A British billionaire is building the world’s biggest battery to rival Elon Musk’s

March 16, 2018 by  
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British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta is building the world’s biggest battery in South Australia, knocking Elon Musk’s battery project from the title. South Australia is home to a 100MW battery the size of a football field, which switched online last November. Gupta plans to build his own 120MW battery at a storage facility at Whyalla Steelworks , which he purchased last year. A once-in-a-lifetime storm caused blackouts throughout South Australia in 2017, prompting the state to secure its energy grid against future disruptions. The state began investing in renewable energy – and it’ll invest $7.8 million into Gupta’s project. The SIMEC ZEN Energy storage facility will be located 186 miles north of Adelaide in Port Augusta. Gupta’s GFG Alliance bought the struggling steelmaking giant Arrium last year, of which the Whyalla Steelworks is a part. Related: Tesla’s South Australia battery starts delivering power a day early Musk pledged last year to build a South Australia battery facility in 100 days – or the project would be free . He built it in just 63 days, and the project switched online last November. Musk’s battery is connected to a wind farm operated by energy firm Neoen, and it provides enough energy to power 8,000 homes for 24 hours during a blackout. Via Phys.org Images via GFG Alliance and Tesla

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Despite Trump’s rhetoric, US officials are still working to stop climate change

March 16, 2018 by  
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When Trump stepped away from the historic Paris climate agreement and proposed  slashing the EPA’s climate research budget , he signaled to the world that reducing carbon emissions wasn’t a priority for the US. But what Trump says and what his government does are two different things. While Trump continues to bloviate, federal agencies and scientists continue to collaborate on international efforts to fight climate change. Despite what Trump has said, the State Department, government scientists, and federal agencies continue to work hard to fight climate change. Technically, the US is no longer part of the Paris accord . But scientists and federal employees have been helping to draft the rulebook for its implementation. The US has also quietly boosted funding for clean energy projects, and research into global warming, as well as signing a global call to action to fight climate change. Related: US states and cities say they’re sticking to the Paris Accord without Trump Leaders and researchers from international groups aimed at fighting climate change say that they don’t notice a huge change from before and after Trump took office. Aleksi Härkönen, chair of the Arctic Council advisors group, said, “We really don’t detect any change with the Americans.” Back at home, Trump allies are dismayed that the President hasn’t implemented his rhetoric. “I am concerned that much of our climate policy remains on autopilot,” said Trump’s former energy adviser Myron Ebell. Part of the reason for the lack of change is that Trump hasn’t replaced staffers or filled key positions necessary to push through his agenda. “Our U.S. colleagues know that climate change is not a hoax,” said one anonymous scientist, who helped draft the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report along with US scientists. Via Reuters Images via Unsplash and Flickr

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Bill Weihl leaves Facebook; a McKinsey partner goes solo

March 9, 2018 by  
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An Alliance to Save Energy leader electrifies energy efficiency, Terry Yosie asks for career inspiration and mission-driven capital gains Oakland grit.

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4 Ways to Save Energy You Haven’t Already Heard

July 7, 2017 by  
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The average U.S. household spends $5,550 per year on energy, according to the Alliance to Save Energy. Finding ways to conserve energy will not only save you money, it will also help our environment. More energy usage means we need to produce or…

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With Trump, green sports world suffers severe setback

November 11, 2016 by  
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Allen Hershkowitz, Green Sports Alliance co-founder, says sports will become a vital platform for climate action during Trump’s administration.

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San Diego’s first off-grid Passive House has its very own wind turbine

August 1, 2016 by  
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The project is located on a hilltop in Ramona, California, where temperatures are sometimes below freezing in the winter and often in excess of 100-degrees in the summer. This desert-like climate called for a solution that would include high insulation and an air-tight envelope. A heat recovery ventilation system provides optimal indoor air quality and maintains thermal efficiency. Related: Off-Grid Vacation Home In California’s Gold Country The most impressive aspect of the home is the sophisticated energy system, which is expected to eventually take the home off-grid. Currently, the house generates renewable energy and runs off a battery system, utilizing the grid only for back-up energy. Its prominent location is one of the best sites in San Diego County for harvesting wind-generated energy. A 2.3 kW, 17-foot high wind turbine was installed on a hill just above the home and is expected to generate energy almost every day in a year for a minimum of 12 hours a day. Large dual-axis trackers outfitted with 24 solar panels are expected to produce the bulk of the energy produced on site-around 44,000 kWh per year. Related: 6 Solar-Powered Homes to Watch at the Solar Decathlon 2013 Competition in Irvine, CA Inside the house, various energy-efficient appliances such as an induction cooktop and a heat pump dryer ensure a lower than average energy consumption. High-efficacy LED lighting is used throughout, with several control and monitoring systems providing data for energy use and generation, as well as water resource levels and water consumption. + Alliance Green Builder + Casa Aquila Photos via Luxury Homes Photography

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GM, Johnson Controls teach G7 about circular economy thinking

March 29, 2016 by  
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At the first US meeting of the G7’s Alliance on Resource Efficiency, GM’s 131 zero waste factories and Johnson Controls’ recycling of batteries became lessons to live by.

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Can collaboration clean up Canada’s oil sands industry?

December 20, 2013 by  
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Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA) is striving to overcome serious environmental and social issues with oil sands production. 

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Renault-Nissan Alliance sells 100,000th electric car

July 25, 2013 by  
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The partnership between Renault and Nissan has sold more zero-emission vehicles than all other automakers worldwide.

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Guitar Maker Gibson Under Investigation for Destroying Rainforests

October 13, 2011 by  
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For years, rock stars like Sting, Phil Collins, and Brian May have used their public image to try to save the rainforest . Now, in an ironic and bitter twist, the world-famous US guitar maker Gibson is being investigated over claims it broke environmental laws while importing wood. Gibson facilities in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee are being investigated by the US Fish & Wildlife Service for allegedly violating the Lacey Act and importing rosewood and ebony from Madagascar and India – not sustainable rainforest areas. Read the rest of Guitar Maker Gibson Under Investigation for Destroying Rainforests Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Gibson Guitar criminal investigation , Gibson Guitar destroying rainforest , Gibson Guitar Lacey Act , Gibson Guitar Rainforest Alliance , Gibson Guitar sustainable rainforest , Gibson Guitar sustainable wood , Gibson Guitar Tea Party

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