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Four technologies that could take the world beyond lithium-ion

The Buzz: Solid-state batteries have the highest potential for packing a lot of energy, says Ilias Belharouak, group leader for battery and fuel cells manufacturing at Oakridge National Laboratory. He tells Shift that solid-state batteries have the potential to nearly double the 250 kWh capacity of…

Welcome to Antarctica’s First Research Station Powered by Green Energy

As a scientist investigating climate change, I’m embarrassed by the high carbon footprint I have when I travel to, and work in, Antarctica. Researchers based in the UK regularly take four or five flights to reach the continent and the stations we visit rely on electricity from fossil fuels…

Sustainable energy usage to define the rising adoption of green data centers

Serving as a major requirement for data centers worldwide, internet and cloud services have been profusely rising over the past few years. This substantial growth in the demand for the internet has brought into picture its harmful impact – the surging environmental impact, growing public…

BMW Partners With Dairy Farms To Make Renewable Energy

BMW Group is partnering with Straus Family Creamery to make low carbon charging available for BMW’s electric vehicle customers in California, using electricity generated at the organic dairy farm. The companies announced the project, which BMW claimed was the first of its kind in the auto…

It’s really in our DNA. It’s not just a promise, it’s something that BMW as a company and as a brand really believes in. Because that’s not something you can do with lip service, just talking about sustainability and not really living up to it. You shouldn’t overpromise and underdeliver.

Uwe Dreher, vice president of marketing at BMW of North America

India’s hydropower capacity addition plans in limbo

While solar power capacity additions are slowing down, another major renewable energy hydropower capacity addition plans are also in a major limbo in the country. The public sector National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC), India’s premier hydropower company, with a total…

Offshore Wind Pipeline in Asia-Pacific Excluding China Exceeds 5 GW

With a supportive policy framework in place and over 5 gigawatts (GW) of approved projects pipeline that will come online as early as 2025, Taiwan is expected to connect upwards of 10 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. Developers are leveraging Taiwan’s geographical advantages…

Weights show the way to cheap stored power

Finding effective ways to store energy until it’s needed is a major obstacle for the renewable electricity revolution, but two new mechanical systems mean cheap stored power could soon be widely available. Cheaper than batteries, both have the virtue of being able to produce full power…

Regions with high mountains, for example the Himalayas, Alps, and Rocky Mountains, could therefore become important long-term energy storage hubs.

Julian Hunt, researcher, International Institute for Applied System Analysis

The fluctuating current

MEMBERS OF the Ateneo de Manila University community gathered at Gate 2.5  last September 20 to stage a demonstration for the Global Climate Strike movement. The Ateneo protesters joined millions of others from around the world to strike against supranational corporations that…

The idea of the CELLs is that it’s a think tank…that will put forward policies. Policy proposals on energy that’s good for [the] environment…good for poverty.

fFormer ASoG Dean Antonio La Viña

Sierra Leone: Easy Solar expands energy access to 300,000 people

For more than three years, Easy Solar has been committed to expanding energy access in Sierra Leone. Today, the company remains at the forefront with its products powering more than 40,000 households, and shops in 15 out of 16 districts where consumers can access a range of…

We are thrilled to be making life easier for so many individuals who do not have access to reliable electricity. No one should have to live in the dark.

Nthabiseng Mosia, co-founder and director of customer experience at Easy Solar

Financing African projects remains a struggle

With vast solar resources that could be harvested by ever-evolving PV technology, Africa offers huge potential for renewable energy across the residential, commercial and utility-scale segments of the industry. However, as attendees heard at the recent CommUnity Days event held by the EU…

We do this in a bottom-up way, working with our collaborators on the ground and according to the local market requirements.

Felix Boldt – chief executive of German off-grid solar system manufacturer Solarworx

EMU: Create a New Future for 5G Public-Chain

Time after time, we have seen emerging technologies bring great change and innovation. Two of the emergent technologies of the current era – blockchain and 5G – are poised to rely heavily on each other in terms of the change they are likely to bring. 5G’s “high speed” will effectively…

Hence, the integration of blockchain and 5G will become an irreversible technological innovation trend in the new era.

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