No more offshore wind, Tesla’s ‘money ovens’ and green hydrogen in coal country

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On thursday, the Biden administration announced a partnership with 11 state governments to accelerate the construction of offshore wind energy projects along the East Coast. The move is part of the administration’s long-term goal of having 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by the end of the decade. That’s enough to reduce 78 million metric tons of carbon emissions and power 10 million homes (that’s about 24 trips on Doc Brown’s time machine). As part of the move, the Department of Energy as well as the governments of Maryland and New York will provide funds to secure the project’s supply chains.

“Ten million homes with offshore wind. Ports have become economic engines again, being in a position where smelters and factories are operating – again, creating jobs,” President Biden said in remarks on the announcement, later stating that “it’s a real boost for energy security.”


The big read

Australian mining billionaire touts green revolution in America’s coal country – with skepticism lagging behind

Andrew Forrest travels the world trying to persuade industry and political leaders – and rank-and-file workers – that despite his polluting past, he is the man championing green hydrogen as the clean fuel of the future. Learn more here.


Discoveries and Innovations

The work of this young chemical researcher explores how nature photosynthesis process could be imitated in order to provide an alternative energy source.

A new study by energy research think tank Ember suggests that if Europe started expanding its electricity infrastructure and quadrupled its renewable energy productionthe continent would see $1 trillion in savings by 2035.

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed a method of taking wood or other plant matter and turning it into recyclable and biodegradable plastics which could be used for a wide variety of applications.


Sustainability Deals of the Week

NASA has signed a $6 million contract extension with a satellite imagery provider Arrow. As part of the agreement, Speyer will continue to provide NASA with data related to ocean conditions, soil moisture, sea ice extent and other environmental data.

Based in Boston electric hydrogen, which works to make hydrogen for industrial use without fossil fuels, announced Wednesday that it has raised $198 million in funding to expand its efforts. The cycle was a mix of debt and equity.

The British government has reportedly announced that it is committing more than $6 million to a space mission that would eliminate two missing satellites out of Earth’s orbit, helping to keep it clear of debris.


on the horizon

After three years of negotiations between politicians, industry and environmentalists, California is set to consider legislation to eliminate 25% of single-use plastics produced by the state.


What else we read this week

The nightmarish politics and sticky science of climate hacking (wired)

The rare ‘triple’ weather event La Niña seems likely – what does the future hold? (Nature)

Slowly but surely golf is discovering that sustainability is a winning formula (Bloomberg)



Green Transportation Update

J.B. straubel spent 15 years as Tesla’s quiet technical chief, overseeing the design of its electric motors and batteries, then building and managing the company’s massive Gigafactory in Nevada. While working at this factory, Tesla’s main source of batteries, he began to think about where all the raw materials needed to make batteries for electric vehicles came from, as demand continued to climb. So he left Tesla in 2019 to focus on securing lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese and other materials from used batteries and electronics instead of mines around the world. Its Redwood materials have evolved rapidly over the past two years, partnering with Panasonic, Ford, Volvo Cars and now Toyota, the world’s largest maker of hybrid-electric vehicles. The Carson City, Nevada-based company is already refurbishing and recycling used Prius packs, as it aims to process less than 6 GWh of used battery material this year.


The great history of transport

Musk calls Tesla factories in Berlin and Austin ‘silver furnaces’ amid start-up issues

Tesla and Elon Musk don’t talk much directly with reporters these days, but he sat down for a few hours with loyal fans of the EV brand to detail the start-up issues his new Berlin and Austin factories are having. encounter as they work to increase production. For now, however, they are “money furnaces”, according to the mercurial billionaire. Learn more here.



More green transport news

Electric truck maker Nikola Prods urges investors to back 200 million share raise

All GM electric vehicles add plug and charge capability

Einride gets green light for driverless electric trucks on public roads

Tesla plans 2-week suspension for most Shanghai production for upgrade – memo, article with image (Reuters)


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