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E-Buses To Surge Even Faster Than EVs As Conventional Vehicles Fade:

Bloomberg | By: Veronika Henze & Catrin Thomas | May 21, 2018: The supply of cobalt has emerged as a potential risk to the pace of growth in electrified transport over the next few years. The electrification of road transport ...
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Blockchain ~ From Disruption To New Business Models:

Power Engineering International | By: Thomas Steinberger, Robert Schwarz & Sergiu Maznic | GPE – May 22, 2018: Blockchain has the potential to change the business world as we know it today. Entire value chains can be shortened by it ...
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Shell Makes Strategic Investment In Microgrid Company:

Renewable Energy World | By: By Jennifer Runyon & Diarmaid Williams | May 21, 2018: Shell New Energies announced the acquisition of a majority share in microgrid company GI Energy. This comes on the heels of an investment by Shell ...
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Improving Wastewater Treatment Performance To Create New Business Opportunities:

Sustainability Matters | By: Michael Romer | May 21, 2018: Traditional wastewater treatment plants can suffer from a range of maintenance and operational issues arising from the corrosive and potentially septic nature of the materials being processed. However, there are ...
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Shell Joins Tesla Exec As Investor In Ice Storage:

Renewable Energy World | By: REW Editors | GPE – May 17, 2018: Shell Ventures this week co-led a $7.6 million Series-A round of funding for ice storage provider Axiom Energy, joining previous investor Telsa CTO JB Straubel. Shell and ...
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Centrica Trials Blockchain Energy Trading For Local Market:

Clean Technica | By: Jake Richardson | May 15, 2018: Centrica and LO3 have collaborated to put together a local energy market trial in Cornwall, England. Blockchain technology will be used to create a peer-to-peer energy trading platform. Solar power ...
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Wind And Solar + Storage Prices Smash Records:

Clean Technica | By: Christopher Arcus | GPE – May 15, 2018: In a new report from Xcel Energy, the company reported unprecedented low bids for wind and solar with storage. Originally published January 11, 2018: Last year, Xcel announced ...
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Elon Musk Harpooned Baseload Power:

Clean Technica | By: George Harvey | May 15, 2018: An article by RenewEconomy’s Sophie Vorrath and Giles Parkinson brought us some good news about the big battery, the Hornsdale Power Reserve, which Tesla built in South Australia late last ...
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A Fluke Breakthrough Could Be The Missing Link For An Electric Car Age:

Wired | By: Amit Katwala | GPE – May 11, 2018: Soft contact lens technology could link renewables and the grid and make electric cars better. Originally published March 01, 2018: In the 1970s, Dr Donald Highgate found a way ...
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Stanford Researchers Announce Inexpensive Water-Based Battery To Boost Grid Storage:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | May 03, 2018: In the world of commerce, the three most important considerations are the price, the price, and the price. The world is becoming aware of how grid storage can let renewable ...
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Rick Perry Travels To Kodiak Island, Alaska, To Learn About Renewable Microgrid:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | May 03, 2018: Energy Secretary Rick Perry was in Kodiak, Alaska, recently to learn more about how the island manages its renewable energy microgrid, according to KTUU News in Anchorage. The visit was ...
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California Water Board To Investigate Use Of Oilfield Wastewater To Irrigate Crops:

Circle Of Blue | By: Brett Walton | GPE – May 01, 2018: Expert panel will assess safety of eating food grown with treated wastewater. Originally published January 11, 2016: Kern County is the center of California’s oil industry. The ...
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Blockchain’s Potential For Managing The Impact Of Renewables And Peer-to-Peer Sales:

Renewable Energy World | By: Robert Schwarz, Sergiu Maznic & Thomas Steinberger | April 30, 2018: Blockchain: From disruption to new business models? Blockchain has the potential to change the business world as we know it today. Entire value chains ...
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Rural Pakistanis Take To Solar After Power Cuts Deepen:

Renewable Energy World | Bloomberg | By: Faseeh Mangi & Chris Kay | April 30, 2018: In a small tea shop along a dusty, unpaved road in the marketplace of Sujawal, a town about 93 miles east of Karachi in ...
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A Small School In Bolivia Is A Model For Sustainable Living Using Solar & Rainwater Capture:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | April 29, 2018: The Power of an Idea: “Innovation is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Thomas Edison Change starts with a single idea. The change in San Juan started with a single revolutionary ...
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Solar Ponds ~ Large Passive Solar Heat Collectors Relying On Brines (Used To Generate Electricity):

Clean Technica | By: James Ayre | April 29, 2018: Solar ponds are a type of passive solar energy technology whereby pools of saltwater are used to collect and store solar thermal energy — making use of the natural formation ...
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Solar Power Trade Using Blockchain Completed In UK:

Clean Technica | By: Jake Richardson | April 28, 2018: Excess solar power generated by a community solar power array at the Banister Housing Estate in Hackney, a London borough, was sent to a nearby residential structure using blockchain technology ...
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Solar Walls, Trombe Walls, & Passive Solar Heating 101:

Clean Technica | By: James Ayre | April 28, 2018: Solar walls, glazed solar collectors, and so-called Trombe walls are all different types of passive solar heating technologies based around the use of materials meant to absorb solar radiation (generally, ...
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Great Britain Goes 76 Hours Without Using Coal, Breaking Days-Old Record:

Clean Technnica | By: Joshua S Hill | April 25, 2018: Just days after setting a record of 55 hours without using coal, Great Britain has smashed a new record by going a total of 76 hours without any coal ...
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Electric Buses Put The Big Hurt On Fossil Fuel Companies:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | April 25, 2018: Change is a funny thing. You can’t see it, hear it, feel it, or taste it, but one day you look around and suddenly, there it is. Isbrand Ho, managing ...
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Falling Grid-Scale Storage Prices Create “Watershed Moment”:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | April 25, 2018: In remarks to the 28th annual conference of the Energy Storage Association held in Boston last week, ESA head Kelly Speakes-Backman was euphoric. “This is a watershed moment, friends, this ...
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Minigrids Are The Cheapest Way To Bring Electricity To 100 Million Africans Today:

Greentech Media | By: Matthew Tilleard, Gabriel Davies & Lucy Shaw | GPE – April 23, 2018: A CrossBoundary analysis shows why minigrids are vital to achieving affordable, sustainable, modern energy for all. Originally published April 20, 2018: By all ...
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SOURCE Hydropanel ~ Sunlight + Air = Water:

Zero Mass Water | By: Cody Friesen | GPE – April 22, 2018: At Zero Mass Water, we make exactly one product: SOURCE Hydropanels. That’s right, Hydropanels. Originally published January 04, 2018: This term is meant to capture that SOURCE ...
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Portugal’s Renewable Electricity Production In March Exceeded Consumption:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | April 19th, 2018: Portugal is taking an early lead in renewables to such an extent that for the month of March it produced 4.3% more renewable electricity, at 4,812 GWh, than its total ...
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‘Urban Mining’ In South Korea Makes Money From Waste:

Reuters TV | By: Grace Lee | GPE – April 19, 2018: As China’s aggressive hunt for overseas cobalt and lithium for electric vehicles pushes up prices and causes a global shortage of the key metals, South Korea is increasingly ...
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Shell’s Sky Scenario ~ Solar Dwarfs Oil And Gas As World’s Primary Source Of Energy:

Greentech Media | By: Stephen Lacey | April 17, 2018: Shell, the world’s sixth biggest oil and gas company, just published a future “sky” scenario that’s getting a lot of attention. That potential future: By 2050, renewables could overtake oil, ...
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Water Stress Threatens Nearly Half The World’s Thermal Power Plant Capacity:

World Resources Institute | By: Various Authors | GPE – April 18, 2018: Many people point to renewable energy as the greatest threat facing fossil fuel power plants. New WRI research finds that the real threat may be water. Originally ...
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It’s Not Just Cape Town ~ 4 Shrinking Reservoirs To Watch:

World Resources Institute | By: Charles Iceland, Tianyi Luo & Gennadii Donchyts | GPE – April 17, 2018: Cape Town, South Africa has been in the news a lot lately. The region has suffered a devastating three-year drought, and the ...
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Rural Electrification Minigrids To Become Investors’ New Darling:

Renewable Energy World | By: Dr. Thomas Hillig | April 12, 2018: Globally, around 1.2 billion people do not have access to electricity. Cost erosion in solar, wind, and energy storage technology is creating new opportunities for the electrification of ...
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ABB And Tigo Collaborate To Provide Worldwide Leading Inverter And Optimizer Solution:

Renewable Energy World | GPE – April 14, 2018: The new interoperability brings cost-effective module-level monitoring, safety, and optimization features to PV customers worldwide. Originally published April 10, 2018: ABB and Tigo today announce an operational compatibility between ABB’s inverter ...
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Bacteria Breathe Easy With New Wastewater Treatment Technology:

Sustainability Matters | April 09, 2018: Murdoch University researchers have developed an energy-efficient process that they believe will revolutionise wastewater treatment by chopping the required electricity consumption in half. With current wastewater treatment technology in Australia more than 100 years ...
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Siemens Chicago Pilot Reimagines The Grid As Patchwork Of Microgrids:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | April 05, 2018: Siemens has kicked off a new pilot in partnership with Chicago-based ComEd and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) that aims to redefine the microgrid as an integrated operating unit ...
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Tumbling Costs For Wind, Solar, Batteries Are Squeezing Fossil Fuels:

Bloomberg New Energy Finance | By: Veronika Henze | GPE – April 05, 2018: Latest BNEF study of comparative costs worldwide shows an 18% improvement in the competitiveness of onshore wind and solar in the last year, and new and ...
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Emrgy Offers Scalable Plug-N-Play Hydropower Solutions:

Clean Technica | By: Steve Hanley | April 03, 2018: When we think of hydropower, we think of thundering cascades of water spilling downhill through carefully crafted flumes and spinning enormous generators that make enough power to light up small ...
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Tesla Begins Rolling Out Solar Roof Tile Installations In California:

Clean Technica | By: Kyle Field | April 03, 2018: Several reports from customers on Twitter show that Tesla Solar Roof installations are starting to get out into the wild, with non-Tesla employees and even customers without a Tesla now ...
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‘Cyber Attack’ Shut Pipeline Data System, Energy Transfer Says:

Rigzone & Bloomberg | By: Ryan Collins & Meenal Vamburkar | April 02, 2018: A system that digitally processes customer transactions for a major pipeline network in the U.S. was shut down Monday after a cyber attack. An electronic data ...
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Yes, Cities Can Do 100% Renewable Energy ~ Even In Texas:

Clean Technica | By: Tina Casey | April 02, 2018: Georgetown, Texas, has become something of a green celebrity for reaching its 100% renewable energy goal within just three years, and now the city is taking clean power to the ...
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These Water Wheels Can Pump Water Over A Mile Without Electricity:

TechInsider | GPE – April 02, 2018: This is Barsha Pump, it’s a new water pump created by aQysta. “Barsha” means rain in Nepalese and the pumps are being made available across Nepal, Indonesia, Zambia and 9 other countries. The ...
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Meet The Man Who Built His Own Power Plant:

Great Big Story | GPE – April 01, 2018: Many parts of rural Kenya lack access to electricity, leaving residents shrouded in darkness as nighttime falls. John Magiro Wangare wanted to change that. Originally published March 06, 2018:Using a local ...
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EV Battery Usage At Office Buildings ~ Hitachi, Mitsubishi & ENGIE Explore Options:

Clean Technica | By: Jake Richardson | March 31, 2018: The imminent surge in electric vehicle adoption has led some to wonder if used EV batteries might find second lives in other applications. For example, Nissan batteries have been utilized ...
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