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BNEF: Australia’s Energy Guarantee Could ‘Decimate’ Wind, Solar

PM Turnbull plan calls for emissions reduction of 28% by 2030 Government to debate national energy guarantee plan on Friday Australia’s proposed National Energy Guarantee program could slash investment in large-scale wind and solar projects if the government fails to boost its 2030 emissions-reduction target, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Prime […]

Clean Disruption News: Swiss insurance giant Zurich ends coal investments as insurers pull $20bn from sector

Zurich has become the latest insurance giant to cut ties with coal-intensive businesses, bringing the amount insurers have pulled from these companies to around $20bn (£15.2bn) in just two years.  A growing number of insurers are trying to distance themselves from fossil fuels amid climate change concerns, with coal mining the biggest single source of carbon dioxide emissions from human activity. Zurich has decided to pull money […]

Clean Disruption: E.ON’s response to IONITY – 10,000 ‘ultra-fast’ electric car charging points network announced in Europe

Just a week after the unveiling of Ionity, the new ‘ultra-fast’ joint electric car charging network by BMW, Mercedes, Ford and Volkswagen, electric utility E.ON is one-upping them with the announcement of its own ‘ultra-fast’ charging network across Europe. The difference is that the company is a lot more ambitious in term of the number of charge points. Ionity […]

Joint ‘ultra-fast’ electric car charging network unveiled by BMW, Mercedes, Ford and Volkswagen

Last year, 5 major automakers, BMW, Daimler, Ford and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche, announced that they joined forces to deploy 400 ultra-fast (350 kW) charging stations for electric vehicles in Europe. Today, they unveiled that network, which is now called IONITY, and they elaborated on their plans. They changed their “ultra-fast” name for the stations, […]

U.S. fund, CIC snap up Equis Energy for $3.7 billion in bet on renewables

U.S. fund Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) has agreed to buy Equis Energy, Asia’s largest independent renewable energy firm, for $3.7 billion with partners including sovereign fund China Investment Corp, underscoring growing global interest in renewables investment. Singapore-headquartered Equis is the largest renewable energy independent power producer in Asia‐Pacific, with over 180 assets comprising solar, wind […]

Clean Disruption News: Mitsubishi unveils new all-electric E-Evolution, says it’s ‘beginning of the next chapter’

With the Tokyo Motor Show today, we are starting to see a lot of new electric concept cars and Mitsubishi’s new all-electric E-Evolution is no exception. Yet, the Japanese automaker is trying to present it as more than just a concept. Mitsubishi is also launching a renewed brand strategy and tries to place its new electric […]

Jigar Shah’ s Generate Capital Raises $200 Million to Back Clean Energy

Alaska Permanent Fund led funding round for Generate Company has backed fuel cell, water-treatment projects Generate Capital Inc., a clean-energy financing company, raised about $200 million in new equity to back battery-storage and other distributed-energy projects. Alaska Permanent Fund Corp., a state-owned entity based in Juneau, led the round, San Francisco-based Generate said in a […]

Clean Disruption: Daimler unveils heavy-duty all-electric truck concept with ‘up to 220 miles’ range

At the Tokyo Motor Show today, Daimler’s Mitsubishi Fuso Truck division launches a new product brand entirely dedicated to electric trucks & buses. As part of this new brand, the company unveiled a new all-electric heavy-duty concept truck at the show. The new concept vehicle is called the E-FUSO Vision ONE. Fuso says that it’s a Class 8 […]

Clean Disruption: ElectRoads, Wireless Charging Roads for EVs (Electric Vehicles)

Wireless Charging Road for Electric Vehicles Will be Built in Israel The technology behind wireless charging or inductive charging was discovered by Nikola Tesla in the 1890s and utilizes an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. In chargers, an induction coil is used to create an electromagnetic field, while a second induction coil in […]

Clean Disruption: Saudi Arabia announces “Neom”, $500 billion Mega City Project of robots and renewables

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced plans to build a $500 billion mega city on the Kingdom’s Red Sea coast, as part of a huge national push to diversify its economy. The 26,500 square kilometers zone, known as Neom, will focus on industries including energy and water, biotechnology, food, advanced manufacturing and entertainment, Saudi Crown Prince […]

Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating offshore wind farm on the ocean – here’s video how it was built

The world’s first floating offshore wind farm started producing electricity off the Scottish coast on Wednesday. Hywind Scotland, as the project is known, consists of five huge linked wind turbines which float over deep ocean water while loosely tethered to the seafloor. They were constructed on land in Norway, and dragged across the North Sea […]

Clean Disruption News: Baidu, China’s internet technology giant, plans to mass produce Level 4 self-driving cars with BAIC by 2021

Baidu, China’s internet technology giant, hopes to be in the business of mass producing autonomous cars by 2021, thanks to a partnership with BAIC Group, a Chinese automaker which will handle the manufacturing part of that equation. BAIC Group is one of Baidu’s many partners for its Apollo autonomous driving program, and it’ll use the […]

RES4AFRICA Programme Launch in Ethiopia: Championing Africa in brining investments to the continent – H.E. Dr Mebrahtu Meles, Ethiopian State Minister for Industry

Today in our exclusive talks from Addis Ababa from RES4AFRICA Program Launch in Ethiopia, the most powerful event ever for renewables in the country, we speak to H.E. Dr Mebrahtu Meles, Ethiopian State Minister for Industry. Thanks to our friends at RES4AFRICA, ENEL Green Power & Enerray (that recently launched its off-grid JV Plug the Sun) we had an opportunity to […]

California dreamin’: how BYD’s US electric bus expansion smooths the road for Xi and Trump

Opening of new facility by Chinese carmaker whose name stands for Build Your Dreams helps both leaders’ causes heading into a challenging summit. China’s BYD managed to unite America’s left and right, at least momentarily, in California. The company, which is 8 per cent owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, officially opened a new manufacturing […]

How Tesla’s Semi-truck could disrupt the commercial trucking industry

Tesla is already taking the world by storm with its fleet of consumer electric cars and the company’s push toward fully autonomous self-driving technology. Now, the Silicon Valley-based car maker and technology company has set its sights on the trucking industry, with the introduction of a fully electric semi-truck on the horizon. What will this mean to the trucking […]