By Adele Peters, Fast Company
On a Friday afternoon a few months ago, a small six-seater plane soared over fields near Hollister, California. From the outside, it looked entirely normal. But instead of running on jet fuel, it was being powered by hydrogen. It was the largest zero-emissions plane to ever fly without support from fossil fuels.
ZeroAvia, the startup that designed the hydrogen-fueled electric powertrain inside the plane, has been testing the technology over the past year and emerged from stealth today. In 2022, it plans to begin supplying the powertrain for use in planes with as many as 20 seats, on flights up to 500 miles long. Read more here.
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Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles, Alternative Fuels Data Center, U.S. Department of Energy
Photo by ZeroAvia: The technology could see early adoption in places like Norway, where the government plans to move to 100% zero-emissions flights by 2040, but the whole industry is moving toward solutions to reduce emissions.
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CORPORATE NEWS STORIES
- Corporations crave solar more than ever before, PV Magazine
Large corporations are purchasing solar in the pursuit of going 100% renewable like never before. However, while solar and wind purchase figures are on the rise, the avenues these purchases come from has changed over the past year.
- Apple, Amazon, Google and Walmart are among the top ten firms embracing solar power in the US, CNBC
- Corporate renewable energy deals: big in America, coming to Canada, by Jeremy Barretto, a partner at Cassels Brock, the founding law firm member of the BRC Canada. Published by JWN. Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs) for renewable energy are an increasingly attractive opportunity for businesses in Canada to hedge electricity and carbon costs, demonstrate a corporate commitment to sustainability, and advance local economic development. The Business Renewables Center (BRC) set up shop in Canada this year. The Business Renewables Center (BRC) is a member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA).
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PUMPED HYDRO STORAGE
Montana Developer Ready to Build Modern-Day Pumped Hydro Storage, Greentech Media
A former Navy prosecutor turned Montana-based clean energy developer wants to build the first pumped hydro storage facility the U.S. has seen in years. Battery installations are growing at a steady clip, but good old pumped hydro storage, which lifts water into elevated reservoirs for later use in generation, still utterly dominates the field. The 21.6 gigawatts of installed pumped hydro provide 97 percent of utility-scale storage on the U.S. grid, according to the National Hydropower Association.