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Jul 21, 2019

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One city just banned new natural gas hookups to save the planet. Could Philly follow suit?

Jul 20, 2019: Climate advocates say the large-scale switch to gas is slowing down the transition to renewable energy, and threatens to undermine carbon-free nuclear power.  With so many committed to upholding the goals of the Paris climate accords, new and expansion natural gas projects have been banned in Berkeley, California.  See which cities are following suit.

Since when are Blackouts fun?

Jul 20, 2019: It’s just happened. NYC, the nation’s—if not the world’s—most important city, lost power last week. From Hell’s Kitchen to 65th street, and from Fifth Ave west to the Hudson River, much of Manhattan went dark on the 14th of July. Although conventional wisdom tells us that blackouts are a bad thing, most New Yorkers were unperturbed by the sudden..

Central Electric Membership Corporation Integrates AMI and OMS Systems to Improve Outage Response Time

Jul 20, 2019: Central Electric Membership Corporation was recently awarded an Expanding Excellence Award in the Best Analytics Project category by CS Week. The award recognized a project that involved integrating the company’s automated meter infrastructure (AMI) and outage management system (OMS) to create an updated system that would take advantage of smart meters and increase response efficiencies..

Unique Project Financing Platform Used to Fund 60 Minigrid Projects in Tanzania

Jul 19, 2019: Distributed solar-storage mini/microgrid projects continue to crop up in developing and less developed countries around the world. Having launched a pioneering project financing facility for Africa minigrid development earlier this year, Cross Boundary Energy Access (CBEA) on Wednesday, July 17 announced it has joined with PowerGen Renewable Energy to finance 60 minigrids in Tanzania.An..

Opening electricity market may lower power bills in Florida. But it’d break up system as we know it.

Jul 19, 2019: The debate over electrical provider choice continues in Florida, which gives utilities a chance to weigh in on the value of such a choice. From personal experience in Pennsylvania, I have saved money, but it requires a high degree of consumer vigilence to avoid getting suckered. Utility PR departments should be quick to address that topic.

Growing Customer Relationships and Energy Sales with Beneficial Electrification

Jul 19, 2019: By Bob DiBellaUtilities have a long history of working with customers to arrive at solutions that meet the customer’s needs for more control over their energy expenses and better stewardship of the environment. As a result, consumers have learned to look to their energy utility for advice on how to manage their energy consumption. Beneficial electrification is a tool that, with..

Startup Aims to Tackle Grid Storage Problem With New Porous Silicon Battery

Jul 19, 2019: The startup, which is funded by a group of Canadian investors and is based on a policy paper by a former Vermont gubernatorial candidate, claims to have a new type of storage battery for the grid that claims to have more energy density and lasts four times as long as the traditionally-used lithium-ion batteries for grid storage. …

Nuclear Industry Claims Embedded Prejudice in Finance Agency

Jul 19, 2019: They are bureaucracy’s equivalent of ghosts: old policies, fiats and ideas that have lost their relevance — if they ever had any — and are without a constituency, but they live on.Take the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), a little-known, self-sustaining agency of the government, which was set up in 1971 to help American businesses invest in emerging markets. It..

ENERGY TRANSITIONS: Massive Indiana coal plant to shut down

Jul 19, 2019: American Electric Power (AEP) has committed to retiring one of its units at the 2,600 MW Rockport coal plant in Indiana by the end of 2028. There are two units at the plant. Unit 1, which will be retired, was started in 1984 while Unit 2 was started in 1989 will remain operational after that time period. (The average age of coal plants in the US is 39 years.) In 2015, Sierra Club called the..

Startup Aims to Tackle Grid Storage Problem With New Porous Silicon Battery

Jul 19, 2019: "Christine Hallquist says the battery banks that Cross Border Power plans to sell to utility companies as soon as next year will be installed in standard computer server racks. One shipping container worth of those racks (totaling 40 racks in all) will offer 4 megawatts (MW) of battery storage capacity, she says. Contrast this, she adds, to a comparable set of rack-storage lithium ion..

Tesla (NASDAQ: $TSLA) Announces Date for Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results and Webcast

Jul 19, 2019: PALO ALTO, Calif - July 19, 2019 ( Newswire) UPDATE: Please note the call is being moved by one hour to 3:30pm Pacific Time (6:30pm Eastern Time).

Carbon-neutral science museum in Sweden will be powered by bicycles

Jul 19, 2019: Museum visitors will be invited to help generate electricity for the carbon-neutral museum by riding “energy bikes” on its concave roof.

Entrepreneur sells mushroom suits that decompose your body after death

Jul 19, 2019: Sustainability might be the last thought on your mind when a loved one dies, but one entrepreneur believes that everyone can be eco-friendly in life and in death.

MASK Architects design a sustainable pavilion nestled in a German forest

Jul 19, 2019: Dubbed Leaf and Bean Co Pavilion, the building will house a coffee shop, a semi-open library, recreational areas and an events space.

Zara pledges 100% sustainable fabrics by 2025

Jul 19, 2019: This week, major fashion brand Zara announced a pledge to use 100 percent sustainable fabrics by 2025.

Building Community Capital

Jul 19, 2019: At ComCap19, I drank from a firehose of information about local investing, securities law, crowdfunding, and democratizing capital. And had a great time! by Evelyn Wright I just returned from spending four days in Detroit at one of the most inspiring and informative conferences I’ve attended in a long time: Community Capital 2019. This was […] The post Building Community Capital appeared first on Alternative Energy Stocks.

Natures silent soldiers aiding in the fight against air pollution

Jul 19, 2019: Cities should be planting more trees, but the reasons why may be more complicated than you think. As it turns out, trees provide so much more than aesthetics and a way for humans to connect with nature. More and more research is emerging about how the proper implementation of tree planting in urban areas and cities could help solve growing environmental issues. We already know that nature can improve mental health. It can inspire positive engagement with community and provide the kind of groundedness...

Steel-framed treehouse slated for Malaysian national park

Jul 19, 2019: Related: + Daniel Tiong Photography by Steven Ngu Ngie Woon, Daniel Tiong…

Giant totems in Poland warn against climate change catastrophe

Jul 18, 2019: The massive totems derive their bold patterns, vibrant colors and shapes from statistics on pressing environmental topics, from deforestation to air pollution to plastic production.

New low-cost thermoelectric material works at room temperature

Jul 18, 2019: The widespread adoption of thermoelectric devices that can directly convert electricity into thermal energy for cooling and heating has been hindered, in part, by the lack of materials that are both inexpensive and highly efficient at room temperature. Now researchers have reported the discovery of a new material that works efficiently at room temperature while requiring almost no costly tellurium, a major component of the current state-of-the-art material.

Toward molecular computers: First measurement of single-molecule heat transfer

Jul 18, 2019: Heat transfer through a single molecule has been measured for the first time by an international team of researchers.

Extreme heat wallops US

Jul 18, 2019: If you live in the central or eastern USA, fill your ice trays and seek shade. A major heat wave is putting 50 million Americans under a heat warning. People in Nashville, Chicago, Kansas City, Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC and many other cities will be fanning themselves as temperatures top 95 degrees. High humidity will intensify the effect. "The prolonged duration of the heat and humidity will potentially become dangerous to those most vulnerable," the National Weather Service warned....

Stunning solar-powered home in Singapore melds with adjacent botanic gardens

Jul 18, 2019: Located on top of a hill overlooking the incredible gardens, the solar-powered Botanica House boasts an open layout heavily influenced by a soothing combination of Feng Shui and sustainability.

Study shows reusable menstrual cups are safe and just as effective as tampons, pads

Jul 18, 2019: Most people can’t shake their familiar comfort with tampons and pads, but a new study indicates that the cup is just as effective as the disposables and has no health risks.

Modern luxury resort blends into the lush coffee hills of India

Jul 18, 2019: The misty coffee hills of southwest India recently gained a new luxury resort designed by Bangalore-based architectural firm Cadence Architects.

New Survey Shows Strong Support for Electric Vehicles Across Economic Spectrum

Jul 18, 2019: WASHINGTON - July 18, 2019 ( Newswire) The electric vehicle market may be poised for accelerating growth, according to a new survey of prospective car buyers, and consideration of getting electric vehicles is fairly consistent across regions and income groups.

Tiks cuffs aim to break the plastic waste circle

Jul 18, 2019: Companies around the globe looking for ways to battle plastic waste are coming up with innovative ways to tackle the issue. Cape Clasp, based out of Falmouth, Massachusetts is an example of a business putting the health of the ocean front and center with the release of Tikós, a line of bracelets made from recycled plastic. <!--more→ While each bracelet, or cuff, represents 100 plastic bottles removed from the ocean, the message goes well beyond simply recycling plastic. The leaders...

Could the heat of the Earth's crust become the ultimate energy source?

Jul 18, 2019: Scientists have developed a very stable battery cell that can directly convert heat into electricity, thus finally providing a way for exploiting geothermal energy in a sustainable way.

A graphene superconductor that plays more than one tune

Jul 17, 2019: Researchers have developed a graphene device that's thinner than a human hair but has a depth of special traits. It easily switches from a superconducting material that conducts electricity without losing any energy, to an insulator that resists the flow of electric current, and back again to a superconductor -- all with a simple flip of a switch.

Montana Welcomes Back the Prairie Grass

Jul 17, 2019: BIG TIMBER, MONTANA - July 17, 2019 ( Newswire) Dylan Hoffman, Director of Sustainability for Xanterra Travel Collection, which manages Yellowstone National Park Lodges, left a board meeting of Western Sustainability Exchange earlier this year and paused to take in the panoramic view of Roger Indreland's cattle ranch north of Big Timber, Montana.

Passive solar home makes the most of a difficult, triangular site in Sydney

Jul 17, 2019: When asked to renovate and expand a home on a challenging triangular lot in Sydney, local architectural practice studioplusthree decided to build upward to make the most of the awkward site.

EPA lifts ban on pesticide proven to be toxic to honeybees

Jul 17, 2019: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has re-approved a pesticide for use throughout the country despite its known toxicity to honey bee populations. The chemical, Sulfoxaflor, is produced by DowDupont, a major chemical company that contributed US $1 million to President Trump’s campaign.  Their product is now approved for use on corn, strawberries, citrus, pumpkins, pineapples and soybeans. Sulfoxaflor was originally approved for use by the EPA in 2013, but the approval was adementally...

Custom camper van lets nomads immerse themselves in infinite adventures

Jul 17, 2019: Although Calgary-based Yama Nomad claims that its cool camper vans are “Not your mom and dad’s RV,” its custom-made tiny homes on wheels are perfect for anyone needing a little adventure in their lives.

First-ever visualizations of electrical gating effects on electronic structure

Jul 17, 2019: Scientists have visualized the electronic structure in a microelectronic device for the first time, opening up opportunities for finely-tuned high performance electronic devices.

Impossible Foods tests a fish-less fish protein

Jul 17, 2019: Leading plant-based protein brand Impossible Foods recently announced it is experimenting with a fish-less seafood product and expects it to be on shelves soon.

A new material for the battery of the future

Jul 17, 2019: Researchers have discovered a new high performance and safe battery material (LTPS) capable of speeding up charge and discharge to a level never observed so far. Practically, if the first tests are confirmed, this new material could be used in the batteries of the future with better energy storage, faster charge and discharge and higher safety targeting many uses from smartphones, to electric bicycle and cars.

Harvesting energy from the human knee

Jul 17, 2019: Imagine powering your devices by walking. With new technology that possibility might not be far out of reach. An energy harvester is attached to the wearer's knee and can generate 1.6 microwatts of power while the wearer walks without any increase in effort. The energy is enough to power small electronics like health monitoring equipment and GPS devices.

The pros and cons of electromobility

Jul 17, 2019: To those of us who concentrate on sustainability and green options for travel, electromobility appears to be a godsend — but the increasingly popular electromobility lifestyle still holds good and bad traits.

E.ON's move to supply 100% renewable electricity signals changing trend in UK power market, says GlobalData

Jul 17, 2019: July 17, 2019 ( Newswire) E.ON's move to supply its residential customers with 100% renewable electricity can potentially influence the Big Six to move towards renewable energy and signals a changing trend in the UK power market…

Surround yourself with Californias wildlife and flora at Oakland Zoos eco-minded California Trail

Jul 17, 2019: If you’re looking for a unique, family-friendly activity in the Bay Area, look no further than the California Trail at the Oakland Zoo.

Climate Solution: Use Carbon Dioxide to Generate Electricity

Jul 17, 2019: Sending atmospheric CO2 into underground methane hydrates could clean the air and create revenue -- Read more on…

Brazilian timber home uses bioclimatic principles to reduce its environmental footprint

Jul 16, 2019: Designed by Brazilian firm PITTA Arquitetura, the aptly named Casa Modelo serves as an architectural model for sustainable home design.

Chevron spills 800,000 gallon of oil and water in California

Jul 16, 2019: Major oil corporation Chevron spilled 800,000 gallons of crude oil and water into a dry creek in southern California. The spill is estimated to contain mostly water, but experts estimate that between 240,000 and 265,000 is crude oil, making it in the largest oil spill in California’s recent history. The spill first occurred on May 10th and stopped immediately, however it began to seep again and continued between June 8th and June 23rd. The head of California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geotherman...

Breezy brick house with a ground-floor cafe mimics the shape of a cuckoo clock

Jul 16, 2019: Tropical Space has combined a single-family home with a coffee shop to create an architecturally striking mixed-use building that evokes the playful shapes of a cuckoo clock.

Should you stop watching Netflix because it is bad for the environment?

Jul 16, 2019: The world’s digital obsession doesn’t come without a carbon footprint.

Experimental design-build festival takes over Californian desert

Jul 16, 2019: For the second year in a row, design lab Space Saloon has just wrapped up an exciting avant-garde art festival deep in the Southern Californian desert.

Solar and wind segments to lead renewable power growth in Sweden during 2019–2030, says GlobalData

Jul 16, 2019: July 16, 2019 ( Newswire) The overall renewable power capacity, excluding hydropower, in Sweden is projected to more than double from 14.8 gigawatt (GW) in 2019 to 30.4 GW in 2030, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

Steven Holls new solar-powered concert hall plays up the dramatic contrast between new and old

Jul 16, 2019: New York-based Steven Holl Architects and Architecture Acts has won an international competition to design the new 1,300-seat concert hall in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Created as a “perfect acoustic instrument in its case,” the acoustics-driven design has a strikingly contemporary appearance with a rounded zinc-clad exterior that stands in dramatic contrast with the Ostrava Cultural Center, a modern classicism-style building that will be overlapped by the new concert hall. In addition to optimized...

Black plastics could create renewable energy

Jul 16, 2019: A new study looks at how plastics can be recycled and could help reduce plastic waste.

Electrical engineers develop 'beyond 5G' wireless transceiver

Jul 16, 2019: An end-to-end transmitter-receiver is a 4.4-millimeter-square silicon chip that is capable of processing digital signals with significantly greater speed and energy efficiency because of its unique digital-analog architecture.