Monday, March 12, 2012

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Latin America’s Largest Wind Project to Power Mexico Coca-Cola, Heineken, OXXO

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 08:36 AM PDT

Latin America's largest wind project to date is moving forward as Mexico's Marena Renovables has placed an order for 396-MW worth of wind turbines with Danish manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems A/S. Vestas for its project in the southern Pacific state of Oaxaca, which consists of 132 V90-3.0 MW wind turbines. Related posts:
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  3. Siemens Energy Racks Up $900 Million of Wind Turbine Orders in the Americas


Concentrating Solar Power Alliance Launched

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 06:24 AM PDT

  Last week, Abengoa, BrightSource Energy, and Torresol Energy (some of the world’s top concentrating solar power companies) launched the Concentrating Solar Power Alliance (CSPA). “The new organization is dedicated to educating U.S. regulators, utilities and grid operators about the unique benefits of concentrating solar power (CSP) and of thermal energy storage as a foundational resource for a [...] Related posts:
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Fracking Caused Ohio Earthquakes: It’s (Almost) Official

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 05:17 AM PDT

Remember those earthquakes in Ohio seismologists from Columbia University thought could be caused by activities related to natural gas fracking? Well it looks like the experts were on the right track. Last week the Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued the strictest set of fracking-related rules in the country, based on a preliminary report linking [...] Related posts:
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Scoot Networks Is the Zipcar of Electric Scooters

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 05:09 AM PDT

Scoot Networks, one of the companies chosen by the Greenstart accelerator program, is bringing the Zipcar idea to scooters. The start-up is offering its [...] Related posts:
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Suntech Sets New Conversion Efficiency Record for Mass-Produced Solar Cells — 20.3%

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 05:02 AM PDT

The world's largest PV manufacturer, Suntech, seems to have gotten an edge as it has announced a new world record for conversion efficiency [...] Related posts:
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High-Efficiency Solar Panels for Low-Income Houses (Nice)

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 04:55 AM PDT

  SunPower, a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels, and solar systems based in Silicon Valley, and GRID Alternatives, a non-profit solar installer in the Bay Area, have teamed up to put SunPower’s high-efficiency solar panel rooftop system on low-income homes in San Francisco. “Under terms of the supplier agreement, SunPower will provide [...] Related posts:
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Spherical Micro Solar Cells

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 04:33 AM PDT

  This is a new solar technology I don’t remember reading or writing about yet. Kyosemi Corporation, an optoelectronics company, has created tiny spherical (or Spheral) solar cells. These micro solar cells are just 1-2 mm across but (or because of that) could have wind-ranging applications. Of course, first of all, being spherical (not flat), the [...] Related posts:
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Future Airplanes Could Get Power from Themselves

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 04:09 AM PDT

  Think about this: when airplanes land, there is some pretty serious energy lost as the plane brakes and slows down. We already have electric vehicles, trains, buses, shipping trucks, garbage trucks, and more saving energy from such braking and using it later for power. Why not planes? An Airbus 320, when landing, could creates approximately [...] Related posts:
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Window Film Most Cost-Effective Energy Conservation Solution, Study Finds

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 03:35 AM PDT

  International Window Film Association (IWFA) — yeah, I didn’t realize that existed — reported last week that “a comprehensive analysis of window film found it to be the most cost-effective energy saving choice for Californians when used in retrofit applications on homes and buildings.” Interesting. Energy & Financial Savings The paypack period for window film [...] Related posts:
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EV Heating (and Cooling) Could Revolutionize Energy Use

Posted: 12 Mar 2012 12:29 AM PDT

Electric vehicles can already be fuel-efficient, however in very cold or very hot weather, when air conditioning or heating requires the same energy used for driving the vehicle, range can suffer. "A 5-pound EMOF-based heat pump [electrical metal-organic framework] the size of a 2-liter bottle could theoretically handle the heating and cooling needs of an electric vehicle." Related posts:
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