Maximize your learning by avoiding shortcuts and trying new things, especially in areas that you typically avoid, writes Jesse Sostrin. "When you look for the easy way, you'll save some time -- but the lack of learning and growth will ultimately limit your progress," he writes.
Alliant Energy has set a new goal to divest from coal by 2050 and will do so, in part, by investing $2 billion in new renewable energy projects, including six new wind farms. "Through this new construction and additional purchase agreements, the company's energy portfolio will have more than 2,700 megawatts of wind power by 2021," it said.
Boston University has agreed to purchase wind energy from an undisclosed project in South Dakota for 15 years, beginning in 2020. The deal supports the university's plan to bring its carbon emissions to zero by 2040.
Xcel Energy Colorado kicked off operations at the 300-turbine, 600-megawatt Rush Creek Wind Project in Colorado on Tuesday. The project will contribute $180 million in payments to landowners and the five counties it's situated on.
Global Infrastructure Partners has agreed to buy a 50% stake in Orsted's 1,218-megawatt Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm under development in England's North Sea. It is expected to begin operations in 2020.
DNV GL has released new guidelines for designing and certifying floating offshore wind turbines. "DNV GL sees a promising future for floating offshore wind with innovative concepts unlocking a major global potential for harvesting offshore wind resources," says Executive Vice President of Renewables Certification Kim Mork.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has pledged to develop a "measurable, science-based emissions reduction target" in accordance with the Science Based Target initiative. The project aims to help companies set carbon emissions goals that support the target outlined in the Paris climate accord.
The chassis and bodywork of the electric car built by a Technical University of Eindhoven/ecomotive student team uses natural materials like flax fiber and PLA supplied by Dutch firm Total Corbion PLA. The car "is the proof that PLA is suitable for so much more than packaging," says Francois de Bie, Total Corbion PLA's senior marketing director.
Aerospace enterprise Airbus and German manufacturer AMSilk will collaborate on the development of a prototype composite material made of resin and AMSilk's Biosteel fiber, which is composed of synthetic spider silk biopolymers. The material, expected to be launched next year, would be used for airplane construction in ways that could potentially replace carbon fiber as a more environmentally conscious, yet malleable and strong, option.
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