Brian Spaen

Brian is a staff writer for Green Matters.

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Bay Area Rapid Transit To Run On All Renewable Power By 2045

One of the largest transit networks in the world, BART in California, is adding over 100 megawatts of wind and solar energy sources over the next couple years. It's expected to fulfill 75 percent of the network's energy needs by 2025.

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Anheuser-Busch Reserves 40 Of Tesla's Self-Driving Electric Semi Trucks

Tesla received some of their biggest orders for their Semi on Thursday, including Anheuser-Busch grabbing 40 of them. Expected to launch in 2019, the beer distributor wants to cut back on their carbon footprint and make the roads safer with these vehicles.

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Honda Tests Vehicle-To-Grid Capabilities For Electric Cars In Germany

Honda is embracing vehicle-to-grid technology by adding it to their charging station at the Offenbach headquarters. The trial run, which aims to provide more efficient renewable energy, will allow them to determine if they'll be adding the feature to future EVs.

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Candy Giant 'Mars' Wants To Cut Deforestation From Supply Chain

Mars, the candy giant, is looking to team up with others -- even competitors -- in an effort to thwart issues like deforestation and human rights abuse. This is in addition to the $1 billion they've spent on their own sustainability program.

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Seattle Mariners Receive 'Green Glove' Baseball Award For Sustainability

After AT&T Park in San Francisco was awarded MLB's Green Glove for nine consecutive seasons, the Seattle Mariners and Safeco Field became the second franchise to receive it. They improved their recycling efforts by 90 percent with compostable waste and an urban garden.

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New Electric Car Comes With 5 Years Of Free Power

Uniti, an electric vehicle that remains sustainable throughout its entire lifecycle, provides a smartphone-like approach to driving. As a bonus, a partnership between Uniti and U.K. electric service E.ON offers Swedish customers free power for five years.

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Hybrid-Electric Planes Could Fly Around Europe By 2020

A leader in aeronautics, a luxury vehicle manufacturer, and an energy and automation company are all joining forces to create a commercial hybrid-electric plane in Europe. The E-Fan X will feature up to two electric motors and there's hopes to get it in the air by 2020.

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Google Reaches 100% Renewable Energy Goal By End Of 2017

One year ago, Google announced it would hit a goal to run its data centers and offices off 100-percent renewable energy by the end of 2017. After adding three more wind farms in the US, the company has officially reached its mark .

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Supermarkets In UK Add New Bottle Deposit Return On Recyclables

Two supermarkets in the United Kingdom will be adding a bottle deposit return system, Iceland and Co-op. The retailers are helping to push a recommendation by Greenpeace to recycle plastics as their usage level continues to skyrocket.

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China To Install Record Amount Of Solar Power Capacity This Year

China, which has already blown past their own goals to hit just over 100 gigawatts of solar power capacity by 2020 in this year, is on pace to hit 54 gigawatts by the end of it.  That nearly doubles predictions from earlier this year.

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Chernobyl's Nuclear Disaster Site Will Soon Transform Into A Solar Farm

Chernobyl's nuclear explosion still impacts many today, but the area will soon feature an abundance of solar power generation. Numerous companies plan to install solar farms as the Ukrainian government is redeveloping and giving incentives.

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Solar-Powered Windows Are Efficient Enough To Generate 80% Of U.S. Power

Solar-powered glass is the latest trend in the industry, but it remains inefficient to keep transparency levels high. The NREL developed a way to use perovskite solar cells with thermochromic technology so windows can generate usable solar energy.

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IBM To Install Their Largest Solar Farm Yet In Boulder

IBM is working with Xcel Energy and NextEra Energy Resources to create a six-megawatt solar array that will cover around 50 acres on their campus near Boulder, Colorado. It's an effort to help the city become 100 percent renewable by 2030.

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Shell Doubles Investment In Green Energy, Halves Carbon Footprint By 2050

Shell, one of the biggest oil and gas companies in the world, has made a further commitment to improve on their carbon emissions. They'll be halving their footprint by 2050 and will double the investment into renewable energy through 2020.

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Scientists Transform Leftover Tofu Into Sake-Like Drink

The whey waste tofu creates can be converted into a tasty, sake-like drink. A professor and student at a Singapore university have created a method to convert the waste into a boozy beverage with health benefits.

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'Redwood Forest' Solar-Powered Domes Offer Green Way To Live On Mars

MIT researchers developed a way for humans to live on Mars. Their project, "Redwood Forest," won an award for their architectural design, which features connected underground communities that thrive with forests protected by domes on the surface.

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Beyond Meat Expands Popular Plant-Based Burger To TGI Fridays

Beyond Meat's new Beyond Burger has exploded in popularity over the past year, and now it's expanding to restaurants. After a trial run at TGI Fridays in select Boston locations, it's ready to roll out nationwide in early 2018.

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Qatar Will Feature Stadium Made Of Shipping Containers At World Cup

To help stop the trend of abandoned stadiums after World Cup and Olympic events, Qatar has developed a sustainable facility made out of shipping containers. After use, it can be disassembled and constructed elsewhere, or easily broken down into smaller segments.

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UCLA Creates Device To Make Hydrogen Cars A Serious Possibility

Two researchers from UCLA have developed a new device that could be a game-changer in the hydrogen vehicle industry. It's able to produce hydrogen with common materials and it runs on solar power. An additional supercapacitor can also store energy.

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Tesla Meets 100-Day Goal To Install South Australia Powerpack Facility

Elon Musk delivered a $50 million promise to South Australia by installing a battery backup solution to their renewable energy infrastructure within 100 days. The new facility will keep the power on should systems fail like they did a year ago.

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Amazon Recycles Excess Energy From Data Center To Heat Headquarters

Amazon continues to erase their carbon footprint with a new heating system that utilizes wasted heat from a neighboring, unaffiliated data center. It's piped to their Doppler building, which will be one of the most sustainable structures in the world.

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This 'Half-Tree House' Is A Unique Upgrade To Traditional Log Cabins

An architecture firm that has a focus on sustainability has created the "Half-Tree House," which is mostly built from local materials and is heated with a Jotul stove.

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Volvo Sells 24,000 SUVs To Uber For Self-Driving Car Network

Volvo and Uber enhance their relationship and the development of the self-driving industry with up to 24,000 XC90 SUVs being sold to the ride-hailing service. The deal worth around $1 billion features the largest amount of commercial vehicles used in development.

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London Is Fueling Their Buses With Used Coffee Grounds

To cut down on emissions from public transportation, London is going to be using coffee oil from used grounds into a biofuel blend. This provides a way to eliminate environmentally-toxic coffee grounds from landfills and existing buses don't need to be altered.

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'Safe Catch' Tuna Boasts Low Mercury And High Sustainability

Safe Catch offers canned tuna with the lowest possible mercury thanks to their innovative testing methods. These efforts could also provide a way to discover and tackle what causes mercury contamination in our oceans.

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'Mitte' Allows You To Ditch Bottled Water With Easy Home Purification

Mitte, a successfully crowdfunded new smart water system, adds healthy minerals back into purified water. Three different cartridges offer unique enhancements and are made from bioplastics to keep the focus on reducing carbon emissions and plastic use.

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MIT Develops Battery To Store Thermal Energy For Hours

Lithium-ion batteries are the popular choice to store renewable power, but scientists at MIT are improving thermal energy storage. Using pulses of light gives them more control in the heating process, and it can be used with heat from the sun, factories, and cars.

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Vegan Restaurant In NYC Donates 100% Of Profit To Charity

A new restaurant in NYC, P.S. Kitchen, offers all plant-based foods and gives their profits to charities and organizations that deal with ex-convicts and homelessness. They also provide employment to those in need of a fresh start.

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Tesla Finally Reveals Sleek New Electric 'Semi' Truck

Elon Musk not only revealed the new electric semi, but added a surprise upgrade to the Roadster at the end of the presentation. Both vehicles will feature enormous range with the Semi passing expectations and Roadster holding a new record.