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Sungevity's Klimaatnieuws - Week 34

We helpen je graag energie besparen. Daarom zetten we het laatste (internationale) solar-, klimaat-, en energienieuws voor je op een rijtje. Hoef je dat niet meer zelf te doen.

- Two Dutch startups, The Great Bubble Barrier and AquaBattery, have made it to the finals of The Green Challenge! The AquaBattery uses water and common table salt to store energy. Emil Goosen, operational director, sees great potential for the use of the AquaBattery to store solar energy, reports Trouw (Dutch).

- ‘Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs’ - The Guardian. On September 1st, halogen bulbs will be banned across Europe. The continent will slowly switch over to LEDs: ‘LEDs consume five times less energy than halogen bulbs and their phase-out will prevent more than 15m tonnes of carbon emissions a year, an amount equal to Portugal’s annual electricity usage.’ That is a lot!

- ‘For a smooth energy transition there needs to be extra attention for regional differences’ argue scientists from the University of Utrecht and Technical University of Eindhoven in Solarmagazine (Dutch). They looked at smart grids (storing energy from solar panels in electric car batteries) and concluded that every region needs to see whether smart grids are useful and possible individually. The reason? Adoption rates of solar panels and electric cars are not the same in every region.

- ‘Summer weather is getting 'stuck' due to Arctic warming’ - The Guardian. According to a new study, ‘rising temperatures in the Arctic have slowed the circulation of the jet stream and other giant planetary winds’. Because of this high and low pressure fronts are more likely to get stuck, especially in the mid-latitudes, like the EU, US, China, and Russia. This could lead to ‘very extreme extremes’, warn the authors.

- Fancy a longer read? Duurzamestudent (Dutch) published an in-depth essay looking at the reasons why humanity can solve global issues, but doesn’t. Topics like the constant stream of negative news, globalisation, and individualization are discussed. Finally, the author also gives us some tips on how we can do things differently.

- ‘A quarter of solar panels is not registered with the network manager’ - Energienieuws (Dutch). By comparing satellite data and a list of registered solar systems, network manager Stedin discovered that 25% of the solar panels has not been registered. This could have large effects on the safety and reliability of the electricity network as it means that there could be more energy delivered to the network than anticipated.

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