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

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

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 27, 2011

Dow Chemical Opens Turbine Blade Adhesive Plant

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The Dow Chemical Company announced it has completed construction of a plant that makes epoxy for wind turbine blades.wind turbines

The facility is in Roberta, Ga and is expected to be fully on line July 1, 2011.  Material is for both the US and  export markets.

 "“Epoxy adhesives play a critical role in the fabrication, performance and durability of wind turbine blades ... toughness and durability to withstand the extreme loads a wind turbine blade is subjected to throughout its service life.” "



Via:  Plastic News Link

May 26, 2011

G.E. FlexEfficiency(TM) 50 Combined Cycle Power Plant

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General Electric's new FlexEfficiency power plants are designed to work well with renewable power sources.

Renewable renewable energy generation can be intermittent as it is dependent on wind or sun and can require augmentation quickly.  The FlexEfficiency makes use of technology that let's it run at rates as low as 87% and still be 61 % efficient.  G.E. FlexEfficiency

The technology includes simplified design, construction and waste heat recovery.

The plant is fast starting, highly automated, highly efficient and a range of loads and low in emissions

" ... uses an integrated approach to reduce fuel costs, create additional revenue sources, improve dispatch capability and reduce carbon emissions compared to prior technologies."

See the video at LINK that provides more information.


Via:  General Electric LINK

May 01, 2011

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 26, 2011

TD Bank's Green Energy Powered Call Center

TD Bank logo

TD Bank recently opened a call center in Auburn, Maine that is 100% powered by green energy sources.  The center is designed for US LEED Gold certification. 

Among the green design elements / features are " ... plumbing fixtures that use 33 percent less water, drought tolerant plants ... a recycling system that will collect paper, glass, metal, plastic, cardboard, fluorescent lamps and batteries."

For more on the green features check out the link at the bottom of this post.

TD has also committed to going carbon neutral and is one of the largest US Banks to commit to being carbon neutral.


Via:  Environmental Leader  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

February 28, 2011

Jordache Enterprises Uses Solar for Electricity and Hot Water

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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

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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 05, 2011

Martifer Solar and North County Transit District Collaborate on Solar System

Martifer Solar USA and North County Transit Distinct (NCTD) collaborating on 482 kW of solar arrays for the NCTD.  A combination of roof and ground mounted panels will generate 482.52 kW of power.

The solar panels are ” … anticipated to save … an estimated $86,000 dollars per year and … offset … approximately 1,141,488 pounds of CO2 annually….”  This is equivalent to the energy needs of “ … approximately 104 average California homes per year.”

Martifer has previously installed solar systems for “ … public transit operations including the Antelope Valley Transit Authority in Lancaster, CA and the Big Blue Bus maintenance facility in Santa Monica, CA.”


Via:  Martifer Solar  LINK

Green Banking from First National Bank of Omaha


The First National Bank of Omaha (Nebraska) has as green focus.  They have a fuel cell powered data center that is a GHG free power source.  They also offer paperless / online banking which can reduce your impact on the environment.

Thinking of switching to paperless banking?  Know what the environmental impact is … ?

Did you know that by switching to paperless / electronic banking the average US household can ovoid using and wasting “ … 6.6 pounds of paper and avoid producing 171 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions … equivalent of not driving 169 miles, consuming 8.8 gallons of gas or preserving 24 square feet of forestland.”


Via:  First National Bank Omaha  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

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 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 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 05, 2010

Home Power Magazine - Info for the Green Lifestyle

Home PowerHome Power Magazine is full of ideas on renewable energy for home owners and professionals.

" ... information exchange has helped create an industry with ... a common goal: reducing the use of polluting fossil fuels and replacing ... with the infinite supplies of renewable energy that surround us. ..."

Issues have covered subjects including " ... solar, wind, and microhydro electricity, energy efficiency, solar hot water systems, space heating and cooling, energy-efficient building materials and home design, ..." and more.



Via: Home Power Magazine 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

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

Costco to Offer Updated / Upgraded Electric Car Charging Parking Spotse

Electric car charging stations at Costco

Costo was an early adapter of charging stations for electric vehicles ... they ere just a little ahead of the curve.  So Costco is updating / upgrading their charging stations.electtric cr chargers

California is going to be a leader in this as that is where experts expect to see the most electric cars.

" ... The EV Project and ChargePoint America are installing Department of Energy-supported free chargers in California ...  Best Buy, which operates a small fleet of Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars for the Geek Squad, and has pledged to install public charging, initially only in California."

With marketers targeting California with EVs this makes good business (and environmental) sense !



Via:  Mother Nature Network 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 20, 2010

Zero Energy Homes in New Paltz NY

Green Acres New Paltz Beyond Low Energy homes are Zero Energy Homes (ZEH).  Using technology including geothermal heating and cooling, PV panels, heat recovery ventilation and super insulation and high efficiency windows the homes in Green Acres (New Paltz NY) may be the first ZEH in the world.

" ... first zero energy (ZEH) community in the United States and possibly the world..."

" ... each home has the capacity to generate enough renewable energy to offset its annual energy needs. ..."


Via:  Green Acres New Paltz (NY)  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

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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


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

July 12, 2010

Philadelphia's Bourse Goes Solar !

The Philadelphia Bourse Philadelphia Bourse buildinghas gone Solar.  The old Bourse Building on Independence Mall East has solar panels from SolarDock of Wilmington, Delaware.  These roof panels are designed to not impact the integrity of the roof of the historic building.

Solar Panels on the Bourse building

" ... SolarDock system for mounting the panels without any penetration of the roof surface ... "

This allows mounting in locations where there is concern about leaks in the roof or a roof warranty that does not allow for through roof mounts.






Via:  Delaware Business Blog LINK

June 30, 2010

PenPack Plastic Packaging: Recycled Materials Made with Solar Energy


I noticed the apples at my local Costco were packaged in plastic containers to keep the apples from bruising.  What really intrigued me was the information on the plastic containers.  Made by Peninsula Packaging of California ... they are:

- made from 70% recycled drink bottles
- made with 50% energy from the sun

" ... as much as 70 percent recycled ... are themselves recyclable ..."

" ... 10-acre photovoltaic "sun farm" generates 1.1 megawatts ... produces about one-percent of all of California's solar generated power."


Via:  PenPack  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 17, 2010

Wallenius Lines Test Fuel Cell for Auxiliary Ship Power

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 Wallenius Lines, a Swedish owned car carrier vessel is testing a fuel cell for auxiliary power.  Fuel cells are clean power sources - in this case fueled by methanol (alcohol).  Wallenius Lines has a major commitment to being green (using non toxic paint to reduce barnacle drag, handling bilge water carefully, reducing impact overall, etc.) and this is the next step in the journey.fuel cell

"Wärtsilä’s WFC20 fuel cell ... onboard the ’Undine’,  ... is the first of its kind in the world ... during the test period provide auxiliary power to the vessel while producing close to zero emissions...."

Methanol can be made from biomass so can be a renewable fuel ... in addition to providing clean power.  The trails started in May 2010 and extend until November 2010.


Via:  Wallenius Lines  LINK

May 26, 2010

Solyndra solar factory toured by President Obama

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

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

Via The Whitehouse: Make Things.


Solar factory tour by Obama

Supply chain impact of the solar factory investment …

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 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 22, 2010

Earth Day 2010

Earth Day 2010 logo

Happy Earth Day !!

 Today is the  40th anniversary of Earth Day !!

- What will you do today, and going forward for Earth Day?
- Use a reusable cup instead of a throw away one use cup ?
- Take public transportation or walk rather than drive by car?
- Car pool rather than drive alone? 

To learn more about Earth Day 2010 and things ** YOU ** can do ... LINK


Via: Earth Day 2010  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

March 30, 2010

Canvas Dreams - Sustainable Web Hosting

Canvawind powers Dreams is a green sustainable web host service based in Oregon.  They are green from their source of power to their business practices.

"... is a sustainable Web host based in Portland, Oregon. ... firstt Web hosting company in the Pacific Northwest to use 100% clean wind energy, generated locally by Portland General Electric ... commitment to sustainable practices ... a sustainability program, including a reduction in waste and energy usage, responsible electronics and plastic

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recycling, telecommuting and carpooling, ..."

Via: Canvas Dreams Sustainable Web Hosting LINK

March 24, 2010

Get Involved in Earth Hour - March 27, 2010

Earth Hour Whether you are a landlord, run a bar or hotel there are things YOU can do to celebrate Earth Hour. 

"Earth Hour 2010 is a global call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future. ..."

Show you support for Earth Hour by ... "Turning off your lights at 8.30PM on March 27 ... Adding Earth Hour widgets, logos and banners to your blog or website ...Get together with your friends and family, by hosting an Earth Hour party or holding your own candlelit affair ...Encourage your employer and workmates to take part in Earth Hour and make energy savings every day ... "

For the full list LINK


Via:  Earth Hour LINK



To create the next generation of water heaters, GE rethought every aspect of this appliance from the ground up. The result is an innovative new product that can reduce water heater operating cost up to 62% and save $320 per year.* That adds up to significant savings, and you won't have to give up a single drop of hot water.




March 23, 2010

Syracuse University Partners w/ IBM and NY State for Green Data Center

Green data center logoSyracuse University's new green data center follows LEED guidelines and is both green and energy efficient. 

" ... constructed in accordance with LEED ... more than 99 percent of all construction waste ... has been recycled. ... over 1,200 tons ... of waste that did not go to a standard landfill."

" ... anticipated to use about 50 percent less energy than a typical data center in operation today ... "

"IBM intends to showcase the data center and its energy-efficient technologies to help clients design new data centers or improve their current operations...."

"... features an on-site electrical tri-generation system that uses natural gas-fueled microturbines to generate all the electricity ... will be able to operate completely off-grid."


Via:  Syracuse University  LINK

March 22, 2010

Earth Hour 2010 is March 27th @ 8:30 pm EST

Earth HourEarth Hour 2010 is just a few days away.

Earth Hour is a symbolic way of supporting global action for the environment.  For  the lst few years folks all around the globe haves turned off their lights for one hour as a very visible show of support.

"Earth Hour 2010 will continue to be a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community. A call to stand up, to show leadership and be responsible for our future."

"Pledge your support here and turn off your lights for one hour, Earth Hour, 8.30pm, Saturday 27th March 2010."


Via:  Earth Hour LINK

March 16, 2010

Sierra Club Weighs in on Electric vs. Wood for Heat

sierra club logoWhich is less carbon intensive:  electic heat or wood stovfe heat? 

The Sierra Club's "Hey Mr. Green" tells us depends on the quality / newness of your wood stove and where the pollution ends up -- at a power plant or in your neighborhood.  No easy answers but some good info.

" ... carbon footprint depends on the source of your electric power and the quality of your wood burner. ... power ... generated from coal or other fossil fuels ... footprint might be bigger than if you're burning wood in a new, efficient, EPA-approved firebox or stove. ..."

" ... wood burner ... releases a lot more other pollutants into the air ... releases them right where you and your neighbors breathe ... wood ... emits 250 times as much global-warming methane as burning coal in a power plant."


Via:  Sierra Club  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 07, 2010

CO2 emissions to cement via calcium carbonate

what to do with co2 emissions from coal fired power plants: "process that takes CO2 emissions from a coal- or gas-fired power plant and sprays seawater into it and naturally converts most of the CO2 into calcium carbonate, which is then spray-dried into cement or shaped into little pellets that can be used as concrete aggregates for building walls ... "

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March 05, 2010

PlanetSolar - First Solar Powered Boat to Sail Around the Globe ?

PlanetSolar boat

"PlanetSolar ... topped by a large array of photovoltaic solar panels ... will be both silent and clean. The goal is to navigate around the world at an average speed of 8 knots ..."

" .. will be home to two sailors during the round-the-world attempt, and can accommodate up to fifty people during the promotional trips planned ..."


Via:  PlanetSolar  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. ..."



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 22, 2010

University of Michagan Solar Powered Sensors

Solar Power for Sensors

" ... solar-powered sensor system developed at the University of Michigan is the smallest that can harvest energy from its surroundings to operate nearly perpetually."

" ...could enable new biomedical implants as well as home-, building- and bridge-monitoring devices. It could vastly improve the efficiency and cost of current environmental sensor networks designed to detect movement or track air and water quality."

" ... can run nearly perpetually if periodically exposed to reasonable lighting conditions, even indoors ... "

" ... could enable less-invasive ways to monitor pressure changes in the eyes, brain, and in tumors in patients with glaucoma, head trauma, or cancer. In the body, the sensor could conceivably harvest energy from movement or heat, rather than light, the engineers say."

 Via:  University of Michigan  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 15, 2010

Volvo to Look at Car "Skin" as Additional Battery Source

Volvo hybrid

Volvo is looking at a possible new battery technology that can double as the car "skin".    The idea is to make new hybrids lighter and more efficient by having the car's "skin" serve a dual purpose.

"Researchers from Imperial College London ... and Volvo are developing a prototype material that’s strong and light enough to be used as a car’s skin but can store and discharge electrical energy."

" ... material is made of carbon fibers and a polymer resin and can store and discharge large amounts of energy much more quickly than conventional batteries."

" ... does not use chemical processes, making it quicker to recharge than conventional batteries. Unlike conventional chemical batteries, the recharging process also causes little degradation in the composite material."

" ... could also be used as both battery and shell of consumer electronic devices such as mobile phones and computers. Without conventional batteries, the devices could be smaller and more lightweight."


Via:  SmartPlanet  LINK

Promethean Power Systems Solar-Powered Refrigeration

solar powered refrigerator

A MIT spin-off has created a solar powered refrigerator that can bring cooling to those far from the electric grid - especially those in developing countries like India and China.

"Promethean Power Systems has developed a solar-powered refrigeration system for commercial cold-storage applications in off-grid and partially electrified areas of developing countries. ... store and preserve perishable food items ... without the need for expensive diesel-powered generators"

" ... a for-profit enterprise. We believe that creating a cost-effective solution for cold-chain food distribution in emerging markets is an excellent business opportunity that could deliver enormous social and environmental benefits."

" ...  study revealed a large business opportunity in India for an efficient cold-storage solution targeted to the dairy industry ... Cold-storage at the village level minimizes the number of collection trips and reduces transportation cost in half. Today, the only alternative is to use commercial refrigerators with diesel-powered backup generators, a no-win situation that further exposes the dairies to escalating energy prices. "


Via:  Coolectrica  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

Blood Science Offers Possible Carbon Capture Route

United Technologies is looking at how blood captures CO2 to see if this has potential for larger scale carbon capture / sequestration.  One targeted industry is coal-fired power plants.

"Blood cells in all breathing creatures are constantly capturing carbon dioxide and moving it someplace better--just what coal-fired power plant operators may soon have to do with all the carbon dioxide produced by burning coal."

" ... trying to develop industrial blood--a synthetic version of the enzyme that blood uses to capture CO2 ... best known chemistry for CO2 management ... "

"Current carbon capture approaches use chemicals ... system has to be huge and the process requires a pile of heat, which means a pile of energy and therefore a pile of cash. The cost of electricity from a coal-fired plant is projected to rise 80% in order to pay for a 90% reduction in CO2."

" ... envisions a simpler, cheaper system involving membranes that sift carbon dioxide out of the flue gas ...  hopes to do is dope the membrane with a substance based on the enzyme that blood uses to capture CO2, called carbonic anhydrase."c--are also working to develop carbon capture devices based on carbonic anhydrase.


Via:  Forbes LINK



February 02, 2010

The Dow Chemical Company: Green and Getting Greener

Dow Chemical logo

Dow has products for many part of the green economy ... from solar cells to batteries for electric cars to materials for solar cells.

"Dow ... has embarked upon a multi-pronged strategy to capitalize on the demand for renewable energy and low-carbon alternatives to conventional products. ... "

" ... Dow's secret [is] ... Material science, i.e. membranes, coatings and other difficult-to-manufacture items that require a lot of chemical know-how. ... will have a huge impact on ... core green markets ..."

" ... Dow Corning ... brought a silicone sealant originally devised for outer space solar panels to the conventional solar panel market ... Dow signed a multimillion dollar, multi-year research alliance with Caltech to develop next generation solar technologies. ..."

" ... will sell copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar roofing tiles. Initial customers for the tiles, developed in conjunction with Global Solar, include mass market home builders Lennar and Pulte Homes."

" ... is sponsoring Electric Avenue, the electric car hall at the North American International Auto Show  .... Dow Kokam, a joint venture, will also discuss batteries for electric cars at the show."

" ... wants a larger part of the water purification and desalination market, buying Rohm & Haas to help it expand ..."

Via:  Greentechmedia  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 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 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

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

October 10, 2009

Solar Decathlon 2009 in Full Swing

Overhead view of Solar Decathlon 2009
Solar Decathlon 2009 is in full swing on the Mall in Washington DC. 

With the US Capital on one end and the Washington Memorial on the other it is an amazing site.  Sponsored by the U.S. DOE there are 20 houses showing what is possible with green technologies - using current off the shelf products and some very creative thinking.

Most of the teams are from US colleges  with several international entries ... including Spain and Germany.


Given parameters of 800 sq ft there are some very creative solutions.  Some stress extreme insulation, all have some sort of garden area, all have solar PV and some have solar hot water.  Most interesting is the creative use of 800 sq ft ...

As of this writing RICE is in the lead ... thought the difference between top and bottom on the ranking is not all that great.  Yesterday was very sunny so anyone with LOTS of PV was sure to get extra points ...

 Look for more posts and some GREENTECHNOLOG pictures ...


Via:  LINK


October 06, 2009

Dow POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingles

Dow Solar Solutions logoThe Dow Chemical company is active in the green energy space with several innovative products.  They recently announced their entry into the solar cell market with the " ... POWERHOUSE™ Solar Shingle, ... panels in the form of solar shingles that can be integrated into rooftops with standard asphalt shingle materials. ... expected to be available in limited quantities by mid-2010 and ... more widely available in 2011, ..."

"... integrates low-cost, thin-film CIGS photovoltaic cells into a proprietary roofing shingle design, ... design reduces installation costs because the conventional roofing shingles and solar generating shingles are installed simultaneously by roofing contractors ..."solar shingles

"... addresses two of the biggest challenges associated with solar power – cost and acceptance. "

Via:  Dow  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 24, 2009

Curio House - Boston's Solar Decathlon Entry

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

See related post on the Solar Decathlon.

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

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


Via:  ZDNet  LINK

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 15, 2009

Audi "e-tron" electic car prototype

Audi e-tron

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

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

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


Via:  Audi LINK


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 13, 2009

Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)

Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL)

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

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

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



Via:  Omega Center for Sustainable Living  LINK

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

September 01, 2009

Great Valley (Chester County PA) School Buses use BioDiesel

Great Valley School District

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

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

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

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:  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 LINK

August 25, 2009

Geothermal Cooled Data Center is LEED Platinum

data center

 The constant temperature of fluids deep (say 200 - 400 feet deep) can be used for heating and cooling.  Check out this geothermally cooled ACT data center in Iowa.

" ... new data center for American College Testing in Iowa City, Iowa ... becomes the first data center in the U.S. to complete LEED Platinum certification. ...  data center opened in February 2008 ... 4,000 square feet of raised-floor ... within an 8,000 square foot building ... geothermal “bore field” - a system of vertical holes drilled into the earth’s surface which house a closed-loop piping system filled with water and/or coolant. ..."

" ... other environmentally-friendly attributes include a high performance HVAC system, 30% recycled content during construction, and numerous renewable materials used in the interior design. ..."

Via: datacenterknowledge LINK

August 24, 2009

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

wind turbines

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 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

August 05, 2009

The HUB - GREEN Meeting and Event Centers in Philadelphia, PA.

The Hub logo

A current trend in office space for smaller companies or those looking for a remote presence is to rent by the day.  the HUB offers "GREEN Meeting and Event Centers" on an as needed basis.

" ... only privately-held LEED Silver Rated Meeting and Event Facility in the U.S. ...[LEED is] ... nationally accepted standard for certifying high-performance green interiors that are healthy, ... less costly to operate and maintain, and reduce environmental footprint ...achieved a LEED-CI Silver rating at its Cira Centre location ..."inside view

There are many GREEN design elements incorporated including use of recycled materials, reduced water usage, brownfield redevelopment, and use of local materials.

"... The Hub is 100% wind powered, ... aggressively recycles ... discontinued the use of plastic water bottles in all of its facilities  ... More than 15% of the new materials ... were recycled ... More than 20% of the materials ... are of local origin (manufactured within 500 miles of the location) ... constructed on a rehabilitated "brownfield" railyard ..."


Via:  the HUb  LINK

July 31, 2009

New Belguim Brewing - Environmentally Friendly Brewers

 new belgium brewery logo

New Belgium Brewing is a green brewer ... read about some of their efforts and innovations in green brewing ... there are many many more on their web site.

Green building ... " ... using UV blocking windows, sun-tubes, and light shelves. .. evaporative coolers, we can condition our 55,000 square foot packaging hall with no compressors, using much less energy ... "

Green energy ... " ... methane produced by process water treatment is used to fuel a ... co-gen—which creates electricity and heat for the brewery. ... co-gen ... full-time, it can supply 15% of our electrical needs ... In 1999, New Belgium became the first wind-powered brewery ..."

Walk the Talk ... " .... members of 1% For The Planet ... through donations and fund-raisers, 1% of our revenue goes to environmental non-profits ...  encourage sustainable transportation, every employee gets a custom cruiser bike after one-year of employment."

Via:  New Belgium Brewing   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 20, 2009

Ace Hardware to Sell Honeywell Home Wind Turbines

Home Wind Turbine

Ace Hardware is teaming up with Honeywell to sell a home sized wind turbine.

" ... Honeywell Wind Turbine is a gearless, "free wheeling'' turbine that generates power from the blade tips ... By practically eliminating mechanical resistance and drag ... creates significant power (2000 kWh/yr) operating in a greater range of wind speeds (2-45 mph) than traditional wind turbines. The highest output, lowest cost per kWh installed turbine ever made. ..." Home Energy Package

"installed cost is approximately 1/3 of the cost of traditional turbines with a lower installed cost per kWh than any turbine on the market. Adding to the value are federal and state rebates covering anywhere from 30% to 100% of the overall cost."

Check out this video for more information ....:



Via: Earthtronics  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 09, 2009

Novel Type of "non Turbine" Wind Power

ho it works

Here is an interesting non turbine wind power generator.  I saw the idea for this in the TerraPass Blog; another one of the Blogs I follow.

See the link below for a video with the details ... basically the vibrating film causes a magnet to move between coils ... which is effective in light breezes ...

Windbelt Video

" ... Shawn Frayne, a 28-year-old inventor ... saw the need for small-scale wind power to juice LED lamps and radios in the homes of the poor. ...took a new tack, ... Frayne's device, ... is a taut membrane fitted with a pair of magnets that oscillate between metal coils. Prototypes have generated 40 milliwatts in 10-mph slivers of wind, making his device 10 to 30 times as efficient as the best microturbines. ..."


Via:  Popular Mechanics  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



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

June 04, 2009

Platinum LEED homes in Manayunk (Philadelphia), Pa

Sheldon Crossing - Manayunk, Phila, Pa

Green living options are increasing in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia.  Manayunk is accessible to the R6 regional rail line to center city and is a very walkable village ...

Sheldon Crossing is a new Platinum LEED (to be certified) development ...

" ...16-unit carriage home development in Manayunk, PA, ... to meet and surpass green standards, which will earn us a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Platinum level of certification. As we are redefining eco-conscious living, we have not lost sight of the importance of design. ..."

" ... less energy and resources consumed ... will result in significant savings for the homeowner as utility bills dwindle. ... Sheldon Crossing homes will use less energy, water, and natural resources. They create less waste, have less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins. ... features to highlight are PV solar panels, green roofs, Icynene insulation, high efficiency heaters, WaterSense plumbing fixtures, water purification, heat recovery ventilators, smart home technology, Energy Star appliances, windows and doors and much more. ..."


Via:  SheldonCrossing  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:  Link

Via:  Nellis  Air Force Base Link

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May 27, 2009

Taiwan's Solar Powered Stadium

Taiwan's solar powered stadium

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

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

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

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


Via:  WholeTravel blog LINK

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 06, 2009

ebay Green Campus

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

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

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

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

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


Via:  ebay  Link

May 05, 2009

Determine Your Roof's Solar Potential - RoofRay

roofray logo

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

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

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

Check out the YouTube video ...  


Via:  RoofRay  LINK

April 21, 2009

Smithsonian (Washingotn, DC) Goes Green was in Washington DC this past weekend and saw some small buses with the Smithsonian log on the side - promoting them as green hybrids.  This prompted me to see what else our nations museum is up too in the green space. 

Turns out quite a bit ... Read on for more >>>

" ... in 2008, 3.7 percent of our electricity came from renewable energy sources. ... reducing our carbon footprint [by]... 4.2 metric tons of greenhouse gases..."

" ... Smithsonian manages a fleet of over 700 vehicles ... As we finished 2008, over 76 percent of that fleet is now either hybrid electric or capable of working off of alternative fuels."

" ... have several people on staff who are LEED accredited professionals, ... design managers, architects and some engineers and are there to assist Smithsonian in seeking these LEED certifications."


Via:  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

April 01, 2009

Clemson Bio Fuels Research

                                                                                                                                                                 Clemson University and the US DOE Savannah River National Lab are working together on the South Carolina BioEnergy Research Collaborative. The expectation is to advance the development and use of biofuels in agriculturally rich S.C. SRNL logo

Clemson University Restoration Institute

Read on for more info >>>

" ... Clemson University Restoration Institute and the ... Savannah River National Laboratory are founding members of the S.C. BioEnergy Research Collaborative, ... will enhance the exchange of ideas and the development and use of new technologies. ...  the agreement, the Restoration Institute and the laboratory will ... Research crop development and harvesting, including switchgrass, sweet sorghum and pine ... Study emerging energy alternatives, such as algae; and ... Research crop-processing techniques to yield viable energy and chemical products, including ethanol, biodiesel and energy briquettes.

The project has the potential not only to enhance South Carolina's reputation as a leading alternative-energy researcher, but also boost Palmetto State agriculture, said Karl Kelly, director of corporate operations at the Restoration Institute.

The pilot plant will allow researchers to "scale up" new biofuel technologies, a crucial step between small laboratory experiments and full-scale production, he said.

"It's a project that addresses the entire process, from the field to the production of ethanol," Kelly said. "We'll look for gaps in the technology and fill them."

Initial funding was provided by a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The collaborative is actively seeking funding for construction of the plant, which will take about 12 months to build.



Via:  Clemson University  LINK

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March 26, 2009

Electric Vehicle Battery Testing

The President mentions specific companies to highlight their involvement in or connection to the clean tech industry as he discuss the country's investment in energy transformation. ...
... "And just last week I visited the Electric Vehicle Technical Center in Pomona, California, which is testing batteries to power a new generation of plug-in hybrids that will help end our dependence on foreign oil. I have to say, Susan, the battery I saw was bigger than that one that's on the desk -- (laughter) -- but that may be the direction we're moving. So innovators like you are creating the jobs that will foster our recovery –- and creating the technologies that will power our long-term prosperity. " ...
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March 23, 2009

Dell's Oklahoma City Campus - 100% GREEN ENERGY

Dell logo" ... Dell now powers its 240,000 square-foot Oklahoma City campus with 100-percent wind energy, the latest action in its commitment to become the 'greenest' technology company on the planet. ...  partnering with Oklahoma Gas and Electric on the use of renewable energy and expects to avoid nearly 5,100 tons of CO2 emissions per year."Dell Oklahoma City

" ... Dell now sources about 35 percent of its U.S. energy use from green power and approximately 20 percent globally. ... continuing to purchase enough green power, verified emission reductions and renewable energy certificates globally to cover its total electricity use. ... also helping suppliers achieve their environmOklahoma Gas and Electric logoental goals. ... was the first IT company to join the Carbon Disclosure Project's Supply Chain Leadership Collaboration to help suppliers with emissions reporting."


Via:  Dell  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 04, 2009

Starbucks Shared Planet

 Starbucks Shared Green Planet

Starbucks Shared Planet is " ...  commitment to doing business in ways that are good to the earth and to each other ... it's using our size for good....committed to minimizing our environmental footprint, tackling climate change, and inspiring others to do the same"Starbucks LEED plant

One shining example of this is their new (Feb 19th - 2009) South Carolina " ... state of the art roasting plant ... an example of the company's global commitment to green design and has been awarded LEED® Silver certification for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)."

LEED Logo" ...20 percent – of building materials were from recycled content and over 75 percent of construction waste was recycled. ... drought tolerant landscape and a portion of the power used for operations will be green power supplied by wind energy."

Via:  Starbucks  Link



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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 18, 2009

SolFocus Solar Panels

SolFocus Solar cells


" ... SolFocus ... has signed an agreement in Greece to produce electricity from its concentrated solar arrays ... will produce 1.6 megawatts, enough to power SolFocus Logoabout a town of about 2,500 residents at any given moment. ..."

" ... SolFocus, ... one of the leading companies in a race to validate concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology for utility use. ... the most common design uses mirrors to focus sunlight onto expensive, high-performance solar cells. Typically, they have mounting systems that track the sun over the course of the day.

" ... these arrays squeeze more electricity out of solar cells. SolFocus' 1100S ... concentrates the light 500 times, allowing it to convert 25 percent of sunlight into electricity."

Via:  CNet News  LINK

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 08, 2009

Eco-nomics Forum

eco-nomics logo

" ...  uniquely interactive format and high caliber of participants, ECO:nomics debuted last year as the premier forum for CEOs and entrepreneurs driving growth at the intersection of business and the environment...."eco-noics venue


Snippets of the Program ... "... Green People - What do consumers want, and what will they pay for it? ... Power Play - What will keep the lights on: nuclear energy or "clean coal"? ... Fresh Juice - Can wind and solar grow big enough to matter? ... The Future of Coal ... The Future of Biofuels ... The Future of Solar ..."



Via:  eco-nomics 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 27, 2008

First Green Dental Office on the East Coaast - in PA

Here is the first I have read about Green Dentistry ... an established practice (over 50 years) in Aston, Pa that is Green Dentistry ... renovating to become GREEN.

" ...Dental Health Care Associates ... undergoing a major renovation ... and will soon become the first LEED certified "green" dental office on the East coast."

"... measures are being taken to create a state-of-the-art facility that will meet or exceed the Gold certification standards for LEED  ... buildings. ... renovations include, but are not limited to:tooth and toothbrush

    " ... recycled building materials ... Geothermal HVAC ... Solar and wind-powered energy ... No-VOC cabinetry, carpets, flooring, and paints ... rainwater collection tank ... Water-free landscaping ..."

Via:  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, 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

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, 

" 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 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:  Link

State Incentives for Green Technology

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and EfficiencyIn addition to Federal tax credits, grants, loans, etc ... many states and or local utilities offer programs to help homeowners get into solar, wind or geothermal energy.

" ... Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency is an ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy."IREC Logo

" IREC's mission is to accelerate the use of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities...."

>>> Federal Programs LINK

>>> State Programs  LINK





October 27, 2008

BNSF to Develope Hydrogen Locomotive

 BNSF logo

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

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

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


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October 14, 2008

Applied Materials: Largest Solar Array for US corporation

Solar Panels over Parked Cars ...

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

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

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


Via:  PRNewsWire  Link

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 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 24, 2008

Solar Energy Conference in Spain: Sept 1 - 5 2008

conference logoThe 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition is taking place in Valencia Spain, Sept 1 - 5, 2008.

" ... will be the most important international Conference in the field of Photovoltaics. ...wlll provide an excellent platform for dialogue and information exchange across the World. The ‘who is who’ of the PV solar branch will meet at Valencia to discuss the latest developments in science and industry"


Topic areas include ... 



Via: 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition  Link

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July 10, 2008

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. 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."


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 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 29, 2008

Solar Powered Charger Phones and other Small Electronics

solio charger Solio offers a line of solar chargers for smaller electronics like cell phones, GPS, cameras, etc.  The California based company has some cool looking designs that offer solar charging or the aaSolio solar charger key chainbility to plug into the wall and when charged act as a battery (replaceable).

 "Solio features a fan-blade design that allows it to achieve maximum solar area when in use.  Just spread out the blades, expose them to direct sunlight either out of doors or affixed to a window, and get ready to take your power on the road."


Via:  Solio   Link

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May 16, 2008

DuPont Danisco J.V. to Make BioFuelds from Non Food Sources

DuPont logo

Delaware based DuPont and Copenhagen based Danisco announced a 50/50 JV to produce ethanol from the non food parts of plants - IE corn cobs and not corn.

May 14, 2008 - " ... DuPont and Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S,... an agreement to form DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol LLC, ... to develop and commercialize the leading, low-cost technology solution for the production of cellulosic ethanol -...biofuel produced from non-food sources –..." Danisco Logo

" ... will initially target corn stover and sugar cane bagasse. Future targets include multiple ligno-cellulosic feedstocks including wheat straw, a variety of energy crops and other biomass sources."

" ... goal is to maximize efficiency and lower the overall system cost to produce a gallon of ethanol from cellulosic materials ..."

"... The global joint venture expects its first pilot plant to be operational in the United States in 2009, and its first commercial-scale demonstration facility to be operational within the next three years. ..."

Via:  DuPont Danisco   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

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 25, 2008

Solar Powered Bluetooth Headset

Iqua Logo
Iqua has created and marketed the first Solar powered Bluetooth Headset.Bluetooth # 603 Sun

" ... first solar-powered Bluetooth headset in the world. ... has got a photovoltaic cell that uses any available light - outdoors and indoors - to charge itself and extend the operation times of the headset ..."

" ... Iqua SUN to be selected as an “Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award” honoree in the Wireless Handsets Accessories product category. ..."


Via:   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:   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 17, 2008

Egg Shells Help Make Hydrogen Fuel

Ohio State University LogoOhio State University engineers have developed a process that can use egg shells to (used of course) into Hydrogen Fuel.

How?  Read on for more ...

" ... patented process uses eggshells to soak up carbon dioxide from a reaction that produces hydrogen fuel. ... also includes a unique method for peeling the collagen-containing membrane from the inside of the shells, so that the collagen can be used commercially."L.S. Fan - OSU Professor of Chemical  and  Biomolecular Engineering

" ... L.S. Fan ... and Mahesh Iyer, hit upon the idea when they were trying to improve a method of hydrogen production...[where] ...  fossil fuels such as coal are gasified to produce carbon monoxide gas, which then combines with water to produce carbon dioxide and hydrogen."

"The key to making pure hydrogen is separating out the carbon dioxide,"

"Calcium carbonate –- a key ingredient in the eggshells -- captures 78 percent of carbon dioxide by weight,  ... That makes it the most effective carbon dioxide absorber ever tested."

"Eggshell alone may not be adequate to produce hydrogen for the whole country, but at least we can use eggshell in a better way compared to dumping it as organic waste in landfills, where companies have to pay up to $40 dollars per ton disposal cost," he said.

"And in the long term, we're demonstrating that carbon-based fuel sources, like coal or biomass, can be efficiently converted to hydrogen and liquid fuel. The goal is an energy conversion system that uses a dependable fossil energy source, but at the same time has very little environmental impact."

Via:  Ohio State University  

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April 15, 2008

Scotland Prototypes Electric from Waves

wave energy device

There seems to be a lot of energy in waves.  Anyone who has body surfed them in from the sea to the beach knows that.  So how do you get electric from this potential?location of EMEC

EMEC, in Orkney, Scotland is hoping to answer this question.

"... established to help the evolution of marine energy devices from the prototype stage into the commercial market place.... by harnessing the power of waves and tidal streams."

" ...  first centre of its kind ... anywhere in the world, ... opportunity to test full scale prototype devices in unrivalled wave and tidal conditions. ... connected to the National Grid via seabed cables running from open-water test berths. ..."

Via: EMEC (European Marine Energy Centre)  Link

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March 18, 2008

Hybrid Bus Manfacturer

New Flyer LogoNew Flyer manufactures both standard and hybrid buses.  They have delivered many to Philadelphia's SEPTA transit authority.

New Flyer " ... the industry leader in bringing new technology to the market ...  offer a complete range of hybrid-electric bus solutions ...".

"New Flyer hybrid buses have been on the road since 1997, longer than any other manufacturer in the US or Canada. ... have accumulated over 12 million service miles – more than all other manufacturers combined. ..."

bus cut away

Hybrid Bus Benefits Include ...  

"Increased fuel economy"
"Reduced emissions"

Additionally ... hybrids with "regenerative braking system ... diverts energy into the battery where it is stored for future use by the electrical system. ...Between 0 and 10 MPH ... can use the electric drive to smoothly stop the vehicle, extend brake life...."

Via:  New Flyer Link 

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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:  Link

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February 22, 2008

Green House Data - Green Data Center

Green House Dta Logo

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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Drexel University Smart Home

Drexel University - Smart House

Drexel University's Smart House "... is a student-led, ... project to construct an urban home to serve as a "living laboratory" [to] ... conduct research and develop designs in the areas of environment, energy, interaction, health, and lifestyle with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life in the urban residential setting."

Drexel Logo

" ... toward the goal of creating a building that functions like a home and serves as a laboratory ... will provide an exemplary model and testing environment of an improved approach to home life while specifically improving the lives of the individuals inhabiting the house."

The sSmart House will focus research on 5 Areas:

  • "Environment ... decrease the environmental footprint ...implement sustainable and environmentally friendly products"
  • "Energy ... investigate alternative energy sources, such as solar and geothermal, ... ultimate goal is to generate all energy on site.
  • "Interaction ... addressing the way in which people interact with technology ... to create an intelligent and aware living environment. "
  • "Health ... Indoor air quality ... will be incorporated into the Smart House. "
  • "Lifestyle ... increase the efficiency of our day-to-day living. ... more efficient living and work spaces..."


Via:  Drexel University SmartHouse  Link

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February 21, 2008

Adu Dhabi Seeks to Build ZERO CARBON Impact Desert City

Seeking to show that they can be both innovative and integrate traditional practices ... Abu Dhabi is planning aGREEN city in the desert.

" ... the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) launched a $5 billion initiative to establish the world's first totally green city ... "

" ... six square kilometres plans to achieve zero carbon dioxide emissions and zero waste ..."

" ... completion by late 2009, ... part of a series of projects adopted by the emirate recently to curb the greenhouse gas effect on the climate."

Abu Dhabi also plans a 100-megawatt solar power plant. ... expandable to 500 mega-watts, with a target to generate enough power for 500,000 households ..."

"According to United Nations statistics, the UAE ranks 43rd among polluters."


Via:  Gulf News   Link

February 20, 2008


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:   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 10, 2008

Green-e Logo

Green-e Logo

More and more people WANT to go GREEN.  More and more companies SAY they are GREEN.

How do you  get some objective idea about what is really green?

>>>Green-e may be able to help ...

"...Green-e is the nation's leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. ... offers certification and verification of renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation products. It is a program of the Center for Resource Solutions."

Via:    Link

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

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:  Link

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January 21, 2008

Hong Kong Utilities Agree to Link Rates to Pollution

Hong Kong

Jan 7, 2008 - Hong Kong - "Hong Kong's two electric power companies agreed ... to ...rate of return on assets based partly on how much pollution they emit, an approach that could someday be a model for mainland China's ..."CLP Castel Peak Power Plant - Hong Kong

"If either company exceeds regulatory limits for any pollutant, then it would be required to charge less for its electricity, reducing its allowed rate of return  ...[if] manage to cut their pollution by even more than required, then they raise prices so as to earn bonuses ...on their rate of return. A complicated calculation also allows them to charge slightly more for electricity as they make progress in using more renewable energy."


Via:  International Hearald Tribune Link 


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 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 10, 2007

Solar Powered Trash Compactors in Boston

 Solar Powered Trash Compactors
Boston has a new take on trashcans. 

Their BIG GREEN compacting cans can hold up to 150 gallons requiring less frequent vists by sanitation workers ... and less mess as they do not tip over and spill!

"... solar-powered, self-compacting trash receptacles. ...need emptying only once or twice a day, ... ..."

"... powered by photoelectric panels, which supply power to motor-driven compactors inside. ..."

"... has placed 50  ... machines in neighborhoods and hopes to buy more as it gauges how much it can save in labor costs.

"...model ... has increased capacity in the solar panels, allowing them to store enough power to run for several weeks without sunlight."


Via:  Boston.Com  Link

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December 07, 2007

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:    Link

Via:  City Light Power  Link

December 06, 2007

Energy Recovery by RF Frequency


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 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 panels

Highlights include:

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

Via:   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:   Link 

October 02, 2007

National Solar Tour 2007 (Oct 7)


National Solar Tour MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Oct 7th, 2007!

The ASES (American Solar Energy Society) National Solar Tour is Saturday Otc. 7, 2007 all across the with soar panels


As the green dude is from PA and the green tech is from NJ let's see what is planned for those states ...

"... ASES National Solar Tour is the largest tour of sustainable energy features for buildings in the U.S.  Now in its 12th year, some 100,000 people ... see how neighbors are using clean sources of energy to save on energy bills and protect the environment. Through a series of open-houses and informative tours participants learn about renewable energy options, energy efficient design, real-world costs, current rebates available, and other valuable insights."


Look for a report later in the month ...  


PA ASES Solar Tour   Link

NJ ASES Solar Tour  Link

Via:  ASES  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:            Link

September 17, 2007

Solar Powered Packpack

voltaicsystems logo

Go off the grid with your own solar powered backpack!

"... Voltaic solar bags are mobile power generators, designed to charge your devices without tying you to a power outlet .."voltaic solar powered backpack

"... outside of the bags are three lightweight, tough, waterproof solar panels .."

"Included a Li Ion battery pack which stores any surplus power generated, so it is available when you need it - not just when the sun is up. ... can also be charged using an AC travel charger or car charger (both included). This makes the Voltaic bags just as useful on the grid as off."

close up of solar panels

"Integrating the solar panels into the back pocket of the bag is a key (patent pending) innovation of the Voltaic backpack. It means that unlike a typical solar charger:"
  • "There is no need to unpack and setup the panels"
  • "There is no need to stay in one place, and"
  • "All of your devices can stay securely inside the bag."

    "... panels are built ... in a way that allows them to articulate, so the bag itself does not feel stiff or restrictive."

    "... generate up to 4 watts of power, enough to charge most portable electronics (other than laptops). A typical cell phone will take 4-6 hours to charge in direct sun ...."

  • Via:  voltaicsystems  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:   Link

    September 11, 2007

    Solar Steam Generation

    Ausra gains funding to execute its strategy of solar-driven steam power generation.  Interesting note:  Using Ausra’s current solar technologies, all U.S. electric power, day and night, can be generated using a land area smaller than 92 by 92 miles. ... Ausra Founder
    ... "Ausra's power plants drive steam turbines with sunshine. Locally manufactured solar concentrators made of steel and glass focus sunlight to boil water, generating high-pressure steam that drives conventional turbine generators. New thermal energy storage systems using pressurized water and low cost materials will provide for on-demand generation day and night. Ausra's core technology, the Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar steam generation system, was originally conceived in the early 1990s by founder David Mills while at Sydney University. Mills later worked with Graham Morrison to develop the idea between 1995 and 2001. " ...

    Via Ausra: Funding to build and operate utility-scale solar thermal electric power plants


    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:   Link

    September 07, 2007

    Pennsylvania Plans Large Solar Power Plant

    Excelon Logo

    Aug 30, 2007 -
    "... Governor Edward G. Rendell today unveiled plans for ...
    a new solar energy power station that will be the fourth-largest facility of its kind in the country and the largest east of Arizona when operations begin next April."

    "... announcement shows that affordable, secure and alternative sources of power are available
    now and will result in a cleaner environment, competitive energy prices and the reduction of our
    dependence on foreign fuel," said Governor Rendell. ... "Solar Panels

    "... Rendell announced that Exelon Generation Company LLC Epuron LLC Logohas signed a 20-year power purchase
    agreement for the energy ... with EPURON LLC, a subsidiary the
    world's largest solar integration company Conergy AG. ... plans for more than 16,500 solar panels to be built on 16.5-acres, ... capturing the sun's rays and converting them into electricity."

    "... will produce approximately 3,700 megawatt hours of power, enough to meet the annual energy requirements of 300-350 homes ... emission levels of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide
    ... reduced by the equivalent benefit of planting 33 acres of trees every year."

    For more info on EPURON GmbH, Link

    For more info on Excelon Link

    For more information on Governor Rendell's Energy Independence
    Strategy, visit

    Via:  PR News Wire   Link 

    September 04, 2007

    Green Web Hosting

    solar panels

    Green companies want to be "green" throughout their supplyaiso logo chain ... including their ISP.

    >>> Read on to lean more and see the profile of one Green ISP ....

    "AISO.Net is a ... green web hosting company. We have made a strong commitment to help fight pollution and preserving our natural resources. Solar panels run our data center and office, not energy credits."

    "Solar tubes bring in natural light ... during the day. AMD Opteron powered servers use sixty percent less energy and generate fifty percent less heat. These are just some of the ways AISO.Net is becoming the world's most responsible green web hosting company."soloar powered

    "... data center is environmentally friendly in design. It is completely steel framed with no wood at all except for the door frames on the interior of the building. Our walls are over 12 inches thick and filled with insulation that has recycled content. We built our data center, network and servers from the start to use the lowest amount of energy possible using the latest green design techniques, no other hosting company can do what we do without starting from scratch. We use solar tubes to bring in natural sunlight which eliminates the use for conventional lighting during the day. Our cooling systems are water cooled which reduces the amount of electricity because of the unique setup."

    " We are in the process of designing a green roof for our data center. The green roof is a layer of dirt 3 to 4 inches thick with drought resistant plants. The new green roof will reduce our cooling and heating requirements by over 50%.


     Via:  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 19, 2007

    New Jersey Clean Choice Power Program

    New Jersey Clean Power Choice Program What can an individual do to generate clean power?  Not everyone is in a position financially or other) to put up solar panels or a wind turbine or a hydro power facility.

    >>BUT:   If you live in New Jersey (and other states including Pennsylvania) you can choose to have part of your electricity generated from these sources.

    Sound appealing?  Read on ...New JErsey's Clean Energy Program

    "... CleanPower Choice Program ... is a statewide program that allows you to choose clean, renewable sources of energy. ... you're choosing to support ... renewable energy sources that diversify our energy supply ... 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."

    "... electricity is generated from clean, renewable energy sources located in New Jersey and the mid-Atlantic region. Importantly, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities' Office of Clean Energy verifies that renewable energy is delivered into the Mid Atlantic power pool that serves your needs. ... each household that participates ... can reduce CO2 emissions by over 10,000 lbs. per year, which is equivalent to planting 1.35 acres of trees!*"

    Via:   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 

    July 03, 2007

    Generating Electricity from Heat

     Thermoacostic Heat Engine - Univ of Utah

    "June 4, 2007- University of Utah physicists developed small devices that turn heat into sound and then into electricity. ... holds promise for changing waste heat into electricity, harnessing solar energy and cooling computers..."

    "We are converting waste heat to electricity in an efficient, simple way by using sound," says Orest Symko, a University of Utah physics professor who leads the effort. “It is a new source of renewable energy from waste heat."  University of Utah

    "The research is funded by the U.S. Army, which is interested in "taking care of waste heat from radar, and also producing a portable source of electrical energy which you can use in the battlefield to run electronics" he says.

    "Symko expects the devices could be used within two years as an alternative to photovoltaic cells for converting sunlight into electricity. The heat engines also could be used to cool laptop and other computers that generate more heat as their electronics grow more complex. And Symko foresees using the devices to generate electricity from heat that now is released from nuclear power plant cooling towers.

    Follow the link below to learn  more ....

    Via:  University of Utah  Link

    June 11, 2007

    CO2 Separation and Storage Research Project

    Stanford research explores the use of membranes to separate CO2 and then store it, using methods such as geologic sequestration, in order to reduce emissions of fossil fuel conversion. ...
    ... "Separating CO2 from other gases present in flue or synthesis gas, in conjunction with a suitable means of storing the CO2, could allow the utilization of abundant fossil fuel reserves with significantly decreased emissions of CO2 to the atmosphere. This project intends to develop a variety of efficient, low-cost polymeric and inorganic membranes that separate CO2. " ...

    Via Standard Global Climate and Energy Project: Gas Separation Membranes


    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


    Via:  BusinessWeek   Sept. 11, 2006   Link 

    May: Bike to Work Month


    League of American Bicyclists Just in Time before the End of May!


    May is National Bike Month

    "The League of American Bicyclists is promoting Bike-to-Work Week from May 14-18 and Bike-to-Work Day on Friday, May 18. Need some ideas? Here are 50 ways (large PDF) to celebrate Bike Month. Help us Count Cyclists In this May, and every month!"


    Via:  League of American Bicyclists   Link 

    May 30, 2007

    Sequel Hydrogen Power: Renewable Energy Lifecycle

    Chevy Sequel fuel cell vehicle reaches 300 miles without refueling. ...
    ... "Three hundred miles on the road and the only thing that came out of the tailpipe Chevy Sequel Hydrogen Fuels Cell Carwas pure water. In addition, the hydrogen used to power the Sequel, was derived from hydropower at Niagara Falls - a clean, renewable resource. This means that the entire process - from the creation of the hydrogen to the use of the fuel in the vehicle - was virtually carbon dioxide free. " ...

    Via GM FastLane Blog: 300 Miles ... and Counting


    May 23, 2007

    California Pistachio Grower Uses Solar Power

    Paramount Farms"Paramount Farms, ... tomorrow (May 23, 2007) will start up a $7.5 million 1.1-megawatt solar farm spread across eight acres.  ... the largest solar farm on an agricultural site in the United States .... Over the next year, ... will generate about 15 percent of the electricity used by the ... nut processing plant."Amorphous Silicon Panels

    "The panels will be amorphous silicon, not the photovoltaic panels popular on house roofs and also many other solar power farms in the United States.

    "... amorphous silicon ... requires almost no maintenance whatsoever," ... Photovoltaics follow the sun and are more efficient, but we are not constrained by space. We are able to use this material and have no maintenance cost for the next 50 years."

    Pistachios"The processing plant that takes up 140 acres is located in Lost Hills, about 60 miles from Bakersfield, California, and 100 miles southwest of Fresno."


    Via:  Reuters  Link 

    May 18, 2007

    CleanTech California Challenge Event For Early Stage Innovation

    The California Clean Tech Open (CCTO) is a competition focused on accelerating the creation of clean technology companies, especially those that are in the early-stage of innovation. Six focus areas will be targeted for funding and recognition: Green Building, Clean Transportation, Smart Green EnergyPower, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Air Water Waste Conservation and Minimization. AMD, Google, Lexus, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, and the ENVIRON Foundation are sponsors.  The California Clean Tech Open is sponsored by Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California.  ...
    ... "The 2007 CCTO sponsors and prize contributors will give cash and service prizes valued at more than $600,000, and will also support a summer-long series of networking and educational events designed to help move clean tech innovation from concept to market. " ...

    Via CCTO: California Clean Tech Open


    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:   Link 

    May 02, 2007

    Can An Annual Report (Print Version) Be "Green"?

    piles of paper


    It's that time of year when stockholders are getting deluged with annual reports and related materials.  That means lots of paper.  

    Many companies are allowing stockholders to receive all shareholder / proxy materials in electronic form ....

     But suppose you feel the need to feel the paper ... Can an annual report be "green"?
    >>> GE might be getting close ...

    GE Logo

    From GE's 2006 Annual Report:  " ... This document was printed on paper that contains from 10% to 100% post-consumer material. The majority of the power utilized was renewable energy, produced with GE’s wind and biogas technologies, and powered by GE steam engines and turbine engines. The paper was supplied by participants of the Sustainable Initiative Programs. GE employed a printer that produces all of its own electricity and is a verified totally enclosed facility that produces virtually no volatile organic compound emissions."

    "Visit our interactive online annual report at "


    So - here's the big question:

    Do you chose paper or electronic?  Sort of a twist on the old paper or plastic question they ask at the supermarket! 


    Via:    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:   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 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:    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."


    "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 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

    March 05, 2007

    GE Energy Financial Services invests in Wind Farms

    GE Wind Farm -  

    General Electric Energy Financial Services recently announced investments in Wind Farms in CA, IL, NM and PA.

    "... announced today (19-Feb--07) that it has committed to invest in a 410-megawatt wind farm portfolio, among its single largest wind investments."  Details by State and MegaWatt  are below.

    Wind Farm Details (State, MW Rated, Utility Served and Turbine):

    "Aragonne Mesa (90 megawatts) in Guadalupe County, New Mexico. Built with Mitsubishi 1000A turbines, Arizona Public Services is the project’s off-taker."

    "Allegheny Ridge I and II, (80 and 70 megawatts respectively), in Pennsylvania’s Cambria and Blair counties. FirstEnergy Solutions, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp., has contracted to purchase the output of the two wind farms, which use Gamesa G87 turbines."

    "GSG (80 megawatts), in Illinois’ Lee and LaSalle counties. Using Gamesa G87 turbines, the output will be sold at market prices."

    "Mendota Hills (52 megawatts), in Lee County, Illinois. The wind farm uses Gamesa G52 turbines and will sell output at market prices."

    "Buena Vista (38 megawatts), in the Altamont Pass area of Northern California. The output is contracted to PG&E Corporation and uses Mitsubishi 1000A turbines."

    "All the wind farms have either been completed or will be completed by the end of April, except Allegheny Ridge II, expected to be finished by December."


    Via:    Link 

    March 03, 2007

    Green Library in Seatte, Washington

    Seattle Green Power

     Seattle's Ballard Library is GREEN.  Here's the details:

    "The new 15,000 square foot library, ... key features ... including the gently arched roof, which is capped with green plants and solar "green" power."
    Solar Panels onb Seattle's Ballard Library
    "While the sod roof provides roof insulation and helps retain rainwater to slow stormwater flows, the solar modules act as a sponge for solar energy, helping to reduce the building's electricity requirements."

    Some of the features that make THIS LIBRARY GREEN:


    Via:  www.Seattle.Gov   Link

    February 28, 2007

    Honda Offers Home Fueling for Natural Gas Civic

    Honda Phill - for home fuelingSo, you want a Natural Gas powered car, and you found one.  Honda sells the Civic GX at select dealers in NY and California. Honda Civic GX - Natural Gas Version

    Now about the lack of fueling stations for the average consumer ... There are approximately 16 in the NYC metro area and 200 in California.  Not enough for comfort?  Hmmm.  What to do?

    Honda's sells the Phill - a home fueling system that turns a home natural gas into the required "gas" for the Civic GX.  The Phill can be mounted in a garage and pressurizes the low pressure natural gas found at home to the require 3500 - 3600 psi needed for fueling.  Though slower than a "gas station" it allows flexibility for those far from a Natural Gas station.

    The Phill is safe and Honda Philleasy to use .... see pictures in this post above and below. 








    Via:  Honda     Link     and     EVWorld     Link 

    February 24, 2007

    Honda Civic - Gas, Hybrid and CNG - It's Your Choice

    Honda Civic Hybrid
    American Honda Motor Company may be the first automaker to offer a car line - the civic - in standard gasoline, Hybrid and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)  Honda Civic GX NGV

    "The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the natural-gas Civic GX as the cleanest internal-combustion vehicle on Earth. Plus, the California Air Resources Board gave the GX an AT-PZEV emissions rating, which means it's still the "Cleanest on Earth."

     "Civic GX owners can purchase their own home-refueling appliance called Phill, which installs easily to a home gas line. With Phill, GX owners fill up when they come home, instead of having to go to a gas station."

    The gasoline and Hybrid version are offered pretty much nation-wide.  The CNG version is only available at select dealers in California and New York.



    Via:  American Honda Motor Company    Link-CNG   Link-Honda


    February 18, 2007

    CleanTech GreenTech: Growing Market Acceptance

    Green businesses can be viable investments for entrepreneurs, as the market keeps evolving with growing awareness of climate issues and higher energy costs. ... Solar Power from Energy Innovations
    ... "Along with that awakening, environment-friendly products have proved that they can be profitable, said Andrew Beebe, president of Pasadena-based Energy Innovations, which builds solar power systems. " ...

    Via Los Angeles Times: Green Business


    Geothermal Energy Primer

    dry steam geothermal

    There's energy in them rocks!  

    Thermal (heat) energy in deep rock can be used to generate steam that in turn can be used to generate electricity. 

    >>> And best of all it is virtually unlimited .... as long as the earth has a molten core.

    Currently GEOTHERMAL is the 3rd largerst source of renewable energy in the United States 

    "There are three geothermal power plant technologies being used to convert hydrothermal fluids to electricity. ...dry steam, flash and binary cycle. The type of conversion used depends on the state of the fluid (whether steam or water) and its temperature. "

    Flash Steram Geothermal


    "The Earth's magma and hot dry rock will provide cheap, clean, and almost unlimited energy as soon as we develop the technology to use them. In the meantime, because they're so abundant, moderate-temperature sites running binary-cycle power plants will be the most common electricity producers."binary geothermal

    "Before geothermal electricity can be considered a key element of the U.S. energy infrastructure, it must become cost-competitive with traditional forms of energy. The U.S. Department of Energy is working with the geothermal industry to achieve $0.03 to $0.05 per kilowatt-hour. We believe the result will be about 15,000 megawatts of new capacity within the next decade."



    Via:  US Department of Energy, Geothermal Technologies Program    Link 


    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 15, 2007

    Ford Hydrogen Electric Hybrid


    Ford Edge HybridFord has announced the Edge "with HySeries Drive™ ... the world’s first drivable fuel cell hybrid electric vehicle with plug-in capability."

    "The HySeries Drive technology is able to operate using a fuel cell, small gasoline or diesel engine connected to an electric generator to make electricity."Ford Edge HySeries Hybrid





    The "world’s first drivable fuel cell hybrid electric plug-in ... combines an onboard hydrogen fuel cell generator with lithium-ion batteries to deliver more than 41 mpg with zero emissions. ... For those who drive less than 50 miles each day, the average jumps to more than 80 mpg."

    “This vehicle offers Ford the ultimate in flexibility ... We could take the fuel cell power system out and replace it with a down-sized diesel, gasoline engine or any other powertrain connected to a small electric generator to make electricity like the fuel cell does now.”


    Via:  Ford  Link

    Beer: Made in an Environmentally Friendly Way!


    New Belgium Beer I like beer, so I did not need an excuse to try another brand.

    However, I am going to try one of the beers from New Belgium of Fort Collins, Colorado.  I think it will be a Fat Tire Amber Ale ...


    What makes New Belgium so unique among brewers?

    ->>>  How about the fact that they ...

    Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions " ... took an employee vote and decided to commit to being the nation’s first 100% wind-powered brewery. ... after our engineers, l... discovered that city’s power  plant, which supplied the brewery with electricity, created the bulk of our emissions. Employee owners voted to dip into their bonus pool to help finance the conversion."Wind Ensamble

    Have a Green Building "New Belgium has been a long-time participant in green building techniques. ... From sun tubes and daylighting throughout the facility to reusing heat in the brewhouse, we continue to search out new ways to close loops and conserve resources."

    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle • "Our reuse program includes heat for the brewing process, cleaning chemicals, water and much more. Recyling at New Belgium takes on many forms, from turning “waste” products into something new and useful (like spent grain to cattle feed), to supporting the recycling market in creative ways (like turning our keg caps into table surfaces).  We also buy recycled whenever we can, ... Reduction surrounds us – from motion sensors on the lights throughout the building to induction fans that pull in cool winter air to chill our beer – offsetting our energy needs is the cornerstone to being environmentally efficient."


    I will let you know if I can find the beer locally (Western Suburbs of Philadelphia) and my humble opinion.


    Via:  New Belgium Brewery   Link 

    February 04, 2007

    Farm Bioenergy Research

    BP invests $500 million in research program that will bring farm bioenergy production to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Illinois will collaborate with the University of California at Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in forming the Energy Biosciences Institute. ...
    ... "As part of the EBI, some 340 acres of farmland at the Urbana campus will be devoted to the study and production of feedstock for biofuel production. Researchers will explore the potential benefits of using corn crop residues, switchgrass, Miscanthus (Miscanthus x giganticus: a hybrid grass that can grow 13 feet tall), and other herbaceous perennials as fuel sources. The initiative will explore how adequate supplies of high quality plant biomass can be sustainably produced and utilized in facilities that convert the biomass to fuels. " ...

    Via University of Illinois: Initiative will put Illinois at forefront of farm bioenergy production


    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:   Link

    Pennsylvania Declares Energy Independence Strategy

    Pennsylvania Coat of Arms

    HARRISBURG — "Citing the urgent need to cut energy costs, move toward energy independence and stimulate the economy, Governor Rendell today released his Energy Independence Strategy".
     “This plan will cut Pennsylvanians’ energy bills by $10 billion over the next 10 years,” said Governor Rendell.  “It will give us the ability to produce enough homegrown fuel to replace every gallon Pennsylvania currently imports from the Persian Gulf."
    "The enactment of new laws, regulatory policies and the creation of the $850 million Energy Independence Fund will enable Pennsylvania to achieve three key goals:"
    • "Save consumers $10 billion in energy costs over the next 10 years;
    • Reduce Pennsylvania’s reliance on foreign fuels and increase Pennsylvania’s clean energy production capacity; and
    • Expand Pennsylvania’s energy production and energy technology sectors to create more jobs."
    See Link for full text, 
    Via: Commonwealth of PA Website   Link 

    January 31, 2007

    Green Roof for a Very Green Data Center

    commitment to the environment

    AISO.Net is not just a "GREEN" web hosting and data center company in the traditional sense.  In addition to generating 100% of their energy needs from their own solar panels they are building a "GREEN ROOF" for their data center.

    The "GREEN ROOF" "is a layer of dirt 3 to 4 inches thick with drought resistant plants.  The new green roof will reduce our cooling and heating requirements by over 50%.  When finished, AISO will be the first and only public data center in North American with a green roof.  Along with our green roof we will be replacing all of our Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs with LED lighting.  This will reduce electricity usage and they contain no mercury.  Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs contain mercury which becomes a concern at landfills and trash incinerators where the mercury from many bulbs can escape and contribute to air and water pollution.  We are also in the process of LEED certifying our data center and office with the U.S. Green Building Council."

    Via:   AISO.Net    Link 

    Green Data Center Contributes to Sustainability



    solar panels

    AISO.Net is a solar powered Web Hosting facility.  Some of the benefits of being green are identified on their web site include: 

    "According to BP Solar...

    Our 120 solar panel system will eliminate the production of
    - 19,890 lbs of Carbon Dioxide (CO2/GHG) per year
    - 5.9 lbs of Nitrous Oxide (NOX/smog) per year
    - 0.45 lbs of Sulfur Dioxide (SO4/acid rain) per year
    This is the equivalent of planting 3.5 acres of trees per year

    "AISO's data center and main office is powered by 120 solar panels which generate our electricity. AISO receives calls from customers asking if AISO really runs entirely on solar power. We have proof, a real-time Web camera trained on our solar panels that flank our 2,000-square-foot data center. "Anybody can buy ecocredits," says Phil Nail, Director of Technology for AISO, referring to companies that buy alternative energy credits in exchange for the amount of electricity they consume. "We're out to make a difference."

    Via:   AISO.Net    Link

    January 28, 2007

    Cellulosic Energy Research Proposed: Supports Twenty in Ten Initiative

    Dept of Agriculture plans research investment in cellulosic path to renewable energy. ...
    ... "Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced plans to propose $1.6 billion in new funding for renewable energy, with a focus on cellulosic energy research and Mike Johannsproduction, as part of the Administration's 2007 farm bill proposals. This funding will support President Bush's goal of reducing gasoline usage by 20 percent in the next ten years and will compliment an array of renewable energy-related efforts underway at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. " ...



    January 15, 2007

    Can You Become Carbon Neutral ??

     Carbon Neutral Process

    Do you Know Your Carbon Impact?

    Are you Carbon Neutral?  How do you compare to the National Average?

    Calculate your Carbon Impact.  "We all contribute to global warming every day. The carbon dioxide you produce by driving your car and leaving the lights on adds up quickly. You may be surprised by how much Co2 you are emitting each year. Calculate your personal impact and learn how you can take action to reduce or even eliminate your emissions of carbon dioxide."


    I took the quiz and compared to the national average was a bit high ...

    • My Total Impact was 9.85 tons / year
    • The National Average is 7.5 year

    What can one do to lower their Carbon Impact?  

    "After reducing your emissions you can do even more by going "carbon neutral." By supporting clean renewable energy, you can effectively neutralize your personal CO2 emissions. Your small investment will ensure that for every ton of carbon dioxide you are emitting, a ton of carbon dioxide will not be released into the atmosphere. Go NEUTRAL!"

    To take the interactive Quiz  Click Here


    Via:  ClimateCrisis.Net    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

    January 07, 2007

    BioFuel: Oil from Algae BioReactor

    Colorado State and Solix collaborate with New Belgium Brewing to use excess carbon dioxide from the brewery’s plant to validate the algae bioreactor to produce biodiesel. ...
    ... "Solix officials estimate that widespread construction of its photo-bioreactor Bioreactor uses algae and carbon dioxide to produce biodieselsystem could meet the demand for the U.S. consumption of diesel fuel - about 4 million barrels a day - by growing algae on less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. land area, which is otherwise unused land adjacent to power plants and ethanol plants. The plants produce excess carbon dioxide, which is necessary to turn algae into oil. In addition to producing biodiesel, the process would prevent a large portion of the greenhouse gases produced by coal-burning power plants from being expelled directly into the atmosphere. " ...



    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

    December 07, 2006

    Mercedes Benz BLUETEC Diesels

    Diesel fueled cars are very popular in Europe and are getting more popular in the US.  Early diesels were often noisy, smelly, slow to accelerate and emitted lots of particulates.

    Newer diesel technology allows diesel powered cars to be as quite as gasoline engines and possibly emit fewer emissions.  Helping to drive this are newer low sulfur diesel fuels "(less than 15 parts per million) that becomes available throughout the U.S. this fall."

     Mercedes-Benz introduces technology for the "Cleanest Diesel in the World" - BLUETEC.

    Mercedes-Benz BLUETEC TechnologyThe BLUETEC diesel is "a modular exhaust treatment technology".  The system reduces diesel emissions that are typically higher than gasoline emissions, and the modular design is flexible, allowing it to evolve over several iterations with a series of components. BLUETEC technology offers the future potential to meet the world's most stringent exhaust emissions standards and superior fuel economy — without compromising power.

     For more details about BLEUTEC follow this Link.


    Via:  MBUSA.COM   Link 

    October 12, 2006

    Clean Energy Projects

    Pennsylvania invests in clean energy projects through the Energy Harvest grant program, with an emphasis on solar energy. ...
    ... "Governor Edward G. Rendell announced $5.1 million to support 27 projects that Pennsylvania Governor Rendellwill advance the deployment of clean energy technologies, lessen the nation’s dependence on foreign fuels, and significantly reduce air and water pollution. The state investment, awarded under the Pennsylvania Energy Harvest Grant Program, will leverage another $8.2 million in private funds. This round of Energy Harvest grants helps Pennsylvania meet its significant commitment to producing electricity from solar sources. The state's clean energy law far surpasses other states in ensuring wide distribution and use of zero-pollution solar power. By 2021, when the solar share is in full effect, utilities will be required to purchase 700 megawatts of solar-produced electricity --- the second largest solar requirement in the nation. " ...

    October 04, 2006

    Hydrogen-Fueled Vehicles from HydroPower: New York Invests ...

    Governor George Pataki discusses New York's plan for one of the largest hydrogen demonstration projects.  This investment of $21 million will use hydropower to produce clean-burning, hydorgen gas to fuel nonpolluting hydrogen vehicles.  The investment will deliver hydrogen generating Governor Pataki has a green agenda that includes biofuels and hydrogen powerstations and the hydrogen-fueled vehicles.  The hydropower-to-hydrogen initiative, planned for Western New York, will spur development of green technology jobs for the region. ...

    ...   "The hydropower-to-hydrogen project, which is expected to serve a number of hydrogen-fueled work and passenger vehicles and transit buses, corresponds with the New York State Hydrogen Roadmap, a strategic blueprint developed under Governor Pataki's direction for positioning New York State at the forefront of hydrogen research and development efforts nationwide. The document reflects a coordinated effort by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and includes hydrogen education and outreach, hydrogen codes and standards review, and research and development in the areas of hydrogen production, storage, distribution and utilization.

    NYPA's Trustees authorized up to $21 million for the hydropower-to-hydrogen initiative, with potential sites at Niagara Falls State Park and at Western New York locations operated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA). Various Niagara Falls State Parkother state and federal government organizations and corporations are also expected to partner in the pioneering project, with hydrogen production anticipated by the end of 2007.  The NYPA board's action followed an engineering feasibility study earlier this year by the Power Authority and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), for determining the size of the electrolysis units for producing hydrogen and the possible vehicle demonstration models for the initiative, with fuel cells and other hydrogen engines.  When fully implemented within three years, the demonstration project, consisting of two hydrogen generation stations, plus storage and fueling facilities, will be producing up to 120 kilograms (kg) per day of the clean-burning fuel. (One kg of hydrogen has the energy equivalent of approximately one gallon of gasoline.)  The hydrogen generation and fueling stations will use up to 700 kw of hydropower. The Power Authority would provide the hydropower from its Niagara Power Project to the NFTA, which is authorized to receive NYPA allocations under state law.  The hydrogen generation stations will cost approximately $7.5 million, including infrastructure upgrades and educational displays. An additional investment of $13.5 million is required for the hydrogen-fueled vehicles. "   ...


    July 05, 2006

    Clean Renewable Wind Generation System ...

    Krystal partners with Magenn Power to leverage the innovative MARS wind-power electrical generation system.  ...

    ...   "This innovative new product will deliver up to 4 kW (kilowatts) of power at a cost Magenn MARS wind technology ...per kWh (kilowatt-hour) potentially much lower than conventional wind turbines mounted on towers.  Benefits of the MARS over conventional wind turbines include: produce low cost electricity (<10 cents per kWh); bird and bat friendly; low noise; operate over a wide range of wind speeds (2 to 28 meters/second); high altitudes from 400 to 1,000 feet above ground are possible without expensive towers or cranes; the MARS is mobile (useful if the owner plans to move to a new home or business location, good for emergency deployment and disaster relief). "   ...

    Clean Renewable Wind Generation System: Via Krystal Planet: Krystal Planet announces distributorship for Floating wind generators with Magenn Power ...

    MARS is an innovative lighter-than-air tethered device that rotates about a horizontal axis in response to wind, efficiently generating clean renewable electrical energy at a lower cost than all competing systems. This electrical energy is transferred down the tether to a transformer at a ground station and then transferred to the electricity power grid. Helium (an inert non-reactive lighter than air gas) sustains the Air Rotor which ascends to an altitude for best winds and its rotation also causes the Magnus effect. This provides additional lift, keeps the device stabilized, keeps it positioned within a very controlled and restricted location, and causes it to pull up overhead rather than drift downwind on its tether.  Magenn Power is an Ottawa Canada based company focused on delivering next generation wind turbines.

    July 04, 2006

    Clean Power: NJ Choice Program ...

    Jennifer Amato explores the Clean Air and Energy Efficiency Program of Middlesex County New Jersey.  ...

    ...   "For residents to individually contribute to the reduction in fossil fuels, the Clean Clean Power in New Jersey ...Power Choice Program from the Board of Utilities offers solar, wind, landfill gas or low-impact or small hydro power to individual homeowners. "   ...

    Via Woodbridge Sentinel: County embarks on clean energy initiative ...

    NEW JERSEY CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY IN ADOPTING CLEAN ENERGY POLICIES AND PROGRAMS: "During 2005, the State's solar market grew significantly for the second consecutive year and achieved a major milestone with the installation of its 1,000th photovoltaic system in early 2006. This milestone reflects the exponential growth of the State's solar market from 2001, when there were only six solar electric systems installed.  This past year also saw the installation of the State's first major wind generator on the site of the Atlantic County Utilities Authority and the launch of the Clean Power Choice Program, an initiative that provides electric utility customers the option of selecting clean energy through a sign-up option on their electric utility bills. "