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Chernobyl Goes Solar With New 1 Megawatt Installation At Reactor Site

October 7th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Chernobyl has been reclaimed to some degree this week as a long-awaited plan to install solar at the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history has become a reality. The new solar park at the Chernobyl reactor location was officially opened on Friday, three decades after the nuclear meltdown at the same location

ClimateLaunchpad Is Working To Change The World, One Startup At A Time

October 6th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

ClimateLaunchpad is an increasingly global competition that serves to vet and coach climate change focused startups in an effort to bring the best to the surface. The goal is to accelerate the pace at which new climate change focused innovations and startups grow up and ultimately, to provide a -- wait for it -- launchpad for them to take off from

Centrica Expands Its Solar Capacity Into California With Acquisition of Vista Solar

October 5th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

International energy storage giant Centrica has expanded its solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) footprint on the west coast of the US with the acquisition of Vista Solar. We spoke with Stephen Prince, head of Centrica Business Solutions for North America about why the acquisition of Vista Solar made sense for Centrica and what it hints at for the future

ABB Is Building The Distributed, Resilient Grid Of The Future, One Business At A Time

October 5th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

ABB is known as one of the global leaders in electrical infrastructure, so when it starts talking about the digital transformation and the grid of the future, our ears perked up. We connected with the guy steering the ABB ship when it comes to leading the digital revolution, Rob Massoudi, about the transition that's currently underway in grids around the world and pulled back the curtain on what the future grid might look like

Tesla Proclaims Autopilot 7× Safer Than Humans In New Quarterly Safety Report

October 4th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Tesla released a new quarterly safety report for Q3 2018 that hints at a desire to make the safety of its vehicles a more visible differentiator versus the competition. The decision to increase the visibility of vehicle safety data was made earlier this year when certain news prompted Tesla to design and implement a new vehicle data system to provide more meaningful safety data from customer vehicles

Google Home: A Platform For Intelligent Energy Management Solutions

October 3rd, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Google is well known for big brands and great design, which made the acquisition of leading intelligent thermostat company Nest an obvious target. After the acquisition, the two companies set out to join forces, looking for opportunities to leverage each other as a platform to do more, together

May Mobility Expands Its Autonomous Shuttle Service In Columbus & Grand Rapids

October 3rd, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Michigan-based low-speed autonomous shuttle service operator May Mobility continues its rapid expansion with the addition of 2 new routes in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The news was broken in conjunction with the unveiling of the Grand Rapids Autonomous Mobility Initiative (GRAMI), which provides a formal structure and team to integrate autonomous vehicles into the fabric of the city

wpd Moves Into Taiwan After Securing 1 Gigawatt Offshore Wind Tender

October 2nd, 2018 | by Kyle Field

New energy developer wpd cleaned house in Taiwan's offshore wind tenders last year, locking in 990 megawatts (MW) of new contracts that it is now hard at work to implement by 2025. CleanTechnica sat down with wpd's YD Chang at the 2018 Energy Taiwan show in Tapiei last week, who shared the excitement of the new rush into Taiwan for wpd and other companies as part of the broader rush to install grid-scale renewables across Taiwan

The New sonnen EcoLinx Pulls Residential Energy Management Into The Future — #CleanTechnica at #SPI2018

September 28th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

sonnen charged into the Solar Power International (SPI) show in Anaheim, California, this week with its new ecoLinx home energy management system. ecoLinx takes residential energy management to the next level by stretching beyond energy storage into management of key loads in ways that were previously not possible thanks to direct integration with Eaton's smart breakers and a home automation solution

Taiwan’s EPA Turns Hazardous Waste Into Raw Materials With New LCD Recycling Process

September 27th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

CleanTechnica spoke with Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration at the Taiwan Circular Economy show. EPA expert Shan-lun Lee shared a new recycling program with us that the agency has developed in conjunction with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) that enables discarded liquid crystal display (LCD) panels to be broken down and recycled into fresh new raw materials

United Renewable Energy Emerges At Energy Taiwan As Solar Industry Consolidations Continue

September 25th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Energy Taiwan saw a new solar company hit the scene as Neo Solar Power, Gintech, and Solartech Energy Corp prepare to formally merge under the new United Renewable Energy, or URE f0r short. Neo Solar acquired the other companies through stock share conversions that will see all three companies folded into a single new brand. CleanTechnica spoke with URE president Andy Shen about the merger to learn about the implications of the integration and what it means for the company and the solar industry in Taiwan

Big Sun’s Elevated Solar Trackers Play Nicely With Agriculture & Aquaculture Farms

September 25th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Big Sun developed its dual axis solar tracker to maximize system output, just like most trackers do, and added springs to the cable adjustment system to allow the system to flex in varying wind conditions, reducing strain on system components. Big Sun's trackers also bring with them the benefits of pre-programmed dual axis tracking via its iPV Tracker solution, which increases solar yields 30-50% vs fixed tilt systems

Energy Taiwan Highlights A Growing Renewable Energy Economy In Taiwan

September 24th, 2018 | by Kyle Field

Taiwan is physically located on a single island, but in the globalized economies of most modern nations, the focus on leveraging and strengthening its internal capabilities that locals are increasingly leveraging as a strength. The efficiencies and quality of local Taiwanese manufacturers in the solar and energy storage spaces were on full display at this years Energy Taiwan

The New MATE X Folding E-Bike Gives Commuters An Affordable, Electrified Alternative

September 23rd, 2018 | by Kyle Field

MATE Bikes made its debut on the world stage with an affordable folding electric bike. CleanTechnica recently spoke with co-founder Julie Kronstrøm, who, along with her brother Christian Adel Michael, founded MATE two years ago. Their mission back then was to make an affordable, high-quality, well-designed e-bike that would make riding an electric bike an option for millions of people around the world

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