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The UAE envisions cleaning three-quarters of its energy before 2050 and has been investing in clean energy for quite some time.

What will you do if you have huge football grounds at your disposal? Probably play and remain fit. If you are business-oriented, you would form a league and call the best talents and spectators for the game.

But in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), massive football ground-sized plots are being utilised for installing solar panels.

This blog will elaborate on technologies employed by the UAE in harnessing solar energy and how the oil and gas giant is preparing itself to remain an energy superpower.

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Source: Down To Earth

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From solar power to sorting waste, UC Merced is taking action in every way possible to go green.

From solar power to sorting waste, UC Merced is taking action in every way possible to go green.

One example – the college’s own campus recycling center, where students spend several hours a day sorting every bag that comes their way.

“We have on average a day 200 bags of trash and we finish it all,” says Allajah Blugh, UC Merced’s zero waste coordinator.

“We wouldn’t be able to do it without them. It gives you this pride because you feel like youre doing the work when it comes to sustainability because you’re sorting through that trash.”

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Source: abc30

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A 100-acre solar project that will bolster the power grid in Southern California and provide two weeks of emergency power for Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos, broke ground May 19.

The 26-megawatt solar project will be constructed, owned and operated by Bright Canyon Energy on a 30-year land lease in a public-private partnership between the energy company, the Department of the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives, and the California National Guard.

“Energy resilience is something that we as a state have been actively pursuing, just like the Department of the Army,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael Leeney, commander of the California Army National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division. “This project only reinforces the commitment that we have to move forward.”

The project is being built with the installation’s emergency response mission in mind and includes a 20 MW / 40 megawatt-hour battery, 3 MW backup generators and a microgrid control system that allows the project to disconnect from the traditional power grid and operate autonomously.

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Source: U.S. Army

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Google's Mountain View, CA offices feature curved roofs and textured solar panels that optimize the hours they can generate electricity.

At Google’s newly opened campus in Mountain View, California, it isn’t immediately obvious that the roofs are covered in solar panels. But the sprawling canopies on each building—looking a little like futuristic circus tents—are covered in 50,000 small, silver-colored “dragonscale” photovoltaic panels, shaped to optimize the times they can generate solar power throughout the day.

It’s part of an approach that the company, along with architects from Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio, took to making the new campus, which covers more than a million square feet, as sustainable as possible. In an area currently undergoing a severe drought, it’s designed to save water. A massive geothermal system, the largest in North America, makes it possible to heat and cool the buildings without fossil fuels. The landscaping helps support biodiversity. The buildings’ solar skins, along with local wind power, will help the campus work toward Google’s goal of running on 100% renewable power, 24-7, by the end of the decade. (Right now, it runs on 90% renewable power.)

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Source: Fast Company

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Retailer Tesco is trialing solar-powered refrigerated trailers in a collaboration with Marshall Fleet Solutions.

The solar-powered trailers fitted with Marshall’s Titan system are now on the road and servicing Tesco distribution centers across the country. Titan uses power produced from lightweight, high powered solar panels and stores the electrical energy in long life lightweight lithium batteries to provide power to the refrigeration unit.

“We’ve got 4,200 trailers in our distribution fleet transporting fresh goods such as fruit, vegetables, ready meals and sandwiches,” said Tesco’s fleet engineering manager Cliff Smith. “Around 3,000 of those are refrigerated and with a goal to bring carbon emissions to net zero by 2035 and the imminent removal of red diesel entitlements, we’ve had to look at the way our food gets to stores and customers.

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Source: Cooling Post

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