Thursday, March 15, 2012

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Siemens Gets $1.6-Million DoE Grant for EV Charging Infrastructure Research

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 07:23 AM PDT

  Siemens just announced yesterday that it has been awarded a $1.6-million research grant from the Department of Energy (DoE) to research ways of cutting the cost of electrical vehicle (EV) chargers and “developing ‘smart’ charging capabilities that support power grid efficiency and consumer demand.” In addition to the DoE funding, matching funding of nearly $750,000 will [...] Related posts:
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  3. NREL Announces R&D Partnerships With Siemens and the University of Houston

Top 10 Solar Panel Companies in 2011

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 06:51 AM PDT

  Lux Research has just released a report on the most productive solar panel (or solar module) manufacturers in 2011. The Solar Supply Tracker report notes that the top 10 solar panel manufacturers produced 12.5 GW of solar panels in 2011, 44% of the global market sector. Japanese and South Korean solar panel companies rose in ranks in [...] Related posts:
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  2. Best-Performing Solar Modules in 2011 Announced
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Solar “Learning Curve” & “Golden Goal” (Bloomberg Charts)

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 06:21 AM PDT

  Along with the fun charts just released by SEIA and GTM Research yesterday, Bloomberg just released some pretty awesome ones that a friend on Google+ shared with me. The first, above, is on the solar ‘learning curve’ or how much solar prices have dropped with increasing installations. Here’s what Bloomberg had to say about [...] Related posts:
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Hilarious Colbert Segment on Newt, Santorum, Romney, Algae Biofuels, Windmills, Global Warming, & More (VIDEO)

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 05:48 AM PDT

  Here’s a quick and fun one for you, a hilarious Colbert segment in which he completely picks Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, & Mitt Romney to pieces for their absurd statements on global warming and clean energy: The Colbert Report   Some days (OK, most days), I wish Colbert would actually run for office. (For [...] Related posts:
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2011 U.S. Solar Market Report — Top 7 Findings & Charts

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 05:24 AM PDT

  The 2011 U.S. Solar Market Insight Report was released yesterday by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research. Let’s run down some of the key findings, using several of the reports wonderful charts, of course. 1. Record Year! (Big Time!) From SEIA: “The U.S. solar energy industry installed a record 1,855 megawatts [...] Related posts:
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  3. New Solar Power Charts

U.S. Army Trains for Combat with Solar Power

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 05:09 AM PDT

Solar-powered military units operating in war zones are the next move for the U.S. Army’s Net Zero program, which is gathering steam this spring. Last year, the Army began issuing backpack solar kits to soldiers in Afghanistan for operations on the go, and now the program is ramping it up a level with hybrid solar [...] Related posts:
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Nobel Economists Urge Obama to Support EU Aviation Carbon Scheme

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 04:15 AM PDT

  There are five Nobel-prize-winning economists among the 26 US economists calling on President Obama, in an open letter, to drop opposition and support the European Union’s legislation that will charge airlines for their carbon emissions. “We implore you to support the European Union's innovative efforts to place a price on carbon from aviation through [...] Related posts:
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US Public Transportation Trips Topped 10.4 Billion in 2011

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 04:06 AM PDT

American use of public transportation reached 10.4 billion trips in 2011, the second highest annual ridership amount since 1957, according to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Related posts:
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Cost Analysis Tool Helps Cities Switch to LED Lighting

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 04:02 AM PDT

  The DOE Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium, in collaboration with the Clinton Climate Initiative, recently launched a free cost-benefit analysis tool for municipalities, utilities, and other organizations as a method for analyzing the cost and return from lighting efficiency projects. The model will help municipalities better understand all of the costs involved with a lighting [...] Related posts:
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Hydrogen Vehicle Cleaning Switzerland Streets

Posted: 15 Mar 2012 03:59 AM PDT

  Is an energy-saving, environmentally-friendly, technologically-feasible hydrogen vehicle a practical reality? In Basel, Switzerland, the answer is yes, and has been since 2009. The premise was simple: discover what it would take to put a hydrogen drive into a practical situation and whether it would be technologically feasible and as environmentally friendly as everyone has [...] Related posts:
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