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Are electric vehicles cleaner than petrol, diesel when run from coal grid?

A particular point of misinformation commonly bandied about by electric vehicle naysayers is that there is no point investing in an EV to reduce carbon emissions if you charge it off a coal-powered grid. Statements like these muddy the argument for clean transport and confuse the public about a transition that could have a significant impact on carbon…

Green innovations to change the world

Much of the work towards a sustainable future focuses on the humble battery. To reduce carbon waste, fuel cells have to become smaller, less visible, yet more powerful. It’s a tricky puzzle, but there has been significant progress. At this year’s NTT Research & Development Forum in Tokyo, the communications giant displayed a transparent A4-sized…

Transparent batteries are a step towards transparent devices with potential applications in wearables and the internet of things. As more and more devices come online, we are able to build new services that make our workplaces smarter and create a more connected world.

Tom Winstanley, head of innovation at NTT DATA

VW’s supermarket EV chargers and Levi’s upcycled bags: The sustainability success stories of the week

2019 has been a tough year for community energy, with the government’s decision to axe the Feed-In Tariff (FiT) scheme and Ofgem’s Targeted Charging Review (TCR) both making it more challenging for community groups to achieve buy-in for small-scale renewable energy projects.
But 2020 might well be brighter after non-profit Forum For…

There are currently over 100 assets from across the country on the platform – from offices  and industrial estates to schools, churches, libraries and homeless shelters. Successful projects will help communities take control of their energy, save money and tackle the climate crisis – all at the same time.

Forum for the Future’s PowerPaired project lead Rebecca Lawson

The Insanity of Progressivism Comes Right Out of Gulliver’s Travels

Our intellectual classes today are utterly disconnected from reality. As Milo Yiannopoulos writes in a review of the film Joker, “We are reeling from a disaster still unfolding, the unmaking of reality at the hands of millennial progressivism.” Indeed, when it comes to unmaking reality, our cognitive elite may as well inhabit the parody world…

Gearing up for a fossil fuel-free society

These batteries, the release says, have the potential to create a fossil-fuel-free society. A few weeks later, our federal minister for science and technology announced that a major Chinese battery maker would set up a lithium battery manufacturing facility in Pakistan. While further details are awaited, it is indeed a great opportunity that can…

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019 to John B Goodenough, M Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yashino for the development of lithium-ion batteries.

Read a press release issued by a few weeks ago

Lebanon landfill gas-to-energy plan advances

WEST LEBANON — A long-awaited effort to convert methane gas to energy at the Lebanon landfill could be operational by the end of 2020, reducing the city’s reliance on fossil fuels and contributing energy back into the grid.
The City Council will decide later this month whether to bond an additional $1.5 million needed to complete the…

If we get the project done by December, we will offset the city’s entire (energy needs) with renewable energy.

City Manager Shaun Mulholland

Solis Hybrid Inverters and LG Chem Deliver Solar-Plus-Storage Solution for Homeowners

Ginlong Technologies (Stock Code: 300763.SZ), a global leader in photovoltaic string inverter manufacturing, announces that its Solis storage inverter is now compatible with LG home battery RESU. The Solis Residential Hybrid Inverter (RHI) now is fully compatible with LG RESU 48V line-ups to provide stable, reliable home energy storage…

We are very excited about achieving compatibility with South Korea’s leading manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries. Solis and LG Chem have combined their respective technologies to create a new competitive home storage solution that helps households maximize their PV energy and lock in energy savings.

Ginlong Technologies CEO Yiming Wang

When Will Blockchain Technology Be a Game-Changer?

Investment Bank HSBC Holdings announced plans this week to move $20 billion in assets to blockchain technology. According to Computerworld: “The London-based company, the seventh-largest bank in the world, plans to move $20 billion in assets that include equity, debt, and real estate onto its new Digital Vault blockchain, a shift away from its…

Despite billions of dollars of investment, and nearly as many headlines, evidence for a practical scalable use for blockchain is thin on the ground.

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