Thursday, May 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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EU Launches Anti-Subsidy Investigation On Solar Glass From China

Another anti-subsidy investigation in the solar energy sector has been officially opened by the European Commission (EC). The investigation will look into imports of solar glass from China to the EU. The complaint was filed by EU ProSun Glass, which claims solar glass from China is being subsidized in China and then sold in the EU at prices below market value, and thus causing material injury to the EU solar glass industry. The EC has … Read More

EU Launches Anti-Subsidy Investigation On Solar Glass From China 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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Greenpeace Ranks Cisco, Google In First (Tie) In Latest IT Sector Climate Leadership Ranking

Greenpeace is a true blue — well, a true green — working for the betterment of society since its passionate and humane beginnings. Greenpeace International may be associated with nature, but it also impresses upon us the fact that the same businesses that brought us the cloud, internet-powered smart phones, and search engines will also, in fact, help to successfully address our planet’s deep troubles with climate change. As part of its tech agenda, Greenpeace … Read More

Greenpeace Ranks Cisco, Google In First (Tie) In Latest IT Sector Climate Leadership Ranking 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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Massachusetts Crushes Solar Goals, Aims Much Higher

Massachusetts has already surpassed its goal of installing 250 megawatts (MW) of solar energy by 2017. Just a tad early, eh? Obviously, 250 MW was far too small of a goal, so the state is planning to increase the goal to 1,600 MW ( 1.6 GW). Massachusetts rose to over 250 MW today from just 16 MW in 2009. While solar has been growing fast pretty much everywhere, Massachusetts has seen one of the fastest growth … Read More

Massachusetts Crushes Solar Goals, Aims Much Higher 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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Greatly Improved EV Charger Design Developed, Faster & Cheaper Charging

A new, greatly improved electric vehicle charger design has been developed by researchers at the Chalmers University of Technology. The unique integrated motor drive and battery charger greatly shorten the charging time, from about 8 hours to 2, and reduce the cost by around $2000, as compared to currently used designs. The new research was undertaken with the aim of developing the “optimal” electric vehicle charger — which hasn’t yet been achieved, but significant improvements … Read More

Greatly Improved EV Charger Design Developed, Faster & Cheaper Charging 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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Scotland Well On Track To Reach 500 MW Community Renewable Energy Goal

Scotland’s goal of having 500 MW of community-owned renewable energy projects installed by 2020 is well on track, according to new figures released by the Energy Savings Trust (EST). As of right now, there are more than 200 MW of community, or locally owned, renewable energy generating capacity installed in the country. The figures were released to precede the unveiling, in the next few weeks, of a variety of different incentives designed to spur community … Read More

Scotland Well On Track To Reach 500 MW Community Renewable Energy Goal 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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Hewlett-Packard's New Servers "Built For The Planet"

Nearly a month ago the multinational information technology giant Hewlett-Packard released its latest server system, the HP Moonshot. HP is billing the Moonshot as being “designed for the data center, built for the planet,” and the specs back up the catchy claim; Moonshot uses 89% less energy, 80% less space and costs 77% less than traditional servers. Designed for use with “social, cloud, mobile, and big data,” HP Moonshot is the company’s “second generation” server … Read More

Hewlett-Packard’s New Servers “Built For The Planet” 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–Wind Hybrid Power Plants Approximately Twice As Efficient

This article originally appeared on Solar Love. A new study by the Reiner Lemoine Institut and Solarpraxis AG has found that solar and wind power generation complement each other better than previously thought. The study examined the surface area where solar photovoltaic systems and wind turbines were installed together. In that same surface area, twice the amount of electricity was being generated, and the shading produced by the wind turbines accounted for a mere 1 to 2% loss in the photovoltaic … Read More

Solar–Wind Hybrid Power Plants Approximately Twice As Efficient 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 #1 In Utility-Scale Solar, China Inches Away

This article originally appeared on Solar Love. New data released by the analysts at Wiki-Solar confirms what many would already guess — Germany is still the largest of the world's top three utility-scale solar photovoltaic markets, running ahead of China and the US. Maybe somewhat surprisingly, though, China has worked its way up to a very close second. With regards to projects over 10 MWp, China is now at 2,806 MWp, compared to Germany’s 2,846 … Read More

Germany #1 In Utility-Scale Solar, China Inches Away 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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China To Use Curtailed Wind Power To Replace Coal-Fired Heating

In China, coal is very heavily used to generate electricity. It is also used to heat buildings. The Chinese have experimented with the use of curtailed wind energy to provide heat, and they now want to scale it up. Jilin Province has one of the highest curtailment rates. There, there is relatively low electricity demand at night, but high wind speeds — and hence, high wind power generation. Curtailed wind power is wind power that … Read More

China To Use Curtailed Wind Power To Replace Coal-Fired Heating 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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Alternative Energy Mutual Funds Outpace ETFs

This article originally appeared on the Roen Financial Report. By Harris Roen Investors love Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). They trade like stocks, and are an easy way to diversify within a certain sector. Over the past year, though, alternative energy investors would have been much better off putting their money in regular mutual funds. The results are detailed in the April edition of the Alternative Energy Mutual Funds & Exchange Traded Fund report. Performance for … Read More

Alternative Energy Mutual Funds Outpace ETFs 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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Beautiful Pic Of San Francisco From Solar Bird

This article originally appeared on 1Sun4All.com. By Amber Archangel This is a breathtaking view of the solar plane, Solar Impulse flying over the Golden Gate Bridge. The Solar Impulse team said it best: Golden Flight! What an incredible day, Solar Impulse high above the Golden Gate Bridge, gently hovering over the architectural masterpiece for all to see. We've been talking about this exploit for weeks, but seeing the first shots of the solar bird above San … Read More

Beautiful Pic Of San Francisco From Solar Bird 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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Biggest Barrier To 100% Renewables Is In Our Heads

This article originally appeared on PV Solar Report. (For releated reading, also see: “70%, 80%, 99.9%, 100% Renewables — Study Central“) By Rosana Francescato The future is here — it's just unevenly distributed. This old quote found a new application at the Pathways to 100% Renewable Energy conference in San Francisco last week. An international crowd of energy experts, financiers, clean energy advocates, elected officials, government employees, academics, and more gathered there to discuss how to bring the renewable … Read More

Biggest Barrier To 100% Renewables Is In Our Heads 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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Texas Solar Energy Infographic

Here’s a nice infographic our friend Amber Archangel, founder of 1Sun4All.com, just shared with me, followed by a bit more context in text form: Some interesting facts about solar power in Texas: If you include all of the usable land in Texas, not just the rooftops, Texas has twice the solar potential of any other state. There are currently more than 266 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in Texas. Collectively, they employ more … Read More

Texas Solar Energy Infographic 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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