- Rimac Electric Supercar Could Happen
- South Africa Solar Power Project Financed by OPIC
- Want to Save Energy on Heating Costs this Winter? Here Are 10 Things You Can Do
- France President Francois Hollande Says 40% CO2 Emissions Cut by 2030 Needed
- 50-MW Geothermal Plant for Mexico
- New Online Tool Shows Long-Term Effects of Your Specific Fuel Use
- Voltage Cycles and AllCell Technologies Teaming Up to Create New Electric Bikes
- FHWA Bike-Sharing Program Guide for Cities
- Ford’s Electrification Director: “I’ve never got love emails and notes like [these]“
- UK Electric Car Sales Soar
- Trillion-Dollar ‘Company’ Known as ‘Nature’ Needs a Boardroom Says U.N. Economist
- Renewables Guide Raises Awareness of Heat Pumps to Solar Owners
- Zipcar to Include Honda Fit EVs in San Francisco Carsharing Network
- Electric Swiss Army Bike — Voltitude 2013
- How to: Solar Heater Made of Soda Cans
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 07:00 AM PDT
Croatian-Built Rimac Concept One Electric Supercar Might Actually Happen (via Gas 2.0)
CNN Money is reporting that production of the 1000 hp, million-dollar Rimac Concept One electric supercar is scheduled to begin soon. This information comes hot on the heels of other Rimac news reports stating that the car was shown at the Salon Privé, one of the most prestigious car shows in the…
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 06:55 AM PDT
With its historic Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (REIPP) auction program now under way, US–based solar, wind, and renewable energy technology companies and project developers, as well as those from China, Germany, India and other countries, are keen to expand internationally and participate in South Africa’s nascent renewable energy market. US development finance agencies, including the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), are keen to support both them and South Africa’s sustainable development efforts.
OPIC on Sept. 17 announced the approval of up to $250 million in financing that will enable US–based solar photovoltaic (PV) cell and module manufacturer MEMC Electronic Materials and its solar installation and project development subsidiary SunEdison to construct and operate a 60-megawatt (MW) PV facility in the Free State province city of Boshoff.
Solar Power Development, Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa
Joining MEMC and SunEdison in their winning REIPP auction bid to build and operate the solar PV facility are two local company partners, a requirement established with the passage of South Africa’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Act of 2007.
South Africa relies on coal-fired power plants for 84% of its electricity. Through the REIPP, South Africa is working to reach a goal of bringing 3,725 MW of renewable power online by 2016. South Africa’s 2012 electricity consumption totaled 212.2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh). Using a 20% capacity factor, the Boshoff PV facility should be able to produce around 105 million kWh of electrical energy per year.
Graphic courtesy: Solar Homes, South Africa
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 06:43 AM PDT
Meet the competing families, see what they're doing to save energy and money in their homes, then join a team to contribute your actions at http://faceoff.mncerts.org! Watch this video to learn more:
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 06:37 AM PDT
“Our next goal is to reach a global climate agreement in 2015. France is fully committed to achieving this,” Hollande told an annual environmental conference.
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 06:28 AM PDT
Renewable clean energy development can help local economies free themselves from having to pay the costs for imported fossil fuels, and geothermal energy is a useful part of that.
Image Credit: Thelmadatter, Wiki Commons
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 06:20 AM PDT
“The Excel-based Upstream Dashboard provides ‘upstream’ data for lifecycle analysis of coal, natural gas, crude oil, uranium, and biomass, as well as gasoline, ethanol, jet fuel, and diesel derived from either petroleum or coal-gasification. For solid fuels and natural gas, data is included from extraction of a raw fuel through its delivery to a power plant; for transportation fuels, data is provided from extraction through refining. The tool not only breaks down energy production into the lifecycle stages of extraction and transportation, it also supplies choices, such as individual operations and construction processes, for each stage.”
Using the tool, a user selects the energy source, generating a calculation of the expected amount of greenhouse gases, criteria air pollutants, solid waste, water use, energy input, water emissions, water withdrawal and consumption, land use changes, and energy return on investment.
The long-term environmental impacts can also be calculated, showing potential impacts 20-, 100-, or 500-years from now, based on the global warming potentials calculated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Source: Green Car Congress
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 06:04 AM PDT
The companies Voltage Cycles and AllCell Technologies are entering into a product development partnership in order to advance the development of electronic propulsion systems for electric bikes.
They are envisioning the electric bike as a mainstream solution to personal transportation in the 21st century. To accomplish this, they need a battery-based propulsion system that is extremely reliable throughout a wide range of environments, and is durable enough that it can live through thousands of cycles of charging and discharging.
“The partners say that AllCell's patented phase change material (PCM) technology is an ideal fit for the new Voltage e-bike. By rapidly absorbing and distributing heat away from the lithium-ion cells in the battery, AllCell's PCM protects the cells from heat generated during battery discharge as well as from external heat sources, improving the battery's cycle life. With in-frame batteries, environmental heat can be challenging on a sunny summer day. As lithium-ion cell manufacturers produce increasingly energy-dense cells, the need for thermal management will only increase. AllCell's battery technology allows Voltage to use the highest energy density cells without concerns about overheating.”
Whether electric or not, bikes are probably the greenest transportation option in the world. They’re more efficient than walking, driving, taking the bus, and seemingly everything else. They’re also good for your health and fun!
Source: Green Car Congress
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 05:50 AM PDT
The Federal Highway Administration just released a new report to help communities that are considering bike-sharing programs. The report is a go-to guide for those looking to get such programs off the ground.
The report outlines twelve planned and existing bike-sharing systems from around the U.S., in order to help explain the basics of bike-sharing through the choices that cities will face when launching a system.
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 05:43 AM PDT
“I’ve never got love emails and notes like I get for this BEV — it brings many absolute joy,” says Kevin Layden, Ford’s director of Electrification Programmes and Engineering, on the customer response received from the Ford Focus Electric.
Ford is preparing to release five new electrified vehicles to the marketplace in 2012, so Layden recently did an interview with just-auto’s Dave Leggett on this and related matters.
Some highlights from the interview are below:
“Ford has what we call the ‘power of choice’. We can offer the customer a number of options and all the fuel alternatives that reduces your CO2 – or lessen the carbon footprint.”
“In 2020 we are expecting between 10-25% of our fleet (vehicles sold) to be electrified vehicles — BEVs, hybrids and plug in hybrids [the figure now is 1-1.5%].”
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 05:30 AM PDT
In the UK, the government is reporting that 1,700 new electric cars were purchased between January 2011 and June 2012. Industry statistics, though, are suggesting that the real total may be well over 2,000.
1,700 new electric cars in the UK were registered under a government grant scheme after it began in January 2011, the new figures revealed. That’s more than double the 680 registered by the end of June 2011. However, the figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that the total is actually as high as 2,041.
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 05:20 AM PDT
Even though nature provides the resources that power the global economy, they lack a seat in the boardrooms of most large companies, the resources that they provide should have a price tag, says one of world’s most influential green economists.
“Ignoring nature’s value risks ‘mayhem’ for corporations and mankind in the rush for profits and finite resources,” says Pavan Sukhdev, formerly of Deutsche Bank and a United Nations goodwill ambassador.
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 05:10 AM PDT
Heat pumps are a very effective way for homeowners to make a positive contribution to the environment and to lower their energy bills, and they work especially well for those households that have already installed a solar photovoltaic system. Renewables Guide is currently on a mission to raise public awareness of their many benefits.
Though heat pumps require a small amount of electricity to start working, they produce much more heat than the input electricity would otherwise allow, making them a much more efficient heating system than other competing conventional technologies. And when combined with solar panels, they could form the basis of a self-sufficient and energy-efficient home.
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 04:00 AM PDT
A Zipcar spokesperson said that the Fit can charge in under 3 hours using a 240-volt power outlet, and the car will be rented for $8 per hour. It can travel 82 miles on a single charge and offers a fuel efficiency of 118 MPGe (Miles Per Gallon equivalent).
Fit EV Carsharing Details
The Fit EV actually uses a lithium-titanate (Toshiba Super-Charge) battery that is capable of charging almost completely (to 90% of its capacity) in less than 10 minutes, but this requires a proper charger designed to provide the large current necessary for it.
Hopefully, Honda will also offer compatible charging stations to be set up in public places (where they are needed most, since everyone has 240-volt outlets at home which can charge the car overnight).
“The introduction of the Honda Fit EVs into the Zipcar fleet allows our members to drive one of the most technologically-advanced vehicles on the road while reducing environmental impact,” said Mark Norman, Zipcar president and COO.
“These vehicles add to the selection of smart and sustainable options Zipcar currently offers, and will help increase overall awareness of an exciting new technology in a vehicle we know our members will love.”
Demonstrations and free test drives were also held on Monday and Tuesday at the San Francisco Justin Herman plaza.
Zipcar and Honda also intend to introduce additional Honda Fit BEVs to Zipcar fleets in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, this fall.
Honda also rents out Fit electric vehicles in California for $389 per month.
Source: Autoblog Green
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 04:00 AM PDT
2013 Voltitude: The Electric Swiss Army Bike Gets Real (via Gas 2.0)
After years of fund-raising and development, the "Electric Swiss Army Bike" Voltitude is ready for full-scale production. The first batch of the bikes are being built now, and initial orders should be shipping before the new year! With a 15 mph top speed and a 25 mile electric-only range (add "…
Posted: 20 Sep 2012 03:00 AM PDT
How to Make a Soda Can Solar Heater (via sustainablog)
We're finally cooling off after a brutal Summer here in St. Louis. While I'm thoroughly enjoying the temperatures in the 60s and 70s, they're a good reminder that Winter will be here soon, and that we'll be paying to heat the home. That got me thinking about a concept I first encountered a…
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