Germany Converts Coal Mine Into Giant Battery Storage for Surplus Solar and Wind Power

Germany is embarking on an innovative project to turn a hard coal mine into a giant battery that can store surplus solar and wind energy and release it when supplies are lean. The Prosper-Haniel coal mine in the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia will be converted into a 200 megawatt pumped-storage hydroelectric reservoir that acts like a giant battery. The capacity is enough to…

Scotland Quits Coal Power

Scotland has stopped generating electricity from coal for the first time in more than 100 years, as its Longannet power station, north of the capital Edinburgh, switched off the last of its four generating units. Its owner, Scottish Power, said the high cost of connecting to the grid was to blame. The power station used…

Malta Likely to Become First European Country to Ban Glyphosate

Malta has begun the process of banning glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. Malta—the only country to actively vote against the extension of the chemical’s use—has already seen 25 localities ban the substance. It would be the first EU country to ban glyphosate nationwide. Though, France is currently considering their own ban. “Malta’s position remains against the use of glyphosate…