Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Top Cleantech Stories Of The Day!

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Silicon Nano Beads Could Improve Li-ion Battery Life

Researchers at the University of Maryland NanoCentre have developed yet another silicon-based lithium-ion battery technology which they say could be more reliable than previous silicon designs. Silicon designs have a track record for extremely high energy density, which is 10 times more than that of conventional lithium-ion batteries that use a graphite anode. This is because silicon can store ten times as many lithium ions as graphite. How The Beads Were Created The researchers attached … Read More

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Nissan Leaf Hip & Hot, According To New Commercial

Reposted from EV Obsession: Nissan has a new commercial out (you can watch it below) for the Nissan Leaf. The key takeaway point that I think Nissan is (quite successfully) aiming for is that the Leaf is hip and hot (focusing quite a bit on its LeafLink app), that it is a great car for young guy or girl. It also wisely slips in the point that the Leaf is (now) being produced in the … Read More

Nissan Leaf Hip & Hot, According To New Commercial was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Energy Storage Breakthrough: Large And Powerful Redox Flow Battery Developed

A breakthrough has been made in the field of renewable energy battery storage. Researchers have developed a redox flow battery that reaches a stack power of up to 25 kW. This breakthrough in battery technology is important because it will allow the energy from intermittent sources of power, such as most renewables, to be more efficiently stored for later use. The new redox batteries are eight times larger than the systems currently in use, which … Read More

Energy Storage Breakthrough: Large And Powerful Redox Flow Battery Developed was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Concrete With Lower-Carbon Footprint Created From Biofuel Waste

A new form of concrete, stronger and with a lower carbon footprint, has been created by researchers utilizing some of the waste products of biofuel production. Concrete is an extremely widely-used material, and because of this has a rather significant carbon footprint, accounting for between 3-8% of global carbon dioxide emissions. The development of a concrete with a much lower carbon footprint could be significant. “The idea is to use bioethanol production byproducts to produce … Read More

Concrete With Lower-Carbon Footprint Created From Biofuel Waste was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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RGGI Nets $106 Million For Clean Energy, May Hit $2 Billion By 2020

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) held its 19th auction of CO2 allowances late last week and sold nearly 38 million allowances at a clearing price of $2.80, generating $105.9 million in revenue.

RGGI Nets $106 Million For Clean Energy, May Hit $2 Billion By 2020 was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Japan To Overtake US And Germany In Solar Installations

Germany and the United States have been powerhouse names in the solar industry for the last couple of years, but a new player is slowly emerging thanks to a healthy feed-in tariff (FIT): Japan. With its FIT paying up to ¥42 per kilowatt hour, Japan is expected to grow by 120% in 2013 and install more than 5 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity according to a new report from IMS Research, part of IHS. In fact, … Read More

Japan To Overtake US And Germany In Solar Installations was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Solar Activists Save Solar In Arizona — Or Was It Just The Jobs?

According to data from the end of 2011, Arizona was the top solar power state per capita. However, to the displeasure of solar advocates across the country, the Arizona Corporation Commission in January voted against important solar incentives that have helped make Arizona a leader. However, strong citizen engagement, and perhaps a bit of solar-job love from moderate Republicans in leadership in the state, have resulted in a changing of the tides. Greentech Media’s Herman Trabish … Read More

Solar Activists Save Solar In Arizona — Or Was It Just The Jobs? was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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SOLAR 2013 To Explore German Solar Policy Innovations

Germany has often been touted as a world-leader in solar development and industry, and the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) are solidifying that opinion by inviting to German solar-representatives to speak at its National Solar Conference, SOLAR 2013.  Held in Baltimore over April 16 to 20, the ASES conference intends to explore German policies and financial incentives behind the rapid growth in the country’s renewable energy installations. They will be welcoming Jochen Flasbarth, President of the … Read More

SOLAR 2013 To Explore German Solar Policy Innovations was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Another Day, Another Attack On Navy Biofuel

The Senate is set to vote today on amendments to the $984 billion federal spending bill, and our friends over at The Hill tell us that hidden among the gems is a measure to strip out U.S. Navy biofuel initiatives. Talk about closing the barn door after the horses have run out! While certain anti-biofuel lawmakers have been busily pushing their legislative pencils around, the Obama Administration has been actually doing stuff to ensure that … Read More

Another Day, Another Attack On Navy Biofuel was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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80% Cuts In Transportation Sector Petroleum And Emissions: How Do We Get There?

The Dept. of Energy's "Transportation Energy Futures" study provides a template for Pres. Obama's vision of reducing US transportation sector petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. Realizing gains in vehicle energy efficiency and fostering shifts in demand for different modes of transport, growing use of biomass biofuels, and transitioning to hydrogen and electric vehicles are the three main facets of the TEF strategy.

80% Cuts In Transportation Sector Petroleum And Emissions: How Do We Get There? was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Stories Of 3 EV Owners

Reposted from San Diego Loves Green (with minor edits): By Roy L Hales San Diego is on the leading edge of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) adoption. According to a recent poll, it is America's fifth greenest car city. The Center for Sustainable Energy wrote that 20% of the electric car purchases in California take place in San Diego. I was especially intrigued by PEV owners who have solar panels. That led me to three people in the San Diego … Read More

Stories Of 3 EV Owners was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Indian IT Majors Set To Unleash Green Initiatives

Indian IT companies are among the best in the world and they are now planning to implement a highly sustainable plan of growth. Companies like Infosys and Wipro are set to implement measures to increase consumption of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, and reduce carbon footprint. Wipro, India’s second largest IT firm by revenue, has increased the share of electricity from renewable energy considerably over the last few years. Over the last three years, the … Read More

Indian IT Majors Set To Unleash Green Initiatives was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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PICHTR Wraps Up First Lightning Excelerator And Awards Nearly $400K To Cleantech Startups

Upon arriving in Hawaii for the inaugural Lightning Excelerator, one path of PICHTR's dual-pathway Energy Excelerator, members of eight innovative clean energy companies enjoyed the warm weather and whale-watching season during a full and fast-paced week of cranking on their businesses. These members of four mainland-based companies and four Hawaii-based companies have now returned home, some right down the street and some to a 40-degree temperature drop. Although the week of intensive business and customer development … Read More

PICHTR Wraps Up First Lightning Excelerator And Awards Nearly $400K To Cleantech Startups was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Meet Polar Rover: The Wind-Powered Explorer Of Antarctica

By Fang Guo  The use of autonomous robots for polar exploration is not an unheard of subject, but what about a research vehicle that is powered completely with renewable energy? Now that would be something to brag about! Turns out researchers have already started to utilize this impressive combination of technologies. Meet Polar Rover, the world’s first wind-powered, satellite controlled, autonomous robot that measures 1.8 metres in length, 1.2 metres in height, 1.6 metres in width … Read More

Meet Polar Rover: The Wind-Powered Explorer Of Antarctica was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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Welspun Energy Commissions India's Largest Solar Power Project

Welspun Energy, part of the $3.5 billion Welspun Group, has commissioned the largest solar power plant in the India till date. The project is part of the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). A total of 490 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity was allocated in the first phase of the National Solar Mission in two batches. Projects with combined capacity of 140 MW from the first batch have already been commissioned and … Read More

Welspun Energy Commissions India’s Largest Solar Power Project was originally published on: CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 30,000 others and subscribe to our free RSS feed, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or just visit our homepage.


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