expands Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Businesses With Recent Acquisitions

Sep 21, 2017: French multinational oil and gas company Total has announced two separate acquisitions this week which will serve to expand both its renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses, acquiring an indirect interest in French renewable energy company EREN RE, and acquiring French energy efficiency company GreenFlex.  Total Expands Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Businesses With Recent Acquisitions was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

San Francisco & Oakland Sue 5 Oil Companies For Role In Climate Warming & Rising Seas

Sep 21, 2017: The cities of San Francisco and Oakland in California have filed separate lawsuits against 5 of the largest oil companies in the world for the roles played by those companies in anthropogenic climate warming and rising sea levels, public documents have revealed San Francisco & Oakland Sue 5 Oil Companies For Role In Climate Warming & Rising Seas was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

GM To Buy 200 Megawatts Of Wind Energy For Ohio & Indiana Facilities

Sep 21, 2017: US automotive behemoth GM has announced it will purchase 200 MW worth of wind energy to meet 100% of the electricity needs of its Ohio and Indiana manufacturing facilities.  GM To Buy 200 Megawatts Of Wind Energy For Ohio & Indiana Facilities was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

UNEP chief: Polluters should pay for environmental destruction, not taxpayers

Sep 21, 2017: Many companies profit from environmental destruction, leaving taxpayers to pick up the bill. That shouldn't be the case, according to Erik Solheim, executive director for the United Nations Environment Program. At a conference at Columbia University earlier this week, he said, "The profit of destroying nature or polluting the planet is nearly always privatized, while the costs of polluting the planet or the cost of destroying ecosystems is nearly always socialized. This cannot continue." ...

Astonishing time limit for ultrafast perovskite solar cells set

Sep 21, 2017: Researchers have quantified the astonishingly high speeds at which future solar cells would have to operate in order to stretch what are presently seen as natural limits on their energy conversion efficiency.

New Antarctic farm will grow produce despite temperatures of -100 degrees F

Sep 21, 2017:   Imagine having to go months without an adequate supply of fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables. Scientists based in Antarctica know this struggle, which is why engineers at the German Aerospace Center (GAC) are building a high-tech, 135 square-foot indoor farm that can grow an abundance of produce — even when temperatures are -100 degrees Fahrenheit outside.   The only way to transport food to McMurdo, the US station where the majority of researcher stay, is by plane or ship. Most...

Trump Admin. Pitches Seaweed For Biofuel-Powered Car Of The Future

Sep 21, 2017: Despite the President's happy talk about oil and gas, his own Energy Dept. foresees replacing them with renewables including a big dose of seaweed biofuel Trump Admin. Pitches Seaweed For Biofuel-Powered Car Of The Future was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla Delivers First 50 Of 200 Model S & Model X Vehicles To UAE For Use As Taxis, Eventually Autonomous Taxis

Sep 21, 2017: Tesla has now delivered the first 50 of the 200 Model S sedans and Model X SUVs that were ordered as part of a deal with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that is intended to eventually lead to the deployment of an autonomous taxi fleet, as we reported a couple of months back Tesla Delivers First 50 Of 200 Model S & Model X Vehicles To UAE For Use As Taxis, Eventually Autonomous Taxis was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Football helmet smartfoam signals potential concussions in real time, study suggests

Sep 21, 2017: While football-related concussions have been top of mind in recent years, people have struggled to create technology to accurately measure them in real time. Engineers have now developed and tested a nano composite smartfoam that can be placed inside a football helmet (and pads) to more accurately test the impact and power of hits.

Ericsson's new mixed-reality platform envisions urban design in "real life"

Sep 21, 2017: Ericsson has created a new mixed-reality platform that allows users to envision urban design projects in space. Teaming up with UN-Habitat, Johannesburg Development Agency and WITS University as part of a community project called Building the Public City Through Public Space, the Swedish telecommunications company recently tested their prototype in Braamfontein, South Africa during the Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival. Albeit still very much in its early development phase, the technology...

Astronomers discover that exoplanet WASP-12b is "darker than asphalt"

Sep 21, 2017: Astronomers discovered the exoplanet WASP-12b in 2008, and since then it's become one of the exoplanets we've best studied. But a recent discovery - that the planet reflects almost no light - could change what we had guessed about WASP-12b's atmosphere. Lead author Taylor Bell, a master's student at McGill University, described the exoplanet as darker than fresh asphalt. Related:…

A Pragmatic Proposal for Supplier Compensation

Sep 21, 2017: The European Commission has proposed that independent aggregators should not be required anymore to pay compensation to suppliers, as is the case in many EU member states today. According to Philip Baker of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) this proposal should be supported, as it will improve the flexibility of the market and lead to […] The post A Pragmatic Proposal for Supplier Compensation appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Stimulating Demand Response by Forbidding Supplier Compensation Is Neither Fair Nor Efficient

Sep 21, 2017: The European Commission has proposed a general framework for independent aggregators in its new draft Electricity Directive to incentivise the development of Demand Response in Europe. According to the Commission, aggregators should not be required to compensate suppliers for the electricity sourced and only exceptionally for the imbalances induced.But a new study carried out by independent experts […] The post Stimulating Demand Response by Forbidding Supplier Compensation Is Neither Fair Nor Efficient appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Is Big Oil Going Green?

Sep 21, 2017: Oil supermajors rank among the biggest polluters in the world—a hardly surprising fact. In recent years, however, Big Oil has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions, in what may come as a surprising fact about the dirtiest industry globally. The post, Is Big Oil Going Green?, was first published on OilPrice.com. By Tsvetana Paraskova The world’s five largest […] The post Is Big Oil Going Green? appeared first on The Energy Collective.