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Reuters

Wind and solar energy companies on Thursday called on Congress to pass tax incentives that would help the sector avoid project delays and keep financing flowing amid a pandemic that has choked off supply chains and slowed construction.


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Grist

Lithium-ion batteries are expected to play a critical role in the green energy transition, but despite surging global demand for the metals that go into them, we’re doing a terrible job recovering those metals after batteries die.


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University of Pennsylvania

One of the main factors driving market uncertainty this month has been the oil price war being waged by Saudi Arabia and Russia. As these two crude oil heavyweights play a game of price-slash chicken, the rest of the world can do little more than sit by and watch it play out.


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Ocean Energy Systems

Global wave and tidal stream energy production has risen tenfold over the last decade, according to a report issued by Ocean Energy Systems.


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Wave and tidal energy is seen as a potential credible alternative to fossil fuels. Here Ocean Energy Systems, which works with the International Energy Agency, reports on its findings.

Clean Technica

COVID-19 is upending many things in the world. Tourism is dead for now. Planes are traveling empty. Everyone who can is working from home. St. Patrick’s Day was canceled. Even the Coronavirus Conference was cancelled. We’re all being asked to practice ‘social distancing’, and the introverts among us are gloating about having trained for this day.


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Grist

As the coronavirus outbreak rages on, renewable energy is taking a hit.


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Reuters

HONG KONG: Cheap oil could drive automakers to distraction. With crude futures near $26 a barrel, drivers might lose enthusiasm for electric vehicles, especially if governments put support on hold and let pump prices tank.


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The Conversation

The federal government this week signed a deal with the US to access their oil reserves should global supplies be disrupted and we eat into our meagre reserve.


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Economic Times (Times of India)

India’s rapid economic growth has benefited the country in a lot of ways but it has been clouded by a degrading environment and natural resource scarcity.


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Clean Technica

India has witnessed a sharp fall in the value of solar cells and modules imported from China between April 2017 and March 2019, the government has revealed.


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Grist

“I’m waiting for the government to tell me I should be more concerned, if I’m being honest.”


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Many people have compared the coronavirus crisis to the crisis of climate change. Here, L. V. Anderson suggests a multi-layered strategy for the years ahead.

PTI

SmartCity Kochi has won an industry body’s award for ecological sustainability in recognition of the IT townships go-green efforts that save energy, conserve water, recycle waste, avoid plastic and promote overall cleanliness.


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The Conversation

How do you respond to a crisis? It’s obvious that the response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been dramatically different to anything provoked by repeated scientific warnings about climate change.


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National University of Singapore

A team of NUS researchers has achieved a major technological breakthrough by converting waste rubber tyres into super-light aerogels that have a wide range of applications. This is the first time that aerogels are made from waste rubber tyres. The new rubber aerogels demonstrate remarkable properties — they are extremely light, highly absorbent, very durable, and they are also very efficient at trapping heat and sound.


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Inhabitat

Warsaw-based architecture firm FAAB Architektura has unveiled designs for the Vertical Oasis Building, a conceptual skyscraper that would use renewable energy to reduce its carbon footprint.


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Economic Times (Times of India)

New Delhi: Tata Motors has announced on Wednesday that it aims to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy sourcing by 2030 for all its energy requirements at the Lucknow plant, which is specialised in designing and manufacturing of a range of buses.


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Electrek

Check out this guy’s simple, DIY solar-powered electric bicycle charging setup.


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Clean Technica

Rarely do we see companies following up on their renewable energy commitments with concrete actions, more so when companies are giants in the fossil fuel sector. However, a coal mining company in India has turned out to be an outlier in this regard and is taking measures to set up large-scale solar power projects.


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The Guardian

Jump attributed to growing appetite among energy firms and falling technology costs


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The New Humanitarian

Climate-linked disasters are unleashing greater levels of damage, but billions of dollars in climate change commitments may be eating into regular aid budgets that poorer countries rely on, campaigners say.


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TU Dresden

In their study, by investigating the vibrations of the molecules in the thin films, the scientists were able to show that very fundamental quantum effects, so-called zero point vibrations, can make a significant contribution to voltage losses. The study has now been published in the journal Nature Communications.


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This newsletter looks not just at the politics or business of green energy, but at some of the science. Here researchers in Germany and Belgium pinpoint a problem that could help make solar energy cells more efficient.

Bloomberg

A strong recovery requires immediate relief to be coupled with long-term investment.


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Economic Times (Times of India)

NEW DELHI: GAIL has entered exclusive discussions to buy a stake in privately owned solar power generator ACME Solar holdings, according to four people aware of the matter.


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OZY

On the surface, Feldheim, a village of 135 inhabitants located 40 miles south of Berlin, Germany, is unremarkable. There is only one straight tree-lined street less than a mile long; to its left and right are a few houses and a farming cooperative surrounded by fields that stretch to the horizon. It’s a quaint village typical of the rural parts of the eastern German state of Brandenburg.


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Inter Press Service

“The idea came to a group of schoolmates and me in 2014, but we never thought it could become a reality,” says Sebastián Ieraci, 23, as he points to a multitude of photovoltaic solar panels shining on the roof of the Antonio Devoto High School in the Argentine capital.


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