Thursday, March 21, 2013

Top Cleantech Stories Of The Day!

Top cleantech news of the day from CleanTechnica, the world's #1 cleantech or clean energy website:


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Sodium-Air Batteries May Best Lithium-Air Batteries

Lithium-air batteries have the potential to achieve extremely high energy densities that would render the range issue of electric vehicles completely unimportant. However, they still need work, and it’s not a foregone conclusion which battery technology will lead the market in a decade or so. Some researchers have decided to pursue sodium-air batteries instead of lithium-air batteries, and may propel them to the front. Sodium-air batteries can achieve an energy density of 1,600 Wh/kg, which is … Read More

Sodium-Air Batteries May Best Lithium-Air Batteries 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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Elementary School Students Crowdfund Their Own Solar-Powered Classroom

A class of elementary school students in Durham, North Carolina recently set out on a mission to make their classroom 100% solar powered. The fourth grade class started a Kickstarter campaign: Our Solar Powered Classroom for that purpose, and they greatly exceeded their goal. The class has stated that the extra funds will be used to purchase a larger system, which will then sell back electricity to the community. As you’ll see below, the class whizzed … Read More

Elementary School Students Crowdfund Their Own Solar-Powered Classroom 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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Suntech Announces Petition Of Insolvency, Restructuring, & Two New Board Members

For those interested in solar module manufacturing news, and Suntech news in general, here are two notable statements Suntech published today and yesterday: Suntech Appoints Philip Fan And Weiping Zhou To Board Of Directors Mr. Zhou Appointed President of Suntech Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), one of the world’s largest producers of solar panels, today announced it has appointed two new directors to the Company’s Board of Directors effective immediately. Mr. Philip Fanhas been appointed … Read More

Suntech Announces Petition Of Insolvency, Restructuring, & Two New Board Members 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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Greenstart Kills Its Cleantech Accelerator

Reposted from Ecopreneurist: …for something better. The premier cleantech accelerator is going for the kill and has transformed itself into a venture capital + design firm. Greenstart will now offer its startups a full range of design services aimed to create better value and impact. "After two years, 15 investments, lots of tweaks, and 75% of our companies raising follow-on funding: we've decided to kill our accelerator program completely. We're doing away with the three-month timeframe, the … Read More

Greenstart Kills Its Cleantech Accelerator 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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Scientists To Ohio Senators: Continue Clean Energy Standards

Another day, another story about fossil fuel–funded attacks on clean energy. Thanks to venerable organizations like the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) for getting out there and helping to advance society, rather than send it backwards. This repost below is actually from yesterday, but I think it’s still worth a quick read. Reposted from the UCS website: COLUMBUS, OHIO (March 19, 2013) – Experts at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) are urging Ohio state senators … Read More

Scientists To Ohio Senators: Continue Clean Energy Standards 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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Over 3 Times More Green Jobs Per $1 Invested Than Fossil Fuel Or Nuclear Jobs

Reposted from Solar Love: Just as a quick reminder, if our national goal is to create jobs, investing in clean energy is several times more effective than investing in fossil fuel or nuclear jobs. Robert Pollin, the President of Pear Energy and a professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has studied this matter in depth with the Department of Energy and the International Labour Organization. As his Pear Energy team writes: “The basic facts are … Read More

Over 3 Times More Green Jobs Per $1 Invested Than Fossil Fuel Or Nuclear 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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Another Milestone For Cape Wind, The First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

The U.K., China, Belgium and Denmark have been leading the world in offshore wind power production, and if you’re wondering where the U.S. has been, join the club. Despite our tantalizingly long coastlines, the U.S. has no offshore wind farms, at least not yet. That’s one reason why we’ve been following the ambitious Cape Wind project so closely as it navigates a long and torturous route through the approval process and into the financing stage. … Read More

Another Milestone For Cape Wind, The First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm 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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Wiki-Solar Ranks Top Solar Developers, First Solar On Top

Wiki-Solar bills itself as “the interactive information source on major global photovoltaic power projects” and it has just released a list of the top 20 photovoltaic project installers globally. At the top of the list, with a total of 759 MW across 11 sites is First Solar, which includes the largest plant currently operating — and still under construction — the Agua Caliente Solar Farm in the South West corner of Arizona. The farm, owned by … Read More

Wiki-Solar Ranks Top Solar Developers, First Solar On Top 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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American Public Transport Receives D Grade

"How many more reports do we need to tell us that we must make investing in America's infrastructure a priority," said President and CEO of the American Public Transport Association (APTA), Michael Melaniphy in response to the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure released by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). “Our country must get serious about investing in infrastructure including public transportation. APTA strongly supports ASCE's message that our country must act now to … Read More

American Public Transport Receives D Grade 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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PETE Devices Could Harvest Solar's Wasted Heat

Scientists working at the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES) have improved an innovative solar-energy device to be about 100 times more efficient than its previous design in converting the sun’s light and heat into electricity. “This is a major step toward making practical devices based on our technique for harnessing both the light and heat energy provided by the sun,” said Nicholas Melosh, associate professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford … Read More

PETE Devices Could Harvest Solar’s Wasted Heat 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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B-cycle Bike Sharing Memberships Are Now Valid Across The U.S.

Reposted from Bikocity: There are over a dozen B-cycle bike-sharing programs across the U.S. Until now, however, membership would just be good for the city in which you signed up. That’s going to change this week. Annual memberships will now be valid in all 15 locations in which B-cycle is located (and, presumably, in any cities where B-cycle gets rolling). The program is called B-connected.   Of course, this is a big win for B-cycle … Read More

B-cycle Bike Sharing Memberships Are Now Valid Across The U.S. 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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Chinese Installed Wind Capacity Reached 75 GW in 2012

China advanced their cumulative installed wind capacity by 21%, according to recent data released. Climate Connect noted total Chinese wind capacity in 2012 had surpassed 75 GW, based on data from China's Wind Energy Association. New wind capacity installed in China last year reached 12.96 GW, thanks to 7,872 new wind turbines. That is a drop of 26.5% on a year over year basis. There were several ajor new installations in China last year, including … Read More

Chinese Installed Wind Capacity Reached 75 GW in 2012 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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UK Solar Moving Forward, Could Double In 2013

Reposted from Solar Love: The UK’s Solarcentury is about to complete construction of 70 megawatts (MW) of solar power projects, 38 MW of which have been completed in the past 6 months. The entire 70 MW are scheduled for completion by the end of this month (March 2013). “To date, the company has built 12 utility-scale solar parks and is still keen to maintain operating as a contractor,” the company noted in a press release … Read More

UK Solar Moving Forward, Could Double In 2013 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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Cleantech, Energy, Climate Twitter Roundup

As I mentioned in the Cleantech News Google Doc I was updating daily, Google has decided to drop Google Reader. Without Google Reader, maintaining that spreadsheet would be quite difficult. So, I’ve dropped that approach to sharing the flood of cleantech and climate stories I think are worth at least a glance. I’m trying out this “Twitter Roundup” approach as an alternative. Here are some stories we aren’t covering but which you might want to … Read More

Cleantech, Energy, Climate Twitter Roundup 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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Masdar City — Does It Have A Bright Future?

As I noted in my long article about Masdar, Masdar City is clearly the most well known arm of the company. The ambitiously green city is of course at a very early stage of its development, and I know that many have skeptically postulated that it’s never going to be built (or at least not as the super green city it is supposed to be). After visiting the first phase of the city, talking with … Read More

Masdar City — Does It Have A Bright Future? 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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