Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Top Cleantech Stories Of The Day!

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


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Obama's EPA & DOE Nominations Get Support From SEIA (& Many Others)

It’s pretty easy to tell when the White House makes an important announcement, because I get a flood of statements in my inbox from nonprofit organizations, trade associations, major corporations, and friends. Numerous green organizations and associations sent over emails within the past few hours regarding Obama’s (i.e. the White House’s) official EPA and DOE nominations (Gina McCarthy and Ernest Moniz). The statements were all supportive, naturally. The Solar Energy Industries Association’s statement seemed like it … Read More

Obama’s EPA & DOE Nominations Get Support From SEIA (& Many Others) 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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450 Geothermal Projects In Development

According to Pike Research there are about 450 geothermal projects being developed around the world with a total estimated capacity of 18 GW. Sixty-four countries have geothermal projects scheduled for development, compared with just about thirty several years ago. An estimated 90% of the projects are conventional geothermal, which uses steam or hot water close to ground level, rather than deep within the Earth. Extensive drilling can be tricky and require an expertise that is … Read More

450 Geothermal Projects In Development 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 Power Required On Every New Home — Pioneering Requirement From Lancaster, California

A first-of-its-kind requirement for solar power systems is going to be implemented in Lancaster, California. The requirement is that solar power systems be installed on all new single-family homes within the city. Furthermore, this announcement comes from a Republican mayor. All newly-built single-family homes within Lancaster will be required to feature solar power systems starting on January 1, 2014. This is a rather stunning announcement in itself, but the fact that it comes from a Republican … Read More

Solar Power Required On Every New Home — Pioneering Requirement From Lancaster, California 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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9 Energy-Efficient Home Gadgets For 2013

Whether you are looking to save the planet or just a little money, going green is now easier than ever. However, with so many gadgets available on the market, it's hard to know which products are truly green and which are just riding on the eco-friendly bandwagon. Here are nine new products which can actually make a difference in your household energy consumption. Heating/Cooling Efficiency Climate control, and especially heating, accounts for about 30% of the average home's energy bill. Programmable thermostats … Read More

9 Energy-Efficient Home Gadgets For 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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46% Of Brits Interested In Switching To Renewable Energy Electricity Company

Nearly half of all British consumers would be interested in switching to a green electricity supply as long as the cost was the same, a new survey conducted by Ipsos Mori has revealed. Out of those polled, however, only 2% have actually made the switch. The poll included 1,017 people, and found that 46% of them would “switch to a new electricity company if they could get energy that was more environmentally friendly at a … Read More

46% Of Brits Interested In Switching To Renewable Energy Electricity Company 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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Honda Recycling Rare Earth Materials From Used EV Batteries

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more important to the future of a green planet Earth, with production and sales increasing worldwide. Vehicle manufacturers the world over are making electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles a priority, and adjunct companies focusing on recharging and distance calculations are popping up all over the place. Arguably the key component for any electric vehicle is its battery, a nickel-metal hydride battery in many cases. However, batteries have also … Read More

Honda Recycling Rare Earth Materials From Used EV 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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3% Of U.S. Electricity Could Come From U.S. Rivers

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently completed a mapping and assessment of hydrokinetic resources in continental U.S. rivers and found that these undeveloped resources could provide 3% of the nation’s annual use of electricity. The assessment is part of an Energy Department effort to assess U.S. hydrokinetic waterpower resources, including river, wave, tidal, ocean thermal, and ocean current. The assessment analyzed 71,398 river segments across the 48 contiguous states and additional river segments in … Read More

3% Of U.S. Electricity Could Come From U.S. Rivers 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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Inaction, Threats, And New Tech Prompt Mayors To Form Gas Pipeline Safety Council

The Mayor's Council on Pipeline Safety takes up an issue that poses both catastrophic and chronic threats to public and environmental health and safety. New hyper sensitive mobile gas-sniffing devices may give them the tool they need.

Inaction, Threats, And New Tech Prompt Mayors To Form Gas Pipeline Safety Council 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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Transportation Funding Crisis — And A New Tax?

The “Transportation Funding Crisis” was just recently brought to my attention. While conducting some research, I was startled to find congress pondering a “novel” new tax. So what is this “crisis?” Currently the U.S. federal government spends $78 million a year to keep the national highway system in working order, but only receives $34 million in revenue from the gasoline tax. This disparity is only going to increase if we leave our current system in … Read More

Transportation Funding Crisis — And A New Tax? 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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BYD Sees Strong 2013 Sales For Light EVs & Buses

China electric vehicle (EV) maker BYD is looking to increase its share in the global EV market. Autoblog Green notes BYD is targeting a total of 8,000 light EV plug-ins sold for 2013, four times the amount that was actually sold in 2012 when 1,700 units were purchased. Meanwhile, bus sales are also expected to see an up tick with a predicted 2,000 buses sold for this year, a projected three-fold increase from 700 which were sold in 2012. … Read More

BYD Sees Strong 2013 Sales For Light EVs & Buses 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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Walmart Advances Solar Capacity In Hawaii Stores

WalMart continues to push itself as a leader in sustainability. Recently the retail giant — along with SunEdison — completed solar projects in three of Walmart's Hawaii stores. The three stores in Kapolei, Kailua-Kona and Kahulai are all part of an ambitious goal to  ensure all Walmart stores energy is supplied by 100% renewable sources. A total of greater than 400,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) will come from the stores 311 kilowatt (KW) systems. That's the … Read More

Walmart Advances Solar Capacity In Hawaii Stores 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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