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Does The Renewable Energy & EV Wave Include Shell & BP?

Clean Technica | By: Grant Gerke | February 15, 2019: The electric car world stops when Tesla shareholder calls happen, but another significant development occurred in late January when Shell New Energies US, LLL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shell, acquired Greenlots, an electric car charging software and hardware company. The acquisition raises questions about fossil-fuel companies and their approach with ...
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Shell Acquires Sonnen!

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | February 15, 2019: Shell is diving off the deep end into energy storage with the acquisition of 100% of Germany energy storage and solution provider sonnen. The acquisition builds on Shell’s investment into the company last year through its Shell Ventures arm and shows that Royal Dutch Shell sees an energy future that ...
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Electricity From The Road Surface:

Touring | By: Juliane Lutz | February 2019: Traditionally the only function of the road is to ensure the mobility of its users – however that is now changing as the road surface is being converted into a provider of electricity. At the helm of the ElectRoad start-up, Oren Ezer and Hanan Rumbak, from Israel, pursue two ambitious goals: to ...
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MAHLE Agrees To License Wireless Charging From WiTricity:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | February 07, 2019: MAHLE, a top 20 global Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry, has agreed to license WiTricity’s patented magnetic resonance wireless charging technology. Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, the companies plan to develop additional innovative solutions for global car makers as they work to bring new vehicle platforms for e-mobility to ...
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The Case For Green Buildings In Health Care:

Sustainability Matters | January 31, 2019: The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) have released a paper titled ‘The case for sustainable healthcare’, revealing the triple bottom line benefits of green-certified health facilities following a review of national and international healthcare facilities. The paper found hospitals typically used more than double the energy ...
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Hints Of EV Revolution Rising:

Clean Technica | By: Guest Contributor | February 03, 2019: Just after Thanksgiving in late Nov 2018, General Motors (GM) announced that it was shutting down 5 factories and laying off 14,800 employees. While President Trump expressed his disapproval, the stock market approved, giving GM’s stock a modest boost. While the layoffs made headlines, many reporters, and readers, missed the ...
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Energy Storage ~ Next Game Changer:

Clean Technica | By: Guest Contributor | February 03, 2019: With the rise of variable renewable generation, storage is poised to become big business. Everybody agrees that storage is turning into big business, and soon, but exactly how big and how soon? According to a report released in Nov 2018 by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) the global energy-storage market ...
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Sodium Sulfur Battery In Abu Dhabi Is World’s Largest Storage Device:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | February 03, 2019: Abu Dhabi now boasts the world’s largest storage battery — a 108 MW/648 MWh behemoth that is five times larger than the Hornsdale battery installed in Australia by Tesla a year ago. There is one other important difference between the battery in Australia and the one in Abu Dhabi. The ...
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My EV, Your PV — Or The Other Way Around?

Clean Technica | By: Guest Contributor | February 02, 2019: Will future solar homes and EV owners be able to tango? With so many solar homes and an increasing number of EVs, it is easy to connect the dots leading to new and potentially profitable business models. One such idea was recently outlined by Vincent Schachter, Sr. VP of energy ...
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The Polar Vortex, Frigid Temperatures, & Climate Change ~ 3 Things to Know:

Clean Technica | By: World Resources Institute | January 31, 2019: Parts of the United States are expected to be colder than Antarctica this week, and three-quarters of the U.S. population will likely experience temperatures that dip below freezing. Climate deniers are already using the polar vortex to call into question the existence of global warming. Yet a cold snap ...
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Dolphin Boat Goes Hybrid With BMW i3 Batteries + Sunflare Panels:

Clean Technica | By: Charles W. Thurston | January 31, 2019: An operator of a custom glass-bottomed dolphin observation boat has combined Sunflare solar panels with lithium-ion batteries for what may be the first charter vessel of it kind, says the Key West owner. Dubbed “The Squid,” the vessel was designed for tour operator Honest Eco by David Walworth, an ...
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Corporate Insistence On Single-Use Plastics & Protecting The Environment:

Clean Technica | By: Carolyn Fortuna | January 31, 2019: Corporations all over the world need to make a choice — are they going to commit to a future in which reliance on fossil fuel-based plastics is only a memory? Or are they going to continue to contribute to the 300 million tons of plastics produced every year, half of ...
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Shell Execs Get The Message ~ EV Charging Is Good For Me:

Clean Technica | By: Tina Casey | January 31, 2019: Money talks, the rest walks. That’s the takeaway from Royal Dutch Shell’s new policy of linking executive pay to carbon emissions. Shell announced the new policy last month, and it already seems to be having an effect. Yesterday the company announced it has acquired Greenlots, a leader in the EV ...
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US Floating Solar Could Generate 10% Of Annual Electricity Production:

Clean Technica | By: Joshua S Hill | January 25, 2019: Installing floating solar solar PV projects on the more than 24,000 man-made US reservoirs could generate approximately 10% of the national annual electricity production, according to a report published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Researchers from NREL published their findings in December in the journal Environmental Science ...
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Solar-Plus-Storage Beats Combined-Cycle Gas In Jordan And Morocco:

GTM | By: Jason Deign | January 21, 2019: Even the world’s most efficient gas technology is falling behind PV combined with batteries. Solar-plus-storage is already competitive with the world’s most efficient form of gas generation in Morocco and Jordan, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. Solar on its own is much cheaper than combined-cycle gas ...
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Desalination: Worth its Salt?

Foresternetwork | By: Laura Sanchez | January 16, 2019: A new study evaluates the impact of brine on the environment. Desalination plants provide fresh water to thirsty populations around the world. And in the face of global water scarcity, this technology is considered increasingly valuable. However, the brine that these treatment processes discharge can also be detrimental to the environment ...
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Recycling Cooking Oil To Grow More Food:

Sustainability Matters | By: Flinders University | January 21, 2019: Circular Economy: A new type of slow-release fertiliser that results in better plant health and less wasted nutrients has been invented at Flinders University by Dr Justin Chalker and his team in the Institute for NanoScale Science and Technology. The fertiliser is released slowly into soils because it is encapsulated ...
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What Changed In The Solar & Energy Storage Industries In 2018?

Clean Technica | By: Zachary Shahan | January 19, 2019: I started covering the solar energy industry seriously in 2009. It seemed like a hopping, exciting time in the industry — growth was exploding. I remember one early story in which readers admonished me a little because I put “Solar Power Exploding” in a headline, and they thought I was ...
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Unlock The Brexit Logjam By Learning From Other Nations:

Financial Times | By Groovedude | January 19, 2019: Citizens assemblies changed not only policies, but also politics. Another week of parliamentary crisis; another week of “there has to be a better way”. Still the Brexit deadlock endures. The UK is not the first nation to face controversial decisions, but we do steadfastly refuse to change the way we take ...
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Too Much Salt ~ Water Desalination Plants Harm Environment ~ U.N:

United Nations | Reuters | By: Alister Doyle | January 14, 2019: Almost 16,000 desalination plants worldwide produce bigger-than-expected flows of highly salty waste water and toxic chemicals that are damaging the environment, a U.N.-backed study said on Monday. Desalination plants pump out 142 million cubic meters (5 billion cubic feet) of salty brine every day, 50 percent more than ...
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Zero Mass Water’s Hydropanels Pull Water From Thin Air At #CES2019:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | January 11, 2019: “Where does your water come from?” Friesen hit me with the question almost before I had time to sit down. I stuttered. Uh…well…heading into an interview where I thought I would be asking all the questions, I was thoroughly unprepared for the question, but stammered off on my way just ...
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Drones, Automation, & Reforestation ~ How DroneSeed Is Keeping Forests Healthy Post-Wildfire:

Clean Technica | By: Erika Clugston | January 07, 2019: DroneSeed, Seattle-based startup, uses drones in post-fire environments to combat the spread of wildfires and keep affected areas healthy. Using automation, founder and CEO Grant Canary has figured out a way to make the revitalization of our forests faster, cheaper, and more efficient. Using drones, the company is able to ...
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Tesla’s Software-First Approach Foreshadows The Future Of Cars:

Clean Technica | EVANNEX | By: Charles Morris | January 06, 2019: Everyone knows that Tesla is an innovative company, and almost everyone knows that its cars don’t need gasoline. But as Lou Steinberg points out in a recent article entitled “Some of the Greatest Innovations are not What You Think,” electrification is not Tesla’s only innovation, and when it ...
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Roles Cities Can Play To Advance E-Mobility:

Clean Technica | By: Zachary Shahan | January 06, 2019: There are numerous different ways municipalities can be involved in the transition to electric vehicles and installing EV infrastructure. 1] Championing: Installing charging infrastructure is a core part of building an EV ecosystem, but it is not the only part. (Other factors include:) Awareness raising: Direct Incentives & Privileges: Use ...
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Solar Water Pumps ~ Morocco, First In Africa In 2017:

Le Matin | By: Abdelhafid Marzak | January 03 2019: Morocco is Africa’s leading market for solar water pumps. In 2017, it generated the largest turnover of the continent, ahead of Ethiopia. According to an Irish research and markets firm, some $ 233 million should be injected into solar projects for agricultural development in Morocco by 2024. Much of this ...
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The US Department Of Energy Roots For Floating Solar Panels. Do You?

Clean Technica | By: Tina Casey | December 30, 2018: The idea of floating solar panels out on water seems to make sense, right? Well, maybe. Waterborne PV adds another wrinkle to the task of maintaining and repairing solar panels. Finding suitable bodies of water is a whole ‘nother can of worms. Nevertheless, other countries are shaking the floating solar ...
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EV Charging Rates For Commercial Electric Trucks, Buses, & Fast Chargers ~ Policies Forming:

Clean Technica | By: NRDC | December 28, 2018: Charging an electric truck or bus at a fleet depot—or an electric car at an apartment, workplace, or a public fast-charging station—should be far cheaper than filling up on gasoline or diesel. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case at sites that receive electricity under utility rates designed for commercial buildings and ...
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Bioplastic Breakthrough Promises Polymers Without Using Precious Land Or Water Resources:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | December 28, 2018: As much as we bemoan how plastics have taken over our lives, the truth is that modern societies depend on them for much of their commercial output. Plastics can do marvelous things. They only have two problems — most are derived from petroleum and they take a few hundred years ...
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NYC Adds 50 Envision Off-Grid Solar EV Charging Stations:

Clean Technica | By: Steven Hanley | December 27, 2018: Envision Solar makes a self-contained solar-powered EV charging station that is portable and completely off the grid. That means it can be towed to where it is needed and set up without digging trenches for a connection to the local utility grid. Using two axis tracking, it can generate enough ...
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BETO Surfs The New Wave Of Bio-Based Plastic From Algae:

Clean Technica | By: Tina Casey | December 27, 2018: BETO is the US Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office. Earlier this year BETO dropped a cool $2 million in funding for a cutting edge algae plastic research project aimed at accelerating the sparkling green bioeconomy of the future. The algae project is far from a one-off, by the way. The ...
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Microgrid Cybersecurity Tightens With Standards Adoption:

Clean Technica | By: Charles W. Thurston | December 26, 2018: Hackers targeting the electrical grid, your local utility, or the solar microgrid your home is linked into will have a harder time disrupting your electrons in the near future. Manufacturers of electronic equipment used in smart homes, in microgrids, and in utilities are beginning to adopt a set of ...
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10 EV Charging Tips For Cities ~ A CleanTechnica Presentation:

Clean Technica | By: Cyntia Shahan | December 23, 2018: CleanTechnica and EV charging leader GreenWay last year led a working group of EV charging leaders — EVBox, Fortum, the Norwegian EV Association, and approximately a dozen others — to create EV charging guidelines for cities. CleanTechnica Director and Chief Editor Zachary Shahan presented a 10 key tips included in ...
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Full Steam Ahead For First Ever Diesel-Killing, High Speed Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry:

Clean Technica | By: Tina Casey | December 23, 2018: Things certainly are moving along quickly in the hydrogen fuel cell field. Just last summer Clean Technica took note of plans for a futuristic new fuel cell ferry boat slated to ply the waters of San Francisco Bay, and the vessel is on track to launch — literally — next ...
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President’s Council Urges Solar & Microgrid Use For Energy Security:

Clean Technica | By: Charles W. Thurston | December 18, 2018: Rooftop solar communities may soon become the latest line of cybersecurity defense for America’s vulnerable electric utility industry, providing emergency power for local consumers while supporting the grid in the event of an attack-based outage. Indeed, a key recommendation in a recent President’s National Advisory Infrastructure Council report on ...
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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch:

The Ocean Cleanup | By: Boyen Slat et al | December 19, 2018: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world and is located between Hawaii and California. Scientists of The Ocean Cleanup have conducted the most extensive analysis ever of this area. Plastic Accumulation: It is estimated that 1.15 to 2.41 million ...
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Report: Waste Incineration – A Dirty Secret In How States Define Renewable Energy:

Clean Technica | By: John Farrell | December 17, 2018: Report: Waste Incineration: A Dirty Secret In How States Define Renewable Energy Executive Summary: Burning garbage to generate power is neither clean nor renewable. Yet, aging, costly, and polluting solid waste incinerators have been bolstered by a dirty secret — 23 states legally classify incineration as “renewable” in their energy ...
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4 More Reasons That Electric Trucks Are Better Than Diesel Trucks:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | December 17, 2018: You never know where news about the electric vehicle revolution will come from. Today’s topic comes via Fleet Manager, a publication for people who have posters of Peterbilts on their office walls. They offer a list of 4 reasons their readers might prefer electric trucks that are a little out ...
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Protecting The Rainforest – Powering The People:

Clean Technica | By: The Beam | December 13, 2018: For thousands of years, indigenous communities have inhabited the Amazon rainforest living in an intimate connection with the natural world. “Life in the jungle was like living in paradise,” a Cofán elder recalls from his childhood memory. It was a life filled with wonder, freedom, reverence, and a beautiful expression ...
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EV Charging Is Getting Faster — Slowly:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | December 16, 2018: Siemens, Porsche, and BMW formed a research group called FastCharge in 2016 with the mission to make EV charging faster. Last week, a Porsche Taycan test vehicle plugged into a new ultra-fast 450 kW charger developed by the group and took on enough electricity to drive an extra 62 miles ...
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Minigrids In The Money:

Rocky Mountain Institute | By Kelly Carlin & Kendall Ernst | December 13, 2018: Six Ways to Reduce Minigrid Costs by 60% In sub-Saharan Africa, hundreds of millions of people (about 65 percent of the population) live in communities that lack access to electricity. As a key enabler of economic development, the lack of energy access stymies broader efforts to ...
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