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Joanna Schroeder

  • BioEnergyBytesDF1Buses powered completely by renewable energy will now be part of Gothenburg’s  (Sweden) public transport system. Bus route 55 has three completely electrically driven buses and seven electric hybrid buses, all of them from Volvo Buses. The buses on the route, which runs from Chalmers Johanneberg to Chalmers Lindholmen, through the center of Gothenburg, are equipped with onboard wi-fi and phone charging facilities. The buses run on batteries that are quickly recharged with renewable electricity at the terminal stops.
  • A team of motorsport enthusiasts will drive from Atlantic Coast of Florida to the Pacific Coast of California on just one tank of renewable fuel in June 21-26, 2015. This is made possible by NEXBTL renewable fuel that is produced from bio-based raw materials by Neste, the world’s largest producer of renewable diesel.
  • The Waneta Expansion Limited Partnership, between Fortis Inc., Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust, has connected the 335 MW Waneta Expansion Project near Trail, British Columbia to the electrical grid. The plant is located on the border between Canada and the USA and is now generating power on the BC Hydro grid.
  • The Sere Wind Farm from Eskom, located in the Western Cape of South Africa and developed by Eskom, the South African electricity public utility, recently achieved its full commercial operational capacity of a 100 MW. The African Development Bank approved in 2011 a USD 45 million loan with USD 50 million contribution from the Clean Technology Fund, one of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) for this first utility scale renewable energy project. The World Bank and the French Development Agency also contributed to the financing of the project.
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