Daimler self-driving snow removal trucks built for plowing at airports initially

October 19th, 2017 by James Ayre on Clean Technica As part of its embrace of self-driving vehicle tech, and following earlier demonstrations of self-driving semi trucks, Daimler has now demonstrated fully self-driving snow removal trucks on the site of the former Pferdsfeld airbase. The demonstration follows a specific customer request for self-driving snow removal trucks to be used for the clearance of airfields …

Worst Case Effects of Hurricanes, Flooding, High Tides, and Sea Level Rise on DelDOT Assets

Delaware DOT and the University of Delaware, 2017 Draft Objectives What are the worst case effects of hurricanes, riverine flooding, high tides, and sea level rise inundation on DelDOT’s assets? The University of Delaware Water Resources Center (UDWRC) and Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research (CADSR) utilized climatic, hydrologic, hydraulic, and geographic information systems (GIS) data to document and …

How to Reverse Inequality in 4 Not-So-Easy Steps

Don’t get distracted by income, author Chuck Collins says. It’s power and hidden wealth driving inequality. Chris Winters posted Sep 20, 2017, Yes Magazine Inequality in the United States has become a household concept, if for no other reason than Sen. Bernie Sanders centering his presidential run around fixing it. There’s plenty of visible evidence of it, but author Chuck Collins …

Energy-storage company and home builder are teaming up to make peer-to-peer energy sharing a viable player in the clean-energy landscape

Fast Company 12 Oct 2017 This Solar-Powered Development Will Be The Largest Virtual Power Plant In The U.S. When it’s complete, the Jasper sonnenCommunity will create a virtual power plant that will be able to aggregate enough solar energy to make it comparable to a small power plant. [Photo: Mandalay Homes] By Eillie Anilotti If you live in Frankfurt, Germany and …

First sign of “big oil” moving into EVs

Oil and gas majors continue exploring new markets in electrification: Shell Buys Slice of the Electric Vehicle Market With Purchase of NewMotion By Emma Foehringer Merchant, October 13, 2017 As the uptake of electric vehicles accelerates, oil and gas majors have continued to grapple with how much to invest in a technology that could put them out of business. On Friday, Royal …

Oxford is first in the UK to make city center fossil free, banning gas and diesel vehicles. New plans slated to go into effect from 2020.

19 Oct 2017 by James Ayre on Clean Technica The city of Oxford, England, will become the first in the UK to ban all diesel and petrol/gas-powered cars from its city center, if newly revealed plans go through. Image © Copyright David Hawgood and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence. The new plans from the prominent university city will see a so-called “Zero Emission Zone” imposed …

Solar + Storage Synergies for Managing Commercial-Customer Demand Charges

There is a new report, Solar + Storage Synergies for Managing Commercial-Customer Demand Charges, by researchers from Berkeley Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The study estimates demand charge savings from solar and battery storage systems co-deployed in commercial buildings. It follows two previous studies that examined demand charge savings from solar on a stand-alone basis for residential and …

Flywheels help Alaska’s remote microgrids go to 95% renewable energy

15 Oct 2017 NPR  Seafood processors like Ocean Beauty are some of the largest energy consumers in Kodiak, Alaska, which has generated more than 99 percent of its electricity from renewable sources since 2014. Here, the Ocean Beauty seafood plant. Eric Keto/Alaska’s Energy Desk This archipelago in the Gulf of Alaska is home to one of the busiest commercial fishing …

Stark Evidence: A Warmer World Is Sparking More and Bigger Wildfires

The increase in forest fires, seen this summer from North America to the Mediterranean to Siberia, is directly linked to climate change, scientists say. And as the world continues to warm, there will be greater risk for fires on nearly every continent.   By Nicola Jones • Yale 360 2 Oct 2017 On a single hot, dry day this summer, an astonishing 140 …