Envision: China's renewable energy giant
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Beijing (AFP) July 2, 2021 Plans were announced this week for two new electric car battery plants in France and Britain involving Envision, the Shanghai-based company that has quietly built a global renewable energy empire. Envision’s two billion euro ($2.4 billion) electric car battery plant in Douai, northern France, will supply French carmaker Renault, it […]

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Living Lightly on the Earth: Healthy Home Habitats
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Michele Chalice points out her ReVision solar array. Solar Champion Launches Business to Improve Home Efficiency The magnet on her car asks, “Ready to Make a Difference?” and that question centers most of Michele Chalice’s life philosophy. A former landscape architect living in Keene, NH, Michele began renovating her home in 2017 with a goal […]

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Marines shut off power, run base with renewable energy
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Washington DC (UPI) Jun 30, 2021 A Marine air base successfully tested its independent electric microgrid after external power supplies were deliberately cut off, it said on Wednesday. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar conducted two tests of its Energy Resilience Readiness Exercise this week, a program undertaken by the Pentagon to ensure electricity to military […]

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Deforestation and Indigenous Cultures
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This month’s contributor is Norliyana Menes. Norliyana is passionate about many things – minority rights, inequality, Bollywood, food, the list goes on – all of which are shaped by her experiences growing up and shuttling between New England and Southeast Asia. She enjoys good discussions and passionate debates, but only when everyone involved has good intentions […]

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Solar energy collectors grown from 2D perovskite seeds
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Houston TX (SPX) Jun 24, 2021 Rice University engineers have created microscopic seeds for growing remarkably uniform 2D perovskite crystals that are both stable and highly efficient at harvesting electricity from sunlight. Halide perovskites are organic materials made from abundant, inexpensive ingredients, and Rice’s seeded growth method addresses both performance and production issues that have […]

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Machine learning for solar energy is supercomputer kryptonite
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Melbourne, Australia (SPX) Jun 25, 2021 Supercomputers could find themselves out of a job thanks to a suite of new machine learning models that produce rapid, accurate results using a normal laptop. Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, based at RMIT University, have written a program that predicts the band gap […]

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Low-cost imaging technique shows how smartphone batteries could charge in minutes
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Cambridge UK (SPX) Jun 24, 2021 Researchers have developed a simple lab-based technique that allows them to look inside lithium-ion batteries and follow lithium ions moving in real time as the batteries charge and discharge, something which has not been possible until now. Using the low-cost technique, the researchers identified the speed-limiting processes which, if […]

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Computers help researchers find materials to turn solar power into hydrogen
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University Park PA (SPX) Jun 23, 2021 Using solar energy to inexpensively harvest hydrogen from water could help replace carbon-based fuel sources and shrink the world’s carbon footprint. However, finding materials that could boost hydrogen production so that it could compete economically with carbon-based fuels has been, as yet, an insurmountable challenge. In a study, […]

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Synthetic tree enhances solar steam generation for harvesting drinking water
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Washington DC (SPX) Jun 23, 2021 About 2.2 billion people globally lack reliable access to clean drinking water, according to the United Nations, and the growing impacts of climate change are likely to worsen this reality. Solar steam generation (SSG) has emerged as a promising renewable energy technology for water harvesting, desalination, and purification that […]

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