- Malachite Technologies (California Solar Startup) Looks To Hugely Improve Solar Cell Efficiency
- Cleantech Challenge Mexico Winners Announced
- Nuclear Energy’s US & Global Exit
- London Array Wind Farm, Soon World’s Largest Wind Farm, Begins Generating Power
- Samsung Providing Solar-Powered Internet Schools To South Africans
- LA Mulls Reuse Ordinance To Bring In Clean Tech Companies
- Tesla’s Model S Our Century’s Model T?
- Billionaire Tom Steyer Aims to Push Clean Tech Agenda
- Desertec Project Continues Moving Forward, Moroccan Government Signs New Agreement with Desertec Foundation
- Trailer for the “State of Green” Renewable Energy Documentary
- Philips Launches LED Retrofit Lamps
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 05:43 PM PDT
Solar Startup to Make Super Efficient Solar Cell (via Ecopreneurist)
Malachite Technologies, a startup-company based in San Francisco, California, has been working on how to improve solar cell performance by using higher-efficiency semi-conductors. Their method involves placing layers of gallium-arsenide on top of the silicon, which according to their calculations,…
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 05:26 PM PDT
Cleantech Challenge Mexico Names Its Winners (via Ecopreneurist)
Last month, Cleantech Challenge Mexico honored the competition's eight finalists during its award ceremony held in Mexico City. The winner of the completion took away MX$250,000 in cash, while the eight finalists were eligible for up to US$30 million in venture capital investments. The event took…
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 05:14 PM PDT
Nuclear reactors? On the way out… (via Red Green & Blue)
Our fleet of nuclear reactors may be bigger than it was in 1916… but it's about to start shrinking. A Wisconsin power company has announced it will shut down one of its aging reactors… and there are a dozen more that are failing. Market forces are at work here… While conservatives (who love…
More Nails in Nuclear’s Coffin (via Red Green & Blue)
I was quite pleased to find out today that the Kewaunee nuclear-power plant in Wisconsin will close next year. Partly I was happy because the owner of this plant is Dominion Resources, which is trying to decide if it wants to build another reactor near my home in Louisa County, Virginia. Dominion stepping…
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 08:03 AM PDT
Once completed, the first phase will see around 175 wind turbines installed about 12 miles off the coasts of Kent and Essex in the Thames Estuary, generating enough electricity to power more than 470,000 homes.
Construction started back in March 2011. Since then, 151 wind turbines have been installed, with the remaining few expected to be installed by the end of the year. The first phase of the project will total 630 MW.
“If approved, the second phase will add enough turbines to bring the total capacity of the windfarm to 870MW,” the UK’s Guardian notes. “The plans have had to be resubmitted with a reduction in the area the turbines would cover following concerns the scheme would hit the red-throated diver population in the estuary.”
“We firmly believe that electricity from renewable sources has a vital part to play in helping us deliver energy in a way that is sustainable, affordable and secure and this is why we are aiming to reduce the costs of offshore wind by 40% by 2015,” said Tony Cocker, chief executive of E.ON UK.
Here’s more on the London Array in video format, from the London Array:
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 07:30 AM PDT
Samsung has previously described it as an “exclusively solar-powered, mobile, and completely independent classroom that is geared towards increasing accessibility to education and connectivity across Africa”.
The project recently won the “African solar project of the year” award and is currently supporting around 21 students.
“The container has four inches of insulation and extraction fans to keep it cooler (and 21 kids inside warming it up). The solar panels will probably act a bit like sunshades and help keep it cooler,” Lloyd Alter of TreeHugger notes.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 07:23 AM PDT
Waste not want not could be the motto for a possible reuse ordinance in Los Angeles.
Empty industrial buildings in downtown are on LA leaders’ radar as potential homes to clean tech companies, creating jobs and revitalizing the area. But bringing these buildings up to current city code would probably cost a fortune, scaring off potential investors and companies. So local business and political minds are tossing around the idea of changing city ordinances to encourage better reuse of industrial buildings of yore.
Some aspects of the ordinance changes could include reducing parking requirements around the buildings — making mass transit sound even sweeter in traffic-plagued LA.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 07:21 AM PDT
If you listen to the words of the recent Motor Trend video review, it very well could be.
Reviewer Carlos Lago in the video noted that the Model S “may very well be the most important new car since the Model T," while taking it for a test run.
Obviously, there are some unique features of this car that would make it stand out in the automotive market.
Also, unlike other cars, to open the car door, you simply press the door handle, and not hit the unlock button on the alarm pad or open it up with a key.
Secondly, the car in four seconds can go from 0 kilometres an hour (km/h) to 60 kilometres an hour, as "the torque is insane" with the Model S.
Additionally, the car is one huge step out of the fossil fuel era into an era of clean cars and clean energy.
Lago truly has very high esteem for Tesla's visionary vehicle, ranking it with other worthy competitors noted below:
While it's still early to see if Elon Musk will be this century's Henry Ford, the Model S could be off to a great start towards putting Musk on the same benchmark as Ford over hundred years ago.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 07:15 AM PDT
You can add another one to the list….
Meet Tom Steyer, a billionaire hedge fund manager, who is worth $1.3 billion. Recently, he announced he is leaving Farallon Capital. Steyer plans to devote more time towards both charitable and political causes, according to a Reuters article.
One of them is the upcoming Proposition 39 in California, which he helped put on the November ballot. If successful, the bill would look to stamp out loop holes that benefit out-of-state corporations in California. Under the new bill, if it passes, such companies would pay taxes based on sales within the state.
Steyer, who has put an astonishing $21.9 million towards the proposal, believes it's vital to rapidly moving off coal and towards a clean energy future:
This is not the first time Steyer has been involved in environmental propositions. In 2010, he put $6 million against Proposition 23, which would have weakened greenhouse gas regulations in California.
More billionaires like Steyer in the clean energy arena is a good move, as this infant industry needs strong financial backing against the dirtiest players in the energy game.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 07:00 AM PDT
The agreement, signed by the Moroccan Agency for the Development of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ADEREE), confirms that they will collaborate with the German-based foundation, sharing technical expertise and working to develop a policy framework for the groundbreaking project.
The new agreement is expected to help accelerate the development of the project. Once completed, the giant collection of solar power installations would provide clean energy both to their domestic markets and also to Europe via “high voltage direct current transmission lines.”
The country have already started construction on one of the major components of the proposed Desertec network, the gigantic 500MW Ouarzazate concentrated solar power plant.
“Morocco is a not just a visionary in the region but also a successful pioneer in the global transition to renewables, where ADEREE plays a key role,” said director of the Desertec Foundation, Dr Thiemo Gropp, in a statement. “We are very happy to support their work in this context.”
This new agreement is a much needed boost to the project; the engineering giant Siemens recently confirmed that it was going to leave the group, as it had decided to sell its solar business. And there have been other reports suggesting that the Algerian government was postponing its final decision on its plans for the new Sonelgaz Desertec Renewable Energy Program until 2013 year.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 04:00 AM PDT
State of Green is a documentary film that is looking for support from you, the viewing public, to help continue it’s goal of examining renewable energy and its effects on the people of Vermont and the US.
You can find out everything you’d ever want to know about the film, those making the film, and what they intend to do with the film once they’ve completed work on their website, State of Green Movie.
And they’re hoping for your financial help too, as they attempt to gather as much footage and dedicate more of their time to this project.
Posted: 30 Oct 2012 12:30 AM PDT
The first bulb, the DimTone BR30, is designed for the hospitality and restaurant industries. As its name suggests, this bulb is designed to work with the BR30 lighting socket. The bulb itself offers diffuse, omnidirectional lighting; it is ideally suited to work as a light source for recessed and track lighting. Phillips has included an improved driver with this bulb, increasing its compatibility with pre-existing dimmers to provide superior dimming performance. Thanks to LED technology, it can provide a satisfying lighting experience while using significantly less energy and lasting up to 12 times as long as a traditional bulb it replaces.
Finally, Phillips introduced an LED T8 replacement lamp. This lamp will be interchangeable with existing T8 fluorescent fixtures and includes an external driver. This external driver is engineered to use the same wiring as the external ballasts for traditional T8 lamps. Phillips’ new LED lamps will use up to 35 percent less electricity than traditional T8 bulbs and will last for up to 50,000 hours of continuous use. The new lamps are DLC compliant and qualify for many energy rebate programs, allowing new owners to recoup some of the cost of upgrading to these lamps.
Source: Philips Lighting
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