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January 31, 2008

Thin Film Solar Advantages

Thin-film photovoltaics are expected to gain share in the solar market, as its power efficiency improves and its low costs scale further. ...
... "Thin film is cheaper to produce, more durable and less unsightly than bulky solar panels, which are often called eyesores. The transparent sheets can serve as facades for skyscrapers and house roofs, where they turn sunshine into energy." ...
Via Los Angeles Times: Future of solar

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Philips ALTO Bulbs

Philips ALTO LampsEnergy Saving Bulbs - PhilipsSeveral complaints about compact fluorescent bulbs is that:

- they contain mercury
- they do not fit in the same space as an incandescent bulb

Philips has solved these problems with their ALTO bulbs. 

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" ... Philips Energy Savers ... don't just provide the light of your standard light bulb, they also have the same classic shape. ..."

These bulbs are better for the environment because they use less wattage for similar light, can last years longer than incandescent bulbs as there is no filament to burn out and have less mercury than other CFB. 

Mercury is a highly toxic material that can pollute air and water and improper disposal of CFB can lead to pollution (though probably off set by the pollution of less fossil fuels ... ?)


Via:  Philips Lighting - Link

Just what is Philips ALTO technology:


Simply put - the technology allows for use of less mercury ion CFB.   

" ... lamps with ALTO technology [have] ... reduced mercury content. All fluorescent lamps contain mercury for effective operation, ... ALTO lamp technology average 70% less mercury than the 2001 industry average for fluorescent lamps ..."

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January 30, 2008

Green Building Features

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Toyota Prius Plug In Hybrid

Toyota PRius Plug In ... " ... Toyota’s Plug-in HV is engineered to run in electric mode more often and at higher speeds than the standard [Prius] car. ... charge from 110-volt household current provides up to eight miles of electric operation  ... before assist is needed from the 1.5-liter gasoline engine. ... the Plug-In HV is also capable of accelerating up to 62 mph on electric power alone."

Toyota indicates that "... there’s still considerable battery development work to be done ... [in] the prototype HV models the additional MiMH capacity is gained by installing a second battery pack in the trunk area, ... Toyota is testing the Plug-in HV in Japan and is the first manufacturer to have a PHEV certified for use on public roads."

Via:  Greencar.com   Link


More about the Prius HV -

Toyota is loaning  some HV Prius' " ... to  ... the University of California, Berkeley, and to the Advanced Power and Energy Program at the University of California, Irvine. ... part of Toyota’s ongoing sustainable mobility development program that studies ... the trade-offs drivers are willing to make between range, acceptable charge times, battery cost, and size to ways of accounting for the upstream emissions from electric power generation."


Via:  Greencar.com   Link

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Recycle Your Cell Phones


Cell phones have grown in popularity and their life cycle has shortened.  There are an awful lot of unused cell phones at best collecting dust ... at worst going into landfills and causing pollution.

ReCellular "...  processed a record 6 million phones in 2007, solidifying the company’s position as the world’s foremost collector, refurbisher, and recycler of wireless phones."

"In 2007, ReCellular ... Raised more than $20 million for charitable causes for 50 non-profit partners ... and Diverted more than 1 million pounds of materials from landfills ..."

The 6 million phones equates to:

"10 million kilograms of carbon emissions ... or ... enough energy to power 11,400 homes for a year, and produce more than 10.3 million kilograms of carbon emissions. ... or ...A year’s supply of
gasoline for 6,000 vehicles ..."


Via:  GreenerGadget.com  Link

Via:   ReCellular    Link

More interesting information...

"... ReCellular implemented a zero-waste policy to help limit ReCellular’s environmental footprint. All donated materials are recycled … ”

"... in 2007, ReCellular increased the company’s green power renewable energy commitment to purchase 100 percent Green-e certified renewable energy credits representing 708 megawatt-hours of total energy consumption ...".

" ... initiatives are verified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 certification, ..."


Via:   ReCellular    Link


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January 29, 2008

Collaborative Solar Technology Research Program Targets Advanced Capabilities

MIT and Eni will partner on an energy research program. The collaborative partnership will emphasize the development of advanced solar technologies. ...
... "The Eni-MITEI Solar Frontiers Research Program will include six areas of focus: Nano-structured thin film photovoltaics; Luminescent solar concentrators; Self-assembling photovoltaic materials; Water splitting; Materials for solar energy capture and storage; Maximizing the return on investment for solar thermal plants; " ...
Via MIT News: Advanced solar program

MIT Energy Initiative About MITEI: "The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), established in September 2006, is an Institute-wide initiative designed to help transform the global energy system to meet the needs of the future ... " Eni on Renewable Sources: "Eni intends to pursue R&D in the new and emerging solar technologies area, which is expected to lead to significant breakthroughs. In particular, activities are focused on solar cells based on organic and nanocomposite materials that are among the most promising in terms of the low cost potential. Also in the field of thermo solar energy, Eni has launched R&D activities for the development of technologies that can lead to significant technological breakthroughs. "

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January 28, 2008

LEED Gold Building Pacific University Sustainability Strategy

Pacific University will open its new Berglund Hall, designed with a foundation for LEED Gold capability, on the Forest Grove campus . ...
... "Walsh Construction led work on the building, designed for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification in keeping with the University's sustainability drive. Berglund is the fourth new green building project for Pacific. In addition to environmental and resource saving materials and systems, the five trees cut down to make space for this project were reused in the building itself. An impressive table in the boardroom was one way the trees were used. Recycled wood was also used as trim, wainscoting, and on banisters. " ...
Via Pacific University: Green Building Opens at Pacific University Feb. 1
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The Walsh Group Learning Environments Portfolio: "Walsh built its first educational facility in 1975. Since then, we have built more than 800,000 square feet of educational buildings and 2,500 units of student housing facilities."

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January 27, 2008

Green Buildings Expected to Grow

With the real estate market in a slowdown, the green building market is forecast for growth. ...
... "He used all Sherwin-Williams paint from the Harmony line, which has no volatile organic compounds. He also used carpeting made from natural fibers, dual-flush toilets and sinks made from recycled materials. " ...
Via Detroit Free Press : Eco-conscious design

Sherwin-Williams GreenSure Designation: "Durable, zero-VOC, low-odor interior paint is perfect for occupied areas. This environmentally preferred premium product meets or exceeds GS-11 criteria for coatings in LEED certified buildings."

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January 26, 2008

Future-Gen Solar Material Research Funding for Photovoltaics

ASU receives funding to support solar photovoltaic research. The research grant will focus on the development of new materials that can be applied to solar energy. This is the fifth solar energy grants won by ASU in the past year. ...
... "The two new grants in the latest SAI round are geared toward advancing new materials that can be used in photovoltaic solar cells, with a goal of having prototypes developed by 2015 and commercialized by 2020 to 2030. One SAI grant, for $1.3 million, will go to a team led by John Kouvetakis, a professor in chemistry and biochemistry, and Jose Menendez, a professor in physics. The project will explore the photovoltaic potential of new materials that originally were developed for laser applications. The project promises dramatic cost reductions compared to current technologies. " ...
Via Arizona State University: Grants to develop solar cells

About the Solar America Initiative: "The Solar America Initiative is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) effort to accelerate the development of advanced solar energy technologies. The goal is to make solar electricity cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity by 2015." Overview of the DOE Solar Energy Program (PDF) Future Generation Photovoltaics Research Funding: "The PV device and manufacturing process research activities in this area are expected to produce prototype PV cells and/or processes by 2015, with full commercialization by 2020-2030. Projects will begin in October 2007."

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January 25, 2008

CO2 Savings Aussie Style

Nic Frances discusses greenhouse gas reduction ...

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January 24, 2008

Simple Explanation of Electric Car Infrastructure

Not sure how electric vehicles can replace gas-powered cars and lower greenhouse gas emissions? Check out this simple explanation of Project Better Place, a novel idea for an electric car infrastructure. ...

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Greener Gadgets Conference in N.Y.C. Feb 1, 2008

Greener Gadgets ConferenceNew York City is hosting the Greener Gadget Conference on Feb 1, 2008.  The one day event details:

10am - 6pm
McGraw-Hill Conference Center
1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York City, NY

"... industry leaders, entrepreneurs, [and others] ... will gather to discuss the business case for the greening of the consumer electronics industry. ... featuring ...  consumer electronics companies ..., innovators from academic thinktanks, members of startups ... and some of the leading minds in the word of sustainable design and business. Topics to be addressed include: design for sustainability, product life cycle management, take-back and recycling programs, energy efficiency, greener materials, and green lifestyle and product marketing. An attached gallery space will feature a green prototype office display and technology exhibits from companies on the cutting edge of green tech."

" ... will showcase revolutionary design and tech innovations that will shape the future of the consumer electronics and change your world... for the better."

Some discussion points: 
  • "Environmental initiatives from leading consumer electronics companies, such as take-back and recycling programs"
  • "New environmentally sensitive materials, product lifecycle and design for sustainability"
  • "Innovations in renewable energy technologies, such as fuel cells, kinetic energy, wind and solar power"Greener Gadget Conference

Via:  GreenerGadgets.com  Link

For more information and conference details, speakers, special programs, etc .... Link 

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January 23, 2008

Little Nobel Goes on Sale in Europe

Nobrl Bubble Car

China is manufacturing a mini car called the Nobel and plans to sell it in Europe.  This tiny car has an intersting history including claims that is is copied from Mercedes-Benz's SMART car.   See photos left (Nobel) and below right (M-B SMART).

The car is made by the Chinese maker Shuanghuan. 

"The EU importer of the Xiao Gui Zu ... known as the Little Nobel, and now simply ‘Bubble’, ...has put the super mini car on the market in the EU." 

"... The 1.1l, 68bhp motor is going on sale in Italy for just 9,000 Euros."

Smart for Two


Via: China Car Times Link

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Chevrolet Equinox "Fuel Cell" Wins Award


" ... Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell has received Green Car Journal's  ... Green Car Vision Award(TM), which honors the vehicle that best envisions the road ahead. ..."

"The Equinox ... is visionary on many levels," ... Powering a popular crossover model with a future fuel such as hydrogen, and doing so seamlessly with an efficient powerplant that creates no CO2 greenhouse gases, is exemplary and Chevrolet should be commended for this."

"An important element that weighed in the Equinox Fuel Cell's favor is the way in which GM is enabling consumers and fleets to experience its advanced hydrogen technology. Through "Project Driveway," the world's largest fuel cell demonstration fleet, more than 100 Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles will be driven by consumers and others for three months at a time in California, New York City, and Washington D.C."

Via: Sys-Con.Com  Link 

Five cars were the finalists in the Green Car Journal program:

  • BMW Hydrogen 7
  • Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell
  • Honda FCX Clarity
  • Phoenix SUT,
  • Toyota Plug-In HV

For the full story >>> LINK

For more information on Green Car Journal and the ward process >>> LINK


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NREL Solar Research Focus

Scientist offers insights into solar research at NREL where the focus is on durability and manufacturing efficiency. ...
... "Our research centers around determining ways to make solar cells last longer and to manufacture them at a lower cost. We expose solar materials to heat and humidity while monitoring their performance as a function of time. " ...
Via YourHub: Q & A with NREL scientist

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January 22, 2008

Renault Nissan Commits to Pure Electric Vehicles

Renault-Nissan commits to Project Better Place and the delivery of an electric vehicle with volume production within three years. ...
... "We had a car-maker, the fourth largest one in the world, that committed to Pure Electric Vehicles (EV) as a mass-market product. Not only are they committed, they have allocated the funds required to develop such vehicle, for the needs of the country where we will start. " ...
Via Shai Agassi's Long Tailpipe: Transformation

Renault-Nissan will produce 100% electric vehicles: Renaults vehicles will run on pure electricity for all functions. The objective of zero emissions will be achieved, while at the same time offering driving performances similar to a 1.6 liter gasoline engine. Renaults electric vehicles will be equipped with lithium-ion batteries, ensuring greater driving range and longevity.
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January 21, 2008

Abu Dhabi CleanTech Investment

Abu Dhabi announces fifteen billion dollar investment into alternative energy and clean tech at the 2008 World Future Energy Summit. ...
... "The investment will be channelled through the Masdar Initiative, a company that aims to explore, develop and commercialize future energy sources. " ...
Via AME: Clean Tech Investment

Masdar Initiative: "Initiative aims to accomodate the fundamental changes underway in the global energy balance, and to contribute substantially to sustainable development ... "

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Hong Kong Utilities Agree to Link Rates to Pollution

Hong Kong

Jan 7, 2008 - Hong Kong - "Hong Kong's two electric power companies agreed ... to ...rate of return on assets based partly on how much pollution they emit, an approach that could someday be a model for mainland China's ..."CLP Castel Peak Power Plant - Hong Kong

"If either company exceeds regulatory limits for any pollutant, then it would be required to charge less for its electricity, reducing its allowed rate of return  ...[if] manage to cut their pollution by even more than required, then they raise prices so as to earn bonuses ...on their rate of return. A complicated calculation also allows them to charge slightly more for electricity as they make progress in using more renewable energy."


Via:  International Hearald Tribune Link 


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Greening our Schools- Green Flag Program

Green Flag Program Logo Some schools are already green.  Others are just getting started.  Many need help with a structured program to guide them. Green Flag Logo

Green Flag promotes 4 key areas:

-- Indoor Air Quality - looking at mold, irritants, etc
-- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, - pretty self explanatory
-- Non Toxic Products - cleaning products and others
-- Integrated Pest Management - for grounds and indoors

"Schools across the nation are using the Green Flag School Program to make their schools healthier places to work and learn. ... Achieve recognition for ... your school already does, and improve your program with the support of teachers and field experts across the country. ... check out the Green Flag School Program today!"


Via:  Green Flag Program  Link 

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January 20, 2008

ICF Energy Efficient Construction Technique

Montana embraces sustainable practices in building construction. Example: ICF, or insulated concrete forms, deliver high insulating value, prevent air infiltration, and creates a high thermal mass, which results in significant energy savings when compared to wood or steel-framed homes. ...
... "ICF is one of many new construction techniques that builders, architects and engineers are learning about as they adapt their methods to meet the increasing demand for sustainable building practices in the Gallatin Valley. " ...
Via Bozeman Chronicle: Green Building

Insulating Concrete Form Association, ICFA: "The forms, made of foam insulation, are either pre-formed interlocking blocks or separate panels connected with plastic ties. The left-in-place forms not only provide a continuous insulation and sound barrier, but also a backing for drywall on the inside, and stucco, lap siding, or brick on the outside." LOGIX: "Insulated Concrete Forms" Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) by NUDURA: "New-generation Integrated Building Technology that is vastly superior to traditional stick framing methods." Arxx Walls: "The solid concrete core of an Arxx wall stabilizes the temperature because of its thermal mass. So homeowners get constant temperatures, even when the outdoor temperature fluctuates throughout the day."

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January 19, 2008

Ford EcoBoost Fuel Economy Improvement

EcoBoost is Ford Motor's high-volume, affordable engine technology. EcoBoost leverages gasoline turbocharged direct-injection technology to deliver twenty percent better fuel economy and fifteen percent fewer CO2 emissions. ...
... "While not as flashy as the concept cars, technologies such as Ford's EcoBoost engine offer notable fuel economy improvements with near-term, high-volume potential. " ...
Via Jim Kliesch, Union of Concerned Scientists: Comments

Ford's Plans for the EcoBoost Technology: Ford will introduce EcoBoost on the new Lincoln MKS flagship in 2009, followed by the Ford Flex and other vehicles. By 2013, Ford will have more than half a million EcoBoost-powered vehicles on the road annually in North America.
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January 18, 2008

Scalable LowCost Nanowire Solar Photovoltaic Cell Innovation

GE Research demonstrates silicon nanowire solar cell with higher efficiency and lower production costs. This achievement was the result of collaboration between researchers at GE's Global Research team and the GE Energy - Solar Technologies line of business, proving that large companies can still innovate. The findings were published in the Applied Physics Letters journal. ...
... "scientists on their Nano Photovoltaics (PV) team have demonstrated a scalable silicon nanowire-based solar cell, which has the potential to achieve up to 18% efficiency and be produced at a dramatically lower cost than conventional solar cells. This demonstration represents a promising development in the effort to make PV systems more economically viable for consumers. " ...
Via General Electric: GE Global Research Demonstrates Nano-based Solar Cell

GEs Solar Technology Platform: GEs solar research program is unique in that it involves a comprehensive examination across the entire solar industry value chain to enable technology solutions that will make solar power more affordable and available in the U.S. and around the world. The program has a balanced mix of short and long-term technology initiatives to achieve its goals.
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January 17, 2008

Serpa Solar Photovoltaic Plant Portugal

European Commission infoclip on solar plant in Portugal. ...

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Airplane Recycling

Boeing 707 in the process of being recycledAirplane recycling is just like any other recycling ... sort of.  Of course planes are bigger than household recyclables but older airplanes have a lot of steel and aluminum - materials that are easy to recycle.AIRCRAFT COMPOSITE MATERIALS - FOR RECYCLING

"Steel, found in the landing gear of planes  [left] ... is ...easy to recover. ... dealers sell steel ... to companies that make anything from new aircraft to food cans to bridges."

"Recycling composite aircraft materials ...[right] is trickier ...The Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association aims to recycle 5 tons of carbon fiber per day."

"... process of separating carbon fiber from plastic and metal composites is still being perfected. ..."

"Recycled carbon fiber is being tested for use inAirplane graveyard - in dessets of California tires, paint, industrial injection molds, and sporting goods ... also looking into using it in airplane baggage bins and galley carts, within car brakes, and even spinning it into yarn."


Via:  ZDNet.com  Link


For more information on airplane recycling, as reuse opportunities (desks, chairs, art, etc) as well as a slide show ... Link 

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January 16, 2008

Concentrator Photovoltaics CPV Array in Spain

SolFocus will install concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) array in Spain in collaboration with ISFOC. CPV technology uses a fraction of the active material in standard solar panels. SolFocus' CPV is made of aluminum and glass, which are easy to source, manufacturing, and scale globally. ...
... "Spains Institute of Concentration Photovoltaics Systems (ISFOC) announced the installation of the first CPV array in the ISFOCs 3 MW project in Castilla-LaMancha. This is the first 200kW of the .5MW that SolFocus will install over the next few months for this worldwide solar initiative aimed at accelerating the development and adoption of CPV technology. We share the belief with the ISFOC leadership that CPV is the disruptive technology that will have a major impact in moving solar energy toward a more cost-effective and scalable mainstream energy source, commented Pedro Ladrn de Guevara, SolFocus VP and General Manager. " ...
Via SolFocus: Solar Array for 3 MW Spanish CPV Project at Castilla-La Mancha Site
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School Car Club "Runs on Cooking Oil"

Filling up with used cooking oil

Students at Maine's Unity College have taken on the high cost of diesel and are reusing waste cooking oil.  They fill up their diesel cars with used cooking oil from the school cafeteria.  The care are set up with one tank for diesel and one for used cooking oil.

Read on for more >>>>Filtering Cooking Oil for use in Diesel Car

Typically "... starts ... on diesel a... until ... waste vegetable oil (WVO) tank has reached 160 degrees. ...then ... switches over to the “grease” tank."

" ... students formed the Grease Car Club and work together to pick up, filter and store the grease."

" ... students say they get up to 45 miles per gallon from the waste vegetable oil and the engine runs smoother on it. They say the reduction in carbon and particulate emissions more than offsets the higher nitrogen oxide emissions."

Via:  UnityCollege   Link 



For more details about the car club, some oft he costs and efforts involved .... Link 

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January 15, 2008

SubFab Green Energy Innovation

Applied Materials is recognized for its innovative approach to the manufacture of thin film solar panels by the Platts Award. ...
... "The award highlighted the revolutionary SunFab, the worlds first and only integrated production line for manufacturing thin film silicon solar modules using 5.7 square meter (m2) glass panels. These ultra-large substrates, sized at 2.2m x 2.6m, are four times bigger than todays typical thin film solar modules. Key to the SunFabs success is that it can be replicated by customers around the globe to rapidly establish solar panel manufacturing capacity and achieve lower production cost per watt to drive down the cost of solar electricity. " ...
Via Applied Materials: Green Energy Innovator of the Year
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Xcel Wind Farm Construction Scheduled For Minnesota

Xcel Energy receives approvals that position it to start construction on a one-hundred megawatt wind farm, Grand Meadow, in Mower County, Minnesota. This positions Minnesota to achieve aggressive renewable energy goals. ...
... "Xcel Energy has contracted with enXco Development Corp., an EDF-EN company, to build the wind farm. The project will consist of 67, 1.5-megawatt wind turbines to be located approximately 15 miles east of Austin, Minn. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission in December determined the project was needed and last week granted a site permit for the wind farm. Those approvals cleared the way for construction to begin in spring. The project remains on schedule to begin producing power by the end of the year. " ...
Via Xcel Energy: Mower County wind farm
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Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Earth 911 

Now that we are well into 2008, many are already putting their trees into the trash.  Christmas Tree

There is a better way.  Why no  RECYCLE your tree.

To find a place to recycle your tree ... check out Link.  Enter your State and City or ZIP Code and you will (hopefully) find a place nearby that will recycle your tree. 

My local municipality (in southeastern PA) recycler trees ... Yeah!   


Via:  Earth 911  Link

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January 14, 2008

Easy Way to Recycle Your Mobile Phone(s)

RecycleMyCellPhone Logo

Everyone seems to have a few old cell phones lying around.  looking for a good way to get rid of them?

Read on for more ... and find out how recycling your cell phone can be easy as 1, 2, 3.

There are a wide variety of charities - most people can find one to their liking. 


Via:  CollectiveGood.com  Link

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Eco Patent Release Benefits Environment

IBM and other leading companies contribute innovative patents to the public domain to foster the development of new capabilities in energy efficiency, pollution prevention, environmentally friendly materials. and recycling. The intellectual property is being pledged to the Eco-Patent Commons administered by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The Council for Sustainable Development has assembled 200 international companies in a shared commitment to sustainable development. ...
... "Availability of these patents will encourage researchers, entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes in any industry to create, apply, and further develop their consumer or industrial products, processes, and services in a way that will help to protect and respect the environment. " ...
Via IBM: Eco-Friendly Patents This video highlights innovative patents pledged by IBM. ...

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Luxury Plug in Hybrid from Fisker

Fisker Karna

Fisker shows its Karma at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show today, Feb 14th, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan.

Fisker Logo

Fisker is a private GREEN AMERICAN sports car company.

"...its first production car, the Fisker Karma, ... first of its kind four-door plug-in hybrid ... a starting price of $80,000. ... deliveries ... will commence in the 4th quarter of 2009 ... "

" ... features cutting-edge plug-in hybrid technology, ... Q DRIVE, developed by Quantum Technologies ... consists of a small gasoline engine that turns the generator, which charges the lithium ion battery pack, powering the electric motor and turning the rear wheels. .. allows consumers to drive the car emission free for up to 50 miles ..."

"It's conceivable that if consumers follow this daily routine, they will only need to fuel the car but once a year. ..."


Via:  PRNewswire  Link 


For the full press report:  Link

For the Fisker Company Web site:  Link 

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January 13, 2008

Green Building Cost Competitive for Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin builds green for a negligible premium of 1.5 percent. The company also sees its green building and a green enterprise strategy as attractive to future talent. ...
... "Lockheed Martin Space Systems has constructed the first buildings in Sunnyvale, Calif., to comply with the rigorous standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The fleet maintenance facility and automatic storage and retrieval system building cover a total of 33,000 square feet and feature a wide range of green construction features, such as light-colored roofs (to reflect heat), trees to shade parking spaces, full cutoff fixtures to reduce light pollution, low-emission building materials and wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. " ...
Via Lockheed Martin: Space Systems Green Buldings
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Thin Film Photovoltaics Graduate Student Perspectives

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Solar Subway Stop in Coney Island, NY

subway staion

"The Stillwell Avenue station in Brooklyn has just installed a 76,000-sq-ft solar roof, ... touted to be “one of the most sustainable mass transportation sites ever built in the U.S.,”..."

" ... 2,730 building integrated photovoltaic panels that create a shelter  ... panels are each 5′ by 20′, made of silicon thin-film, which is less costly to install than other solar panels because it requires minimal framing. Schott Solar Panel 

"... providing 250,000 kilo-watt hours of power to the station each year, ... and ... the transparent roof of panels that lets in plenty of natural light."

Via:  Inhabitat  Link

Schott Solar Panel

The solar panels for the Coney Island Subway station were made by RWE SCHOTT Solar. 

For more infomation  Link

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Zero Emision Research Station

 zero emission research station in antartica
Antarctica is probably one of the last pure pristine place on earth.  It is also home to the Belgian research station Princess Elizabeth, in Utsteinen, Antarctica. 

Can the two exist in harmony?  Can a research station be GREEN?

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Zero Emission Research Station in Antartica

T" ... designed with the environment in mind. ... built using eco-friendly materials, as well as to minimize energy consumption and waste. ... will operate completely on renewable energies. ...eight wind turbines ...as well as approximately 380 square meters of solar panels on and nearby the station."

"... will use only 20% of the energy used by a comparable station. Heating will be done via a mixture of passive and active systems, including a heat recovery system ..."


Via: Inhabitat  Link


To learn more about this project including pictures of construction, parties and other interesting information .... go to:  Link


Via: AntarcticStation.org   Link

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January 12, 2008

Rajan Tata Introduces the Nano

Tata Motors launches the Nano car ...

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Tata Nano PeopleCar Fuel-Efficient Environment-Friendly

As India's population grows and its middle class expands, a fuel efficient and green automobile is needed to satisfy market needs. Tata Motors targets that need with its Nano Peoples Car which will hit markets in 2008. ...
... "The Peoples Car has a rear-wheel drive, all-aluminium, two-cylinder, 623cc, 33 PS, multi point fuel injection petrol engine. This is the first time that a two-cylinder gasoline engine is being used in a car with single balancer shaft. The lean design strategy has helped minimise weight, which helps maximise performance per unit of energy consumed and delivers high fuel efficiency. Performance is controlled by a specially designed electronic engine management system. The Peoples Cars tailpipe emission performance exceeds regulatory requirements. In terms of overall pollutants, it has a lower pollution level than two-wheelers being manufactured in India today. The high fuel efficiency also ensures that the car has low carbon dioxide emissions, thereby providing the twin benefits of an affordable transportation solution with a low carbon footprint. " ...

Via Tata Motors: Tata Nano Car
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January 10, 2008

LEED Gold Green Condos in LA

Advanced green buildings in Los Angeles condominium showcase responsible development. ...

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January 09, 2008

Nanostructures for Efficient Solar Cells

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz collaborate globally to experiment at the nanoscale to control the generation, transport and storage of electrons, in order to improve the conversion of solar energy into electricity. ...
... "Combining these two approaches appears to yield better solar cell materials than either one alone does, according to Jin Zhang, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Zhang led a team of researchers from California, Mexico, and China that created a thin film doped with nitrogen and sensitized with quantum dots. When tested, the new nanocomposite material performed better than predicted - as if the functioning of the whole material was greater than the sum of its two individual components. The resulting hybrid material offered a combination of advantages. Nitrogen doping allowed the material to absorb a broad range of light energy, including energy from the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The quantum dots also enhanced visible light absorption and boosted the photocurrent and power conversion of the material. When compared with materials that were just doped with nitrogen or just embedded with cadmium selenide quantum dots, the nanocomposite showed higher performance ... " ...
Via University of California at Santa Cruz: New nanostructured thin film

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Sweden's "People Powered Heating" System for Buildings


Body Heat Rising from athlete's headHere is an interesting idea ... harness the body heat from commuters to warm a building.  instead of radiating into the air ... an interesting idea in Sweden uses that heat to heat a new nearby office building.  

>>> Read on for more.large building with lots of people - heat source?

" ... heat from hundreds of thousands ...  will be used to heat a new office building..."

"...body heat would warm up water that in turn would be pumped through pipes .. ".

"... old technology, but used in a new way. ... expects the system to bring down heating costs in the building by up to 20 percent. "

I" ... system is not expected to be complicated or very costly,..."


Via:  Physorg.Com  Link

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January 08, 2008

Portugal to Build World's Largest Solar Powr Plant

PowerLight Corp Logo

"GE Energy Financial Services, PowerLight Corporation and Catavento Lda ... will build the world's largest solar photovoltaic power project. The 11-megawatt solar power plant, comprising 52,000 photovoltaic modules, ... in Serpa, Portugal, ... one of Europe's sunniest areas."German Solar Power Plant - similar to  Portugese design

"... will produce electricity sufficient to power 8,000 homes and save more than 30,000 tons a year in greenhouse gas emissions compared with equivalent fossil fuel generation."

"... PowerLight's PowerTracker(R) ...patented tracking technology follows the sun ... generating more electricity than conventional fixed-mount systems. " 


Via:  RenewableEnergyAccess   Link


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2008 New Year's Ball Greenest Yet

NYC 2008 New Year's Eve Ball 

For approx. 100 years, the custom in NYC is to watch the "New Years' Eve ball drop in Times Square to "ring in" the new year.

For 2008 (midnight on 12/12/2007) the ball was new, able to produce millions of colors ... and - energy efficient!  NYC New Years Eve Ball

" ... new solid state lighting technology ... 9,576 Philips Luxeon LEDs replaced the 600 incandescent and halogen bulbs of the previous Ball.  ... the entire Times Square Ball will be lit with approximately the same amount of electricity as it takes to power ten toasters or a single oven/range."


Via:  Time Square Alliance   Link 


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Scientific American Solar Plan for Alternative Energy Success

Scientific American proposes a challenging, yet possible, plan for creating a strategic shift in the Unites States energy supply by using solar thermal energy technology situated in the American Southwest. A significant investment, think hundreds of billions, would be necessary to create the infrastructure to leverage the new energy source. ...
... "The U.S. is lucky to be endowed with a vast resource; at least 250,000 square miles of land in the Southwest alone are suitable for constructing solar power plants, and that land receives more than 4,500 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu) of solar radiation a year. " ...
Via Scientific American: Solar Plan

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January 07, 2008

Creative Financing of California Solar Photovoltaic Projects

GE works with SunPower on creative financing of a client portfolio of solar photovoltaics projects in California: Toyota, HP, Agilent, Lake County, and Rancho California Water District. The project portfolio will achieve elimination of 8.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in its initial year of operation. ...
... "GE Energy Financial Services is acquiring a majority equity interest in the five solar photovoltaic projects, which SunPower will design and build, operate and maintain. GE Energy Financial Services will finance and own the systems under the SunPower Access power purchase agreement program, which allows customers to take advantage of the environmental and financial benefits of solar power with no upfront capital costs. The solar electricity will be competitively priced against retail rates, providing customers a long-term hedge against rising peak power prices. Construction of the projects is scheduled to begin in February and be completed by the end of the year. " ...

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January 06, 2008

Alternative Energy Call to Action

If you need a call to action or burning platform to conserve energy, this is it. Shai Agassi shares a potential scenario, that none of us really want. ...
... "What do we have to do – we have to put our money into easing demand before it is too late. Addicts who wait for the crisis do not recover in the same shape as they were before a stroke or heart attack hit them. In the world of oil a heart attack is a global recession, and a stroke is probably global war. We can’t afford either. " ...

Via Long Tailpipe: Oil at $100 a barrel - the halfway point


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January 05, 2008

Green Buildings Operating Benefits

With a hot real estate market, Atlanta sees strong interest in green construction. Real estate agents must get educated on green features. Prospective homeowners must be prepared to question builders about their green building techniques. Ultimately, green home will benefit the homeowner with lower operating costs. ...
... "The owner of a green home pays less per month in total and owns a more valuable asset. Plus the home is more comfortable and has better indoor air quality. " ...
Via Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Green Home Market

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January 04, 2008

Urban Green Roofs

Lovely host, from RiverWired, tours urban green roofs. ...

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January 03, 2008

Diesel-Electric Hybrid Bus Uses Regenerative Brakes to Increase Efficiency and Economy

Daimler receives additional orders for its hybrid diesel-electric buses from New York City's transit authority. The hybrid vehicles have a number of technological advancements, from its propulsion system to the brake system. ...
... "To further boost efficiency, the vehicle has a regenerative braking system that uses the drive motor to slow the bus, effectively turning the motor into a generator that produces additional current to charge the energy storage system. The feature also reduces brake wear, reducing the need for brake maintenance. Compared to standard diesel propulsion, these hybrid buses deliver up to 30 percent better fuel economy while greatly reducing emissions: 90 percent less particulate matter, 40 percent less NOx and 30 percent fewer greenhouse gases. Drivers and riders enjoy a quieter, cleaner and smoother ride. " ...
Via Daimler: Orders for Next Generation Diesel-Electric Hybrid Buses
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Sustainable Home Construction Timelapse

Timelapse video of the construction of Heliohouse, a sustainable home that you can rent. The house incorporates a number of sustainable, green building techniques, such as building materials from recycled material. ...


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January 02, 2008

Green Building Growth Accelerating

American Institute of Architects (AIA) studies the growth of green building policies in the nation. One in seven cities have a green building program and the growth rate is accelerating such that one in five cities will achieve the same in 2008. ...
... "The report, Local Leaders in Sustainability, analyzed 661 communities best practices, strategies and trends, as well as provides recommendations for cities that are looking to implement green building programs. " ...
Via American Institute of Architects: Cities with Green Building Programs Have Increased More Than 400%

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Akeena Solar Insights on Solar Market

Akeena Solar leader speaks about the solar market and the steady, growing demand for the technology. ...

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Solar Panel Technology Licensed for Distribution in Europe Japan Australia

Suntech Power will distribute Akeena Solar's panel technology in Europe, Japan and Australia through a licensing agreement. ...
... "The terms of the Licensing Agreement authorize Suntech to distribute Andalay in Europe, Japan and Australia commencing in January 2008. This Licensing Agreement is in addition to Suntech's previous agreement to manufacture Andalay solar panels. Andalay solar-panel technology was envisioned by Akeena's CEO, Barry Cinnamon, after years of rooftop solar installation experience and customer feedback. Andalay improves on conventional solar panels by including built-in wiring, grounding and racking designed to provide maximum rooftop performance for consumers while minimizing installation costs for solar system installers. The result is a rooftop solar power system with superior built-in reliability with outstanding aesthetics in an all-black, streamlined appearance ... " ...
Via Akeena Solar: New Solar Panel Technology Licensed

Andalay Solar Panel System: "Andalay is the latest solar-panel technology, combining built-in reliability with outstanding aesthetics. Unlike ordinary solar panels, the all-black Andalay panels are purpose-built, featuring built-in wiring, grounding and racking so the panels attach directly to the roof. Andalay panels offer a smooth, flush appearance, and the installation has been so streamlined that an installed system uses 70 percent fewer parts and require 25 percent fewer attachment points than traditional solar systems. " Akeena Solar has grown to become one of the largest national installer of residential and small commercial solar power systems in the United States, serving customers directly in California, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Suntech designs, develops, manufactures, and markets a variety of high quality, cost effective and environmentally friendly solar products for electric power applications in the residential, commercial, industrial, and public utility sectors.

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January 01, 2008

Asphalt Magnifies Solar Power

Ooms Avenhorn Holding BV engineers energy system that leverages the solar magnification of asphalt road and parking lot to store and use the thermal energy. ...
... "A latticework of flexible pipes, held in place by a grid, is covered over by asphalt, which magnifies the sun's thermal power. As water in the pipes is heated, it is pumped deep under the ground to natural aquifers where it maintains a fairly constant temperature of about 68 F. " ...
Via Yahoo: Asphalt Energy
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