Which EU countries have the best circular economies? Could coding help countries become more climate resilient? And, could a new tech soon be offsetting the emissions of everything you buy?
This, and more, in the week’s ten biggest climate innovation stories.
1. Blossoming batteries boosted by EU plan
A new EU Action Plan, largely based on recommendations made by industry, lays down a comprehensive roadmap that includes assessing the availability of raw materials in 13 countries, coupling renewable power to battery production and improving standards.
— Savannah Resources (@SavannahRes) May 23, 2018
2. Start-up to drive electric revolution
Dozens of giant battery storage sites and thousands of fast-chargers for electric vehicles could be installed in Britain under an ambitious £1.6 billion scheme unveiled yesterday.
Pivot Power, a developer, said that it aimed to connect industrial-scale batteries and electric vehicle charging sites into the British power grid at 45 locations, creating the world’s largest network of each technology.
Great to see @_PivotPower in the press including @thetimes @Telegraph @ReutersUK @DailyMailUK today. #PivotPower is supporting the #cleanenergy transition by developing a world-first national network of grid-scale batteries and rapid #EV charging stations. https://t.co/ZCM7JXPHJp pic.twitter.com/y0PTIEGKxq
— Greenhouse (@Greenhouse_PR) May 22, 2018
3. Paris is building the eco-community of the future right now. Here’s how.
With the development of Clichy-Batignolles, the city of Paris has created a groundbreaking eco-village filled with such buildings. Begun in 2002, the massive redevelopment project is about 30 percent complete and is slated to be finished in 2020.
— Lauri Kinnunen (@energyenviro) May 24, 2018
4. Coding for Catastrophe: Contest Seeks Apps to Mitigate Effects of Natural Disasters
The United Nations Human Rights Office and IBM have announced Call for Code, a contest seeking applications that address natural disasters aiding prevention, response, or recovery.
The contest application window opens 18 June; the last day for submissions is 31 August. Every entrant will receive access to IBM’s Cloud, Blockchain, Watson, PowerAI, and Z mainframe platforms. The winner of the Call for Code Global Prize, announced in October, will receive US $200,000, and two semifinalists will receive $25,000 each.
Entrants will also be encouraged to attend hackathons held in 50 cities around the world, including Amsterdam, Berlin and London.
— IEEE Spectrum (@IEEESpectrum) May 24, 2018
5. This tech offsets the carbon footprint of each item you buy
In a new pilot, a Ben & Jerry’s cafe in London is the first retail store in the world to start using a tech platform that makes it possible to immediately and cheaply offset the climate impact of daily purchases.
6. Scientists Develop Recycling Process That Could Lead To Zero Waste Cell Phones
Researchers have developed a process to separate fiberglass from resin. This was a task that had proved nearly impossible earlier and the primary reason the two substances are nearly impossible to recycle. They must be separated to make them reusable. Scientists hope their research will be used to develop a ‘zero-waste’ cell phone.
— CleanTechnica (@cleantechnica) May 22, 2018
7. School proves it’s possible to achieve near zero waste construction
Could waste in the building industry ever be reduced to near-zero, with materials endlessly being reused? One contractor is amongst many showing the way with a school refurbishment project in South Wales where only 0.03 per cent of waste went to landfill.
— David Thorpe (@DavidKThorpe) May 22, 2018
8. Cryptocurrency may light up renewable energy in Moldova
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will launch an innovative effort to power a Moldovan university with cryptocurrency-funded solar energy. The initiative will allow people to buy solar cells using SolarCoin and then lease them to the Technical University of Moldova, one of the country’s largest universities. The idea is to find new sources of finance to “help buildings go green overnight” – in this instance with rooftop solar panels.
Could a solar power project funded by cryptocurrency boost renewable energy in Moldova and elsewhere? https://t.co/7hMgvdnsWp @UNDP @TheSunExchange @ODIdev @thecarbontrust #cryptocurrency #blockchain #solar pic.twitter.com/8tDtoN0iTM
— Zoe Tabary (@zoetabary) May 17, 2018
9. Ranking how EU countries do with the circular economy
Poland and the Czech Republic rank near the top of a list of the EU’s most circular economies, while ostensibly green Nordic countries lag behind.
POLITICO ranked 28 of the European Union's countries in terms of reducing waste, boosting recyling and encouraging reuse https://t.co/Fxwtpj2sKR
— POLITICO Europe (@POLITICOEurope) May 22, 2018
10. A clever fix to the biggest climate problem
Manufacturers are building a new kind of fridge that doesn’t make use of potentially dangerous refrigerants. Phononic is building thermoelectric refrigerators that use less energy, take up less room and pose fewer environmental risks than conventional refrigerators.
— Lauri Kinnunen (@energyenviro) May 21, 2018