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Cars

Nissan’s Resistance Is Futile — Renault Will Assimilate It

Published on January 17th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

History is sometimes ironic. The French state saw Carlos Ghosn's refusal to merge Nissan into Renault as an obstacle to the growth of the former national car company. They attributed it to his megalomania, and not to sentiments within Nissan and Japan. He could only keep his job at Renault when he promised to make the alliance irreversible, nearly as good as a full merger. That job would be for his successor... Read More


Autonomous Vehicles

Bell Nexus eVTOL Air Taxi

Bell Reveals Its 5-Seat Nexus Air Taxi At CES Las Vegas

Published on January 16th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

The air taxi space is crowded — if not on paper, then with prototypes and flying demos. Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, is a global helicopter leader and no stranger to the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) world. It announced the Bell Nexus, a hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft a few years ago at CES. This year, we caught up with the team at CES in Las Vegas to find out what it looks like and what it means for our future mobility needs by ... Read More


Coal

Barclays “On Wrong Side Of History” In New Climate Change Policy

Published on January 16th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

British banking giant Barclays has revised its stance on investing in fossil fuels which includes halting investment in coal mining and coal-fired power stations, but the bank has come under fire for not going far enough, with environmental organization Greenpeace comparing its lack of action with the bank's previous stance on apartheid, saying the bank is "once again on the wrong side of history."... Read More


Aviation

Rolls-Royce Wants To Build the World's Fastest Electric Airplane

Rolls-Royce Racing To Build World’s Fastest Electric Airplane

Published on January 16th, 2019 | by Nicolas Zart

Rolls-Royce is well-known for its plush cars with infinite refinements. It is not generally known for its electric ventures. The company has dipped its fingers in autonomous electric ferries, as well as an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft concept. So why not the world's fastest electric airplane... Read More


Clean Power

Chinese Government Plans Large-Scale Subsidy-Free Wind & Solar

Published on January 16th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

China's National Development and Reform Commission and National Energy Agency announced big plans last week intended to drive the development of new subsidy-free wind and solar projects, providing the necessary political certainty that has been somewhat lacking since the Administration's decision to undercut the solar industry in May of ... Read More


Climate Change

natural capital risk assessment

What Do Companies Owe The Environment? Natural Capital Risk Assessment At Davos

Published on January 16th, 2019 | by Carolyn Fortuna

A new guide will empower banks to assess natural capital risk. A week before the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, the Natural Capital Finance Alliance (NCFA) has launched the world’s first step-by-step guide to help financial institutions conduct a rapid natural capital risk assessment -- “not just greenhouse gases, but also how to build wider ecosystem resilience from rainforests to coral reefs.” ... Read More


Clean Power

Masdar To Double Its Clean Energy Portfolio — 8 Gigawatts Within 5 Years

Published on January 16th, 2019 | by Jacek Fior

The pace is fast here at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week — panels, press conferences, announcements, round tables, interviews, and more presentations. For an inexperienced rookie journalist like me, it feels like a rollercoaster. Thank God the rollercoaster stops from time to time, and today it stopped for me with a roundtable interview with Bader Al Lamki, Executive Director of Clean Energy at Masdar... Read More


Clean Power

EDF Renewables & Masdar To Build Saudi Arabia’s First Wind Farm

Published on January 16th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

A consortium consisting of French-based renewable energy company EDF Renewables and Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company Masdar has been awarded the contract to build the 400 megawatt (MW) Dumat Al Jandal wind farm, the first wind farm to be built in Saudi Arabia and the largest in the Middle East. ... Read More


Cars

Tesla Carshare Coming To Masdar City — CleanTechnica Exclusive

Published on January 15th, 2019 | by Jacek Fior

I toured Masdar City for the first time this week. It is difficult to not be overwhelmed with the vision and execution taking place there. If you are new to cleantech news, make sure you go to the Masdar City website and check out its amazing architecture, admire its focus on residents instead of cars, and share with others its ambitious energy efficiency targets (which, by the way, Masdar* often exceeds)... Read More


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