- United Airlines Signs On With Sustainable Aviation Group
- Boeing Aims to Turn Cooking Oil Waste into Aviation Biofuel in China
- DIY Solar (Yes, You Can!)
- Fueling Stations of the Future Here Now
- Panasonic Wins Award for Solar Technology
Posted: 19 Aug 2012 11:16 PM PDT
Around 35% of the consumer demand comes from SAFUG representatives. As part of signing onto the group, United Airlines promises to look at advancing biofuels that will support sustainability standards. The airline will also collaborate as part of the group with top organizations to create biofuels certification criteria, and advance making aviation biofuels more attractive in the market.
“We are excited to collaborate with other industry leaders in our shared quest to advance sustainable biofuels,” Jimmy Samartzis, managing director of Global Environmental Affairs and Sustainability for United Airlines said in the statement.
The latest sustainability action by the US airline is just one of many recent initiatives it has engaged in to promote more environmentally friendly air travel. United was the first major US airline to successfully fly a commercial flight using advanced biofuels in 2011, after previous test flights in 2009 and 2010. It also plans to buy 50 million gallons in sustainable biofuels.
Posted: 19 Aug 2012 11:05 PM PDT
According to a recent article from Waste Management World, both companies will fund the project. The co-venture will be located in the COMAC Beijing Aeronautical Science & Technology Research Institute (BASTRI). The project will look at treating cooking oil and making it into a valuable aviation biofuel.
The centre will also look at advancing aviation biofuels and efficiency through air traffic management. It is all in a bid to expand the ever-growing need for China's aviation market, while making it more environmentally sustainable.
While there has often been criticism about flying’s big footprint, the importance of creating aviation biofuels will be the ultimate test of environmental sustainability in a globalized economy.
Posted: 19 Aug 2012 11:00 PM PDT
MacOSJoey has come up with a step-by-step online manual of how to construct and modify your very own solar power system. He’s gone to the trouble to describe what you need, what to troubleshoot for and how to modify your system with additional batteries. He even posts all the stats you could ever wonder.
Goodbye, macaroni necklace; hello, sustainable power!
Posted: 19 Aug 2012 10:55 PM PDT
A growing number of entrepreneurial companies — from multinational giants such as GE to small-scale newcomers, such as Tesla, A123, and a bevy of others — are hard at work developing electric, flex and hybrid fuel vehicles, as well as the infrastructure to support them.
There’s good reason to believe that this surge in the search and development of clean, alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure will be different; that a drop in oil, gasoline and diesel prices won’t be enough to derail progess, as happened in the eighties and nineties subsequent to the oil crises of the 1970s. Two news items this past week provide supporting evidence.
Of Skypumps and Solar Trees
GE’s industrial division and Urban Green Energy (UGE) came out with word that the first installation of their Sanya Skypump is up and running at the headquarters of environmental services company Cespa near Barcelona, Spain. Integrating New York–based Urban Green Energy’s 4-kW vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs) and GE’s DuraStation EV chargers, the Sanya Skypump points the way toward fueling stations of the future that gather all the energy they need from the wind.
Along a similar vein, San Diego’s Envision Solar announced it has successfully completed engineering and manufacturing of its first run of pre-cast concrete columns for its Solar Tree arrays. Parking lots are ideal sites for Envision’s Solar Trees. Combine them with EV chargers and you have a clean, renewable fueling station right where EV motorists need and want it.
The Sanya Skypump can fully charge EVs in 4-8 hours, using electricity produced by UGE’s 4-kW VAWT, which stands 42 feet high, according to the partner companies. Winds of at least 7 mph are needed to generate electricity.
A big advantage of the Sanya Skypump wind-powered EV fueling station is its installation time. The entire system takes less than two hours to get up and running, the companies say.
Envision Solar’s new pre-cast Solar Tree concrete columns are part of its "Drag & Drop Infrastructure" product line, one that "offers much faster, more efficient deployment of Solar Tree structures," the company explains.
“We are continually leveraging technology to increase our efficiency and quality. We call this new modularized approach: Drag & Drop Infrastructure™ — creating the shortest possible time and ease for deploying the best solar shaded parking products in the industry with the least disruption in the field," Envision Solar president and CEO Desmond Wheatley elaborated.
Manufacturing the concrete columns in a controlled environment enables Envision to produce the highest quality results. It also makes for much more efficient installations. The new Solar Tree columns enable Envision to install the solar PV structures in hours rather than the days or even weeks required for columns that are cast in place, director of Program Management Peter Seiler added.
Posted: 19 Aug 2012 08:52 PM PDT
Panasonic began working on developing solar cells in the early 1980s, and by 1987 were successful in mass producing HIT solar cells that were widely used in calculators. After solar cells became ubiquitous in calculators, other companies and researchers began applying solar cells to other devices.
Today, HIT cells are recognized to have a conversion efficiency of nearly 22 percent at mass production level. Panasonic produces about 6,000 megawatts of HIT solar cells every year, supplying Japan, Europe, and America.
The IEEE Corporate Innovation Award is given to any entity that has advanced electrotechnology in a major way.
Source: Business Wire
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