Thursday, March 8, 2012

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Government-Sponsored Research Aims to Make UK Leader in Green Cars

Posted: 08 Mar 2012 10:00 AM PST

Americans drive on the right, the British drive on the left. You say gasoline, we say ‘petrol.’ There’s a lot that’s different about the British relationship with the car. Perhaps the most important difference, though, is this: America still has a car industry, and one that’s rapidly reorienting itself to the need for greener, lower-carbon [...] Related posts:
  1. World's Most Powerful Supercomputer to Help Tackle Global Warming, Develop Renewable Energy
  2. Green Taxi Service, Green Tomato Cars Makes Waves in the UK
  3. Capturing CO2 to Make Fuel: Illinois Research Team Makes Breakthrough in Artificial Photosynthesis

Offshore Wind: the 21st Century Frontier

Posted: 08 Mar 2012 09:30 AM PST

There are many who recognize our Seas contain a vast yet, largely unknown world: mankind's new frontier that is far closer, with a long history, requiring less investment and perhaps more immediate returns than space. Offshore Wind development is not only a major development into that frontier but a test to see how we may limit or enhance that development with regulations. Related posts:
  1. Obama Administration Approves Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Farm
  2. How Dirty Industries in EU Nations Created China's 21st Century Clean Energy Boom
  3. DOE Announces $43 Million Program to Jumpstart Offshore Wind

New Tidal Power Generator to be Installed in Maine

Posted: 08 Mar 2012 09:00 AM PST

  Maine-based tidal energy company Ocean Renewable Power Co. (ORPC) will soon begin to install its first grid-connected commercial tidal power generator at a 60-acre site in Cobscook Bay near Seward Neck, Lubec. ORPC hopes to initiate on-water deployment of the Cobscook Bay Tidal Energy Project around May 7, thanks to the issuance of its [...] Related posts:
  1. Tidal, Energy Storage, & Smart Grid News (Tidal + Offshore Wind the Coming Soon?; Siemens Betting Big on Tidal Power; Community Residential Energy Storage to Boom…)
  2. World's First Commercial-Scale Tidal Power Turbine Begins Feeding Electricity to the Grid
  3. France Plans Groundbreaking Tidal Power Experiment

Prominent VC Firms Pump More Capital into MiaSole’s CIGS Solar PV

Posted: 08 Mar 2012 08:01 AM PST

Leading venture capital firms are pumping an additional $55 million to fund the Colorado-based thin-film CIGS solar PV manufacturer's expansion plans despite all the turmoil roiling the global solar energy market and industry. Related posts:
  1. World's Largest CIGS Thin-Film Solar Array Goes Live
  2. CIGS Thin Film Solar PV Starts 2012 Off on the Good Foot with Solar Frontier-EDF Supply Contract
  3. Lux Ranks Thin-Film CIGS Solar PV Manufacturers in Light of Forecast Growth Surge

New Undergraduate Major Focuses on Eco-Design and Renewables

Posted: 08 Mar 2012 08:00 AM PST

  Starting in the fall of 2012 undergraduate student at Green Mountain College in Vermont will be able to undertake a full-fledged, 42-credit Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) major in renewable energy and ecological design. Students at Green Mountain College have already been exploring the potential of renewable energy systems and ecological design principles through [...] Related posts:
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  2. Three Israeli Innovations that Could Power U.S. Renewables
  3. CleanTechnica Design Changing — Important Notes

Even After a Thousand Folds, Exotic Material Maintains Conductivity

Posted: 08 Mar 2012 07:00 AM PST

An international team of scientists with roots at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford has shown that ultra-thin sheets of an exotic material remain transparent and highly conductive even after being deeply flexed 1,000 times and folded and creased like a piece of paper. The result could open this class of unusual materials, called topological [...] Related posts:
  1. "Exotic Behavior" Shines a Light on Piezoelectricity
  2. New Transparent Thin Film Solar Material Could Turn Windows into Solar Power Generators
  3. Graphene, the New “Miracle Material,” Can be Made from Plain Sugar

Obama Drills Need for Clean Transportation Alternatives.. Again (VIDEO)

Posted: 08 Mar 2012 06:10 AM PST

  Obama, in a speech in my former state of North Carolina yesterday (at the Daimler manufacturing plant in Mount Holly), drilled home a few key oil and gas points that he’s been drilling in speeches across the U.S. lately. Here’s the video, followed by some of the highlights. The U.S. has 2% of the [...] Related posts:
  1. Obama’s on a Strong Clean Energy Streak [VIDEO]
  2. High-Speed Rail Could Get $53 Billion More from Obama Administration [VIDEO]
  3. Obama’s First 2012 TV Campaign Ad — Video + My Thoughts

DOE Clean Fleets Partnership Keeps On Truckin With Major Expansion

Posted: 08 Mar 2012 06:00 AM PST

Four major companies announced this week they would join the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) "National Clean Fleets Partnership" program to increase fuel efficiency in commercial vehicle fleets and encourage the transition to alternative-fuel technologies. Related posts:
  1. The Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor
  2. Fuel Cell Bus Fleets for Brazil & Europe; Fuel Cell Buses in British Columbia Hit Milestone
  3. Google, Stanford, Torrance 1st to Add Honda Fit EV 2013 to Their Fleets

Smith Electric Vehicles Delivers New Electric Truck to FedEx

Posted: 08 Mar 2012 05:00 AM PST

Smith Electric Vehicles has a new one --- the global leader in pure electric commercial vehicles presented its newest project this week, the Newton Step Van. The all-electric zero-emission (of course) truck is [...] Related posts:
  1. US Transport Industry Plotting to Put More EVs on the Road
  2. Why Electric Cars Are Awesome
  3. How Consumers and Federal Stimulus Might Revitalize the Electric Car

Floating Wind Turbines May Be Coming Soon to a Beach Near You

Posted: 08 Mar 2012 04:00 AM PST

Offshore wind turbines are placed to take advantage of strong, steady coastal winds. Their placement is in one way ideal – dependable energy, and lots of it – but it's also not exactly easy to build a turbine tower in several feet of moving water. Related posts:
  1. How Wind Turbines Work
  2. Wind Turbines based on Jet Engines 3-4 Times More Efficient & Coming to Market? [VIDEO]
  3. New Floating Wind Turbines to Make Wind Energy Cheaper, More Reliable?

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