Tuesday, April 2, 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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International Monetary Fund: US Is #1 Fossil Fuel Subsidizer

Reposted from Climate Progress: By Jeff Spross Between directly lowered prices, tax breaks, and the failure to properly price carbon, the world subsidized fossil fuel use by over $1.9 trillion in 2011 — or eight percent of global government revenues — according to a study released last week by the International Monetary Fund. The biggest offender was by far the United States, clocking in at $502 billion. China came in second at $279 billion, and Russia was … Read More

International Monetary Fund: US Is #1 Fossil Fuel Subsidizer 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's Big Announcement

Below is Tesla’s big announcement, which many people have eagerly been waiting for since Elon sent a tantalizing tweet last week. We’ll probably add some commentary onto this in the next day or two, but I think it’s pretty straightforward, and a big benefit for Tesla buyers. Here’s the full announcement (note that there’s also a calculator on Tesla’s website that allows you to compare this option with other options): PALO ALTO, Calif. – April 2, … Read More

Tesla’s Big Announcement 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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2 Big Electricity Reforms In Japan

Reposted from Lenz Blog with permission: The Japanese Cabinet just adopted a decision on energy policy (in Japanese) reflecting the fact that a consequence of the elections last year the former opposition party LDP is now governing. Thanks to this tweet by Hiro Matsubara for the link. It doesn't say much about renewable energy, or nuclear energy. Instead, the central points addressed are about organization of the electricity market. There it calls mainly for two reforms. For one, Japan … Read More

2 Big Electricity Reforms In Japan 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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Japanese Feed-In Tariff Updates

Reposted from Lenz Blog with permission: On Friday, the Japanese Ministry of Economy and Industry decided to follow the recommendations of the expert committee I reported on earlier. It's now official. Small rooftop solar will get 38 yen (around 40.3 cents U.S or 31.5 cents Euro at today's rates), and everything over 10 kW capacity will get 37.8 yen, including the 5% value added tax (36 yen without tax). Thanks to this tweet by Hiro Matsubara for the link. Everything … Read More

Japanese Feed-In Tariff Updates 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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Citigroup: Solar Modules Could Fall To 25 Cents/Watt By 2020

Reposted from RenewEconomy with permission: Energy analysts at global investment bank Citigroup suggest that the cost of solar PV modules could fall beyond most expectations in coming years – and reach a cost of just 25c a watt by 2020. The prediction is included in an analysis of the market forces that are likely to shape the world's energy future in the coming year. We reported on the major part of that report last Thursday, but Citi's estimates … Read More

Citigroup: Solar Modules Could Fall To 25 Cents/Watt 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 (also free!), follow us on Twitter, or just visit our homepage (yep, free).


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Apps For Vehicles Challenge Winners Announced

Reposted from EERE: As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to expand access to data and reduce fuel costs for consumers, the Energy Department yesterday announced the winners of the Apps for Vehicles Challenge. The competition asked app developers and entrepreneurs to demonstrate how the open data available on most vehicles can be used to improve vehicle safety, fuel efficiency and comfort. The Department awarded the Judges' Prize to New York City-based Dash and the … Read More

Apps For Vehicles Challenge Winners Announced 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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19-Year-Old Aerospace Student Boyan Slat Invents Cleanup System For Plastic Choking Our Oceans

19-year-old Boyan Slat's impassioned and educated opinion reminds us that youth, with its promising vital force, often taps into genius. If he is correct, Slat has designated some flair for environmental cleanup. He believes with his idea, developed for a student project in Aerospace Engineering, that it is possible the dreadful plastic that is choking the oceans (poisoning animals and human food chains) can thoroughly clean itself in 5 years – that is a lot less than … Read More

19-Year-Old Aerospace Student Boyan Slat Invents Cleanup System For Plastic Choking Our Oceans 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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Habitat For Humanity's Many Paths To Energy Efficiency

Shala Carlson is the editor of Habitat World, the flagship print and online publication of Habitat for Humanity International. For Habitat for Humanity, sustainable — or "green" building — means creating healthy homes and communities that are less expensive to operate, more durable, and that conserve resources. It means doing everything possible to help families find better footing — not just for today, but for tomorrow as well. The organization has established a standard that, by … Read More

Habitat For Humanity's Many Paths To Energy Efficiency 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' Carbon Market Goes Truly Global

Reposted from Medium: Until 2012, Europe was central to the global carbon market; heck, it was the only "real" market. Carbon offset project developers invested billions to earn Certified Emission Reductions (CERs) under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and sold them to European companies and traders participating in the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Projects had sprung up in almost all parts of the developing world. Countries otherwise isolated in the weird geopolitical … Read More

'Global' Carbon Market Goes Truly Global 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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March Nissan Leaf Sales Expected To Break Monthly Sales Record

Spring has sprung for the Nissan Leaf sales in March, expected to break a monthly sales record. According to Autoblog Green, during a recent session at the New York Auto Show, Nissan senior vice president of sales and marketing for the US and Canada Jose Munoz said the company should reach over 1,900 Leafs sold for March. If those numbers stay true, it would easily smash last month's sales figures of 653 units, and surpass … Read More

March Nissan Leaf Sales Expected To Break Monthly Sales Record 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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Indian Scientists Propose Solar Roofs For Roads

After setting up the innovative canal solar power projects, India’s Gujarat state may also set up the first solar roof on road project. The proposal is to cover major roads and highways with elevated platforms which will be fitted with solar modules. Scientists at the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) have proposed a pilot solar power project at a Gujarat state highway. Through computer simulation the scientists believe that a solar roof cover … Read More

Indian Scientists Propose Solar Roofs For Roads 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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Gravity Energy Storage For The Electricity Grid

We have all heard of the saying “what goes up, must come down.” This rule of gravity is an important part of so many systems, and it can also be a nuisance sometimes. However, why not put it to more use? Gravity energy storage for the electricity grid involves using electricity from the grid to power a motor that lifts a weight upwards, and the weight is allowed to fall/roll down when electricity is needed. … Read More

Gravity Energy Storage For The Electricity 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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