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May 31, 2009

Photovoltaic Overview Workshop

Local workshop on photovoltaics is planned for June 5th. ...
... "This one-day workshop will provide a thorough overview of PV technology by one of the leading manufacturers of PV modules in the world. Sharp is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of photovoltaic modules. The company has a manufacturing facility in Tennessee. " ...
Via Appalachian State University: Photovoltaic workshop

Solar workshop sponsor, Sharp Solar.

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May 30, 2009

Data Center Tri-Generation

IBM and Syracuse University will intregrate green technologies into a new data center, including co-generation facility and DC electrical distribution system. The integration of various technologies will cut energy requirements by half for data center of this size. ...
... "The project will feature an on-site electrical tri-generation system that will use an array of natural gas-fueled microturbines to generate all the necessary electricity for the center and provide cooling for the computer servers. The data center will be able to operate completely off-grid. IBM and SU will create a liquid cooling system that will use double-effect absorption chillers to convert the exhaust heat from the microturbines into chilled water to cool the data center's servers, with sufficient excess cooling to handle the needs of an adjacent building. Server racks will incorporate IBM's Rear Door Heat eXchanger cooling doors that use chilled water to remove heat from each rack far more efficiently than conventional room-chilling methods. " ...
Via IBM: Syracuse University Green Data Center

Microturbine case studies via Capstone Turbine.

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May 29, 2009

NASA Kennedy Space Center Solar Energy Generation

Dignitaries break ground for the Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center which is a collaborative effort of Florida Power & Light and NASA. The facility will generate ten mega-watts of power and will be built on NASA's land at the Space Center. ...
... "The Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center will be located on NASA property at Kennedy Space Center and, when completed, will produce an estimated 10 megawatts of clean, emissions-free power for FPL customers, which is enough energy to serve roughly 1,100 homes. FPL is also building a separate solar facility of approximately one megawatt that will provide clean power directly to Kennedy Space Center, helping NASA meet its renewable energy goals. " ...
Via Florida Power and Light: New solar array at Kennedy Space Center

Facility tour (WMV).

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with nearly 11,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while customer bills are well below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and the No. 1 energy efficiency program among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based FPL Group.

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May 28, 2009

Net-Zero Green Building

Washington University in St. Louis celebrates grand opening of its Living Learning Center, which is designed to achieve zero net energy and zero wastewater. It is a great accomplishment that will further our understanding of these green building strategies. ...
... "The pavement surrounding the building is porous and will absorb almost all storm runoff. Waterless composting toilets will eliminate a major use of water and enable the collecting of waste that will be used as fertilizer for the surrounding grass. A 17-kilowatt photovoltaic system will power the facility. " ...
Via Washington University in St. Louis: Greenest building opens

The Living Building Challenge.

Pervious Concrete.

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Nellis AFB Solar Array - 30 million kWh System

POTUS Oboma at  Nellis with Solar PanelsMay 27th, 2009 - Nellis AFB - Nevada.

U.S. president Obama went to Nellis AFB to see " ... the nation's largest photovoltaic array and speak ... about the importance of alternative energy initiatives. ... highlighted Nellis' 14-megawatt solar project as a stellar example of environmental stewardship and innovative energy technology."

Facts about the Nellis system:
Solar panels at Nellis AFB
" ... completed in December of 2007, is America's largest solar photovoltaic array. ... will generate more than 30 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean electricity annually and supply approximately 25% of the total power used at the base, ... covers 140 acres ... 33 acres of which are a capped landfill which has been reused for this "green" energy project.  ... over 72,000 solar panels which track the sun to maximize the solar renewable energy we can receive. ... will reduce carbon emissions by 24,000 tons annually."

Via:  WhiteHouse.gov  Link

Via:  Nellis  Air Force Base Link

This system uses panels that track the sun as it moves during the day to gather approx. 30 % move power than fixed position panels.

" ... cost over $100M to construct ...  cost the AF less than $100,000 in capital costs, yet saved Nellis over $1.2M in its first year of operation. ... is joint venture between the U.S. Air Force; Renewable Ventures; SunPower Corporation; and N.V. Energy. ... took over 200 workers to build the array."


Via:  WhiteHouse.gov  Link

Via:  Nellis  Air Force Base Link


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May 27, 2009

Solar Technology Powers with Shady Panel

National Semiconductor conducted field trials of its power optimizers this spring, at HaWi Energietechnik AG in Eggenfelden (Munich), Germany. The trial shows that the company's technology can cut the energy loss associated with partial shading of a solar array, which is a likely situation in real-world installations. ...
... "In tests conducted at HaWi's facility in Eggenfelden / Munich, a structure representing obstructions shaded a portion of a conventionally wired solar photovoltaic system. Although 16 percent to 20 percent of the array was shaded, it resulted in average power losses of nearly 28 percent. However, an identical solar array fitted with National's SolarMagic power optimizers produced on average between 7 percent and 21 percent more electricity in the same conditions, effectively recouping 54.4 percent of the lost power. National developed SolarMagic technology to improve the energy harvest of solar installations. Real-world conditions such as shading, debris and panel aging can lead to disproportionate power losses in solar arrays. For example, shading of less than 10 percent of the surface of a solar panel can slash power output by 50 percent. " ...
Via National Semiconductor: Energy Field Trial
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Taiwan's Solar Powered Stadium

Taiwan's solar powered stadium

Taiwan has built a solar powered stadium that can generate 100% of it's powder needs and can send power to the grid when the stadium is not hosting an event.

" ... solar-powered stadium that can generate 100% of its electricity from the sun. ... can hold 50,000 spectators and is made with over 8,000 solar panels."

"...will officially open in July for the 2009 World Games. ... ntegrates many other sustainable features such as permeable paving and maximum use of domestic materials and local labor." 

" .... [when] not being used, the government plans to feed surplus energy into the local grid, where it will meet approximately 80% of the neighboring area's demand. This equates to approximately 660 tons of carbon dioxide per year! "


Via:  WholeTravel blog LINK

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May 26, 2009

Terracycle Turns Unrecyclable Juice Pouches into Totes and Backpacks

Watch this video to see how terracycle re purposed used Capri sun juice pouches and turns them from waste into totes and other products ... for sale at Target.com The finished products can be found on-line at Target.com LINK Terracycle has programs to help groups collect and return juice pouches ... "Sign up for free and collect juice pouches. ... pay $0.02 for all Honest Kids, Capri Sun and Kool Aid Drink Pouches and $0.01 for all other brand drink pouches you collect. You will receive free shipping boxes delivered right to your door." Via: terracycle LINK
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Solar Energy Policy Implications

Applied Materials is hosting an event this week to explore the impact of US policy on the growth of the solar market. ...
... "What: Is it Solar’s Time in the United States? Where: International Gasteemphang West at EG at the Messe When: Thursday, May 28, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Who: Winfried Hoffmann, VP and CTO Energy and Environmental Solutions, Applied Materials Rhone Resch, President and CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association, a leading trade association for the solar energy industry in the United States John Antone, VP of Marketing, Energy and Environmental Solutions, Applied Materials Special Guest " ...
Via Applied Materials: U.S. Renewable Energy Policies

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greenfiber insulation

GreenFiber logo

One of the easiest ways to make you home more energy efficient ... and save on your heating and cooling bills is to insulate to the proper levels.  A poorly insulated (or not insulated) house is just letting your heat or air conditioning pass through the house.  

 EPA Recommended levels of Insulation

Recommended minimums for walls and ceilings are based on your geographic location ... LINK to see the appropriate R-Values for your location.

" .. high-efficiency thermal insulation and effective R-value. ... Reduce nuisance noise when used in walls. ... made from 85% recycled paper fiber. ... Support energy conservation programs focused on engreenfiber insulationvironmental responsibility."

" ... forms a monolithic blanket of protection—blocking air infiltration and convection currents that are both primary causes of energy loss. ... ... remains consistent through a greater temperature and application range than that of loose-fill fiberglass, ... can increase a wall's fire resistance by 22-57%. ..."


Via:  greenfiber  LINK

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May 25, 2009

Greener Building

Eric Corey Freed discusses green architecture on this podcast (mp3) via Greener Cities.

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May 24, 2009

Battery and Energy Storage in New York

New York invests $10.5 million in state grants to obtain federal investment of almost $100 million to enable energy research centers. The State will focus its research in the energy storage area, such as batteries. ...
... "Significantly, three of the five awards in New York State are for energy storage technology research, complementing the Governor’s Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (known as NY BEST). There were only six centers nationally that will focus on energy storage, and New York State is home to half of them. " ...

Flow Batteries: "Flow batteries allow storage of the active materials external to the battery and these reactants are circulated through the cell stack as required. "

NYSERDA Program Plan Discussion: "A clear focus on market and customer needs can help identify and set market incentives which may be required in order to ensure that the advanced battery manufacturing capability which the state hopes to develop has a market for its product. "

New York State Battery Consortium Goals and Objectives (PDF).

Comments on the NY Battery Consortium.

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May 22, 2009

Sanyo Solar HITs High Conversion Efficiency

SANYO Electric reaches high energy conversion, at 23% in research environment, for crystalline silicon-type solar cells. The company has improved the quality of the solar cell junctions, reduced loss in the optical absorption of specific silcon layers, and is printing such that electrical grid resistance loss is lower. ...
... "This achievement by SANYO represents the first time that a photovoltaic manufacturer has broken through the 23% mark in conversion efficiency at the research-level for practical-sized solar cells, and further cements the leadership of SANYO’s HIT solar cell which is renowned for its high conversion efficiency. For now on SANYO will continue to advance its efforts into applying this research-level achievement into mass production, and promote further research into energy efficiency, as well as reductions in cost and materials. " ...
Via Sanyo Electric: HIT Solar Cells Reach Highest Energy Conversion Efficiency of 23.0%

SANYO HIT Double Solar Panels: "HIT stands for Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer. HIT solar cells developed by SANYO are hybrid solar cells composed of single crystalline silicon wafer surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers. "

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May 21, 2009

U.S. Geothermal Energy Technology, Finance, and Development Workshop

Geothermal Energy Association logo

The U.S. Geothermal Energy Technology, Finance and Development Workshop will be held June 3rd, 2009 in Seattle, Washington.

Geothermal is becoming more popular as a renewable source of clean energy ... LINK

" ... U.S. Geothermal Energy Association is a trade association composed of U.S. companies who support the expanded use of geothermal energy and are developing geothermal Resources worldwide for electrical power generation and direct-heat uses."

" ... GEA advocates for public policies that will promote the development and utilization of geothermal Resources, provides a forum for the industry to discuss issues and problems, encourages research and development to improve geothermal technologies, presents industry views to governmental organizations, provides assistance for the export of geothermal goods and services, compiles "


Via:  U.S. Geothermal Energy Association LINK

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May 20, 2009

CAFE Standards Debrief by Governator

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Nevada Goes Geothermal

Pictorial: How Geothermal Works

The western part of the US has a large geothermal potential ... as ween from the map below ... the red areas have temperatures of over 100 C.  Nevada Geothermal Power is making the most of this potential ...basically energy free energy ... geothermal map of the US

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"Nevada Geothermal Power Inc. ... emerging renewable energy developer focused on producing clean, sustainable geothermal electric power from high temperature geothermal resources. ... has four properties in ... Blue Mountain , Pumpernickel, and Black Warrior - in Nevada - and Crump Geyser - in Oregon."

" ... Nevada has over 16 power plants, with ...approximately 333 MW of geothermal power. ...Geothermal is not the future; geothermal is NOW!" Nevada Geothermal Power logo

Geothermall is / has  " ...  Clean, renewable electricity, Low or no emissions. Proven technology, No fuel required; energy cost not an issue, Low operating costs ..."


Via:  Nevada Geothermal Power  LINK

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May 19, 2009

Combined Heat and Power Systems Lower Costs and Improve Efficiency

Ener-G has increased its production capacity to meet rising demand for its sustainable power systems, called CHP or combined heat and power. The company offers a portfolio of cogen solutions. ...
... "ENER-G’s CHP systems create electricity and heat simultaneously and reduce carbon emissions by around 20% while cutting electricity costs by approximately one third. They can be powered by natural gas or renewable biogases and ENER-G has installed and operates in excess of 120MW of biogas generation, primarily from landfill gas. " ...
Via Energ-E: Manufacturing Capacity Expansion

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Mileage to go Up - Smog to Go Down - by 2016FAST

filling up with gas

The Obama administration has announced significant fuel economy standards to be effective by 2016 and a single emissions standard country wide - rather  than allowing some states - like California - to have their own emission standards.

Washington - DC - May 19th, 2009 -

" ... President Barack Obama outlined ... the nation's first comprehensive effort to curb vehicle emissions while cutting dependence on imported oil, ...  will save 1.8 billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of the vehicles sold in the next five years. ..."

" ... new fuel and emission standards for cars and trucks will save billions of barrels of oil, they are expected to cost consumers an extra $1,300 per vehicle by the time the plan is complete in 2016. Obama said the fuel cost savings would offset the higher price of vehicles in three years."

" .... requiring ... carbon dioxide emissions be reduced by about one-third by the target date,... requires the auto industry to be building vehicles that average 35.5 miles per gallon."

" ... by 2016, with passenger cars reaching 39 mpg and light trucks hitting 30 mpg ..."

Via:  Yahoo News  Link

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May 18, 2009

Cisco Smart Grid

Cisco aligns its strengths with industry's needs for creation of the smart electrical grid: networking infrastructure, automation and management tools, and data visibility. ...
... "The company's experience in designing networks based on industry standards will bring much-needed expertise to utilities striving to integrate smarter, on-demand energy utilization capabilities that result in greater energy conservation, lower greenhouse gas emissions and innovative end-user services. " ...
Via Cisco: Strategy for Smart Grid Infrastructure

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Big Belly Solar Powered Trash Cans in Philadelphia

 Phila, Pa Mayor Nutter cutting the ribbon ...

I first saw the Big Belly at the Green Expo in Philadelphia in April [LINK].  The benefits seemed compelling ... solar power allows siting away from power sources, ability to compact trash 5:1 and it can be outfitted with a wireless connection to signal when full so trash / recycling trucks bypass containers that do not need to be emptied.

This morning [May 18th, 2009)] I saw several being installed along Market St East in center City Philadelphia.  ThBigBelly - 8th and Market St, Center City Philadelphiais photo is of a container on the SE corner of 8th and Market.

"BigBelly is the world's only solar-powered cordless compaction system. ... Increased capacity reduces collection trips and can cut related fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. ... has proven successful in urban streets, parks, colleges, arenas - and in all weather conditions."

" ... can hold 150 gallons of trash, ... gets 100% of its energy from the sun and uses less than 5 watt hours/day ..."

Philadelphia is scheduled to get approx. 500 Big Bellies!


Via:  BigBelly  LINK


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May 17, 2009

Dell Low-Cost Green Server Design

Dell's work with Via creates a compact, high-density, and energy-efficient server designed for high-volume customers. Via launched the Nano processor chip family in Spring of 2008. ...
... "But the chip’s lower speed and other architecture tweaks help it keep power consumption and costs low. For example, the new Dell servers cost less than $400 a pop ... " ...
Via New York Times: Dell with Via Creates Green Server

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May 16, 2009

Google Green Rides

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May 15, 2009

Penn State Solar and Sustainability

Penn State sustainability efforts span education, application, research and technology. The University participates in events such as the Solar Decathlon and uses outreach to shares its experience beyond Pennsylvania. ...
... "This year the center piloted a new service-learning course that helped to install a solar array on a school in Honduras and created an opportunity for Honduran electricians to learn about solar energy systems. " ...
Via Penn State: Sustainability Programs

Penn State solar system in Honduras: "With electricity rates three times higher than in the U.S., the school was spending an outrageous share of their budget on their electrical bills. The solar electrical system will help them save $50,000 over the next thirty years. "

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Starbucks - Greener to go Cups and Take the Mug Pledge

Take the Mug Pledge

Starbucks is solidly behind the green Starbucks Shared Planetmovement ... from it LEED roasting facility to it "take the mug pledge".  Some folks just want / need a "to go " cup ... and Starbucks is working to make that a greener cup.

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" ...environmental impact of our disposable ... cups is a big area of concern to our customers and we are committed to significantly reducing this impact by 2015. ... spent more than ten years looking for ways to decrease the environmental impact of our disposable cups ... In 2006 we launched the industry's first hot beverage paper cup with post-consumer reGreener paper cupcycled fiber. ... in 2008,... we rolled out a new plastic cup that has less of an environmental impact than our original plastic cups."

" ... a 10-cent discount in the U.S. and Canada to ... customers to use their own reusable mugs for their beverages. Customers staying in a store can also request that their beverages be served in a ceramic mug."


Via:  Starbucks LINK




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May 14, 2009

More Energy Saving Tips .... from Google

Google logo
Check out these links on GOOGLE.org for ways to save energy.  Some are NO COST and others are eitehr low or moderate cost ...

Read on for more and to get the actual LINKs ... >>>

" ... Grist, Alliance to Save Energy, Department of Energy, Carbon footprint calculator, ACEEE, Home Energy Savers, Get a home energy audit ..."

Via:  Google  LINK

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May 13, 2009

Dell Electronic Waste Will Not Be Exported To Developing Countries

Dell steps forward to stop the export of electronic waste, or e-waste, to developing nations, anchoring on a strong principle of responsible disposal methods. The company has reframed the scope of electronic waste to include all of the non-working parts normally associated with the electronics. The Dell supply chain, including external partners involved in the process, will track the disposition leg of the electronics lifecycle and the results will be audited. And, Dell will focus its efforts on avoiding landfill disposal or incineration in the first place. The company's business policy for disposal of electronics is positioned to exceed external industry standards. ...

Call to Action: See Time's photoessay on Guiyu, China for a real-life example of the impact of electronic waste disposal. Dell's Comments on e-Waste Policy Changes Dell's Electronics Disposal Policy Dell's Take-Back Recycling Program The Basel Convention has been focusing on this topic since 1992 and develops standards for the control of global movements and disposal of hazardous waste materials. E-waste is top of mind for many countries, as this topic was an area of strategic focus at the recent International Convention on Chemicals Management in Geneva. Representatives from Africa, Arab States, and China presented their activities and experience with electronic wastes. The Electronics TakeBack Coalition: The holistic view on electronics waste is a much larger scope - think televisions, cell phones, mp3 players, etc. Industry estimates put US ownership of electronics at over twenty devices per household. Recently, the Electronics Takeback Coalition has brought attention to the recycling of televisions, with a vendor report card. Industry leaders, like Sony Corp, have responded with electronics recycling programs. Sony is offering recycle drop-boxes for consumer recycling at retail stores through its GreenFill service. Sony is a signatory of Basel Convention manufacturer commitment on transparency of eletronics recycling. EPA's eCycling Apple's position on recycling for computers and iPods. HP Product Recycling Program will support equipment, supplies, batteries, etc.

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801 Market St in Phila to be LEED Green

801 Marklet St, PhilaThe former Strawbridge and Clothier flagship department store in Philadelphia is being remodeled in a green way.  PA. REIT has posted window signs and made green dioramas in the store's street side display cases (most of the building has been closed for some time).

" ... bring together 16 state agencies in a former retail space, a 13-story historic building on Market Street, bringing renovations and modernizations throughout the space. ... the arrival of the state agencies will bring 750. employees to the Market East section of Center City, as the state consolidates agencies ... PREIT, which controls everything from the sub-basement to the sixth floor, will renovate vacant space to make room for retail on the first, second and third floors, while maintaining the historical aspects of the building and complying with LEED silver certification requirements."


Photos to follow ...


Via:  Phila Biz Journal  LINK



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May 12, 2009

Green Printing Defaults Enable Sustainability Strategy

Sustainability is expected to become pervasive in the information technology industry. UK IT leaders are preparing to embrace specific green technology objectives that are under development. A variety of the green IT tactics and measures are shared in the reference article. We can expect strategies and objectives built around simple tactics, such as positioning default settings to align with green performance. Default parameters are seldom changed and will rapidly become the norm. Think about printing in an enterprise and the mindset in your organization. Can you change it? ... You can reduce the number of printers. Transition to energy-efficient print devices as the standard or default when purchasing decisions are made. Turn off printers during off-hours. Recycle the printer ink cartridges. Ensure that the default printer settings enable duplex printing (print on both sides of paper). Use 100% recycled paper as the default supplier choice. And, don't print unless it is absolutely necessary in the first place. Simple tactics, like printing defaults, can have a big impact across the enterprise and the IT industry. ...
... "Reduce the overall number of printers used by the organization and replace with multi-function devices with green printing defaults wherever possible and where security issues allow. " ...
Via Environmental Leader: Green IT Performance Goals Development

Turn HP LaserJets Green: "Unless you’re the Facilities Manager for a very large organization, you might not have considered the electricity used in operating your I&P devices. "

Lexmark E260dn Printer: "thinks green thanks to built-in duplex printing and a replacement toner cartridge with a 3,500 page yield. "

Canon MP610: "delivers outstanding functionality through such features as Quick Start, an Easy Scroll Wheel and two-sided printing ... "

Xerox Green Printing Choices: "Greener Papers: To provide its customers with greener printing choices, Xerox is introducing additional papers in North America that are independently certified to sustainable forest management standards and new recycled papers designed for digital printing. "

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China Green Business Sunmit : May 13 - 15, 2009

China Green Business Summit ligoChina is full of business opportunities and is also looking to become / embrace the green movement.  The China Green Business Summit - 2009 is being held May 13 - 15th in Beijing, China.Peoples Republic of China flag

" ... In recent years, China's environmental protection sector swelled by 15-20% allowing many green businesses the opportunity to play a salient role ..."

"China is the biggest player in the carbon trading market and largest seller of carbon credits. Hydro power, wind power, biomass power, solar and other renewable energy are restructuring China's energy mix and taking 15% share of total primary energy in China by 2020...."

"... gateway to new green business frontier of China, will track various focus points on CDM and carbon trading, water and waste market, providing an ideal platform for both public and private sectors, sellers and buyers to establish contacts. ... you will hear the perspectives of government authorities and green specialists, with practical solutions put forward for the benefits of attendees."


Via:  China Green Business Summit 2009  LINK

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May 11, 2009

Phillies Go Green

Local students help collect recyclable materials at the Phillies games in Citizens Bank Park. ...

... "The Phillies are looking for friendly volunteers from local colleges and community organizations to join the Phillies Ballgirls and help collect recyclable materials from fans in the seating bowl throughout each game at Citizens Bank Park. " ...
Via Phillies: Red Goes Green

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Green Supply Chain

Green Supply Chain logo

Green Supply Chain helps business get greener by working on their supply chain ... the process of getting raw materials  / making goods and delivering to the customer

" ... address how being green in the corporate world can translate to reduced waste, increased efficiency and a positive impact on the bottom line–how supply chain operations can be automated to help reduce carbon footprints ..."Go Green

" ... our own commitment to reduce our carbon footprint. ...team also plans and implements programs in the following areas: Waste Reduction and Recycling, Energy Conservation, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, Water Conservation, Sustainable Building, Alternative Transportation, and Corporate Social Responsibility. ..."

Check their resources section  LINK for Blogs, Resources, White Papers, etc ...


Via:  GreenSupplyChain  LINK

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May 10, 2009

Solar Cell Technology Winner

DOE's National Renewable Energy Lab is recognized for commercialization of its high-efficiency solar cell design. ...
... "The Inverted Metamorphic Multijunction (IMM) Solar Cell was named a winner of the 2009 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer. The original IMM cell was invented by Mark Wanlass of NREL’s Concentrating Photovoltaics (CPV) Group. The design established a solar cell efficiency of 37.9% under concentrated light equal to 10 suns in 2005. In 2008, a modified version of the IMM design set a new record of 40.8% efficiency under 326 suns at NREL. " ...
Via National Renewable Energy Lab: Solar Cell Wins Federal Tech Prize

Emcore IMM Solar Design: "IMM design is comprised of a novel combination of compound semiconductors that enables a superior response to the solar spectrum as compared to conventional multi-junction architecture. Due to its unique design, the IMM cell is approximately one fifteenth the thickness of the conventional multi-junction solar cell and will enable a new class of extremely lightweight, high-efficiency, and flexible solar arrays for space applications. "

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May 09, 2009

Toyota Solar

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May 08, 2009

San Francisco Solar Project

San Francisco, in partnership with Recurrent Energy, is poised to implement significant solar energy generation (approx 5 MW) at its Sunset Reservoir. San Fran's Board of Supervisors has approved the project after considering variations of the contract. The project had strong sponsorship from Mayor Gavin Newsom. ...
... "The City of San Francisco is currently planning a five megawatt solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the City’s largest reservoir, located at 24th and Ortega Streets in the Sunset district. " ...
Via Recurrent Energy: San Francisco Sunset Reservoir Solar Installation

The project must be reviewed and approved by the city's Board of Supervisors ... San Francisco Board of Supervisors vote on solar power project: "Ordinance approving a 25-Year Power Purchase Agreement and Site Lease Agreement with RE-SFCITY1, LP (Recurrent), a wholly owned subsidiary of Recurrent Energy, to finance, construct, own, operate, and maintain a solar photovoltaic power plant on the rooftop of the North Storage Basin Reservoir and certain adjacent land on the Sunset Reservoir property ... "

Via Red, Green, and Blue: San Francisco OKs Municipal Solar Project: "Newsom, who sponsored the legislation, added that the project would more than triple San Francisco’s solar energy production ... "

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Bio Diesel via Mushrooms

enlared view of fungusMany crops have been considered / experimented with as a source of bio fuel or bio diesel.  Some carry risks of causing unintended consequences as land is cleared for farming -- Now the mushroom is looming large!

" ... biofuels from corn and soy ... destructive to the planet in certain ways as farmers in developing nations slash and burn forests to grow new crops. ... alternative: a ... genetically-modified mushroom that yields a large biomass which can be converted into a first-rate biofuel."

" ... genetically-engineered them to be ... more sustainable in culture during fermentation, and have both enhanced growth rate and spore production...."

Via:  TreeHugger  LINK

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May 07, 2009

Breakthrough Alternative Energy Performance through Distributed Ecosystem of Investments

Princeton University is one of the recipients of significant government investment. The University will create an energy research center focused on combustion science. Nearly fifty research centers will be funded by the US DOE and the economic stimulus package. This distributed research model will enable a diverse group of minds to focus on innovations and specific scientific breakthroughs in the alternative energy space. ...
... "U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announces awards: "Meeting this challenge will require significant scientific advances. These centers will mobilize the enormous talents and skills of our nation's scientific work force in pursuit of the breakthroughs that are essential to make alternative and renewable energy truly viable as large-scale replacements for fossil fuels. " ...
Via Princeton University: Energy Frontier Research Center

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EnviroShell Environmentally Friendly Packaging


 I noticed an improved packaging design while buying some sunscreen at my local Costco.  The packaging was items packed in EnviroShellmarked as 100 % recyclable and called EnviroShell ; made by Winterborne, Inc.

Basically there is a top and bottom cardboard layer with a cut-out in the top layer  for the items ... these are protested by a #1 plastic inset ... the package is sandwiched together and is all secure ... but comes apart into cardboard and a recyclable plastic that most locals can recycled.

The packaging is secure / tamper resistant / proof, uses eco-freindly adhesives, has post consumer recycled content and is recyclable!


Via: EnviroShell  LINK

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May 06, 2009

Alberta Canada Wind Power Installation Planned

TransAlta Canada orders 23 units of the Vestas V90-3.0 MW wind turbine, totalling almost 70 MW of power generation. The wind turbines will be constructed at the Ardenville wind farm in Alberta, Canada. ...
... "The 23 units of the V90-3.0 MW wind turbine for the Ardenville wind farm will be supplied and commissioned by Vestas, with delivery in mid-2010 and commissioning scheduled to be completed in early 2011. The order includes a five-year service and maintenance agreement. " ...
Via Vestas: V90-3.0 MW Wind Turbine Order in Canada

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ebay Green Campus

ebay green campus eBay has many green aspects to its business model ... including the basic eBay design - helping people sell unneeded / unused stuff ...

They are also greening their campus by making the most of available sunlight, using a smart irrigation system, recycling / using recycled materials, using SOLAR and designing for and achieving LEED ...  ... 

" ... newest building, in San Jose, California, was designed and built to the  ... (LEED) Gold standard."

" ... automatic dimming system detects the amount of natural light ... and adjusts the electric light accordingly, resulting in an estimated 39% energy savings.... Recycled materials are used throughout, including 95% recycled structural steel, 38% recycled carpet tiles and 100% recycled workstation fabric. ... smart irrigation system ...  monitors weather conditions, including forecasts, dewpoint and relative humidity levels to determine the optimal and most efficient irrigation pattern."

" ... a 650 kW solar installation at our San Jose North location ...  3,248 panels cover more than a football field of roof space and will take up to 18% of our energy demand at that campus off the grid completely."


Via:  ebay  Link

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May 05, 2009

SAP LEED Platinum Building Design Elements Demonstrate Enterprise Commitment to Sustainability

SAP's enterprise commitment to sustainability translates well into its facility expansions. The company's new office building at its Newtown Square campus demonstrates the potential that sustainable design practices can offer. The building is under review by the US Green Building Council for LEED Platinum-level certification and incorporates the smart use of sunlight, a greef roof, intelligent water management and recycling, geothermal heating and cooling, and time shifting of energy consumption. SAP collaborated with FXFOWLE Architects to deliver this achievement. Green construction techniques were adhered to. Here are highlights of sustainable design features from SAP's release. ...
... "Located on the 110-acre campus of SAP North America and adjacent to its existing LEED-certified building, the new building features a floor-to-ceiling glass exterior and an open-space plan that takes maximum advantage of daylight. The green grass roofs, the use of native and regional vegetation species in landscaping and the maintenance of extensive open space highlight SAP's goal of integrating the building with the surrounding natural environment. The new building also incorporates numerous innovative features to reduce water use. Rainwater from the green roof and other areas is collected in a 50,000-gallon cistern, which supplies water for landscape irrigation and the flushing of toilets in some of the building's bathrooms. Additionally, low-flow bathroom fixtures will greatly reduce water usage, with an expected saving of over one million gallons of water per year. Energy-efficient features abound in the building. Geothermal wells use the constant ground temperature of the earth to both heat and cool areas of the building. Lighting systems based on the concept of daylight harvesting are controlled by sensors that dim the lighting levels and raise or lower window shades based on the level of sunlight coming through the triple-glazed glass exterior wall. A hybrid air conditioning system produces ice during the overnight hours when energy demands and electric rates are lowest, with the chilled water from the melting ice used to cool the building during the heat of the day. " ...
Via SAP: New LEED Platinum Building

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Determine Your Roof's Solar Potential - RoofRay

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 I am looking to install solar panels on my house and would like to know ... before teh vendors start coming by .... what my "solar value" amounts to.

RoofRay is a "BETA app" that uses GOOGLE maps to find your building / house location and determine the solar potential.  You trace out the viable roof areas, show the slope direction and get an estimate of the roof solar potential.

You can use it to check out your current house .... or a property you might be interested in purchasing ... 

Check out the YouTube video ...  


Via:  RoofRay  LINK

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May 04, 2009

Skyline Solar Emerges from Incubation Process

Skyline Solar focuses on developing its business model and technology offering. The company has demonstrated its pilot manufacturing capabilities, added to its leadership talent, and secured additional funding to position the enterprise for success in the solar power industry. ...
... "Skyline’s HGS architecture delivers ten times more energy per gram of silicon versus traditional flat-panel systems in sunny locations and offers industry-leading energy density. Skyline HGS arrays combine industry-proven silicon cells, durable reflector materials and single-axis tracking into a complete, easy-to-deploy system. Built primarily out of commodity materials with globally available manufacturing processes from the PV and automotive industries, Skyline HGS simultaneously improves financial payback and scalability. As a result, Skyline Solar believes the HGS architecture is the fastest path to grid parity. " ...
Via Skyline Solar: Manufacturer of Patented, High Gain Solar (HGS) System

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Recycling Your Old Electronics - SAFELY

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Everyone has lots of unused electronics at home.  I must have 5 old cell phone, several cordless phones, DSL routers, old TVs, VCRs, etc ...

How to safely get rid of this stuff?

(1) try Freecycle
(2) try donating to a charity if of decent vintage
(3) try selling it on eBay
(4) get the manufacturer to take it back!

We all know about (or should by now) " ... "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" motto — but when it comes to gadgets, being environmentally responsible isn't quite so easy. .... electronics are neither easy for manufacturers to create nor simple for recyclers to disassemble. ...laws on handling e-waste are inconsistent between countries, states and even cities. ... it's confusing as hell for consumers."

Many manufactures have programs to take their stuff back ... some are free, some are free with a new purchase , etc ...

>>> To see a fairly comprehensive list of manufactures programs LINK


Via:  Wired's How to Wiki LINK

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May 03, 2009

Energy Efficient Brewing

Peanut butter and jelly. Peas and carrots. College and beer. Breweries and solar. ... Montana State student, Ryan Bone, documents the progress that local breweries are making with alternative energy. ...
... "For example, Red Lodge Ales Brewing Co. is in the process of moving to a new facility. The new location has the largest solar array in the state and a refrigeration unit that detects when the outside air temperature is cool enough to allow it to shut down. " ...
Via Montana State University: Documentary about Montana microbreweries

Red Lodge Ales facility ...

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Bonnie Plants - degradable potted plants

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Most potted plants come in #5 PP containers that are not very easy to recycle (few facilities) or in plastic that is not marked.  Bonnie Plants offers plants in biodegradable containers so there is no plastic to throw away ... Vinca in peat pot

" ... Bonnie Plants ... introduced a new line of earth-friendly products this season under the "Going Greener for You" banner. ... is a company-wide effort toward environmentally friendly products. ...Included in the first phase ... are ... Exclusive biodegradable peat pots ... Jumbo biodegradeable fiber pots ... New recycling and reuse practices and facilities"

"Peat pots,... have already prevented more than 100 million pounds of plastic from ending up in landfills. ... are the country's largest wholesaler of vegetable and herb plants for  home gardeners."

" ... recycling facility at our headquarters reuses and recycles supplies, tags, pots, and plant container trays."


Via:  Bonnie Plants  LINK




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May 02, 2009

Spain Solar Power Tower Up Close

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Campus Solarization Program

ASU not only researches solar technology. It is appying the technology to shift its campus power to renewable sources. It is implemting a 3.3 MW capacity solar installation to power its West campus. ...
... "The project primarily will utilize open space on the West campus and will meet nearly all of its energy needs, said David Brixen, ASU interim vice president of university services. It is part of the second phase of ASU’s overall solarization project on all of its campuses. " ...
Via Arizona State University: West campus solar project

ASU energizes West campus: "When phase 2 of this project is completed, ASU will have built solar cell systems that generate more than 10 MW of power on all of its four campuses, Brixen said. "

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