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The planet invaded by plastic

Plastic is everywhere; here’s how it conquered the world ABC, RN  By Keri Philips and Tiger Webb for Rear Vision, 15 June 17 A hundred years ago, almost everything in our daily lives would have been made of natural materials like wood, leather and cotton. Today, the world we live in is full of things made of plastic. The first plastics were developed as an alternative to ivory. One of the earliest was called celluloid. Semi-synthetic, it was made through mixing camphor and cellulose into a material that, according to historian Jeff Meikle, resembled a kind of baking dough……

June 16, 2017 Posted by | general | Leave a comment

Renewable energy news- the latest

Sustainability
Mindful of water scarcity, cost, and pollution, Tamil Nadu turns to sun and wind power.
A momentous shift to cleaner generating technologies that conserve water.
http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/t/18530169838859273
Solar Material for Producing Clean Hydrogen Fuel
A new material has been created based on gold and black phosphorus to produce clean hydrogen fuel using the full spectrum …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170614092607.htm

New Technology Will Enable Properties to Share Solar Energy
New technology will enable properties to share solar energy and will mean low energy bills for …
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170614091846.htm

Clean energy stored in electric vehicles to power buildings
Stored energy from electric vehicles (EVs) can be used to power large buildings — creating new possibilities for the future of smart, renewable energy — thanks to ground-breaking battery research from WMG at the University of Warwick.
http://www.enn.com/energy/article/51513

Making hydrogen fuel from humid air
One of the biggest hurdles to the widespread use of hydrogen fuel is making hydrogen efficiently and cleanly. Now researchers report in the journal ACS Nano a new way to do just that. They incorporated a photocatalyst in a moisture-absorbing, semiconducting paint that can produce hydrogen from water in the air when exposed to sunlight.
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/acs-mhf060917.php

New technology will enable properties to share solar energy
Dr. Mahmoud Dhimish’s research will mean low energy bills for consumers
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/uoh-ntw060717.php

Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapor
Compound catalyses splitting of water atoms
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-06/ru-spo060917.php
If Tesla takes EV charging off-grid, we need to rethink energy
Tosh Szatow
Given Tesla is saying almost all of its charging stations will go off-grid, is it time to revisit out assumptions about the energy market?
http://reneweconomy.com.au/if-tesla-takes-ev-charging-off-grid-we-need-to-rethink-energy-13104/

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Smart Energy – UK

Scottish Energy News 15th June 2017, The UK electricity supply industry – which includes Scottish Power and
Perth-based utility SSE as grid operators – have formally set out for the
first time how the role of local electricity networks will change as the UK
‘smart’ energy grid becomes a reality.

A ‘smart’ grid will give British households, businesses and communities the ability to take
advantage of a new range of energy technologies and services to take
control of their energy and lower their costs – including renewable
generation, energy storage and BPVs (battery-powered cars).SSE has led the
way in demonstrating the benefits of a distributed system operator
transition through the Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project
in Shetland.

“The NINES project was the first time active network management was deployed at scale in the UK. The headline result was that NINES enabled a 200% increase in renewable energy alongside a significant reduction in diesel generation, which is traditionally used to meet fluctuations in supply and demand.” http://www.scottishenergynews.com/

June 16, 2017 Posted by | ENERGY, UK | Leave a comment

June 15 Energy News

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¶ In Tanzania, an international collaborative called the Maasai Stoves and Solar Project has begun to change the roles of women by introducing the use of clean-energy cookstoves and solar power to the Maasai community. The project trains women to distribute and install cookstoves and solar panels in their traditional mud houses. [Earth Island Journal]

Installing solar in Tanzania (Photo: Photo Christabel Ligami)

¶ On June 3, two days after President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron, at a meeting in Paris, pledged to achieve emissions reductions beyond their nations’ commitments under the Paris Agreement. [CleanTechnica]

¶ OPEC is trying to reduce the world’s oil supplies by cutting production so as to raise oil prices enough to fund the countries’ welfare states. That is turning out to be unsuccessful…

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