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Oct 24, 2021

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5 best practices for Resource Allocation and Forecasting

Oct 24, 2021: The term resource varies from a person through to the collective term for people, equipment, and budget. When introducing a solution for planning, scheduling and task management, a greater level of flexibility is introduced. Anyone who has previously used spreadsheets for managing planning, scheduling of resources knows the manual effort involved in updating and handling variations. It’s..

What’s Up for Nuclear Energy at COP26?

Oct 24, 2021: What’s Up for Nuclear Energy at COP26? Posted on October 23, 2021 by djysrv Focus on COP26 What’s Up for Nuclear Energy at COP26? EU Nations Divided in Support of Nuclear Energy Lobbying Underway to Water Down the IPCC Report UK Net Zero Strategy Includes Large-Scale Nuclear A Role for SMRs in the UK; Rolls-Royce to the Rescue?? UKAEA..

100GW of solar in Texas grid queue puts wind power in the shade

Oct 23, 2021: Solar continues to explode in TX. Obviously, a lot of the 100 GW of solar on ERCOT queue will not get built but a decent chunk of it will... My estimates below. Solar will provide about 4% of total ERCOT generation  in 2021.  By 2024, Solar share of ERCOT grid will rise to about 15%.   Solar Share 2017 - 0.63% 2018 - 0.86% 2019 - 1.15% 2020 - 2.29% 2021..

Ameresco’s 2GWh battery storage for utility SCE to help address California’s power reliability risks

Oct 23, 2021: A bunch more storage being added to CA grid... Clean energy solutions provider Ameresco has contracted with California investor-owned utility Southern California Edison (SCE) to deliver battery energy storage systems (BESS) totalling 537.5MW of output and 2,150MWh. Southern California Edison will own the 535MW of new BESS capacity. The utility said that the deal adds to 1,355MW of..

House approves bill to strengthen IT supply chain following SolarWinds hack

Oct 23, 2021: This new legislation mandating that software vendors for new and existing government contracts deliver a Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and Known Vulnerabilities Disclosure to DHS is further proof that SBOM is a mature, mainstream technology that will improve software supply chain visibility and cybersecurity. A free to use, open-source Vendor Response File format is available to..

North West Net Zero: The road to COP26.

Oct 23, 2021:   North West Net Zero: The road to COP26.   I'm looking forwards to being in Glasgow for COP26 and, as at the World Hydrogen Congress in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago, please feel free to say 'hello.' Here are lines penned earlier in the year regarding my own North West of England's engagement: 'It was good to participate in the..

Fat Bats are Happy Bats

Oct 23, 2021: As temperatures drop and the summer fades away, many of our favorite fall traditions return. As a researcher at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the cooler temperatures mark the beginning of the hibernation cycle and an important time for monitoring the health and well-being of the creatures who are essential to our ecosystem. One of the animal species EPRI is monitoring most..

Underground Transmission: Remarks by President Biden in a CNN Town Hall with Anderson Cooper | The White House

Oct 23, 2021: President Biden advocates for underground electric! Now, if he (and we) can learn to evaluate the TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP aka “the lifecycle cost”….we will all benefit from improved reliability, resiliency, safety and value. Here is the quote: [20:30:06] COOPER: But the concession has been agreed to for Senator Manchin for coal in his state. BIDEN: No, no, no..

BESS Solutions Become More Common as Load Management Support

Oct 22, 2021: The future of renewable power sources depends on battery systems that make it possible to store energy for later use. A battery energy storage system (BESS) is one kind of this type of solution. The growing availability of increasingly affordable BESS solutions has implications for load management as well as other essential uses. What Is BESS? A BESS uses rechargeable batteries to store..

Building Transparency brings carbon-cutting tools to construction

Oct 22, 2021: Building Transparency, a nonprofit dedicated to driving awareness around the effects of embodied emissions and supporting action to limit them, has developed a free tool anyone can use to achieve carbon reduction goals.

The Washington Alley Project seeks to revitalize D.C.

Oct 22, 2021: The Washington Alley Project seeks to transform D.C.'s alleys for modern urban living. In Washington, D.C., there are 82,397 single-family residential properties with alley frontage. If the Washington Alley model was applied to all of these spaces, it could house 187,900 new residents.

Mining in Minnesota halts as government considers 20-year ban

Oct 22, 2021: The Biden administration is considering a U.S. Forest Service application requesting a 20-year mining ban on national forest land in Minnesota. The agency wants over 200,000 acres of land south of the Boundary Waters in Minnesota to be exempt from all proposed mining activities.

Self-sustaining 3D-printed house harnesses the power of nature

Oct 22, 2021: The Rain Catcher is a 3D-printed house that's off-the-grid and designed specifically to meet Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) 2030 Climate Challenge criteria for electric, heating and water consumption. This eco-house is truly made to harness all the power of nature.

Oil and meat producing countries attempt to weaken UN report

Oct 22, 2021: Greenpeace investigative team announced this week that oil, coal, beef and animal feed producing countries have been lobbying to tone down a major United Nations climate report.

Try these hauntingly delicious vegan treats for Halloween

Oct 21, 2021: When we see seasonal treats at the grocery store, we remember our childhood memories of munching our way through the holidays. Scouring for vegan options, we might flip the bag over to read the label, then put it back when we find it doesn’t measure up.

Space tech may help improve weather predictions on Earth

Oct 21, 2021: As you probably know, space exploration has brought us such fabulous advances as Tang and Velcro. And now, a weather technology called radio occultation (RO) that’s long been used to study Mars and Venus may help us better understand and predict Earth’s weather.

The entire state of California is now under drought emergency

Oct 21, 2021: A drought emergency has been declared for California. On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom made a statement urging residents to use water responsibly. The statewide drought emergency declaration comes just a few months after the governor declared a drought emergency in selected counties.

YouBodyCare takes the plastic bottle out of your body wash

Oct 21, 2021: The morning shower is as routine as the daily cup of coffee. It’s almost a ritual for many. Many people's shower are equipped with a host of plastic bottles, including shampoo, conditioner and body washes.

Wild & Stone products are all plastic-free

Oct 21, 2021: Plastic waste is junking up the ocean. Many companies and individuals are finding ways to help reduce the levels of waste by creating brand new products out of recycled plastic waste.

This futuristic design uses recycled bottles, coffee and oranges

Oct 20, 2021: Dubai Expo's Italian Pavilion is a futuristic, sustainable creation. The 38,000-square-feet (3,500-square-meter) masterpiece opened on Oct. 1 at Dubai Expo 2020.

'Strong Performance' From Tomorrow's Clean Energy Sources: Viriathus Capital's CIO Speaks

Oct 20, 2021: October 20, 2021 ( Newswire) Shaun Cartwright, Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer of Viriathus Capital, has a bullish view for the energy sector, where billions of dollars are being invested globally into initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint by 2050.

Vertima's environmental consulting helps businesses go green

Oct 20, 2021: Businesses worldwide have begun looking for ways to increase the sustainable components of their companies while decreasing the environmental impact of inefficient buildings, waste and pollution. One Canadian company has stepped in to act as a consultant for businesses looking to make those kinds of changes, and it’s called Vertima.

Plugging into ocean waves with a flexible, seaweed-like generator

Oct 20, 2021: Ocean waves can be powerful, containing enough energy to push around sand, pebbles and even boulders during storms. These waves, as well as smaller, more gentle ones, could be tapped as a source of renewable energy. Now, researchers have developed flexible power generators that mimic the way seaweed sways to efficiently convert surface and underwater waves into electricity to power marine-based devices.

Graphite to follow in lithium's footsteps

Oct 20, 2021: October 20, 2021 ( Newswire) A lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery is a type of rechargeable battery technology common to portable electronics, electric vehicles and large grid-scale storage systems for renewable energy.

99.9% of scientists agree climate crisis is caused by humans

Oct 20, 2021: 99.9% of scientists globally agree that burning fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal is the main cause of climate change. They also concur that climate change is caused by human actions, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

Cleanup device removes 20,000 pounds of ocean plastic

Oct 20, 2021: A new device successfully hauled 20,000 pounds of trash out of the Pacific Ocean last week. This technology could potentially help clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

New AI-powered AC creates an ecosystem inside your house

Oct 20, 2021: Canadian Company HAVEN has launched a new AI-powered air quality control system that will manage airflow, temperature and humidity. HAVEN Central Air Controller HVAC helps develop an ecosystem inside an entire house.

Clean Energy in the News - Solar Integrated Roofing (OTC: $SIRC) Appoints Dr. Philip Yin as Chief Operating Officer of USA Solar Networks

Oct 20, 2021: NEL CAJON, CA - October 20, 2021 ( Newswire) Solar stock news from Newswire and - Solar Integrated Roofing Corp. (OTC: SIRC), an integrated, single-source solar power and roofing systems installation company, today announced that it has appointed Dr. Philip Yin as Chief Operating Officer of SIRC subsidiary, USA Solar Networks.

Space between polymer chains affects energy conversion

Oct 20, 2021: Researchers have new insight into molecules that change their shape in response to light. The researchers studying azobenzene-based polymers found that their free volume -- a measure of the space between polymer chains -- was strongly linked with the polymers' ability to convert visible light radiation into mechanical energy.

Enjoy these delicious hot vegan Starbucks drinks this fall

Oct 19, 2021: Autumn is the season for cozy sweaters, boots and a warm beverage. As furnaces kick on and wood stoves begin to crackle while warming the fall air, a stop at Starbucks can warm you from the inside out.

African urbanization is being transformed by 3D printing

Oct 19, 2021: Every day, over 40,000 Africans move from rural regions to vibrant, growing cities to access improved facilities and economic growth. However, throughout the continent, countries are facing infrastructure shortages. In light of this, the U.K.-based CDC Group and the multinational materials distributor LafargeHolcim, have formed a joint venture called 14Trees to help meet increasing demands via sustainable building solutions.

Researchers and Indigenous groups collaborate to save caribou

Oct 19, 2021: Scientists are working with Indigenous communities to change the fate of Arctic caribou herds threatened by climate change. Habitat loss has caused a 56% decline in North America's wild caribou population over the past 20 years, a situation that scientists and Indigenous conservation groups are determined to change.

United Nations rejects youth activist climate petition

Oct 19, 2021: The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child declined to rule on a complaint filed by youth activists from twelve countries. The young adults claimed that Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Turkey have violated children’s rights by failing to control carbon emissions, despite knowing about the perils of climate change.

Multifunctional award-winning site built on underused land

Oct 19, 2021: Les Ateliers Cabot is the winning project for C40 Reinventing Montreal 2021, which is part of the Reinventing Cities project. It is a call for designers and architects to come up with project ideas that will create carbon-neutral urban areas in underused sites into great new developments.

New solution for low cost, light-weight and compact wireless transfer devices

Oct 19, 2021: Scientists have successfully developed a new power controller system for wireless power transfer. The developed system will effectively reduce the amount of circuit components in wireless power transfer devices, as well as their cost and weight. This technology could be especially beneficial for electric cars, drones and other such vehicles for which a light weight and compact size are important, in addition to implantable medical devices such as pacemakers.

Solar Stock News - Solar Integrated Roofing (OTC: $SIRC) Appoints Dr. Philip Yin as Chief Operating Officer of USA Solar Networks

Oct 19, 2021: NEL CAJON, CA - October 19, 2021 ( Newswire) Solar stock news from Newswire and - Solar Integrated Roofing Corp. (OTC: SIRC), an integrated, single-source solar power and roofing systems installation company, today announced that it has appointed Dr. Philip Yin as Chief Operating Officer of SIRC subsidiary, USA Solar Networks.

Solar energy can be cheap and reliable across China by 2060

Oct 18, 2021: How much will solar power really cost in China in the coming decades, including the challenges its inherent variability poses to the grid? Researchers have found that solar energy could provide 43.2% of China's electricity demands in 2060 at less than two-and-a-half U.S. cents per kilowatt-hour.

Volvo teams up with Phillip Lim on sustainable weekender bag

Oct 18, 2021: In a collaboration between iconic Volvo and well-established sustainable luxury brand 3.1 Phillip Lim, they have developed a limited-edition weekender bag made from the same bio-based material being used in Volvo’s electric cars.

Innovative biophilic design planned for new village in Portugal

Oct 18, 2021: A new development is in the works, designed to sit on a Portuguese hillside and provide a community with unique characteristics and a focus on sustainable design, function, well-being and innovation.

Underwater coral gardens may help avoid a biodiversity meltdown

Oct 18, 2021: Planting diverse corals under the sea could help save threatened coral reef ecosystems, according to a new study published in the journal Science Advances on October 13. The study, conducted by Cody Clements and Mark Hay of the Georgia Institute of Technology, found that increasing coral reefs' richness by 'outplanting' diverse species of corals could improve coral reef growth and survival.

Breaking Cleantech Stock News: dynaCERT (TSX: $DYA.TO) (OTCQX: $DYFSF) (FRA: DMJ) Provides Updates on Its Strategic Alliance With Mosolf Group; @dynaCERT

Oct 18, 2021: TORONTO - October 18, 2021 ( Newswire) dynaCERT Inc. (TSX: DYA) (OTCQX: DYFSF) (FRA: DMJ) ("dynaCERT" or the "Company") announces that its strategic alliance with Mosolf SE & Co. AG ("Mosolf"), first announced by the Company in a news release dated October 16, 2019 (and commented upon in its subsequent Management Discussion & Analysis in 2020 Q1 and Q2), has been terminated.

Scottish climate activist shames Shell CEO

Oct 18, 2021: At a public talk at the Ted Countdown Summit in Edinburgh last Thursday, participants played to type. Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben van Beurden tried to look sincere about the oil behemoth’s commitment to fighting climate change. Young climate activist Lauren MacDonald delivered a scathing commentary about van Beurden and his company’s character, then stormed off the stage, refusing to further engage.

DroneSeed makes reforestation easier after a large wildfire

Oct 18, 2021: According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 6,480,861 acres have burned across the United States this year alone as a result of 47,201 wildfires. In response, a Seattle-based company is tackling the issue of replanting and restoring forestry health in a rather science-fiction way.

Optimum pressure to improve the performance of lithium metal batteries

Oct 18, 2021: A team of materials scientists and chemists has determined the proper stack pressure that lithium metal batteries, or LMBs, need to be subjected to during battery operation in order to produce optimal performance.

Scientists discover method to boost energy generation from microalgae

Oct 18, 2021: The variety of humble algae that cover the surface of ponds and seas could hold the key to boosting the efficiency of artificial photosynthesis, allowing scientists to produce more energy and lower waste in the process. A study showed how encasing algae protein in liquid droplets can dramatically enhance the algae's light-harvesting and energy-conversion properties by up to three times. This energy is produced as the algae undergoes photosynthesis, which is the process used by plants, algae and certain bacteria to harness energy from sunlight and turn it into chemical energy. When light hits the droplet, light waves travel around the curved edges of the droplet. Light is effectively trapped within the droplet for a longer period of time, gi…

Breaking Cleantech Stock News: Verra Publishes dynaCERT's (TSX: $DYA.TO) (OTCQX: $DYFSF) (FRA: DMJ) Carbon Credit Methodology; @dynaCERT

Oct 18, 2021: TORONTO - October 18, 2021 ( Newswire) dynaCERT Inc. (TSX: DYA) (OTCQX: DYFSF) (FRA: DMJ) ("dynaCERT" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the executive management of Verra, which manages the world's largest greenhouse gas program, the Verified Carbon Standard, has announced to dynaCERT…

Casa Numa is built out of 50-year-old coconut palm wood

Oct 15, 2021: At a first glance, you might not believe that Casa Numa is entirely built out of coconut palm wood over 50 years old. The 160 square meters of living space is a beauty to behold both inside and out.

5 standout brands from Vegan Fashion Week 2021

Oct 15, 2021: As more consumers prioritize sustainability, the days of fast fashion are numbered. This year’s Vegan Fashion Week in Los Angeles highlighted brands that are stepping up to meet the demand for ethical products by offering fashionable creations free of animal products.

Hermit crab study shows microplastic's affect on marine life

Oct 15, 2021: A new study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science has found that microplastics affect the behavior of hermit crabs, a key part of the ocean ecosystem. The study, conducted by Queen's University, highlights how microplastics impact hermit crabs' growth and reproduction.