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Published on May 12th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

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Solar News, Electric Car News, Wind News: Cleantech & Green News Roundup

May 12th, 2016 by  


Below are some great articles and interesting news from around the interwebs, to complement CleanTechnica‘s obsessive coverage. Enjoy.

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Almost Everything You Know About Climate Change Solutions Is Outdated, Part 1

Almost everything you know about climate change solutions is outdated, for several reasons.

First, climate science and climate politics have been moving unexpectedly quickly toward a broad consensus that we need to keep total human-caused global warming as far as possible below 2°C (3.6°F) — and ideally to no more than 1.5°C. This has truly revolutionary implications for climate solutions policy.

Second, key climate solutions — renewables, efficiency, electric cars, and storage — have been advancing considerably faster than anyone expected, much faster than the academic literature anticipated. The synergistic effect of all these light-speed changes is only now beginning to become clear (see, for instance, my recent post, “Why The Renewables Revolution Is Now Unstoppable”.

Third, the media and commentariat have simply not kept up with all these changes and their utterly game-changing implications. As a result we end up with recent articles in such prestige publications as Foreign Affairs and the New York Times that are literally out-of-date the instant they are published, as I’ll discuss below.

Solar & Wind

Thoughts On Saudi Arabia’s Big 9.5 GW Renewable Energy Target For 2023

Following the April and May announcements from Saudi Arabia concerning its ambitious 9.5 GW renewable energy target, Apricum, a cleantech advisory and strategy consulting firm, has published an initial response to this news.

China Extends Anti-Dumping Duties On EU Polysilicon Imports

Trade war between China and the European Union is set to continue with the Asian renewable energy giant set to extend anti-dumping duties on EU solar cell raw material imports.

Do We Really Need Solar That’s Too Cheap To Meter?

Large amounts of wind and solar drive down market prices — a phenomenon known as the merit-order effect. And if wind and solar producers are dependent on those market prices for their income, they will also drive down their own revenues.

A Conversation With David Crane On Getting Fired From NRG & What’s Next For His Energy Plans

David Crane, former CEO of the competitive energy supplier NRG Energy, once owned a bar and pizza shop in Hong Kong. “That was fun,” he said, addressing a small group of law students at New York University earlier this month. “Terrible pizza, though.” Crane is far better known for his career in the energy sector than for his work as a restaurateur. After picking up a law degree at Harvard, he went on to be senior vice president of global power at Lehman Brothers and executive director of International Power PLC, before taking the helm at NRG in 2003.

Akamai’s Network To Be Powered By The Sun & Wind

Akamai’s purpose is to propel our customers faster forward by making the Internet business-ready: fast, reliable, and secure. And now, also green and clean. Today we are committing, by 2020, to reduce our absolute greenhouse gas emissions below 2015 levels by sourcing renewable energy for 50 percent of our network operations.

Cleantech Stocks Storm Ahead Of Australian Main Index By Nearly 22%

The Australian CleanTech Index rose from 46.53 to 50.03 over the month of April, recording a 7.5 per cent gain. This compared to the ASX200 gain of 3.5 per cent and the ASX Small Ordinaries Index gain of 3 per cent. The Australian CleanTech 20 rose 7.3 per cent for the month.

Gamesa Gets 198 MW Wind Turbine Order In India

Gamesa India continues to be a leader in India’s wind energy market as it received yet another large order recently. The Indian subsidiary of Spanish wind energy company Gamesa announced, late last month, that it received multiple orders to supply a total of 198 MW wind energy turbines to project developers in India.

Masdar Commissions 30 MW Hybrid Solar Power Projects In Egypt

Last year, Masdar announced plans to set up renewable energy projects in Egypt as part of its plan to expand into the emerging markets of Middle East and North Africa. The special projects unit of Masdar has now announced that it commissioned a total capacity of 30 MW capacity various parts of Egypt. This includes utility-scale hybrid solar power projects as well as off-grid solar power systems with facility of storage.

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Electric Vehicles

New Pehlivan Electric Car From Turkey “Better Than A Tesla”

With assistance from the government of Turkey, a new electric car has reached the prototype phase and has just completed a successful two week tour of the Balkans. “Our car will be better and safer than Tesla’s car,” said Science, Industry and Technology Minister Fikri Isik, as quoted by Hurriyet Daily News. The car is called Pehlivan Elektrak. Pehlivan means “wrestler” in Turkish, according to the Washington Post. Its design was the winning entry in a competition sponsored by the national government.

Pehlivan-via-WaPo

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Van From UK Has Implications For US

Geely Motors owns Volvo and the London Taxi Company. It also owns Emerald, which has developed the T-001, a plug-in hybrid delivery van with an electric range of 66 miles and a carrying capacity of 3,000 lbs.

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The Musk Doctrine: Win Big By Losing

Bloomberg has coined the phrase “The Musk Doctrine” to describe the way Elon Musk keeps setting his goals higher in order to keep everyone working at maximum intensity.

SunLine Transit Agency Adds First All-Electric Buses To Its Fleet

SunLine Transit Agency in California — a transit agency serving over 3.5 million people annually in the Coachella Valley — has added its first all-electric buses to its fleet. The new electric buses — which have been in use via a testing program by the transit agency since January — are 40-footers provided by the leading electric bus firm BYD. The buses have seating for up to 35 passengers, and can accommodate more than 60 standing passengers.

Why Used Electric Car Batteries Could Be Crucial To A Clean Energy Future

Battery costs are plummeting to levels that make electric vehicles (EVs) a truly disruptive technology. Equally disruptive, those batteries can be used for low-cost electricity storage for many years AFTER they can’t power an EV.

ChargePoint Secures $50 Million In New Funding

The electric vehicle charging station company ChargePoint has secured $50 million in new funding — in a fundraising round led by Linse Capital, along with Braemar Energy Ventures and Constellation Energy.

Volkswagen Says It Will Lead In Electric And Autonomous Car Technology

Jürgen Stackmann, head of sales and marketing for Volkswagen, says his company it prepared to lead the way forward for electric cars and autonomous cars. He make it clear that VW is not in awe of such high tech challengers as Apple or Google. (Notice he left Tesla Motors out of the discussion.) “Newcomers will see opportunities in the current climate, and we are not afraid to face the challenge from them,” he said.

Efficient Drivetrains Reveals OEM Developer Kit For Rapid PHEV Development

The electric + hybrid drivetrain solutions firm Efficient Drivetrains has begun offering an electrification kit and developer support program to help manufacturers develop plug-in hybrid offerings.

Researchers Visualize Lithiation Of Magnetite Electrode In Real Time; Hunting For New Li-ion Electrode Materials

A team of scientists from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland, College Park, has developed an electron microscopy technique to visualize—in real time and at high resolution—lithiation pathways in electrode materials.

Nikola Motors Thinks Big — And Small

Nikola Motors is working on a hybrid electric tractor that will use a turbine powered by compressed natural gas to extend range to as much as 1,200 miles.

Nikola-One Nikola-Zero

Bosch Inaugurates New Innovation Center In Lund, Sweden

The German electronics giant Bosch has opened a new “innovation” center — focused on hardware and software for vehicle connectivity, automotive security systems, and motorized two-wheelers — in Lund, Sweden.

Elon Musk Most Influential Person In Car Business Says The Drive

Elon Musk is the most influential person in the car business according to the editors of The Drive. The head of Tesla is recognized as the one person driving industry change more than any other.

Buick Lacrosse Hybrid Headed To China… And Only China

The 2017 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid was recently unveiled at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. As one would expect considering the venue, the new model is slated to be released in the Chinese market sometime in the relatively near future.

Other Cleantech & Green Goodies

Top 5 Steps To Redefining Thermal Comfort

How does RMI’s 15,610 square foot innovative new office building and convening center in Basalt, Colorado, have no traditional central heating and cooling system, in spite of being located in the coldest climate zone in the continental U.S.? The answer is passive, integrative design.

Reclaim The Power — Climate Activists Looking To Disrupt Activity At A Dozen Fossil Fuel Sites Around World In May

The climate change activist group “Reclaim the Power” will be looking to shut down a dozen “major” fossil fuel sites around the world in May, as part of its “Break Free 2016” campaign.

Geothermal Energy Advantages And Disadvantages

Geothermal energy’s main advantages are that it is generated cleanly and renewably. That is, electricity produced by geothermal plants produces no carbon emissions or air pollution like burning coal, gas, and oil do.

Hydropower Energy Facts | Hydroelectric Power Facts

Thanks to human ingenuity and persistence, hydropower energy represents one of the oldest power sources on this planet. Best, its is clean, renewable, and sustainable as long as there is available water. That may be a larger challenge, according to some viewpoints.

Chicago Tiny House Design Competition Winners

The winners of the Chicago AIA’s tiny house design competition were announced recently. Launched in November 2015, the competition solicited entries to address young adult homelessness in Chicago as part of the Tiny Homes Summit.

Best Apps For Carpool & Rideshare 2016

An update to our popular 2015 list, this expanded and revised list includes the best apps for carpool, carsharing, and ridesharing, including a very important new one to bring safety and security for ladies.

What Is Sustainable Development?

Sustainable development is economic growth which meets the needs of the present without damaging the lives of future generations. In other words, it doesn’t cause so much damage that people in the future might not be able to live healthy lives. It also means that we don’t destroy so much of the natural world that other species will also not be able to live healthy lives.

The Definition Of A Triple Bottom Line Business

Triple bottom line is a term which describes a business that focuses on three main things: people, profits, and the planet. The first use of it was credited to John Elkington, who founded a consulting firm called SustainAbility. Before the term became known, the bottom line in a business was focused mostly on the financial side – profit and loss.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Defined

You might find some variance in the definition of CSR, but typically corporate social responsibility is about the accountability a company has for its impact on society (people) and the environment. It is necessary because unfortunately, there have historically been some bad actors in the business world. They exploited workers by underpaying them, not providing any benefits, such as health insurance, and firing them if they tried to organize in order to get their needs met.

Urban Renewal: The Greening of Cities

f you imagine a green city, you might not first think of Houston, Texas, but according to a green building index, over half of the commercial square footage there has an EPA Energy Star or LEED rating. In fact, Houston has ranked as high as number 3 in the US for LEED-certified commercial space.

Urban Living 101

Urban living offers a number of advantages, but you may not be aware of what they are and how to enjoy them. Not owning and operating a car can save you thousands per year. Of course, the amount you save will vary depending on your living situation and lifestyle choices. If you are considering going carless, you may not be extremely wealthy, so the annual savings could be exactly what you want.

Colbert On Donald Trump’s Environmental Policy

 
 





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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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