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Apr 24, 2018

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General Electric to debut world's largest wind turbine in UK

Apr 24, 2018: General Electric (GE) has announced that it will begin testing what is currently the world's largest wind turbine at its facilities in Blyth, northeast England. The project received a recent boost when the United States-based General Electric's renewable energy department signed a five-year contract with the British government-funded Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult to begin trials of the 12 megawatt (MW) known as the Haliade-X. “This is an important agreement because it will enable us to prove...

Cows could one day be the largest land mammals left because of human activity

Apr 24, 2018: The world's largest land mammal is the African bush elephant, which can be 13 feet tall and 24 feet long. But this elephant, and giraffes and hippos and other large mammals, could go extinct because of human activity, leaving the domestic cow as the biggest terrestrial mammal in a couple centuries, according to a new study. Researchers scrutinized large mammal extinction as humans spread, and their study is, according to the University of New Mexico, "the first to quantitatively show...that size...

China Installs Nearly 10 Gigawatts Of Solar In First Quarter, Up 22%

Apr 24, 2018: China's National Energy Administration announced on Tuesday that the country installed an impressive 9.65 gigawatts (GW) of new solar PV capacity in the first quarter of 2018, up 22% on the same period a year earlier and up on analysts' projections. …

India Beats North America, Europe, & Japan In 2017 Solar Additions

Apr 24, 2018: Those aggressive auction timelines by the central and several state governments in India have finally resulted in the Asian giant taking the limelight in the global solar power market.

There’s Hydrogen In That There Biogas

Apr 24, 2018: I don’t suppose that anyone actually dreams of hydrogen, but in the bio-economy there just isn’t quite enough of it and we read about it and sometimes think about it so much that we might as well be dreaming about it. For those newer to the field, one of the problems of using biomass to […] The post There’s Hydrogen In That There Biogas appeared first on Alternative Energy Stocks.

Turmp Fuel Economy Penalty Delay Gets The Boot From Second Circuit Court

Apr 24, 2018: The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with the NRDC and the Sierra Club in their suit seeking to force the administration to enforce fines against car manufacturers who don't meet current fuel economy guidelines.

Getting electrons to move in a semiconductor

Apr 24, 2018: Researchers have shown that a wide-bandgap semiconductor called gallium oxide can be engineered into nanometer-scale structures that allow electrons to move much faster within the crystal structure. With electrons that move with such ease, Ga2O3 could be a promising material for applications such as high-frequency communication systems and energy-efficient power electronics.

California's wild extremes of flooding and drought will only get worse as the planet warms

Apr 24, 2018: Between 2011 and 2017, California suffered through one of the worst droughts in its history. As the drought broke in what would be California's wettest winter in a century, extreme flooding caused severe damage and killed several people. In a study recently published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers predict that similar patterns of polarized weather will continue to define California's climate well into the 21st century, particularly if greenhouse gas emissions are not immediately...

Psssst, Got A Protective Coating For The Solar Cell Of The Future?

Apr 24, 2018: First graphene, then perovskites, now lanthanide metals are making waves as the wonder material for solar cell innovation -- if only somebody could figure out how to make them survive…

Governor Cuomo announces a bill to ban single-use plastic bags in New York state

Apr 24, 2018: 10 cities and towns in New York have already put plastic bag bans in place. Now the state could follow. Governor Andrew Cuomo just introduced a bill to ban single-use plastic bags in the state, where people use 23 million billion of the bags a year. Could New York be the next state to ban plastic bags? Related:…

5 major ways millennials are changing office culture and design

Apr 24, 2018: This is where the gallery goes. 1. Flatter Company Hierarchy and a More Open Office In a literal and a figurative sense, millennials want to flatten-out the average company. Pictures of the quintessential office — cubicles at the bottom and high-powered offices at the top — represent both a physical and a psychological barrier to workplace harmony and productivity. It doesn’t have to be that way. Millennials seem to know this. Employees who’ve had direct interaction with their...

How ‘Shared Socioeconomic Pathways’ Explore Future Climate Change

Apr 24, 2018: Over the past few years, an international team of climate scientists, economists and energy systems modellers have built a range of new “pathways” that examine how global society, demographics and economics might change over the next century. They are collectively known as the “Shared Socioeconomic Pathways” (SSPs).

Tesla Model S Luxury Car Leadership … AI … Sono Solar Car Sion … (#CleanTechnica Top 20)

Apr 24, 2018: The biggest stories of the past week on CleanTechnica covered Tesla, AI, Tesla, Solar Cars, Tesla, Solar Chimneys & Towers, Tesla…

Washington DC Circulator System Puts 14 Proterra EV Buses Into Service

Apr 24, 2018: Washington DC's Circulator transportation system -- providing door-to-door transit between important regional monuments, museums, and memorials -- has now deployed 14 new all-electric Proterra Catalyst E2 buses…

The Road to the Seneca Cliff is Paved with Evil Intentions. How to Destroy the World’s Forests

Apr 24, 2018: With the era of cheap fossil fuels coming to a close, what’s left as low-cost fuel is wood and that had to be the target of the next wave of exploitation. Naively, I was thinking that the rush to wood would have taken the form of desperate people moving to the woods with hand-held axes, but no, in Italy it is coming in a much more destructive way.

Good Morning Vietnam, Energy-wise

Apr 24, 2018: Vietnam, a leading indicator for the rest of the developing world, has seen tremendous growth in per capita energy consumption. During a recent family vacation in Vietnam, I learned that the country is a microcosm for several major trends in energy consumption in the developing world: (1) there’s a thriving middle class, (2) hot and […]…

What Is A ‘Fair’ Price For Oil?

Apr 24, 2018: Last week, oil prices hit their highest level since late 2014 on the back of continued global and U.S. stockpile drawdowns and expectations that oil demand growth will stay strong this year. The post, What Is A ‘Fair’ Price For Oil?, was first published on OilPrice.com. By Tsvetana Paraskova Analysts and officials are once again trying to […]…

The Science Place is Australias first new LEED Gold educational building

Apr 24, 2018: James Cook University’s The Science Place recently earned the distinction of becoming Australia’s first educational building to achieve a prestigious LEED Gold rating. Designed by HASSELL, the sustainable building with state-of-the-art facilities brings together the university’s chemistry, biochemistry and biology research cohorts under one roof. The Science Place also recovered and recycled 96% of all the previous building materials—a new record for a Townsville development of its size. The...

A Key Hurdle to Modi’s Rural Electrification Scheme is the Paperwork

Apr 24, 2018: Rural non-electrified households, with illiterate members, find it difficult to prepare the documentation to apply for PM’s Saubhagya scheme. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Saubhagya’ rural electrification scheme aims to bring light to every Indian home by March 2019. The scheme offers free or heavily subsidised connections to non-electrified households, but the success of the scheme depends […]…

Is This Tory Government the Greenest Ever?

Apr 24, 2018: British Conservative politicians are spearheading efforts to phase out coal and go net-zero – and that’s just the start of their Green policy-making. What’s going on? Britain’s Energy and Clean Growth Minister, Claire Perry, has called for Parliament to draft new laws that will cut emissions to net-zero.This follows her trip to New York last week […]…

Siemens Gamesa Overtakes Vestas As Leading Wind Manufacturer

Apr 24, 2018: Less than a year after its successful merger, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been named the leading wind manufacturer by two analyst firms, thereby dethroning Danish manufacturer Vestas. …

Giant glowing bottle walls light up Singapore for plastic binge awareness

Apr 24, 2018: Design collective Luzinterruptus worked their artistic plastic magic last month with an illuminated plastic bottle installation at Singapore’s I Light Marina Bay, dubbed “Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival.” The massive glowing artwork, called Transitable Plastic, comprised seven movable walls hung beneath the Esplanade Bridge, one of the busiest transit areas in the bay. Designed to raise awareness about the “plastic binge,” the interactive artwork required visitors to physically...

New Bipartisan Legislation Could Overturn Trump’s 30% Solar Import Tariff, Upset Washington Apple Cart

Apr 24, 2018: In a move that could upset the US political apple cart all over Washington, Nevada Congresswoman Jacky Rosen has introduced a bipartisan bill to the House of Congress which, if successful, could overturn the 30% tariff on imported solar cells and modules introduced by President Donald Trump earlier this year…

Market Forces Are Driving a Clean Energy Revolution in the U.S.

Apr 24, 2018: Transforming U.S. energy systems away from coal and toward clean renewable energy was once a vision touted mainly by environmentalists. Now it is shared by market purists. Today, renewable energy resources like wind and solar power are so affordable that they’re driving coal production and coal-fired generation out of business. Lower-cost natural gas is helping, too. I direct Colorado […]…

Climate Change Levy: Understanding One of the UK’s Biggest Non-Domestic Energy Taxes

Apr 24, 2018: The Climate Change Levy applies to industrial, agricultural, commercial and public sectors and its price is going up. Climate Change Levy (CCL) is an energy tax for the non-domestic energy sector. It was introduced through the Finance Act in 2001. CCL is applied to fuels such as gas, electricity and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), used […]…

Presentation: Iowa Town Looks To City-Owned Utility

Apr 24, 2018: Frustrated with incumbent utility Alliant Energy for high costs and resistance to local renewable energy, the city council in Decorah, IA, has put a municipal utility takeover on the ballot on May 1,…

New York Targets New Energy Efficiency Goal To Cut Emissions & Combat Climate Change

Apr 24, 2018: The Governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo, announced last week an ambitious new energy efficiency target that will aim to cut greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs and deliver nearly a third of the state's 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goal. …

It’s Up to Us to Protect the Clean Power Plan

Apr 24, 2018: This week is a crucial moment for climate progress. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is moving ahead in his efforts to revoke the Clean Power Plan, one of our most important efforts to tackle the climate crisis. The Clean Power Plan provides our only national limit on carbon pollution from existing power plants — America’s largest […]…

New York City Will Ban Automobiles From Central Park This Summer

Apr 24, 2018: Starting June 27, most vehicles will be banned from New York's Central Park. A similar ban was imposed for the Prospect Park section of Brooklyn in January.

Fuel Cell Power Plants Are Used in Diverse Ways Across the United States

Apr 24, 2018: At the end of 2016, the United States had 56 large-scale fuel cell generating units greater than 1 megawatt (MW), totaling 137 megawatts (MW) of net summer capacity. Most of this capacity (85%) has come online since 2013. Fuel cells collectively provided 810,000 megawatthours (MWh) of electricity in 2016, representing 0.02% of total U.S. electricity […]…

Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $4.5 Million To UN Climate Change Secretariat To Ensure US Honors Paris Commitment

Apr 23, 2018: Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action, announced on Sunday that his Bloomberg Philanthropies would contribute $4.5 million to the operations of the UN Climate Change Secretariat in an effort to ensure the United States will honor its Paris Climate Agreement. …

Disney Announces New 50 Megawatt Solar Project To Power Two Theme Parks

Apr 23, 2018: Walt Disney World Resort has announced that it is partnering with solar project developer Origis Energy USA to develop a new 50 megawatt (MW) that will power two of its four theme parks in Central Florida. …

The United States' first Passive Plus House generates nearly all the energy it needs

Apr 23, 2018: Baxt Ingui Architects refurbished a beautiful brownstone in Brooklyn into the first Passive Plus House in the United States. Located in Carroll Gardens, 78 Third Place features an impressive array of cutting-edge renewable technologies wrapped in a thoughtful renovation that preserves the original home’s historic character. The remodeled home saves 80 to 90 percent of the energy needed to heat and cool the building and reaches near net-zero energy consumption. Originally built in...

Even NASA isn't quite sure how to explain these holes in the Arctic Sea's ice

Apr 23, 2018: Do you know what the holes in the sea ice pictured above are? If so, let NASA know. They posted the image snapped over the Beaufort Sea on their Earth Matters blog as their April 2018 Puzzler — but even they aren't quite sure about the answer, although they ventured a few ideas. Related: The first salty lakes discovered in the Arctic could hold the key to finding alien life…

Edoardo Tresoldis massive wire mesh buildings rise at Coachella

Apr 23, 2018: Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi unveiled his largest installation yet at this year’s Coachella, an annual music festival in Indio, California that just wrapped up festivities yesterday. Built in the image of Neoclassical and Baroque architecture, “Etherea” comprises three massive site-specific wire mesh structures constructed to allow glimpses of the sky and California landscape to pass through and become one with the piece. Built entirely of wire mesh, Etherea consists of three...

Nissan Launching 3 EVs & 5 e-POWER Models By 2022 In Japan

Apr 23, 2018: Nissan will be launching 3 new plug-in electric vehicle models and 5 new e-POWER models by the end of fiscal year 2022 in Japan, the company has revealed via a new press release…

MIT study shows that China's climate policy could "more than pay for itself"

Apr 23, 2018: Is China turning the tide on pollution? The country stands to benefit not just environmentally, but financially as well. A new MIT study found if China reduces carbon dioxide emissions by four percent a year, in 2030 they could net around $339 billion in health savings. Related:…

Wake up to Himalayan views in this timber-clad holiday home in India

Apr 23, 2018: A zen-filled getaway awaits families in the foothills of the world’s highest mountain range. There, Matra Architects designed the Woodhouse Farm, a private holiday home tucked in north India’s Nainital. Surrounded by traditional village houses, the timber-clad abode derives inspiration from the local vernacular while ensuring comfort and unforgettable views of the Himalayas. A sharply pitched roof clad on one side with skylights floods the interior with natural light while mimicking the nearby...

Michael Bloomberg pledges $4.5 million to fund the Paris climate agreement

Apr 23, 2018: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged to personally cover the bill for the United States, offering to pay  the $4.5 million that the US is obligated to contribute as part of the Paris Climate Agreement. In doing so, Bloomberg, a wealthy New Yorker, is picking up the slack for another wealthy New York, the one in the White House, who dramatically withdrew the United States from the Paris agreement in 2017. “America made a commitment and as an American, if the government’s...

Nissan Now Taking Orders For Refreshed e-NV200 Electric Van — 40 kWh Battery Pack & Power Plug System Now Standard

Apr 23, 2018: Nissan has opened the order books for the new, refreshed version of the e-NV200 all-electric light-duty van, according to a new press release from the company. It should be realized, though, that deliveries aren't slated to begin until December in Japan, and later than that elsewhere…

US Cement Companies Still Lag Far Behind The Paris Climate Goal, Endangering Public Health & Safety

Apr 23, 2018: A silent, under-reported, highly polluting industry is that of cement factories all over the world. Wherever they are, pollution spikes happen, belching out noxious particulates ill-affecting the health of those who live near their path…

The 2018 Nissan Leaf: Simply Amazing Or Epic Fail?

Apr 23, 2018: The new Nissan Leaf was unveiled last September to great fanfare, as Nissan launched a months-long global marketing offensive to trumpet the arrival of its second generation mass market electric car. A daunting task: replacing the world's best selling EV. Would Nissan once again lead the way? That was the question…

City of Chula Vista (California) Now Possesses EV Fleet Of 12 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Cars & 3 Chevy Bolts

Apr 23, 2018: A new fleet of 12 Hyundai Ioniq Electric sedans and 3 Chevy Bolt EVs was revealed by the City of Chula Vista and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) at a recent event, giving residents a new look at the results of the half-cent sales tax increase known as Measure P that went into effect in…

Hawaii PUC Rethinks The Economics Of The Utility Industry

Apr 23, 2018: The Hawaii public utilities commission is considering new performance-based rules that will encourage utility companies to focus more on efficiency and investments in renewable energy.

1000 Electric Buses To Spearhead Paris Goal Of 100% Zero Emissions Public Transportation

Apr 23, 2018: The two largest public transportation companies serving Paris and its surrounding areas -- Îl de France Mobilités and RATP -- have embarked on a bold new initiative to make all the buses in their fleets zero emissions by…

Minimalist artist retreat with rammed earth walls draws upon 100% renewable resources

Apr 23, 2018: A former meth lab in North Boulder, Colorado has received a refreshing new lease on life as Swoon Art House, an artist retreat with a beautifully minimalist design. Denver-based tres birds workshop headed the makeover with a careful eye on environmental stewardship, which led to the use of “100% renewable resources” including rammed earth walls and geothermal wells. Created as part of the Swoon/Boulder Museum Contemporary Art International Artists Residency, the 7,000-square-foot...

India’s Acme Solar Halves IPO Size To Around $230 Million

Apr 23, 2018: One of India's leading solar power project developers, Acme Solar, has significantly reduced the size of its Initial Public Offering.

Paint job transforms walls into sensors, interactive surfaces

Apr 23, 2018: Walls are what they are -- big, dull dividers. With a few applications of conductive paint and some electronics, however, walls can become smart infrastructure that sense human touch, and detect things like gestures and when appliances are used. Researchers found that they could transform dumb walls into smart walls at relatively low cost using simple tools and techniques, such as a paint roller.