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Electric Deliveries Are Spreading Across Africa, Botswana Startup MyFoodness Adopts Electric Scooters On Its Routes

Slowly but surely, we are getting there. We recently shared Kenyan startup GreenSpoon’s move to embrace electric delivery vans and ABInBev’s South African Breweries’ addition of the Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter to its fleet. Well, now, on our travels to Botswana, we came across MyFoodness, which has been using electric scooters…

Battery tech in electric cars presents a huge opportunity to SA mining

The global motor industry is moving increasingly towards electric vehicles (EVs) from the carbon-emitting internal combustion engine. This requires extensive investment in battery technology, which presents huge opportunities for SA mining. Various rare-earth minerals are used to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles, but the bulk…

Smart cities are built on sustainability

We’re living in a world where the pace of change can feel overwhelming; the rate at which technology is transforming everything around us is unprecedented. The speed of change is only going to increase. Three global trends have emerged that are heavily impacting our lives. The first is digitization. We’re surrounded by technology and using it at every…

To me, the definition of a smart city is sustainability, where the city’s infrastructure and residents learn how to make the most of their energy. If a city isn’t sustainable, then how can it be smart?

Pankaj Sharma, Executive Vice-President of Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric

Australia’s Trash Is Becoming Someone’s Electricity

Australia’s landfills are reaching capacity, forcing leaders there to find new solutions — ones that involve turning waste into electricity. The results are helping to reduce trash-levels while also creating bio-energy and sustainable fuel. The technology is now part of the global effort to reduce CO2 levels. Developing countries that have limited…

But if it gets to the point where it would go to a landfill, then this technology is a better alternative. It is not a silver bullet to curing the world’s waste issue. But it does prevent 300,000 tons of municipal solid waste that would otherwise go into landfill.

Mac Irvine, acting head of Waste and Bioenergy for Australia-based Clean Energy Financing Corp

Going Green invites kids to think about city planning

Guests in the Monona Terrace Convention Center showed off their environmental sides at the Terrace Town Going Green event. The event had over 10,000 square feet of environmentally friendly scale model cities designed by over 1,200 local students from more than a dozen local schools. All of the models were made entirely out of…

Sustainability is an important part of it. We want kids to think about alternative energy sources, how to walk from one place to another, instead of getting in a car for instance.

Relectrify Using Old EV Batteries to Power the Grid

Companies and automakers may have their sights set on ways to make cutting-edge lithium-ion – or even solid-state units – batteries for future electric cars. But no one has really thought of what to do with old electric car batteries. Sure, there have been some lighthearted takes, like Nissan’s idea of using old batteries from the Leaf to power camping…

There are 400 individual cells in one block of Relectify’s system and each cell can be used to its fullest. One battery block can provide up to 72 kWh of energy storage and 25 kWh of power. Those figures are comparable to Tesla’s Powerpack, which is also used for energy storage purposes, which can provide up to 50 kWh of energy storage.

Vineeth Joel Patel

Solar-Plus-Storage Could Push Solar To New Heights

Solar has experienced a huge amount of growth over the past few decades. The potential of solar PV technology is becoming increasingly clear given the rate of innovation in the space. Solar PV is experiencing exponential advancements similar to those of other semiconductor-based technologies like integrated circuits…

A Foundation Built on Oil Embraces the Green Revolution

Rajiv Shah is president of the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest philanthropies, founded by oil baron John D. Rockefeller in 1913. President of the foundation since 2017, Shah previously was administrator of the US Agency for International Development, and held several posts at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He met recently with…

We’re going to bring power and energy to 25 million people that live in the dark effectively. We know 80 percent of our customers are small businesses. It’ll be an engine of job growth for communities where people live on less than $2 a day.

Rockefeller Foundation President Rajiv Shah

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