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October 31, 2008

Europe's Largest OnShore Windfarm

Wind Farm

" ... Czech power group CEZ plans to build a 1.1 billion euro ($1.62 billion) wind park in Romania, the largest of its kind in Europe ... the two-stage, 600 megawatt project ... built 17 km (10 miles) from the Black Sea shore, ... twice the size of the next biggest onshore wind farm in Europe."

" ... half the wind park would come on line in 2009 and the rest a year later ..."

"Investment into renewables is one of the strategic measures we are taking to respond to the adopted energy-climactic package of the EU ..."

Via:  Reuters  LINK


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October 30, 2008

35kW Solar Installation

Timelapse rooftop installation ...

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Metabolix Bio Plastics

 Metabloix logo

The idea of bio-based plastics has been around for some time.  The idea is to use a renewable material, like corn, in place of petroleum based raw materials.  Corn and other bio raw materials are abundantly available in the US - where petroleum is not ... 

"Metabolix patented technologies combine bioscience and nature to deliver sustainable solutions for the world's need in plastics, chemicals, and energy with unequaled environmental benefits.

"Mirel is a new family of high performance, biobased plastics that are sustainable and totally biodegradable. Made from corn sugar, ... appropriate for a wide variety of conversion processes and applications.


Via:  Metabolix  LINK

Do you know the definitions of biodegradable plastic and biobased materials?

"Biodegradable Plastic - ... the degradation results from the action of naturally occurring microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and algae."

"Biobased - A product determined by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to be a commercial or industrial product (other than food or feed) that is composed, in whole or in significant part, of biological products or renewable domestic agricultural materials (including plant, animal, and marine materials) or forestry materials."


Via:  Metabolix  LINK


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October 29, 2008

Sensors Optimize Data Center Energy Use

Microsoft Research is exploring the use of sensors to map energy usage and leverage the information to improve the efficiency of the data center. ...
... "Microsoft is deploying tiny sensors throughout its datacenters to capture data that will allow it to better regulate energy consumption and reduce their carbon footprint. Sensors can also be deployed in the wild to help scientists monitor and track environmental changes. " ...
Via Microsoft Research: Technology Breakthroughs Demonstrations at PDC2008

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October 28, 2008

China Cleantech Investment

Intel Capital makes investments in growth in China focusing its funding on green and clean technology companies, such as solar and electricity storage. ...
... "This includes a new US$20 million investment in Trony Solar Holdings Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese thin-film solar energy and solution provider. Intel Capital also signed an agreement, subject to various closing conditions, to invest in NP Holdings Limited (NPH), a technology company focused on massive electricity storage systems. These are Intel Capital's first two cleantech investments in China and are intended to accelerate local green innovation and new ways to reduce dependency on carbon-based energy generation. " ...
Via Intel: Chinese Cleantech Investments

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Test Your Sustainability Knowledge - Quiz !

Johnson Controls LOGOWith all we read about being green and sustainable - it often seems that you  need to spend a lot of money "to get there".  Well check out the quiz that Johnson Controls has at ingenuitywelcome.com

There are sections for your car, house and office.  Lots of little things that can add up to make you more sustainable.  It is pretty neat!


Take the quiz and see what you already know ... and what you might learn.


>>> Look for their 2 age add with the quiz n magazines ... an easy read!


Via:  ingenuitywelcome  LINK 

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October 27, 2008

Energy Infrastructure Transformation Challenge

Al Gore challenges academia to accelerate the advancement of scientific research that would dramatically transform the energy infrastructure in the United States. ...
... "Gore urged the United States to be 100 percent free from carbon-based energy in a single decade -- a commitment he acknowledged is so sweeping and dramatic that it would require a one-time massive investment. ... It would also break the back of an energy system that every year sends 700 billion American dollars overseas in pursuit of foreign oil. " ...
Via The Harvard University Gazette: Gore on University Role in Sustainability

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BNSF to Develope Hydrogen Locomotive

 BNSF logo

You have probably heard the ads that trains can carry a ton of flocomotive ready for conversion to fuel cellsreight significantly further per gallon of fuel than a truck.

Did you know that BNSF is developing a hydrogen locomotive?  Read on for more >>>   

"BNSF Railway Company and Vehicle Projects LLC ... are developing an experimental hydrogen fuel cell switch locomotive. ...could serve as a mobile backup power source for military and civilian disaster relief efforts.


Read more about BNSF's environmental works:

" ... Rail is the most fuel efficient mode of surface transportation, moving a ton of freight more than 400 miles on a single gallon of diesel fuel. As the rail industry's intermodal leader, each BNSF intermodal train can take more than 300 long-haul trucks off the nation's crowded highways.  "



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October 26, 2008

High Efficiency Solar Research Leadership

Professor Martin Green and his team at the ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence at the University of New South Wales continue their research into high efficiency silicon solar cells, looking a alternate substrates to seek the best performance. ...
... "In the past two years, the High Efficiency Group at the Centre has been focusing on fabricating solar cells on n-type CZ silicon substrates, also completely avoiding boron dopant. PERT cells on CZ and FZ n-type silicon substrates, as shown above, have demonstrated high efficiencies of 21.1% and 21.9% " ...
Via Centre for Photovoltaic Engineering, UNSW: High Efficiency Solar Cell Substrates

Video of Professor Green.

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October 25, 2008

California Solar Thermal Generates Five Megawatts

The Governator and Ausra's CEO launch solar thermal technology power plant in Bakersfield, California. Ausra is refining its technology through simplification and quick construction techniques. The Kimberlina facility was built in seven months. Solar thermal technology is comprised of large fields of mirrors that concentrate sun's heat on tubes of water creating steam. The steam drives power turbines to generate electricity. ...
... "At full output, Kimberlina will be able to generate 5 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 3,500 homes in central California. The Kimberlina plant is the first solar plant in the country to utilize Ausra's next generation technology, and it is the first solar thermal power plant of any type built in California in nearly 20 years. " ...
Via Ausra: Solar Thermal Plant in California

Governor Schwarzenegger Participates in Launch of New Solar Energy Facility: "The five megawatt (MW) solar thermal power plant, the first to come online in California in more than 15 years, is a demonstration facility for utility-scale thermal solar energy plants ... "

PG&E and Ausra Announce 177 Megawatt Solar Thermal Power Agreement: "Ausra’s new Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar technology utilizes the heat from the sun’s rays to create steam. Solar collectors boil water at high temperatures to power steam turbine generators, in much the same way as traditional fossil-fuel power plants, but without use of fuels or emissions. "

Ausra Chairman discusses the company and its technology ...
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October 24, 2008

MINI to offer Electric Car

MINI w/ plug in logo on roofThe BMW / MINI is a hot little car and pretty fuel efficient ... designed with lots of energy saving features like lightweight recyclable aluminum and some plastic parts coded for recycling.

The next step might be the electric / plug in MINI.  Read on for more >>

" ... readying an invasion fleet of 500 electric MINIs to launch on the shores of California, New York and New Jersey....will be used by a mixture of corporations and “private individuals”."

" ... electric MINIs are powered by a motor (with 220nM of torque) and by a lithium ion battery ... takes up the place where the rear two seats usually live in the MINI hatchback ... electric motor drives the front wheels and the top speed is just 95mph, ... the MINI E will do 0-62mph in 8.5sec."

" ... plugged into the domestic supply to recharge and all owners will be given a wall-mounted box that will recharge the MINI E in around 2.5 hours....a range of over 100 miles."


Via:  Mirror.CO.UK  LINK


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October 23, 2008

Skanska Energy Efficient Data Center Construction

Skanska will provide construction management services for new 19,000-square-meter data center project in the western U.S. The customer is a large Internet trading company. And, construction is in-progress with completion scheduled for Spring of 2010. ...
... "Energy efficient solutions that reduce the emission of greenhouse gases were decisive in selecting Skanska for implementing the project. Skanska has developed a total solution that reduces energy costs for operation and cooling of the facility by up to 60 percent compared with traditional technology. " ...
Via Skanska: Energy efficient data center in U.S.

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AMERIgreen Bio Fuels

AMERIGREEN bio fuels logoAMERIgreen provides biofuels in the western suburbs of Philadelphia.

"... Biofuels are alternative fuels as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy. ... burn cleaneAMERIgreen coverage in western Phila suburbsr than gasoline and standard home heating oil. ... completely renewable, domestic, environmentally friendly fuels that enhance the nation's economy and energy independence."

" ... is a national leader in distributing branded and unbranded Ethanol, Biodiesel, Bioheating Oil, and Biokerosene! ... provide Blended Biodiesel at our two blending terminals in Highspire and Sinking Springs. PA...."


View their 30 second commercial Link


Via:  AMERIgreen   Link

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October 22, 2008

Colorado Funds Solar Innovation

Colorado Governor's Energy Office makes an investment in a portfolio of projects to advance the innovation of solar energy in the state. The investments will create training for the state workforce, enable low-income solar homes, and support solar programs for utilities. ...
... "Red Rocks Community College: Develop a training program that will prepare students and professionals to sit for existing state and national solar photovoltaic and solar thermal certifications. " ...
Via Colorado Energy Office: SOLAR INNOVATORS

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October 21, 2008

Solar Photovoltaic Case Study

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October 20, 2008

Energy Conversion Record for Thermo-Photovoltaic Cells

CIP Technologies, in collaboration with research partners, has advanced the energy conversion efficiency performance for thermo-photovoltaic cells to record levels. ...
... "In partnership with the University of Oxford and Wafer Technology, and with partial funding from the UK Technology Strategy Board and EPSRC, a successful three year collaborative research project has delivered first generation single-junction cells with energy conversion efficiencies up to 12%. This compares to 9% from existing, commercially available devices. TPVs are similar to solar cells, but operate at infrared rather than visible wavelengths, generating electricity directly from heat. " ...
Via CIP Technologies: Record for energy conversion efficiency

Via Wikipedia: Thermophotovoltaic: "Thermophotovoltaic (TPV) energy conversion is a direct conversion process from heat differentials to electricity via photons. "

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October 19, 2008

Sharp Solar Manufacturing Capacity Increase to Reach US Market

Sharp commits to thin flim solar manufacturing capacity increase through new production line at its Katsuragi facility, bringing site capacity up to 160 mega-watts. Construction of its Sakai facility continues and this solar manufacturing capacity will come on-stream in 2010. The company plans on introducing its advanced thin-film solar products into the U.S. market. ... Via Sharp: 2nd Generation Thin Film Solar Cells

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October 18, 2008

Buckyball Nanocar

Buckyball wheels guide this nanocar. Rice University researchers are focusing on the development nano-scale objects. ...
... "The nanocar consists of a chassis and axles made of well-defined organic groups with pivoting suspension and freely rotating axles. The wheels are buckyballs, spheres of pure carbon containing 60 atoms apiece. " ...
Via Rice University: Nanocar with buckyball wheels

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October 17, 2008

Carbon Footprints - How Much Do You Know ??

Carbon Footprint for common items

We hear a lot in the news about Carbon Footprint.  This is the impact, expressed as an amount of carbon, that an item  produces during its manufacture and distribution.  Do you know what the carbon impact of typical consumer items really are and the major components?

Read on to find out ...

" ... pop quiz, based on a recent Wall Street Journal article ... of various household goods. ... guess their single biggest contribution to global warming. Consider all aspects of the product: raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, and end use...."

Here are two of the six:

" ... Timberland hiking boots. Manufactured in China and sold in the U.S. ...the chief culprit isn't shipping. It's leather. Cows are a huge source of methane emissions."

" ... Milk. ...once again, cows. ... cows are responsible for about 28% of milk's carbon footprint. If you add in their feed, that figure goes up to 51%, ..."

" ... Calculating carbon emissions is complicated business, ...environmental impacts are spread widely throughout our integrated economy, often hiding in unexpected places...."
Otherwise, a few points do jump out from the analysis.

The first is that transportation costs just aren't the biggest impact for most products. Patagonia could manufacture their jackets in the basement of their stores, and they would barely make a dent in their footprint. In aggregate, of course, transportation makes up a huge percentage of the world's carbon budget, so its importance can't be discounted. But buying local still doesn't seem like the best lever for consumers looking to green their lifestyles.

The second is that products that consume energy in their end use tend to be wildly more environmentally harmful after they get into consumers hands than during manufacturing. In other words, if you want to reduce your carbon footprint, consider driving less.

The third is that cows remain a really big problem without an obvious solution. Methane digester projects like the ones that TerraPass funds help to decrease the impacts of agriculture, but as individuals the best lever we have is to reduce our consumption.



Via:  Terrapass  Link

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October 16, 2008

Pininfarina B0 (as in B-zero)

Pininfarina B0

"Design house Pininfarina, ... B0, ...four-seat, four-door electric hatchback created in partnership with Bolloré ... B0 will be a mass production model, with the first units coming off the production line at the end of 2009, ... a range of 153 miles and a top speed of 80 MPH.

" ... production will be ramped up gradually based on the availability of the batteries. Built in Turin ... the B0 electric car will be powered by Bolloré’s proprietary LMP technology, using a combination of batteries and supercapacitors ... a fully-electric vehicle without any carbon dioxide production,


Via: jalopnik Link

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October 15, 2008

Solar Concentrator

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Sanyo's Eneloop Rechargable Batteries

1000:1 rechargability

Sanyo eneloopSanyo's Eneloop rechargeable battery is unique in that it keeps its charge (shelf life) longer than conventional batteries and in some ways mimics a regular battery - except it is recyclable.  It also has a novel approach by using a basic AAA and AA format tht can fit inside a C and D size casing to allow one battery to be used in place of several sizes.

" ...eneloop can be charged 1000 times, before it needs to be replaced. ...is delivered pre-charged to the store ... no need to charge-before-use."

"Once charged, eneloop retains its charged capacity even after 6 or 12 months of storage ...90% of Charged Capacity retained after 6 months, 85% Capacity after 12 months ..."


Via:  Sanyo Link

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Recycle Magazines - Getting the Message Out


Recycle your magazines Recycling paper is one effective, easy way to extend laRecycle Your Magazineslandfill capacity.  Most places that recycle (like everywhere?) accept newspapers and magazines.  In Philadelphia, some SEPTA train stations have special recycling cans for magazines and newspapers.

The Magazine Publishers of America have a series of public service ads publishers can run ... see pictures in this post.

" ... public service advertisements (PSAs) as part of an industry-wide effort to increase magazine recycling by consumers, ... The three new creative executions, a... deliver the message that magazines can and should be recycled, and that helping the environment is everyone's responsibility. The ads direct consumers to www.Earth911.com for information on how to recycle magazines in their specific geographical location. The tagline on all three ads is "Make It a Habit. Recycle." "

Recycle your magazines ... it's easy ...


Via: Magazine Publishers of America Link




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October 14, 2008

Highest Return on Commercial Solar Investment

GE Energy Financial Services will invest $2.5 million in Soliant. Soliant, based in Monrovia, CA and founded by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory alumni, will focus its talent on developing the low-cost, efficient solar technology for commercial rooftops. This market is estimated to reach $13.2 billion by 2010. ...
... "The company’s rooftop concentration modules aim to be the market’s most efficient, and will deliver the highest total energy yield when integrated into complete rooftop systems. Compatible with conventional racks and inverters, its modules leverage high efficiency solar cells and integrated two-axis tracking to maximize the total energy harvest. This increased performance results in lower system costs, high energy density and corresponding high return on investment. Soliant plans to open a 40-megawatt production plant late next year. " ...
Via GE: Solar Power Pioneer Soliant

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Applied Materials: Largest Solar Array for US corporation

Solar Panels over Parked Cars ...

"Applied Materials  ... announced completion of two SunPower solar power systems totaling 2.1 megawatts at Applied Materials' corporate facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif. ...the largest solar power deployment at a corporate facility in the United States."

" ... includes a 950 kilowatt SunPower PowerGuard(R) installation 
and a 1.2 megawatt SunPower(R) Tracker installation atop an
elevated parking canopy. ... follows the sun as it moves across the
sky, increasing sunlight capture by up to 25 percent over
conventional fixed-tilt systems. Both systems use SunPower solar
panels, ... SunPower uses Applied Materials' Baccini technology in
its solar cell manufacturing process.

" ... reports that its solar installation has generated 1,413 megawatt hours of power. ... system is
expected to replace more than 2,700 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, ... equivalent to
the annual carbon emissions from approximately 450 passenger cars."


Via:  PRNewsWire  Link

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October 13, 2008

Pennsylvania Wind Power from Coal Mine

IBERDROLA RENEWABLES: "The Casselman Wind Power Project, located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, is putting land reclaimed from a former coal mine to productive use. "

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Solar Energy Testing and Certification Network

TUV Rheinland and ASU will collaborate to create TUV Rheinland PTL, which will provide facilities to test and certify solar energy equipment across a global network. ... "TUV Rheinland’s collaboration will connect ASU’s PTL facility to the company’s global network. The new company substantially expands PTL’s testing capabilities in volume and scope by adding state-of-the-art test equipment, as well as the capacity to test and certify PV panels and electrical components for Europe, Asia and North America. " Via Arizona State University: Solar facility

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Solar Technology Accelerates

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter creates the Solar Technology Acceleration Center (SolarTAC) in Colorado, where public-private colllaboration will develop and commercialize solar-energy technology. ...
... "Last year, a report on Colorado's renewable energy resources revealed that if Colorado developed just 2 percent of the land area in San Luis Valley and the area southeast of Pueblo with solar technologies, it has the potential to produce 26 gigawatts of capacity. Colorado's electric demand peaks at just over 11 gigawatts in the summertime. " ...

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IBM and AISO.net -- World's 1st 100 % Solar Powered Web Hosting

IBM logo 

" ... world's first and only 100 percent solar-powered Web hosting company, has completed a massive data center consolidation initiative using IBM technology, resulting in a 60 percent reduction in overall power and cooling costs associated with the company's IT operations.

" ... AISO.Net worked ... to overhaul its data center and implement ... IBM's Cool Blue ... to increase their energy efficiency in the data center.AISO.net logo"

"For the past decade, AISO.Net has used solar power to power our data center and network, ... As a result of the tremendous growth in Web hosting  ... were faced with the dilemma of how to remain true to our commitment to the environment and continue to see rapid, top-line growth. ... Data center consolidation through virtualization eased the strain on AISO.Net's solar panel system and helped ensure the company's 100 percent commitment to solar power. ... "


Via:  IBM  Link

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October 12, 2008

House Tour during Solar Energy Week

9th Annual San Diego Solar Homes Tour will be held on Saturday, October 18th. ...
... "The San Diego Solar Homes Tour is quite possibly the longest running and most popular tour in California. Celebrating our ninth year of the tour, over 40 homes throughout San Diego County are participating. " ...
Via Solar Energy Week: Event Schedule

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October 11, 2008

Wearable Fuel Cell Winner

DuPont and Smart Fuel Cell AG win the U.S. Department of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) $1 million Wearable Power Prize for their M-25 portable fuel cell, which integrates DuPont’s direct methanol fuel cell technology with SFC’s fuel cell system. ...
... "The M-25 design was modified to further reduce weight and extend performance. The M-25 standard design, when worn by soldiers in the field for extended missions, is up to 80 percent lighter than conventional power sources, yet capable of powering a wide range of soldier equipment, such as digital communication and navigation equipment. In addition to its light weight, the M-25 delivers quiet and continuous energy, and offers independent standalone functions such as remote area battery charging and power. The M-25 has the capability to revolutionize wearable portable power sources by extending soldier mission times to 72 hours or more. " ...
Via Dupont: $1 Million Wearable Power Prize Competition Winner

$1M DOD Wearable Power Prize Competition Winner Announced: "DuPont/SFC won the competition by building the lightest wearable system that provided an average of 20 watts of power for more than 96 hours and weighed less than 4,000 grams, or 8.8 pounds. ?AMI of Ann Arbor, Mich., was awarded $500,000 for second place, and Jenny 600S of Middleburg, Va., won the $250,000 third place prize. "

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October 10, 2008

Energy Infrastructure Growth

GE meets lowered financial expectations, while its energy infrastructure business sees strong growth. ...
... "Growth was very strong in energy infrastructure, where profits grew 31%, and GE says its backlogs are strong and that it isn’t seeing much in the way of cancellations. " ...
Via Business Week: Immelt

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October 09, 2008

Wind Power Pori Finland

Map Location: Pori, Finland

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Wind Leads to Solar Competence

Babcock & Brown leverages their competence in the wind power market into the opportunities presented by the solar photovoltaic market in Europe. ...
... "Successful development in wind energy has allowed B&B to acquire all the competencies and skills necessary along the solar value chain for a successful entrance (i.e., site identification, engineering, project management, procurement and project finance) " ...
Via Babcock & Brown: European Renewable Energy Market (PDF)

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Wal-Mart to Reduce Plastic Bags Use

Image of paper and plastic bagPaper or Plastic?  The choice may soon be made for us ...

"Wal-Mart Stores Inc will give out fewer plastic shopping bags, and encourage shoppers to reuse and recycle them, as the retailer aims to slash its plastic bag waste by a third worldwide by 2013. ... expected to cut the equivalent of 9 billion plastic bags from stores each year, and eliminate more than 135 million pounds of plastic waste globally in the next five years."

" ... aims to reduce plastic bag waste by 25 percent in its U.S. stores and 50 percent in other countries. ... U.S. stores will begin selling a new 50-cent reusable bag in October, and its baggers will be trained to pack bags more efficiently."


Via:  Reuters.com   Link

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October 08, 2008

Solar Technology Savings

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Thin Film Solar Manufacturing Facility

Konarka Technologies opens its large-scale manufacturing plant in Polaroid's facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where its thin film solar material, Power Plastic, will be produced. ...
... "With this U.S. based manufacturing location, Konarka further expands its presence in Massachusetts and accelerates its aggressive plans to develop and commercialize its polymer-based organic photovoltaic (OPV) technologies worldwide. In addition to acquiring the fully automated roll-to-roll manufacturing line, the company has also hired the leading technology and process engineering teams from Polaroid, with plans to hire over 100 additional employees as production increases toward capacity over the next two to three years. Konarka’s advanced photovoltaic technology started with the work of the late Dr. Sukant Tripathy, an internationally known polymer materials scientist, provost at UMASS Lowell and founder of the Plastic Innovation Center and Dr. Alan Heeger, Konarka’s chief scientist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 2000. " ...
Via Konarka Technologies: Largest Roll-to-Roll Thin Film Solar Manufacturing Facility

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Villanova University Builds "Wetlands"

Vilanova University "wetlands" Villanova University "created" a new wetlands area from a retention basin.  "... existing stormwater detention basin on Villanova University property has been converted into an extended detention wetland BMP (Center for Watershed Protection 1996)  ... wetland treats runoff from a 41 acre site that includes approximately 16 acres of impervious surface, ..."

" ... site has been instrumented to collect flow and level data, as well as conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and temperature measurements.  ... An educational sign has been installed to enhance the learning experience. ..."


Via: Villanova University Link

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October 07, 2008

Cylindrical Solar Rooftop

Solyndra targets commercial rooftop market with new solar photovoltaic (PV) system that uses a cylinder shape to generate significantly more solar power. ...
... "Solyndra's panels employ cylindrical modules which capture sunlight across a 360-degree photovoltaic surface capable of converting direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight into electricity. This self-tracking design allows Solyndra's PV systems to capture significantly more sunlight than traditional flat-surfaced solar panels, which require costly tilted mounting devices to improve the capture of direct light, offer poor collection of diffuse light and fail to collect reflected light from rooftops or other installation surfaces. Conventional flat PV panels must be mounted at an angle and spaced apart for optimum energy production. The sunlight striking the spaces between the panels is not collected and thus is wasted. Solyndra's panels perform optimally when mounted horizontally and packed closely together, thereby covering significantly more of the available roof area and producing more electricity per rooftop on an annual basis than a conventional panel installation. " ...

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Algae Powered Car!

Many are looking at the humble algae as a possible biofuel. Unlike corn it does not (yet) compete as "food or fuel" and does not require lots of irrigation water to grow. See the video to learn more >>> " ... algae is becoming the new go-to ingredient for a myriad of products. On a visit to Solazyme, a South San Francisco-based biotech company, CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi rides in a 100 percent algae-fueled car and samples surprisingly tasty algae cooking oil that rivals any extra virgin olive oil." Via: ZDNet Link
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October 06, 2008

New Jersey Offshore WindFarm

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities selects Garden State Offshore Energy to develop a 350-megawatt wind farm off the coast of the New Jersey shore, that will not be easily visible from land. GSOE will evaluate the environmental impact and the wind resources quality for this project, and, in parallel, begin the permitting process. ...
... "GSOE’s proposal calls for 96 wind turbines arranged in a rectangular grid 16 to 20 miles off the coast of Cape May and Atlantic counties. At this distance, the wind farm would be barely visible from shore, addressing one of the major concerns of beach communities. The wind farm could begin generating energy in 2012 with the entire project operational in 2013. " ...
Via Garden State Offshore Energy: NJ OFFSHORE WIND FARM

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October 05, 2008

Green Research in Electrochemical Science

The University of Texas at Austin receives multi-million dollar grant to support research at its Center for Electrochemistry from the Welch Foundation. This funding will start the unversity's Renewable Energy Initiative, which is focused on collaborative approach to advancing renewable energy technology. ...
... "Another project will deal with the challenges of creating better batteries that can store energy over long periods of time. Such storage is needed to maximize the utility of renewable energy sources, such as wind farms and solar panels that intermittently generate electricity. The Welch Foundation grant is part of a larger, longer-term vision to establish an Institute for Green Chemistry and Sustainability at The University of Texas at Austin. The institute would help push the university to the forefront of electrochemical research into the development of technologies such as fuel cells, solar energy and electrical energy storage. " ...
Via University of Texas: $5 Million Grant to Fund Research

Welch Foundation: "The Foundation, based in Houston, Texas, is one of the United States’ oldest and largest private funding sources for basic chemical research."

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October 04, 2008

Green Building Tour

Open house and tour of local green buildings ...
... "This year's Green Building Open House features 27 homes in Tompkins, Tioga and Schuyler Counties. Homeowners and/or green building professionals will be on site to answer questions and describe their green building features ... " ...
Via Cornell University: 2008 Green Buildings

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October 03, 2008

Microsoft Ireland Green Data Center

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CEZ to Build Wind Farm in Romania

Wind Farm - Turbines

"Czech power group CEZ plans to build a 1.1 billion euro ($1.62 billion) wind park in Romania, the largest of its kind in Europe ... the two-stage, 600 megawatt project ...  north of the port of Constanta, and would be around twice the size of the next biggest onshore wind farm in Europe."

" ... half the wind park would come on line in 2009 and the rest a year later, ..."

" CEZ has some 80 wind farms in the Czech Republic at various stage of completion, with a total capacity of 150-220 MW, and the company plans to have 1,000 MW installed capacity in wind farms by 2020."


Via:  Reuters  Link

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Recycling Waste Heat

Waste heat recovery is the process of taking the heat from a heat emitting piece of equipment, like a computer, and using it for heating something else - rather than just dissipating it to the environment ... and potentially saving the cost of air conditioning.

"... waste heat recovery, an energy efficiency technique that languishes in obscurity despite its potentially huge environmental benefits. ... in a move that will save money and cut carbon emissions, the University of Notre Dame in Indiana has begun housing some of its computer servers in the nearby “Arizona Desert Dome,” a conservatory for cacti and other desert plants.

"Computer servers create a lot of waste heat ... keeping them cool is a major cost ... for data centers. ... Housing servers in the desert dome, where air currents can carry away their waste heat, is expected to save the university about $100,000 in cooling costs. Meanwhile, the city will save some of the $70,000 it spends each year to keep the conservatory warm. ..."

"Recycled waste heat presents one of the biggest, cheapest opportunities for slashing our carbon budget. ..."


Via:  TerraPass Link

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October 02, 2008

Retire Servers in a Sustainable Way

Google shares their experience and perspective on green data centers and sustainable practices. As servers reach their end of life, the company retires the equipment and recycles the materials. ...
... "We believe that reuse is an important part of the solution, and we're proud to say that 68% of our retired server material is re-purposed. Redeploying existing machines saves raw materials, energy, and carbon dioxide emissions by avoiding the manufacture and distribution of new equipment. " ...
Via Google: Sustainable Server Retirement

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bullfrog GREEN POWER

bullfrog power logo

"Founded in 2005, Bullfrog Power is a leading provider of 100% green electricity, with service available to Ontario and Alberta residents and businesses. ... power comes from clean, green sources like wind power and low-impact water power. ... generators have received Environment Canada’s Environmental Choice Program EcoLogoM certification.

" ... committed to increasing the amount of green power on our regional electricity grid systems in Canada by helping to develop new renewable generation facilities. ..."


Via: bullfrogPower   Link

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October 01, 2008

Printed Solar Films

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