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May 08, 2021

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What Data Literacy Skills Do Utility Employees Need?

May 8, 2021: Data is everywhere, and employees across industries — including energy utilities — must understand how to use it. Data literacy is becoming a critical professional skill that is no longer required only of data scientists. Leading research and advisory company Gartner explains, “Every employee is now an information worker.” Team members throughout companies and..

Here’s Looking at You, Grid: Monthly Digest of Insights Shared by Your Peers in the Energy Central Grid Network – May 7, 2021

May 7, 2021: The grid is often called the largest and most complex machine that engineers have ever created, and that was before the advent of smart grid technology, modernized solutions, and more taking place across T&D infrastructure all the time today. Keeping up with the developments on grid technology, associated grid markets, and appropriate regulations and policies can be a full-time job, but..

Managing Loads in a Smart Way

May 7, 2021: Demand Side Management (DSM) will play an important role in the development of smart grids by managing loads in a more effective way. DSM applications, realized via Home Energy Management (HEM) systems for smart buildings and even cities, will provide many benefits:Consumers can realize electricity price savingsUtility companies will operate at greater efficiency.More renewable energy can be..

Majority Leader Schumer And Chairman Brown Unveil New Clean Transit For America Plan To Replace Nation’s Polluting Buses With Clean Buses | United States Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

May 7, 2021: Important to note that Republicans pushed back at the hearing, arguing the country isn't ready for mass EV charging. I definitely agree the U.S. isn't ready, but how fast can we bring our infrastructure to scale? …

Long-haul truck fuel cells partnership forms between auto rivals

May 7, 2021: HGV's   Plans for European Hydrogen Backbone expanded…

Winning designs unveiled for the sustainable redesign of Saratov

May 7, 2021: Saratov has announced the two winning designs in an international competition to redesign its city center.

Hotter is the new normal in the US, says NOAA

May 7, 2021: NOAA has just released its newest U.S. Climate Normals report.

Impossible's plant-based meats coming to school cafeterias

May 7, 2021: Impossible Foods has received the USDA's child nutrition (CN) label. Now the door is open to bring plant-based meats to schools, thus upping kids’ awareness of how animal agriculture speeds up climate change.

The Emerging Ammonia-Methanol Dialectic - Ammonia Energy Association

May 7, 2021: Based on recent press reports, ammonia has a new friend: methanol. With the two upstart fuels being mentioned together with increasing frequency, they seem poised to develop on parallel paths as each seeks market applications. Interested? Join me at the Methanol, Ammonia and Hydrogen Professionals Group…

Will BP, Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil ever reach net zero emissions?

May 7, 2021: Hello everyone, I have just joined this group and would like to hear your opinion on the following questions:1) Will BP, Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil ever reach net zero emissions?2) What is the role of policy makers in accelerating the energy transition?3) How does the amount and type of compensation that executives and directors receive at international oil majors influence their..

Honor your favorite on-screen icons with the newest Adidas collection

May 7, 2021: Show off your love for your favorite Pixar, Disney, Marvel and Star Wars characters with this new line of sustainable Stan Smith, Forever shoes made by Adidas.

Cleantech Stock News: Mass Megawatts (OTC Pink: MMMW) Announces Wind Tunnel Testing for Improving Customer Acceptance of its New Solar Tracker in 150 mph Wind Structural Load Required Locations and to Achieve More Cost Reductions

May 7, 2021: Boston, Massachusetts - May 7, 2021 (Newsfile Corp.) ( Newswire) Mass Megawatts (OTC Pink: MMMW) announces today that wind tunnel testing will be conducted to prove its durability in areas like the Caribbean that may require very high wind load requirements for buildings and other structures.

Experimental, ecological home is inspired by a tree in France

May 7, 2021: La Maison Connectée was engineered for reduced energy use and is equipped with an intelligent home automation system.

Next port of call – the methanol bunkering station?

May 7, 2021: Next port of call – the methanol bunkering station?“Methanol’s physical and chemical properties are ideal for combustion engines and it has excellent ignition properties,” explains Toni Stojcevski, General Manager, Sales, Project Services at Wärtsilä. “It’s one of the best alternative fuels to meet current and future emissions targets in terms of NOx, SOX..

The Eco-Vertiport is inspired by a baobab tree

May 6, 2021: Take a look at how the designers used the form of this unusual tree to create a stunning example of green design.

Hydrogen instead of electrification? Potentials and risks for climate targets

May 6, 2021: Hydrogen-based fuels should primarily be used in sectors such as aviation or industrial processes that cannot be electrified, finds a team of researchers. Producing these fuels is too inefficient, costly and their availability too uncertain, to broadly replace fossil fuels for instance in cars or heating houses. For most sectors, directly using electricity for instance in battery electric cars or heat pumps makes more economic sense.

Los Angeles is the largest US city to be certified as a biodiversity haven

May 6, 2021: The city of Los Angeles has been certified as biodiversity haven by the National Wildlife Federation.

Soil-dwelling invertebrates are victims of pesticides

May 6, 2021: The lowly earthworm’s feeding and burrowing mixes organic residues into the soil, enhances nutrient cycling, decomposition and the structural development of soil. But rampant pesticide use threatens the existence of these crucial invertebrates, according to a new study.

A sustainable, zinc-clad family home on a budget in Australia

May 6, 2021: Located in a Rockhampton suburb in Queensland, Australia, OURHOUSEWANDAL by Design+Architecture and N.Veenstra is a 1,615 square foot sustainable family home designed on a low budget.

First nanoscale look at a reaction that limits the efficiency of generating hydrogen fuel

May 6, 2021: Transitioning to a hydrogen economy will require massive production of cheap, clean hydrogen gas for fuel and chemical feedstocks. New tools allow scientists to zoom in on a catalytic reaction that's been a bottleneck in efforts to generate hydrogen from water more efficiently.

Roadmap to expand NY solar energy, meet green goals

May 6, 2021: Solar-power developers need to explore using lower-quality agricultural land for solar energy, incentivize dual-use (combined agriculture and solar) options, avoid concentrated solar development and engage communities early to achieve New York's green energy goals, according to recent research.

Boost your morning with mushroom coffee in sustainable packaging

May 6, 2021: Looking for some mushroom coffee with the added bonus of sustainable packaging? The single-serve Mushroom Cups coffee is exactly what you need. Learn more.

Cleantech Stock News: Clean Power Capital (CSE: MOVE) (FWB: 2K6) (OTC: MOTNF) Provides Update on Its Investment in FusionOne‘S Waste to Electricity and Hydrogen Technology

May 5, 2021: VANCOUVER, British Columbia and IRVINE, Calif. - May 5, 2021 ( Newswire) Clean Power Capital Corp. (CSE: MOVE)(FWB: 2K6)(OTC: MOTNF) ("Clean Power" or the "Company" or "MOVE"). The Company is pleased to provide an update on its investment in FusionOne Energy Corp. ("FusionOne"), a producer of technologies primarily for the conversion of plastic waste to hydrogen and clean electricity.

Supersymmetry-inspired microlaser arrays pave way for powering chip-sized optical systems

May 5, 2021: Ring microlasers are eyed as potential light sources for photonic applications, but they first must be made more powerful. Combining multiple microlasers into an array solves only half of the problem, as this adds noisy 'modes' to the resulting laser light. Now, thanks to the math behind supersymmetry theory, engineers have achieved single-mode lasing from such an array. By calculating the necessary properties for 'superpartner' arrays, they can cancel out the unwanted extra modes.

DC Microgrids, building infrastructure for energy's future

May 5, 2021: The DC Microgrids project will help to build more resilient renewable energy using green sources and out-of-the-box ideas to solve the world's problems.

BLM approves solar farm construction in California desert

May 5, 2021: The Bureau of Land Management has approved the Crimson Solar Project, a massive solar farm in California that will power over 80,000 homes.

Pandora announces switch to lab-grown diamonds

May 5, 2021: Jewelry giant Pandora announced it will move away from mined diamonds and instead use sustainably made, lab-grown diamonds.

Levi's Wellthread collection showcases sustainable use of hemp

May 5, 2021: Levi's is setting new sustainability goals.

A high-tech textile to stay comfortable outdoors

May 5, 2021: Clothing, from tank tops to parkas, helps people adapt to temperatures outdoors. But you can only put on or take off so much of it, and fluctuations in weather can render what you are wearing entirely inadequate. Researchers now describe a high-tech alternative: a reversible textile they designed to trap warmth in the cold and reflect it during hot weather, all while generating small amounts of electricity.

What is driving reductions in residential greenhouse gas emissions in the US?

May 5, 2021: A study finds smarter home construction and decarbonization of electric supply are contributing to lower emissions from individual households, but troubling trends show other factors could begin to cancel out this progress.

IHS Markit: Rankings Show United States Already the World's Most Attractive Market for Renewables Investment

May 5, 2021: WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 5, 2021 ( Newswire) As the Biden Administration aims to significantly increase federal investment in renewable energy under the American Jobs Plan, the United States already ranks as the most attractive market for renewables investment, according to results from a new ranking by IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions.

10 hobbit homes that will have you ready to move to The Shire

May 5, 2021: The charm and appeal of hobbit homes have lasted long after the Lord of the Ring movies launched. Here are some of the cutest of these homes around the world.

Thin, large-area device converts infrared light into images

May 5, 2021: An infrared imager developed by engineers could be used to see through smog and fog; easily locate blood vessels on a patient; and see through silicon wafers to inspect the quality of electronic boards. It is also slim, compact and less costly to fabricate than similar technologies.

Cleantech Stock News: Solar Integrated Roofing (OTC: $SIRC) Closes Acquisition, Finalizing Buildout of Unified Backoffice Capabilities; @SIRCStock

May 5, 2021: EL CAJON, CA - May 5, 2021 ( Newswire) Solar / EV stock news from Newswire and - Solar Integrated Roofing Corp. (OTC: SIRC), an integrated, single-source solar power and roofing systems installation company, today announced the closing of its acquisition of Balance, LLC, a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firm - finalizing the buildout of the Company's unified backoffice capabilities to support all recent and future acquisitions.

Victorian farmhouse transforms into low-energy modern home

May 4, 2021: Thanks to designers at Guttfield Architecture, a quaint Victorian farmhouse in Harpsden, Henley on Thames has been given new life. Named for the clients' favorite tree, the Cherry Tree House is a sustainably renovated low-energy home that celebrates the English countryside through locally sourced materials, lush gardens and eco-friendly elements.

Hawaii declares a climate emergency

May 4, 2021: Hawaii is the first state in the U.S. to declare a climate emergency. The islands are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and more climate change effects.

Florida waterways demand their rights

May 4, 2021: Last year, Orange County, Florida passed a "rights of nature" law. Now, some lakes and marshes are suing a developer for infringing on their rights.

McLaren 720S: careful, your carbon fiber is showing

May 4, 2021: Not only is it a looker, but the ‘000’ McLaren 720S is making waves for its innovations in the world of exotic cars.

The Solar Industry’s Supply Chain Problems

May 4, 2021: by Paula Mints The solar industry has a supply chain problem – no, not just the current polysilicon and glass constraints. Solar wafer, ingot, cell, and module manufacturing are concentrated in China and South East Asia, leaving buyers outside these areas vulnerable to supply chain shocks. Countries in this region have lower labor costs, lower […] The post The Solar Industry’s Supply Chain Problems appeared first on Alternative Energy Stocks.

New 'key-hole surgery' technique to extract metals from the Earth

May 4, 2021: Researchers have developed a new method to extract metals, such as copper, from their parent ore body. The research team have provided a proof of concept for the application of an electric field to control the movement of an acid within a low permeability copper-bearing ore deposit to selectively dissolve and recover the metal in situ.

New synapse-like phototransistor

May 4, 2021: Researchers have developed a breakthrough in energy-efficient phototransistors. Such devices could eventually help computers process visual information more like the human brain and be used as sensors in things like self-driving vehicles.

Aether makes diamonds out of thin air

May 4, 2021: A company called Aether has announced that it can make diamonds out of the air — polluted air, that is.

Hydrogen / Fuel Cell Stock News: Ballard (NASDAQ: $BLDP) (TSX: $BLDP.TO) Reports Q1 2021 Results

May 4, 2021: VANCOUVER, BC - May 4, 2021 ( Newswire) Ballard Power Systems (NASDAQ: BLDP) (TSX: BLDP) today announced consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021. All amounts are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted and have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Solar / EV Stock News: Solar Integrated Roofing (OTC: $SIRC) Announces Closing of Balance LLC Acquisition, Finalizing Buildout of Unified Backoffice Capabilities; @SIRCStock

May 4, 2021: EL CAJON, CA - May 4, 2021 ( Newswire) Solar / EV stock news from Newswire and - Solar Integrated Roofing Corp. (OTC: SIRC), an integrated, single-source solar power and roofing systems installation company, today announced the closing of its acquisition of Balance, LLC, a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firm - finalizing the buildout of the Company's unified backoffice capabilities to support all recent and future acquisitions.

Stable, efficient, anode-free sodium battery

May 3, 2021: Scientists have developed a stable, anode-free sodium ion battery that is highly efficient, will be less expensive and is significantly smaller than a traditional lithium ion battery.

Understanding the invasion of Brood X cicadas

May 3, 2021: The lifecycle of a cicada is a journey like no other species.

Only 1% of global rivers contribute 80% of riverine plastic pollution to oceans

May 3, 2021: Most riverine plastic that flows into the oceans comes from just 1% of rivers worldwide.

Musician Manu Delago embarks on a concert tour by bike

May 3, 2021: Austrian musician Manu Delago is proving bands don’t need tour buses to go on the road.