Revolutionary polymer recycling technology ready to be brought to market

Polymer recycling technology - Clothing - Laundry hanging to dry

Worn Again Technologies is prepared to accelerate its tech designed for recycling textiles. The British startup that has developed cellulose and polymer recycling technology has successfully reached its £5 million ($6.6 million) funding target. Having reached its investment goal, Worn Again Technologies is ready to bring its unique patented tech that can reprocess pure and blended cotton and polyester textiles to the market. Worn Again’s tech increases the potential to recycle raw materials in textiles. For over six years, the company has been intensively researching and developing its polymer recycling…

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New research finds that reeds could help make cheaper high-performance fuel cells

High-performance fuel cells - Reeds by lake at sunset

The elements in these plants could lead to fuel cell efficiency and reduce costs at the same time. The search for new clean sources of energy and high-performance fuel cells is nothing new, especially not for researchers from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Québec, who may have just had a breakthrough with elements from reeds. These tall plants that grow in wetlands could aid in the production of a cheaper catalyst for more efficient fuel cells. Powerful fuel cells are needed to convert energy from hydrogen into electricity…

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First PtG energy storage facility in North America is now operational

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North America’s first major energy storage facility using hydrogen is open in Canada. The announcement regarding the opening of the PtG energy storage plant was made by Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Hydrogenics Corporation. The two Canada-based companies jointly own and operate the facility, which is located in Markham, Ontario, Canada. The facility is expected to lower costs for Ontario consumers. Both Asia and Europe have already deployed power-to-gas (PtG) energy storage projects, but this is the first large scale PtG energy storage project of its kind in North America.…

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Simple solar energy technology could change the world

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The SunSaluter solar panel has gone open source. The solar energy technology behind the simple solar panel efficiency device known as the SunSaluter has been made open source so that anyone can build it. Now that it is no longer patented, the device can bring renewable energy to those who need it the most. The SunSaluter also produces clean drinking water. Developed by Chinese-Canadian software/mechanical engineer Eden Full Goh, the SunSaluter rotates and follows the sun throughout the day and boosts efficiency by 30%. Additionally, it produces four liters of…

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Oahu hydrogen fuel station opens for businesses

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Hawaii’s first publicly accessible hydrogen refueling station becomes operational. The Oahu hydrogen fuel station is the first of its kind in Hawaii and was developed and opened by Servco Pacific. The new station, which reportedly took less than a year to complete, will help to support the use of hydrogen fuel vehicles in Hawaii. Servco will start to lease the Toyota Mirai later this month. Having already found success in establishing a presence in California, Toyota wants to bring its hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to other promising clean transportation markets,…

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Novel carbon-neutral fuel from Iceland to be mixed with petrol for UK cars

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The Icelandic fuel is generated using a renewable power source. The carbon neutral fuel is methanol created by Icelandic-based Carbon Recycling International (CRI). It is produced using renewable geothermal energy, powered by a nearby volcano. For the first time in the UK, methanol will come from a full renewable source. Although methanol combined with petrol isn’t exactly new in the UK, what makes CRI’s methanol unique is that it is produced entirely from renewables and it is not biofuel. This helps to eliminate the concerns of biomass critics who feel…

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Cordia iLint hydrogen train receives green light for passenger service

Cordia iLint hydrogen train - Train in Germany

The hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit from Alstom was given formal approval to operate. Two prototype units of the Cordia iLint hydrogen train are expected to enter pilot service on the Elbe-Weser network in Germany, after receiving formal approval for passenger service on July 11. The Cordia iLint is the world’s first hydrogen-powered low-floor passenger train. As a hydrogen fuel cell-powered, zero-emission train, the Cordia iLint hydrogen train could revolutionize rail travel. The creators behind the train, Alstom, a leading manufacturer of trains, says that their iLint is the first low-passenger…

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Apple to support renewable power in China through China Clean Energy Fund

Apple - Climate Change - Renewable Energy - China Clean Energy Fund

Apple will jointly invest $300 million into the fund. The California-based tech giant has announced the China Clean Energy Fund, a new unique type of investment fund in China to connect suppliers with renewable power sources. Apple, along with 10 initial suppliers, will jointly invest $300 million over the next four years into the fund, reported an official Apple press release. The investment fund is part of Apple’s commitment to address climate change. The purpose of the China Clean Energy Fund is to invest in and develop green energy projects…

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New York City renters and homeowners can benefit from community solar groups

Community Solar Groups - New York City, Manhattan

Many New York apartment dwellers may soon have access to solar power savings. Joining community solar groups may be an option this summer for some New York City renters and homeowners who live in buildings that do not have or that cannot support solar panels. These groups can help someone who doesn’t have direct access to solar power, lower their electricity bill. For instance, if someone in a Manhattan apartment wanted to lower their electricity bill with renewable power, they could join a community solar group. This would allow them…

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The Automobile Association develops first mobile EV fast charger in Europe.

Mobile EV fast charger - Tesla EV at charging station

This new technology can help prevent electric car drivers from becoming stranded. Ireland’s Automobile Association (AA) has developed a mobile EV fast charger to help combat “range anxiety.” This is a form of anxiety commonly experienced by electrical vehicle (EV) drivers who worry that their car battery will run out of power before they reach their destination or the next charging point. Stranded drivers can be given a boost with the new mobile fast charger. The first of its kind in Europe, the mobile EV fast charger is basically the…

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Tokyo 2020 sets high carbon-free renewable energy goals

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The next Olympic Games host city is focusing on green technology and sustainability. The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is making every effort to reduce carbon emissions during the preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Games and when they take place. The Committee has a bold sustainability operation plan. Back in June, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced its plans to use as many renewable power sources as possible during the Games. The plan was created with the intention of contributing to the United Nations’ 17 sustainable…

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ITM Power to help Japan Build its Hydrogen society

Hydrogen Society - Partnership

Multi-megawatt carbon-free hydrogen projects to be developed in Japan. Japan’s hydrogen society is set to expand, thanks to a new strategic partnership agreement that has been announced between ITM Power and Sumitomo Corporation. The new agreement will allow for the development of multi-megawatt renewable projects in Japan. These projects will be based on ITM Power’s electrolyser products. Part of the new deal between the two companies will see UK hydrogen specialist, ITM Power, supply Sumitomo with its multi-megawatt electrolyser systems. These systems can be integrated into wider projects on an…

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Waste-to-energy technology could help power chicken farms

Waste-to-energy technology - Chickens

Poultry litter could be transformed into an environmentally-friendly resource to aid farmers. The development of new waste-to-energy technology by Cykloburn Technologies, a Baltimore-based startup, could lead to the conversion of excess poultry fertilizer into power for framers on the Eastern Shore. Federal funding will help the W2E project become a reality. After securing a licensing deal with Morgan State, Cykloburn Technologies received a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation, reported Technical.ly. According to Cykloburn Technologies CEO Rob Meissner, the funding will help add capacity to…

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Poland explores possibility of hydrogen fuel trains

Hydrogen fuel train - Railway and train in Poland

Polish companies are betting on hydrogen as the fuel of the future. Hydrogen fuel trains could be coming to Poland in the future. JSW, a Polish coal mining company, and PKP Cargo, a national rail freight operator, are working together to research, analyze and potentially produce new types of shunting locomotives and freight wagons powered by hydrogen fuel, reported the International Railway Journal. The companies want to invest in projects involving the commercial use of hydrogen fuel. The main goal is to workout innovative solutions involving the commercial operation of…

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Team from Indonesia places first in the Shell Eco-marathon 2018

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Once again, young engineers from across the globe compete to break energy efficiency records. It was a tight race in London at the Shell Eco-marathon 2018 grand final, but in the end it was a car designed by a team from Indonesia that won the top spot. This was a huge victory for the Sapuangin Team from Sepuluh November Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya, Indonesia, as they had previously failed to claim the top spot two years in a row. All teams representing the Asian region in the car racing…

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Fossil-free hydrogen gas plant receives support from Sweden Energy Agency

Fossil-free hydrogen gas plant to be built in Sweden - Swedish flag

The planned alternative fuel plant is expected to be Europe`s biggest. Swedish power company Vattenfall and Swedish petroleum corporation Preem are moving ahead with their plans to build a fossil-free hydrogen gas plant in Gothenburg, one of Sweden`s major cities. Once built, the plant is expected to have a capacity of 18 megawatts, which will make it the largest in Europe. The Swedish Energy Agency will fund half the cost for the preliminary planning of the plant. Through Industriklivet (Industrial Evolution), the Swedish Energy Agency will contribute half the cost…

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