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This week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories — 22 February

How does a paper-based battery work? Which country is planning to build a 26,910-square-foot floating solar farm? And, how can a solar fuel reactor work at night?

This, and more, in the week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories.


New paper batteries can be discarded with zero ecological impact

Barcelona-based Fuelium is developing batteries made of paper, which are designed for disposable diagnostic devices. Unlike regular batteries, Fuelim’s batteries don’t create toxic waste that requires complicated recycling processes.

Read more on Inhabitat.


The Netherlands plans 26,910-square-foot floating solar farm at sea

Around 26,910 square feet of floating solar panels could provide clean energy for the Netherlands. Six Dutch companies and institutions are developing the offshore solar plant, Project Solar-at-Sea, devised by Oceans of Energy.

Read more on Inhabitat.


Covenant of Mayors: A key instrument for the future EU budget

In its 10 year-existence, the European Covenant of Mayors has mobilised thousands of local governments to voluntarily implement and exceed EU climate and energy objectives. In order to further embed the initiative in EU policies, it has to become a key instrument for the future EU budget.

Read more on Euractiv.


Purposeful packaging for the circular products revolution requires out-of-the-box thinking

Step by step. Product by product. Standard by standard. Consumer by consumer. That is what it will take to re-engineer our take-make-dispose economy so it is restorative and regenerative by design.

Read more on Green Biz.


Managing climate risk with carbon pricing and science-based targets

The World Economic Forum, which organises the annual Davos meeting, set the tone for the event in its annual Global Risks Report, which found for the second year in a row that business and political leaders think the world’s biggest threat is extreme weather resulting from climate change.

Read more on Green Biz.


National Grid planning fast charging network for UK

National Grid is contemplating the creation of a fast charging network for the UK and Wales. Scotland may also get a similar system. The chargers would have up to 35o kW of power. The company’s research indicates it would only take 50 charging locations to put high power charging within 50 miles of 90 per cent of drivers in the UK.

Read more on Clean Technica.


Scientists create world’s first solar fuel reactor that works at night

Researchers have developed the world’s first solar fuel reactor that is able to function at night. Called CONTISOL, the device is capable of producing fuel such as hydrogen without the intensive greenhouse gas emissions caused by creating the fuel from burning natural gas. CONTISOL is able to run at all hours of the day because it relies on concentrated solar power (CSP) and thermal energy storage.

Read more on Inhabitat.


How to: Turn your food waste into clean energy

Each year, 1.3 billion tonnes of food ends up lost or wasted—46 per cent of the world’s garbage. While the global food waste situation is what you’d call a “doozy,” consumers and companies like HomeBiogas are determined to turn food waste into clean, usable energy.

Read more on Inhabitat.


How farming with rocks could improve global food security

Scientists at the University of Sheffield have learned that farming with crushed silicate rocks mixed into the soil could improve global food security, increase crop yields, promote soil health, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As the rocks slowly dissolve in the soil, they release nutrients while absorbing carbon dioxide. Most importantly, crushed silicate rocks can be introduced to existing farmland, offering a non-disruptive, less intensive carbon capture service.

Read more on Inhabitat.


What we feed animals is key to a sustainable future for food

A new report, “Feed Behind Our Food,” is a call for retailers and foodservice to recognize the vital role they have, as trusted intermediaries with consumers, to accelerate progress on sustainable animal feed by collaborating more with their supply chain, from producers and manufacturers to innovators and feed companies.

Read more on Green Biz.