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With the initiative “Rama Dama,” the municipality of Waldkraiburg asks its citizens to help clean the cityscape. The term originates from the Bavarian language and means, "We clean up." On 13 March, everyone was invited to pick up rubbish and litter lying around and place it in closed containers at public rubbish bins. The city then took care of the disposal. This year, employees of NETZSCH Pumps & Systems also took part in this clean-up campaign. Adhering to a strict hygiene concept, twelve trainees were highly motivated and energetically grabbed their tongs and rubbish bags. Bottles, cans, face masks and plastic of all kinds went into the rubbish bags. "Thanks to the commitment, the streets and paths around the NETZSCH plants could be cleaned and freed of rubbish within a few hours," Johann Vetter, Head of Quality Management at NETZSCH, is pleased to say. True to the motto "Rama Dama," the municipality of Waldkraiburg has been organising clean-up campaigns for more than ten years, calling on the city's citizens to remove litter and rubbish from public paths, playgrounds, parks and roadsides. A small thank-you snack will awaite the participants, provided as soon as it is possible. However, the best thing about it is

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National Grid ESO has become an official member of Energy Networks Association. In April 2019 the electricity system operator, National Grid ESO, became a legally separate business within the National Grid PLC group. Fintan Slye, Director of the Electricity System Operator, National Grid will join ENA’s board, effective immediately. Fintan Slye, Director of the Electricity System Operator, National Grid said: "As our legal separation matures we’re taking on more roles and responsibilities within the energy industry, so are delighted to become an official member of Energy Networks Association. "We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with ENA and its members. Through working collaboratively with network owners and operators, and adopting a whole system view of the challenges that lie ahead, we can accelerate progress towards both a zero carbon electricity grid and the UK’s net zero goal." David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association said: "While we’ve been working with National Grid ESO since their status change two years ago, it’s great to welcome them officially as members of ENA. There is lots of work ahead for the industry, not least of all in addressing the challenges of delivering Net Zero emissions through a modern, low-cost and customer-focused energy system. With the National

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Conversion Speed and Achieves Decarbonization in a Limited Space CO2 electrocatalyst electrode stack technology can convert up to 1.0 ton of CO2 a year at ambient temperatures, with an installation space the size of an envelope 22nd March 2021, TOKYO – Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) has developed the world’s most efficient electrocatalyst technology*1 for converting carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, a raw material for fuel and chemicals. The electrocatalyst has an installation area about the size of a C5 envelope, operates at room temperature, and can process up to a ton of CO2 a year. This dramatic improvement in processing speed and conversion rate was achieved with a proprietary technology for stacking CO2 electrocatalyst electrodes. Previous attempts to stack electrolytic cells only slowed the processing speed. Toshiba’s proprietary stacking technology eliminates such lower speeds, and dramatically improves CO2 conversion rate. Since this new approach increases processing speed per unit of area, it can be applied to locations with space limitations. For example, an incineration plant*2 that releases 200 tons of CO2 a day would require an installation area of 2,000m2, roughly the area of 5 basketball courts. Tests to date also indicate that the stack can be scaled up, a major factor for bringing it

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Blue Pearl Energy, an innovative European platform for B2B energy services, has integrated Ventimeca Group, a French regional leader in the field of HVAC installation & maintenance, into its network of SMEs. This transaction strengthens Blue Pearl's position in the energy services market in France and more particularly in the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region. Ventimeca Group is the fourth European SME to join the Blue Pearl Energy platform in less than a year, and the second one in France after Alcad, one of the leading HVAC installation & maintenance specialists in the Île-de-France region. Blue Pearl Energy’s innovative business model, which aims to establish a powerful network of SMEs with strong local anchoring, maximum autonomy, and a preserved SME culture, therefore confirms its strong appeal among energy services SME seeking to scale up. Ylies Keddari, Chairman of Ventimeca Group, explains the reasons for this strategic partnership: “The rapid evolution of the regulatory landscape, as well as the emergence of a need for complete solutions among our customers, require our group to shift gear to meet increased market demands. With Blue Pearl Energy, we now have the means to meet the challenges of tomorrow and ensure our long-term growth, while preserving our operational autonomy

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Extreme E, the new electric racing series with a sustainable conscience, is joining forces with Polymateria and its ground-breaking technology which aims to tackle global plastic pollution. The two organisations are making this announcement on World Recycling Day. An estimated 32% of all plastic packaging used globally does not get recycled or disposed of properly and a staggering 80 per cent of plastic found in the ocean comes from this unmanaged waste on land. Polymateria has created the world’s first plastic with time controlled open air biodegradability that will return quickly and safely to nature if it ends up in the natural environment, while allowing for recycling to happen. If left unchecked, four billion tonnes of plastic pollution will enter our land and oceans by 2050 under a business-as-usual scenario. It’s clear more innovation is needed to solve this problem. Extreme E and its race teams will use Polymateria’s Biotransformation technology at its global X Prix events, including cups, a range of food packaging solutions and even truly biodegradable facemasks in future. The materials used on-site will be collected for recycling, with most of it turned into secondary applications. Alejandro Agag, Extreme E Founder and CEO, said: “We are delighted to be partnering

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Google first achieved carbon neutrality in 2007, and since 2017 we’ve purchased enough solar and wind energy to match 100% of our global electricity consumption. Now we’re building on that progress to target a new sustainability goal: running our business on carbon-free energy 24/7, everywhere, by 2030. Today, we’re sharing data about how we are performing against that objective, so our customers can select Google Cloud regions based on the carbon-free energy supplying them. Completely decarbonizing our data center electricity supply is the critical next step in realizing a carbon-free future and supporting Google Cloud customers with the cleanest cloud in the industry. On the way to achieving this goal, each Google Cloud region will be supplied by a mix of more and more carbon-free energy and less and less fossil-based energy. We measure our progress along this path with our Carbon Free Energy Percentage (CFE%).  Today we’re sharing the average hourly CFE% for the majority of our Google Cloud regions here and on GitHub. Customers like Salesforce are already integrating environmental impact into their IT strategy as they work to decarbonize the services they provide to their customers. Patrick Flynn, VP of Sustainability at Salesforce, is committed to harnessing their culture

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How to succeed in manufacturing bio-based platform chemicals Thanks to the latest technological and scientific advances, companies interested in utilizing bio-based, renewable materials in their manufacturing processes can tap into the highly profitable market for platform chemicals. Key to successfully entering into this attractive sector is the ability to deliver large volumes of high-quality products at competitive prices for conversion into widely used products, such as biopolymers and specialty chemicals. At the heart of this are state-of-the-art processing know-how, equipment and facilities. Platform chemicals, also known as chemical building blocks, are substances that serve as starting materials for the manufacture of various value-added, useful products for a wide range of applications. In particular, these chemicals are the key ingredients for a large number of fine and specialty chemicals as well as polymers used in several sectors. As a result, platform chemicals are able to create great commercial value. Common examples of platform chemicals include ethylene, propylene, butadiene and benzene, which still come from fossil fuel-based feedstocks. In effect, it is estimated that over 90% of organic chemical products are derived from oil and gas1 . Consumer demand for environmentally friendly and sustainable products, government mandates and incentives have been driving the development of

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North London Waste Authority (NLWA) is pleased to announce that construction on the Laydown Area has completed as part of building a new sustainable waste management hub at Edmonton EcoPark, the North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP). Completion of the Laydown Area marks a major step forward to deliver new recycling facilities at Edmonton EcoPark. NLWA’s contractor Buckingham Group Ltd began construction in January 2019 and last week handed the completed site over to NLWA. Prior to being developed, the Laydown Area was an unused brownfield site. However, it will now be used by NLWA’s main contractors to assemble materials before transporting them to the EcoPark, as well as housing the workforce in the newly built office and welfare facilities. The first contractor to use the finished Laydown Area is Taylor Woodrow, the contractor building new flagship recycling facilities as part of EcoPark South. Councillor Clyde Loakes, Chair of NLWA said, “The new facilities being delivered in the first phase on construction on the North London Heat and Power Project represent a major investment in recycling infrastructure for north London’s residents. We are committed to boosting household recycling rates and helping tackle the Climate Emergency by encouraging residents to reduce, reuse and

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The new INGECON SUN FSK product reaches 7.2 MW of medium voltage output power and is supplied as an all-in-one solution, since all the elements are placed on a full skid platform. The first units are already being installed in various photovoltaic plants. Pamplona, Spain. 11th of March, 2021. Ingeteam has designed its new INGECON SUN FSK power station aimed at large-scale solar plants and battery energy storage systems, since its nominal power allows it to reach 7.2 MW of medium-voltage output power. This new design has been thought to make installation and connection work in the field as easy as possible. For this reason, it is supplied with all the elements previously connected at the factory. In addition, this solution can be transported both by land and by sea, since it can be placed directly on the trailer of a truck or inside a 40-foot container, allowing it to be installed anywhere in the world. The first units of this full skid type power station have been manufactured in Navarre, Spain, and are already being supplied to various photovoltaic projects. Flexibility is another advantage of this solution, since it can integrate from one to four solar or battery inverters (1500 Vdc or 1000 Vdc), so

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Metal-free redox flow batteries developed by JenaBatteries are a sustainable alternative to lithium-ion batteries for the stationary energy storage market Dennemeyer Consulting values the intellectual property of JenaBatteries at M€ 238 Investment round for building a battery factory in Germany Jena, 11 March 2021. Metal-free redox flow batteries are sustainable and resource-efficient energy storage devices that make green electricity from solar and wind parks available all day long. JenaBatteries GmbH plans to launch this innovative storage technology in 2021 and has taken the latest developments as an opportunity to update the company rating. Being an expert for intellectual property rights, Dennemeyer Consulting performed a valuation of the patent portfolio, know-how and umbrella trademark according to recognized standards.[1] The experts determined a total monetary value of EUR 238.7 million (before taxes). They say that the patent portfolio’s quality is of a very high level. This evaluation comes at exciting times for JenaBatteries. Managing Director Dr. Olaf Conrad says: “JenaBatteries has succeeded in taking a promising storage technology out of the university laboratory and developed it into a revolutionary product. The Dennemeyer report confirms that we are on the right track and that it is secured by a strong patent landscape.” A passionate team of 30

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