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Lithium build up in car battery impacts its performance – Ohio State

Lithium build up in the anodes of a lithium-ion battery is known to have a negative effect on its charge capacity, now a study from Ohio State University has found that lithium also accumulates on the battery’s copper current collector. Lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable batteries that are used in hybrid and electric vehicles. Read more…

World Bank approves $50 million forest investment for Ghana

The World Bank has approved a $50 million climate fund for Ghana to help the country reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The Forest Investment Programme will give way to the implementation of projects aimed at reducing pressure on the natural forest through integrated landscape approach, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. Read more…

India’s first green township to rise in Bangalore

India is developing its first “green township” in Electronic City in Bangalore. Being developed by Patel Realty India Ltd., an infrastructure developer, Neotown, spread across 120 acres, features an integrated rainwater harvesting system, a sewage treatment plant, solid waste management, solar water heating, an in-house nursery and long-term tree planning. Read more…

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Red dye plant could lead to green battery

An organic coloring from a plant used to create dye for textiles can be turned into a highly effective, natural cathode for lithium-ion batteries. Scientists at Rice University and the City College of New York have found that the madder plant or Rubia tinctorum can produce purpurin, an organic molecule that can electrochemically interact with lithium and bind lithium ions.  Read more…

Blue Sphere gets approval for Ghanaian waste-to-energy project

Ghana is getting a landfill gas-to-energy project in a major landfill. Cleantech project integrator Blue Sphere Corp’s project at the Oti Sanitary Landfill has received government approval. The project will generate clean electricity as well as carbon credits, for around 200,000 to 800,000 euros in annual revenue for the next 21 years. Read more…

JinkoSolar gets $1 billion in financing to expand European operations

The China Development Bank is going to be financing the activities of JinkoSolar Holding Co. to the tune of up to $1 billion for a five-year period. JinkoSolar, a manufacturer and distributor of solar photovoltaic products based in China, announced that its Swiss subsidiary JinkoSolar (Switzerland) AG has entered a strategic cooperation agreement with the Guangdong Branch of China Development Bank. Read more…

India to invest in Iran’s renewable energy sector

India will invest in Iran’s renewable energy sector through the construction of wind and solar projects in the Islamic republic, said Yousef Armodeli, chief of the Iranian Renewable Energy Organization (S.U.N.A.). In an agreement signed by the two countries, India will provide “technical know-how” to Iran and invest in the design, construction, installation and launch of power plants, reported Press TV. Read more…

Queen Creek Solar Farm providing solar power for Phoenix

China’s Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has supplied solar photovoltaic modules to one of America’s largest operational solar power projects, the Queen Creek Solar Farm in Arizona. The 25-megawatt Queen Creek solar Farm is owned by PSEG Solar Source and is located on 148 acres of land southeast of Phoenix. Read more…

Study shows renewables can supply power ‘99.9% of the time by 2030’

Renewable energy could supply power to an entire large electric grid, according to a new research by the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical Community College. “These results break the conventional wisdom that renewable energy is too unreliable and expensive,” said co-author Willett Kempton, professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy in U.D.’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. Read more…


“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” 
― Disney’s Mulan

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.” 

― Disney’s Mulan