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May 31, 2010

Bacteria generate alternative fuel in bioreactor

Michigan State University chemical engineering professor works on collaborative research project to create fuel from bacteria strain.  MSU brings strengths in bioreactor design to address challenges in managing optimum fermentation conditions, appropriate concentration levels, and delivery systems.  …Bioreactor expertise

…   “Worden has to overcome two major challenges in developing the bioreactor system.

Once Ralstonia eutropha is engineered to produce isobutanol, the isobutanol eventually will build up to a toxic level and kill the bacterium.

So he must create a way to harvest the isobutanol without interrupting the fermentation process. 

Secondly, because the bacterium’s energy source – hydrogen gas – is not very water-soluble, Worden must figure out how to feed it to the bacterium in a water-based system.”   …

Via Michigan State: Harvest alternative fuel (Link).

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US Army Solar Array at Fort Irwin, California

Solar Array @ Nellis AFBThe US Army is getting greener.  They are beginning " ... development of a 500-megawatt solar power plant at Fort Irwin, Calif."

" ... allow ... commercial developers to use land at Fort Irwin to construct a solar power plant there between 2013 and 2022. ... will provide power to both the civilian power grid in California, and to Fort Irwin, home of the Army's National Training Center."

" ... the Army will provide to the developers, for as many as 50 years, up to 14,000 acres of land. .. Army receives rent for the land through cash or in-kind services."

" ... facility with both concentrated solar thermal and photovoltaic technology. ... will be built in phases, with a project end date expected around 2022. But Phase 1A of the project, with a completion of around 2014, is expected to provide enough power to sustain Fort Irwin."


Via:  US Army LINK

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May 30, 2010

Minesto's Deep Green Tidal Power

Minesto logo"Minesto contributes a solution to the worldwide energy demand by offering a unique technology that explores the vast, renewable and abundant ocean power resource."

" ... new concept for tidal power plants called Deep Green. ... based on a fundamentally new principle for electricity generation from tidal currents. ... is applicable in areas where no other known technology can operate cost effectively due to its unique ability to operate in low velocities...."


Check out this video ... LINK


Via:  Minersto  LINK

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Microsoft Hohm - Energy Tips and Ideas

Hohm Scores Across the US

Microsoft Hohm is a free software application that lets you improve the energy efficiency of your home.  You can add details about your specific home and see recommendations for improvements ... as well as how you compare to other homes in your area or across the country. Microsoft Hohm logo

" ... check your energy consumption and compare it to others around the nation. ... [to the left] ... heat map of the United States and the average Hohm Score per state."


Check out the BLOG for useful tips.



Via:  Microsoft Hohm  LINK

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Have a Greener Memorial Day

Food on the BBQ

It is Memorial Day - the start of summer and BBQs .... you can GREEN Up your Memorial Day with these green tips. 

The choices you make can lead to a GREENER result and little or no impact on the FUN and ENJOYMENT.

  • " ... biodegradable utensils, bowls and cups to cut down on waste. ... write ... names on cups to set a limit on the number doled out ... reusable, cloth napkins ... can be washed and saved for your next get together. ..."

" ... Gas, propane and electric grills burn cleaner and more efficiently than charcoal or wood ... contribute fewer hydrocarbons and soot particles than charcoal. ..."


Via:  USA Today  LINK


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May 29, 2010

He Shoots, He Scores! Philly Flyers drive energy-efficiency

awareness for PECO as their sustained energy in the Stanley Cup Playoffs drives traffic to site.  …

… “They wanted to drive people to their website for a section it has on energy-efficiency tips,” he said. Their traffic to the site has quadrupled during the playoffs.”   …

Via Philadelphia Business Journal: Go Flyers!


PECO site: Smart Ideas.


Go Flyers!

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Solar powers sustainable boat

Academics take sabbatical to demonstrate sustainable boat and observe ecosystems on trip through the loop.  …

…   “As far as we know, this is the only hybrid diesel-solar powered canal boat in the United States, said Carlsen.  If successful, the trip may be the first circumnavigation of the North American Great Loop powered in an environmentally sustainable way.”   …

Via Penn State: Solar-powered canal boat (Link).


Solar boat

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May 28, 2010

Sustainable landscape will sequester greenhouse gas

Onondaga CC will transition its trimmed and mowed lawns and landscape into a more appropriate state of natural flowers and grasses.  …

…   “implementation of the sustainable master landscape plan will reduce the College’s dependence on lawn-mowing and return portions of the campus landscape to a more natural state of grasses, meadows and wildflowers.  While some areas of the campus may look a bit unkempt initially, natural re-growth in these areas will occur over time.”   …

Via Onondaga Community College: Master landscape plan.


Sustainable landscape plan (PDF).


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Solar panel installer training

Course is scheduled for this June 23rd and 24th at Onondaga Community College through SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  …

…   “The advanced course is geared toward PV installers and engineers who have experience with PV systems. It offers participants an overview of commercial PV systems in a two-day workshop. The course is recommended for those who have taken an introductory installer course or have previous installer experience.”   …

Via SUNY: PV Installer Course.

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May 27, 2010

Coachella Hydrogen Bus Infrastructure

EPA recognizes local communities, like Coachella, for their initiatives targeting at clean air.  Coachella began the build-out of its hydrogen infrastructure.  …

…   “SunLine Transit Agency was the first transit agency to own and operate a hydrogen generation and dispensing station, operating five generations of hydrogen buses that utilize the fuel station. With the support of state and federal agencies, SunLine upgraded the hydrogen station to also allow the public and outside fleets to purchase hydrogen 24 hours a day.”   …

Via EPA: Clean Air Initiatives (Link).

Coachella area alternative fueling station.


Hydrogen bus infrastructure

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Solar Micro-Generation using Concentrator Photovoltaics

Victor Valley College and SolFocus celebrated the opening of the new solar power plant on the college campus.  The solar installation deploys concentrator photovoltaics (CPV) and is sized to generate one megawatt of solar power for Victor Valley College in California.  ...

...   "The Victor Valley College solar micro-generating facility is now connected to the regional electrical grid operated by Southern California Edison and will produce approximately 2.6 million kilowatt-hours annually, which is roughly 30 percent of the College’s electricity demand. "   ....

Via SolFocus: Victor Valley College Solar Power Plant (Link).


Solar plant


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HP's Cow Powered Data Center ... Manure to the Rescue

manure to power drawingIt might be a marriage made on the farm .. with data centers being located in rural areas that have lots of farms using manure to power data centers is a way to be green

cow"Data centers need a lot of energy. Dairy farms create a lot of methane. ... HP Labs has done the math to show that one could be used to support the other."

cow / manure / data center cycle

" ... data centers ... increasingly being located near existing power generation or cooling resources. ... untapped source of energy, however, is the methane generated by manure on farms around the world."

" ... HP ... paper shows how a farm of 10,000 dairy cows could ... power a typical modern data center and still support other needs on the farm."

" ... turning data centers from being energy hogs into energy neutral facilities ... goal ... see if we can take the data center completely off the grid."


Via:  Hewlett Packard  LINK

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May 26, 2010

Solyndra solar factory toured by President Obama

President Obama gets to see solar technology up close and personal at the Solyndra factory in California.  Solyndra builds cylindrical solar panels that convert more of the sun rays into power.  The company benefited from investments through the Recovery Act.  …

…   “… construction of the new facility has created over 3,000 construction-related jobs and the new factory could create up to 1,000 long-term new jobs.  The Solyndra project is just one of the many ways the Administration is supporting clean energy manufacturing in America.  Today Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman participated in a ground breaking ceremony for Nissan North America’s new advanced batter manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee. ”   …

Via The Whitehouse: Make Things.


Solar factory tour by Obama

Supply chain impact of the solar factory investment …

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Fulbright enables Solar Studies

Travel broadens the mind. MIT students are recognized with Fulbright scholarships to further their studies abroad. A number of the students are pursuing the renewable energy challenge. ...
... "Ian Rousseau, a native of South Hero, Vt., who is completing undergraduate studies in physics, will study Novel Solar Energy Conversion via Terahertz Rectification in Germany. " ...
Via MIT: Fulbright scholarships (Link).

US Dept of State, Fulbright Program: "Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world ... "

Solar power rectification technology on the horizon plan, NREL (PDF).

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Solar home naturally fuses to material science

Penn State’s Solar Decathlon home, Natural Fusion, will become adopted by Bayer Material Science as its demonstration center for sustainable technologies.  …

…   “In its new capacity, this solar-powered, zero-emission building will serve as an energy modeling site, educational center and showcase for Bayer MaterialScience's EcoCommercial Building materials solutions.”   …

Via Penn State: Solar-powered home (Link).


Natural Fusion Sola House

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May 25, 2010

Smart grid networking equipment

Cisco brings smart grid router (CGR 2010) and switch (CGR 2520) to the utility marketplace.  …

…   “The purpose-built, ruggedized routers and switches form a resilient, manageable and highly secure network solution for the substation to integrate Internet Protocol (IP)-based communications with the power grid for intelligent grid monitoring and control. These technologies build on existing Cisco Smart Grid offerings and represent the latest in the company's efforts to deliver end-to-end solutions that help utility customers address grid reliability, industry compliance and operational expenses.”   …

Via Cisco: Smart Grid Product Line (Link).


Smart Grid Router

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Sustainable Montana home trains students

Montana State student teams will collaborate with suppliers to build an ecoSmart home in the Bozeman area.  The house will feature a number of technologies, but will focus on passive heating.  …

…   “Because of REHAU's involvement, a variety of other suppliers joined in the project, which will feature such sustainable building technologies as geothermal ground loop heat exchange, ground-air heat exchange; radiant heating and cooling; solar thermal energy for hot water; and insulating concrete forms.”   …

Via Montana State University: Bozeman Sustainable House.

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HP Uses Bio Fuels for Rural Data Center Power

CowData Centers are moving to rural areas where land and labor are less expensive.  There are often farms and lots of cows ... and therefore lots of cow manure.

A significant cost of operating data centers is the electric bill.

" ... Hewlett-Packard ...simultaneously help dairy farmers get rid of cow manure and help data center operators procure relatively cheap fuel: Use the manure to power servers."

" ... data centers ... building them in rural areas, which happen to have an excess of animal waste. The heat from a data center could be used to improve the process by which the waste turns it into methane, which can be used in place of natural gas or diesel, HP's researchers maintain. "

"... average dairy cow, ... produces approximately 120 pounds of waste a day. It would take 10,000 cows to produce enough energy for a data center big enough to support a bank.  "


Via:  Fierce CIO LINK

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Wegman's Uses Green Fuel Cell Powered Pallet Trucks

fuel cell powered forklift

" ... Wegmans, a supermarket chain ... launched a fleet of 50 hydrogen fuel cell-powered pallet trucks using Air Products’ (NYSE: APD) ... technology at its Pottsville, Pa. warehouse ... the first commercial site in Pennsylvania ... using hydrogen-powered material handling equipment."

" ... environmental benefits ... Because hydrogen is the fuel source, heat and water are the only byproducts.  ..."

" ...systems can be quickly refueled in less than five minutes, ... Wegmans hopes to convert its entire lift truck fleet at the Pottsville facility to hydrogen fuel cells over the next few years. ..."

"... fuel cell-powered equipment provides consistent power strength during use and does not experience decreased performance or wear down as traditional lead-acid battery units do ... fuel cell forklifts are not adversely impacted by temperature or by operating in coolers and freezers, ... fuel cell equipment is more environmentally friendly because it does not involve lead-acid battery storage and disposal issues."

Via:  Air Products and Chemicals  LINK

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May 24, 2010

Solar Silicon Manufacturing Technology for $100 Million

MEMC Electronic Materials will acquire Solaicx for its efficient solar manufacturing technology at a price tag of approx $100 Million. ...
... "Solaicx has developed proprietary continuous crystal growth manufacturing technology which yields low-cost, high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon wafers for the photovoltaic solar industry. The Solaicx technology allows for very high-volume crystal growth compared to the silicon ingots produced in the traditional precision semiconductor manufacturing process. The enhanced electrical performance of wafers from Solaicx ingots allows solar cell manufacturers to create higher efficiency cells with very competitive silicon costs. In addition to these customer benefits, the combined company will have low-cost polysilicon and crystal operations in North America and sales and support offices around the world, allowing the company to provide customers with industry leading customer service. " ...
Via MEMC Electronics Materials: Agreement to Acquire Solaicx (Link).

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Air Products and DOE to Work on Carbon Capture and Storage

logoAir Products

 "Air Products ... conduct an engineering study and project plan to capture, concentrate and purify carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from industrial operations for use in enhanced oil recovery work. ... will be among several to be evaluated in 2010 by DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory for potential additional funding of the overall project."

" ... design and construct a state-of-the-art system to capture CO2 from Air Products’ steam methane reformers (SMR) located at a refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.  ... recover and purify the CO2 for delivery via pipeline for enhanced oil recovery in Texas.  ..."

" ... Air Products has been involved in several carbon capture demonstration projects around the world, ...information on Air Products’ CO2 purification technologies can be found at: www.airproducts.com/CO2_capture "

Via: Air Products and Chemicals LINK
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Kraft / Philly Cream Cheese Sustainability Efforts

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" ... Philly plant in Lowville, NY ... making to reduce our carbon footprint. ... almost ¼ of the Lowville’s total energy use now comes from alternative sources."

" ... converting the waste stream from Cream Cheese production (whey) into methane gas. ... replaces about 1/3 of the natural gas usage and prevents virtually 100% of whey land-spreading. Annual energy savings are approximately 87,000 mm BTUs, or enough energy to heat around 1,100 average sized households for 1 year. ... In early 2008, ... Lowville ... replaced its interior lights with energy efficient T-8 lighting fixtures. ... saves 1,350,068 KWH of usage per year. That’s enough electricity to light 2,164 homes for a year."

" ...  In 2008, ... cut its total water use by 9%. ... [and] sent 33% less garbage to the landfill. ..."


Via:  Kraft  LINK

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May 23, 2010

Research the best green roof

St Mary's University Sustainability plan ...

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Amerigreen Gas Stations: E85 and other BioFuels

Amerigreen logo

While driving through Chester County, Pa to pick my son up from a camping trip I saw an Amerigreen gas station and thought I should check it out ... in addition to gas they sell diesel, propane and heating oil.  In addition to biodiesel and bio heating oil they have  E85.

"E85 Ethanol (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline) is a clean fuel with superior performance characteristics. It burns cleaner than gasoline, is renewable, and environmentally safer."

 "... we became one of the first oil companies in the United States to provide our customers with 100% North American made fuel--drilled, refined, and sold exclusively in North America. ..."

"In addition ... every gallon of our heating oil contains 5% soy oil, a renewable American farm product. ..."
" ... your heating oil and propane purchases will benefit the American economy, American jobs, ... we urge other energy companies to do the same. Because, ... it's simply the right thing to do...."



Via:  Amerigreen  LINK

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May 22, 2010

Energy monitoring with wireless sensors

Onset introduces wireless sensing hubs that communicate with centralized monitoring to understand energy use and environmental conditions in buildings.  …

…   “HOBO ZW Series data nodes reduce the cost and complexity of data collection by measuring, recording and transmitting real-time energy use and environmental data – from dozens of points – to a central PC. Different from traditional data loggers, HOBO data nodes work together in a self-healing wireless network to transmit logged data to a PC at regular intervals.

This eliminates the need of having to spend time retrieving collected data from individual data loggers deployed throughout a facility.  The wireless nodes can measure temperature, relatively humidity, kilowatt hours, CO2, AC voltage, amps, gauge pressure, and a variety of other parameters. ”   …

Via Onset: Wireless data nodes.

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Ford Fusion Hybrid - Real Life Experience

Ford Fusion "leaves"My brother and his girlfriend sent photo's of her new Ford Fusion Hybrid.  They and the car live in the Research Triangle Park area in NC ... 

Buying a hybrid can help you as an individual take action and be greener ... here is a real word experience.

They report ..."We went to the beach week before last and got about 39mpg averaging 70mph.  The Fusion has an LCD dashboard display for everything except the speedometer, and uses a “growing  vine” to show how well you are managing the hybrids capabilities."E and her Fusion

That is some pretty good MPG ... stay tuned for more updates on the Fusion.


Via:  Greentechnolog and ES  LINK 


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MIT Designs More Environmentally Friendlier Planes

MIT Concept plane

MIT has designed two airplanes that are more environmentally friendly ... quieter and with fewer GHG emissions.  Based on work from a NASA research contract these may provide planes of the future ...

"MIT ... two new airplane designs ... create more environmentally friendly planes ... quieter ... can take off from shorter runways ... ..."

" ... “D” or “double bubble,” would use 70 percent less fuel than a Boeing 737, according to MIT. Note the long, skinny wings and the small tail."

" ... the H, would replace the Boeing 777 for international flights. It’s closer in design to current planes and would burn 50 percent less fuel."

"NASA will pick two of the six teams to move forward, probably within the next few months. ... these planes won’t be ready to fly until 2035. ..."

Via:  SmartPlanet LINK

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May 21, 2010

Philadelphia Pa. Wins 3rd Annual Sustainable Community Award for a Large Community

PhiladelphiaMayor Michael Nutter has been promoting Philadelphia's green activities and now the city is being recognized by others as well.

"... U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and Siemens Corporation has presented the 3rd Annual Siemens Sustainable Community Award ... to the City of Philadelphia. ... recognizes Philadelphia’s outstanding efforts to achieve complementary economic, environmental and social goals, ..."

" ... Mayor Michael A. Nutter. ... encouraged by the momentum behind our sustainability efforts, ... look forward to aggressively continuing our work to promote market transformation in energy efficiency retrofitting and growing the green economy.”

"... training our workforce to install solar panels and cool roofs, and we’re putting Philadelphians to work weatherizing homes and installing green stormwater management infrastructure."

Via: City of Philadelphia LINK

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Springside School - 5th Place in Earth Day Challenge

Springside Acts of GreenSpringside School - Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia - continues it's green activities by snagging 5th place - in the US - in the Earth Day Challenge.


"Springside School took fifth place—in the country—in the Earth Day Challenge contest sponsored by The Green Schools Alliance, Cisco’s One Million Acts of Green Program, and GreenNexxus.  ... students and faculty logged 2,362 “Acts of Green,” which in turn saved 672,305 lbs. of greenhouse gases. When we all do one act, we act as one, and help the planet. (Click on the link above to see what YOU can do!)"


Via:  Springside  LINK


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Solar photovoltaic silicon technologies combine

Natcore Technology and Vanguard Solar combine to advance the efficiency of solar energy conversion.  Natcore Technology is the exclusive licensee, from Rice University, of a thin-film growth technology enabling room-temperature growth of various silicon oxides on silicon wafers in a liquid phase deposition (LPD) process.  Natcore’s acquisition of Vanguard Solar will close after appropriate due diligence.  …

…   “The first-generation products from Vanguard’s method could produce 15%-16% efficiencies at module costs of 60¢ to 70¢ per watt. It is anticipated that second-generation technology could achieve 20% efficiencies at even lower costs per watt.

The investment for production facilities is projected as low as $10 million to $15 million per 100-megawatt to 150-megawatt production capability, as compared with current costs of as much as $250 million for standard solar-cell production facilities.

Vanguard’s production equipment would be designed for insertion into an existing roll-to-roll film-coating line of the sort that has been displaced by the emergence of digital photography. All production materials are widely available and dramatically cheaper than silicon and other thin film systems.

If successfully developed, the process would enable a very cost-efficient production capability in large-scale facilities.”   …

Via Natcore: Solar Science Portfolio Expands.

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May 20, 2010

Supply Chain Environmental Performance Starts with Education

Boeing focuses its supply chain environmental improvement on educating the supplier base and collaborating through the supply chain to reduce the overall carbon footprint.  …

…   “Our life cycle approach to the environment starts with our global supply chain. In 2010, Boeing employees will lead more than 400 workshops educating suppliers about ways to reduce emissions and cut back on the amount of materials sent to landfills.  Later this year, we will introduce new contracting provisions establishing suppliers’ environmental initiatives as a key factor in doing business with Boeing. The next step is to work with other major aerospace companies to establish a recognized environmental standard for our global supply base. We have begun these discussions and hope to report meaningful progress in the coming year. ”   …

Via Boeing: 2010 Environmental Report (PDF).


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May 19, 2010

Production facilities integrate smart grid capabilities

Mitsubishi seeks to integrate solar, wind, and other renewable power sources into its production facilities through smart grid technology that will manage the reliability and stability of the energy supply.  Some of the production facilities will deploy solar photovoltaic systems in conjunction with rechargeable batteries to enable power usage when the sun is down.  …

…   “project to build facilities within the company’s production sites in Japan for experiments designed to establish advanced smart grid technologies. The project will contribute to the company’s efforts to support the adoption of sustainable power supplies worldwide.

Mitsubishi Electric will build experimental facilities at the company’s three Japanese domestic production sites located in Amagasaki, Wakayama and Ofuna. ”  …

Via Mitsubishi Electric: Smart Grid Technology Investments (PDF).


Smart grid technology is tested at Mitsubishi facilities

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May 18, 2010

Solar window integrates into green buildings

Pythagoras will commercialize a solar power generating window that can be integrated into green buildings, BIPV.  …

…   “Pythagoras Solar leverages a combination of patent-pending optics, high-efficiency crystalline silicon, advanced materials science and simulation software to create a highly efficient photovoltaic glass unit (PVGU), a new category of green building material. Unlike existing BIPV products, Pythagoras Solar curtain walls, skylights and windows simultaneously block solar radiation; concentrate sunlight and convert it into solar power; and deliver a high level of transparency for optimal daylighting and aesthetics.”   …

Via Pythagoras Solar: Green building material.

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Solar cell performs better with anti-reflective coating

Solar panel performance is boosted with anti-reflective coating.  …

…   “This same is true of conventional solar panels, which is why some industrial solar arrays are mechanized to slowly move throughout the day so their panels are perfectly aligned with the sun’s position in the sky. Without this automated movement, the panels would not be optimally positioned and would therefore absorb less sunlight. The tradeoff for this increased efficiency, however, is the energy needed to power the automation system, the cost of upkeeping this system, and the possibility of errors or misalignment.  Lin’s discovery could antiquate these automated solar arrays, as his antireflective coating absorbs sunlight evenly and equally from all angles.”   …

Via RPI: Absorption of Sunlight.

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May 17, 2010

Concentrated solar manufacturing capacity planned

Amonix invests in solar manufacturing capacity in Nevada.  …

…   “Amonix announced that plans to use $5.9 million of a $9.5 million investment tax credit from the Recovery Act’s Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit awarded in 2010 to establish a new manufacturing facility in Southern Nevada are well underway, and that the facility will be open by the end of 2010.

When fully operational, the facility will have an annual production capacity of 150 MW of CPV solar systems and employ 278 people in management, technical and production jobs. ”   …

Via Amonix: CPV Nevada Plant.


Amonix designs and manufactures concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems that require less water, use land better, and produce more energy per acre than any other solar technology.  Amonix is headquartered in Seal Beach, California. with expanded manufacturing facilities planned for Nevada and Arizona.

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Philadelphia Coolest Block Contest Winners Announced !

About a week ago I wrote about the cool roof project in Philadelphia [LINK].  The winning block was just announced ... the 1200 Block of Wolf Street.

RetroFit PHILLY - Coolest Block Contest

The residents on this block showed tremendous enthusiasm and community spirit in their quest to become the 'Coolest'. Plus, every roof on the block is suitable for a 'cool roof' coating! 

"In the coming weeks, ... this block ... receive its prize-an energy audit and energy-efficient upgrades, such as insulation, air sealing and a 'cool roof'! And we'll celebrate with a block party in June!"

" ...  check out their winning essay!"

"Cool roofs reflect the sun's heat ... are about 50-80 degrees cooler than typical asphalt roofs and come in a variety of colors.  White is the "coolest" because it most efficiently reflects the sun's rays. "


Via:  RetroFit Philly LINK



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May 16, 2010

Springside School Promotes Waste Reduction

Springside School's colors are blue and gold.  They are making blue + gold into GREEN.  A good life lesson in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Waste Free Wednesday Lunch InitiativeSpringside School logo


" ... The Sustainability Committee has decided to step up Springside's efforts to reduce the amount of trash that goes into landfills. Students are encouraged every day, but especially on Wednesdays, to compost, recycle, and eat as much of what they brought/bought to create as little waste as possible. In time, this will become something that naturally occurs every day!"

Via: Springside School LINK

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Wireless smart monitoring for Texas solar project

University of Texas team receives grant to develop smart grid tools for solar power generation.  …

…   “Led by engineering professors Brian Kelley, Mo Jamshidi and Hariharan Krishnaswami with assistance from undergraduate student Gerardo Trevino, the project will produce a wireless smart grid to monitor the energy and cost savings from utilizing the solar panels.  The solar-energy grant is one of four that will enable solar panel installations in San Antonio. ”   …

Via UT at San Antonio: Smart Energy Project.

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Springside School: Largest Solar Installation in Philadelphia

Springside School's Solar RoofSpringside School - Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia has  the largest solar installation in the city of Philadelphia.  You can see the solar progress with the monitoring station ... the system has the capacity of 92.4 kSpringside  School logoW DC.

As of May 15th, 2010 the system has generated 21,201 kWH - equivalent to powering 2 homes for a year.

See  the current operation / historical data at LINK


 Via:  Springside School  LINK

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May 15, 2010

Delaware Solid Waste Authority Landfill Phyto-Capl

Delawrae Solid Waste Authority logo 

"The Delaware Solid Waste Authority ... is near completion of an environmentally green project of constructing a landfill phyto-cap (vegetative covering) over a landfill for the purpose of treating leachate generated by rainwater and decomposition of materials at the Solid Waste Management Center in Sandtown, Del."

" ... generates an average of 8,000 gallons of leachate each day. ... natural cap, technically known as a “phyto cap” was the answer utilizing an environmentally friendly leachate treatment system that avoids having to transport and store the waste."

" ... The phyto cap is 25-acres in size and consists of man-made wetlands and over 10,000 planted trees that play a crucial role in the water recycling process. ..."

Via: Water Efficiency  LINK

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Greater Philadelphia Green Business Program

Greater Phila Green Business Program

Real Estate developers are seeing the value in being able to offer sustainable green buildings.

"Aegis Property Group ... integrating energy and environmental leadership principals and practices into its development management services capabilities. ...Corporate commitment to LEED program. ...an active leadership role ... in the Green Building Council ... continuing education in green principles and LEED ... Advocacy of green principles ... as appropriate in our client’s projects."

"Sustainable design, construction and operation ... is no longer a luxury - it is an absolute necessity."


Via:  AEGIS Property Group  LINK


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Solar farm powers up

California solar farm begins operations with generating capacity of five mega-watts.  …

… “CalRENEW-1 consists of more than 50,000 solar panels covering almost 50 acres. Development and construction of the solar farm created scores of green collar jobs and solar installer training opportunities in the Central Valley. Successful completion of the project on schedule and budget demonstrates Cleantech America's competence to marshal and manage the many resources necessary to complete large-scale renewable projects and bring them into commercial operation. ”   …

Via CleanTech: Utility-Scale Solar Farm.

CalRENEW-1 became the first utility-scale solar photovoltaic farm to be approved under California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard program in 2008.

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May 14, 2010

Monocrystalline solar cell

Monocrystalline solar photovoltaic module uses manufacturing and materials technology called Quad Max to deliver performance to the rooftop energy market segment.  …

…   “Trina Solar developed Quad Max technology using innovative manufacturing processes and proprietary, state-of-the-art metallization and passivation techniques, which have allowed Quad Max cells to yield conversion efficiencies of up to 18.8% in test laboratory production. The product's square shape allows the monocrystalline cell to harvest more sunlight by avoiding surface area loss typical with conventional octagon-shaped cells.”   …

Via Trina Solar: Module TSM-DC80 with Quad Max Cell Technology.

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May 13, 2010

Solar membrane for trickle charging EV

Univ of Arkansas team develops electric vehicle to research new technology and educate students.  …

…   “Additional engineering tasks include implementation of a fast on-board charging system, integration of flexible solar membranes for trickle charging two maxillary batteries and integration of a new LCD instrument cluster for displaying speed, voltages, currents and battery conditions.”   …

Via University of Arkansas, Fort Smith: Electric Vehicle Project.

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May 12, 2010

Chemical engineers improve solar efficiency with carbon nanotech electrode

Stanford Univ C3Nano team wins the MIT Clean Energy Prize for their carbon nanotechnology based solution for thin film electrodes which permits sunlight to flow through.  …

…   “The team of PhD chemical engineering students has developed a carbon nano-based transparent electrode that will increase the efficiency of thin film photovoltaic solar panels by allowing up to 12 percent more sunlight to penetrate the panels.

The electrode – a conductor through which electric current is passed – is also less expensive, more lightweight and flexible than electrodes made out of conventional materials. ”   …

Via NStar: Electrode Design to Improve Solar Panel Performance.


In the clean energy competition, C3Nano has developed a new transparent electrode material that they believe will make photovoltaic solar panels both cheaper and more efficient.

The MIT Clean Energy competition:  MIT CEP is organized and run by students enrolled in MIT’s science and engineering schools and the MIT Sloan School of Management.

C3Nano team developed proprietary transparent electrode that outperforms leading transparent electrodes and delivers efficiency of photovoltaics by 1%.

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Solar power to reach 25 pct electricity production by 2050

Photovoltaic and Concentrating Solar Power are seen as the key solar technologies to increase adoption over the long term.  …

…   “The combination of solar photovoltaics and concentrating solar power offers considerable prospects for enhancing energy security while reducing energy-related CO2 emissions by almost six billion tonnes per year by 2050. The roadmaps detail the technology milestones that would make this possible …”   …

Via IEA: Technology Roadmap.

Concentrated solar will require infrastructure investments to transport the electricity generated in remote, sunny regions.  …

…   “IEA expects CSP to become competitive for peak and mid-peak loads by 2020 in the sunniest places if appropriate policies are adopted. Its further expansion will depend on the development of dedicated transport lines that will bring CSP electricity to a greater number of large consumption centres. Some of them will have to be developed within large countries such as China, India and the USA. Others will cross border, and many will be needed to link the southern and northern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. ”   …

IEA sees solar at quarter of world electricity by 2050.

Solar photovoltaic technology roadmap (PDF).  New technology is needed to support grid integration.  …

…   “The PV industry, grid operators and utilities will need to develop new technologies and strategies to integrate large amounts of PV into flexible, efficient and smart grids.”   …

Concentrating solar power technology roadmap (PDF).  CSP will require energy storage to meet 24 hour coverage of power needs.  …

…   “integrated thermal storage is an important feature of CSP plants, and virtually all of them have fuel-power backup capacity. Thus, CSP offers firm, flexible electrical production capacity to utilities and grid operators while also enabling effective management of a greater share of variable energy from other renewable sources … ”   …

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May 11, 2010

Zero landfill manufacturing facilities are possible

General Motors demonstrates sustainability leadership in its manufacturing facilities by recycling and eliminating its waste streams.  …

…   “More than 2 million tons of waste materials will be recycled or reused at GM plants worldwide this year. An additional 45,000 tons will be converted to energy at waste-to-energy facilities.

Although zero landfill sites recycle or reuse their waste in some way, other GM facilities also attain high levels of recycling. Overall, GM’s global facilities currently recycle more than 90 percent of the waste they generate. 

Waste elimination and recycling at GM’s zero landfill plants and other facilities will prevent more than 3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emission reductions from entering the atmosphere this year. ”   …

Via GM: Plants eliminate waste to landfills.


GM zero waste success story

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White Roofs Help Keep Philadelphia Cool

white roof in Philadelphia

Philadelphia is out to become America's greenest city.  RetroFIT PHILLY is part of the plan to lead the nation's cities in "greenness".

" ... RetroFIT PHILLY "Coolest Block" contest ... with product and technology contributions from The Dow Chemical Company ... invites row home owners to enter to win energy-saving cool roof, air sealing and insulation upgrades for their entire block."

"... Greenworks Philadelphia  goal is to retrofit 15 percent of the city's row home roofs, and the 'Coolest Block' contest is jumpstarting this effort," said Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter...."

" ... White cool roofs, ... bounce off solar energy to prevent it from being absorbed into the roof and house in the summer. ... they reduce the amount of energy needed to cool the living space and bring the cost of cooling a home down by as much as 20 percent."

" ... cool roofs are a proven way to combat urban heat island effect. The roof's exterior is 50 – 80 degrees cooler on hot summer days, helping to lower high temperatures and improve air quality. ..."


Via: The Dow Chemical Company  LINK

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Dell packages computer equipment with compostable bamboo cradles for delivery

Dell will package your computer equipment for delivery in certified compostable bamboo cradles.  The packaging has been certified for its composting performance.  Bamboo grows fast and can be harvested sustainably.  Dell sources its bamboo from China.  The company is focusing on creating a sustainable footprint for its value chain, which includes improving the waste stream generated from the packaging of its products.  …

…   “The packaging recently received American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D-6400 certification. This certification confirms the packaging, made from mechanically pulped bamboo from a Forest Stewardship Council-certified bamboo forest in China, will compost and biodegrade at a rate comparable to known compostable materials when added to a hot, active compost pile.

The certification also assures that the compost resulting from the packaging’s degradation process is of good quality and can sustain plant growth.”   …

Via Dell: Bamboo Packaging Certified Compostable.


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May 10, 2010

Understanding High Efficiency Solar Photosynthesis

Berkeley Labs researchers are working to understand the quantum entanglement used to drive efficient conversion of solar rays through photosynthesis. ...
... "Green plants and certain bacteria are able to transfer the energy harvested from sunlight through a network of light harvesting pigment-protein complexes and into reaction centers with nearly 100-percent efficiency. " ...
Via Science Daily: Quantum Entanglement Behind Photosynthesis

Quantum entanglement research: The research team was surprised to see that significant entanglement persisted between molecules in the light harvesting complex that were not strongly coupled (connected) through their electronic and vibrational states. They were also surprised to see how little impact temperature had on the degree of entanglement.

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Is Local Shopping "Greener" than Online Shopping ?

For those looking to be green and keep their carbon footprint as small as possible ... the question of what kind of shopping is "greener" - Local or On-Line?

waiting for the mail ...

"Shopping online reduces environmental impact with 35 percent less energy consumption."

" ... a study by Carnegie Mellon's Green Design Institute ... looked ... at Buy.com's e-commerce model, ... found ... online ... "reduces environmental impact with 35 percent less energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions than ... the traditional retail shopping model.""

"... this isn't going to work for every online retailer, or compare to every brick-and-morter store in your area, but still, these results are surprising."

" ... approximately 65 percent of total emissions generated by the traditional retail model stemmed from customer transport to and from retail stores."


Via:  SustaineLane  LINK

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Ford Europe Electric Vehicles to be manufactured in Spain

Ford will deliver electric vehicles to the European market from its Valencia, Spain production facility.  …

…   “Ford Motor Company has significant experience with hybrid vehicles in North America, and will now extend this expertise to Europe as part of the company's aggressive global electrified vehicles strategy.  The reason for building both full Hybrid Electric Vehicle and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle versions of the five-seat Ford C-MAX is to provide customers with greater choice to suit their specific driving and living environments.

Full HEVs charge their electric batteries through the use of the small displacement internal combustion engine along with energy recapture through the regenerative brake system, whereas PHEVs have the ability to also recharge their electric batteries through an external source, such as a conventional electric power socket. ”   …

Via Ford: Electric Vehicle Sourcing for Europe

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Thin film solar overview

Mechanical engineers focus on understanding solar cell production methods.  …

… “overview of the Thin Film Solar Cell technology and in particular the transparent conductive oxide (TCO) used in all types of cell production … ”   …

Via Colorado State University: Presentation

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Ecotech Institute - Green Technical Educatio

Ecotech InstituteEcotech Institute offers a "green education" ... the first of its kind in the U.S.  Ecotech is based in Aurora Colorado.

Ecotech Institute -- the first and only college entirely focused on preparing graduates for careers in the "rapidly growing fields of renewable energy, sustainable design, and energy efficiency -- with practical, hands-on training designed to meet the demands of employers in the green economy."

" ... the college for renewable energy and sustainable design, prepares students for environment careers with practical, hands-on training. ... Instructors typically work in the energy management and green design fields. "

" ... nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools ... a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Eduction."


Via: Ecotech Institute  LINK

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May 09, 2010

Water Fern May Offer Drag Reducing / Fuel Savings for Cargo Ships

Bigger Cargo ships are typically more efficient to run than smaller ones ... and are used to carry a huge chunk of global trade.  They also have lots of drag traveling through the oceans ... reduce drag, increase fuel efficiency, save oik.

"Researchers at the University of Bonn, ... have discovered how the water fern (salvinia molesta) repels water so superbly that it never really gets wet. ... tiny hair-like structures create “a gauzy skirt of air” that separates the fern from the surrounding liquid."

hydrophilic  tips of water fern

" .. Synthetic surfaces that are super-hydrophobic already exist, but their ability to repel water is relatively short-lived within water that is moving. ... The water fern is different. ... "

"The shipping industry emitted 847 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2007. The amount was almost 3 percent of human-made CO2 emissions that year ... study suggests a water-fern-like coating on the hull of a container ship could decrease its fuel consumption by 10 percent."


Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

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Navy solar power on Guam

Navy break ground on solar energy project at Guam base.  …

…   “The solar photovoltaic project represents one of three components in the Navy’s $34.1 million initiative to reduce energy consumption on Guam through its Energy Savings Performance Contract … ”   …

Via Guam PDN: $5.9 million solar energy project

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Accelerated Solar Patent through Green Technology Program

Skyline Solar receives patent through the accelerated program by the USPTO for its Dual Trough Concentrating Solar Photovoltaic Module.  …

… “US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued patent number 7,709,730, which covers fundamental aspects of Skyline Solar’s HGS architecture.

The patent issuance makes Skyline Solar one of the first companies to receive patent approval under the USPTO’s Green Technology Pilot Program. 

The expedited examination provided by the USPTO program highlights the commitment by the US government to maintain leadership in green technology innovation in the face of increasing competition from other countries.

Traditionally, green technology companies could expect to wait several years before being issued a patent. ”   …

Via Skyline Solar: Accelerated Patent Approval under Green Technology Pilot Program

Skyline Solar manufactures High Gain Solar (HGS) arrays incorporating industry-proven silicon cells, durable reflector materials and single-axis tracking into a complete, easy-to-deploy system. Skyline HGS delivers ten times more energy per gram of silicon than traditional flat panel systems.

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May 08, 2010

Global warming: soot emissions

CMU, Caltech, Georgia Tech collaborate to understand the impact of soot on global warming and the answers point to an interesting relationship.  …

…   “Carnegie Mellon's Peter Adams and colleagues John H. Seinfeld of the California Institute of Technology and Athanasios Nenes of the Georgia Institute of Technology report that controls on black carbon soot might not slow global warming as much as previously thought.

The study has implications for the ongoing climate policy debate about assigning a global warming potential (GWP) to soot, a metric for comparing its climate impact to carbon dioxide. GWP values have been assigned to a wide range of greenhouse gases.”   …

Via Carnegie Mellon University: Soot Emissions

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Biofuel Jet at Pax River NAS: FA-18

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May 07, 2010

Phillies Red goes Green at Citizen Bank Park

Phillies launched the Red Goes Green initiative to demonstrate its commitment to clean energy at professional sports venues and it works to improve awareness among sports fans at the games.  …

Phillies Red Goes Green at the game ...


Red Goes Green site.

Red Goes Green Team features volunteers from local colleges and community organizations who collect recyclable materials from the stands throughout each game. All Red Goes Green Team members wear green aprons so they are easily identified and an announcement is made pre-game to fans to look for the Green Team and take part in the Phillies' recycling efforts.

Go Phils!

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Solar hot water project pays back

Rooftop solar hot water project will significantly impact carbon emissions for the school facility. ...
... "The project involves the installation of 24 flat plate solar collectors, which aid in the transmission of energy to solar storage tanks. " ...
Via Bowdoin: Solar water project

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May 06, 2010

Catalyst for the hydrogen economy

Berkeley Lab researchers have developed catalyst that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen more efficiently. ...
... "The catalyst requires no additional organic additives or solvents, can operate in neutral water (even if it's dirty) and works with sea water -- meaning we could literally be looking at oceans of cheap energy. " ...
Via Popular Science: Cheap New Metal Catalyst

  • Via Science Daily: Generate hydrogen from water: "Our new proton reduction catalyst is based on a molybdenum-oxo metal complex that is about 70 times cheaper than platinum ... "
  • Via Berkeley Lab: Inexpensive Metal Catalyst for Generating Hydrogen from Water: "Hydrogen gas, whether combusted or used in fuel cells to generate electricity, emits only water vapor as an exhaust product, which is why this nation would already be rolling towards a hydrogen economy if only there were hydrogen wells to tap. However, hydrogen gas does not occur naturally and has to be produced. Most of the hydrogen gas in the United States today comes from natural gas, a fossil fuel. While inexpensive, this technique adds huge volumes of carbon emissions to the atmosphere. Hydrogen can also be produced through the electrolysis of water – using electricity to split molecules of water into molecules of hydrogen and oxygen. This is an environmentally clean and sustainable method of production – especially if the electricity is generated via a renewable technology such as solar or wind – but requires a water-splitting catalyst. "

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Solar cell silicon printing boosts efficiency

Solar cell manufacturing gets a boost through cell efficiency and reduction in raw material usage.  …

…   “This combination of higher efficiency and reduced material expense is projected to lower manufacturing cost by over 3 cents-per-watt and deliver a return on investment in as little as 8 months.  Esatto Technology is a high precision, multi-step printing capability for Applied's market-leading Baccini back-end solar cell processing systems.

This production-proven screen printing technology is used to fabricate advanced contact structures in crystalline silicon (c-Si) solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.”   …

Via Applied Materials: Manufacture Higher Efficiency, Lower Cost Solar Cells.

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Developing the next generation of green architects

Great example of the talented graduates of architecture education, who are prepared to address the world’s challenges.  …

… “We’re also looking at how to implement biogas, solar panels and wind turbines, says Bukowski, who earned her LEED accreditation last year.”   …

Via Washington University in St. Louis: Tegan Bukowski, Architect.

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May 05, 2010

Starbuck's Goal of Recyclable Cup Hits Snag

Starsbux041910bucks had set a goal of making its cups reusable / recyclable by 2015.  This goal is proving to be tougher than thought ...

" ... gave itself a “needs improvement” grade for its goals of developing a comprehensive recyclable cut by 2012 and implementing a front-of-store recycling effort by 2015."

" ... wide variance in municipal recycling capabilities. ... makes it difficult ... to efficiently and effectively implement a recycling strategy. ..."
" ...cup design is only one part of the issue. ... shows how something as seemingly simple as recycling a cup can be a bit complicated."


Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

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FiberCell Solar Cells Combine Fiber and Novel Shape


 FiberCell technology uses a honeycomb shape that allows  for greater light absorption ... by catching light from multiple angles having more periods of "peak" efficiency.  The cells are fiber based and use dye from the pokeberry to increase efficiency.  FiberCell is based in Winston-Salem NC.

"FiberCell ... strong IP position comes from a portfolio of patents covering its unique light gathering design, absorber compositions, and manufacturing approach.... "

" ... FiberCell absorbers are fully integrated into the light collection system, making it a solar cell and solar concentrator in one. ...  "

Enhanced operational lifetimes

" ...  depends only in part on organic absorbers. This allows for better overall sealant performance. ... During a day, FiberCell can generate up to twice the power of a traditional flat panel device of the same effeciency rating ...  Internal resistances are very low for the cells. ... Rugged performance with continued module funtion even when individual cells are lost due to damage ..."


Via:  Fibercell  LINK  and SmartPlanet

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Lenovo boasts 'greenest' laptops on the market

Lenovo laptop

Lenovo's L412 and 512 are " ... are being touted as highly durable and as being the “greenest on the market.”"

" ... Labeled with an Energy Star 5.0 rating, ... notebooks are 40% more energy-efficient than previous ThinkPads. Several parts of the machines ... made from post consumer content, including old IT equipment and office water jugs that make up the LCD cover, palm rests and top/bottom case. ... laptops are shipped in almost 100% recycled packaging."



Via:  ZDNet.com  LINK

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May 04, 2010

CloudCroft New Mexico Runs 100% on Recycled Water

Cloudcroft, NM map

Ready to drink once used water?  Folks in Cloudcroft, NM do - every day !

Cloudcroft NM runs 100% on recycled water.  From soup to nuts - washing to drinking ... toilet to tap !

" ... a town of ... 800 ... used to ... truck in upwards of 20,000 gallons of fresh water every day. ... got $600,000 from the state to put toward a $2 million water re-use system."

" ...“zero discharge” system is very unusual ... people tend get about phobic about the idea of drinking water that has been used for some other purpose ... sort of system you might find on a submarine ... everything is ... closed-loop. ..."

" ... ITT technologies ... include the Sanitaire membrane bioreactor, the WET reverse osmosis system, and the PCI ultrafiltration system.



Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

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Black silicon process for solar cell manufacturing

Coherent partners to deliver technologies that create efficiencies in the solar cell manufacturing process.  …

… “Coherent has also entered into a joint development agreement with SiOnyx, Inc., for solar cell manufacturing using black silicon processing, which is based upon the interaction of ultrafast laser light and silicon in a controlled environment.

Black silicon based materials and processes offer a number of potential advantages over currently deployed technologies, including cost reductions, an increase in conversion efficiencies, as well as an increase in manufacturing yields. ”   …

Via Coherent: Joint development agreement with SiOnyx.


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Biotechnology route to energy

Joule focuses on biotech synthesis approach to creating fuel.  The method is moving into the pilot phase before commercialization.  …

Joule Unlimited, Cambridge, Mass., has developed several patented gene-altered organisms that absorb sunlight and carbon dioxide and combine these into hydrocarbons.

Via New York Times: Fuel-Sweating Flora.

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Renewable energy research portfolio at Stanford

Stanford University develops portfolio of research projects to advance the understanding and capabilities of renewable energy challenges through its Precourt Institute for Energy.  …

… “The six projects address a spectrum of issues, including how to convert carbon dioxide to fuel, how to handle the fluctuations in electricity generated from intermittent renewable resources such as wind and how to improve the efficiency of solar cells while reducing costs. ”   …

Via Stanford Univ: Energy institute first round of research.

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Google Invests in North Dakota Wind Farm

Wind FarmGoogle has made its first DIRECT investment in a production scale wind farm ... 

" ... wind farms that generate 169.5 megawatts of power, enough to power more than 55,000 homes. ... developed by NextEra Energy Resources, ... use existing transmission capacity to deliver clean energy to the region ... $38.8 million investment, we’re aiming to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy ..."

" ... been looking at investments in renewable energy projects, ... that can accelerate the deployment of the latest clean energy technology ... providing attractive returns to Google and more capital for developers to build additional projects."

" ..  uses some of the latest wind turbine technology and control systems ... turbines can continuously adjust the individual blade pitch angles to achieve optimal efficiency ... larger blades with 15 percent more swept area than earlier generations, ..."

Via:  Google  LINK

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May 03, 2010

Redmond green building trends

Redmond, Washington creates a set of indicators to track trends in the community.  Urban development trends are tracked through the volume of LEED rated buildings.  …

… “To qualify for LEED certification, a development must earn a certain number of credits, each linked to a green building practice.  Eight buildings were LEED certified in Redmond during 2009.”   …

Via City of Redmond, Washington: Community Indicators 2010 (PDF).

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Green building education

Sonoma State offers education opportunity in green building …

… “This Certificate Program is designed with the working professional in mind. It is a yearlong program focused on developing the understanding necessary to enable sustainable building decision making within a corporate, institutional, non-profit, municipal or individual setting. ”   …

Via City of Petaluma: Resources for Building Professionals (PDF).

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Leverage the Strengths of Green Cities to Drive Sustainable Impact

Sustainability can be addressed through leveraging the strengths and capabilities of green cities and regions.  Each area has a legacy that can be repurposed to create positive impact.  …

… “Toledo, Ohio, is building on its strength in auto glass production to build thin-film solar panels. Cleveland hopes to build wind turbines that can be used on Lake Erie. The Pittsburgh and Syracuse, NY, regions are transforming building supply industries into green building suppliers. ”   …

Via Northeastern: Emerald Cities: Urban Sustainability and Economic Development.

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May 02, 2010

Far Niente's Floating Solar Electric System

Check out this float-o-voltaic system at Far Niente Winery in Oakville, California.  Since land is so expensive / valuable they using an irrigation pond to "host" their solar system.  Via: Far Niente Winery  LINK

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Jersey Shore Solar Power Pilot Installations

Petra will support AC Electric pilot of utility pole-mounted solar photovoltaic systems.  …

… “This month, five systems will be installed on Sunset Boulevard in Cape May Point and another five on 35th and Simpson streets in Ocean City. They will enable Atlantic City Electric to evaluate SunWave capabilities in solar power generation and smart grid communications.”   …

Via Petra Solar: Atlantic City Electric Solar Project

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Solar powered LEED church planned

Church group plans to pursue LEED certification with its new facility.  …

…   “The Mesa facility will save 20 percent in utility costs compared with the current church designs. It will use a solar photovoltaic system for its energy, and it will use water-conservation systems as well, with irrigation, low-water-use landscaping and low- flow toilets. “   …

Via AZ Central: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Solar Power Capacity Expansion

SunPower expands the planned capacity of its 250-MW California Valley Solar Ranch in San Luis Obispo County by 40 megawatts (MW). ...
... "The California Valley Solar Ranch agreement was designed to accommodate the additional 40-MW capacity, eliminating the need for any amendments to SunPower's county permit application. The solar plant will be completed in phases, with the first phase planned to begin operation in 2011. " ...
Via SunPower: California Valley Solar Ranch for PG&E

  • SunPower plans for the California Valley Solar Ranch: "The project is proposing a 250 megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant in the Carissa Plains. "
  • California Valley Solar Ranch Details: "High Plains Ranch II, LLC, owned by SunPower has proposed the California Valley Solar Ranch, a 250 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic power plant, to be built in the Carrizo Plain, northeast of California Valley. On August 14, 2008, Pacific Gas and Electric announced an agreement to buy all the power from the power plant. "
  • Fact sheet (PDF).

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May 01, 2010

Growing Organicly in Rooftop Garden in Greenpoint, Brooklyn (NYC)

Roof top Garden - Bklyn,  NYCBrooklyn may not be the first place you thing of when ROOFTOP gardens come to mind ... BUT Roof Top Farms grows pumpkins, peas and other produce - organically.

" ...The garden, 15 m above the GreenRooftop Farmspoint sidewalk, is like a peaceful oasis in an otherwise throbbing industrial district. ..."

" ... Rooftop Farms project started in 2008 ... About 90 tonnes of specially mixed soil from Philadelphia was spread on the roof in March 2009 ... The garden users receive organic waste for their patches from the restaurants who by some of the vegetables, enabling them to avoid the use of artificial fertilisers."


Other benefits include controlling water runoff and less water treatment needed as well as possible reduced heating / cooling loads on the buildings.


Via: Sustainable Cities  LINK

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Recycle Most Anything

By now readers of this blog knows the importance of recycling and "how to do it".  Most recycle paper, glass bottles, "tin" cans and #1 / #2 plastics.

Near my home is a recycling center that takes just about EVERYTHING.  They take plastics labeled #1 - #6 as well as glass bottle caps, clean aluminum, #2, #4, #5 bottle caps, 6- pack rings, straws, credit / debit / gift cards (to be recycled) and scrap fabric.  This great places is called Recycling Services, Inc. in Pottstown, Pa. (western Phila suburb).

What if you are not near Pottstown, Pa?  girl recycling

" ... Nearly everything can be recycled, though it may take a little research on your part to find out how. ... First, you need to know what your town will recycle. ... For anything you'd like to recycle but won't be picked up by your town, ... A site like the National Recycling Coalition can help you locate an organization that will accept your recyclables. ..."

Via: Life123 LINK
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