Thursday, April 18, 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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Sneak Into An EV Spot In Washington, Get A $124 Fine

EV parking etiquette is apparently a very complicated and controversial matter. But one thing is clear. A gasmobile should not be parking its behind in an EV’s spot. To crack down on less than polite drivers, or at least deter them from doing something stupid, the Washington State legislature has just passed legislation that warrants slapping a $124 fine on anyone driving a vehicle that can’t plug into an electric socket but then proceeds to park … Read More

Sneak Into An EV Spot In Washington, Get A $124 Fine 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Cheap Wind Power Disrupting Brazilian Energy Market

As the cost of wind power drops, and the wind industry grows, wind farms have a greater impact on electricity markets. And one of those big impacts is reducing the price of electricity. As we’ve been writing for years, due to the merit order effect, wind power lowers the price of wholesale electricity. At the same time, due to technology improvements and cost reductions from economies of scale, the overall cost of wind power has … Read More

Cheap Wind Power Disrupting Brazilian Energy Market 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Saudi Arabia Looks To NREL For Solar Monitoring Expertise

This post first appeared on the NREL Newsroom by Bill Scanlon Saudi Arabia is jumping headlong into renewable energy, with plans to install more solar and wind power in the next 20 years than the rest of the world has installed to date. The oil-rich Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is working with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for training and expertise in measuring its solar resource. The importance of setting … Read More

Saudi Arabia Looks To NREL For Solar Monitoring Expertise 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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SEIA Offers Recommendations For 'Pro-Growth' Tax Reform

Calling for "stable, reliable, well-structured tax policy," the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has weighed into the tax reform debate by offeringextensive insight and comments to the House Ways and Means Committee, which is tasked with overhauling the federal tax code. Today, solar is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States.  And last month – for the first time ever – solar energy accounted for all new electric generation in the United States, according … Read More

SEIA Offers Recommendations For 'Pro-Growth' Tax Reform 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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80 Tesla Model S Service Loaner Cars Nearing Green Light

Can you imagine owning a Tesla Model S and then having to drive something else when it needed to go in for service? Wait, first, can you imagine owning a Model S? OK, jealousy/dreaming aside, I think we can all agree that many a Model S owner would probably appreciate getting another Model S to drive while theirs is in the shop (nothing else under $100,000 compares). Natch, revolutionary EV knight Elon Musk and his … Read More

80 Tesla Model S Service Loaner Cars Nearing Green Light 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Global Public EV Charging Stations Surge Past 48,000

Public charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles (EV) have surpassed 48,000 globally, a recent report suggests. Navigant Research said a spike in world-wide electric vehicle demand has created more interest for EV infrastructure, providing some underlying support for the 48,705 public charging stations Further EV interest in the US has increased the appetite for more charging stations, also. The first quarter of 2013 saw a 9% advance in US public charging stations. That's bolstered by … Read More

Global Public EV Charging Stations Surge Past 48,000 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Most Efficient White LED Lamp Developed By Philips

Philips, the well known electronics manufacturer, has created an LED Lamp that is so impressively efficient that it produce 200 lumens of light for every watt of power it consumes. The efficiency of LED lamps currently on the market ranges from 45 lumens per watt to 90 lumens per watt. This Philips lamp, a TLED prototype, blows those numbers out of the water. The T here means tube, by the way. This TLED emits warm white … Read More

Most Efficient White LED Lamp Developed By Philips 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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New Process Turns Common Waste Sulfur Into Material Useful For EV Batteries

Large quantities of waste sulfur are created during the refinement of fossil fuels. This sulfur has previously been considered of little value. But now, thanks to a newly designed process, the waste can be easily converted into a valuable lightweight plastic, one that could likely find great utility in the next generation of lithium-sulfur batteries. Such batteries show great potential for use in electric cars, thanks to their higher efficiency, lighter weight, and lower cost, … Read More

New Process Turns Common Waste Sulfur Into Material Useful For 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Germany's Energy Storage Incentive To Start May 1

We covered Germany’s coming energy storage incentive back in February. At the time, an official announcement was expected a week later. A couple months later, the incentive seems to be fully determined and is set to start on May 1. As reported in February, the focus is on battery storage technology for solar PV systems. For year one, €25 million is being set aside. The money is going to be dished out by German state bank KfW, … Read More

Germany’s Energy Storage Incentive To Start May 1 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Considerable Clean Energy Progress, But Still Too Much Dirty Energy

Reposted from Greenpeace International (only the image changed): In the big picture, renewable energy is doing pretty well. It's our continued addiction to dirty energy that is the problem, and lack of interest towards energy efficiency. This can be concluded from the many reports published today, on the first day of the Clean Energy Ministerial, by IEA (International Energy Agency) and others. Despite policy uncertainties and setbacks in many countries, renewable energy continues to grow and break new records globally. … Read More

Considerable Clean Energy Progress, But Still Too Much Dirty Energy 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Low-Income Households Get Quicker Solar Return On Investment In Belgium

Need some pick-me-up news? OK, I guess we have a lot of that. But if you could use some more, check out this story below (reposted from Solar Love): Something you hear over and over again is that solar power is primarily for the wealthy. While it is actually increasingly for the middle class, thanks to falling solar power costs, there’s no avoiding the fact that it is substantially harder for low-income families to go … Read More

Low-Income Households Get Quicker Solar Return On Investment In Belgium 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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IEA Tries To Deliver Climate Wakeup Call

Below is the Foreword to IEA’s just released “Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013” report. The full report can be viewed at that link. For now, though, read and share this excellent Foreword. (I will add a bit more commentary on the bottom about a matter I don’t fully agree on.) By Maria van der Hoeven, IEA Executive Director We built our civilisation by harnessing energy, which is at the core of economic growth and prosperity. … Read More

IEA Tries To Deliver Climate Wakeup Call 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Protean's In-Wheel Electric Motors Coming To Market In 2014

At least, that’s what the company is saying. I covered Protean back in October 2012, so I’m happy to see that the company is moving forward. It looked like an exciting technology to me at the time, and Gas2′s Chris DeMorro (a normally pretty skeptical guy who reserves his enthusiasm for clear wins) also seems quite excited in this Gas2 repost below. I just hope the plans are legit and the technology is as awesome … Read More

Protean’s In-Wheel Electric Motors Coming To Market In 2014 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Utility "Gets Ready" For More Local Energy In Hawai'i

This post originally appeared on ILSR's Energy Self-Reliant States blog. Hawai'an solar advocates are celebrating after the island state's largest utility, Hawai'ian Electric (HECO) filed a plan with the public utility commission to take a "proactive approach" to adding more distributed solar to their grid system. Utilities across the country typically use "conservative blanket limits" on the amount of renewable energy allowed on local circuits (the power lines connecting to homes and businesses), generally 15% of peak … Read More

Utility "Gets Ready" For More Local Energy In Hawai'i 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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20 Million EVs By 2020 To Help Us Stay Below 2°C

This article originally appeared on RenewEconomy. By Sophie Vorrath Can global electric vehicle sales jump from around 100,000 in 2012 to 7 million a year by the end of the decade? That's just one of the goals set by the International Energy Agency as part of a suite of clean energy measures aimed at limiting global warming to a best-case scenario of 2°C. And according to the IEA, it's a goal within reach – as long as … Read More

20 Million EVs By 2020 To Help Us Stay Below 2°C 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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