Kao launches sustainable personal care line | Report: Renewables-backed hydrogen projects on the rise | Solar-powered vans deliver fresh produce in India
April 9, 2020
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Ohio-based Kao USA is introducing a personal care line called MyKirei by KAO that includes a shampoo, conditioner and hand wash later this month on Amazon. The plant-based formulas are 95% biodegradable, and the packaging is described as "ground-breaking" by Kao because it uses 50% less plastic due to an air fill enabling the bottles to stand upright.
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Companies around the world have an 8.2-gigawatt pipeline of electrolyzer projects that will use offshore wind and other renewables to produce hydrogen, says Wood Mackenzie, adding planned projects have increased 256% over the last five months. One of the largest is the Asian Renewable Energy Hub, which is expected to have an installed renewable energy capacity of 15 GW.
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The Indian Institute of Horticultural Research has created a solar-powered van that's delivering produce to customers parts of India during the COVID-19 lockdown. The vans use evaporating cooling technology to keep fruits and vegetables fresh for up to two days.
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Equinor has received approval from the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Industry for the proposed North Sea Hywind Tampen floating wind farm. The $448 million project, which will help power five oil and natural gas platforms and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, will include 11 wind turbines installed in water depths of up to 300 meters, Equinor says.
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ClimateView, a Swedish-based startup working on software tools to visualize and monitor greenhouse gas emissions, raised $2.5 million in its most recent funding round. "With this investment, we can continue to lay the groundwork for decision making so that, together, the world's cities and nations can forge a common path towards global carbon neutrality," said founder and CEO Tomer Shalit.
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Green stormwater infrastructure can help cities improve parks and wastewater systems while preventing water pollution, writes Kyla Donato of Greenprint Partners. She describes a green infrastructure effort at Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio, that could promote economic development while improving quality of life.
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The California Independent System Operator's process for managing an oversupply of wind and other renewables on its grid serves as a model for other states working toward renewables targets, write Rocco Canonica and Kassia Micek. Cal-ISO currently uses curtailment to manage generation on its grid, but battery storage can also help reduce congestion and maintain reliability.
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