Infrastructures News

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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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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Sewage Treatment Plant That Looks Like A Botanical Garden:

Sustainability Matters | By: Hydroflux Epco Pty Ltd | GPE – May 22, 2018: Abstract: Integrated Fixed Film Activated Sludge Plants (IFAS) rely on the use of a media on which a biofilm is grown, which results in a compact ...
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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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Smart Watering Reduces Heat At Adelaide Airport:

Sustainability Matters | By: SA Water | GPE – May 22, 2018: A trial conducted by SA Water and Adelaide Airport has found the smart use of water to maintain soil moisture and cultivate green space can reduce average ambient ...
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Climate Change Impacts Fragile River Ecosystems:

Science Daily | By: Geological Society Of America | May 16, 2018: Summary: Research undertaken in South Africa’s Kruger National Park (KNP) has shown that some of the world’s most sensitive and valuable riverine habitats are being destroyed due to ...
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The Fog Catchers Conjuring Water Out Of Moroccan Mist:

Reuters | By: Valeria Cardi | May 17, 2018: Growing up on Mount Boutmezguida in southwest Morocco on the edge of the Sahara desert, Khadija Ghouate never imagined that the fog enveloping the nearby peaks would change her life. For ...
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25% Of Dubai’s Buildings Will Be 3D Printed By 2025:

World Economic Forum | By: Adam Jezard | May 18, 2018: From printing replacement human body parts to assisting with running repairs on voyages to Mars, many predictions are being made for how 3D printing may soon improve the lot ...
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Nasa Reveals Dozens Of Areas In Danger Of Running Out Of Water:

The Financial Times | GPE – May 17, 2018: Human impact on supplies far greater than researchers anticipated. New satellite data on freshwater reserves from Nasa have revealed that dozens of regions across the globe are in danger of becoming ...
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Virgin Hyperloop One ~ Building DevLoop:

HyperLoop One | May 14, 2018: Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation that moves freight and people quickly, safely, on-demand and direct from origin to destination. Passengers or cargo are loaded into the hyperloop vehicle and accelerate gradually via ...
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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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Rebuilding Schools, Bridges ~ And Lives:

The Wall Street Journal | By:  Richard Trumka & Marty Walsh | May 14, 2018: Public investment in infrastructure can restore America’s public works and promote opportunity. It only takes a moment talking to Emily Galvin, an apprentice with Ironworkers ...
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Can Sludge From Dams Turn Deserts Into Farmland?

Fast Company | By: Adele Peters | GPE – May 14, 2018: Afforest for the Future is one of a series of projects trying to create arable land from sand. It’s method: use the muck that collects behind dams to ...
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Day Zero:

Vimeo | By: Jamie Hancock | GPE – May 12, 2018: Cape Town is currently suffering from a water crisis due to a number of different factors. The residents are having to cut their daily water usage down to a ...
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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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U.S. Drone Program Taps Apple, Passes Over Amazon, China’s DJI:

Reuters | By: David Shepardson & Jeffrey Dastin | May 09, 2018: Apple Inc soon will be capturing images of North Carolina by drone; a 1,500-pound, unmanned aircraft will look for mosquitoes in Florida; and startup Flirtey will fly medical ...
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Jordan To See Modest Economic Upturn, On Refugee-Led Consumption Boost And Reform Roll-Out:

European Bank For Reconstruction & Development | By: Anthony Williams | May 09, 2018: Jordan’s economy is expected to see a modest increase in the pace of growth this year and next, supported by stronger private consumption driven by a ...
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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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Where Water Is Scarce, Communities Turn To Reusing Wastewater:

Yale Environment 360 | By Jacques Leslie | May 01, 2018: By 2023, Orange County, California’s wastewater treatment system will generate 130 million gallons of drinking water a day. With the era of dam building coming to an end in ...
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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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Finding & Destroying Mines By Drone ~ Mine Kafon Drone:

Mine Kafon | GPE – April 29, 2018: Introducing the Mine Kafon Drone, an airborne demining system developed to clear all land mines around the world in less than 10 years. The Mine Kafon Drone is up to 20 times ...
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Delivery By Drone Matures In Real-World Testing:

Aviation Week & Space Technology | By: Graham Warwick | GPE – April 29, 2018: In a suburb of Canberra, in Australia’s Capital Territory, Project Wing’s drone delivery system is facing its toughest test yet. Originally published April 13, 2018: ...
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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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EPA Investigates Chemical Contamination Of North Carolina River:

Circle Of Blue | By: Brett Walton | GPE – April 27, 2018: Nonstick chemical was found downstream of Chemours’ Fayetteville manufacturing facility. Originally published June 23, 2017: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will investigate whether the chemical company Chemours ...
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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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Stormwater Treatment With A Different Face:

Forester Daily News | By: Janice Kaspersen | GPE – April 26, 2018: Managing stormwater is usually a utilitarian function. Occasionally it can rise to an art. A number of facilities combine stormwater treatment with another role, such as providing ...
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Fatberg ‘Autopsy’ Reveals Growing Health Threat To Londoners:

The Guardian | By: Nadia Khomami | GPE – April 26, 2018: Potentially deadly bacteria thriving in huge clots of waste in sewers, Channel 4 study shows. Fatbergs, the congealed mass of fat and discarded items that are increasingly blocking ...
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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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Nigeria ~ Shrinking Goronyo Dam Threatens Livelihood Of Millions:

Al Jazeera | By: Ahmed Idris | April 17, 2018: In the past year, water levels have dropped to just 10 percent of its capacity, forcing authorities to ration water to homes. The lives and livelihoods of two million people ...
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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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