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Clean shipping

Developing fuel cells for ships

Under a joint development agreement, Samsung Heavy Industries and Bloom Energy will design and develop fuel cell-powered ships. Fuel cells create electricity through an electrochemical reaction without combusting the fuel, potentially cutting NOx and SOx emissions by 99%.

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Source: Offshore Energy
Offshore wind energy

A vision for 1,400 GW by 2050

The Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition has announced its vision for 1,400 GW of offshore wind by 2050. Going beyond current offshore wind forecasts, that would power one-tenth of global electricity demand while saving over 3 billion tonnes of CO2 per year.

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Source: Global Wind Energy Council
Renewable energy

The deep sea could hold the key to the future

To kick our fossil fuel habits, we’re going to need a lot more wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries. Building all that infrastructure will require billions of tons of metals and minerals which can be found in abundance at the bottom of the sea. But what about the costs?

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Source: Grist
Battling marine plastics

Remote sensing gives new possibilities

More than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste enter the oceans each year. A new study illustrates how optical satellite imagery from the European Space Agency can help identify aggregates of floating plastic, such as bottles, bags and fishing nets, in coastal waters.

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Source: VITO
River deltas are drowning

Sediments are vital for food production

Although river deltas take up less than 0.5% of the global land area, they are home to hundreds of millions of people and are critical hotspots of food production. Deltas are now facing an existential crisis as they subside much faster than they would do naturally.

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Source: The Conversation
Harnessing the sun

Bringing fresh water to remote communities

Researchers at the University of Bath developed a desalination process using a 3D-printed system. As the process can be operated in mobile solar-powered units, it has the potential to supply communities in remote and disaster-struck areas with fresh water.

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Source: University of Bath