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European smart cities €30 million project

European smart cities €30 million project

Aug 30, 2018 Europe
+CityxChange has just secured EU Horizon 2020 Smart Cities and Communities funding for a €30 million project. 11 enterprises, 9 SMEs, 3 non-profit organisations and 2 universities will be led by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in the development of smart positive energy cities across Europe.
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Screen-printed electrodes could unlock hydrogen as an affordable fuel

Screen-printed electrodes could unlock hydrogen as an affordable fuel

Aug 30, 2018 United States
Creating a renewable and sustainable source of energy from hydrogen that is also affordable could be unlocked with a university's innovative use of screen-printed nanotechnology.
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New Zealand's first grid-scale battery storage facility

New Zealand's first grid-scale battery storage facility

Aug 29, 2018 New Zealand
New Zealand's first grid-scale battery storage facility was launched in Auckland. Tesla's Powerpack battery is part of an ambitious project to test the direct integration of battery energy storage with New Zealand's electricity grid.
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Off grid internet for Rwanda

Off grid internet for Rwanda

Aug 28, 2018 Rwanda
BBOXX has launched a pilot to provide internet access for communities in Rwanda. This latest pilot signals how internet is the logical next step, with other utilities such as water and gas likely to follow suit.
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IDTechEx TVAsia's first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone

Asia's first fully solar-powered quadcopter drone

Aug 28, 2018 Singapore
Aircraft that can take off and land directly without the need for a runway - such as helicopters and quadcopters - are attractive for personal, commercial and military applications as they require less physical space and infrastructure compared to traditional fixed wing planes. A team from the National University of Singapore has achieved a major step forward in stretching the capabilities of quadcopter drones by powering the flight solely by natural sunlight.
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Computer vision startup  for retail and wind power industries

Computer vision startup for retail and wind power industries

Aug 27, 2018 United States, China
Clobotics announced that it has closed an additional round of financing. Venture capital raised in this round now totals $21 million (USD). With the new capital, Clobotics will continue to expand its business in North America to further penetrate the wind power and retail industries. The company will also invest in ongoing product development and continue to build its growing team of experts in computer vision, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
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Minesto completes initial commissioning trials of marine energy kite

Minesto completes initial commissioning trials of marine energy kite

Aug 27, 2018 United Kingdom
Minesto has completed the initial commissioning sea trials of its unique subsea kite technology called Deep Green off the coast of Holyhead, North West Wales. Through the initial trials, a range of functionalities such as the kite control system, launch and recovery systems, connections and communications have been tested and verified in various sea states.
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Redefining the 'end-of-life' of retired electric vehicle batteries

Redefining the 'end-of-life' of retired electric vehicle batteries

Aug 27, 2018
Consumer batteries such as those used in power tools, mobile phones and laptops are normally recycled/disposed after their service life - that's what we normally refer to as the 'end-of-life' of the batteries. However, retired car batteries that are no longer suitable for electric cars could still hold sufficient capacity for second life applications. The 'end-of-life' of an electric car battery needs to be redefined as they could be further…
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Webinar Thursday 6 September - Energy Harvesting Microwatt to Megawatt

Webinar Thursday 6 September - Energy Harvesting Microwatt to Megawatt

Aug 27, 2018 Worldwide
IDTechEx will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday 6 September titled Energy Harvesting Microwatt to Megawatt: New Objectives, New Solutions.
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Solar powered McDonalds

Solar powered McDonalds

Aug 24, 2018 United States
McDonald's newly designed restaurant a one-of-a-kind modern and environmentally-friendly design and enhanced customer experience with self-order kiosks, table service, mobile order and payment, and delivery.
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Highlights from the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference, U.S.

Highlights from the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference, U.S.

Aug 23, 2018
The Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC) is a global series of conferences for companies and academics to present their latest research on Li-ion batteries for the auto industry. Every year it is held in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.
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Zero Emission Base Power Without Batteries or Infrastructure

Zero Emission Base Power Without Batteries or Infrastructure

Aug 23, 2018
Magically, next generation electricity production continuous (base) electricity production can avoid the massive concrete and steel structures currently used for nuclear power stations with their 1000 year fuel rod problem.
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Helping Australia's busiest airport to go renewable

Helping Australia's busiest airport to go renewable

Aug 23, 2018 Australia
With more than 40 million passengers a year, nearly 350,000 aircraft movements a year, three terminals, a freight facility, not to mention close to 55,000 people working on airport across more than 200 organisations, Sydney Airport uses a lot of energy.
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Solar electric StratoAirNet prototype completes first flight

Solar electric StratoAirNet prototype completes first flight

Aug 23, 2018 United States
Bye Aerospace announced the successful completion of the first flight of the solar electric technology demonstrator prototype for its "StratoAirNet" and "Solesa" families of medium-altitude aircraft systems.
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Tidal turbine shows phenomenal performance

Tidal turbine shows phenomenal performance

Aug 22, 2018 United Kingdom
Scotrenewables Tidal Power has set another record with its first 2MW floating tidal stream turbine with the unit clocking up over 3GWh of renewable electricity in its first year of testing at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland.
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Greek island to run solely on wind and solar power

Greek island to run solely on wind and solar power

Aug 21, 2018 Greece
With the EU's clean energy, low-carbon goals and the specific needs of isolated communities in mind, the EU-funded TILOS project set out to make the Greek island of Tilos the first in the Mediterranean to be powered solely by renewable energy. This required more robust technology to store and distribute the power effectively over time and distance.
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President Duda commits to EU target of 15% energy from renewables

President Duda commits to EU target of 15% energy from renewables

Aug 21, 2018 Poland
The biggest European polluter is now officially committed to EU's renewable targets, marking an important first step in moving away from coal-based energy.
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Fuel cell technologies for off grid power

Fuel cell technologies for off grid power

Aug 20, 2018
There has been a resurgence in interest and activity surrounding fuel cell technologies for stationary storage applications in 2018. In this premium article, IDTechEx looks at the most suitable technologies for off-grid power and explores the chemistry behind the use of ammonia as an off-grid fuel source in more detail.
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US$1 billion renewable energy program launched in South Australia

US$1 billion renewable energy program launched in South Australia

Aug 20, 2018 Australia
SIMEC ZEN Energy - part of Sanjeev Gupta's global GFG Alliance - has launched its landmark US$1 billion, one‐gigawatt dispatchable renewable energy program.
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Sono Motors announces Dutch market entry

Sono Motors announces Dutch market entry

Aug 20, 2018 Germany
Just a few weeks after the conclusion of a test drive tour around Europe lasting several months, Sono Motors has announced another series of test drives of the Sion electric car encompassing a total of 18 cities in the Netherlands and Germany.