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August 11 Green Energy News

Science and Technology:

  • UK-based Cenex has just completed a two-year project to reduce both the weight and cost of EV batteries, succeeding by shaving 99 pounds, or about 41% of the weight off a standard EV battery, reports Green Car Congress. [CleanTechnica]
  • A new study investigates various models of how bicycle infrastructure influences cities. It reasons that policies and projects supportive of bike lanes are deserving of the change; deserving of the money spent which becomes money saved. [CleanTechnica]
  • Vattenfall and Stadtwerke München have decided to jointly invest about 11 billion Swedish kronor ($1.97 billion) in a second joint offshore wind farm off the German North Sea coast. With a capacity of 288 MW and is expected to power for about 400,000 households. [Business Wire]

World:

  • Uganda’s government has started paying power connection fees for rural households to encourage use of electricity by the rural folks, energy minister, Irene Muloni, has disclosed. She says all households near the power lines (within 15 metres range) are being connected. [New Vision]
  • The Indian Railways are working on a project which would replace, to a major extent, the traditionally used diesel and conventionally produced thermal electricity, by eco-friendly and cheaper resources in the form of solar and wind power. [The Indian Republic]
  • A mapping study has revealed the energy and environment sector is one of the fastest growing in both Wales and the rest of the UK, employing 58,000 people in more than 2,000 companies with a combined turnover of £4.8 billion. [WalesOnline]

US:

  • Ocean acidification hurts infant oyster populations that cannot develop thick enough shells to survive. Washington state oyster farmers deal with this by adding alkaline chemicals into controlled environments, but as acidification worsens it will hurt adult populations as well. [Energy Collective]
  • California has lagged behind other states on demand response. This week, a group of utilities, environmental groups, consumer advocates and demand response and smart grid companies filed a settlement agreement meant to help unlock the potential of demand response in the state. [Energy Collective]
  • More than 650 US organizations now rely wholly on “green” power resources – such as solar, wind and geothermal – to meet their electricity needs, according to the US EPA’s Green Power Partnership’s latest quarterly report. [Triple Pundit]
  • According to the Electric Power Research Institute, the total recoverable wave power along the US continental shelf is 1,170 TWh/yr, or enough to power about 110 million homes in the US. That would be about 70% of all US homes. [The Market Oracle]

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