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Apr 19, 2015

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Lithium-Sulfur Batteries With High Capacity + Rate Performance Via Vertically Aligned Sulfur-Graphene Nanowall Cathodes

Apr 18, 2015: New cathode materials for lithium-sulfur batteries constructed out of vertically aligned sulfur–graphene (S-G) nanowalls on electrically conductive substrates — delivering high capacity + rate performance — have been developed by researchers at Beihang University in China. The new cathode materials allow for the fast diffusion of lithium ions + electrons as a result of the Lithium-Sulfur Batteries With High Capacity + Rate Performance Via Vertically Aligned Sulfur-Graphene Nanowall Cathodes was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Major UK Companies Could Save As Much As £2.6 Billion By Switching To EV Vans

Apr 18, 2015: Many large companies in the UK could save as much as £2.6 billion (~$3.9 billion) via reduced fuel costs by switching to electric vans from conventional diesel- or gas-powered ones, according to recent research from the “Go Ultra Low” campaign. As a bit of background, the Go Ultra Low campaign is a joint government + industry Major UK Companies Could Save As Much As £2.6 Billion By Switching To EV Vans was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Energy News: 'Nodes and Connections' - How Solar-Plus-Storage Could Be a Game Changer

Apr 18, 2015: Advanced energy is an industry full of innovative technologies. This week it’s time for energy storage to shine—and we mean that literally. At the top of the news this week is energy storage systems paired with small-scale solar installations, creating mini-microgrids.read more…

Fostering U.S.-Russia Energy Innovation

Apr 18, 2015: "All the technology that wows us, all the portability that we have quickly gotten used to, is based on lithium ion batteries. There is an intense interest in still higher capacity batteries," says Carl V. Thompson, co-director of the Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage.read more…

'Legacy' Emissions and Beyond-Neutrality Corporate Emission Reduction Targets

Apr 18, 2015: While eliminating future emissions is an important first step on the pathway to stabilizing our climate, few companies are talking about how they can deal with the fact that a significant percentage of their emissions from previous decades of doing business still remain in the atmosphere.read more…

Modest Wave of VC Funding Rolls In for Cleantech

Apr 18, 2015: It's too early to call it a rebound in cleantech venture capital. That might take an entire generation to fix itself. But, in the meantime, there's been a small surge of venture capital funding of cleantech companies in the last few weeks. Here's a quick roundup.read more…

Stakeholders Gather to Discuss How Time-Variant Electricity Pricing Can Work in New York

Apr 18, 2015: Last week, Environmental Defense Fund co-hosted a successful forum on residential time-variant electricity pricing – which allows customers to pay different prices for electricity depending on when it is used – within the context of New York’s ‘Reforming the Energy Vision’ proceeding.read more…

Largest Australian Utility Polluter AGL Set To Decarbonize By 2050

Apr 18, 2015: AGL Energy, one of Australia’s largest energy utilities and one of the country’s largest polluters, has announced Friday that it intends to start on a path that will conclude in 2050 with complete decarbonization. Which I can only therefore assume means something horribly wrong is about to happen in Australia, to counterbalance such out-of-the-blue good Largest Australian Utility Polluter AGL Set To Decarbonize By 2050 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Dominion's Natural Gas Gamble Looks Risky for Ratepayers

Apr 18, 2015: Dominion Resources and its regulated subsidiary, Dominion Virginia Power, are gambling big on natural gas. But while the utility giant will be a winner if gas prices stay low over the next 20 years, the risk of losing this bet is very real—and the risk is being borne disproportionately by Virginia consumers.read more…

Why Ecomodernists Should Embrace Wind Power

Apr 18, 2015: A new Ecomodernist Manifesto outlines an aspirational and important brand of modern environmentalism. Yet excluding wind energy from their vision of a modern energy future is a mistake. Here's why anyone claiming the mantle of "ecomodernism" or "ecopragmatism" should embrace wind energy...read more…

How to maximize the superconducting critical temperature in a molecular superconductor

Apr 17, 2015: An international research team has investigated the electronic properties of the family of unconventional superconductors based on fullerenes which have the highest known superconducting critical temperature among molecular superconductors.

4 Ways to Invest in the Low-Carbon Economy

Apr 17, 2015: Citigroup Inc. recently pledged $100 billion for sustainability, renewable energy, and climate change mitigation. This is yet another sign that global capital markets are enormously interested in delivering capital into clean, renewable sources of energy. But you don’t have to be Citigroup to invest in the clean energy future.read more…

Beyond the lithium ion: Significant step toward a better performing battery

Apr 17, 2015: Researchers have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those in many of today's devices.

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Energy Storage

Apr 17, 2015: Several technologies can be used to store energy on the electricity transmission and distribution grid, including pumped storage hydro (PSH), compressed air energy storage (CAES), electrochemical batteries, flywheel systems and thermal energy storage systems.read more…

European Commission Approves Germany’s 30 Billion Euro Investment In Offshore Wind

Apr 17, 2015: The European Commission announced approval on Thursday for Germany to invest nearly 30 billion euros into the development of 20 offshore wind farms, following the country’s decision to back away from nuclear power and focus on renewables. An investment of this magnitude needed to be scrutinized by Europe’s governing body so that it did not violate European Commission Approves Germany’s 30 Billion Euro Investment In Offshore Wind was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Solar Evolution, Gore: Solar Is Like Satellite TV… (Clean Electricity Link Drop)

Apr 17, 2015: Some hot-fun clean electricity news from around the interwebs is below, as well as some other obscure stuff I had to share. Enjoy this side dish, as well as the main meal. Renewables (as a whole) California’s Power Grid Plan For Integrating 50% Renewables BP Dropped Green Energy Projects Worth Billions to Focus on Fossil Fuels Solar Evolution, Gore: Solar Is Like Satellite TV… (Clean Electricity Link Drop) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla — Disruptive or Not? (+ Clean Transport Link Drop)

Apr 17, 2015: To start of this clean transport drop, I want to highlight a not-so-insightful Harvard Business Review article that argued that Tesla is actually “not as disruptive as you might think.” Not eager to give the article a ton of Google juice, I’ll link to the Tesla Motors Club forum post about it, where I found Tesla — Disruptive or Not? (+ Clean Transport Link Drop) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Energy Gang: Can NRG Become the Apple or Google of Electricity Delivery? [PODCAST]

Apr 17, 2015: Last March, NRG CEO David Crane wrote a passionate letter to investors. “There is no Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google in the American energy industry today,” he lamented. The plan, said Crane, was to make NRG the company “that enables the consumer to make their own energy choices.”read more…

Putting the Real Story of Energy and the Economy Together

Apr 17, 2015: What is the real story of energy and the economy? We hear two predominant energy stories. One is the story economists tell: The economy can grow forever; energy shortages will have no impact on the economy. We can simply substitute other forms of energy, or do without.read more…

Energy Quote of the Day: "This is Not Just a Future Threat"

Apr 17, 2015: President Obama is arguing that climate change is a public health hazard, as the White House launches a new initiative aimed at addressing the impacts a warming planet has on communities. These initiatives are intended to address smog, allergies and the increasing risk of extreme-weather-related injuries.read more…

Resilience Roundup - Apr 17

Apr 17, 2015: A roundup of news, views and ideas from the main stream press and the blogosphere.

Harvard Students Expand Blockade Calling for School to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Apr 17, 2015: Students at Harvard University have expanded their blockade of key administration offices while calling on the school to divest from fossil fuels.

Why Corporate Power Purchasing Is Poised To Be The Next Big Thing In Renewable Energy

Apr 17, 2015: Originally published on RMI Outlet. by David Labrador Utility-scale solar and wind power is the best source of cheap, large-scale renewable energy. If you’re just reading the 2015 headlines it can seem as though corporations are surging into that market. The first months of the year have seen a number of impressively large renewable-energy power purchase Why Corporate Power Purchasing Is Poised To Be The Next Big Thing In Renewable Energy was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The Great Burning

Apr 17, 2015: What will we do when the Great Burning comes to an end?

Australian Comedian Sums Up Idiocy Of Country’s RET Debate

Apr 17, 2015: Around the world there are TV news programs that are biased one way or the other; that are intended to inform, or mislead; and hosted by experts or laymen. However, in Australia, following one of the premier evening news services, there is another type of news program, The Project, which is hosted by Australian comedians who have Australian Comedian Sums Up Idiocy Of Country’s RET Debate was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Russian Banks Likely To Seize Heavily Indebted Crimean Solar Projects

Apr 17, 2015: With the ongoing political turmoil in the region as a partial cause, a total of 200 megawatts (MW) worth of solar energy projects in Crimea are looking likely to be seized by Russian banks thanks to outstanding loan payments and looming foreclosure, according to recent reports. Solar projects in the region are currently said to be saddled Russian Banks Likely To Seize Heavily Indebted Crimean Solar Projects was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

U.S. Energy Imports and Exports to Come into Balance for First Time Since 1950s

Apr 17, 2015: Projections show the potential to eliminate net U.S. energy imports sometime between 2020 and 2030. This reflects changes in both supply and demand, as continued growth in oil and natural gas production and the use of renewables combine with demand-side efficiencies to moderate demand growth.read more…

India Plans Several Green Bond Issues To Fund Renewable Energy Expansion

Apr 17, 2015: India is looking at several avenues to finance its ambitious plans to expand renewable energy capacity. The Indian government has reportedly asked at least 8 financial institutions to raise funds for renewable capacity expansion. These funds are expected to be raised through issuance of green bonds. Public sector entities like Rural Electrification Corporation, Power Finance Corporation, India Plans Several Green Bond Issues To Fund Renewable Energy Expansion was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Interview With Energy Storage Company CODA Energy

Apr 17, 2015: Based in Monrovia, California, CODA Energy makes commercial and industrial energy storage solutions. CEO Paul Detering generously answered some questions for this interview with CleanTechnica. 1. Why did you select lithium-iron phosphate (rather than lithium-ion) batteries? The lithium-ion iron phosphate (LiFePO4) rechargeable battery cells in the CODA Core energy storage system have robust thermal and chemical Interview With Energy Storage Company CODA Energy was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

The Renewable Revolution

Apr 17, 2015: Don’t hold your breath, but future historians may look back on 2015 as the year that the renewable energy ascendancy began, the moment when the world started to move decisively away from its reliance on fossil fuels.

Efficient Drivetrains Has Created New Plug-In Hybrid SUV Specifically For Chinese Market

Apr 17, 2015: The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) manufacturer Efficient Drivetrains recently unveiled a new plug-in hybrid electric SUV that the company developed specifically for the Asian marketplace — one that offers the “best performance for a PHEV in its class,” according to the company The new SUV is a full-size Chinese SUV equipped with a 2.4-liter engine Efficient Drivetrains Has Created New Plug-In Hybrid SUV Specifically For Chinese Market was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

More Good News For Fuel Cell EV Fans

Apr 17, 2015: Take heart, fuel cell electric vehicle early adopters! You can look forward to cheaper, greener hydrogen for your personal mobility needs More Good News For Fuel Cell EV Fans was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Mexico Provides Additional Detail on Mitigation Plans for Post-2020 Emission Reductions

Apr 17, 2015: Following up on the late March announcement of its post-2020 emissions reduction commitment, Mexico has now provided a bit more detail on how it aims to achieve its goal of reducing 22% of greenhouse gas emissions and 51% of black carbon emissions by 2030.read more…

Another $2 Million For Massachusetts EV Incentive Program

Apr 17, 2015: Originally published on EVObsession. Last year the Commonwealth of Massachusetts joined several other states in offering a rebate for the purchase or lease of a plug-in car. The $2,500 rebate has proven popular enough that Governor Charlie Baker announced an additional $2 million of funding to the program, more than doubling the size of the Another $2 Million For Massachusetts EV Incentive Program was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Obama's Climate Agenda Is in Trouble: Here's How to Save It

Apr 17, 2015: Last month, the names of a randomly selected three-judge panel were released in a case called Murray Energy Corp. v. EPA – and these three conservative-leaning judges now have the power to determine the fate of the EPA’s most important rule ever: the Clean Power Plan.read more…

Grid Defection Likely to Prove Minority Pursuit in U.S.

Apr 16, 2015: Most companies and analysts think that Americans will find it hard to cut ties with the power grid -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com…

Poll Indicates Solar Revolution May Be Unstoppable

Apr 16, 2015: Originally published on the ECOreport A new poll confirms that the solar revolution may be unstoppable. The respondents of the poll were all parents, 81% of whom said they want to live in a solar-powered home. The majority (67%) also wants solar to be the world’s primary energy source when their children grow up. More than 10 Poll Indicates Solar Revolution May Be Unstoppable was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Atom and the Fault

Apr 16, 2015: I came across a fascinating little book by Richard Meehan titled 'The Atom and the Fault: Experts, Earthquakes and Nuclear Power.' Meehan is a geotechnical engineer who participated in several controversial nuclear plant projects in California, including Bodega Head, Malibu, and Diablo Canyon.read more…

Another Step Towards an Integrated Home Energy Offering: SolarCity Partners with Nest Labs

Apr 16, 2015: SolarCity has just announced another important collaboration in the home energy space, this time with Nest Labs. Importantly, the announcement indicates that a common technology framework or platform is emerging that will integrate and address both home energy management as well as home solar generation.read more…

Thermodynamic Geoengineereing: The Fourth Way

Apr 16, 2015: Geoengineering is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climatic system with the aim of reducing global warming. It is most often thought of in terms of carbon dioxide removal or solar radiation management but another approach sits in the cooling of ocean surface waters.read more…

Yieldcos On Track To Become $100 Billion Market

Apr 16, 2015: Clean energy experts speaking at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance annual conference being held in New York believe that yieldcos are on track to become a $100 billion market — not bad, considering that yieldcos are a clean-energy financing model that didn’t exist three years ago. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reported on a panel discussion Yieldcos On Track To Become $100 Billion Market was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

American Wind Energy Industry Rebounded In 2014

Apr 16, 2015: The American Wind Energy Association has released its annual US Wind Industry Annual Market Report, which highlights a return to momentum for the country’s wind industry jobs and turbine deployment. According to the US Wind Industry Annual Market Report, the US wind energy industry added 23,000 jobs in 2014, and began 2015 with 12,700 MW worth of wind American Wind Energy Industry Rebounded In 2014 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Market Forces Driving "Great Transition" to Clean Energy, Says New Book

Apr 16, 2015: WASHINGTON, DC - April 16, 2015 (Investorideas.com renewable energy stocks newswire) The global economy is now undergoing a transition from fossil and nuclear energy to clean power from solar, wind, and other renewable sources…

World Economy Grew, but Carbon Emissions Didn't

Apr 16, 2015: Preliminary data from the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicate that energy-related CO2 emissions (from burning fossil fuels for electricity, transportation, industry, space heating and so on) remained unchanged from the previous year at 32.3 billion metric tons. Meanwhile, economic growth increased 3.3 percent.read more…

Debate: Can America Get to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050? [PODCAST]

Apr 16, 2015: In 2008, when Al Gore called for America to get 100% from its electricity from renewables, he was widely mocked. Even supporters who understood it was a rhetorical point understood how difficult it would be to achieve. But suppose the timeframe were stretched out to 2050. Would it really be that crazy?read more…

Are Electric Vehicles The Best Choice For Teenage Drivers?

Apr 16, 2015: Are electric vehicles the best choice for teenage drivers (assuming that upfront costs aren’t an issue)? That’s an interesting question, one where I’d have to lean towards saying yes… with caveats, that is. I’d argue that the main reasons supporting this position are the limited single-charge driving ranges (making it harder for the kid to Are Electric Vehicles The Best Choice For Teenage Drivers? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Peak Oil Notes - Apr 16

Apr 16, 2015: Oil prices surged this week.

Enel Green Power Wins 425 MW Wind Energy Projects In Fourth REIPPP Auction

Apr 16, 2015: Enel Green Power is fast emerging as one of the leading renewable energy project developers in South Africa following its huge success in the last 2 rounds of auction under the country’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. The government of South Africa recently announced the much-awaited results of the fourth round of renewable Enel Green Power Wins 425 MW Wind Energy Projects In Fourth REIPPP Auction was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Mainstream Renewable Power Looking To Achieve World’s Cheapest Electricity From Offshore Wind

Apr 16, 2015: The developer behind the planned 448 megawatt (MW) Neart na Goithe offshore wind energy project off the coast of eastern Scotland, Mainstream Renewable Power, is aiming to deliver the cheapest offshore wind power price in the world — via the use of a couple of innovative new technologies and strategic solutions. While the company’s previously secured 15-year Mainstream Renewable Power Looking To Achieve World’s Cheapest Electricity From Offshore Wind was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Putting the Real Story of Energy and the Economy Together

Apr 16, 2015:  What is the real story of energy and the economy? We hear two predominant energy stories.  …