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Startup tackles decarbonizing industrial heat processes 16.9.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Startup tackles decarbonizing industrial heat processes Myisha Majumder Wed, 09/16/2020 - 01:30 Skyven Technologies, founded in 2013, is a company with a unique proposition for companies in the industrial sector — a way to save money through decarbonizing. Skyven CEO Arun Gupta said the idea came when he applied the thinking behind his Ph.D. dissertation in microelectronics to an entirely different field: climate change. "I was able to figure out how to apply the technological concepts of the work that I was doing for Texas Instruments for a partial solution for climate change, and that inspired me to start working on is basically a technology that captures heat from the sun and uses that heat to reduce fuel consumption," he said. The component of the industry sector emissions Skyven seeks to decarbonize is process heat — such as the creation of steam — which accounts for a large component of the emissions from the industry sector. In order to manufacture products, companies in the industry sector must ...
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TrinaSolar 5.9.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
TrinaSolar taylor flores Fri, 09/04/2020 - 20:08 Trina Solar is a solar pioneer with deep technology roots. Founded in 1997, the company rapidly expanded beyond its origins in China to become a global leader in the renewable energy industry. Through global growth, Trina achieved its first major milestone of 1GW of quarterly shipped capacity in 2015. It also received the best-in-class “fully bankable” rating from Bloomberg NEF for the fifth consecutive year in 2020 – the only manufacturer to do so. It maintains a major commitment to innovative energy applications within the IoT as well as smart PV solution segments. Via TrinaPro, which Trina Solar introduced in 2018, the company became the first module manufacturer to bundle a module, inverter, and single axis-tracker paired solution. TrinaPro is a one-stop shop for utility solar and commercial & industrial (C&I) solar, capable of delivering value efficiency with powerful, reliable, and scalable ...
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Extreme heat is here, and it’s deadly 1.9.2020 High Country News Most Recent
Gearing up for the fight against a new climate enemy.
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2020: Fossil fuels are dead, long live the sun 13.8.2020 GreenBiz.com
2020: Fossil fuels are dead, long live the sun Hunter Lovins Thu, 08/13/2020 - 00:15 We’re female entrepreneurs and environmentalists. We’ve spent decades promoting clean energy technologies. In this strangest of all years, as the death toll mounts from a disease caused by human incursions into once intact ecosystems, we’re observing another death — the demise of fossil fuels. Is that possible? Consider this: In April, Royal Dutch Shell, one of the largest companies in the world, announced its intent to become a net-zero carbon company by 2050. When oil and gas companies say that they’re getting out of oil and gas, shouldn’t you? No doubt Shell is counting on some miracle like carbon capture to preserve its adherence to a century-old business model of selling oil. And who could blame it? For years, extracting the black gold from the ground, processing it, then selling gasoline, fuel oil, petrochemicals and other refined products has been one of the most profitable businesses in history. In 2008, Exxon ...
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How solar-charged HVAC keeps trucking cool 11.8.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
How solar-charged HVAC keeps trucking cool Mike Roeth Tue, 08/11/2020 - 00:01 When most businesspeople travel for their jobs, they retire to their hotel room at the end of the day. However, when long-haul truck drivers are finished with their work, they move to the back of their truck cab into what is called the sleeper compartment. Long-haul, over-the-road truck drivers typically are out on the road anywhere from one to three weeks at a time, delivering the goods we need for our daily lives. Most drivers spend their off-duty time in the sleeper compartments of their trucks, sometimes keeping the truck idling to get power and to cool or heat their space. This idling creates a significant amount of increased emissions, noise and wear on the main engine. To reduce fuel consumption — which by extension decreases emissions — trucking fleets are using auxiliary electric battery HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) units in combination with solar panels installed on truck roofs. Idling to keep ...
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Behind Microsoft's bold plan to build social equity into clean energy buying 6.8.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Behind Microsoft's bold plan to build social equity into clean energy buying Heather Clancy Thu, 08/06/2020 - 00:45 There were plenty of juicy news tidbits in Microsoft’s recent progress report about its goal to become carbon negative over the next decade. But its new goal to link at least 500 megawatts of forthcoming solar energy contracts to environmental justice considerations is bold for many reasons.  For context, the total pledge amounts to about a quarter of the capacity that Microsoft already has signed (1.9 gigawatts) in solar and wind contracts. This is the largest commitment it has made to a single portfolio investment, so it isn’t some side project. Nor is this a reaction to the nationwide protests triggered by the death of George Floyd this spring — the active planning has been under way since December.  "We spend a lot of time talking about the energy transition needed if our society is going to transition to a net-zero economy by 2050," Microsoft’s environment chief, Lucas Joppa, told me. ...
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New local campaigns can bring cheaper and cleaner rooftop solar to communities of color 6.8.2020 GreenBiz.com
New local campaigns can bring cheaper and cleaner rooftop solar to communities of color Lacey Shaver Thu, 08/06/2020 - 00:20 There is a new urgency across the United States to address structural and systemic racial inequities in criminal justice , wealth and housing , employment , health care and education . These disparities are also pervasive in energy. One common measure of this is "energy burden," or the share of take-home income spent on energy bills. Communities of color have been shown to have a 24–27 percent higher energy burden than White Americans when controlling across income levels, and low-income residents experience an energy burden up to three times higher than high-income residents. Rooftop solar has the potential to reduce energy burden in communities of color, but it has not yet lived up to its potential due to systemic barriers: lack of solar education and outreach; financial challenges such as lower income and access to credit; and issues related to home ownership, such as lower ...
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The job loss epidemic 23.7.2020 Current Issue
COVID-19 impacts ripple through every sector of the economy.
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Let’s incubate the Green Swans hatched by the COVID-19 Black Swan 23.6.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Let’s incubate the Green Swans hatched by the COVID-19 Black Swan Tom Baruch Tue, 06/23/2020 - 01:30 The global COVID-19 pandemic is a historic Black Swan event that offers a Green Swan of opportunities to harvest innovation from 50 years of converging exponential technologies. We are presented with a rare opportunity to invest in new innovations, rebuild our data and power infrastructures and supply chains to restore and strengthen the economy while healing the environment. According to author Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Black Swans are unexpected, hard-to-predict events that result in extreme, unintended consequences. The coronavirus pandemic is a classic Black Swan. Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed countries and states scrambling for personal protective equipment and ventilators. Oil tankers are carrying millions of tons of oil with nowhere to go. Farmers are destroying food and supermarket shelves are missing essential items across the nation. These events, made visible by the COVID-19 virus, ...
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How the Navajo got their day in the sun 28.5.2020 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
How the Navajo got their day in the sun Danny Kennedy Thu, 05/28/2020 - 02:00 In late March, during the early hours of the COVID-19 crisis, just as New Yorkers were realizing how many might die, a small solar development company closed a $4 million financing deal. "Closing" is never easy, but getting a half-dozen high-net-worth individuals, family offices and foundations to pony up as the world’s finance markets crashed around them was a triumph.  Getting the deal done was impressive in its own right, given that private equity had all but frozen in the weeks before and most venture-backed startups were running on fumes, telling their angel investors and anyone who’d listen that they had three months’ financial runway, or less. It seems even more important now, given the terrible toll COVID-19 is having right where the solar is planned: the Navajo Nation. A young team saddled with ambition and support from their tribal government, this largely native-owned company, Navajo Power , was getting ready to ...
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What Engie's tax equity deal tells us about financing renewables 1.5.2020 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
So far, money is still flowing into utility-scale deals but it's harder to come by for residential, distributed solar, commercial and industrial, and community solar projects.
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Rooftop wind power might take off using a key principle of flight 23.4.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
A new device could open more areas to wind production by using stationary airfoils instead of twirling turbines
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Q1 2020: Google, Amazon show creativity in new renewable deals as COVID-19 slows the market 22.4.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
But this may be the last stretch of typical clean energy procurement activity in a while.
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Utilities are the new cool 9.4.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Thriving in the age of climate change pivots around electricity, and that means electric utilities are at the center.
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Could artificial photosynthesis be the holy grail of renewables? 8.4.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Emulating the natural process plants use to convert sunlight into energy could bring benefits in efficiency not just for power generation, but for energy storage.
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Coronavirus: Falling power demand is impacting clean energy 26.3.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
With the pandemic spurring a dramatic drop in economic activity across Europe, electricity, renewables and carbon prices have also plummeted
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Should land be used for solar panels or agriculture? 26.3.2020 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The burgeoning Solar Sheep movement argues: Why not both?
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Does this tiny island of the coast of Maine hold the answer to the future of electricity? 19.3.2020 GreenBiz.com
Integrating time-tested technology with emerging innovations, remote Isle au Haut could be a renewable energy model for the rest of the world.
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How to make solar power work for all 19.3.2020 GreenBiz.com
Three stories and three approaches to equitable clean energy, and we're just getting started. The first in a series.
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Coronavirus dampens 2020 outlook for clean energy and electric vehicles 17.3.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The immediate crisis could undermine long-term strategy.
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