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This week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories — 25 January

Will solar windows become the norm? What’s been dubbed the ‘Tesla of the canals’? And, what kind of finance is key to achieving global sustainability goals?

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


App shows water refill stations to tackle plastic waste

People will be able to find the tens of thousands of new drinking fountains being installed in businesses, shops, and cafes via an app.

Read more on BBC News.


The dawn of solar windows

Solar windows have the potential to create an enormous network of small photovoltaic sources. And, developers maintain that the money that the windows save on energy will repay the cost of installing them.

Read more on IEEE Spectrum.


Enel seeks acquisitions to tap into e-cars industry boom

Europe’s largest utility is moving fast to benefit from the sudden surge in electric car consumption by offering charging services and developing technologies for station networks, Chief Executive Officer Francesco Starace said.

Read more on Bloomberg New Energy Finance.


World’s first electric container barges to sail from European ports this summer

Dubbed the ‘Tesla of the canals’, the unmanned vessels will operate on Dutch and Belgian waterways, vastly reducing diesel vehicles and emissions

Read more on The Guardian.


‘Blended’ finance is key to achieving global sustainability goals, says report

Public and private sector funds must increasingly pool resources to finance larger global sustainability and climate change projects, a new study shows.

Read more on The Guardian.


Lloyd’s of London to divest from coal over climate change

Lloyd’s of London, the world’s oldest insurance market, has become the latest financial firm to announce that it plans to stop investing in coal companies.

Read more on The Guardian.


Greenery fills this sustainable glass-and-timber tower planned for Oslo

Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter AS and C.F Møller Arkitekter have won a design competition for a stunning new cultural hub set to rise in Oslo; the project is called Nordic Light. The renderings show greenery growing inside and out of the building on multiple levels as part of the architects’ sustainable vision for the tower, which will aim for BREEAM Excellent certification.

Read more on Inhabitat.

‘It’s a no-brainer’: are hydrogen cars the future?

Inventor Hugo Spowers has a dream: To replace today’s cars with his own hydrogen prototype. Is the world ready?

Read more on The Guardian.


€70 billion in investments into EVs and batteries now pledged by global auto manufacturers

Over €70 billion in investments have now been pledged for the development of electric vehicles and associated battery tech by the world’s top auto manufacturers, going on a new analysis from Reuters.

Read more on Clean Technica.


Rheticus project teams German giants to harvest CO2 in artificial photosynthesis

Researchers from two German industrial giants, Siemens and Evonik, just announced that they will team up to demonstrate the feasibility of “technical photosynthesis.” The idea is to use eco-electricity and harness the power of nature to convert CO2 into more complex chemical building blocks, like the alcohols butanol and hexanol.

Read more on Tree Hugger.