- SolarRoyal Reveals Solar-Powered Ventilation Fan
- CarCharging to Become Largest Public EV Service Provider in US
- All-Terrain E-Bike Can Take on Mountains and More
- Obama Admin Fast-Tracks 7 Solar/Wind Projects as part of “We Can’t Wait” Renewable Energy Strategy
- Nissan Wants Electric Taxis in London — One More Win for the e-NV200
- Denmark Presents: The QBEAK EV
- Walmart Reveals 1st Industrial On-Site Wind Turbine Project
- California’s Hydroelectricity Production Is Vulnerable to Climate Change
Posted: 08 Aug 2012 07:39 PM PDT
Solar Royal announced in July the SR1800, the company’s flagship solar-powered ventilation/attic fan which will retrail at just $369.
The SR1800 was developed "…because of the lack of aesthetics, technological features and value proposition previously available in the marketplace." said Roy Stocker, President of Solar Royal, LLC.
"Our company is committed to making "green" products more affordable while providing a product that offers everyone from the installer to end-user with the smartest solution for ventilating any attic or roof spaces for the best price." said Roy Stocker, President of Solar Royal, LLC.
Not only does the SR1800 lower energy costs by changing passive ventilation into active ventilation, but it also qualifies for the 30 percent Federal rebate program.
Posted: 08 Aug 2012 07:34 PM PDT
The deal is subject to the negotiation of terms and is expected to be completed between thirty and seventy-five days after the definitive agreement is signed.
"Our acquisition of 350Green significantly extends CarCharging's footprint in providing EV charging services and infrastructure to support increased consumer demand and growing sales of electric vehicles," said Michael D. Farkas, CEO of CarCharging. "We look forward to providing our combined partners and clients, as well as EV drivers, with the highest level of service for their EV charging needs."
"Adding 600 EV charging stations in 20 markets to CarCharging network will create the most robust infrastructure network in the nation," said Mariana Gerzanych, CEO of 350Green. "This partnership will be highly advantageous to the EV charging industry and will contribute significantly to the overall growth of the market."
Not only would the merger increase CarCharging’s portfolio of charging locations, but it will also expand the company’s contracts with local municipalities including the City of Chicago, as well as extend the company’s penetration into the West Coast market.
Posted: 08 Aug 2012 07:30 PM PDT
Hanebrink’s electric extreme terrain bicycle excises the huffing and puffing out of pedaling steep inclines. This monster of an e-bike has 20-inch diameter tires, a 750-watt motor and battery range of up to 20 miles.
Hanebrink says the bike handles well on all surfaces, from snow to sand to pavement. The bike’s frame is aluminum and weighs about 85 pounds. There’s no obstacle too difficult for you on this beastly ride.
Posted: 08 Aug 2012 07:28 PM PDT
Spread across four western states, the projects have been deemed “nationally and regionally significant,” and the Obama Administration has set expedited target dates for completion of the federal review and permitting process. If they pass through successfully, the seven solar and wind projects would add another 5 GW (max rated) of clean, renewable power capacity to the national supply.
The Office of Management and Budget has been put in charge of overseeing the fast-track renewable energy projects that qualify to be included in Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” renewable energy strategy. The motivation is to oversee “a government-wide effort to make the permitting and review process for infrastructure projects more efficient and effective, saving time while driving better outcomes for the environment and local communities,” according to the White House.
Following are the solar energy projects put on the “We Can’t Wait” fast-track:
The two fast-track wind power projects are:
Posted: 08 Aug 2012 07:26 PM PDT
The company isn't abandoning its conventionally-powered vehicles, though. The NV200 – the base for the electric version, of course – with its relatively low carbon emissions, has been tasked as the new taxi for London.
Carbon Emissions Down (But Not Out)
As CleanTechnica readers may know, the NV200 has already been hailed as New York's "Taxi of Tomorrow." The 1.5 liter 4-cylinder diesel engine with a six-speed transmission gets over 50 miles to the gallon, which is particularly helpful in determining its eligibility to scoot professionally around London. The fact that its carbon emissions are way below London's traditional black cabs doesn't hurt, either.
The most exciting part of the plans – and, of course, the part covered in the absolute least detail – is the inclusion of the electric version. The city of London and Nissan are collaborating to put electric taxis on the streets of London in the shape of the e-NV200. How awesome is that?
Excited? Curious? Couldn't care less? Let us know in the comments below.
Posted: 08 Aug 2012 07:23 PM PDT
Of course, then you have something like the QBEAK out of Denmark. The QBEAK is a tiny, boxy electric car from Danish electric vehicle manufacturer ECOmove, developed according to the motto "Small Urban EV." It's not an original motto, but it's certainly a relevant one.
You and Your Environment Both Matter
ECOmove is working under the assumption that the driver matters, the driver's comfort matters, and the impact the car has on the environment matters. The QBEAK is therefore equipped with two zero emission electric motors, 35.4kW each for a total of 70.8kW of potential power.
One would expect, given the weight and the repeated use of the word "little" that the QBEAK is, in fact, rather small. One would be mostly right – it's only 118" long. It is, however, a boxy 69" wide, and 65" tall (that makes it somewhat bigger than a Smart Fortwo, if you're curious, but not by much), which means that yes, traffic will see you coming.
Check out the video:
ECOmove is currently taking reservations and plans to start delivery in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Source: Green Car View
Posted: 08 Aug 2012 09:22 AM PDT
With a height of 265 feet tall, along with a diameter of 250 feet, the new GE 1.0 megawatt (MW) wind turbine will create close to 2,200,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) yearly, the statement said.
Foundation Windpower, as part of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Walmart, will manage, install and own the turbine. Meanwhile, Walmart will buy the power under the agreement.
In the statement, Greg Pool, senior manager of renewable energy and emissions at Walmart, and project manager of the Red Bluff Installation, had this to say on the project:
The on-site wind turbine at Walmart's distribution centre is just some of the sustainable development initiatives the large corporation has spearheaded lately in its drive to push renewable energy use. Some other projects include the recent 100th solar installation in California, 348 Mexican Walmart stores being supplied by wind power, and 26 fuel cell sites in California providing local energy to Sam's club and Walmart stores.
Posted: 08 Aug 2012 09:15 AM PDT
In short, California’s hydropower is specifically vulnerable to climate change.
These are the findings of a report released July 31 by the California Natural Resource Agency and the California Energy Commission, and led by Kaveh Madani, a former postdoctoral research scholar in UC Riverside's Water Science and Policy Center who is now currently an assistant professor of civil, environmental, and construction engineering at the University of Central Florida.
"Climate change is expected to affect the quantity and timing of water flow in the state," Madani said. "Under dry climate warming, the state will receive less precipitation, with most of it as rain instead of snow, impacting hydropower supply and operations."
"If California loses snowpack under climate warming, these high-elevation reservoirs might not be able to store enough water for hydropower generation in summer months when the demand is much higher and hydropower is priced higher," said Madani. "California might, therefore, lose hydropower in warmer months and hydropower operators may lose considerable revenues."
Madani, who led UCR's only research team for CEC's third climate change assessment studies, explained that the major cause of revenue loss is that hydropower prices are expected to decrease in colder months of the year and increase in warmer months.
"The big problem is that hydropower will be less available when it is most needed and expensive: in the summer months," he said. "A warmer California needs more electricity for cooling in summer months and less electricity for warming in winter months. This means that hydropower pricing patterns will be affected by climate change. It is important to analyze climate change effects on this renewable energy source early on to figure out what strategies are available to adapt to the new conditions and thereby minimize the potential negative impacts of climate change on hydropower."
Madani explained that, on average, California could lose up to 20 percent of its hydropower generation under dry climate change, which can result in 8 to 18 percent reduction in hydropower revenues for producers.
"Our results do not yet suggest that we need to build more dams in California for hydropower generation," said Madani, who was recently selected as one of the 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering in 2012 by the American Society of Civil Engineering. "But they suggest that hydropower, a highly valuable energy source, may be less available. So we have to look for clean replacements and we have to reduce our energy demands as much as we can."
Madani’s focus on the effects climate change is having on California’s hydropower began when he was a graduate student at UC Davis, where he helped develop an "Energy-Based Hydropower Optimization Model" (EBHOM) that covers more than 150 high-elevation hydropower units in California which helps prescribe the best operation policies in response to the changes in climatic conditions.
Madani developed a new version of the model that can estimate changes in hydropower pricing and demand in response to temperature changes.
"It helps us consider the effects on supply and demand simultaneously," Madani said of the model's new version. "But modeling studies have limitations that need to be addressed as more data become available and the science improves. Future studies need to have a closer look at the environmental side of this problem. Changes in operations of the high-elevation systems should be done after careful consideration of all possible environmental damages."
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