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How Three Brand-New Power Plants in the Netherlands Are at Risk Already of Becoming Stranded Assets

Posted by Jeroen van Agt in Unsustainable No Comments »

kolencentrale-engie-rotterdamCoal-fired power generation is vulnerable everywhere to increasingly ambitious initiatives to cut carbon emissions.

This is acutely evident today in the Netherlands, where a recent court ruling and a parliamentary motion supporting tougher actions to avert climate change represent a growing trend.

This report assesses the impact of national pressures and beyond on the value of three new coal-fired power plants put into service in 2015 by the German energy companies RWE and Uniper, and the French energy company Engie.

More broadly, we note the implications from these examples for the business case for new-build coal power in Europe and further afield.
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33 Indicators That Bitcoin Growth Isn’t Slowing Down in 2016 (Infographic)

Posted by Jeroen van Agt in Economics No Comments »

BitcoinBitcoin keeps growing strong. More and more companies are investing in / accepting bitcoin. Although Bitcoin has been declared dead by opponents multiple of times. Closing in on 2016 and bitcoin is alive and well. In fact it’s doing better than ever and the infographic below demonstrates that the only way is up, in terms of value and usage.
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Electric Motorcycle – STORM Pulse

Posted by Jeroen van Agt in Transport 1 Comment »

storm-pulseThe STORM pulse is a prototype electric motorcycle. We interviewed Yuri Steinbuch of STORM Eindhoven about the STORM Pulse during the electric mobility tradeshow (Ecomobiel) in the Netherlands. Yuri talks about the unique battery pack of the motorcycle and the planned tour of 80 days around the world.
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Full cost accounting for the life cycle of coal

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A Harvard Medical School study, published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, found that the extra health and environmental costs of burning coal in the US costs the country up to $500 billion a year, or 9 to 27 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity.
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Renault Zoe – 100% Electric Car

Posted by Jeroen van Agt in Transport 17 Comments »

The Zoe is a 100% electric five-door hatchback car from Renault which is designed to be electric from the start. This electric car is the first car with a considerable range (210 km) and with an affordable price of 20.000 euro. This car has the potential to revolutionize the electric car market.
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The true cost of oil

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What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project — and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.
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Prosperity without growth

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Very interesting interview on the Dutch television with the Britisch Professor of Sustainable Development at University of Surrey how we can have prosperity without growth. On a final planet we cannot have continuous growth, therefore we need to think in other solutions.
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Is Nuclear Energy the Solution?

Posted by Jeroen van Agt in Unsustainable 4 Comments »

KernenergieWhen problems such as greenhouse gases or the imminent energy crisis are brought up in conversation, nuclear energy is often cited as a solution. The advantages are apparently easy to quantify. According to many, nuclear energy is a near boundless source of energy and does not have the disadvantage of CO2. emissions.

However, thorough research has shown that these common assumptions are not at all correct. The average nuclear power plant doesn’t start producing energy for 10 years. Over its lifetime it produces more than one million tons of CO2. and ultimately very little in the way of net energy.

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New: OliNo Energías Renovables

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As of today, the OliNo website is now available in Spanish: OliNo Energías Renovables. Behind the scenes,  we have have been busy to setup a complete new Spanish OliNo website and translate the first articles.
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Transition Towns: In Transition 1.0

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In Transition 1.0‘In Transition’ is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, imagination and humour, and setting about rebuilding their local economies and communities. It is positive, solutions focused, viral and fun.
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