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Aug 20, 2017

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Top Electric Car Countries (Charts)

Aug 19, 2017: Countries worldwide are taking an aggressive stance in order to expedite the transition to electric vehicles. Yet automakers are moving slowly — the Big Three in Detroit are taking a wait-and-see approach with vehicle electrification. And Germany's finest are also dragging their feet. One automaker is leading the way. According to The Telegraph, "Tesla, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, announced that its ‘budget’ Model 3 electric car went on sale earlier this month. This is the first Tesla car targeted for the mass market as it comes with a much more affordable [$35,000 USD] price tag." Top Electric Car Countries (Charts) was originally published on CleanTechnica.

Electric Cars vs Gasmobiles, Technically Speaking (VIDEO)

Aug 19, 2017: Considering the far-reaching cascade of change that is about to be unleashed on human society by the transition from the internal combustion engine to the electric motor, there’s a good case to be made that everyone should have at least a rudimentary understanding of how these two competing forms of propulsion work (many journalists, to say nothing of political and business leaders, are in dire need of a basic primer) Electric Cars vs Gasmobiles, Technically Speaking (VIDEO) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Solar Plants Are Cropping Up On Farms

Aug 19, 2017: If the United States wants to kick its coal habit, it will need to install a lot more solar power. That raises an important question: Where should all those panels reside? They could always go live on a farm upstate. Solar Plants Are Cropping Up On Farms was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The Economist Announces The Death Of The ICE (Finally)

Aug 19, 2017: The most recent cover story in The Economist announces, "The death of the internal combustion engine... it had a good run. But the end is in sight." In a remarkable account, The Economist reports that the internal combustion engine's "days are numbered. Rapid gains in battery technology favour electric motors instead. ... Today’s electric cars, powered by lithium-ion batteries, can do much better." The Economist Announces The Death Of The ICE (Finally) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla Model S 75 & Model X 75 Get Upgrades, & “1 Second Quicker” To 60 MPH

Aug 19, 2017: A recent over the air upgrade has made the Tesla Model S 75 and Model X 75 a full second faster to 60 miles per hour. Tesla Model S 75 & Model X 75 Get Upgrades, & “1 Second Quicker” To 60 MPH was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Consumers Buy Performance, Convenience, & Status, Not Environmentalism

Aug 19, 2017: Walmart founder Sam Walton once said businesses should focus on what customers want and then deliver it. It may sound obvious, but when it comes to eco-friendly consumer goods, it’s taken marketers a while to figure it out. Consumers Buy Performance, Convenience, & Status, Not Environmentalism was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

West Antarctic Ice Sheet May Hide World’s Largest Volcanic Range

Aug 19, 2017: The ice sheets of Antarctica may be hiding the world's largest volcanic range, according to a new study from the University of Edinburgh. The new work discovered around 100 "new" volcanos in the Antarctic region, some of which are as tall as 3,850 meters West Antarctic Ice Sheet May Hide World’s Largest Volcanic Range was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The Climate Crisis Is Already Affecting The Mid-Atlantic

Aug 19, 2017: The climate crisis is already affecting the Mid-Atlantic region. Read about how you can make a difference here. The Climate Crisis Is Already Affecting The Mid-Atlantic was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Australian Wind Energy Continues To Deliver Record Low Prices

Aug 19, 2017: Just three months after Origin Energy stunned the renewables industry with a record low power off-take deal for the 530MW Stockyard Hill Wind Farm in Victoria, AGL Energy has delivered more of the same, securing an off-take price of below $60/MWh through the sale of its 453MW Coopers Gap Wind Farm, between Kingaroy and Dalby in Queensland’s south-east Australian Wind Energy Continues To Deliver Record Low Prices was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

President Trump Has An Oil Problem

Aug 19, 2017: The president promised a surge of jobs and tax revenue from oil. His policies won’t deliver either one President Trump Has An Oil Problem was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

How To: Write Fake EV Press Releases (Template)

Aug 19, 2017: Need to write a press release about some electric vehicle (EV) vaporware? Need to counter another announcement from Tesla? Need to act like you're on the cutting edge of auto tech and the burgeoning car-as-a-service (CaaS) market? Need to fend off the shareholder push to be an electrification leader? Have no fear — an EV press release template is here! How To: Write Fake EV Press Releases (Template) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Darwin Could Be Site Of Australia’s First Battery “Gigafactory”

Aug 19, 2017: Darwin is set to play host to Australia’s very own – and mostly likely it’s first – solar powered battery “giga-factory,” after local renewables outfit Energy Renaissance said it had received support from the Northern Territory government for its proposed 1GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant Darwin Could Be Site Of Australia’s First Battery “Gigafactory” was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Giant Solar Tower + Storage Facility Will Provide All Government Electricity Needs In South Australia

Aug 19, 2017: The South Australia government has contracted the US company SolarReserve to deliver all its power needs, which will be supplied by a 150MW solar tower and molten salt storage facility to be built in the former coal town of Port Augusta. Giant Solar Tower + Storage Facility Will Provide All Government Electricity Needs In South Australia was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

How Solar Thermal + Storage Won On Cost In South Australia

Aug 18, 2017: Originally published on RenewEconomy. By Sophie Vorrath As the South Australian government basks in the glow of procuring a second world-leading and game-changing renewable energy technology project for the state, attention is turning to the finer details of the deal; in particular, how a solar tower power plant with molten salt storage won the government [&hellip How Solar Thermal + Storage Won On Cost In South Australia was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The Legal Challenge To Spain’s Capacity Market Payments Is Well-Founded, Finds IEEFA

Aug 18, 2017: A recent call by two environmental organizations for a formal state aid probe into Spain’s payments subsidizing gas- and coal-fired power plants appears to be well warranted, given multiple breaches of European state aid guidelines The Legal Challenge To Spain’s Capacity Market Payments Is Well-Founded, Finds IEEFA was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Will Renewable Energies Displace Natural Gas?

Aug 18, 2017: Bloomberg’s renewable energy affiliate forecasts that wind and solar power will make major inroads into the global market share of natural gas within a decade. This is a crucially important question for major oil companies who are betting their future on gas Will Renewable Energies Displace Natural Gas? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Carbon Capture & Storage Is Too Expensive For Reducing Power Sector Emissions

Aug 18, 2017: The hope that carbon capture and storage (CCS) can ever play a significant role in the reduction of power sector emissions is misplaced, Carbon Capture & Storage Is Too Expensive For Reducing Power Sector Emissions was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Germany is electrifying part of the autobahn to cut freight emissions

Aug 18, 2017: Semi trucks are massive energy hogs - that's why Germany is helping change that with electric highways. We rely on trucks to get all of the goods we need from one place to another, but all of those semi trucks spew a lot of pollution - at least 12.5 percent of all emissions in the US. So Siemens and the Germany state of Hesse teamed up to create a 10km stretch of eHighway on the autobahn, where trucks can connect overhead electric cables while driving on the road, and move back to diesel power when...

Woman's lost engagement ring found rooted to a carrot - 13 years later

Aug 18, 2017: Via NPR Images via Liz West/Flickr, Shira Gal/Flickr, and Nate Steiner/Flickr…

Greenbuild: The world's biggest green building expo is coming to Boston

Aug 18, 2017: The world's biggest conference dedicated to green building is coming to Boston this November, and you won't want to miss it. The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will bring together experts, professionals and leaders in sustainable building for mind-blowing exhibits, learning activities, a Net Zero zone, and pavilions with the latest in green building technology.

South Korea is building a $10 billion agriculture city in Egypt

Aug 18, 2017: Within six months, an area of 300,000 feddans (non-metric unit) in Egypt will be transformed into an integrated agriculture city by South Korea. The $10 billion deal was signed on Tuesday by Egypt and Korea-Arab Society (KAS). The project will feature 50,000 smart greenhouses in addition to a number of seawater desalination and solar power plants.   Arab Finance reports that the protocol was signed by the General Authority for Reconstruction Projects and Agricultural Development, an affiliate...

Compact OffGridBox provides drinking water and power where it's needed most

Aug 18, 2017: An Italian company has developed a compact solution for communities that lack access to clean drinking water and electricity - the OffGridBox. Measuring 6x6x6 feet, the container box features everything necessary to generate, convert and store solar energy, as well as collect, treat and distribute clean drinking water. But the system does have drawbacks - including a $15,000 price point that's hard to justify in certain corners of the world. Read on to learn how the founders are trying to make their...

Score one of 4 Voltaic Converter solar backpacks in Inhabitats Back to School Contest

Aug 18, 2017: With summer coming to a close, it's back-to-school time for many students and their parents. But it doesn't have to be a drag. We've teamed up with Voltaic to give four lucky readers the chance to win a special backpack as compensation for returning to the studious life. Their brand new solar-powered Converter backpack can charge your laptop and your phone using either solar power or electricity from the grid. It doesn't matter if you're an Apple person or prefer Samsung, this backpack has got you...

Huge circular windows flood Melbourne's Cirqua Apartments with natural light

Aug 18, 2017: Huge circular windows flood the interior of this apartment block in Melbourne with natural light. BKK Architects designed the Cirqua Apartments as a staggered volume that references the region's historical housing type and reinterprets it in a modern way. The block occupies a steeply sloping site in a residential neighborhood in Melbourne. Its exterior is dominated by huge porthole windows that span almost the full height of the six cubes. The openings bring natural light into the interior and...

Woven bamboo pavilion offers shelter to passion fruit farmers in China

Aug 18, 2017: Amazing projects like Ibuku's Green Village in Bali, and Tokyo pavilion by Vo Trong Nghia demonstrate the strength and malleability of bamboo. Students and researchers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) have also recognized its limitless potentials as a great sustainable alternative to conventional building materials. After completing a glowing pavilion in their hometown, they designed another innovative bamboo structure– this time in China– using traditional weaving techniques and digital...

European Vehicle-To-Grid Plan Pays Off For Electric Car Owners & Extends Battery Life

Aug 18, 2017: A study conducted by Nissan and Enel shows that electric car owners can get paid more than $1,500 a year if they participate in a V2G program and that doing so actually extends battery life. European Vehicle-To-Grid Plan Pays Off For Electric Car Owners & Extends Battery Life was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Long-Range Luxury Electric Car Coming From Hyundai In 2021

Aug 18, 2017: Hyundai says it will bring 8 electric car models to market over the next few years including a long range luxury sedan for its Genesis division in 2021 and an electric Kona SUV in 2018. Long-Range Luxury Electric Car Coming From Hyundai In 2021 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Volcano Lakes May Contain Vital Lithium Deposits, Say Stanford Researchers

Aug 18, 2017: Lithium is a key component of lithium-ion batteries and lithium-ion batteries are a key component of the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and electric cars. But until now, it has been in relatively short supply, sparking fierce competition among mining companies. It is one of the most abundant elements in the world, but commercial mining has been limited due to limited demand. A new Stanford study offers some insight into where more lithium can be gathered. It is titled, "Lithium enrichment in intracontinental rhyolite magmas leads to Li deposits in caldera basins." Wow. Sounds like a real page-turner, doesn't it Volcano Lakes May Contain Vital Lithium Deposits, Say Stanford Researchers was originally published on Clean…

Cozy charred timber box adds a new social heart to Dublin home

Aug 18, 2017: A tiny new addition has made a big impact on a terraced home in North Dublin. Stephen Kavanagh Architects designed Copeland Grove, a sun-soaked home refurbishment and extension that connects to an existing garden. Formerly a leaky kitchen extension, the new timber-and-glass structure provides transformative panoramic views and greatly increases thermal comfort. Lighting was key in the design of the 24-square-meter timber extension. Full-height glazing and a skylight increase solar...

White House kills ban on bottled water at National Parks

Aug 18, 2017: Photos by National Park Service/Flickr…

Scientists harness tobacco plants to produce polio vaccine

Aug 18, 2017: After all of the poor health outcomes caused by tobacco over centuries, it's about time that the plant starts doing some good for a change. Scientists in the United Kingdom have developed a technique to infect relatives of the tobacco plant with a virus which contains the genetic material of polio in order to produce leaves from which a polio vaccine could be extracted. This procedure is affordable, straightforward, and efficient and may be…

Deputy Secretary Bernhardt Announces $840,000 in Historic State and Tribal Preservation Grants to Washington

Aug 18, 2017: WASHINGTON - August 18, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt with the National Park Service today announced the distribution of $447,956 in historic preservation grants to Washington as well as $395,384 for historic preservation grants to fifteen Tribal Historic Preservation Offices in the state.

Subterranean Oxygen Park is a breath of fresh air in the Qatari desert

Aug 18, 2017: A “green lung” in Qatar’s desert landscape is helping people stay healthy and active, and reconnecting them to nature. Erik Behrens and James Haig Streeter of AECOM recently completed Oxygen Park, a unique public space in Doha’s Education City. Built to promote exercise and social gatherings, Oxygen Park is partly buried underground and features undulating, organic forms masses inspired by the desert’s wind-eroded rocks and landscapes. Oxygen Park derives its name from the...

Revolutionary glass building blocks generate their own solar energy

Aug 17, 2017: There's a new building block in town, and it generates its own clean energy. Researchers from Exeter University developed revolutionary new glass blocks that are embedded with small solar cells. Not only do the blocks generate energy, but they also provide thermal insulation and allow natural light to enter buildings. Called Solar Squared, the blocks are embedded with an array of optical elements that focus sunlight on tiny solar cells - during the manufacture process. The design ensures...

The devastating reason Mumbai dogs are turning blue

Aug 17, 2017: Lately, blue stray dogs have been spotted running around Navi Mumbai, India, and it isn't because someone got a little too liberal with the hair dye. Inadequate waste treatment at a local river has allowed dye to leach into the water, turning dogs who wade in to turn bright blue. To add to the concern, the pollution is likely harming fish and birds who rely on the water resource.

You can build one of these tiny backyard offices in less than a week for under $7000

Aug 17, 2017: Austin-based Sett Studio designs tiny offices that take conventional workspaces to task. These micro-offices can be used for a variety of applications and offer a flexible solution for an affordable price. The firm's newest design, named NOVI, is a compact DIY concept perfect for those looking for a mobile outdoor workspace. As the tiny living concept is gaining in popularity, an increasing number of people are looking into more flexible office spaces that bring them closer to nature. This year,...

Scientists just created green solar cells - and they're working on white, red and additional colors

Aug 17, 2017: Solar energy may provide power to approximately 5.7 million homes in the United States, but its application could still be more widespread. The issue is, many find the blue-black photovoltaics to be unsightly. Fortunately, this may no longer be a problem as researchers in The Netherlands have developed a process for making conventional solar panels bright green, and are in the process of developing other colors. By making the panels more appealing, more people and businesses are likely to invest...

Prototype 9 is a retro electric roadster with the Nissan Leaf's heart

Aug 17, 2017: Infiniti is bringing us back to the 1940s with its Prototype 9 roadster, which is going to debut this month at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. On the outside the Prototype 9 is a sexy retro concept, but under the skin it's all about the future, since it's powered by the next-generation Nissan Leaf's electric powertrain.

Give goods, find goods, and do good on National Thrift Store Day

Aug 17, 2017: If you’re the type of scavenger that lives for finding hidden gems in vintage shops, then you’ll want to mark August 17th on your calendar. That’s when National Thrift Store Day returns to encourage everyone to support their local thrift shops and score secondhand goods. New York City is taking this initiative a step further by bringing awareness to the day’s charitable component and reminding us why it would do a world of good if we went the thrift store route instead of buying brand new....

Largest-ever modular Gomos building to be completed in just a few months

Aug 17, 2017: Related: Modular Gomos homes can be assembled in three days flat + Gomos Housing Modular Gomos Housing, modular housing, prefab housing, flatpack housing, Gomos System, Portugal prefab building, modular structures in Portugal, modular architecture Portugal, prefab architecture, concrete modules, Porto, Portugal architecture, Samuel Gonçalves…

New refrigerator camera takes aim at food waste

Aug 17, 2017: We know food waste is an issue, but often it's all too easy to forget about that bag of lettuce in the back of your refrigerator until it rots. It turns out 40 percent of the salad British families buy each year ends up in the trash - but a new refrigerator camera could help slash that food waste. The Smarter FridgeCam helps people monitor expiration dates and even suggests recipes - for far less than the price of a smart refrigerator. Related:…

Rooftop farms in Gaza provide a lifeline to the community

Aug 17, 2017: Meeting even basic needs in Gaza can be a challenge for the nearly 2 million people that live in the territory's 141 square miles. Under the Israeli blockade, which prevents vital supplies from reaching Gaza and inhibits international trade, the Palestinians of Gaza rely on resilience and innovation to survive with the resources they have. Squeezed out of arable land, many Palestinians are farming upwards, on the rooftops of the dense urban Mediterranean territory.

6 Surprising uses for garlic you probably didnt know about

Aug 17, 2017: It's garlic harvesting season, and those glorious, aromatic bulbs will be adorning farmer's market stalls everywhere. Garlic isn't just good for flavoring bread and warding off vampires: it has many great uses for your health, as well as around your home and garden. Read on to find out some of its more surprising uses, and develop even greater love for this fine and fragrant bulb.       Topical Treatment for Cold Sores and Acne   Organic Pesticide for House and...

Nuclear Power Heats Up in Asia, Cools in the West

Aug 17, 2017: Asia aggressively builds nuclear power plants as the West withdraws -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com…

B.C.'s Trophy Hunt Ban A Good Step But Loophole Puts Bears At Risk

Aug 17, 2017: VANCOUVER - August 17, 2017 (David Suzuki Foundation) (Investorideas.com Newswire) B.C.'s cancellation of the grizzly bear trophy hunt is a good step but a loophole that allows hunting the bears for meat is cause for concern, according to the David Suzuki Foundation.

Former Vice President Al Gore To Deliver Keynote Address At "national Clean Energy Summit 9.0: Integrating Innovation" In Las Vegas, Oct. 13

Aug 17, 2017: LAS VEGAS - August 17, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Former Vice President Al Gore will take the stage at this year's "National Clean Energy Summit 9.0: Integrating Innovation" (NCES 9.0) to further the clean energy conversation and discuss the importance of fighting climate change in a keynote address on Friday, Oct. 13 at Bellagio Las Vegas.

LEED-seeking illumina i3 campus lets workers work anywhere

Aug 17, 2017: San Diego’s new BioMed Realty i3 campus is raising the bar for corporate research parks everywhere. Perkins+Will recently designed the iconic science and research campus that’s on track for LEED Platinum certification and exemplifies the “work anywhere” culture. Filled with natural light and topped with green roofs, this environmentally progressive design features a wide variety of energy saving measures and reduces energy and water use by 30 and 20 percent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWoSGnm6C0c Located...

Various Architects turn an industrial Oslo building into contemporary offices

Aug 17, 2017: A historic building in Oslo’s locomotive industrial zone has been transformed into contemporary offices filled with natural light. This adaptive reuse project, called Lokomotivstallen, has been praised as a positive example of recycling and historical restoration in the city. Designed by Various Architects, the modern offices house the rail-based intermodal company CargoNet. The 3,000-square-foot building has a peculiar rectangular footprint that’s much longer than it is wide with...

The Future Business Model for Energy Utilities in the U.S.: Quo Vadis?

Aug 17, 2017: The energy transition, distributed generation and digitalization force incumbent utilities to change their business strategies. With today’s post we give a first overview of the future business models that are discussed in the US in response to these developments. The US-debate about the future business model for utilities In his book “Smart Power” (2010), Fox-Penner […] The post The Future Business Model for Energy Utilities in the U.S.: Quo Vadis? appeared first on The Energy Collective.

Will EV’s Break The Grid?

Aug 17, 2017:   While the UK government has vowed to end the sale of all new conventional gasoline and diesel cars by 2040, as part of a wider plan to fight air pollution, there is talk that electricity demand will lead to a fast and dirty response to a strained power grid. The post, Will EV’s Break The Grid?, […] The post Will EV’s Break The Grid? appeared first on The Energy Collective.