Zero-carbon grids are set to power the #FutureFaster

By Nigel Topping, CEO of the We Mean Business coalition “There is no technical or economic barrier to transitioning the entire world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy with a stable electric grid at low cost”. That’s the conclusion of Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford University, who led a recent study in the rollout of …

Interview with Robin Chase, Aug 2018

From The Beam and Clean Technica, 24 Aug 2018 An interview with ZipCar founder Robin Chase, by Anne-Sophie Garrigou Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur who became famous for co-founding Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world. The successful entrepreneur wasn’t about to stop there, going on to co-found Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); as …

With the decline in car ownership for young people and the increased interest in all-electric vehicles, VW is announcing a new all-electric car-sharing platform called ‘WE’ that will launch next year.

The news was announced by the Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, Jürgen Stackmann, at an event held in Berlin today that with the decline in car ownership for young people and the increased interest in all-electric vehicles, VW is announcing a new all-electric car-sharing platform called ‘WE’ that will launch next year. Stackmann said: “We are convinced that the car …

Three big energy changes that are a surprise to most people

Since, 2007, the price of electricity has gone down, along with the price of clothing and wireless phone service.  Unsurprisingly, health care, cable TV and many other services Americans use regularly have become more expensive over the last 10 years. But that is not true of electricity — an essential service. The average retail price of electricity in the United …

Largest virtual solar power plant in the world involves installing a 5-kilowatt solar system and a Powerwall 2 battery on roughly 50,000 low-income and social housing units across Australian state

The virtual power plant involves installing a 5-kilowatt solar system and a Powerwall 2 battery on roughly 50,000 low-income and social housing units across the state over the next four years. The setup would be installed at no charge to the households and financed through the sale of electricity. Participants would save an estimated 30 percent on their power bills. …

Electric buses at Schipol, Amsterdam Airport, “top off” their batteries during pick-ups

Amsterdam Airport Uses Heliox Chargers to Power Fleet of 100 Electric Buses: In a shift towards greater sustainability, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has chosen roof-mounted, Heliox chargers to power its large fleet of buses. By, Mia Bevacqua Apr 14, 2018, FutureCar.com  author: Mia Bevacqua A lineup of electric buses tethered to roof-mounted chargers is quite a site to see. Travelers will stumble upon …

February 7th, 2018 by Saurabh Mahapatra  India achieved an operational solar power capacity of 20 gigawatts by the end of 2017, Mercom India Research has claimed. According to Mercom India Research, a record 9.5 gigawatts of solar power capacity was likely added in 2017, taking the total solar power capacity operational in India to over 20 gigawatts. The figures do not match those …

Decarbonising Transport, The Global Mobility Report in Brief

Green Mobility Holger Dalkmann, Alyssa Fischer and Karl Peet Efficiency Lukasz Wyrowski (UNECE) and Baher El-Hifnawi (World Bank) Tracking Sustainable Mobility Muneeza Alam (World Bank) and Julie Powell (UN DESA) Achieving Sustainable Mobility Javier Morales Sarriera (World Bank) and Lewis Fulton (University of California, Davis) Framing Sustainable Mobility By Nancy Vandycke (World Bank) and Jari Kauppila (ITF) Safety Soames Job (World Bank) and Hilda Gomez (CAF) Universal …

The pattern of links at the local scale sets the options for stability and transformation. Almost everything that happens in life is the result of a network. Making, or breaking, local links is the way to change.

By Deborah M Gordon, a professor of biology at Stanford University in California. She has written about her research for publications such as Scientific American and Wired. Her latest book is Ant Encounters: Interaction Networks and Colony Behavior (2010).  We live enmeshed in networks. The internet, a society, a body, an ant colony, a tumour: they are all networks of interactions, among people, ants or cells – …