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This week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories — 17 August

Is it possible to make money simply by parking your car? Will London’s new environmental strategy really make it the greenest city on earth? And, how can algae oil transform our automotive industry?

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


UK set to be ‘self-sufficient’ in battery recycling by year end

Resource efficiency specialist Ecosurety and reuse and recycling solutions firm Belmont Trading UK have partnered to develop a battery recycling facility in Glasgow. They plan to be able to take up to 20,000 tonnes of waste batteries a year, which would enable the UK to become self-sufficient in battery recycling.

Read more on Business Green


People in Denmark are earning up to €1,300 just by parking their EVs

Electric vehicle owners in Denmark have been able to collect about €1,300 ($1,530) a year by feeding excess power back into the grid. Nissan Motor Company conducted trials in the country with Italy’s utility company Enel SpA to show how EV batteries could help ease constraints on the electrical grid.

Read more on Inhabitat


Could bio-energy crops offer British farmers a post-Brexit boost?

An ETI report this week suggests bio-energy crops could provide a valuable new revenue stream for the UK while cutting carbon emissions.

Read more on Business Green


Trucost launches corporate carbon pricing risk assessment tool

Green data specialist Trucost has launched a new tool to help companies assess their potential exposure to risks presented by changing carbon pricing mechanisms around the world, such as emissions trading.

Read more on Business Green


ABN AMRO launches green home service in bid to slash Dutch emissions

With a new suite of climate-focused tools and services, Dutch banking giant ABN AMRO aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions from its operations and customers by two megatonnes by 2030, the equivalent to taking 800,000 cars off the roads. One such tool is the Energy Saving Check, which offers a quick overview of how sustainable a user’s home is and what green modifications will yield: in terms of payback time, comfort and environmental contribution.

Read more on Business Green


The UK will require electric car chargers at all major gas stations

The UK just announced a new law that requires all major petrol (gas) stations and motorway services to install electric car chargers.

Read more on Inhabitat


NorthVolt Starts Biggest Fundraising for €4 Billion Battery Plan

NorthVolt AB, the Swedish battery factory developer founded by a former Tesla Inc. executive, is planning to close its first major fundraising round this autumn, potentially drawing in €100 million ($118 million).

Read more on Bloomberg New Energy Finance


Electric autobahn: Siemens to debut on-the-go truck charging technology

To supply power to hybrid electric trucks, Siemen’s eHighway trial will erect a 10km overhead contact line on a stretch of autobahn in the German state of Hesse.

Read more on Business Green


London Solar Auctions Aim to Make City Greenest on Earth

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auctions as part of an environment strategy proposed to more than double the capital’s solar energy generation capacity by 2030.

Read more on Bloomberg New Energy Finance


Dutch designer creates a wooden motorcycle powered by algae

Dutch designer Ritsert Mans and scientist Peter Mooij have created a wooden motorcycle that runs on algae to boost the visibility of this lesser-known fuel source.

Read more on Inhabitat