June 28 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • NAVYA ARMA, the French maker of autonomous shuttles, announced that its first assembly plant outside Europe will be in Michigan. The state has already publicly backed autonomous vehicles on its roads with Governor Rick Snyder, who signed driverless vehicles legislation to be tested in the state, seeking to make it a global leader. [CleanTechnica]
NAVYA ARMA autonomous shuttle

NAVYA ARMA autonomous shuttle

  • “Mayors can outpace national leaders in fight against climate change” • Through the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, more than 7,400 cities worldwide have united in a coordinated effort to address the causes and impacts of climate change. These cities have pledged to meet ambitious targets for reducing carbon emissions. [CNN]
  • Ultra-thin, flexible screen-printed batteries for cheap portable devices and intermittent renewable energy are closer to reality, due to a joint project of two Australian universities to develop technology by battery energy storage firm Printed Energy. The solid state batteries are printed in a roll-to-roll process like a newspaper. [Manufacturers’ Monthly]
  • Team Fast, a spin-off company from Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands, has found a way formic acid can efficiently carry the ingredients needed for hydrogen fuel cells, used to power electric vehicles. The fuel is a liquid, which means you can transport it easily and refill vehicles quickly, just as with conventional fuels. [BBC]
  • The University of California, Merced’s precedent-setting Triple Zero Commitment aims for 2020 include zero net energy use, the creation of zero net landfill waste, and climate neutrality on campus. The university is working with SunPower Corp to install a 5-MW solar power system with a 500-kW energy storage solution from Stem. [Power Online]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

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Living green bridge keeps wildlife safe from a busy highway

This proposal for a bridge recreates the natural connection between two mountain peaks near Seoul in Korea. Blending seamlessly into its surroundings, the bridge provides safe passage for wild animals and references the traditional Korean garden pavilion. The structure, designed by team KILD –architects Ivane Ksnelashvili, Petras Išora and Ona Lozuraitytė– received first prize at the Yang Jagogae Eco-Bridge Design Competition.

The bridge acts as an extension of two existing mountain slopes…

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Ethereal bubble building pops up in the middle of a Dutch forest

Berlin-based collective Plastique Fantastique placed a monumental inflatable pavilion amidst a dense forest in the Netherlands. Named Loud Shadows, the transparent structure offers a space for a variety of performances taking place on the island of Terschelling during the Oerol Festival in June.

Loud Shadows was conceived as a joint project of Plastique Fantastique, Kate Moore, The Soltz, and LeineRoebana. It references the name of the festival, which means “everywhere’ in Dutch, and the intent…

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Brand new island sprouts off the North Carolina coast

In an age of rising sea levels and shore erosion, the sudden appearance of new coastal land can encourage and inspire. Along North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a brand new island has emerged from the sea like a plant sprouting from a seed.

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COBE transforms former grain silo into a swanky apartment in Copenhagen

At first glance, it’s hard to imagine that there’s anything old about this swanky new high-rise in Copenhagen. But behind its modern steel facade is the skeleton of a 17-story former grain silo, the largest industrial building in the city’s Nordhavn (North Harbor), that’s been transformed into a modern apartment block. Designed by COBE, the adaptive reuse project transforms the silo into new residences with an industrial chic interior that pays homage to the building’s roots.

The…

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Futuristic solar fabric canopy reacts to heat, sunlight, and movement

MoMA PS1 just completed one of its most experimental and coolest installations to date. The Long Island City-based contemporary art museum wrapped up construction on Lumen, an immersive and interactive installation made with solar-active canopies that glow at night. Designed by Jenny Sabin Studio, Lumen reacts like a living entity to light, heat, and movement, creating different engaging environments from day to night.

Set to open to the public Thursday, June 29, Lumen will be on view…

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Clean Energy and Climate Progress: A Scorecard

TAKING THE INITIATIVE: Carl Pope’s Blog – June 27, 2017 San Francisco, CA
The last week has seen a flood of stories on clean energy’s prospects – stories that make your head spin with their conflicting tales of renewable energy’s prospects of ending our dangerous addiction to fossil fuel power from coal and gas.

A renewables transition will “happen without Trump” because of market forces – or  can’t do the job and is shaping up as “likely very costly.” (Both from the same day’s NYT.)  Cities, states and businesses are filling in the leadership vacuum created by the Trump Administration – or they are falling far short.  Wind is making it impossible for fossil fuels to compete in Texas power markets – or Texas will continue to be the biggest carbon emitting state of all because wind is too unreliable. (Both from Bloomberg.)

And all of these perspectives are coming from scientists and analysts who are pro-clean energy and favor strong action to protect the climate – this is not a fight ginned up by Exxon Mobil, Peabody Coal or climate denialists from the Heartland Institute.

So what’s the argument? Where do we stand on the ability of clean, renewable energy sources to eliminate the risk to the climate posed by continuing reliance on coal, oil and natural gas?

That depends on the question you ask. If you look at where we are today, our current emission rates are far too high. If continued unchecked, they will rapidly destabilize the weather and increase climate risks to catastrophic levels. (Mathematicians call this the function.) If you look at the progress we are making, the future looks brighter, but still quite scary. The commitments governments made at the Paris Climate agreement, and the trends for deployment of clean energy vs. fossil fuels, all show future emissions declining, but not declining enough to stabilize the atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide. (This question, “How fast are we progressing?” is what mathematicians call the first derivative.) But if you compare the pace of progress this year with that pace five years ago, you can see that decarbonization is accelerating. Not only are we cutting emissions, we are cutting them faster with each passing year. If we continue to accelerate that progress long enough, then we can look forward to eliminating fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions and stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide.(Mathematicians call this measure of acceleration  “the second derivative.”)
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