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January 19, 2013

Atlantic Wind Connection




The Atlantic Wind connection is expected to be the backbone infrastructure to bring offshore energy from the mid-Atlantic states of NJ, and Delaware, Maryland and Virginia  to the grid.  The sponsors include GOOGLE and is led by Trans-Elect.  Trans-Elect is a independent power transmission company.

The area off the mid-Atlantic “ …  offers more than 60,000 MW of offshore wind potential ... allow for the development of large, distant wind farms, mitigating visibility issues and allowing for greater energy capture from stronger winds. …”

“ … single offshore backbone with a limited number of landfall points will minimize the environmental impacts of building multiple individual radial lines to shore.  …”

Along with bringing renewable energy to the grid there are expected “ … between 133,000 and 212,000 U.S. jobs …” from construction.  Based on 54,000 MV of wind capacity 9estimate for 2030)  it was estimated that there would be of 43,000 permanent jobs created to run and maintain the system.

 

Click here for larger image:  Atlantic Wind Connection phases

 

Via:  Atlantic Wind Connection  LINK

December 15, 2012

Harvard University Research on Green Energy Storage Batteries




Green Energy sources like wind and solar do not always produce power in the same cycle as needed by users.  That is, the wind might blow at night not during work hours … so an effective “green energy storage” system could really make green energy sources more useful.  “Green energy storage” needs to be relatively cheap or the green energy is not cost effective.

Harvard is conducting research on a “flow battery” that might provide “ …  cost-effective, grid-scale electrical energy storage based on eco-friendly small organic molecules …..  “Flow batteries may make stationary storage viable in the marketplace, and that will enable wind and solar to displace a lot more fossil fuel.”

Flow batteries are like a rechargeable fuel cell using liquid chemicals to store generated  power.  Current technology uses vanadium redox (cost prohibitive due to raw material prices) or molten sulfur (must operate at very high temperatures).

Harvard’s research is looking at small organic molecules that are found in plans and can be made at low cost, are non-toxic and work room temperatures. These would offer high power density and could be co-located with the generating power source and would link directly to the power grid.

 

Via:  Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences LINK

November 06, 2012

Oregon's Newbury Volcano Potential Geothermal Power Source




A dormant volcano in Oregon, the Newbury,  is the pilot site for exploring volcanoes as a route to geothermal energy.  Receiving approval from “ … The U.S. Bureau of Land Management …  Alta Rock Energy, will drill … wells ...” to power turbines and generate power.

The footprint of the wells is extremely small given the energy potential.  The site is basically a drill pad and “… occupies … five acres, and all of the equipment will be on that pad …”  Geothermal is a constant source of power unlike wind and solar which are not always available around the clock – so no back up power source is needed.

Newbury is targeted to produce “ …  about 2,000 megawatts of electricity, basically enough power for a city of one million people.”

While somewhat similar to the process used to “frack” for oil there is no hydrocarbons burned so there are no emissions.

Click to hear more MP3 

 

Via: PRI – Public Radio International  LINK

October 03, 2012

Apple's Very Green Data Center




Apple’s new data center in Maiden, NC is green by design.  It has a white roof to reduce cooling needs and sourced a significant amount of the materials locally.

60% of the power needed will be generated onsite from solar arrays and fuel cells.  The remainder will come from the grid but will be from renewable sources making the site “ … the most environmentally sound data center ever built.”

The combined output of the solar arrays and fuel cells is 124 million kWh – the amount of energy needed for almost 10,900 homes.

Via:  Apple  LINK

August 14, 2012

US's First Grid Power from Tidal Powered Turbine




Ocean Renewable Power Company is piloting their TidGen system near Eastport, Maine.  This will be the FIRST wave / tide powered system to bring energy to the power grid.

The turbine rotates on a horizontal axis and will generate 180 Kw.  Construction started in March 2012 and power is expected to flow to the grid by October 1, 2012.

See video below for more information.

 

Video from Al Jazeera LINK 

 

Via: Ocean Renewable Power Company LINK

May 04, 2012

Zotos: One of US's Top 20 On-Site Wind Power Generators




 

Zotos makes professional hair care products.  They also are going green and have major initiatives under way for wind power, carbon offsetting and greener packaging.

“ … we must change the way we see our world. … Zotos is … implementing one of the largest private industrial sustainability programs in the nation.”

They have been recognized by the US-EPA as one of the Top 20 On-site Wind Generators.  Two turbines at their Geneva NY plant that “ … generate approximately 6.5 million kWh of electricity … annually … provide more than 60 percent of Zotos’ energy requirements … expected to reduce overall CO2 emissions by 50 percent in 2011.”

 

 Via: Zotos Internatinal LINK

March 27, 2012

Panasonic Technology for Hybrid Car Carrier




 

Panasonic along with Mitsui O.S.K Lines, Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are working on technologies to reduce CO2 emissions from ocean going ships.

The test platform is the “EMERALD ACE”.  The ship will be fitted with “ … solar panels (160kW planned) and lithium-ion rechargeable batteries (approximately 2.2MWh planned) … “

The solar panels charge batteries that provide power when in the harbor – in place of diesel generators reducing CO2 emissions.  The batteries are used as ballast and do not impact the carrying capacity of the ship.

 

Via: Panasonic  LINK

January 28, 2012

Exelon Turns Chicago Brownfield Site to Solar Farm




Exelon is repurposing a brownfield site in the Chicago area into a solar farm.  The 41 acre site have 32,292 solar panels and generates 14,000 mWatt-hrs yearly.

“ … uses SunPower® solar tracking systems that tilt the panels toward the sun as it moves across the sky, increasing energy production by up to 25%.”

The energy generated by the solar panels offsets “ … more than 30 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year …”

Exelon also remediated the site which had been vacant for more than 30 years.

 

Via:  Excelon  LINK

December 27, 2011

Could Data Centers Heat our Homes and Offices ?




Data centers use a lot of energy to power servers and in doing so generate a lot of heat.  Additional energy is then needed to keep the servers and other equipment from overheating (air conditioning or chiller systems).  Could the heat from servers be repurposed instead of cooled ?

According to a research paper (link below) “ … “data furnaces” could offer a lower carbon footprint … [in] home offices or office buildings. … servers could … become a primary heating system for these buildings …”

There are obstacle to overcome but in theory it seems to make sense.

What do you think ?  Will there ever be a server farm in your apartment building / complex or office tower?

>>> To read the Microsoft research paper LINK

>>> Fujitsu is using a similar concept for heat reuse – using it to drive data center cooling systems LINK

 

Via: ZDNet   LINK

Wind Energy without Turbines from Cornell University Prof.




Cornell professor Francis Moon (photo) has done some research on generating wind power without turbine blades.

The research looks at “ … vibro-wind power: harvesting energy from the wind as it flows around commercial and residential buildings.  …”

If scalable this would might be a source of power in many large cities bringing the generation source close to the point of use. Large citie4s with multi story buildings may have more power potential with vibro-wind than solar as the roof-print dwarfs the outside surface area.

 

Via:  Cornell University  LINK

August 14, 2011

Suntrica's SolarStra™Solar Powered Charger for Small Electronics




 

 

With Suntrica’s SolarStrap™ you never have to worry about runnning out of batteries for your small electronic devices. 

Suntrica’s SolarStrap™ combines a solar panel with an integrated battery pack to store power for charging small electronics such as cell phones, mp3 players and is “ … compatible with most … devices utilizing 5 V charging voltage”

“SolarStrap™ is… designed specifically for harsh outdoor use. … responce to the … charging challenge in developing markets having limited access to electricity. “

 

Via:  Suntrica Ltd.  LINK

June 26, 2011

Novel Idea - Wind Tubines on Highway Signs




 Arizona State University logo

An Arizona State University student has Wind Turbine on Highway Sign Posta novel design to mount HORIZONTAL wind turbines on overhead highway signposts.  By modifying the existing signposts they can be become wind energy sources. See mocked up picture at RIGHT >>>

" ... estimates ... on the highways outside of Phoenix, ... each turbine would produce enough energy annually to power a 700-square-foot apartment. ..."

The idea is that the breeze from the moving cars and the wind can generate "free energy" for the grid - and not require any additional energy use by cars and trucks.  In Arizona many of the highways have a 70 mph speed limit.

 

May 03, 2011

MIT Uses Virus' to Improve Efficiency of PV Cells




M13 Virus used to improve efficiency of PV cellsMIT scientists have found a novel way to use virus' to improve the efficiency of PV cells.   The virus' " ... perform detailed assembly work at the microscopic level ... based on findings that carbon nanotubes ... can enhance the efficiency of ... solar cell's surface."

The virus' are used to " ... control the arrangement of the nanotubes ... so they can’t short out the circuits ..."MIT News logo

Improvements in power conversion efficiency are close to 1/3.

 

 

 

Via:  MIT LINK

May 01, 2011

Corridor of the Future - Solar Highway in Oregon




Solar Highway - Oregon

Oregon has a stretch of the Corridor of the Future - at  interchange of I-5 and I-205 in Oregon.  Ground mounted solar panels that provide power used at the interchange.

" ...  104 kilowatt ground-mounted solar array ... supplies about one-third of the energy needed for illumination at the site.
 
" ... energy ... feeds into the grid during the day ... At night ... energy flows back from the grid to light the interchange. ..."

Too see the current energy stats click the LINK

 

Via: Oregon.gov  LINK

University of Nebraska - Roadway Wind/Solar Hybrid Power Generation and Distribution System




University of Nebraska - LincolnStreet sgns and utility power poles are almost everywhere.  A project at The University of Nebraska is looking into ways to use wind power and solar panels on signs to power roadway lights and traffic signals.  Any excess power will go into the local energy grid.

The units combine solar and wind generators and Prototype Roadway Wind/Solar Hybrid Power Generation and Distribution System feature batteries for storage.  " ... Each unit consists of a wind turbine generator and one or more PV panels mounted on the top of the pole for electric power generation."

" ... overall system involves power generation, storage, distribution, grid operation, and demand-side management.

 

Via:  University of Nebraska - Lincoln  LINK

April 28, 2011

Green-ness of UK Energy Grid - Live Stats




ecotricity logoEcotricity is a green UK energy supplier. 

They have been bundling wind turbines and selling the electricity produced since 1996.  They are also educating and raising peoples awareness of the impact they can have on the environment by choosing a lower carbon generating supplier.

Changing electric suppliers " ... takes about five minutes but it's the biggest single step you can take to reduce your emissions and protect the environment."

Click HERE to see the current stats on the UK electric grid ... power generated by (in order) fossil fuels, nuclear, and renewable energy sources as well as the Grams of Co2 / KWh.

On 4/28/2011 (Thu 28/04/11 @ 12:05 BST) the stats were:

Fossil:          72.4 %
Nuclear:       22.9 %
Renewable:    4.7 %

CO2 / KWh:   415 g CO2 / KWh

How other UK Energy Companies Compare LINK

 

Via: ecotricity LINK

April 06, 2011

Vestas V164-7.0 MW turbine launched (it's huge)




Vestas turbine

Vestas announced their V164-7.0 - the rotor has a diameter of 164 meters and the turbine produces 7 MW of power.  This huge turbine is " ... specifically designed for the roughest North Sea conditions ..." 

" ... designed ... to provide the highest energy capture and the highest reliability in this rough and challenging environment."

Veatas has an installed base of 580 offshore turbines - equal to 43 % of all offshore turbines worldwide.

 

For a perspective on this huge turbine check out this video …



Via: VESTAS  LINK

March 25, 2011

Beautiful Earth Group (BE) Donates EV Charging Station in Brooklyn Bridge Park




Beautiful Earth Solar Powered EV Charging Stations

85 acre Brooklyn Bridge Park was built with sustainability in mind ... from EV service vehicles to reused / recycled construction materials from prior buildings on the site.

" ...  Designed and built by BE, ... the first solar-powered charging station in New York City and one of only a few in the world. ..."

Over the projected 25 year life of the EV chargers will save "... more than $200,000 in gasoline costs ... More than 530 tons of CO2 ..."

The EV charging system has 24 PV panels with battery storage for 7 x 24 availability can produce 5.6 Kw. 

 

Via:  Beautiful Earth Group  LINK

March 11, 2011

Joule Pioneers Biofuel Producion from CO2, Water and Sunlight




Joule Unlimited, Inc., logo

"Joule's Helioculture™ platform combines ... sunlight and waste CO2 directly into clean, fungible diesel fuel, bypassing the limitations of biofuel production...."

" ... SolarConverter® ... scaling to desired output levels with no dependence on raw material feedstocks, agricultural land, fresh water or crops."

Joule's "platform" makes fuel from sun and CO2 w/o biomass or raw materials.  Basically they have engineered organisms that take in CO2, water and sunlight and spit out bio-fuel - basically unlimited fuel.

Joule has it HQ in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

Via:  Joule Unlimited, Inc.  LINK

March 10, 2011

Altaeros Energies Airborne Wind Turbine (AWT)




Altaeros overview picture

Altaeros found a way to capture the wind energy available at higher altitudes.  They use a helium filled "ring-wing" to bring a turbine to altitude and keep it stable.

They were a semi-finalist in the 2010 Clean Energy Contest sponsored by MIT.

" ... producing clean power at a cost that is competitive with non-renewable resources."

" ... allow Altaeros to reduce the levelized cost of offshore wind energy by 60 percent."

 

Via:  Altaeros  LINK

March 07, 2011

Sonoma Wine Company Solar Cogeneration Plant




sonoma Wine Co Cogeneration

Sonoma Wine Company takes sustainability seriously and works to reduce the footprint of the winery operations.  A cogeneration facility is a natural next step.

In this process the heat that passes through the solar cells (PV) is captured to heat water … so electricity and heat are produced from the sun.

Sonoma Wine Company and Cogena Solar have partnered to build the “ … first commercial scale solar cogeneration system to supply renewable heat and electricity …”.

When at full capacity the facility will “ … displace approximately 64,000 kilowatt-hours and 12,500 therms of natural gas annually….”

 

Why Solar Cogeneration? from Stephen Harper on Vimeo.

Via:  Sonoma Wine Co  LINK

February 28, 2011

Jordache Enterprises Uses Solar for Electricity and Hot Water




Jordache logo
Jordache Enterprises - owner of Jordache Jeans - uses solar panels at a factory in Jordan. 

They are " ... among the first garment manufacturers worldwide to have installed and use solar panels to heat water ... "

A subsidiary owns the The Orchid hotel in Israel which was the first to install solar cells; these generate " ...  electricity in excess of the resort’s consumption. ... hooked to the regional electric grid, selling excess capacity to the Electric Company..."

 

Via:  Jordache  LINK

February 23, 2011

Enerkem W2E Technology




Enerkem logo

Enerkem turns waste to biofuels and chemicals ..." converts residual materials, such as non-recyclable municipal solid waste, into clean transportation fuels, advanced chemicals and green electricity." 

Enerkem's technology eliminates waste products and turn otherwise unusable materials into useful products.

Enerkem has 2 facilities in Canada and is developing one on Mississippi with funds from the US DOE.

CLICK to see a schematic of the process.

 

 

Via:  Enerkem  LINK

February 18, 2011

SolarCity to Lease Solar Systems to Residential Customers




Solar City logo

Solar systems are becoming more popular as the cost of panels drops and their efficiencies increase.  But solar systems are still EXPENSISolarLeaseVE.

While solar (PV and / or hot water) can help save money the upfront cost can be enough to make this a non-practical option for many customers.

SolarCity has a program called SolarLease that " ... can make it possible for homeowners and businesses to switch to clean, solar power for less money than they currently pay for electricity."


 

Via: SolarCity  LINK

February 15, 2011

Heat from Commuters in Stockholm’s Central Station Serves Nearby Office Block




Here is a very interesting story from Sweden.  Engineers in Sweden have found a way to recover the excess heat generated by commuters in Stockholm’s main train station.

 

The technology is really not that different from any other heat exchange process but is certainly unique.  Certain factors help to make this application workable including the low winter temperatures in Sweden and their relatively high cost of energy. 

The energy created from businesses (like bakeries and restaurants that generate heat) and people is able to help a nearby office block reduce their heating costs by 20%.  For a large office block this can really add up … this waste heat from the Central Station is a valuable energy for an office block nearby.

Check out this video of more details … 

 

February 06, 2011

Green Super Bowl Party Ideas




What makes a Super Bowl (or any party) GREEN ?

Use technology to send invitations (no paper wasted).  Buy local foods (minimize your carbon footprint).  Buy foods that use alternative energy .

For invitations use " ...  Evite or MyPunchBowl ..."

For beer try New Belguim " ... brewery is wind powered! ..." and they are green in many other ways

For serving use real plates or at least real flatware / tableware ... to get a mix of easy to clean and minimize some trash.


 

Via:  Fun Time Guide to Living Green LINK

January 11, 2011

US Army Evaluating Solar Tents




US Army solar (PV) Powered tent

The Army and its operations are energy intensive.  Getting energy to remote or war ravaged areas is both expensive and dangerous.

The Army is looking into tents that incorporate PV solar panels that can be used to charge batteries and small electronics like computers.  In addition to not having to bring in fuel they can travel lighter by not needing a generator (or a smaller one).

Using " ... Flexible Photovoltaics (PV), ... convert light energy into electricity ... ideal for charging up batteries, making sure your (communications), night vision goggles and computers are powered ..."

The key is technology that makes PV "panels" flexible so they are lightweight and foldable / packable.  While still in the testing phase they may be deployed soon.

 

Via:  US Army LINK

January 03, 2011

Snyder's of Hanover's solar Farm




Snyders of Hanover logo

Snyder's of Hanover (PA) announced construction of the largest solar energy system in PA in October 2010.  Covering 26 acres across from their corporate HQ (in Hanover, PA) the "farm" will have more than 15,000 panels.

" ...reduce greenhouse gas emissions in excess of 230 msolar farm logoillion pounds of carbon dioxide over a 25 year period. ...energy created ... equals more than 111 million miles not driven by a medium sized car ... 11 million trees would need to be planted to equal the same level of carbon dioxide reduction."

Hanover is not new to green efforts and already has initiatives that include compostable packaging.


View the Webcam image ... LINK

 

Via:  Snyders of Hanover  LINK

December 16, 2010

Kristianstad Sweden Uses Biofuels Not Fossil Fuels for Heat and Electricity




 Kristianstad SwedeKristianstadn uses no fossil fuels for heating.  Instead they uses biomass from farming leftovers.  80,000 homes heated by biomass and not fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas!  And this is an area of the world where it gets VERY COLD !

Since solar and wind would not be effective in Kristianstad they worked with biomass.  " ... remains from farming ... manure, potato peels, pig intestines, and even cookies, .... to create biogas  ... a certain type of  methane, ... heat of the entire city, and to provide electricity for the city as well."

The driving force for the move away from fossil fuels was to protect their environment and they did not want to import fossil fules from abroad.

 

Via:  Metrolic  LINK

December 14, 2010

Philadelphia to Get Solar Farm




Phila Sustainability

Philadelphia wants to get 20 % of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015.

" ... Solar City Partnership will develop a strategy through which 2.3 MW of solar electricity will be generated within the city of Philadelphia by 2011 and 57.8 MW by 2021... "

The Solar City Partnership is a JV between the U.S. Department of Energy and the City of Philadelphia.  

Two Systems under consideration are ...

- a 900,000 kWh solar system at the Naval Yard.

- installations at city owned water treatment facilities (Philadelphia Water Department).

 

Via: Phila.Gov LINK

October 21, 2010

Ice Energy - Grid Energy Storage Devices




Ice Energy logo

One problem with alternative energy sources like solar and wind are that the peak consumption times are often not the same as the peak generation times.  This issue plagues both commercial and residential generators.  If the power cannot be stored it is wasted ...

Ice Energy provides one solution.Ice Energy - Energy Storage

" ...  can offset the need for peak generation, relieve summer transmission congestion, ... enable the reliable integration of renewable energy resources by reshaping the load on the system ..."

This solution can be combined with a/c units to significantly less energy than standard systems.


 

Via:  Ice Energy  LINK

October 17, 2010

Yusen Terminals Inc. - First Tenant-Installed Solar System at the Port of Los Angeles




NYK Solar Panels at Prot of Los Angeles

Yusen Terminals, Inc has installed solar panels at a facility in the Port of Los Angeles.  The specifics:

96 panels
11,800 kWh/yr
emissions reductions = planting close to 6 acres of trees

Live stats of power generation are available at LINK 

The installation uses "CIS" ... cells, produced by Solar Frontier K.K. environment-friendly "next-generation PV modules" ... highest photoelectric conversion efficiency of all thin-film modules .."

 

 

Via:  NYK Line LINK

October 14, 2010

Rentricity Inc. Flow-to-Wire(sm)




Rentricity

Rentricity uses energy recovery techniques to get energy from " ...  excess pressure in water mains ..." and can generate " ... between 20 and 300 kilowatts of electricity..." 

Somewhat similar to wave energy but not really renewable.

The power can be sent to the grid and used to offset electricity purchases.

Since this electricity can then be sold onto the grid, Rentricity gives its generating partners an additional source of revenue and a way to offset rising electricity rates.

 

" ... no environmental impact and represent a new class of clean, renewable hydrokinetic energy. ... will produce hundreds of megawatts in aggregate."

 LINK to see diagram of system.

 

Via:  Rentricity  LINK

October 12, 2010

Google Looks at Energy "Pipeline" in Mid-Atlantic Region




GoogleThere is a lot of wind energy off the northeast seaboard ... but no good way to move it to consumers.  Google is looking to change that with a new transmission line called the Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC).

" ... signed an agreement to invest in ... a backbone transmission project off the Mid-Atlantic coast  ...  helping to accelerate offshore wind development ..."Atlantic Wind Connection

Expected to create thousands of jobs it will improve the reliability of the mid-Atlantic grid - so it’s both good business and good for the environment.

" ... will stretch 350 miles ... from New Jersey to Virginia ... able to connect 6,000MW of offshore wind turbines ..."

 

Via:  Google blog LINK

BrightSourceEnergy - Solar Systems




BrightSourceEnergy logo

BrightSourceEnergy builds, owns and operates cost effective large scale solar systems. 

Unlike PV panels that convert sunlight directly to electricity ... their LPT 550 uses thousands of mirrors to focus light rays on a boiler at the top of a tower ... producing steam that drives  a turbine to generate electricity.  The system is closed loop and is cost competitive with oil and gas.BrightSourceEnergy LPT550

" ... BrightSource Energy plants... built on less than 2% of the land in the Mojave Desert ... would provide enough power for all of the homes in California and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by over 30 million tons per year."

 

Via:  BrightSourceEnergy LINK

October 11, 2010

Walmart Partners with Solar City for Additonal PV Systems




Walmart Solar Panels

Walmart is planning to add solar systems to an additional 20 - 30 in California and Arizona using new technology lower cost PV cells.

" ... leveraging our global scale to ... help develop markets for new technologies ... commitment to solving business challenges through technology."

The systems are expected to provide about 25 % of the total energy needs of each location.

Some details about the systems:

- can product up to 22.5 kW / yr - equiv to the energy needed for 1750 home / yr

- avoid 11,650 metric tons CO2 - equiv to 3000 cars

The technology planned includes gallium selenide and cadmium terruride films and are exected to use less raw materials then earlier versions of PV cells.

SolarCity will do the design work as well as install, own and maintain the systems.


Via:  Walmart  LINK

 

October 10, 2010

Johnson & Johnson Solar Array in Raritan, NJ




Johnson and Johnson Solar Array in Raritan, NJ (Ortho Clinical Diagnostics)

 Johnson & Johnson has installed a huge solar array at the Ortho Clinical Diagnostic facility in Raritan, NJ.  The solar panels are mounted close to the ground and the very large array is from northbound US-202 that borders the facility.Ortho / J&J logo

"The 1.69-megawatt array of over 7,300 ground-mounted panels ... about 2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of power per year ... decrease green house gas emissions... equivalent to taking about 270 passenger vehicles off the road per year...."

 

Via:  Johnson & Johnson  LINK

 

October 07, 2010

Offshore Wind Conference Oct 5 - 7, 2010 in Atlantic City, NJ




Offshore Wind Conference

Today is the last day of the North American Offshore Wind Conference & Exhibition in Atlantic City, NJ.  It is an appropriate location as there are wind turbines in Atlantic City.Atlantic City Wind Turbines

" ... only event of its kind that truly brings together the thought-leaders of the wind industry for a dialogue on offshore wind development ..."

" ... will identify development opportunities throughout the coastal regions of North America, financing options and challenges, plus project design and siting options."


 

Via:  Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition  LINK

October 06, 2010

Dog Poop to Methane Converter




Methane Digester

Dog waste is often picked up in plastic bags and dropped in the trash - to spend eternity in a landfill.  What a waste of waste ...

Here is a novel idea to turn dog waste into methane ...   "dog waste ... decomposes over time. The anaerobic conditions inside the digester create methane gas ... "  The methane gas lights a gas lamp.

If successful this could be deployed to larger dog parks across the country.

Funded by MIT and located in Cambridge, Mass the digester shows a creative use for waste .. a great "reuse" idea.

 

 

Via:  TerraPass Blog  LINK

White House to Install Solar Panels




White House, Washington DC

The White House is going SOLAR. 

Seeking to lead by example ... solar panels for electricity and a solar water heater for the White House residence will go on the roof of the White House. 

" ...  part of a Department of Energy demonstration project showing that American solar technologies are available, reliable, and ready for installation in homes throughout the country ..."

 

" ... reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy ..."

 

It was not reported if President Obama will get the federal tax credit for the solar system :-) 


 

Via:  WhiteHouse.Gov  LINK

October 03, 2010

National Gypsum Provides Solar Energy to Duke Energy / GRID




National Gypsum logo

Duke Energy has leased part of the roof of a National Gypsum facility in Mt Holly NC to use for a solar array.  The output is 1.17 mW - equivalent to the power needs of 700 homes.

" ... 5096 panels ... Duke Energy will own, operate, and maintain all components of the system. The lease agreement is for 25 years."

" ... National Gypsum has contracts to purchase byproduct gypsum ... from four of the utility’s nearby coal-fired plants."

 

Via: National Gypsum LINK

October 01, 2010

New York Jets Solar Powered Team HQ




NY Jets Headquarters

The NY Jets have added 3000 solar panels to their team HQ and training grounds in Florham Park, NJ.  It is the largest such system in the NFL.

" ... over 3,000 Yingli Solar panels. ... All of the power generated by the system will be sold to The New York Jets under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)."

" ...  Designed to generate over 750,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity ... will reduce CO2 emissions by 540 metric tons each year ..."


 

Via:  PR Newswire  LINK

September 30, 2010

Energy Grid Power Storage Devices




Molten Salt Energy Storge Supply and demand are always achieved on the grid.  One issue for renewable energy is how to store the power which may be generated during low demand for use during high demand rather than have it go to waste.

" ... hope is that bulk storage will allow solar and wind farm operators to provide electricity to the grid--regardless of wind and sun conditions--making the electricity they provide more valuable."

Storage devices include batteries, flywheels, ice, capacitors and water and vary in their storage capacity.

Check out this slide show of some novel grid energy storage devices.  SLIDE SHOW LINK


Via:  TechRepublic  LINK


September 27, 2010

Pattern Energy to Construct Energy Conduit from Texas to SE US




Pattern Energy logoWest Texas has lots of wind and wind farms - and no good way to get this energy to the South East US.  Pattern Energy is looking to build a 400 mile transmission line to the Atlanta area from " ... the nation's No. 1 wind state."

" ... West Texas total 9,300 megawatts of capacity, ... trapped in Texas due to the state's grid configuration."

The project is not cheap - expected to cost more than $1 billion. 

 

Via:  Reuters  LINK



September 23, 2010

World's Largest WindFarm Open off Kent, UK




Off Shore Wind Farm

Britain is set to open the world's largest wind farm off Kent (UK) on the English Chanel.  This facility will comprise 100 wind turbines each 300 ft tall; enough to power 200,000 homes.

" ... generate more energy from offshore wind than the rest of the planet put together ..."’s biggest ocean wind farm off Kent"

" ...  energy generated from offshore wind in the UK ... to 1,314MW, compared to 1,100MW in the whole of the rest of the world."

The farm was built by Swedish energy giant Vattenfall.

WOW !!

 

Via:  Telegraph  LINK

September 17, 2010

Clarian Power - Low Cost Plug and Play Solar




Clarian PowerSolar power for consumers has lots going for it ... renewable energy, clean power, being green ... and one near term stumbling block --- cost.  Most systems are EXPENSIVE for the initial capiital outlay.

Clarian Power Inc may be able to help lower the price with both affordable and easy to install (DIY type install) products.  Payback can be 3 - 4 years after factoring in rebates and credits.Sunfish Plug and Play Solar

"Sunfish™ is a plug-in solar power module that’s affordable and easy to install ... SmartBox™ technology allows homeowners to plug solar power into an existing outlet ..."

 

Via:  Clarian Power Inc.  LINK

August 31, 2010

SunPower Gets US Gov't Contracts




Sunpower logo

SunPower won several US Government contracts to install solar products for numerous agencies " ...  Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), the General Services Administration (GSA), the Navy and the Air Force. ... "  These will create " ... more than 1000 local jobs during the construction ... represent a minimum of 20 megawatts (MW) of new solar projects ..."

One for the Air Force is to be the largest federal solar site in the US at Luke AFB in Glendale, Arizona.

SunPower is a leader in solar products and technology and was founded in 1988.  They have worked with various federal agancies since 1999.  They are listed on NASDAQ [SPWRA, SPWRB] and have their HQ in San Jose, California.

 

 

Via: SunPower  LINK

August 19, 2010

Solar Roadway™ - Solar Panels You Can Drive On




Solar Roadways logo

What if roads were also solar panels ? The power they collect could be used to power LED lane markers, road signs and warnoing signs. And possibly heating elements to melt snow and ice. And even better put power into the GRID. "... road ... [that] housed solar cells to collect energy, which could pay for the cost of the panel, thereby creating a road that would pay for itself over time. ... ideas and possibilities just continued to roll in and the Solar Roadway project was born."

 

Via: Solar Roadway™ LINK

 


August 18, 2010

Arizona Public Services and SunPower to Own / Build Largest Solar Project on Federal Property




Arizona Public Service

The 15 megawatt PV plant will be located at Luke AFB in Glendale, Arizona.  Comprised of 52,000 SunPower PV panels it will be the " ... largest solar installation on U.S. government property."

"Arizona Public Service Co. will own and operate ... hired SunPower Corp. to design and construct the solar plant ..."

" ... will ... follow the sun ... 25 percent more energy than if the panels were stationary. ..."

 

Via:  Arizona Public Service LINK

August 08, 2010

Top 50 National Green Power Users




The EPA has statistics on who uses the most renewable energy. For the nation as a whole the biggest users are found in the Top 50 ... first by kWh is Intel with 51% of its total electric use and second by kWh is Kohl's department store at 100 % of its total electric use!!

" ... Green Power Partnership works [to] ... reduce the environmental impacts of electricity use "

" ... top 50 largest purchases amount to more than 12.3 billion kilowatt-hours annually, ... more than 70 percent of the green power commitments made by all EPA Green Power Partners."


 

Via: EPA LINK

July 20, 2010

Pelamis Wave Power - Energy from the Seas




Pelamis Wave Power

The oceans and the power of the waves and tides waves might be the source of your electricity someday.  Systems that can convert the constant undulation of the waves into energy can harness  what seems like an unlimited renewable energy source.

"...  potential to be one of the most environmentally benign forms of electricity generation ... wave energy around the British Isles ... estimated to be equivalent to three times current UK electricity demand, ..."Pelamis Wave Power system

Pelamis  are minimally impactful ... their visual impact is small as they are half submerged so are not nearly as visibly on the horizon as wind trubines.  They appear to have minimal impact on marine life as well and can be removed much easier than a wind turbine.

They currently have installations undergoing tests in Portugal and Scotland. 


Pelamis has their HQ in Edinburgh, Scotland.

 

Via:  Pelamis Wave Power  LINK

July 13, 2010

The GW Solar Institute - Solar Research




Rome Hall

" .. goal ... to be the premier research facility in the world focused on the economic, technical, and public policy issues associated with the development and deployment of solar energy to meet global energy needs and environmental challenges."

" ... through independent research, soliciting and funding internal and external research proposals on defined topics and responding to outside requests for proposals that fit the Solar Institute's objectives.

 

VIA: The GW Solar Institute LINK

June 22, 2010

How Solar (photovoltaics) Works




Solar Power

Ever wonder how solar cells work?  Sun light hits a photovoltaic panel and somehow electrons start flowing. 

Check out this neat graphic that shows how suns rays are converted to power that flows from your home's outlets.

" ... Follow the path ... from the sun, through the pv panels, its conversion to AC electricity ... into the utility grid. ..."

ailed explanation of solar energy.

 

 

For a full size of the image CLICK

 

Via:  CoolerPlanet LINK

June 21, 2010

US States Ranked by Use of Renewable Energy




Renewable Energy by State

The map at the right - link to full size below - shows " LINK ... the current state of renewable energy in America ... a large portion of the country is still dragging their feet in adopting more environmentally friendly means of generating electricity. ..."

Pennsylvania ranks 15th
New Jersey ranks 43 rd.

Check out the stats for your state.

Click for full size map ... LINK

 

Via:  CoolerPlanet 

June 10, 2010

Dell's Round Rock, Tx Site (and 8 others) Powered by 100 % Renewable Energy.




Dell logo In June of 2009 Dell announced that they source over 1/4 of their global energy needs from renewable sources. 

" ... powers nine ... facilities in the United States and Europe with 100 percent renewable energy. ... Round Rock, Texas; Twin Falls, Idaho and Oklahoma City, Okla. ..."

In addition to using a significant amount of renewable energy sources they " ... plan to reduce ...  greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2015. ... "

Dell follows a simple 3-step model where they work efficiently (energy-wise), use renewable energyand offset with carbon credits from verified sources.

" ... only company in the computer industry to achieve operational carbon neutrality in August 2008 ..."

 

Via:  DELL  LINK

 

June 01, 2010

Kudzu - Possible Route to BioFuel (ethanol)




Kudzu covering a carKudzu is a very aggressive fast growing vine that is invasive ... if it could be turned into a source of ethanol ... it might kill 2 birds with 1 stone.  And it does not compete with food crops as a route to ethanol.

"... invasive weed called kudzu. ... grows all over the southern states at a rate of about one foot per day. ... literally covers ... anything in its path ... Agro*Gas Industries, LLC can use this undesirable plant to make clean burning, renewable fuel."

" ... otherwise useless pest can be kept in check and turned into a useful "renewable" environmentally friendly and cost effective fuel!"

" ... utilizing unwanted or currently useless plant and waste products we can produce a "Bio-Fuel" (ethanol) that can compete favorably with fossil fuels (petroleum). We do not use commodity crops, such as corn, currently grown for human or animal consumption! "
 

Via: Agro*Gas Industries, LLC LINK

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

May 16, 2010

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

May 05, 2010

FiberCell Solar Cells Combine Fiber and Novel Shape




 FiberCell

 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

May 04, 2010

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

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

April 07, 2010

China's Off Shore Wind Farm




off shore turbine

China is looking to use off shore wind farms to help power the country ... with a significant part of the population on the eastern shore this may prove to better than bringing coal generated power in from the west of China.

China will " ... bring online ... its first offshore wind farm, a 102-megawatt array located in the Yangtze River delta ..."

"... latest in a series of moves ... to pad its lead as the world’s largest market for wind power. ..."

" ... Azure International predicts that China will install 514 megawatts of offshore wind over the next three to four years. By 2010, ... expected to invest $100 billion to install up to 30,000 megawatts ..."

Via:  SmartPlanet LINK

April 01, 2010

US Air Force Test Bio-Jet Fuel in A10C




Bio fuel is being looked at for cars and commercial jets ... now the USAF is looking to see if J8 jet fuel can be supplemented or even replaced by bio-jet fuel.

"... Air Force consumes 2.4 billion gallons of jet fuel each year ... 40th Flight Test Squadron is on a mission to change that.  ... climbing into the cockpits of jets filled, in part, with alternative fuels."A-1o jet

" ... A-10C Thunderbolt II took off from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida powered by Hydrotreated Renewable Jet (HRJ) and JP-8 (Jet Propellant 8, the military standard and kerosene-based). ... mission is being considered a success: a fighter jet can fly on a synthetic fuel blend."



Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

March 11, 2010

Movie Theaters Getting Greener




Movie theaters are embracing the the green movement including LEED.

" ... theaters are making an effort to help viewers go green ... including Georgia-based Carmike Cinemas ... built a LEED-certified theater in Chattanooga, Tenn., which opened in November ... "

 

 

" ... Environmentally conscious theater construction and design are growing trends ... Some theaters are installing solar panels ... and using recycled building materials for new theaters and existing facilities that are under renovation."

 

 

Via: FORBES LINK

March 10, 2010

Chicago's ConEd Experiments with Consumer Energy Management Tools




ConEd LogoChicago's ConEd is conducting an experiment to determine how consumers manage their energy use when they have metrics on use, cost and use patterns.  Home will be outfitted with solar panels and some homes will be allowed to sell back to the grid and others will not.

" ... will install smart electric meters and price the homes’ electric use by the hour. Half of the homes will be able to gain credits by sending stored solar power back to the grid. The other half won’t be able to store their energy."

" ... whether consumers have the ability, with this technology, to become little utilities. They will be able to buy and sell electricity at a real-time hourly price, which is very close to the wholesale price, from their homes."

 

Via:  SmartPlanet LINK

March 01, 2010

UCLA Research - Carbon Capturing Crystals




Carbon capturing crystalsChemists at UCLA have created a "gene" that might capture CO2 and help control CO2 emissions.

"UCLA chemists report creating a synthetic "gene" that could capture ... carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming, rising sea levels and the increased acidity of oceans."

" ... taken organic and inorganic units and combined them into a synthetic crystal which codes information in a DNA-like manner ... no means as sophisticated as DNA, but it is certainly new in chemistry and materials science."
CO2 molecule
" ... could lead to cleaner energy, including technology that factories and cars can use to capture carbon dioxide before it reaches the atmosphere."

" ... invented a class of materials called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), sometimes described as crystal sponges ... openings on the nanoscale ... which ... can store gases that are usually difficult to store and transport. ..."

 

Via:  UCLA  LINK

February 26, 2010

Bloom Energy Servers™ Fuel Cells




BloomEnergy logoBloomEnergy has announced a novel fuel cell and unlike typical fuel cells if does not require precious metal catalysts. Fuel cells are typcially "cleaner" than other power sources.

" ..  an innovative new fuel cell technology ... derived from a common sand-like powder ... technology is able to produce clean, reliable, affordable power,... practically anywhere,... from a wide range of renewable or traditional fuels."

" ... Energy Servers™ are among the most efficient energy generators on the planet; providing for significantly reduced electricity costs and dramatically lower greenhouse gas emissions ... "

" ... Originally called Ion America, Bloom Energy, was founded with the mission to make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone on earth."

" ... After two years of successful field trials in Tennessee, California, and Alaska, to validate the technology, the first commercial (100kW) products were shipped to Google in July 2008."

" ... Bloom's Energy Servers have helped our customers generate millions of kWhs of electricity and eliminate millions of pounds of CO2 from the environment."

 

Via:  BloomEnergy LINK

February 18, 2010

Australian Tower to get Solar Skin Upgrade




Sydney Tower w/ Solar SkinThe UTS Tower in Sydney, Australia is may get a proposed upgrade - a solar skin.  This PV "wrap" would turn the tower into a very green and energy efficient structure.

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Tower "upgrade" is " ... Fueled by the university’s sustainability drive ... turn the building into a “landmark environmental tower” by wrapping it in a photovoltaic skin."

"The sustainable energy system, devised by postgraduate students in 2008, has been funded to allow students to build and test the project."

 There are a number of propose upgrades including wind turbines and cogeneration ... the solar skin " ... stretches around walls and roof elements ... the building is covered in a lightweight composite mesh textile that can collect rain water, generate electricity and complement the plan’s passive ventilation system that uses natural convection."

 

Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

February 17, 2010

Silicon Nanowires - Possible Solar Fabric




Silicon NanowireScientists from CalTech have developed technology that might lead efficient solar cells from silicon nanowires.  This could lead to all sorts of configurations for solar cells including fabrics.

" ... CalTech scientists say they have the underlying technology. Silicon nanowires, arranged in arrays, have been engineered that ... grab power from visible light ..."

" ... a cell geometry that not only uses 1/100th the material of traditional wafer-based devices, but also may offer increased photovoltaic efficiency owing to an effective optical concentration of up to 20 times ...”

" ... CalTech’s cells have efficiency comparable to solar panels now being installed on roofs."

"If nanowires can be woven into a viable matrix, combined with other material, it means fabrics can double as solar connectors, once they have a way to off-load the power they create."

 

Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

February 09, 2010

GSA to Green-Up Portland, Oregonm Federal Building




Green Vertical wall

The GSA is renovating the 18 story federal building in Portland, Oregon.  Green features include a vertical green wall and reduced water usage with low flow fixtures and recycled roof water.

"... part of a $133 million renovation, the General Services Administration wants to grow “vegetated fins” on the western facade of the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building ... save energy year-round using one of Mother Nature’s own tools."

" ... will use 60 to 65 percent less energy than comparable buildings. That translates to an energy cost savings of $280,000 per year."

"Solar panels could also provide up to 15 percent of the building’s power needs. Energy use for lighting will be halved."

"... building in question was already slated for an energy efficiency upgrade, but funds from last year’s federal stimulus package stressed projects that were environmentally friendly."

Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

February 05, 2010

Frog's Leap Winery - Sustainable Winery




"Frog's Leap Winery ... in ... scenic Napa Valley ... getting attention as one of first wineries in the U.S to be sustainable ... the winery's motivation to be green, is as much about the bottom line as it is about the environment. Financial benefits include: a solar installation that is saving the vineyard $50,000 dollars a month on electric bills and dry farming techniques that bypass the need for costly irrigation"

 

 

Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

 

 

 

February 01, 2010

Samsung to Invest in Renewable Energy Projects in North American Market




Samsung logo"Samsung and Korea Electric Power Corp. will invest $6.6 billion into wind and solar projects in Ontario ... will build and maintain power plants as well as erect four new factories in North America for making the equipment for the power plants ... plants will employ 1,440 and building and maintaining the power plant will keep 16,000 busy ..."

" ... 2.5 gigawatts of renewable capacity ... triple renewable capacity in Ontario."

" ... Samsung hopes to translate its expertise in electronics, deep financial pocket, and manufacturing heft into a leading role in building management systems, energy efficient electronics and solar power ... "

"Samsung has already stated a public goal of becoming number one in solar in 2015 ... laid out an ambitious carbon reduction plan ... wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both its operations and from the use of its products by 50 percent by 2013 on a normalized sales basis...."

In 2008, Samsung and its products emitted 9.4 million tons of greenhouse gases with about 60 percent of the emissions coming indirectly through products. ..."


Via:  Greentechmedia  LINK

January 31, 2010

Osmosis - Possible Route to Power Generation




Statkraft OsmosisNorway's Statkraft is looking at osmosis as a possible energy source.  Currently the output is minimal but it may be the way of the future.

" ... Norway's Statkraft says that its new, first-of-Statkraft Osmoisisits-kind osmotic power plant could be producing as much energy as a small wind farm by 2015, ... when the process of osmosis takes place ... the pressure is apparently enough to drive a power generating turbine ... enough of those you have a power plant. A bit of effort, to be sure, but the process doesn't emit any greenhouse gases, is completely renewable, and it doesn't depend on the wind or the sun being out."


Via: Engadget LINK

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January 27, 2010

Portable Geothermal Power Units from UTC




Mobile Goethermal Unit

 

"Pratt & Whitney Power Systems ... recently demonstrated a mobile geothermal power generation unit at the 2009 Geothermal Energy Expo in Reno, Nev. ... PureCycle® technology allows customers to relocate valuable energy generating capability from one geothermal or waste heat resource to another as circumstances dictate. ..."

" ... system can generate electricity from various heat sources with temperatures between 190 and 325 degrees Fahrenheit ...."

" ... new feature is the self-contained cooling system that uses resource water to replenish the cooling tower water, thus eliminating the need for a separate fresh water source ... demonstrates how low temperature geothermal technology that can diversify the nation’s energy supply with base load renewable energy while creating jobs and economic benefits."

 

Via:  United Technologies Corp.  LINK

 

January 25, 2010

Newport, Tennessee Housing Authority: Green Admin Building




Newport Housing Authority Building

Green buildings and designs are being found all across the country ... the Housing Authority Administration building in Newport, Tennessee is green.  Read about the many green features and technologies used.

" ... 8,585 square foot administration building ... Design included multiple "green" features: photovaltaic solar panels, geothermal heating and cooling, premium insulation package, Energy Star windows and lighting, low flow faucets and toilets and low impact site design. Project cost was $1,000,000.00."

 

Via:  McGraw-Hill Construction Community   LINK

January 21, 2010

Fuel Cell to Power Connecticut Science Center




UTC Fuel Cell

"A 200kW UTC Power fuel cell ... at the new Connecticut Science Center in Hartford ... will generate 100 percent of the electricity demanded by the facility on an annual basis once operational ... will be the first such facility to generate most of its own energy on-site with ultra clean, quiet fuel cell power."United Technologies Logo

 

" ... reduce the burden on the New England power grid and its impact on the environment ... will prevent the release of more than 270 metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually by using the Model 200 PureCell® system rather than relying on a traditional fossil-fuel-burning powerplant ... one of the first fuel cell installations in the state to employ net metering, a process by which surplus power from the fuel cell is fed to the utility grid at night when the facility’s power demand is less."

 

Via: United Technologies Corp. LINK

January 18, 2010

Dedham Mass Whole Foods Powered by Fuel Cell




Dedham Mass Whole Foods

Fuel cells are making there way to a food store near you - if you live in Dedham, Mass.

" ... newest and largest Whole Foods Market in New England ... in Dedham, MA. ... the first store in Massachusetts to generate on-site power with fuel cell technology (one of the cleanest forms of energy)! 90% of our power will be generated by this fuel cell - this is sometUnited Technologies logohing that we are very proud of."

" ... powered by a 400-kilowatt UTC Power fuel cell and a rooftop solar installation that will generate most of the store’s power and all of its hot water needs ..."

 

Via:  Whole Foods LINK  and United Technologies LINK

January 15, 2010

Fluxxlab Looks at Harnessing the Energy in Revolving Doors




fluxxlab logo

Fluxxlab has an idea to harness the "energy" in revolving doors. Already an energy saver compared to traditional doors in office buildings ... these could generate significsant power in large building with hundreds of workers.

" ... work to date has been focused on sustainable energy harvesting, specifically in the form of converting small amounts of human energy into electricity ..."Revolution Door

"... Revolution Door is a modified revolving ... a redesigned central core replacing that of any existing or new revolving door, a mechanical/electrical system that harnesses human energy and redistributes electricity to an output, and an output device that maps the harnessed energy ... the Revolution Door will directly communicate a single person's contribution to an energy cycle possible through the metabolic relationship between people, technology, and architecture."

 

 Via:  Fluxxlab  LINK

January 14, 2010

Google Applies for Energy License




Google logoIn addition to being know for its green efforts (solar panels and highly efficient servers) Google is possibly entering ther power business by applying for a license to buy and sell wholesale power.

"... are other non-utilities already in the power business. Usually other firms with similar heavy power needs.  ... Google Energy subsidiary was formed in late 2009 ... putting it into a stronger position to balance Google’s energy needs with its goal to promote the use of alternative energy for electricity generation ... it will shop for the best sources of renewable energy to run its operations ... stated goal is to become carbon-neutral."

 

Via:  ZDNet  LINK

January 02, 2010

Prince Charles Runs His Aston Martin on BioEthanol




Prince Charles in his Aston Martin

" ... Prince Charles, the U.K.'s version of Al Gore, has taken another step in a green direction: his 1970 Aston Martin DB6 has been converted to run entirely on bioethanol ... fuel ... made from a white wine produced near the prince's Highgrove Estate, itself a showcase for organic farming ..."

" ... goal of reducing emissions from his planes, trains, and automobiles 25% by 2018 ... European Union limits annual wine production, so any leftovers from England's current vintage can be converted to bioethanol by Green Fuels Ltd.... company has previously provided bioethanol to power the royal train. The prince's other vehicles, which include a smattering of Jaguars, a Range Rover, and an Audi, have been converted to run on bioethanol made from cooking oil...."


Via: RiverWired LINK

 

January 01, 2010

Green Fuels Ltd.




FeulPodGreen Fuels Ltd makes it possible to produce your own biodiesel ... with one of their FuelPod products ...

They are the " ... world leading biodiesel equipment supplier, ... design and manufacture ... affordable biodiesel processing equipment ... for small-scale, domestic usage - right up to commercial production.  ... currently more than 6,500 Green Fuels and Green Fuels America processors world wide. Between them they produce more than 350 million litres of biodiesel every year"

"If you want ... ‘green’ biodiesel, but don’t want to produce it yourself, you can buy high quality fuel from one of our Green Fuels approved dealers nationwide ...you will always save money compared with standard garage fuels ... "

"Biodiesel is a clean-burning biofuel produced from domestic renewable resources such as used cooking oil, oil seed crops such as rapeseed, or unused vegetable oil. It is biodegradeable, non-toxic and carbon neutral ... has 80% lower emissions than mineral diesel, it dramatically reduces pollution. It is inexpensive and easy to produce at home and is safe to use in any diesel vehicle without any modifications to your engine."

" ... two models in the Fuelpod range by Green Fuels - the safest way to produce high quality biodiesel at home. Both are supplied as complete systems and have minimal operating costs, with exceptionally low electricity consumption."


Via: Green Fuels Ltd. LINK

 


December 27, 2009

Danish Town of Samso is Energy Self Sufficient




" ... inhabitants on the small Danish island of Samso have ... become one of the first industrialised places in the world to qualify as being totally energy self-sufficient ... Denmark ... can now boast a region that can be used by the rest of the planet as the blueprint for future green energy production ... started in 1997 when Samso won a competition ... to become Denmark's "Renewable Energy Island" by presenting a 10-year plan to convert its energy consumption from oil and gas to clean technology ... 21 wind turbines have been built on Samso ..."

" ... houses in Samso's 22 villages are heated by power plants that rely on furnaces fired by wood chips and straw and farms of man-sized solar panels inhabit the fields ... project also creates new jobs as ... island's plumbers and carpenters have now all become experts in energy-saving home conversion and insulation techniques, and even get the opportunity to carry out installations in mainland Europe and the US ..."

For more on this project check out this video ...

 

Via: Power and Energy News LINK

December 11, 2009

Fuel Cell Powered Planes a Possibliity




Here is another example of military technology that will have significant civilian benefit ... in this case fuel cell powered unmanned drones (very small planes). "The Ion Tiger is small prop driven plane that promises to carry a five pound payload and stay aloft for more than 24 hours ... power source is series of hydrogen fuel cells that crank out 500 watt ... power the three quarter horsepower prop motor ..." "On Oct. 9-10, the 37-pound Ion Tiger stayed aloft for 23 hours and 17 minutes at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, just missing its 24 hour goal ..." "... advantages to a hydrogen-powered craft like Ion Tiger ... cheaper and fuel (water!) and zero emissions assuming the hydrogen comes from a non-polluting source ... biggest advantage is the absence of heat and noise generated by an internal combustion engine which makes the Ion Tiger is hard to detect. " Check out the viedo below ... Via: SmartPlanet LINK

December 08, 2009

Matsushita - Home Fuel Cells Coming to Japan




Japan's Matsushita ... "will claim first place in the race to put commercial home fuel cells on the market ... "

" ... can optimally provide 70 percent of the energy needs for a 1,280 square foot house with four people ... can reduce energy consumption by 22 percent and CO2 emissions by 12 percent as compared to all other power sources ... ".

" ... cogeneration home fuel cell hooks up to the city’s natural gas lines, extracting hydrogen from the gas ... hydrogen is combined with oxygen through a series of polyelectrolyte membranes, a process that creates electricity, heat, and water ... home fuel cell produces between 500 watts and a 1 kilowatt of electricity and captures the heat to warm a tank of water, used for showers, dishes etc."

" ... a contribution to Japan’s goals of reducing global CO2 emissions 50 percent by 2050." " ... fuel cells require a great deal of energy; for example, this unit contains more than 2,000 components. Whether the production of the units negates the energy and CO2 savings gained by customers is unclear."

Check out this video ...

 

Via: Mother Nature Network LINK

December 06, 2009

Levant Power - Energy Recovery Systems for Hybrid Vehicles




Levant Power logo

 Levant Power makes GenShock - a shock absorber that can transform a vehicles suspension motion into energy - and charge a hybrid's battery just like regenerative braking.energy savings chart

"Levant Power Corp. has identified an alternative energy source previously untapped ...  the suspension system ... energy of a vertically oscillating vehicle is significant and currently dissipated as heat through shock absorbers."

" ... GenShock, recovers this energy and utilizes it for fuel economy gains ... improves ride quality ...  is a turnkey replacement for standard shock absorbers, requiring minimal installation time and little to no maintenance."

" ... GenShock uses a specialized manifold and a hydraulic motor coupled with an electric generator to provide damping and harvest otherwise wasted energy. In effect, GenShock performs the function of a standard shock while acting as an additional source of power. "

 

Via:  Levant Power  LINK

 

 

 

November 20, 2009

Fuel From Sugar Cane - Power for Sugar Producing Nations




claren power logo

Bio fuel from Sugar Cane is a good source of renewable energy.  Claren Power, Srlington, Virginia, works with nations rich in sugar cane to develop renewable power using bagasse - the waste material from sugar cane after the sugar has been extracted.

" ... Sugar cane bagasse, the waste pulp that remains after raw cane has been processed, has been a fuel source for decades ... much of the energy is lost to ... inefficient and unproductive technology and suboptimal operating practices ...  effectively using bagasse as a fuel source, Claren is helping to unlock the massive potential for clean and renewable power, creating huge benefits for individual mills,investors, and citizens of the developing world."

"... capitalizing on new regulations that open up national electricity markets as well as the exploding world-wide demand for certified carbon credits, Claren is able to generate tremendous returns for our clients and institutional investment partners."

 

 

Via:  Claren Power LINK

November 17, 2009

The Dow Chemical Company Partners with Caltech on Solar Energy




Dow logo

On November 12, 2009 Dow and Caltech " ... announced ... a multi-year research collaboration ... in solar energy ... aimed at aligning Dow’s capabilities in CIGS based materials with Caltech’s research in next generati aterials."

Caltech logo

" ... research ... will initially focus on direct band gap materials that incorporate elements that are less expensive and more commonly available than those used in today’s thin film PV semiconductors.  ..."

"Photovoltaics provide carbon free electricity, however the cost and aesthetics of current PV systems has limited its adoption ... Dow recently announced its first building integrated photovoltaic product, the DowTM POWERHOUSETM Solar Shingle ..."



Via:  The Dow Chemical Company LINK

November 16, 2009

Claren Power - Turns Sugar Cane into Bio Fuel




Claren Power logo 

Claren Power, a Arlington, Virginia company, " ... partners with sugar mills in Brazil to build modern, cogenerational (making heat and power simultaneously) facilities. The fuel comes from sugar cane waste—called bagasse... "

" ... using the waste product of the sugar after the stalks are crushed, ground and shredded and the juice is squeezed out. ... use this as the fuel for our boiler, which heats water ... to generate steam. This pressurized steam drives a turbine, which is connected to a generator that converts this energy into electricity. ..."

"Most plants consume about a third of the energy (steam and electricity) that we generate during the harvest, leaving the other two-thirds to export to the electrical grid. Our goal is to help make plants more efficient so that we have more excess energy. We’re using the same resources but providing three times more energy."


Via: SmartPlanet  LINK

September 30, 2009

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

September 21, 2009

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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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

September 16, 2009

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

 

 

 

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September 15, 2009

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

 

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

August 28, 2009

Prairie Bunkers, LLC - Repurpose Buildings to Data Centers




Prairie Bunkers potential locations

 Prairie Bunkers LLC is repurposing WWII ammunition depots into secure energy efficient data centers.  These structures are built to withstand force 5 tornadoes.

In addition to the green aspect of repurposing an existing building ... there are others green features.

 

"Saves approximately 5000 cubic tons of carbon emission which would be produced by construction of a similar structure ... electrical provider .... has a high percentage of renewable energy, including hydro, wind and nuclear ... On-site solar and wind energy systems in planning stages ... Air Economizers to use “free cooling” from average annual temperature of 54 degrees ... Optional active geothermal ... heat pump system ... Passive Geothermal, provided by the bermed earth covering on three sides and top of bunkers ..."

" .... Native vegetation landscaping minimizes irrigation ... Fire suppression agent has zero carbon foot print ... UPS Options including flywheel technology ... Recycled building products including flooring tiles and cable trays ..."

 

Via:  Prairie Bunkers, LLC LINK

 

August 27, 2009

Gainesville Florida Solar Projects Lined up til 2016




GRU logo 

Gainesville Regional Utilities, Gainesville, Florida's utility pormots solar and offers assistance to businesses and residences that will install solar.

" ... energy-producing solar panels in Gainesville has skyrocketed since the city implemented its new solar incentive program ... waiting list for the program - which is the first solar feed-in tariff in the United States and offers above-market-rate prices for electricity produced by privately owned and installed solar panels - now stretches until 2016."

Between the price GRU offers for the electricity and state rebates for solar panel installation, the feed-in tariff should prove lucrative for those installing solar photovoltaics in the program.

However, the program is limited on a first-come, first-served basis to 4 new megawatts of electricity a year from solar power - more than double the megawatts produced locally a year ago.

The first change proposed Thursday would allow those people waiting in line to install solar panels in 2010 to install the panels now and be paid market rate for the energy the panels produce until the contract they've signed up for kicks in and they are able to receive the higher rate.

"We don't have anything in the program that allows us to pay them for electricity," said Ed Regan, assistant general manager of strategic planning at GRU. "If they're in the queue for 2010, a year for which we know the price, then we would let them build it early."

Another part of that is that GRU is proposing to reinstate the commercial net-metering system that was discontinued when the feed-in tariff was adopted.

Net metering allows people with solar panels to use their own electricity, and if there is any excess energy produced, GRU credits the bill.

The other changes are largely administrative in nature.

"There was a fair amount of gaming or jockeying for position that made us institute additional rules," Regan said of the somewhat unexpected rush that filled up all 4 megawatts of solar panels for the first year in a matter of days.

At least one person has challenged technical terms in the ordinance, arguing the language in the ordinance allows more solar energy to be installed every year, or that the ordinance has fixed prices out to the year 2030.

Regan recommended the commission approve language for the ordinance specifying that only 4 megawatts will be permitted in the program every year and that the ordinance should be changed so that the payout rate after the year 2010 says "to be determined."

"I think Gainesville can be proud to be on the forefront," Hunzinger said. "We have heard some criticism saying 'do not use Gainesville as a model.' To me that's personally, professionally disturbing to hear. However, I do understand there will be criticism. No good deed goes unpunished. The primary reason for implementing the (feed-in tariff) was to encourage solar PV installations in our service area."

 

Via: GRU.com  LINK

August 26, 2009

How Geothermal Works - Video




Check out this video that explains how geothermal systems work. Geothermal can be used for both heating and cooling and is close to energy free ... you only pay for the pumps and circulating system ... the heating and cooling "energy" is free and renewable. This viedo shows drillers and installers in Texas discussing geothermal systems ... Via: 5 min.com LINK

August 24, 2009

Rock Port, Missouri - 1st 100% Wind Powered City in the U.S.




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Welcome to the 1st 100 % Wind Powered City in the U.S. !!

Rock Port, Missouri get's its renewable energy from

Wind Turbine assembly

" ... four wind turbines ... within the city limits ... Rock Port uses approximately 13 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year ... predicted that ... turbines will produce 16 million kilowatt hours each year."

"Excess ... electricity ... is expected to be move onto the transmission lines to be purchased by the Missouri Joint Municipal Utilities for use in other areas.

Location of Rock Port, Missouri"A map published by the U.S. Department of Energy indicates that northwest Missouri has the state's highest concentration of wind resources and contains a number of locations potentially suitable for utility-scale wind development."

 

 

Via: ScienceDaily LINK

August 23, 2009

Dardesheim, Germany - Renewable Energy City




The small German town of Dardesheim (fewer than 1,000) and neighbors in Halberstadt in what was East Germany "... want to become 100% renewable using solar, wind, and biomass."

" ... Four pioneering wind turbines were installed in the mid-1990s, collectively producing one million kWh per year ..."

"In 2006 they developed a 62 MW wind project comprising 28 Enercon E70s and one E112, a giant 6 MW turbine ... wind turbines will generate from 120 to 130 million kWh annually, enough to meet the needs of nearly all the 80,000 residents of the county."

" ... also installed nine different solar PV plants ... During their first year of operation the combined 380 kW of solar PV generated nearly 250,000 kWh, about one-third of the Dardesheim's domestic electricity consumption."

 

Via: Wind-Works LINK

August 22, 2009

Chicken Poop Powers 90,000 Homes




chicken-manure-biomass Animal manure is a natural by-product of raising animals ... and needs to be disposed of properly.  Improperly disposed of it can pollute water and make a smelly mess. 

Here is a way to reduce waste and re-use the manure to make enerty.

... world’s largest biomass power plant running exclusively on chicken manure has opened in the Netherlands .... will deliver renewable electricity to 90,000 households ... capacity of 36.5 megawatts, and will generate more than 270 million kWh of electricity per year."

" ... more than merely “carbon neutral” ... If ... spread out over farm land, it would release not only CO2, but also methane, a very potent greenhouse gas. ..."

" ... will utilize approximately 440,000 tons of chicken manure, roughly one third of the total amount produced each year in the Netherlands. ... European countries ... suffer under an excess of different types of animal manure that pollute the environment."

 

 

 

Via:  Meatefficient LINK

August 18, 2009

The Smart Energy Grid: What it Is and What is Can Do




The Smart Grid is coming to a utility near you. But just what is a smart grid and what does it mean for you as a consumer? This "smartplanet" video with Silver Spring Networks CTO Raj Vaswani will explain. In a nutshell ... the smart grid gives you visibility to your energy usage in real time and allows you to take advantage of more favorable times to use large chunks of energy ... and save some money. Utilities get to smooth out there load so there are fewer peaks and ideally allow them to delay building new generating capacity (time consuming, expensive and possibly polluting). Via: Smartplaner LINK

August 14, 2009

Energy Ball® Wind Turbines





Energy Ball turbineEnergy Ball is a wind turbine that generate electricity at very low speeds.  Read on for more about this Netherlands based company.

" ... low-noise turbine ... six curved rotor blades which are attached to the rotor hub with both ends ... the wind blows parallel to the rotor hub through the rotor. ..." Energy Ball turbines

"... creates a wind flow pattern that converges ... then accelerated through the rotor, resembling the rapids in a river ...translates into a higher aerodynamic efficiency compared to conventional wind turbine designs. "

" ... producing electric energy as from very low wind speeds and has therefore a very low standstill time. ..."

 

Via: Home-Energy Link

GE's Smart / Zero Energy Home




GE Zero Energy Home

Imaging a ZERO energy home.  Sound realistic? GE thinks so !

GE's “Net Zero Energy Home” ..." ... combines GE’s most efficient appliances and lighting, GE’s new energy management systems, and GE power generating and storing technologies. ... together, the system will enable a homeowner to achieve net zero energy costs by 2015."

" ... the Home Energy Manager, the central nervous system for the Net Zero Energy Home. ... smart thermostats will also be introduced ... to work in tandem with the energy manager. ... plans to develop residential power generation products like solar PV and residential wind products that will also contribute to the net zero concept."

" ... respondents in the U.S. and ... in the U.K. say they are willing to pay an increased monthly rate for smart grid technology if there is a corresponding reduction in overall energy costs by 15 percent."

 

Via:  GE  LINK

August 02, 2009

PSE&G to Double Solar Capacity with "Solar 4 All"




PSEG pole mounted solar cells

 PSE&G, a New Jersey based utility, will double its current solar capacity with a program called "Solar 4 All."

Components of the program are (1) utility pole mounted solar cells and (2) roof top solar installations.

"... invest $515 million in 80 megawatts of solar projects ... creating green jobs ... expects to complete the installations by the end of 2013."PSE&G logo

" ... installing a solar unit ... on 200,000 utility poles in PSE&G’s service territory ... the largest pole-attached solar installation in the world ... power ... sold into the PJM wholesale grid."

" ... effectively double the size of New Jersey’s installed solar capacity ... more solar capacity than ... any state other than California ..."


Via: PSE&G LINK

July 27, 2009

Berkeley California Solar Map




Berkeley, California Solar Map

Berkeley, California is into solar and wants to help residents and businesses make the move to solar.   To help they offer two tools ...

> One tool is a solar portal that allows property owners to look at their roof and determine both the solar potential and the cost. 

>A second tool provides financing paid by by taxes

" ... Solar Mapping ... estimate the solar potential of their rooftops and view existing solar installations. ... get an estimated size of a photovoltaic (PV) system that would fit ... obtain detailed information on tax rebates and choose from a listing of available installers ... map reflects elements such as rooftop structures, the slant of the roof, shading ... and ... azimuth of the sun for PV panel placement."

" ... Berkeley FIRST program, a solar finance program ... provides property owners an opportunity to borrow money ... and repay the financing through property tax bills."

 

 

 Via:  MatterNetwork LINK

July 10, 2009

Algenol Biofuels - Direct to Ethanol Technology





algenolbiofuels logoMost of the bio fuel processes are require significant amounts of petroleum energy (i.e. to grow the basic crop like corn) or to power the process.  Algenol is totally different ... it does not compete in a food vs/ biofuel stock like corn.

"...introducing its DIRECT TO ETHANOL™ technology ... an innovative algae to ethanol compaAlgenol process flowny ... advanced 3rd generation biofuels technology producing ethanol from algae through a process powered by the sun ... industrial-scale, low-cost ethanol using algae, sunlight, CO2, and seawater.... does not use food, farmland, or fresh water."

Some of the advantages of the Algenol process are"  ...  [can] use desert land and marginal land ... make fresh water from seawater during the process. ... an energy balance over 8 : 1 (energy output : fossil fuel input) ...".

 

Via:  Algenol Biofuels  Link

 

 

July 02, 2009

Fat Spaniel - Monitor Solar PV Systems in Real Time




Fat Spaniel logo

Fat Spaniel Technologies provides real time monitoring of your solar PV system.  Read their case studies of Jay Leno's car garage and SF International Airport.  

Track your actual generation / performance and see ... "... display total power generated by ... day, week, month, or year ... local irradiance, cell temperature, and ambient temperature ... avoided greenhouse gases (CO2, NOx and Sox) over the lifetime ..."

It can be used to proactively guide behavior changes ... " Generate Energy Fat Spaniel Insight Manager screenSavings Via Behavior Modification ..." ... Educate ... by publishing real-time and historical data ... Cut electricity usage up to 10% by changing habits of building occupants ..."

 " ... Fat Spaniel provides ... an industrial-grade, Software-as-a-Service renewable energy plant management system that enables plant operators to: ... Manage renewable energy plants in real-time ... Communicate and interact with mobile personnel ... Generate revenue utilizing back-end services for regulatory agency reporting, renewable energy certificate (REC) registration, and environmental reporting"

 

Via: Fat Spaniel Technologies LINK
 

July 01, 2009

Zwahlen's Ice Cream Goes Green With SRS Energy's Sole Power Tile




Zwahlens Ice Cream and Chocholate

 Zwahlen's is a local (Audubon PA) ice cream and chocolate establishment that just so happens to have the first commercial use of SRS Energy's Sole Power Tile Roof.

I was driving past the store last evening when my son told me about the sign on the front that  said --- something along the lines "the best ice cream under the sun is now powered by the sun".  I needed to check this out ... SRS logo

" SRS Energy, ...installed ... the first building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) roofing product designed for curved roofing systems, ... the first commercial installation of the Sole Power Tile(TM) system  ..."

"T...a great example of how time-tested traditions and cutting-edge technology can meet to create something beautiful," said Marty Low, CEO of SRS Energy and owner of Zwahlen's. "

" ... designed to blend seamlessly with several styles of US Tile's clay tiles, providing energy without the use of traditional solar panels that can compromise a building's roofline and curb appeal. ... preserves Zwahlen's charming Swiss chalet look."

"SRS Energy recently introduced the Sole Power Tile(TM) system to the greater Philadelphia region at the PV America show, held at the Pennsylvania Convention center during the week of June 7, 2009."

SRS Energy's Sole Power Tile can generate 500 Watts per sq ft.

 

Via:  EarthTimes  LINK

Via:  SRS Energy  LINK

June 19, 2009

Nokia Prototype self charging phone in Development





Nokia proto type self charging phone

Imaging a cell phone that is self powering ... ?

Nokia has something in the works that might just achieve that goal though it is a ew years off and not likely to be scalable for largeer appliances ,,, but you never know whaqt advances in technology might bring ...

... "...a cell phone that recharges itself ... harvests ambient radio waves from the air, and turns that energy into usablNokia logoe power. Enough, at least, to keep a cell phone from running out of juice.

" ... ambient electromagnetic energy is never going to ... power your whole house or office, but it just might be enough to keep a cell phone alive ... enough to slowly recharge the cell phone battery while it's in standby mode, theoretically offering infinite power ..." 

 

Via:  Yahoo News  LINK

June 15, 2009

Energy-Inc. - Profitable Solution to a Zero Carbon Footprint





Energy-Inc.

 

John O'Hurley ... of Seinfield fame as J. Peterman ... has co-founded Energy-Inc.   The Las Vegas, Nevada company has a variety of services and technologies for producing power from waste ...

>>> Their tagline is ... a profitable solution to a zero carbon footprint. 

>>> Their message is Waste to Energy rather than waste to landfills.

 

They design, build and manage waste to power systems. Rather than paying to dispose of waste you can turn it into power ... Listen to the video for more ... and see how they plan to make landfills obsolete. They guarantee performance and up to 100% financing ...

 

Via:: Energy-Inc. Link

June 09, 2009

Dow Captures Solar Power with DOWTHERM




sloar panels There are multiple approaches to using solar to create power ... one option is PV (photovoltaic) where panels convert sunlight directly to DC current ... another is CSP (concentrated solar power).

CSP is a form of solar power that uses mirrors to focus the suns rays on panels ... these panels have a heat transfer fluid in them that then is used to generate steam which drives a trubine to produce electricity.

>>> Basically a nuclear type approach with solar replacing the nuclear energy source.

" ... mirrors to reflect and concentrate sunlight onto receivers ... DOWTHERM™ ... heat transfer fluids collect the heat ... converts water to steam, which in turn drives turbines to make electricity.  ... DOWTHERM™ A, has the high temperature stability required to collect, transport, and store that solar generated heat."


" ... Dow ... commitment and leadership in energy efficiency ...  Over the last 14 years, Dow's efforts to conserve power globally have resulted in saving more than 1,600 trillion BTU's of energy and prevented the release of about 86 million metric tons of carbon dioxide."

 

Via:  Dow Chemical Company  LINK

May 28, 2009

Nellis AFB Solar Array - 30 million kWh System




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

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

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


Via:  WhiteHouse.gov  Link

Via:  Nellis  Air Force Base Link

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May 21, 2009

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




Geothermal Energy Association logo

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

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

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

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

 

Via:  U.S. Geothermal Energy Association LINK

May 20, 2009

Nevada Goes Geothermal




Pictorial: How Geothermal Works

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

Read on for more >>> 

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

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

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

 

Via:  Nevada Geothermal Power  LINK

April 12, 2009

Fuji Mercury, Cadmium and PVC Free Battery





Fuji Enviro'MAX battery

" ... Fuji EnviroMAX™ batteries bring a long-overdue dimension of eco-responsibility to the replacement battery market ... at no added cost....EnviroMAX batteries equal, and most often exceed the performance and longevity of equivalent major brands. ... There is nothing inside a Fuji EnviroMAX battery that will harm the environment if it is disposed of through normal waste systems. ... contain no harmful mercury, cadmium - nor are they packaged with dangerous (and non-recyclable) PVC plastic. ...  most of all resources used ... are reused and recycled...are labeled and packaged with recycled paper and P.E.T. plastic. ..."

 

 

Via:  FUJI  Link

April 03, 2009

Go Green Expo ... NYC and Atlanta





Go Green Expo logoGo Green Expo for NYC (April 17 - 19) and Atlanta (June 26 - 28) are on the way.  Go Green Expo has already been to LA and Philadelphia ...

 

The Green Dude and Green Tech both visited the Phila show and came away impressed by the information available.  Among the neat things I saw were ... Go Greeen NYC

- solar powered garbage can ... when the trash level crosses a light beam it is crushed down ... it can be equipped with a wireless devise to alert  you when full ...

- paper made from elephant dung ... used for business cards and fine writing paper ...  Go Green Expo Atlanta

- several manufacturers of dry cleaner garment bags ... you take your dry cleaning to the cleaners in these bags and they are returned in the same bag -- eliminating the need for plastic bags.  There were several models available ... from organic cotton to bags made with recycled plastic bags (though a much heavier fabric).

 

>>> QUESTION to our readers ... I am considering getting one of the dry cleaner bags (permanent end to plastic bags) ... have any of you tried these and how hove your cleaners responded?

 

Via:  Go Green Expo   LINK

San Francisco Green Initiatives




Gavin Newson, mayor of SF, shares his thoughts on how the city can reduce emissions and become more green and environmentally friendly ... maybe even be the electric car capital of ... the US? Video below ... At the Green: Net '09 Conference in San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom lays out the city's future plans for reducing emissions even further. He explains the city's current electric-car project, and the coming green initiatives of wave technology and tidal-flow generators--a steady stream of energy, he says, that will come right from San Francisco Bay. Via: ZDNet Link

March 09, 2009

Green Certified Site - Making Website GREEN




 CO2 stats logo

Want to support GREEN energy with your web site? 

CO2 stats Logo

Check out CO2 stats ...

"CO2Stats is the only service that automatically calculates your website's total energy consumption, helps to make it more energy efficient, and then purchases audited renewable energy from wind and solar farms to neutralize its footprint carbon ..."

" ...Neutralize your site's carbon footprint with audited renewable energy.... With CO2Stats, your visitors can see live reports on your site's CO2 emissions.

 

Via:  CO2stats LINK

March 03, 2009

VerandaSolar - Possible Easy to Install Solar Systems




 Veranda Solar panels

Solar panels are a promising alternative energy solution ... VerandaSolar takes the basic concept and brings ease of installation for the average person to install themselves.Easy to instal VerandaSolar panel

Read on for more on this interesting idea >>> 

"Veranda Solar makes affordable ... solar panels that hang out your window or clip to gutters and balconies. ... easy installation saves you half the cost of traditional panels. ... snap together. Now you can make the decision to go solar and hook up your house, all in a single afternoon."

" ... was launched at Stanford University in spring of 2008 ... are currently in a start-up phase and hope to offer panels and flexible inverters on the market in spring of 2009. "

 

Via:  Veranda Solar  LINK

February 23, 2009

UK Wind Turbine Test Bed ...




A UK farm in the Midland is bieng used to test a number of wind to energy devices ... shows a wind turbine imported from Holland ... information gleaned from tests here will be used for manufacturers to improve their models ... Via: YouTube LINK

February 09, 2009

Green Power Express Transmission Grid




ITC Holdings has developed a power transmission network, dubbed the Green Power Express, which will support the movement of 12,000 megawatts of renewable energy from wind power in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa. ...
... "This project will be an integral component to ITC's efforts to create a high-voltage backbone that can meet America's renewable energy goals and eliminate costly inefficiencies in the grid. The Green Power Express transmission project will traverse portions of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana and will ultimately include approximately 3,000 miles of extra high-voltage (765kV) transmission. The entire project is currently estimated to cost approximately $10 to 12 billion. Portions of the Green Power Express fall within the service territory of ITC Midwest, an ITC subsidiary. ITC has been working with many of the Upper Midwest wind developers over the last year in assembling a realistic accounting of their wind development plans and sites, which resulted in the design of the Green Power Express. As ITC continues to work with wind developers and other local utilities in the region to identify their project needs, there may be additional lines and stations identified that would effectively accumulate the available wind generation within the region. " ...
Via ITC Holdings: Project facilitates movement of 12,000 MW of energy from wind rich areas

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February 08, 2009

Renewable Energy World Conference - March 10 - 12: Las Vegas




Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America logo

The 6th Renewable Energy World Conference is March 10 - 12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

 " ... Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America (formerly POWER-GEN Renewable Energy & Fuels) ... now in its 6th year ... offers a worldwide audience who will hear papers, panel discussions and presentations during technical sessions related to technology, markets, business strategies and policy covering the wind, solar, biomass, hydro, geothermal, ocean/tidal/wave, bio-power, bio-fuels hydrogen and energy sectors. ... Connecting 5,000 renewable energy power professionals with 300 exhibitors for three days of networking, new business negotiation and the exchange of important ideas and information impacting the renewable energy industry today.

Listen to why YOU should attend ... .

Via: Renewable Energy World Conference & Expo North America Link

February 03, 2009

Voice Powered Mobile Phones ?




Pizeo electric

Cell phones that can convert the sound of your voice into energy to run the phone may be coming ... Research at Texas A&M by Tahir Cagin is getting closer to self powered devices like cell phones "... converts sound waves ... into the energy it needs to keep running. ...Utilizing ..."piezoelectrics," ...  a certain type of piezoelectric material can covert energy at a 100 percent increase when manufactured at a very small size – in this case, around 21 nanometers in thickness.
photo of Tahir Cagin - Texas A&M Ehem E
" ...  piezoelectrics are materials (usually crystals or ceramics) that generate voltage when a form of mechanical stress is applied. "


Via:  Texas A&M Chemical Engineering  LINK

January 29, 2009

Storing Wind Power for Later Use





Iowa Stored Energy Park - diagramThere are several "limitations" to wind power --- one is that the source is concentrated far from the using population (issue with transmission).  Another is that wind is available when demand for power is not; so there for the need to "store the wind energy".

Check out this possible solution from Iowa ...

" ... municipal utilities ...are planning to build a new energy park that would integrate a 75-150 megawatt wind farm with Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) technology."

" ... Iowa Stored Energy Park (ISEP), will use ... wind energy that is not being sold on the grid at that time -Iowa Stored Wind Park Location- to store air in an underground geologic structure of porous rock. ... as demand for electricity rises, the stored air will be released, heated, and used to drive generators -- in turn producing electricity for residents in Iowa, Minnesota and the Dakotas."

"F ... hopes that construction on the park will commence in two years. ... expected to be fully operational and providing electricity to Iowa and surrounding states by May 2011."

Via:  Renewable Energy World Link

January 01, 2009

New Solar Panel Technology Concentrated PhotoVoltaics (CPV)





SolFocus logo... using innovative optics ... SolFocus systems dramatically reduce the amount of expensive and often supply-constrained solar material used in the system."SolFocus solar panel

"SolFocus CPV solar panels are the only CPV technology listed by the California Energy Commission as qualified for California Solar Initiative (CSI) incentives. ... panels are constructed primarily of readily available and cost-effective materials such as aluminum and glass resulting in systems which are over 95-percent recyclable. ...has a very low carbon footprint in manufacturing and short energy payback period. "


Via:  SolFocus  Link

December 22, 2008

Excelon to be Carbon Neutral by 2020: 3 Prong Road Map




Excelon 2020

Excelon, whose PECO subsidiary servers Pennsylvania; has stated that they want to be carbon neutral by the year 2020.Excelon logo

" ... goal is to reduce, offset or displace more than 15 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2020.  ... more than our current annual carbon footprint ... equivalent to taking nearly 3 million cars off our roads ... a three-pronged strategy ..."


" ... Reduce or offset Exelon's carbon footprint by greening our operations ... Help our customers and the communities we serve reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. ... Offer more low-carbon electricity in the marketplace."

 

Via:  Excelon  LINK

December 10, 2008

Eco Hand Powered Media Player




eco media player 

High tech media player meet low tech hand cranked "power supply"?  Green powered media player?

" ... Eco Media Player ...music, ...movie clips ... .FM radio  ... without the need for external power or expensive and environmentally harmful batteries."

"One minute of winding ... provides up to 45 minutes play time, ..."u're on holiday abroad or commuting to and from work, the Eco Media Player is the ideal personal entertainment solution.

 

Via:  ecomediaplayer  LINK

December 07, 2008

Philadelphia's Solar Powered Chrismas Tree Lights





solar powered Chrostmas Tree Lights" ... Christmas tree at 3rd and Poplar Streets in Northern Liberties [Philadelphia, Pa] is 40-feet-tall, and it's lit by solar panels ..."

" ... sponsored by the Northern Liberties Business Owners Association,... a nice twist for the neighborhood especially being a neighborhood developed by artists and folks that really focus on alternative methods ... after they're done with it, it will be chipped and used as mulch ..."

 

Via:  KYW1060.com LINK

November 29, 2008

Solar Panels in Spanish Cemetary





Solar Panels on Spanish mausoleums"Santa Coloma de Gramanet, near Barcelona [Spain] , has placed 462 solar panels over its multi-storey mausoleums. ... the scheme was initially greeted with derision, but families who use the cemetery eventually supported the idea ... are now plans to erect more panels at the cemetery and triple the amount of electricity generated.Solar Panels in Spanish cemetary

" ... installation cost 720,000 euros (£608,000) but will keep about 62 tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere every year, 

" ...solar panels cover less than 5% of the total surface area of the cemetery, ... Santa Coloma de Gramanet - has four other solar parks, mostly on top of buildings, but the cemetery is by far the largest"

 

Via:  BBC News  Link

 

November 26, 2008

California Academy of Science - Greenest Museum?




The California Academy of Sciences is an example of GREN design - from solar cells, to green roof, to skylights to reused literature ... See the Video for more ... Via: ZDNet LINK

November 19, 2008

Vatican Solar Panels




Vatican Solar Panels

" ...the first solar panels have been installed on the Paul VI auditorium at the Vatican. ... BBC News reports Pope Benedict has become the first pontiff to harness solar power to provide energy for the Vatican."

"Roof tiles on the Paul VI auditorium, ...  are being replaced by 2,700 solar panels ... photovoltaic cells ... generating enough power to light, heat or cool the 6,000 seat hall ..."


" .... When ... not in use, the surplus energy produced will reportedly be fed into the Vatican's power network."

 

Via:  CathNews.com  Link

October 03, 2008

CEZ to Build Wind Farm in Romania





Wind Farm - Turbines

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

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

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

 

Via:  Reuters  Link

October 02, 2008

bullfrog GREEN POWER




bullfrog power logo

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

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

 

Via: bullfrogPower   Link

September 22, 2008

Exelon Using Boidiesel and Hybrids




Exelon Logo
Exelon, a major energy supplier in the northeast and in Philadelphia (via PECO), has committed to using Biodiesel and Hybrids.  

Read on for more  >>>

"Exelon continues to be a major voluntary user of B20 biodiesel  ... the main source of fuel for more than 2,500 of the company's  vehicles—or 65 percent of its fleet. ... Exelon uses in excess of 2 million gallons per year. ... In 2005, Exelon purchased 50 Ford Escape Hybrids, the first production hybrid sport-utility vehicle (SUV).  ... about 25 percent of the company’s overall SUV fleet. ... expects to procure 50 hybrid SUVs and 10 compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vehicles each year and to use biodiesel for all diesel vehicles by the end of 2006."


Via:  PewClimate.org  Link

September 17, 2008

Ocean Power




Ocean Power Technologies - bouy

Ocean Power Technologies is testing a buoy that harnesses wave energy to make power  ... unlike off shore turbines  theses are close to the ground and are hardly visible ... eliminating the "not in my backyard problem" from shore communities.

" ... a leading renewable energy company specializing in cost-effective, advanced, and environmentally sound offshore wave power technology. ... PowerBuoy® system extracts the natural energy in ocean waves,... is a “smart” system capable of responding to differing wave conditions."

" ... ocean trials have been conducted off the coast of New Jersey to demonstrate the concept of using a floating buoy to capture wave energy and convert it into electricity. ..."

 

 

 

Via:  Ocean Power Technologies  Link

July 14, 2008

fryOdiesel




FryOdiesel logo

fryOdiesel takes a waste produict - one that restauratns and other inductries have to PAY TO get ride of and turns it in to a profitable fuels ... reducing wates and turning trash into cash.

"PFoD has developed patent-pending technology for the production of high quality diesel fuel from fats, oils, and greases. ... produce ASTM-grade biodiesel from sewer trap grease and other waste greases."
" ...fats, oils, and grease in the wastewater system is a costly problem ... causi
fryOdiesel pilot plantng sewer backups and resulting in millions of dollars of fines and billions of dollars of forced infrastructure upgrades."

"PFoD solves the problem of grease in the sewers by providing a beneficial reuse of what is now a costly pollutant."

fryOdiesel is based in Philadelphia, Pa.

Via:  fryOdiesel   Link

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July 10, 2008

Wave Power




The ocean seems to have an endless amount if energy so it makes sense to want to harness it. Watch the video to see what SF California's mayor has in mind ... for wave and tidal energy


"San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom believes tapping into tidal and wave power is a swell idea. But how feasible and realistic is this new renewable-energy technology? CNET News.com's Kara Tsuboi sits down with the mayor to find out." Via: ZDNet Link

Honda Hydrogen Infrastructure




Honda home eneryy station

One of the factors needed for H2 powered cars is the H2 Infrastructure ... something along the lines of today's gasoline / diesel stations. v After all without a way to  get H2 there is not much sense in a H2 powered car ...

Honda has an idea to  help this along ... "...experience in the development of power stations ... as well as experience with home-refueled electric and natural gas vehicles. ... a natural next step ... to explore potential solutions to the hydrogen refueling ..."Honda logo


Via:  Honda  Link

July 08, 2008

Solar Cells on a Prius??




Toyota Prius

Toyota may add solar cells totheir curent Prius hybrid .. truth or rumor it is an intersting idea.

Read on for details >>> small solar cells

" ... solar panels on some models of its popular Prius hybrid car, according to news reports Monday. The panels, made by Kyocera, would help power the air conditioner."

"Details are sketchy. ... Nikkei financial newspaper of Japan and the Reuters international news service reported the story ... Toyota refused to confirm or deny the reports ..."

It is questionable how much power solar cells can provide for a car but there is some possibility ...
" solar could still prove useful for running electric auxiliaries. ... run a small ventilation fan while the car was parked during the day. That would keep the car cabin from turning into an inferno that the air conditioner would struggle to cool once the driver returned." 

Via:  SFGate  Link

July 01, 2008

Honda FCX Clarity - First Mass Production Fuel Cell Car




Honda LogoHonda's Clarity is slated to be the first hydrogen powered car to be mass produced.

Fuel cells are not new .... though they are relatively a new idea for cars ... one lingering problem is the INFRASTRUCTURE needed to make these cars viable.  Read on for more about this as well >>>

How do Fuel Cells work and what are their advantages ... Read on for more >>> 

" ...hydrogen fuel cell produces electricity ... electricity then powers the electric motor, which in turn drives the front wheels. Water vapor and heat are the only byproducts."
 
The fuel cell is in the purple circle in the car shown to the right >>
 
The more technical details ....
" ... Hydrogen fuel is fed into the anode of the fuel cell. ... hydrogen molecules are split into electrons and protons. ...Electrons are channeled through a circuit to produce electricity. ...Protons pass through the polymer electrolyte membrane. ...Oxygen ... enters the cathode and combines with the electrons and protons to form water. ...water vapor and heat are released as byproducts of this reaction."
 

Via:  Honda  Link

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June 27, 2008

FPL to Build New Solar Facilities




FPL Logo

Florida is called the sunshine state and utility Florida Power and Light is making good use of the sunshine ... DeSoto Facility

Read on for more >>>  

June 25, 2008 - Miami, Florida "... today announced new solar energy projects that include the world’s largest photovoltaic solar plant and first “hybrid” energy center, coupling solar thermal technology with an existing combined-cycle generation unit."

“Pending regulatory approval, ... 110 megawatts of solar power ... making Florida No. 2 in the nation for solar energy... ,”

Marin FacilityIncluding previously announced projects ... these are:

"... DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center.  ...in DeSoto County, Fla., ... will provide 25 megawatts of photovoltaic solar capacity, making it the world’s largest photovoltaic solar facility."
 
"... Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center. ... at FPL’s existing Martin Plant site, ... will provide up to 75 megawatts of solar thermal capacity in an innovative “hybrid” design that will connect to an existing combined-cycle power plant ... "Spacecoast Facility
 
" ... Space Coast Next Generation Solar Energy Center. ... will provide 10 megawatts of photovoltaic solar capacity in an innovative public-private partnership. 


Via:  FPL News  Link

 

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June 26, 2008

Sanyo's Solar Ark




Sanyo Logo

 

"The Solar Ark, a unique, ark-shaped, solar photovoltaic power generation facility, offers activities to cultivate a better appreciation of solar power generation, and thereby of both ecology and science. ... is located in Gifu Prefecture, ... of Japan ..." Sanyo Solar Ark

" ... at the center of the Solar Ark is the Solar Lab, a museum of solar energy and one of the more unusual museums in the world. ..."

"Since the Solar Ark was created, we have accumulated data on the power-generating performance of the photovoltaic system. At the photovoltaic conference in Europe, the thesis we delivered analyzing that data received an excellent response ..."

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Via:  Solar Ark  Link

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June 16, 2008

Green Data Centers




Green House Dta Logo

Wyoming's first wind powered data center uses 100% renewable energy and was built built with efficiency in mind a

Green Datas House' data center " ...  is 60% more energy efficient than the average."

Wyoming green data cener

 

Wind Energy "100% Renewable Energy ...  powered by wind ... will own several wind turbines to the north of its facility and purchase the excess energy needs from the local power company's wind farm or through grid tied green-e tags"

" ... the largest wind powered public data center in the nation with over 10,000 square feet of high-density computing facilities. "

Energy Efficiency "Energy Efficiency Built In ...Water-Side Economizers: Free cooling from Cheyenne's average annual temperatures of 45.6 degrees. ...Ground Source Heat Pumps - provide up to 25% more energy efficient cooling than traditional HVAC cooling equipment.(Phase 2)."

 

Via:  Green House Data Link

June 11, 2008

Learn More About Wind Energy ... Links




wind turbine

Here are some links for more information about Wind Energy.  These came from Good Energy, a UK based 100% renewable energy provider.

Here is a wind energy fact from Good Energy (might only apply to a typical household in the UK but significant nonetheless ... "A typical 850KW turbine ... could provide the amount of power used by 500 homes or to boil 28 million pints of water or run a computer for 7 million hours - that's 810 years."

 

www.good-energy.co.uk

www.sec.eu.com

www.bwea.com

www.embracewind.com

www.yes2wind.com

www.westmill.coop

www.scottishrenewables.com

www.windpower.org

www.fi.edu

 

Via:  Good Energy  Link

June 10, 2008

Good Energy - 100% Green Energy for Britian




Good Energy Logo Good Energy is a provider of various sources of GREEN energy from all over Britain  They make it easy for the homeowner or business to lower their impact on the environment by cutting CO2 emissions from power generation.

All their energy " ... comes from wind, small scale hydro and solar power generators from all over Britain. ... either small or medium sized sites  ... Home Generation scheme supports the smaller generator and home owner.

" ...we offer both our supply and purchasing products. We are always on the lookout for new ways we can help you reduce your impact on climate change."
Good Energy Info
Formed in 1999 they currently serve approx. 24,0000 customers.

Their current power mix is " ...  generators in Cornwall, Devon, Cumbria, the Midlands, North Wales and Scotland.... approximately 92% wind power, 7% small hydro and 1% solar. We also own our own wind farm at Delabole in Cornwall."

 

 

Via:  Good Energy  Link

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June 09, 2008

Mackie's - Scotland's Wind Powered Ice Cream Company




Mackies of Scotland

Mackie's (of Scotland) makes all natural ice cream ... right down to the wind powered energy.

" ... have their own energy supply - three Vestas V52 wind turbines  ... have a 45 metre turbine and three 25 metre blades ... capacity to produce 850KW of power - so a total capacity at the farm of 2.5 MW."Mackie's Wind Turbine

".... previously installed a smaller turbine which powered the business's former piggery unit until 1997. That was one of the first grid connected wind turbines in the UK but did not have a very large output."

Image of Windmill on ice cream tubs

" ... wind turbines makes good sense for our business because our consumers have told us that it is important for them to know that our ice cream is made with 100% renewable energy. ..."

"The ice cream tubs show a wind turbine icon with the declaration "made with 100% renewable energy". ...  part of their ongoing commitment to have a carbon neutral site and become the greenest company in Britain."

 

Via:  Mackie's   LINK

 

 

 

 

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June 07, 2008

Wind Farm FAQs




wind turbines Wind Farms are a clean source of renewable energy.  Ever wonder Just what a wind farm is ... Read on for more >>>


WHAT:  A wind farm is " ...  a cluster of wind turbines. ... the blades collect the wind’s kinetic energy. Wind flows over the airfoil shaped blades causing ... causing them to turn. ... are connected to a drive shaft that turns an electric generator to produce electricity."wind turbine schematic

TIME TO BUILD:  " ...actual construction time ... is much less than a conventional power plant. The Wege Wind Energy Farm ( Link ) see took less than six months to build." ... land at a wind farm still be used for farming ... Farming and cattle grazing can go on right up to the turbine footprint. ... "

NEGATIVES:  "There used to be concern about wind turbines causing a lot of bird deaths, but studies show that’s not the case. The largest drawback seems to be their effect on the natural view of the landscape. To some, wind turbines are an eyesore; to others they’re majestic, a pleasant alternative to a conventional
power plant.

WHERE ARE THEY IN THE US:  " ... 25 [states have wind turbines in operation] ... Most are in California, Texas, Iowa, Minnesota, and Oklahoma, where state policies encourage wind power development and wind speeds are high and consistent."

 

Via:  Steelcase  Link

June 06, 2008

Fuel Cell Kit for a Green Fathers Day




fuel cell kit

Want to help dad learn move about fuel cells ... and give a neat father's day gift? 

Then check this out >>>

" ... kit lets you build your own Fuel Cell car and then watch it travel across the room powered only by water. ..."

" ... also comes with experiments and demonstrations that you can do on your own, or with friends."

" ... can build your own experimental reversible fuel cell car to learn more about this energy source. ... learn how a reversible fuel cell works to perform electrolysis as well as to create energy. The electricity required to activate electrolysis is created with a large solar cell included with the kit. During electrolysis, water is separated into hydrogen and oxygen and the resulting energy is stored as a gas. When needed, the gas is fed into the fuel cell, which then serves as the power source."

Pretty Cool ... for the Green Dad in your family ...

 

Via:  Terrapass.com   Link

June 05, 2008

Steelcase's Wege Wind Farm




steelcase windfarmSteelcase manufactures furniture.  They also sponsored a windfarm?!?

Read on for more >>>>

Operations are planned to start in the spring of 2008; the "farm" is near Panhandle, Texas, Steelcase is the "soleSteelcase Wind Farm sponsor of this farm, Steelcase will be the largest buyer of wind power in the furniture industry."

"Steelcase is making a tangible contribution to a wind farm before it’s operational and will support it after it’s up and running. ... a much closer relationship with this project than a typical renewable energy investor ...,”

The turbines " ... standing 243 feet high will produce enough power for nearly 3,000 homes in the Panhandle area without using any fuel and without producing any emissions or pollution.... plenty of room for wheat and grain sorghum to grow underneath the quietly turning blades. The stars will remain easy to see over Panhandle, Texas."

For Steelcase " ... the wind farm is a natural evolution of its commitment made nearly a century ago to be stewards of the environment. ... complements its on-going energy reduction efforts. In North America alone, the company has cut electricity usage by over 30% in the past 5 years."

 

 

Via:  Steelcase  Link

May 02, 2008

Bio Solar Solar Cells ....




bio solar logo

California based Bio Solar has a different slant on making solar cells ... rather than focusing on improving the efficiency they focus on reducing the cost and using non petroleum based materials.

Read on for more ... >>> 

" ...developed a breakthrough technology to produce bio-based materials from renewable plant sources that will reduce the cost per watt of solar cells. ... is the first company to introduce a new dimension of cost reduction by replacing petroleum-based plastic solar cell components with durable bio-based components."Bio Solar thin film substrate diagram

"... BioSolar materials can be used directly in conventional manufacturing systems, such as injection molding and thin-film roll-to-roll, to create superstrate layer, substrate layer, backsheet as well as module and panel components."
solar panels

" ... using crystalline silicon, amorphous silicon or other solar technologies, BioSolar can help reduce the cost per watt through the use of its lower cost bio-based materials."

"By removing petroleum from solar cells, BioSolar makes solar energy a true green source of energy."

 

Via:  Bio Solar   Link

May 01, 2008

Philadelphia Phillies Go Green !!




Phillies Logo

 

"Officals from Major League Baseball, the ... (EPA), the ... (NRDC), Green-e Energy and WindStreet Energy, ... joined the Phillies in announcing a major initiative at Citizens Bank Park to aid in the efforts for a cleaner environment."

" To offset the carbon footprint created ... the Phillies have purchased 20 million kilowatt-hours of Green-e Energy Certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). According to the EPA, this is the largest single purchase of 100% renewable energy in professional sports and is equivalent to the planting of 100,000 trees."

"The Phillies are the first Major League Baseball team to join the EPA's Green Power Partnership (GPP) program, ... According to the EPA, the team is the third largest Green Power Partner in Philadelphia and seventh largest Green Power Partner in Pennsylvania."Citizen's Bank Ballpark

 

Via:  PhiladelphiaPhillies.com  Link 

Nokia Eco Sensor Concept Phone -- Looking Green!




Nokia Logo Nokia has an intersting "concept" phone that incorporates some green thinking ... Nokia Eco Concept Phone

Read on for more >>>

" ... two parts – a wearable sensor unit which can sense and analyze your environment, health, and local weather conditions, and a dedicated mobile phone. "

"... sensor ... made from solar cells that provide power to the sensors. ..."

" ...phone and the sensor unit will be as compact as possible to minimize material use, and those materials used in the design will be renewable and/or reclaimed. Technologies used inside the phone and sensor unit will also help save energy."

 

Via:  Nokia   Link

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April 30, 2008

Solar Energy Facility at Philadelphia, Pa. Navy Yard Site




Exelon Logo"Exelon Generation Company, LLC, has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Epuron LLC, the U.S. subsidiary of one of the world’s largest renewable energy companies, to buy energy produced at a new solar energy facility located at the Philadelphia Navy Yard."Epuron logo

" ... solar power project is expected to produce roughly one megawatt of power, or enough energy for 200 homes, by the first quarter of 2009."

Epuron Photovoltaic cellsExelon and Epuron have collaborated together before ... " ... In August 2007, the pair—in conjunction with Waste Management Inc.—announced the construction of the nation’s fourth largest solar photovoltaic (PV) generation project, ... at the WMI site in Fairless Hills.  ... approximately 17,000 panels to capture the sun’s rays and convert them into three megawatts of electricity, or enough power for 2,400 homes."


Via:  Exelon  Link

April 21, 2008

Friends School in Philadelphia, Pa to use Goethermal Energy




Friends Center - Phila., PA.

Friends Select, an independent Quaker school in center city Philadelphia, Pa, is constructing a thermal energy system,.

Drilling holes " ... 1,500 feet below the sidewalk ... in search of energy savings."

" ... will use the ambient temperature of the ground, about 50 degrees, to heat and cool the Quaker-run office complex."

" ... costing $1.3 million, ... will help eliminate the center's emissions of greenhouse gases and cut its energy costs by an estimated 46 percent. The payback period: six to eight years."

Freied Select has other "green" application ... " ... a green makeover that includes solar panels, a vegetated roof, and rainwater holding tanks to flush the toilets."

Via:  www.philly.com   Link

April 19, 2008

Vermont's Farm-Way goes "Solar"




VErmont Gear - FarmWay

Farm-Way of Bradford, Vermont is a family business - family owned and operated. 

They have also decided to make an investment in solar panels.  "Farm-Way and Vermont Gear have pledged over $400,000 in solar panels to “ Gro Solar” company in White River Jct Vermont. We will be generating approximately 60 KW of power, which is equivalent to 43% of our electrical power consumption. ..."solar panels

" ... our system will allow our local electrical service to avoid 76,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per year ,  ... reductions from the utility power annually of NOX @ 84 pounds  and sulfur dioxide @200 pounds."

" ... will ... monitor at our entryway and also linking our web site to the data and output information in real time,  ... continually updated views of the systems output and easily understood information on the benefits of solar."
 

Via:  EcoWorks - Vermont Gear Link

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April 11, 2008

GE ecomagination Homebuilder Program




GE ecomagination Homebuilder Program

"... a whole-home solution that benefits the environment and your wallet. Designed to lower overall household energy consumption, emissions and indoor water consumption,... combines building science with high performance products ..."GE logo

FACT: "A 2,500-square-foot house in Texas built to the ecomagination Homebuilder Program specification is designed to lower CO2 emissions by approximately 5 tons annually, which is equivalent to the CO2 emissions of driving more than 10,000 miles in an average U.S. car, or to the CO2 absorbed by 1.3 acres of a Southeastern forest each year.

FACT:  A 2,500-square-foot home built to the ecomagination Homebuilder Program specification is designed to save the homeowner US$ 600 to upwards of 1,500 USD on annual utility bills versus an industry-standard average new home due to significant energy and water savings.

Source: GE Consumer & Industrial

 

Via:  GE ecomagination Homebuilder Program  Link 

 

March 11, 2008

Obama Speaks in PA About Green Energy @ Wind Turbine Plant




Gamesa Logo March 11, 2008 - FAIRLESS HILLS, Pa. -Presidential Candidate Obama spoke at the US site of Spanish Wind Turbine Company Gamesa.

Obama Signs a Turbine Blade

" ... spoke in a cavernous facility that ... is home to an arm of the Spanish company Gamesa, which makes giant turbines that generate electricity ... "

 

Wind Turbines"Obama repeated his call to spend $150 billion over 10 years to create "a green energy sector." He said it would "create up to 5 million new jobs, including jobs in Pennsylvania.""

 

"We should be building windmills all across the country,... " 

 

Via:  news.yahoo.com  Link

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March 04, 2008

Electric Lawn Mowers




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Gasoline engines from lawn equipment (movers, blowers, edgers, etc) contribute a significant share of pollution.  Small engines are not subject to the same emission requirements as larger engines and so are probably the biggest non-road emissions source.

For smaller lawns a battery powered electric mower might be a practical solution.nueron electric mover

No more oil and gas ... just plug in, charge and go.

"... relief from the arm-yanking pull-starts, the fumes, noise, and vibration of a gas lawn mower. Start it with the push of a button and mow for up to 1 hour on a single charge."

" ... doesn't use gas or oil, so it never needs a tune-up and it runs clean. It produces no pollution or carbon emissions. ..."

Via: drpower.com   Link

February 22, 2008

Green House Data - Green Data Center




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Green House Data is " ... one of the only 100% Wind powered GREEN data centers in the nation. ... our green data center design is 60% more energy efficient than the average data center in the U.S."

"... perfect combination -- an environmentally responsible data center, lower than average prices, and above average professional service ... first facility will be located in Cheyenne, Wyoming .. Wyoming's first enterprise class computing center."

 

Via: Green Housde Data Center  Link

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February 20, 2008

Nanosolar




Nanosolar Logo

 Solar panels are becoming more common; almost mainstream.

  What is now needed is a way to boost the efficiency or redue the manufacturing cost.

"Nanosolar is a global leader in solar power innovation. ...  setting the standard for affordable green power with solar cell technology of distinctly superior cost efficiency, versatility, and availability."nanosolar flexible solar panels

"Leveraging ... nanostructured materials, we have developed a critical mass of engineering advances that profoundly change the cost efficiency and production scalability of solar electricity cells and panels."

" ... on track to make solar electricity: ... cost-efficient ... mass produced on a global scale ... availabler in many forms ..." 
 


Via:  Nanosolar.com   Link

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February 14, 2008

Sail Assist for Ocean Vessels




SkySailsWind powered sailing ships are not new - the first effective ships to cross the oceans were wind powered vessels.  Now with crude oil reaching and passing the $US100 / bbl mark they are getting closer attention as a viable "assist" to modern freight vessels.First Trial of Beluga's SkySail

"... SkySails represents the only suitable model: no bothersome masts on deck, no restriction of stowage space, no hindrances to loading and discharging, no risk to the crew, cargo or ship as well as reliable overall performance. ... wind energy ... makes it possible to provide relief to the main engine ... when the sail is scaled up to 320 square metres ... potential savings of 20 to 30 percent aBEluga with CArgo of Wind Turbines!!re definitely feasible and realistic. ..."

An interesting observation is that in the picture to the left the vessel is carrying wind turbine equipment!



 

 

Via:  SkySails   Link 

Via:  The Beluga Group  Link

 

 

 

 

 

February 13, 2008

Bio-Diesel Flight Around the World




 green flight international logo
Green Fuel for airplanes! 

Green Flight International has made history buy having "... completed the world's first Jet aircraft flight powered by 100% biofuel ..."Bio diesel jet

They are planning an around the world approx. 22,000 nautical mile flight to further demonstrate their capabilities.  The date has not yet been set but he flight will "... set an example to the International community that it is possible to implement Alternative energy into mainstream transportation sources."

Green Flight International is based in Apopka, Florida.

Via:  Green Flight International Link

 

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February 08, 2008

Rice Grower in S.C. Uses Certified Renewable Energy




carolina plantation riceCampbell Coxe

" ... Carolina Plantation Rice ... is the first and only business in South Carolina to be recognized nationally as being Green-e certified as an environmentally friendly user of renewable energy."

" ... purchases renewable energy from Pee Dee Electric Cooperative in the form of “Green Power” to irrigate and process its crops ... Green Power is electricity generated from landfill gas."

“"Our customer base is a very aware group of people who are environmentally concerned,” ...  All our packaging is biodegradable. It’s natural.” "green-e power logo


Via:  Electric Cooperative of South Carolina   Link

February 06, 2008

Bio Diesel Jet Plane




Czech L-29 Bio-Diesel Jet

Bio-Diesel is an alternative fuel used in lqwn movers and cars.  But what about airplanes?

Read on to learn about a bio-diesel jet ...>>>

"Biodiesel ... recently power a 1968 L-29 Czechoslovakian jet—dubbed BioJet 1—up to 17,000 feet (5,180 meters) over 37 minutes. A three minute, 15-second test the day before was the world's first flight entirely fueled by cooking oil."

"... the fuel for the historic October flight: fresh canola oil refined into biodiesel. ...""

"As little as 20 percent biodiesel in petroleum diesel fuel will reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent,... "

"...  plans to fly the experimental jet from Reno, Nev., to Orlando, Fla.—the first transcontinental biodiesel flight, in eight stops. And, eventually, he hopes to fly a similarly fuelled plane around the world. ...""

 

Via:  Scientific American   Link

January 24, 2008

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




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

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

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

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

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

Via:  GreenerGadgets.com  Link

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January 13, 2008

Solar Subway Stop in Coney Island, NY




subway staion

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

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

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

Via:  Inhabitat  Link

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January 09, 2008

Sweden's "People Powered Heating" System for Buildings




 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Via:  Physorg.Com  Link

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January 08, 2008

Portugal to Build World's Largest Solar Powr Plant




PowerLight Corp Logo

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

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

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

 

Via:  RenewableEnergyAccess   Link

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December 22, 2007

China Becomes a Leader in Solar Cells - Suntech Power Co, Ltd




Solar Cells

 

China's Suntech Poower Co, Ltd is becoming a power player in Solar Cells.  It is a leader in both cvapacity and solar outbut ...

Read on to learn more about why sun power and solar cells are important to the future power needs of the world ... sdolar cells


  • The Sun has sufficient helium mass to provide the Earth with energy for another five billion years and, every 15 minutes, it emits more energy than humankind uses in an entire year.

  • The Earth receives only one half of one billionth of the Sun's radiant energy, but in just a few days it gets as much heat and light as could be produced by burning all the oil, coal and wood on the planet.

Via:  Suntech Power Co, Ltd.   Link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December 16, 2007

Possible Route to Hydrocarbon Fuel from Air




solar furnace for CR5 prototype

The normal process is to burn a hydrocarbon and get CO2.  A possible novel new process would turn the CO back into a Hydrocarbon. Sandia National Laboratories Prototype - CO to Fuel

CO2 ==> CO ==> Hydrocarbon ... just add concentrated sunlight!  Pretty neat!  

"... research team from Sandia National Laboratories is building a prototype ... to chemically “reenergize” carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide ... carbon monoxide could then be used to make hydrogen or ... combustible fuel, such as methanol or even gasoline, diesel and jet fuel."

"... Counter Rotating Ring Receiver Reactor Recuperator (CR5, for short), ..."

"... “Sunshine to Petrol” (S2P). “Liquid Solar Fuel” is the end product — the methanol, gasoline, or other liquid fuel made from water and the carbon monoxide produced using solar energy."


Via:  Sandia National Laboratories   Link

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December 07, 2007

Brewery Water Treatment Produces Methane!





Water Treatment Plant The New Belgium Brewery has many green aspects to their business ... In addition to their own waste water treatment plant ... they product their own methane!

"...  installation of its own process water treatment facility. ...  allows us to clean our process waters ...  without burdening the municipal system.... "

" ... byproduct of this process is the production of methane. ... capture this methane and pipe it back into ... a combined heat and power engine that produces both electrical and thermal energy. ... power about 10% of the brewery with this byproduct ..."

 

 

Via:  New Belgium Beer   Link

 

Seattle Washington's Green Power Program




Seattle's Green Power Program

 

The citizens of Seattle, Washington have several green power options.  Seattle has a long history of grren power ... in 1905 they built their first hydroelectric plant.

green up!

  • "Buy green power for a portion of your electricity through City Light's Green Up Program"

    >>> This allows customers to pay an additional amount to get up to 100% of their power from renewable sources.


  • "Pay a little more on your bill to support renewable energy demonstrations, including local solar electricity projects, through City Light's Green Power Program".

    >>> This funds demonstrations of renewable energy methods not curently bieung used in Seattle.


Via:  www.Seattle.gov    Link

Via:  City Light Power  Link
 

December 06, 2007

Energy Recovery by RF Frequency




GBRC Logo

Recovering the potential "fuel" in materials has been the driving force behind oil shale and oil sands.  Global Resource Corp, a NJ company, has found a way to "crack "the energy" from materials using RF energy.

Energy Recovery

" ... GRC’s hydrocarbon specific frequencies are generated by much higher RF klystrons that actually crack the hydrocarbon chain into its characteristic fuels.

"... no CO2 or CO produced ... because there is no oxidation... "

"... designed klystron machinery for gasifying hydrocarbons where they exist or in fabricated systems. In-situ meaning processed deep in the ground, rock formations or anywhere naturally occurring and off-situ meaning processed above ground that is mined or material removed from site.

"... GRC ...now possess the technology that will free America from foreign oil imports.


Click the LINK to see a YouTUBE video of converting COAL into natural gas and hydrogen fuel.

 

Via:  Global Resource Corporation    Link 

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November 14, 2007

New York Governor's Mansion Goes Green




 New York Governor's Mansion

"Silda Wall Spitzer, ... wants to turn the governor's mansion ... into a modern model of energy efficiency ... “Greening the Mansion” will cut its electrical energy consumption by 50% and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half.solar panels

Highlights include:

* solar panels
* a fuel cell to  replace back up dielsel powered generator
* energy efficient appliances

Via:  TreeHugger.com   Link

 

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November 13, 2007

Al Gore Joins KPC&B to Focus on Alternative Energy




Al Gore

Al Gore has joined the Silocn Valley venture capital firs Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  He joins "... as a partner focused on alternative energy investments.KPC&B logo

Many say the private sector will lead the way in the Green Initiative - the combination of KPC&B and Al Gore is a potent combination. 

>>> I agree.

 Furthering his green bent Gore indicated that "...100 percent of his salary as a partner at Kleiner Perkins will be donated directly to the Alliance for Climate Protection ..."

 

 

Via:  Rueters   Link

 

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November 10, 2007

Solr Powered Laptop Bag




solar panels on laptop bageclipse solar gear
Carry your laptop and other electronics in a cool looking bag and have a handy source of never ending power at the same time.  

"Eclipse Solar Gear is a leading source of innovative solar charging cases  ...patented line of solar backpacks ... designed to charge the batteries of common handheld electronics ..."

"... a solar backpack or any solar charger can extend the use of your personal electronics and contribute to the protection of the environment.  ..."

 

 

 

 

 

Via:  eclipsesolargear.com   Link 

September 28, 2007

BP Solar Committed to Solar Power




BP is committed to alternative power solutions.  In addition to manufacturng Solar panels they have partnered with several groups to make it easier to buy (with Home Depo).

>>>  Read on for more.

In 2005, "... expanded state-of-the-art facility in Frederick, Md. to more than double our production of solar panels. ... contains all of the elements of solar product manufacturing processes. These are vertically integrated to ensure the overall quality of the finished products. ... In fact, BP already is one of the world's largest producers of solar panels." 

See photo at right.

 

house with solar panels

"Residential customers in southern California can visit one of many of The Home Depot® centers and purchase a complete home solar system via the BP Solar Home Solution program. ... [also] available in New Jersey, California and New York."

" ... BP Solar has partnered with Sun Edison to create "SunE Solar Fund 1," a $60 million fund ... to support the installation of as many as 25 U.S. solar electric systems. The funds kickoff by installing BP Solar Energy Solutions systems at several Staples stores in California and New Jersey. When fully operational, these three systems will generate a total of 680 kWh of electricity."
 
"... the BP Solar Neighbors Program. ... Actor Edward Norton broached the idea of giving low-income families in Los Angeles access to solar power after he installed a BP Solar system in his own home. ... a community partnership between BP and the Enterprise Foundation called the BP Solar Neighbors Program. Also joining in this ground-breaking collaboration is the Environmental Media Association.
Every time an invited celebrity has a BP Solar system installed on his or her home, BP donates a system to a low-income family living in South Central L.A. More than 25 families have received the gift of clean solar power through this program to help lower their electricity bills."
 
Via:  BP.com            Link

September 14, 2007

Rhode Island Boarding School Has its own Wind Turbine




Portsmouth Abbey Wind Turbine
Portsmouth Abbey was founded in 1926 and has +/- 340 students in grades 9 - 12.  They have a beautiful 500 acre campus and are just 10 miles from Newport Rhode Island. 

>> And they are near a windy coast ...

>> And they have a Windmill to generate electricity ...  

  

Construction started in November 2005 for ... "Rhode Island’s first-ever utility-scale wind turbine ...165 foot tall, 660 kilowatt (kW) wind turbine will be the largest single investment ever made by the Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund, producing 1.25 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year."

"... is expected to generate 40 percent of the annual electricity demand of the ... School, one of Rhode Island’s largest consumers of electricity."

on the one year anniversary --- "statistical data that showed how Portsmouth Abbey saved nearly $223,000 in the first year of the wind turbine's operation, through lower electricity payments to the utility, electricity sold back to the grid, and renewable energy credits."  

"... there are several cities and towns in Rhode Island, including the town of Portsmouth, that are considering the installation of a wind turbine to help lower municipal energy costs, ... have cited the Portsmouth Abbey wind turbine as a clear example of such success."

 

I visited the windmill this July (2007) and will post my pictures (shortly).

Thanks to my good friend Doug for telling me about the windmill in town ....  

 

 

Via:   Portsmouth Abbey School Web - Announcement  Link
Via:  Rhode Island Renewable Energy Fund  Link
Via:  My friend Doug

September 12, 2007

Green Buillding - Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies - Oberlin College




Adam Lewis Joseph Center for Environmental Studies - Oberlin College

What can be accomplished in a Green Building?? 

Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio,  takes a careful look ...

>>> Their Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies is detailed below ...

"... was conceived as a demonstration project, ... designed to be a building that would teach. Lessons embodied in its technology and design choices are intended to reinforce those taught in its classrooms. ... "

"...Efforts to research the AJLC's evolution are well underway, providing ongoing opportunities to educate a variety of audiences, including Oberlin College students, regional kindergarten through high school students, other university students and faculty, architecture and design professionals, and lay audiences."

"With over 150 environmental sensors installed throughout the building and landscape, the AJLC's data monitoring and display system provides a unique opportunity to visualize in real-time the flows of energy and cycling of matter that are necessary to support the built environment. ... premise of this work is that real-time feedback on ecological performance increases awareness, ... feedback of this type may be a necessary prerequisite for facilitating a more sustainable relationship among humans, technology and the natural world."

 
Some building details ...

 
 
"Energy - Photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roof ... meet a substantial fraction of the building's energy needs. Solar energy production is coupled with energy efficient lighting, heating, and appliances to minimize negative environmental impact."



 
 
"Heating, Cooling & Air Quality - ... both active and passive systems, ...provides a comfortable working environment ... Active systems use mechanical equipment to extract and move heat, while passive systems do so with a minimum of mechanical devices."



 
 
"Landscape - ... landscape features a variety of constructed ecosystems that simulate native Northern Ohio ecosystems and incorporate cultigens that produce food for humans."



 
 
"Living Machine & Water Use - ... is an ecologically engineered system that combines elements of conventional wastewater technology with the purification processes of wetland ecosystems to treat and recycle the building's wastewater for reuse in the toilets and landscape."



 
 
"Weather Conditions - A weather station ... monitoring real-time conditions and trends for a variety of environmental variables."



 
 "
Materials - Materials ... elected to enhance its sustainability and were evaluated based on criteria that required less energy inputs, encouraged local production and distribution, and supported creative economic structures."
 

Via:  Oberlin.edu   Link


September 11, 2007

New Jersey Clean Energy Conference amd Leadership Awards




 

NJ Clean Energy ConferenceNew Jersey's Clean Energy Conference,on September 27 - 28, 2007 will honor nominees that are saving energy and advancing the state of clean energy in New Jersey.  The winner will be named at the conference. 

Nominees include Home Builders, Colleges and Universities, and Vendors. 

The annual conference is in it's 3rd year.  " ...brings together ... leading energy professionals and businesses to learn, network, and discuss the issues shaping the energy market and the New Jersey energy market in particular."

" ... provides an excellent forum ... to learn more about the economics of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and how to hedge against rising energy costs, to leverage the financial and environmental benefits of clean energy."

NJ CleanEnergy 2007 Keynote Speaker

" .. Conference ... has been expanded to 2 days. New workshops and programs are being added ... A special Municipal track and evening networking session will be the focus of day 1. Day 2 will have new workshops and sessions and the luncheon presentation of the Clean Energy Leadership Awards. ... "

"... Special workshops include:"

  • "New Jersey's Energy Master Plan"
  • "Energy Project Financing"
  • "Combined Heat and Power"
  • "Renewable Energy Certificate Markets"
  • "Green Building Design"
  • "Clean Energy Strategies to Reduce your Carbon Footprint"
  • "Energy Programs for Municipalities"

 

Via:   NewJerseyCleanEnergy.com   Link

August 29, 2007

Marine Turbines for Generating Electricity in the UK




MArine Turbine

"Marine Current Turbines Ltd (MCT) is developing radically new technology, backed by the UK government, for exploiting tidal currents for large-scale power generation. We do not have any commercially available products at present, but we aim to achieve this by 2007-8."

Map of UK - Red Dots Point to Possible Tidal Streams for Electricity

"The basic requirements for cost-effective power generation from tidal streams using MCT's technology are a mean spring peak velocity exceeding about 2.25 to 2.5m/s (4.5 to 5 knots) with a depth of water of 20 to 30m - the red spots on the map (right) show some of the locations meeting these criteria around the UK and northern France."

"Our technology represents a novel method for generating electricity from a huge energy resource in the sea. ... even rarer if the technology, as in this case:-"

  • "produces no pollution and has negligible environmental impact"

  • "delivers energy to a predictable timetable"

  • "has the potential to make a major contribution to future energy needs"

"... the relentless energy of marine currents has been obvious from the earliest days of seafaring, it is only now that ... this a technically feasible and economically viable possibility."

 

Via:  Marine Current Turbines   Link

August 21, 2007

New Zealand Produces Ethanol - From Milk




New Zealand Milk Ethanol 

Ethanol ... Alcohol made from ... Corn!

Ethanol ... Alcohol made from ... Milk?

Read on to learn more ...

"Fonterra, a New Zealand dairy cooperative, has started producing 30,000 liters of ethanol a day, which are being sold in Gull petrol stations around the country."Gull Force 10 BioFuel - Helen Clark at the Pump

"New Zealand has had quite a few successful eco-initiatives in the past, ... plan to be the first carbon-neutral country ...".

"They also set a national target of 3.4% biofuel content for gas and diesel by 2012."


Via:  AutoblogGreen   Link

July 24, 2007

Solar Cells that Work All Day Long




Jud Ready, a senior research engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute holding 3-D Solar Cell

Here is a new "twist" on the design of solar

cells that allows for a longer "sweet spot" of power generation.


>> The "twist" is that instead of being flat these solar cells are 3-D.

"Solar cells generally crank out the most power at noon, when the sun is at its highest point and can strike the cell at a 90-degree angle. Before and after noon, efficiencies drop off. But researchers [at] Georgia Tech Research Institute ... prototype ... whose surface consists of hundreds of thousands of 100-micrometer-high towers, catches light at many angles and actually works best in the morning and afternoon."Cross section ... cadmium telluride ... around a carbon nanotube tower

"... When the sun is at a 90-degree angle, the prototype delivers only 3.5 percent efficiency. ... and is actually at its peak efficiency--7 percent--when light comes in at a 45-degree angle. That means the device operates at relatively high efficiencies during much of the day and has two efficiency peaks: one before noon, and one after noon."

"While those efficiencies are too low for commercialization, ...  working on optimizing the size and spacing of his towers as well as their chemical composition. As a first application, his sights are set on powering spacecraft and satellites, which could benefit from solar cells that don't require a mechanical means of moving the orientation of the cell to keep it facing the sun."


More info at Georgia Tech Research Institute Link 

 

Via:  MIT Technology Review   Link

July 10, 2007

Tredyffrin Township Goes for Green Power and Solar Panels




Tredyffrin Township Logo Some Pensylvania municipalities are making a go of becoming more green.  Most townships over a certain population must recycle - that is the law.  Others are taking it to the next level.

Read on about Tredyffrin Township in Penmnsylvania. 

"The Board of Supervisors ... approved the recommendations ... to start purchasing clean energy from PECO Wind. The Township will start purchasing 5% of its energy needs from PECO Wind for the remainder of 2007 and purchase 20% of its energy needs starting in 2008, then re-evaluate the provider and percentage annually thereafter."

Clean Energy Campaign

"In December, 2006, the ... Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution committing to the Pennsylvania Clean Energy Communities Campaign. ... a partnership between the Pennsylvania Sustainable Development Fund and SmartPower, ... whose purpose is to assist communities in the support and purchase of clean, renewable energy. Their goal is to help Tredyffrin Township qualify as Clean Energy Community. Once we have qualified, we will receive a free 1 kW solar energy system worth $10,000 to put on any building of our choice. Tredyffrin Township has already taken the first step towards becoming a Pennsylvania Clean Energy Community by passing a resolution committing to use 20% clean energy for all municipal buildings and facilities by 2010.

 

For more details on the PEnnsylvania Clean Energy Comunities Campaign follow this Link 

 

 

Via:  Tredyffrin Township (PA) Tredyffrin Times Newletter - Spring 2007   Link 

May 31, 2007

First "Platinum" LEED Rated House - Steve Glenn's Very Green Home




Green House

Steve Glenn (founder of PeopleLink Inc.) has built the first LEED Platinum certified residential house in the US.  It offers many unique features - though the house was not inexpensiveGreen House

"... house is the prototype for LivingHomes.  ... sells prefabricated houses with this design by architect Ray Kappe, for about $250 per square foot (not including land, site development, or transportation).  ...  green features add about 20% to the base cost of the home and generate about $1,500 in savings per year.  (disclaimer: these are all estimates, but if you take these figures seriously, there is no breakeven on a 30 year mortgage...but this calculation comes with a load of assumptions.)"

Among the features and approx costs:

  • "Recycled Water System:  $20,000

  • Ventilation (whole house ceiling fan from Tamarack Technologies):  $1,200
  • Fireplace (EcoSmart fireplace from Fire Co. is flue-less):  $?
  • Hot Water (radiant heating system by Apricus Solar):  $33,000
  • Living Roof (garden & deer grass roof by Great Outdoors Landscaping):  $8,000
  • Electricity (Scott Corp. photovoltaic panels for up to 80% of house needs):  $12,000 (after $13,000 in state rebates & federal tax credits). 
  • Lighting (bright bars of light diodes from American Permalight):  $95 per bar
  • Windows (double-pane glass from Pilkington Group & sliding doors from Fleetwood Windows and Doors):  $33,000 for entire house.

    Green House


 

 

 

 

 

To see a slide show follow the Link to a BusinessWeek site. 

To see a video of the the home being build follow the Link to www.livinghomes.us

 

Via:  BusinessWeek   Sept. 11, 2006   Link 

May 11, 2007

New Jersey Program Offers Clean Power Choice




NJ Clean Power Choice Program

 

Electricity users in New Jersey (that means JUST ABOUT EVERYONE) can choose to use "clean power".  It's easy to do and good for the environment.

"... is a statewide program that allows you to choose clean, renewable sources of energy. ... Solar power. Wind power. Low-impact or small hydro power. Landfill gas power. Clean power, that's good for the environment, good for the climate, and good for New Jersey. ... Importantly, the ... Office of Clean Energy verifies that renewable energy is delivered into the Mid Atlantic power pool that serves your needs. ... Also, each household that participates in the CleanPower Choice Program can reduce CO2 emissions by over 10,000 lbs. per year, which is equivalent to planting 1.35 acres of trees!*"

 

"*This is an estimate that varies by product selection and household energy usage."

For more information see the programs FAQs Link

Some of the Clean Power Providers are:

Sterling Planet

Community Energy

Green Montain Power

 Jersey-Atlantic Wind

 

 

 

 

Via:  New Jersey Clean Power Choice Program   Link 

May 03, 2007

Green Web Hosting Service - Wind and Sun Powered and a Tree for each New Customer




 Powered by wind and sun

Green "web hosting" is growing ...

From ThinkHost: "changing the world by providing high quality earth-friendly web hosting services & supporting social change activism".

Their Mission Statement:  " ... I founded the company based on 3 simple principles - Honesty, Integrity and Trust. I'm proud to say that while we have grown substantially over the years, we have not outgrown the original ThinkHost objectives - and never will."Thinkhost

Some of the ways they contribute to a low impact on the earth:  "... All our hosting plans are 100% wind/solar powered.  ... most of our team members "telecommute" - saving thousands of gallons of fuel annually ... use very little in terms of paper and encourage the use of notebook computers by our team to conserve electricity.  We recently also implemented a tree planting initiative - we plant a tree for every new client!"

 

Via:  Thinkhost.com   Link 

April 18, 2007

Green Ideas from Green TV




 

Sundance Challel: Green Sundance
Premieres April 17th, 2007 @ 9 pm EST. 

Presenting  "the GREEN: big ideas for a SMALL PLANET (TM)".

Robert Redford, has announced the launch of Sundance Channel Green. ... will "present original series and documentary premieres about the earth’s ecology and concepts of 'green' living that balance human needs with responsible environmental stewardship."

"Programming ... will include:"

"1. Original Series: Change Agents: a high energy, story and character-driven documentary series about the people and projects that are on the front lines of environmental sustainability and innovation."

"2. Interstitial Series: Sundance Channel will launch several interstitial series that will highlight a range of environmental issues and offer viewers innovative suggestions to effect change in their own lives."

"3. Documentaries: The block will feature compelling feature length documentary premieres and news specials on environmental subjects."

 

Tune in to Episode 1:  A Crude Awakening.

 

The Sundance Channel   Link
 

 

Via:  Treehugger.com   Link 

April 12, 2007

A New Look at Off Shore Windmills




Deepwater Floating Windmills

A Given:  Wind Power is one solution to our energy needs.
 
Good:  Off Shore Windmills
Better:  FAR off shore Windmills where the winds are stronger and the windmills are not visible?

A Problem:  NIMBY (who can blame them?)

The Solution:  Part windmill.  Part floating platform. 

 

"Offshore wind turbines are an excellent source of power that could potentially serve hundreds of thousands of consumers ... (using) floating platforms hundreds of miles out to sea, where the winds are even stronger? That is where Paul D. Sclavounos comes in. The MIT professor of mechanical engineering and naval architecture spent decades designing and analyzing large floating structures for deep-sea oil and gas exploration."

" ... Their design calls for a tension leg platform, a system in which long steel cables, or “tethers,” connect the corners of the platform to a concrete-block or other mooring system on the ocean floor. The platform and turbine gain their support from buoyancy."

"... could work in water depths ranging from 30 to 200 meters, Sclavounos said. In the Northeast, they could be 50 to 150 kilometers from shore. And the turbine atop each platform could be big, which is an economic advantage in the wind-farm business. The MIT-NREL design assumes a 5.0 megawatt (MW) experimental turbine now being developed by industry. (Onshore units are 1.5 MW; conventional offshore units are 3.6 MW.)"

"  ... Computer simulations show in hurricane conditions the ... bottom of the turbine blades would remain well above the peak of even the highest wave."

"... Because of the strong offshore winds, the floating turbines should produce up to twice as much electricity per year (per installed megawatt) as wind turbines now in operation. And because the wind turbines do not permanently attach to the ocean floor, they are a movable asset. If a company with 400 wind turbines serving the Boston area needs more power for New York, it can unhook some of the floating turbines and tow them south."

 

 

 


Via:   ISA     Link  and
         MIT    Link

 

April 05, 2007

Whole Foods Market uses 100% Wind Power




 Whole Foods

 In addition to using Solar Power (see GreenTechnolog Blog) Whole Foods Market is big on Wind Power.  Wind Power

"In January, 2006, we made a landmark purchase of renewable energy credits from wind farms to offset 100% of the electricity used in all of our stores, facilities, bakehouses, distribution centers, regional offices and national headquarters in the United States and Canada. This is the largest wind energy credit purchase in the history of North America and makes Whole Foods Market the only Fortune 500 Company purchasing wind energy credits to offset 100% of its electricity use."

 

Via:  WholeFoodsMarket.com   Link

April 03, 2007

Whole Foods Market uses Solar Power




 

Whole Foods Market - Logo

 
Whole Foods Market has committed to using Solar Power at stores in their Southern Pacific, Northern California and North Atlantic Regions. 

Brentwood
"... Brentwood is using solar energy as 24 percent of its power source ... will produce 62,370 kilowatt hours, approximately equal to 20 residential homes, result in more than 140,000 lbs per year of CO2 emissions avoided, the equivalent of removing 10 cars from the roadways, and reduce the equivalent of more than 58 tons of coal being burned."

 

"In March 2002 Whole Foods Market Berkeley became the first major food retailer to introduce solar energy as a primary lighting power source ... while increasing building thermal insulation and extending the life of the roof."  Whole Foods Market - Berkley, California store solar panels

"... In addition to an attractive amortization period, the system will produce and save more than one million kilowatt hours over 25 years and will result in more than 1,060 tons of CO2 emissions avoided, the equivalent of removing 285 cars from the roadways."

"The combination of solar power and efficient lighting, along with a Duro-Last Energy Star® roof system with a solar reflectance of more than 86%, will reduce both peak and base load electricity demand. The net effect will be reduced load on the local electric substation, especially during peak summer hours."

 

"Our Edgewater, New Jersey store ... installing solar panels made by BP Solar on our facility's roof.  ... will meet more than 20 percent of Edgewater store's needs. The new ... system will produce and save more than 2.2 million kWhs over 20 years resulting in more than 1,650 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions avoided, the equivalent of removing 440 cars from the roadways, and reduce the impact on our country's power grids.

 

Via:  WholeFoodsMarket.com    Link

 


 


March 27, 2007

Woodstock, NY into Renewable Solar Energy




 Woodstock, NY - Solar Panels on Town Hall

New York Town Goes Solar!  

Best known for the Woodstock Festival and Concert in 1969 is now on the leading edge of Green Towns.

"WOODSTOCK - The Town Board on Tuesday (12-Mar-07) adopted a Zero Carbon initiative ...which aims to reduce the emission of carbons thought to contribute to global warming, includes increasing the fuel efficiency of town vehicles, conforming with the guidelines of the Energy Star and U.S. Green Building Council programs, increasing recycling and promoting the development of renewable energy resources."

"RESOLUTION'S KEY ELEMENTS"

"WOODSTOCK - Efforts to make the town a "carbon-neutral community" are outlined in a three-page resolution that would have municipal changes be used as an example for residents.?

"Among the goals:"

"* Conform with guidelines of the Energy Star and U.S. Green Building Council programs."

"* Increase the average fuel efficiency of town vehicles, with an employee education program that would have "anti-idling messages."

"* Improve pump efficiency in the town water and wastewater system, and recover wastewater treatment methane for energy production."

"* Increase the amount of recycling done by the town and promote the practice in the community."

"* Maintain a healthy forest through tree planting for increased shade."

"The town already has taken steps to improve energy efficiency by subsidizing the creation of wind power installations, installing a 16.8-kilowatt photovoltaic solar panel array on the Town Hall, installing a geothermal heating-cooling system at the town highway garage and ending the use of propane fuel at the town wastewater treatment plant."


Via:   Daily Freeman   Link 

March 12, 2007

Green Power Locator By State




EPA Green Partnership

 

 

Looking for Green Power providers in your state?  Check out the EPA's Green Power Locator!

What is Green Power:  "Green power is a marketing term for electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, biogas, and low-impact hydro. Green power is sold to support the development of new renewable energy sources. Products made with green power always contain a higher percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources than conventional electrical service."Guide to Purchasing Green Power

For Pennsylvania (where I live) I found over 19 providers with some offering more that one source of power.  Residential rates range from  0.5 - 7.5 cents / KWhr.

 

For more information see the EPS's Guide to Purchasing Green Power  Link
 

 

Via:  US EPA Green Power Locator   Link

 

March 10, 2007

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to buy Wind Power




PECO Waymart Wind Energy Center

 


The Philadelphia International Airport announced on March 5th, 2007 that it will "buy 13,000 megawatts a year of wind energy from the PECO wind program.  City officials said they believe that the five-year deal was the largest renewable-energy purchase by a U.S airport.  ... equivalent to the electric power used by 1,300 homes. ... generated at PECO's wind-energy facility at Waymart, Pa. ..."
 Philadelphia International Airport map

 

 

 

Via:  The Philadelphia Inquirer   Link

February 25, 2007

Alternative Fuel Autos: Bush Demo




President Bush views demonstration of plug-in hybrid automobile technology as he strives to confirm if his Twenty in Ten vision is achievable.  ...

... "I also met with people that are working to help us develop a fuel industry that will Bush Demos Hybrid Automobilebe able to have ethanol derived from produce other than corn. In other words, I'm talking with people on the leading edge of change. And the reason why I've asked them to come in to see me is because I want to make sure that the goal I set by reducing gasoline usage by 20 percent over a 10-year period is a realistic goal. I know it's a necessary goal: it's necessary for national security purposes; it's necessary for economic security purposes; and it's necessary in order to be good stewards of the environment. My question is, is a practical goal, can we achieve that goal. And the answer is, absolutely. Now, it's going to require continued federal research dollars, and I call upon the Congress to fully fund my request for alternative sources of energy. " ...

Via White House: President Bush Alternative Fuel Automobile Demonstration

 

February 18, 2007

Farm Waste Forms Fuel Tank: Corn Has Dual Role




Researchers have developed carbon briquettes with nanopores that store natural gas at a extremely high density, 180X, and at low pressure, 1/7th of conventional tanks.  This research effort is aimed at enabling automobiles to run on methane, an abundant domestic fuel, as a cost-effective alternative to gasoline.  National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Corn's role in alternative energyInnovation program funded the research project with a $600,000 grant.  Corn's role in the alternative fuel economy would range from bioethanol production from corn kernels and natural-gas tanks from corncobs.   ...

... "The carbon briquettes contain networks of pores and channels that can hold methane at a high density without the cost of extreme compression, ultimately storing the fuel at a pressure of only 500 pounds per square inch, the pressure found in natural gas pipelines.

In addition to efforts to commercialize the technology, the researchers are now focusing on the next generation briquette, one that will store more natural gas and cost less to produce. Pfeifer believes this next generation of briquette might even hold promise for storing hydrogen. " ...

Via US National Science Foundation, NSF: Farm Waste to Fuel Tanks

 

February 16, 2007

Modern Cargo Ships May Use Sail Power





SkySail GmbH & Co Sail Power may be the next big thing in energy savings for ocean going cargo vessels. 

"A simple fact: wind is cheaper than oil and the most cost-effective offshore energy source. Yet, ... it is not presently being used by cargo ships ... "

 

"SkySails is now offering a wind propulsion system based on large towing kites, which, for the first time, meets the requirements of shipping companies."

 

"By using the SkySails-System, a ship‘s fuel costs can be reduced by 10- 35% on annual average ... Under optimal wind conditions, fuel consumption can temporarily be reduced by up to 50%. Even on a small, 87 metre cargo ship, savings of up to 280,000 euros can be made annually.SkySails

 

"In 2007 the first SkySails-Systems with towing-kite areas of up to 320m² for cargo vessels, superyachts and fish trawlers will be available. Series production will start in 2008."

 

"Virtually all cargo ships can be retrofitted with the SkySails technology trouble-free."

 

Via: SkySails GmbH & Co.   Link 

 

February 02, 2007

Philadelphia's First E85 and B20 Station Opens




 

Shell E85 PumpPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

E85 flex fuel is a blend of 85% ethanol (derived from corn or soy) and 15% gasoline.  Only E85 capable cars can use this fuel. 

B20 is a of 20% biodiesel and 80 % regular diesel fuel.

Fuel stations that carry E85 and / or B20 have been slow to emerge in the northeast part of the U.S.

 

B20 logoE85 logo

 

>>>> Today, Feb 1st, 2007 at 1:30 pm EST, Philadelphia gets its first E85 / B20 Station.  The Shell station is at 12th and Vine Sts in the Chinatown section of the city.


Via:   Phillycleancities.org   Link

January 11, 2007

Test Your Enviro-Q. Did You Know ...




 

Test your Enviro-Q.  What is the environmental, energy saving item pictured below?

Photo showing a grid shape with square areas that look shiny or gritty.
This is a close-up picture of something related to environmental protection.

Click here for the Answer

 

 

 

 

If you guessed Photovoltaic roof shingles you are right!  

Now for bonus points (OK - just bragging rights) what are Photovoltaic roof shingles?

Photovoltaic roof shingles are "solar power" roof shingles that create electricity from sunlight to reduce their home energy costs, and also help reduce emissions from power plants. The shingles offer the same durability and protection from weather as ordinary asphalt shingles.
Read more about solar roof shingles from the Department of Energy.
Read how EPA's buildings use green power

 

Via US EPA Web Site   Link

December 14, 2006

Technology Ups Ethanol MPG Boost




Ethanol Boosting SystemsMassachusetts Institute of Technology scientists have found a novel way to increase MPG with ethanol - and it is not E85!

They found that a "carefully designed and timed direct injection of ethanol through the mechanism of evaporative cooling and its own intrinsic properties as a fuel , is equivalent to increasing the overall fuel octane rating of the mixture of ethanol and gasoline to more than 130."  Typical motor fuels are in the range of 87 (regular) to 91 / 91 (hi-test).  This is achieved by "use of a limited amount of separately stored ethanol."

One result of this is that a "3.0 liter V6 cold be replaced by a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder engine."

EBS is working with Ford Motor to bring this technology to market. 



Via:  Ethanol Boosting Systems  Link 

Two Biofuels from one Crop: Ethanol and Biodiesel




VeraSun EnergyVeraSun Erergy Corporation (NYSE: VSE)  has a process to get more energy from each bushel of corn.  They can make both ethanol and biodiesel from corn.  VeraSun is "the nations second largest ethanol producer". 

Here's the process.   "VeraSun identified an opportunity to utilize oil extracted from distillers grains, undervalued as a feed component, as an excellent feedstock for biodiesel. Removing the oil from distillers grains both increases the value of the oil for fuel use, and enhances the resulting distillers grains as a livestock feed by concentrating protein and reducing fat content."

"Biodiesel can be blended with petroleum diesel to run in all existing diesel engines."  Production has grown from "75 million gallons in 2005" and is expected to "more than one billion gallons by 2010 and double to two billion gallons by 2020."

 

Via:  VeraSun Energy   Link   Link

November 06, 2006

Green-e Certification: Platte River Power




Platte River achieves certification of its renewable energy production, by meeting Green-E standards.  ...

... "The Platte River Power Authority supplies wholesale electricity and services to the Platte River Wind PowerCities of Fort Collins, Longmont, Estes Park, and Loveland. The renewable energy supplied by Platte River Power Authority comes from wind resources located in Colorado, Wyoming, and Oklahoma and meets strict Green-e standards for eligible renewable energy. The Green-e certified product will be sold by the Cities of Fort Collins, Longmont, and Loveland. " ...

Via Center for Resource Solutions: GREEN-E CERTIFIES NATURE'S ENERGY PROGRAM FROM PLATTE RIVER POWER AUTHORITY

Platte River Power Authority: Platte River Receives Award for Environmental Stewardship: "Renewable Energy -- Platte River and Fort Collins Utilities partnered to become the first Colorado utilities to provide wind energy to customers in 1998. Since then, Platte River's wind generation facility has been expanded to 10 wind turbines. The latest addition came in 2005 with the construction of a wind turbine -- the first of its kind in the world -- with an innovative design that makes more efficient use of low-to-moderate winds. "

 

October 07, 2006

Green Power Exemplar: Wells Fargo




Wells Fargo rockets to high position in the EPA green power rankings with major committment to green power purchasing in the near term.  ...

... "New to the top 25 list is the No. 2 purchaser, Wells Fargo & Company, making it the largest U.S. corporate purchaser of green power. Over the next three years, Wells Wells FargoFargo will purchase 550 million kWh of clean, renewable energy, an amount that totals nearly 40 percent of Wells Fargo's electricity use. This purchase alone will prevent the emissions of more than 380,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year - the equivalent of carbon dioxide emissions from more than 75,000 cars. " ...

Via Environmental Protection Agency: EPA's Green Power Top-25 Announced: Wells Fargo Joins List as Top Corporation