Friday, April 26, 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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Monarch Power Looks To Buy Arizona Suntech Plant For Lotus Mobile Solar Flower Production

Monarch Power is an interesting company that wasn’t on my map until today. It has produced some very interesting solar flowers, or “Lotus Mobile” units. As you can see via the images on this page, the solar panels in this units fold out like petals on a flower, and then they can fold up again for easy transport/relocation. I’m not sure how security works with these, but I assume something is built in or recommended … Read More

Monarch Power Looks To Buy Arizona Suntech Plant For Lotus Mobile Solar Flower Production 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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Navy Biofuel Program Goes Full Steam Ahead With Four New Pilot Projects

Last year certain members of Congress waged an all-out war against the Navy’s ambitious biofuel initiatives, supposedly because they were too expensive. Fast-forward another year and the Navy biofuel program is still going full steam ahead, even though those same members are still trying to stomp it down. In the latest development, another $18 million in matching funds has just been announced for four new pilot projects. Funny thing is, this time around there’s been … Read More

Navy Biofuel Program Goes Full Steam Ahead With Four New Pilot Projects 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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#1 Cleantech Presentation — Bloomberg New Energy Finance CEO Michael Liebreich (VIDEO)

I’ve been covering cleantech for several years now. I’ve watched more presentations than I could count. This one below by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) CEO Michael Liebreich is the best I’ve seen (h/t David Roberts). The video covers a huge portion of what we continuously write about here on CleanTechnica. In this post, I could of course write more about each point Liebrich discusses, but it would take many hours and thousands of words, and … Read More

#1 Cleantech Presentation — Bloomberg New Energy Finance CEO Michael Liebreich (VIDEO) 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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Tesla Wins Texas House Committee Support In Texas Dealership Battle, Loses Odd One In Virgina

Tesla’s Texas dealership outlook looks bright, but despite a good review by a hearing officer in Virginia, someone high up is against the company. We posted recently about Tesla’s Texas dealership battle and the fact that the huge majority of Texans support Tesla’s right to sell directly to customers (note that the poll was conducted in Austin). Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted yesterday: “Texas House Committee just voted 80% pro direct car sales.” Here’s the tweet: … Read More

Tesla Wins Texas House Committee Support In Texas Dealership Battle, Loses Odd One In Virgina 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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Fast-Charging Chevy Spark EV Most Efficient Retail EV In US

The new Chevy Spark EV, a compact electric vehicle, has a combined city/highway efficiency of 119 MPGe, according to the EPA — a record. This efficiency translates to fuel savings of up to $9,000 after five years. This cutely named vehicle will go on sale in California and Oregon for less than $25,000, which is unusually cheap for an electric car. Most electric vehicles cost more than $30,000. The 2013 Nissan Leaf is rated at a … Read More

Fast-Charging Chevy Spark EV Most Efficient Retail EV In US 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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American Wind Energy Association Names New CEO

Former Republican governor Denise Bode was the American Wind Energy Association’s CEO from January 2009 until this year. In December 2012, she announced that she’d be resigning in order to go back to her private sector career (as a tax attorney). However, she said she’d be sticking around through the extension of the wind power production tax credit (PTC), which she did. She was certain it would be extended weeks before it was, and despite much … Read More

American Wind Energy Association Names New CEO 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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US Colleges Teach America How To Build A Clean Energy Future

Climate issues are clearly important to today's college students - in a 2013 Princeton Review survey, 62% of all college applicants said a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply or attend the school, and students have begun fossil fuel divestment movements at more than 300 colleges. So it shouldn't come as a surprise then that the heads of America's colleges and universities are listening to their constituents and leading some of the most significant efforts today to transition to a sustainable future through the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

US Colleges Teach America How To Build A Clean Energy 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Small-Scale CSP Has Potential In Developing Countries — 63 GW?

New research out of the UK finds that CSP isn’t dead after all… it has quite a promising future in small-scale applications in developing countries. “The new research for the DECC investigates the potential to accelerate the deployment of small-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) in various developing countries, with a focus on industrial process heat and rural on/off-grid applications,” an email to me noted. “The research concluded that there is substantial growth potential in the … Read More

Small-Scale CSP Has Potential In Developing Countries — 63 GW? 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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Battery Design Could Help Solar And Wind Power The Grid

This post first appeared on the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory website by Mike Ross Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life battery that could enable solar and wind energy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid. “For solar and wind power to be used in a significant way, we need a battery made of economical materials that are easy to scale and still efficient,” … Read More

Battery Design Could Help Solar And Wind Power The Grid 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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Vestas And GE Tie For First Place Among 2012 Turbine Manufacturers

2012 was a good year for renewable energy installations, and a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that it was a very good year for the wind energy sector, installing a record 48.4 GW of new capacity. This report comes just days after the report from Pew Charitable Trusts was released, which reported that a total of 88 GW of additional renewable generating capacity was installed during 2012. The wind energy sector’s contribution to the … Read More

Vestas And GE Tie For First Place Among 2012 Turbine Manufacturers 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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Annual Renewable Energy Investment Set To Sky-rocket By 2030

The next 15 years and more are going to be interesting ones for the renewable energy industry, as the cost of manufacturing and installation drop and the public face of fossil fuels continues to be tarnished. Specifically, the rising popularity and efficiency of wind and solar energy will push the renewable energy industry as a whole into a new era of prominence.  According to new research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the future of the … Read More

Annual Renewable Energy Investment Set To Sky-rocket By 2030 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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Nest Thermostat Working Harder To Save You Money

Covering clean technology has always stemmed from my deep desire to see our world change. I started out covering the science of climate change and global warming, and then stepped across to cover clean technology. I feel it is an important topic that needs unbiased unsensationalised coverage, focusing on the facts and the reality of what clean technology can do. However, there are a few clean technologies that I just love! One of them, is Nest! … Read More

Nest Thermostat Working Harder To Save You Money 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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Solar News Roundup (SunEdison & Foxconn Link Up, Solar Junction Going To Space…)

Solar news, galore. Check ‘er out: Fox Energy, Foxconn Subsidiary, To Supply SunEdison With Solar Modules Manufactured In Mexico Study Finds Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Plants Are Twice As Efficient Solar Junction To Provide Solar Cells For European Space Agency Intersolar North America To Put More Focus On Storage New Solar Cell Material Approach To Advance Solar Cell Efficiency Westinghouse Solar & CBD Energy Merger Approaching — Westinghouse Solar's Solar Panels Soon Coming To Oz How … Read More

Solar News Roundup (SunEdison & Foxconn Link Up, Solar Junction Going To Space…) 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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Poll: Texans Support Tesla Motors' Right To Sell Directly To Consumers

Update: tweet from Elon Musk on April 24: Texas House Committee just voted 80% pro direct car sales, closely matching public opinion. twitter.com/elonmusk/statu… — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 23, 2013 Original article: A recent poll from the Austin Business Journal is showing just how popular the idea of Tesla Motors selling directly to consumers in Texas is, and perhaps how popular Tesla’s EVs have the potential to be in the state. Over 86% of respondents … Read More

Poll: Texans Support Tesla Motors’ Right To Sell Directly To Consumers 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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Community Power In The Global Community Vol. III: France

This post first appeared on The Community Power Report by M├╝mtaz Derya Tarhan As part of The Community Power Report’s ‘Community Power in the Global Community’ series, we continue to provide insight into a new country’s community-owned renewables sectors every month.  We started off our series with Belgium and Netherlands. Now, we are stopping in France, for which interviewed three individuals that have a great deal of practical and historic knowledge on France’s renewable energy and community power sectors: Pierre Jourdain … Read More

Community Power In The Global Community Vol. III: France 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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