The UK’s Plan to Reduce Power Usage? Machine Learning

Alphabet’s London-based AI outfit DeepMind and the National Grid are in early-stage talks to reduce the UK’s power usage by as much as 10% purely through neural networks and machine learning—no new infrastructure required.

Read more:

https://arstechnica.co.uk/information-technology/2017/03/deepmind-national-grid-machine-learning/

Uber Drivers In London Make the Switch to Electric Cars

 

As local and global communities around the world begin to acknowledge both the necessity and merit of electric vehicles, we can expect to see policy changes reflecting this shift. Just recently, Uber chose to make a bold stance on this topic through their London, UK, headquarters. They committed themselves to ensuring that all ride-sharing and ride-hailing vehicles in their fleet  are run by electric motors by as early as 2020. Read more here to keep up to date on the impactful social and business decision made by Uber.

Africa’s New Biofuel Literally Grows on Trees!

The Croton megalocarpus tree is common throughout much of East and Central Africa, and until now it has been used for little more than firewood.

The nuts of the tree have been shown to contain high concentrations of oil and protein, and they are now being used to produce a fuel that could serve as a clean alternative to diesel.

With an abundant supply of croton nuts available at minimal cost, a new industry is emerging with sky-high ambitions.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/28/africa/croton-nuts-biofuel-aes/index.html

Saving the Oceans One Step at a Time

Adidas has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a shoe design that utilizes one of the most detrimental forces against our ocean ecosystem- plastic waste. They are producing close to 7,000 pairs of these Eco-friendly shoes, with the ultimate goal of eliminating virgin plastic from their supply chain altogether. To find out more, check them out here.

When Crowdfunding Meets Green Tech

solar-power-to-peopleLearn what happens when crowdfunding is used as a model to fund green technology across the world. Start-up company, Mosaic, connects individuals wanting to invest in solar energy with projects across the country, all in an effort to tear down the financial barrier to the solar market. To read more about how you can get involved in this innovative process click here.

Biofuel is Taking Flight

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With restrictions on airline greenhouse gas pollution looming, JetBlue is looking to get ahead of the curve. The airline has made a deal with bioenergy company SG Preston to turn 20% of it’s fuel use into a biofuel blend. Their aim it to “jump-start the industry and quite frankly enable all airlines, very much ourselves included, to diversify our fuel supply.”- Sophia Mendelsohn, Head of Sustainability, JetBlue. Learn more about the airline’s effort here.

Making Climate Change Work

An interesting take on the complexities of integrating renewable energy into industry. This article focuses on the job potential within the green energy industry, especially as we move away from traditional energy production methods. To learn more, click here.

A Merger that Matters

“That’s why we’re all doing this — is to try to accelerate the advent of a sustainable-energy world.”

A Merger that Matters: Two green tech power houses have come back together to dominate the renewable energy space. Tesla Motors and Solar City have announced a $2.6 billion stock merger, allowing both companies to move beyond their original mandates, and into more projects in the broader clean energy space. Learn more here.

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