The Bill That Could Truly, Actually Bring Back U.S. Manufacturing

And help the climate, too By Robinson Meyer https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/08/america-into-the-worlds-factory-again-industrial-finance-corporation/619793/ August 18, 2021 On paper, Cadenza Innovation is everything a modern American start-up is supposed to be. The Connecticut-based company was founded by an award-winning Swedish chemist who first came to the United States to work at MIT. It promised a major breakthrough: lithium-ion batteries that were far less likely to explode …

GAF Energy invests in integrated solar rooftops, adds US manufacturing jobs

“It’s all about “American jobs, getting the facility in place, hiring locally and promoting U.S. solar.” Eric Wesoff11 May 2021, https://www.canarymedia.com/articles/gaf-energy-growing-integrated-solar-rooftops-and-us-manufacturing-jobs/ Last week, we reported that GAF Energy (part of GAF, one of the world’s largest roofing companies) has installed over 2,000 integrated solar roofs — more deployments than the higher-profile Tesla has managed to pull off for its solar …

Why is meat so cheap? Plant-based is getting cheaper but still catching up

Impossible Foods’ plant-based meat just got closer to the price of regular meat. The 20 percent price cut is part of a strategy to take plant-based meat mainstream. Vox, by Kelsey Piper  Feb 2, 2021 In the past few years, meatless meat products have taken off among consumers. But the meatless meat market is still only about 1 percent of the meat market. …

Make an Emergency Declaration and Use the National Emergencies Act (NEA) and the Defense Production Act (DPA)

By Jeff Merkley, Oregon, Washington Post, Jan 2021, excerpt The National Emergencies Act (NEA) and the Defense Production Act (DPA) give the president broad powers to act in the national interest during grave national emergencies. While President Barack Obama used the DPA to purchase green transportation fuels, neither of these acts has been fully used to address the climate emergency. Declaring the climate crisis …

(US) First Solar’s Thin-Film PV Modules Chosen For Largest Urban Solar Power Plant In Europe

September 25th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan in Clean Technica A solar power plant being built in Bordeaux, France, on a former landfill is expected to be the largest “urban” solar PV power plant in Europe. The factory is using solar modules from American solar presenter delivernment is firm First Solar (Nasdaq:FSLR). “In the world of solar PV, there are conventional crystalline solar PV …

Xcel Energy Reaches Settlement Agreement on $23.4M Microgrid Project in Colorado

May 26, 2020 By Elisa Wood Xcel Energy has reached a settlement agreement with consumer, regulatory,  environmental and labor interests which, if approved by state regulators, allows the utility to move ahead with a $23.4 microgrid project. Peaked rooftop of Denver International Airport, the site of one of Xcel’s seven proposed microgrids. Photo by Arina P Habich/Shutterstock.com Now before the Colorado Public …

Prefab affordable housing for backyards

Excerpt from Quartz, Aug 2019 Seattle-based startup Node sees an urban future for housing built in a factory. Node wants to be the Ikea of the home industry. The modular homes it is making can be flat-packed—the ultra-efficient technique popularized by the Swedish retailer—and then assembled in a matter of days on site. Shingles fasten into place. Walls snap together in metal …

No Plant Closings! Plant Conversion to Save Workers and the Planet

Wendy Thompson December 18, 2018 What would it take to keep these assembly and transmission plants open? As autoworkers have begun to formulate demands for the opening of the 2019 contract negotiations, GM upped the ante by announcing the loss of 14,000 jobs with the closure of three assembly plants and two transmission plants to add to the two million manufacturing …

Proof of concept in ramping up battery production

Tesla Gigafactory 1 Timeline & Results — CleanTechnica Deep Dive by Chanan Bos, January 20th, 2019  Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada is a proof of concept. Originally, the factory was supposed to be completed in 2020, have a production capacity of 35 GWh of battery cells and 50 GWh of battery packs, and employ 6,500 people. In 2017, these plans were altered …

100x faster 3D printing: Rather than building up plastic filaments layer by layer, new approach lifts complex shapes from a vat of liquid

Researchers Create A 3D Printing Process That Is 100 Times Faster Than Normal, by Steve Hanley in Clean Technica, January 14th, 2019  3D printing is more than just a curiosity. For producing components in small numbers, it is much less expensive that making molds and dies. Conventional production techniques get very inexpensive when volumes reach 100,000 or more, but for prototypes that may …