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Fast charging is not a friend of electric car batteries

Every year, electric car batteries degrade. How much depends on factors only now being tested in the real world. Some of the best data come from informal trials of electric vehicles (EVs) being conducted by fleet operators around the world. A detailed looked was supplied this week by the fleet-telematics company Geotab. It plumbed data from 6,300 fleet…

Hotel Sustainability: Top 3 Technologies to Implement in 2020

There seem to be two schools of thought in regards to achieving greater sustainability. One is based on a behavioral change to tackle societal and environmental challenges. More precisely in managing resources with moderation, restraint, and constraint (e.g. Reduce-Reuse-Recycle mantra). The other approach focuses on developing…

Nowadays, ecotourism is globally perceived as one of the most resourceful industries to attain sustainable development. There is greater awareness on conserving natural resources and cultural patrimony, through tourism endeavors where profitability meets responsibility. Additionally, ecotourism reduces migration and safeguards local cultures by creating green jobs in remote areas.

José Koechlin von Stein, Founder & CEO at Inkaterra Hotels

Forget electric cars — e-bikes will be the top-selling EV in the next decade

The next decade is going to be defined by a revolution of battery-powered transportation, and the vehicle that will lead the charge won’t be the Tesla Model 3 or even the wildly polarizing Cybertruck. And it definitely won’t be an electric scooter. It will be an electric bike. For years, electric bikes were relegated to niche status in most countries…

130 million e-bikes are expected to be sold in the US between 2020 and 2023.

Lessons from pivoting toward digital transformation

Schneider Electric is more than 180 years old, and we’ve pivoted several times. We started in iron and steel, and now we are providing energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. As you can imagine, we’ve learned many lessons along the way for making successful pivots. Since I just had the opportunity to participate in a…

Inside the world’s first all-solar powered village: Id Mjahdi in Morocco comes online with 32 panels that provide electricity to 20 homes

This month, a small Moroccan village earned the distinction of becoming Africa’s first fully solar-powered village. 32 solar panels were brought online and connected to a mini-grid system that delivers electricity to around 50 residents of Id Mjahdi, a small village near the seaside town of Essaouira. The project cost just $188,000 to build and generates 8.32…

People that were not working at all and not having any sustainable revenue, the fact that they are working in their village and creating value is very important and very, very valuable.

Cluster Solaire’s Fatima El Khalifa

India’s $62 billion sanitation economy is fueling entrepreneurs in renewable energy

Several large multinational companies, including Kimberly Clark, Unilever, and Lixil, recently gathered in India with the World Bank, various NGOs and government officials to meet with sanitation entrepreneurs, or sanipreneurs, to address the worldwide sanitation crisis. Their goal: to come up with new ways to turn human waste into valuable resources…

What goes down the toilet … it’s a combination of biological materials, water — all resources — provided you can treat the waste. As long as you can use it, creating valuable materials, that brings a revenue stream.

Sandy Rodger, chief operations officer at the Toilet Board Coalition

Here comes affordable large-scale grid storage for renewables

Researchers at the Department of Energy (DoE) have developed new technology that paves the way for affordable large-scale grid storage for renewable energy by tapping an aqueous technology for a new battery membrane. A team at the DoE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a novel flow-battery membrane made…

By using our technology and accompanying empirical models for battery performance and lifetime, other researchers will be able to quickly evaluate the readiness of each component that goes into the battery, from the membrane to the charge-storing materials. This should save time and resources for researchers and product developers alike.

Brett Helms, a principal investigator in the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) at Berkeley Lab

Investigating waves and currents in the Pentland Firth and their effect on marine energy generation

The Pentland Firth is well known for being rich in marine energy as the wave and tidal systems from the Atlantic Ocean are channeled through its islands and headlands to the North Sea. It is estimated that Scotland contains 25 percent of Europe’s tidal stream energy and 10 percent of its wave energy potential, and a considerable part of this…

Salty Algae Leads to Sweet Success

What do pink flamingos, a biofuels patent application and a recent Nature paper on plant evolution have in common? Dunaliella, a group of saltwater algae! Algae in this group produce significant amounts of orange-pink pigments, and when flamingos feed on the algae — and the tiny shrimp that also eat the algae — the pigments are absorbed by the…

This was a big, international community effort where we pooled all this information about the different species and classes of plants to get, fundamentally, the plant family tree. We contributed the saltwater algae transcriptomes, while a small team was involved in the heavy lifting of doing the computational analysis.

Heike Sederoff, a professor in NC State’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Solar industry seeks clarity on future of microgrid subsidy

Ahead of next July’s Tokyo Olympics, Japan is gearing up to put on its roads thousands of vehicles based on a hydrogen cell technology, also known as ‘fuel cells’. Japan’s lead in the practical application of the hydrogen fuel cycle, and the ongoing research in this field at the International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy at Kyushu University, are being…

Fuel cell electric vehicles are the most user-friendly zero-emission solution in Norway. Our goal is to provide the necessary infrastructure, securing our customers several zero emission-alternatives to choose from, and to meet the demand for H2 fuel in a convenient way at the lowest possible cost for the consumer.

Roger Hertzenberg, CEO of Uno-X Hydrogen

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