Tuesday, May 14, 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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"Fatbergs" In London Sewers To Be Transformed Into Electricity

This job is not for those with a weak stomach. The man in the picture below is Danny Brackley, a sewer flusher. He is shoveling out a “fatberg” from under Leicester Square. Oil and fat accumulating under the streets of London is apparently causing a bit of an issue. However, the city is going to burn these fatbergs in order to create electricity — about 130 GWh of electricity per year. A power station at Beckton in … Read More

“Fatbergs” In London Sewers To Be Transformed Into Electricity 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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Graphene Gets A New Superpower: Magnetism

Graphene is a carbon material only one atom thick, but its superhero scale strength and other unique behaviors are beginning to make it look like its own mini-Justice League (or Avengers, for you Marvel fans). In the latest development, a research team in Spain has coaxed yet another property out of graphene in the form of magnetic power. The magnetic graphene breakthrough could lead to super fast, super efficient electronic devices based on spintronics, in … Read More

Graphene Gets A New Superpower: Magnetism 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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8 Vivid Charts – 8 Reasons for a Solar Energy Standard in Minnesota

A conference committee is resolving differences between House and (much weaker) Senate versions of a solar energy standard in Minnesota today. Here’s 8 graphic reasons why the state should go for solar as aggressively as it can. 8 Vivid Charts – 8 Reasons for a Solar Energy Standard in Minnesota from John Farrell … Read More

8 Vivid Charts – 8 Reasons for a Solar Energy Standard in Minnesota 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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Print More Money For Renewable Energy

This article originally appeared on Lenz Blog. This is a follow-up to yesterday's post "Print Money for Renewable Energy", which discussed Adnan Al-Daini's proposal to use "quantitative easing" as a source of finance for renewable energy. I neglected to mention Al-Daini's newer article on the question, which was published with the title "Climate Change: Governments Must Act To Reduce CO2 Emissions" at Huffington Post on May 6. There he addresses two potential problems with this idea. For one, people … Read More

Print More Money For Renewable 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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It's Official: $1 Invested in EPA Yields $10 in Benefits

This article first appeared on the Environmental Defense Fund website by Gernot Wagner The Office of Management and Budget is nerd heaven: a bunch of people getting their professional kicks from analyzing federal regulation. This bean counting may sound painfully lacking in glamour, but it's incredibly important. OMB's annual report to Congress on the benefits and costs of all major rules adopted by most federal agencies over the past 10 years shows how efficiently, or … Read More

It's Official: $1 Invested in EPA Yields $10 in Benefits 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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Carbon Tax Has Very Broad, Bipartisan Support (Outside Of Congress)

This article first appeared on Climate Progress by Ryan Koronowski The Washington Post editorial board calls a carbon tax "one of the best ideas in Washington almost no one in Congress will talk about." It joins a very diverse group (including conservative economists, big oil companies, environmental advocates, and most Americans) that thinks pricing carbon pollution is smart policy. People are talking about it, if you know where to listen. First, there is some activity in Congress. The Senate … Read More

Carbon Tax Has Very Broad, Bipartisan Support (Outside Of Congress) 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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Morocco Begins Construction On 160 MW CSP Plant

The 160 MW concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Ouarzazate, Morocco, began on Friday with a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony by King Mohammed VI. The parabolic trough CSP independent power project is being built by a consortium led by ACWA Power and including Acciona, Sener and TSK. The contract was awarded to the consortium on April 29, and Ouarzazate 1 is set to go online in 2015. The consortium has also received significant backing from the German government, who … Read More

Morocco Begins Construction On 160 MW CSP Plant 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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Why The 400 PPM Milestone Is Irrelevant

This article was originally published on Lenz Blog. There are multiple people on my Twitter timeline mentioning the fact that CO2 levels have passed 400 ppM for the first time. Let's just point to this well informed and interesting explanation by Peter Gleick on Scienceblogs, titled "The Last Time Atmospheric CO2 was at 400 parts per Million Humans Didn't Exist.” As Gleick explains, 400 ppM means an ice-free Arctic, average temperatures up between 3 and … Read More

Why The 400 PPM Milestone Is Irrelevant 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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Print Money For Renewable Energy

Germany has been very successful with its feed-in tariff. It has deployed a lot of solar. And brought down prices for everybody in the process. Now Adnan Al-Daini proposes a different way to finance renewable energy. In this article published at Huffington Post in February he calls for printing money and investing it in renewable energy. The number he mentions is GBP 375 billion, which is what the Bank of England has spent on "quantitative easing" (buying government bonds … Read More

Print Money For Renewable 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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Last Time CO2 Levels Hit 400 Parts Per Million & Humans Were Alive — Never

This article was originally published on the indispensable climate blog Climate Progress. By Joe Romm We have pushed atmospheric CO2 levels to 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human existence. At the same time, a truly remarkably set of paleoclimate data shows the climate is much more sensitive to CO2 than we thought. And that means returning as quickly as possible back to 350 ppm is a vastly more rational course of … Read More

Last Time CO2 Levels Hit 400 Parts Per Million & Humans Were Alive — Never 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 PV Investment Attractiveness Of Sunbelt Countries (Graph)

The solar investment attractiveness of a country is based on many factors. Some important ones are the overall investment attractiveness of a country, solar policies in the country, and the natural solar power potential of a country. Putting these figures together, below is solar PV investment attractiveness index for Sunbelt countries that was created by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) that I thought was quite interesting and worth a look. China, India, and Australia (which … Read More

Solar PV Investment Attractiveness Of Sunbelt Countries (Graph) 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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