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September 30, 2009

Solar Leads Cleantech Investment Space

Solar, electric vehicles and enabling infrastructure, and green building see uptick in investment, according to the Cleantech Group's market research. Deloitte and Cleantech collaborated to develop the quarterly investment results. ...
... "The billions in government funding being allocated globally in clean technology have begun emboldening private capital, which has in turn helped propel clean technology to the leading venture investment sector, now eclipsing biotech and IT, said Dallas Kachan, Managing Director, Cleantech Group. The two largest venture deals (Solyndra and Tesla Motors) and the largest IPO (A123Systems) this quarter were all recipients of U.S. government funding. ... " ...
Via The Cleantech Group: 2009 Clean technology venture investment

DOE EERE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Grants Program will fund energy efficiency and energy conservation opportunities: "The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) Program, funded for the first time by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) of 2009, represents a Presidential priority to deploy the cheapest, cleanest, and most reliable energy technologies we have - energy efficiency and conservation - across the country. "

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SF Mayor Talks about Wave and Tidal Power Options for Green Energy

Gavin Newson, Mayor or SF, California is intersted in exploring the renewable energy options available from the wind. Both wave and tidal are renewable and avaialable in the SF area and given waters density compared to air ... the machinery can be smaller and generate more energy. Via: ZDnet LINK
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September 29, 2009

Fluor Design Optimization Accelerates Solar Power Plant Deployment

Fluor creates scalable solar power plant design package for eSolar to accelerate the engineering, procurement, and construction of future installations. ...
... "Fluor will provide design optimization to rapidly scale eSolar’s 46 megawatt power plants. The undisclosed contract value was booked in the company’s third quarter of 2009. ... Bill Gross, CEO, eSolar: We believe that Fluor’s superior engineering strength will lead to faster and broader deployment to meet the rising global demand for renewable energy. " ...
Via Yahoo Finance: Fluor Solar Plant Contract

Fluor solar project example:

LDK Solar Polysilicon Facility: Fast-Track Engineering and Construction: "The $1.2 billion LDK Polysilicon Facility in Xinyu City, People’s Republic of China (PRC), is the world’s largest polysilicon facility under construction at this time. "

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September 28, 2009

Univ Minnesota Solar House Design, ICON-ic

The University of Minnesota Solar Decathlon home, ICON, deploys an asymetrical roof to capture the sun's rays on its photovoltaic panels. The University's team involved a diverse set of disciplines to collaborate on the design and construction. This green building uses solar, solar thermal, extensive insulation, and recycled construction materials to create an architecurally pleasing, energy independent home. ...
... "The U's ICON house, named for how its asymmetrical roof may come to symbolize solar homes in the future, is powered entirely by the sun. It has solar panels aplenty plus the latest in energy-efficient materials. " ...
Via University of Minnesota: Ready to Compete in the Solar Decathlon

University of Minnesota ICON Solar House Blog.

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September 27, 2009

Orlando Solar Tour Mapped

Orlando solar tour planned for October 3rd. ...

View 2009 Orlando Solar Tour in a larger map

Orlando Solar Tour Guide.

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Stonyfield Sustainable Supply Chain

Stonyfield Farms Sustainability.

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September 25, 2009

Cylindrical Solar Photovoltaics to Power Penn State Natural Fusion Home at the Solar Decathlon

Penn State's entry in the Solar Decathlon, Natural Fusion, will deploy Solyndra's cylindrical solar panels as the power plant for their home. The team has also integrated a green roof into the design equation. Local residents can view the home today, before it is relocated to the National Mall in Washington, DC for the Depertment of Energy's competition. Good luck to the Nittany Lions. ...
... "Natural Fusion is the first residential project to utilize the Solyndra cylindrical photovoltaics, which captures more sunlight throughout the entire day than traditional flat panels, which can only capture the most intense sunlight in the middle of the day. It's a system called Green Roof Integrated Photovoltaics (GRIP V) where the properties of the green roof beneath the panels create greater efficiency in powering the house. " ...
Via Penn State: Solar-powered home design

Solyndra has a novel panel design that increases the total output of the solar power plant. ...

Solyndra Roof Panels: "cover more roof and capture more light results in more annual solar electricity generation. Solyndra panels employ cylindrical modules which capture sunlight across a 360-degree photovoltaic surface capable of converting direct, diffuse and reflected sunlight into electricity."

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Coke Embraces Recycling in a BIG WAY

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" ... Coca-Cola Company and United Resource Recovery Corporation (URRC) ...  celebrate the grand opening of the world's largest plastic bottle-to-bottle recycling plant in Spartanburg, S.C. ... a key milestone in our goal to recycle and reuse 100 percent of our bottles and cans in the U.S. and ensure the sustainability of our packaging ..."

When fully operational, the plant will produce approximately 100 million pounds of food-grade recycled PET plastic each year -- the equivalent of nearly two billion 20-ounce Coca-Cola bottles. ... Over the next ten years the plant will prevent the release of one million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions -- the equivalent of removing 215,000 cars from the road. ..."



Via:  Coca Cola  LINK


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September 24, 2009

Green Fleet: Electric Vehicle Commitment by Utilities

FPL Group and Duke Energy commit to transforming their full vehicle fleet to electric, over the next decade, creating demand for vehicles (EVs) and the enabling infrastructure. ...
... "The joint commitment represents more than 10,000 vehicles and potential revenues of at least $600 million for manufacturers who can produce viable plug-in electric vehicles. The conversion has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 125,000 metric tons over the next 10 years. Duke Energy and FPL Group will begin this transition in the coming years - with the goal that 100 percent of all new fleet vehicles will be plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by 2020. " ...
Via FPL Group: Will Convert Vehicles to Plug-in Hybrid or Electric by 2020

FPL has already gained some experience with plug-in electric hybrid vehicles, or PHEVs. ...

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Curio House - Boston's Solar Decathlon Entry


Boston's entry in the Solar Decathlon is called Curio House and is built mostly from off the shelf technologies and powered by the sun.  Cobuilt by Tufts University and the Boston Architecture School the building will be on its way to the Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, DC in October.

See related post on the Solar Decathlon.

" ... designed to run entirely from solar energy. ..."

" ... team has focused its design on affordability, making an 800-square-foot building using almost entirely off-the-shelf products and technologies. ... lined up a buyer for the home in Cape Cod where it is supposed to be the first unit in a green housing development. ... projected cost of the building, big enough for two people and a small child, is about $200,000. ..."


Via:  ZDNet  LINK

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September 23, 2009

Solar Thermal Expansion at Coyote Springs Nevada

BrightSource Energy will provide almost a thousand megawatts of renewable energy to Nevada and California from solar thermal generating stations on a site owned by the Coyote Springs Land Company in Nevada. This is an expanded land use agreement from a previously executed arrangement. The site will deploy BrightSource's technology, the Luz Power Tower, which integrates thousands of small mirrors, or heliostats, to aim sunlight at the tower producing high temperature steam to generate power via a turbine. ...
... "The size of the site has now expanded to include a twelve-square-mile area within the larger Coyote Springs development in Lincoln County. The site is located on private property near transmission lines and, as part of the broader development site, has already received environmental permits from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and various other federal, state and county agencies. The power generated from the Coyote Springs site could meet demand generated in the Coyote Springs development, southern Nevada, as well as deliver power to California. Located northeast of Las Vegas, the Coyote Springs development will also include several residential and commercial components. " ...
Via BrightSource Energy: Coyote Spring Solar Thermal Expansion (Release, PDF)

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September 22, 2009

California Solar Charging Corridor for Electric Vehicles

Owners of electric vehicles, such as the Tesla, will be able to recharge their batteries at stations from San Francisco to Los Angeles, as Solar City and Rabobank collaborate to create a solar re-charging corridor. ...
... "Solar City, a Silicon Valley neighbor of Tesla, has installed a whole corridor full of charging stations between the Bay Area and LA. " ...
Via NBC Bay Area: Electric Car

SolarCity and Rabobank: Create Corridor of Solar-Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: "San Francisco and Los Angeles each support local infrastructure for EVs and many enterprising EV owners have successfully completed ambitious road trips throughout California and cross-country. Allowing drivers to plug in and charge up at multiple locations along well traveled corridors will dramatically increase the convenience and practicality of the growing number of EVs on American roads. Rabobank branches are positioned all along the high-traffic Highway 101 corridor, close to shops, restaurants and other commercial centers in Northern and Southern California, making them ideal locations for charging stations. "

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Electric Vehicle Range Addressed by Better Place

You are in your electric car and the battery in nearing empty. What do you do? ... Your car informs you of the location of the nearest battery recharging / exchange station and you vector there as a fully-charged battery has been reserved for you. ...
... "Better Place designed the software with a single goal in mind, calming the fears of owners of EVs who believe drained batteries will leave them stranded in the middle of nowhere. " ...
Via All Cars Electric: Better Place Safety Net Software

The Renault Fluence ZE concept electric car will use batteries enabled by the Better Place electric vehicle network. ...

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September 21, 2009

Samsung Reclaim™ - Biodegradable Green Phone

Samsung Reclaim

 Samsung unveils a very green phone ... the casing is made of biodegradable plastic made from corn.

" ... SAMSUNG Reclaim™ is the first phone in the U.S. made with recycling logobio-plastic materials, which are 100% biodegradable. ... comes with an Energy Star-approved charger. ... packaging is made with recycled materials. ...  Bio-Plastic materials make up 40% of the phone’s casing. "


And because cell phones are made of hard to recycle innards Samsung offers easy recycling.  "... commitment to a greener future doesn't end when our products are sold. We have fixed drop-off locations in all 50 states, making it easy for you to recycle your old Samsung TVs, camcorders and other electronics."

Click to find a recycling location near you.


Via:  Samsung  LINK

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Moto Green Power Purchasing

Motorola achieves recognition for green leadership from the EPA for its electrical power procurement process. The company is commited to sustainability through lowering its carbon footprint and developing energy efficient products. ...
... "For 2009, Motorola is purchasing more than 78 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates (RECs), generated from wind-power sources. This represents 20 percent of the company’s U.S. electricity purchases. Motorola is buying the RECs from NativeEnergy that support the Langdon Wind Facility in North Dakota. " ...
Via Motorola: EPA Green Power Leadership Award

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BPI - Biodegradable Products Institute



Composting is a way to reduce demand on landfills and create great soil for plants in your own back yard. Composting can even reduce the number of trash pickups you need and might save you some money .... going from twice a week to once a week. It's good for you and good for the environment. Want to learn more about composting? check out BPI ... " ... a not-for-profit association ... from government, industry and academia ... Through our innovative "Compostable Label" we educate manufacturers, legislators and consumers about the importance of "Scientific standards for biodegradation" for biodegradable materials. ... promote the use and recovery of compostable materials through municipal and backyard composting." " ... the amount of waste that has been diverted from landfill disposal through composting has quadrupled since 1990, from 2% of total MSW to 8.4% today ... 62% of all yard trimmings are composted in more than 3,500 municipal yard trimming composting programs in the US and 23 states ban at least some organics disposal in landfills, mostly leaves, grass and other yard debris. "

Via:  BPI - Biodegradable Products Institute LINK

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September 20, 2009

Coca-Cola's New PlantBottle™

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 " ... Coca-Cola ... unveiled ... a new plastic bottle made partially from plants.  The "PlantBottle™" is fully recyclable, has a lower reliance on a non-renewable resource, and reduces carbon emissions, compared with petroleum-based PET plastic bottles."

" ... a significant development in sustainable packaging innovation ... builds on our legacy of environmental ingenuity and sets the course for us to realize our vision to eventually introduce bottles made with materials that are 100 percent recyclable and renewable." 

"... made from a blend of petroleum-based materials and up to 30 percent plant-based materials. ...  process that turns sugar cane and molasses ... into a key component for PET plastic.  ... exploring the use of other plant materials for future generations of the "PlantBottle™."

" ...  analysis ... indicates the "PlantBottle™" with 30 percent plant-base material reduces carbon emissions by up to 25 percent, compared with petroleum-based PET... can be processed through existing manufacturing and recycling facilities without contaminating traditional PET. "


Via:  Coka-Cola  LINK

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Leno Lays Down the Green Car Challenge

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Global Warming MindMap

Fun map illustrates what you can do to solve global warming. ...

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California Drives Television Energy Efficiency Forward

Cailfornia puts forward proposal to improve the energy efficiency of televisions by addressing standards for TVs in both active and standby power-consumption modes. Public hearings are scheduled in October and November. ...
... "The California Energy Commission proposes to make changes to the Appliance Efficiency Standards contained in the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 20, Sections 1601 through 1608. The proposed energy efficiency standards would cover new televisions offered for sale in California beginning in 2011 and 2013. The standards would improve the energy efficiency of televisions without affecting the quality of the television. " ...
Via The California Energy Commission: Televisions Efficiency Regulations


California Appliance Energy Efficiency Program.

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September 19, 2009

ecotainer® by International Paper

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"International Paper ... seek ways to improve our environmental impact while creating better solutions for our customers. ... partner with companies who share our values. ... goal is to create packaging made from fully renewable resources that leave a smaller environmental footprint. ... first step is ecotainer® - ... line of BPI certified compostable packaging ... includes paper hot cups, paper cold cups, food containers, ...  ecotainer® uses a plastic lining made from plants. All products are compostable ..."


Via:  International Paper  LINK

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Europe Solar Photovoltaics Conference in Germany This Week

Solar-focused conference is scheduled for this upcoming week in Germany, which is the model country for solar success. ...
... "24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference (PVSEC) and Exhibition, to be held in Hamburg, Germany from the 21 to 25 of September 2009 ... " ...
Via Applied Materials: 24th Annual PVSEC

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September 18, 2009

Solar Photovoltaic Printing Technology Advancement Through Collaborative Effort

Dupont and Applied Materials are collaborating to increase the efficiency and manufacturing yield of solar cells through creative formulation of metallization pastes aligned with silcon photovoltaic cell production equipment. ...
... "Photovoltaic metallization pastes are screen printed onto the surface of solar cells in a pattern of grid lines which serve to collect electricity produced by the cell and transport it out. To maximize efficiency in the solar cell, the multiple printing technology will reduce the shadowing effect of wide grid lines on solar cells and improve electrical conductivity. Applied Baccini Esatto Technology together with DuPont Solamet photovoltaic metallization pastes enables narrower and taller grid lines to be precisely printed in two or more layers. In addition to demanding precise alignment of the patterning system, multiple printing requires the paste to be finely tuned to perform consistently during all printing passes. " ...
Via Dupont: Solar Cell Efficiency Booster

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September 17, 2009

GoodEnergy - 100% Renewable Electricity

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Good Energy is a British " ... independent renewable energy company based in Wiltshire. ... started by a groupUK Co2 Emissions by Type of people ... committed to addressing climate change."

" ... Mission ... is to fight climate change by EMPOWERING INDIVIDUALS to make a difference, ... giving them practical ways to make positive changes in their attitude towards energy, and the way they use it ... switching to pure 100% renewable electricity ... improving their energy efficiency ... generating their own renewable energy, and ... playing a part in the campaign for

Good Energy - sources of energy

renewable energy in the UK"

" ... have over 500 indepe ndent renewable electricity generators on our books. This is almost 15% of all microgenerators in the UK ... Most of the electricity we buy comes from wind power. ... s and farmers getting into wind power ... water ... gives us about 13% of our clean green energy ..."



Via: GoodEnergy LINK

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Get Solar Certified

Local Colrado college will offer solar education and training that leads to certification. ...
... "The college recently received approval from state high education officials to offer three solar energy certificate programs: basic solar photovoltaic, solar thermal installation and photovoltaic installation. " ...
Via The Citizen Telegram: Solar energy oportunities

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LifePhoto Eco Friendly Photographs through Press and Inks

Environmentall friendly photo printing is a differentiator for LifePhoto. The company uses non-toxic dry inks, recycle ink containers, and uses a printer made from reclaimed materials. LifePhoto has been awarded a Stamped Green approval. ...
... "Kodak NexPress prints eco friendly pictures using nontoxic dry inks that are easily removed for recycling. " ...
Via Cool Photo Ideas and Lifephoto: Eco Friendly Pictures

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September 16, 2009

Tips for Renting a Hybrid

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So you are going on a trip and want to be green and rent a hybrid.  Sounds easy enough ... except that only approximately 1% of the rental fleet consist of hybrids.Ford Escape Hybrid

"Booking a hybrid rental car can be a big hassle. To boost your chance of scoring one of these green rides, follow Budget Travel's advice in four easy steps ...".

For the Video "How to Rent a Hybrid" click the LINK ...


Via: BudgetTravel  Link


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On-Site Green Power Generation Leadership at Applied Materials

The EPA has recognized Applied Materials with a 2009 Green Power Leadership Award for its dedication to green power from on-premise generation and renewable energy procurement.  Applied has responded to the EPA Fortune 500 challenge with solar energy generation and the purchasing of green power.  ...Applied Materials Green Power Recognition

 ...   "Applied Materials was one of only three organizations nationwide to receive a Leadership Award for the on-site generation of green power. The award recognizes EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves using on-site renewable energy applications, such as solar photovoltaic (PV) or wind energy projects. Applied Materials is currently generating 3.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually in the U.S. using on-site solar power generation at the company’s California and Texas facilities. In addition, Applied Materials purchases more than 31 million kWh of green power annually. In total, the company uses enough green power to meet more than 15 percent of its electricity use. "   ...

Via Applied Materials: EPA Green Power Leadership Award





The company's commitment to sustainability has been recognized through other awards.  ...

Applied Materials Goes Green: "Applied's Austin, Texas campus was recognized for its continued green initiatives ... "


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September 15, 2009

Audi "e-tron" electic car prototype

Audi e-tron

Audi's e-tron is no Prius (gas / electric hybrid) or Volt (electric with gas powered battery charging engine). 

Check out this prototype high performance electric car ... from Audi.

" ... e-tron, a high-performance sports car with a purely electric drive system. Four motors – two each at the front and rear axles – drive the wheels, making the concept car a true quattro. ... the two-seater accelerates from 0 to 100 km/hAudi logo (0 – 62.14 mph) in 4.8 seconds, ... The lithium-ion battery provides a truly useable energy content of 42.4 kilowatt hours to enable a range of approximately 248 kilometers, or 154 miles.


Via:  Audi LINK


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University of Kentucky Sustainability Pledge

UK is dedicating two weeks to showcase sustainability across its campus.  The University will offer lectures, tours, and events to raise student and community awareness.  ...UK Blue Goes Green

...   "The entire community can participate in the Sustainability Pledge. There are many things we can do daily that will simultaneously promote economic vitality, ecological integrity, and social justice. By pledging to undertake some of these activities individuals are making a commitment to building a sustainable campus ... "   ...

 Via University of Kentucky: Sustainability Event


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Compressed Air Storage Smooths Wind Power Availability

Energy Storage and Power, LLC

As both wind and solar power are intermittent - unlike gas, coal, oil or nuclear fired power plants - there is a need for an effective way to store these energy sources until they are needed.  The ability to smooth the supply with the demand is becoming more imporCAES schematictant as solar and wind start to power the grid.

Compressed Air Energy Storage - CAES " ... stores off-peak energy, in the form of compressed air in an underground reservoir, and releases this energy during peak hours. ... used for load management of intermittent renewable energy resources or as a stand-alone intermediate generation source for capturing energy arbitrage, capacity payments and ancillary services. ..."

"Renewable power sources are critical to addressing climate change. CAES greatly enhances the value of renewable power sources by (1) storing energy produced by renewables when demand is low and releasing it when it is needed, and by (2) rapidly providing power in the event of a sudden loss of renewables generation. ..."


Via:  Energy Storage and Power  LINK


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September 14, 2009

American Chopper's Green Motorcycle

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Golf Course Water Conservation

Integration of turf temperature measurement with water system and process enables conversation of water usage at local golf courses.  ...

 ...   "Instead of watering all the greens to cool them down, we use the laser thermometers to tell us which greens are too hot and need to be cooled down, Hayman said. Greens with temperatures below 97 degrees receive no water ... "   ...

 Via San Diego Union-Tribune: Golf Course Turf Management Success Story


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France Solar Rooftops on Supermarkets, Marche

Casino Group is implementing a portfolio of renewable energy projects and has selected SunPower to enable its rooftop solar program.  ...

 ...   "Casino Group will use the panels to install solar power systems ranging from 900 kilowatts to 5 megawatts on rooftops and parking structures on supermarket locations in mainland France and the islands of Mayotte and La Reunion. "   ...

 Via SunPower Corp: Casino Group Solar Panels


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Solar Design Improvements

1366 Technologies, an MIT spinoff, brings incremental improvements to the solar design and manufacturing process, that are resulting in cheaper and efficient cells.  ...

...   "The company’s first technology - texturing - etches silicon wafers with a honeycomb pattern that refracts more light into the base of the cell. "   ... 

Via Xconomy: Solar cell design


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September 13, 2009

Sustainable and Responsible Product Design

Understand the lifecycle impact of your material choices in product design. ...

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Illinois Solar Tour Highlights Efficient Homes

Illinois plans to showcase two hundred energy efficient homes across the state on October 3rd from 10AM to 3PM. ...
... "About 150 homes and businesses are participating in the Illinois Solar Tour next month. Some people are looking to purchase systems and they'd like to talk to homeowners as opposed to installers to really get a greater understanding of the energy difference. " ...
Via ABC7 Chicago: Solar tour

This tour will enable the public to learn about energy efficiency from owners that have experience with the installation and operation of the systems. ...

Solar Tour 2009: "Home owners and businesses across the state generously welcome visitors to explore how to use renewable energy systems to reduce utility bills while minimizing the environmental impact of their buildings. "

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Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)

Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)

The Omega Center for Sustainable Living in Rhinebeck, NY is " ... a state-of-the art education center and natural wastewater treatment facility. "

" ... is a pioneering project in the Living Building Challenge and is expected to be the first building in the United States to receive the Living Building designation in addition to receiving LEED Platinum certification."Omerga Center for Sustainable Living

" ... the Living Building Challenge requires buildings to be informed by their eco-region's characteristics; generate all of their own energy with renewable resources; capture and treat all of their water; operate efficiently; and be designed for maximum beauty. ... six performance areas—site, energy, materials, water, indoor quality, and beauty & inspiration—and certain criteria to be met in each category in order for a building to be designated a Living Building."



Via:  Omega Center for Sustainable Living  LINK

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September 12, 2009

Mohawk - Green Flooring Products (carpet, wood, etc.)

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" ... Mohawk has been an industry leader in actively seeking innovative ways to recycle, reduce, reuse and renew. ... successful energy-saving initiatives and eco-friendly flooring options work for everyone ..."

Mohawk's environmentally responsible and sustainable approach to business is reflected in these numbers ... greenworks logo

"500: ... number of ... products ... containing recycled materials."
"3 Billion:  ... recycled plastic bottles we take in each year to manufacture ... carpet ... and other ... products."
"1.75 Billion: Pounds of pre- and post-consumer waste Mohawk diverts from landfills each year."
"1 Billion: Pounds of foam trim ... made into ... cushion  instead of taking up space in landfills."


Via:  Mohawk  LINK

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European Green Head Office Uses Energy Storage System

BNP Paribas Fortis headquarters in Brussels will implement green building innovations by Imtech. BNP Paribas combined with Fortis earlier in 2009. The portfolio of green buidling technologies applied at this head office in Europe will result in a fifty percent reduction in energy consumption. ...
... "The residual heat released is used to heat the building. In addition, an innovative Borehole Energy Storage (BES) system is being laid. The system uses 100-metre-deep boreholes to temporarily store cold energy deep underground. This air is then transferred to the building via an ingenious, energy-conserving piping network, for climate conditioning. Solar panels are placed on the roof to preheat warm water for the building’s restrooms." ...
Via Imtech: Green head office in Brussels

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September 11, 2009

Sustainable Lawrence (NJ)

Sustainable Lawrenceville (NJ) 

Lawrence Township joins other communities that want to promote green aspects of their community and are working toward that end ...

"Sustainable Lawrence is... dedicated to creating a sustainable community in Lawrence Township, NJ. ...  community in which the present needs of all of its citizens are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs ... "

" ... policies and practices that ultimately ... Reduce ... fossil fuel dependence and wasteful use of scarce metals and minerals ... Reduce ... dependence on harmful chemicals and wasteful use of synthetic substances ... Minimize ... encroachment upon nature (e.g., land, water, wildlife, forests, soil, ecosystems) ..."


Via:  Sustainable Lawrence LINK

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Renewable Energy Park for Ford Wixom Plant

An alternative energy business park is envisioned for the idled Ford Wixom, Michigan plant, closed in 2007 restructuring. Solar panels and battery storage systems could be manufactured at the park. Production is slated to begin in 2011. ...
... "Clairvoyant Energy is working with Oerlikon to bring the Swiss company's solar manufacturing technology to the United States. Clairvoyant plans to make utility-size solar panels at the site. Xtreme Power builds large-scale battery systems for storing renewable power. " ...
Via Clairvoyant Energy: Wixom plant

The Wixom, Michigan site is ideal for manufacturers to recondition for new production. ...

Ford's Wixom Renewable Energy Park: "Excellent brownfield site increases speed to market ... "

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September 10, 2009

China Could Benefit from Wind Farms

Strategically placed wind farms could help China reduce its carbon footprint and satisfy power capacity needs. ...
... "The researchers proposed that the country could produce 640 gigawatts from wind farms, assuming they ran at 30 percent average capacity ... " ...
Via The Associated Press: China Wind Power Opportunity

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Google Solar Thermal Mirror Plans

Google will focus its research efforts on reducing the cost of mirrors that are critical to the performance of solar thermal power plants. The company expresses some frustration with the availabilty of emerging technology in the space and recommends that government play a larger role in funding early-stage ideas. ...
... "Google is looking to cut the cost of making heliostats, the fields of mirrors that have to track the sun, by at least a factor of two, ideally a factor of three or four. " ...
Via Reuters: Google solar mirror power

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Serious Materials - Green Building Materials

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Serious Materials produces a line of green environmentally friendly building products that help homeowners save energy ...

"... develops and manufactures sustainable green building materials that dramatically reduce the impact of the 'built environment' on the climate."

" ... aim for breakthroughs in product performance, without requiring changes in customer behavior or in how products are used – thus speeding market adoption."

" Serious Windows high-performance insulated windows and glass, which can reduce heating and cooling energy costs and emissions up to 40% ...QuietRock soundproof drywall & QuietHome Windows, which can reduce material use, GreenRock™, a green alternative to standard drywall ... uses 80% less energy to produce its core, resulting in 80% lower CO2 emissions. ... "

" ... manufacture products in ... Sunnyvale, California; Newark, California; Boulder, Colorado; Vandergrift, Pennsylvania. ... to create thousands of green collar jobs ... in the U.S. Products are widely available through building products dealers in the U.S. and Canada."

Via: Serious Materials LINK
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September 09, 2009

NanoSolar Berlin Solar Panel Factory Ready for High-Thoughput Capacity Production

NanoSolar starts production at its Germany solar panel plant, at well below its nameplate manufacturing capacity. Local dignitaries helped the company inaugurate the panel factory. ...
... "Located in Luckenwalde near Berlin, the fully-automated factory processes Nanosolar cells into finished Nanosolar panels using innovative high-throughput manufacturing techniques and tooling developed by Nanosolar and its partners. The panel factory is automated to sustain a production rate of one panel every ten seconds, or an annual capacity of 640MW when operated 24x7. " ...
Via NanoSolar: Germany Panel Factory Completed

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China 2GW Solar Power

First Solar inks deal for multi-phased solar power plant in China that will generate two giga-watts of energy in the region of Mongolia. ...
... "Phase 1 will be a 30 megawatt demonstration project that will begin construction by June 1, 2010 and be completed as soon thereafter as practicable. Phases 2, 3 and 4 will be 100 megawatts, 870 megawatts, and 1,000 megawatts. Phases 2 and 3 will be completed in 2014 and Phase 4 will be completed by 2019. " ...
Via First Solar: Major Solar Power Plant in China

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EcoFriendly Graduation Gowns Made from 100% Recycled Plastic

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with Oak Hall Industries.

They have a selection of eco-friendly 100% recycled graduation gowns.  Each gown is made from approx. 23 plastic bottles helping to reduce landfill space and reusing materials.

" ... Colleges and Universities are making the commgreenweaveritment to turn their campuses green. ... this movement can be carried forward to graduation. "

" ... new line of graduation wear, named "GreenWeaver" is made of fabric spun from molten plastic pellets. ... fabric so comfortably soft you have to feel it to believe it! It takes an average of 23 bottles to make each gown."




Via:  Oak Hall Industries Link








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September 08, 2009

Oregon Renewable Energy Project Monitors Wind Solar

Oregon Institute of Technology student, who is majoring in Renewable Energy Engineering, receives project funding support from Portland General Electric for monitoring the performance of a wind and solar power system at a local high school. ...
... "Placencia's project proposal aims to resolve three issues: remounting of the existing photovoltaic panels and reinstalling a wind turbine at David Douglas High School; designing and installing the monitoring system; and designing and installing the human-machine interface, which will provide the interactive features of the system. " ...
Via Oregon Institute of Technology: PGE Grant funds project

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More on Green Building Design - Video

Green Buildings are more than just green components assembled into a building. At a recent Green Building Summit in Menlo Park, Ca " ... tech executives discuss what is needed to construct and design "green" buildings. ... contend that many "green" buildings are not energy efficient and smart design means more than picking the right materials and products." Via: SmartPlanet LINK
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September 07, 2009

Solyndra Solar Capacity Manufacturing Increase

Solyndra is expanding capacity of its solar panel manufacturing to meet customer demand from its sales backlog. The new capacity is being built near its existing manufacturing site in Fremont, California. ...
... "Fab 2 is designed to produce 500 megawatts per year. The new facility will enable Solyndra to fulfill its announced contractual backlog of over $2 billion and create additional jobs. Solyndra's two Fabs will produce enough solar panels over their lifetime to cut over 350 million metric tons of CO2 emissions or 850 million barrels of oil. " ...
Via Solyndra: New 500 Megawatt Solar Plant

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September 06, 2009

Solar Powers Concert Sound and Stage

Production company offers a sustainable strategy for powering the concert stage. At the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, Sustainable Waves delivers a solar powered stage solution. ...
... "Sustainable Waves, a company that provides solar-powered sound and staging, was in charge of the Eco Lands section located at the Panhandle Stage in Speedway Meadow. " ...
Via San Francisco State University's Golden Gate Xpress: Sustainable Concert Event

Other green strategies were deployed at the concert.

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival Green Solutions: "The stage is powered by 2.5 kw of solar, supplying sunlight to the batteries ... "

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September 05, 2009

Boeing Struggles to Bring Green Airplane Design to Market

Boeing is challenged to gain control of its outsourced business processes in order to bring the energy efficient 787 Dreamliner to commercial fruition. Since the Dreamliner makes use of composite materials, its manufacturing processes are expected to produce less waste by-product. ...
... "With half of its structure made of plastics reinforced with carbon fiber, a composite that is both lighter and stronger than aluminum, and more efficient engines, the 787 could cut fuel costs by up to 20 percent, Boeing says. " ...
Via New York Times: The 787 Dreamliner

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner incorporation innovative design features for environmental performance. ...

Boeing 2008 Environment Report (PDF): "the 787 is designed for the environment with an impressive 20 percent improvement in fuel use and an equivalent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared to today’s similarly-sized airplanes. The 747-8 offers a 16 percent improvement in fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions over the 747-400. "

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September 04, 2009

Green Home Construction -- Video

Listen to Marc Porat, Chairman of the Board of Serious Materials, discus issues surrounding green homes ... from the Greentech MEdia's Green Building Summit ... how many can be built / retrofitted per year ... what does this do for energy savings and job creation ... " ... Serious Material Chairman Marc Porat discusses the challenges associated with building "green" residential homes. He believes it's important for the green industry to persuade governments to mandate environmentally sustainable buildings in order to speed up construction." Via: SmartPlanet LINK
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September 03, 2009

Solar and Wind Power Combine for Energy Independence

The Loveall farm in Vigo County, Indiana implements solar photovoltaic power and wind turbines to strive for full energy independence. The farm is integrated in the Win Energy power grid. ...
... "A second phase for the Loveall farm will add more solar panels, plus move an existing 66-foot wind turbine next to the barn to produce wind power to allow the farm to be 100 percent energy independent. " ...
Via Solid State Technology: Energy Independent Farm in Indiana

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ZAP These Energy Suckers that Increase Your Electricity Bill

It is amazing that there are so many energy using  devices in our homes.  What many fail to realize is that some devices, like TVs, and PCs may still be drawing power when "turned off".

You can save energy by changing the type of appliance - if old it may be worth upgrading to an energy efficient (Energy Star) model.

Sometimes you just need to "turn if off".  Sometimes you can made simple substitutions like CFL for incandescent bulbs.

Read on for the 5 Big Energy Hogs in your home ... and how to ZAP them !

" ...  Turn down your thermostat to 68 or 69 degrees in fall and winter, and to 76 in the summer ... Heating and cooling are the top uses of energy ... consider upgrading ... to Energy Star ..."

" ... for some homes, small appliances are the second biggest use of energy ... consider turning off your TV ... or ... put your electronics on a SmartStrip to prevent them from creating “phantom loads,” which draw small amounts of power ... even when items are turned off."

" ... refrigerator runs constantly. It can pay off to recycle your current model and buy a new EnergyStar rated model."

" ... likely have an inefficient hot water tank  ... tankless water heater ... save energy and money by not keeping water hot 24/7. Rather ... heat your water when you demand ... make sure your tank heater and the pipes supplying the water to it are insulated."

" ... swap out the incandescent bulbs in the most used areas of your home ... replace them with CFLs. Here’s a trick you may not have heard of for CFLs: once you’ve installed the fluorescent bulb, turn on the light and leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Doing so “burns in” the lamp, which improves its function, and its lifespan. ... dispose of them properly when they burn out in 7 years!"

Via:  SustainLane  LINK


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September 02, 2009

Solar Installation Advice from the Voice of Experience

The actual installation of solar panels on your roof goes pretty quick. However, you need to make sure that the proper homework and preparations have been made. Consider the age of your existing roof. Should it be replaced prior to the solar panel install? Review the panel placement drawings. Is there room for future maintenance? Here are a number of tips that you should consider during your rooftop solar project. ...
... "Building Teams should assess the remaining life of the existing roof covering as part of a PV project, says Dregger. He says serious consideration should be given to replacing the existing roof covering as part of a PV project. " ...
Via Building Design & Construction: Rooftop installation tips

NYC Solar Installation Guidelines: "Green roofs or rooftop solar panels add additional load to a roof and its support system. The existing roof may not be capable of supporting an additional load. To ensure structural safety, it’s necessary to have a structural analysis verify that the roof and its support system are capable of supporting the added load without modification. "

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September 01, 2009

Penn Class of 2010 Graduates to Wear Gowns Made of Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Penn's Class of 2010 will wear gowns made of recycled plastic bottles to graduation.  Each of the approx. 2,500 gowns are made the with the equivalent of 23 plastic bottles.

" ... GreenWeaver line of regalia by Oak Hall Cap & Gown, ... is Penn’s latest greening effort. ... adorn its Class of 2010 seniors in gowns and caps made of 100 percent, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles."

“Penn will begin this academic year announcing our Climate Action Plan, the long-range strategy to reduce our carbon footprint ... Part of that effort is to partner with vendors that promote eco-friendly options. "

" ... fabric will be spun from molten plastic pellets, ... average of 23 bottles needed to make each gown. Recycled plastic bottles are already used to make sweatshirts and other clothing, the company said, and the result is apparel virtually indistinguishable in color, feel or fit from traditional polyester material."

"For every gown purchased, Oak Hall said it will make a contribution to a campus environmental group. At Penn, the contributions will be designated for the University’s Green Fund."


Via:  University of Penn LINK

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High Efficiency Multi-Junction Solar Cell by Spectrolab Sets Record

Spectrolab's solar cell sets world record in conversion efficiency by improving grid shadowing and series resistance. ...
... "The U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., independently tested the efficiency of the Spectrolab cell in June, validating that it surpassed the previous record of 41.1 percent held by the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. High-efficiency solar cells in concentrator systems require fewer cells to produce the same electrical output as conventional solar cells. " ...
Via Spectrolab: World Record Solar Cell Efficiency

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Great Valley (Chester County PA) School Buses use BioDiesel

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The Great Valley School District (Chester County, PA) is the FIRST school district to switch to B20 biodiesel for its bus fleet.  B20 is a blend of 20% bio fuel and 80% diesel.

" ... assistance from The Energy Cooperative to make the transition to B20 and a state grant to pay for the added cost ... received a $28,340 Alternative Incentive Fuels Grant (AFIG) ... to pay for the incremental cost of using biodiesel ... estimates it will use approximately 130,000 gallons of B20 ..."

" ... AFIG grants ... administered by the Department of Environmental Protection, are intended to improve Pennsylvania’s air quality and to reduce dependency on foreign energy sources."  
"Biodiesel is a cleaner, biodegradable, and nontoxic alternative fuel .... can be used as a pure fuel (B100) or blended with petroleum such as in the popular B20 blend ..."
" ... B20 blend will reduce annual air pollution by approximately 1,919 pounds of carbon monoxide ... 173 pounds of particulate matter ... 227 pounds of hydrocarbons ... 119 pounds of sulfur dioxide ... and 435,267 pounds of carbon dioxide ..."
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