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Green Tech Briefing: 21st November

Nov 21, 2017 - 2min read

In an effort to raise spirits on a drearily overcast Tuesday, Tonik’s Managing Director, Chris Russell, picks his top five green tech news stories from the past seven days. 

Tesla electric truck

Last Thursday, Elon Musk announced the launch of Tesla’s electric semi-truck which he claims will be 20% cheaper per mile than a diesel truck. It also has a 500-mile range at maximum weight. Meanwhile, Siemens announced it is running a one-mile, zero-emission eHighway demonstration in the Californian city of Carson. Three trucks hauling freight are running along the stretch of highway which uses Siemens technology to electrify select highway lanes via an overhead catenary system.    

Switzerland’s air-cleaning machines 

Climeworks in Switzerland has commandeered the roof of a large recycling centre to house 18 metal fans that suck CO2 from the air. Each the size of a washing machine, these fans suck in air and chemically coated filters absorb CO2. The pure CO2 gas collected then flows to the farm next door.

Instant coal

Imagine coal but without all the nasty emissions and destruction. Introducing ‘instant coal’ – a biofuel made from agricultural waste in a process that mimics the conditions that produce coal. They’re powerful too: coal has 12,500 BTU – British Thermal Units, indicators of stored energy – to the pound, with biofuel not that far off with up to 9,500 BTU.

The next generation of innovation

Forbes has announced their top 30 under 30 energy sector finalists. The list is an inspiring collection of young innovators who want to change the world for the better. It includes marine biologists turning oil platforms into artificial reefs, transparent wood, and a device that captures energy from ocean waves to power water purification and medical equipment. 

European Commission funds electronic highway 

Fancy a road trip? International energy company E.ON and Danish e-mobility provider CLEVER are partnering to build a network of 180 ultra-fast charging stations across 7 countries between Norway and Italy. The initiative has received €10 million in funding from the European commission.

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