A digest of interesting news about climate change from around the world, compiled by us.
Subsidies for coal and its combustion in G20 countries
Subsidies for coal and its combustion in G20 countries total $us63.9 billion (2016-17 year), despite committing in 2009 to phasing out fossil fuel subsidies. Report from Overseas Development Institute, London. 'G20 coal subsidies Tracking government support to a fading industry' Download links for the full Report and the Executive Summary >>
Bombardier unveils a new battery-powered train.
Bombardier (Montreal, Canada) unveils a new battery-powered (heavy rail) train. "The current prototype (in 2018) is equipped with four BOMBARDIER MITRAC traction batteries and can travel routes of around 40 kilometres. In 2019, the next generation of battery-operated trains will be able to cover distances of up to 100 kilometres on non-electrified railways." Bombardier Transportation Presents a New Battery-Operated Train and Sets Standards for Sustainable Mobility >>
Battery powered GreenTech Light-Rail (Tram) in Saragossa, Spain
Battery electric powered trams, with the ability to recharge in 20 seconds at tram stops. Description and video showing the recharge process >>
Battery of the Nation
Hydro Tasmania is in an advanced stage of investigating its proposed 'Battery of the Nation' pumped hydro and wind turbine plan, including up to 4 additional Interconnector submarine cables (in addition to the existing Basslink cable) with the Mainland electricity grid. See Becoming a renewable energy 'Battery of the Nation' (full Report and also a Summary downloadable on this page)
'Industrial Evolution - Making British Manufacturing Sustainable'
This is a Report from the UK Manufacturing Commission Inquiry into Industrial Sustainability in which vital measures are outlined that government and industry should take to ensure that British manufacturing is here to stay.Deals with Industrial Sustainability through to Circular Economy. >>
Update ... Gelion battery (gelion.com)Making development progress on the battery that is fire resistant, produced with affordable components that aren't environmentally problematic. Launched at the Smart Energy Conference in Sydney on 2 April http://www.gelion.com/news/gelion-presents-its-battery-solution-to-smart-energy-conference/ Commercialisation Timelinehttp://www.gelion.com/timeline/ Technical details on the battery >>