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[31 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | ]

On October 21st, which is Southwest Airlines annual media day, they announced the launch of a green prototype airplane which will be used to test more eco-conscious materials and products in their travel environment.  Southwest hopes that through the establishment of this prototype plane, they will be able to settle on a way to make their cabin more eco-friendly while still offering their customers the same level of comfort that they’re used to.

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Solar Power, SURE Energy »

[31 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | ]

SOLARIG, a company based in Spain that incorporated about four years ago, just began construction of eight photovoltaic parks in Italy this month. The parks will provide 8 MW of energy in total. Over the next few months, it plans to construct photovoltaic projects producing 30 MW throughout different regions of Italy.

But this is just the beginning. SOLARIG has a more global vision.

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Smart Grid, Solar Power, SURE Energy »

[31 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | ]

rooftop solar

A partnership between two companies will develop a home energy monitoring device for residential solar power installations.

Two startups – Tendril Networks, known for its home energy monitoring technology and Fat Spaniel technologies, a solar panel monitoring company – make up the partnership. The purpose of the partnership is to develop a monitoring device for homes that can gauge the sun’s intensity for any particular time and automatically adjust, or even shut down, home appliances as needed.

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SURE Energy, Wind Energy »

[31 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | ]

wind farm

The largest US-China joint investment in renewable energy to date is slated to take form in Texas. This 600 MW wind power project is a joint venture by the U.S. Renewable Energy Group (US-REG) and Cielo Wind Power LP along with China’s Shenyang Power Group, a power industry alliance.

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Solar Power, SURE Energy, Water/Hydro, Wind Energy »

[30 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | ]

Renewable energy comprised more than half the energy added this year to the Northeast grid, comprising part of Canada and 6 US states. 17 GW of renewable energy projects in the region will be completed in the next five years.

It is no coincidence that each of these states has a state renewable portfolio standard which requires utilities to add an increasing percent of renewable power to the grid each year. New York’s RPS requires 24% by 2013, Maine:40% by 2017(met), Vermont:20% by 2017, New Hampshire:16% by 2025, Rhode Island:16% by 2019, and Connecticut:27% by 2020 )

The Renewable Portfolio Standard is a sure way to get more homegrown climate-friendly renewable power on the grid and is up for votes yet again this year (in the American Clean ...

SURE Energy, Wind Energy »

[30 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | ]

A-Power Energy Generation Systems won one aspect of the clean energy race and made history, as it will become the first Chinese manufacturer to export wind turbines to the United States. A-Power Energy Generation Systems and a consortium of Chinese and American companies — U.S. Renewable Energy Group, Cielo Wind Power, and the Shenyang Power Group — are planning to build a 600-megawatt wind farm in West Texas.

The project, which could power as many as 180,000 homes, will require 240 2.5-megawatt turbines and the farm will occupy 36,000 acres of land in West Texas. Nearly shovel ready, the construction effort is projected to create about 30 permanent jobs and 300 temporary ones. Ground-breaking on the wind farm is slated for March of 2010.

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Smart Grid, Solar Power, SURE Energy, Water/Hydro, Wind Energy »

[30 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | ]

Earlier this month, Governor Schwarzenegger signed legislation to buy solar power from relatively small private generators for rates above market value. Hawaii is next in line with this European-style tariff — the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and Governor Lingle just recently set a similar initiative for Hawaii.

Hawaii’s initiative will make it possible for homeowners and businesses to sell power they generate from small to medium-scale renewable energy projects (i.e. solar panels) to Hawaii’s main power producers at higher than market-value rates.

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Energy Storage, Transportation »

[30 Oct 2009 | Comments Off | ]
mercedes old battery swapping ev photo A Good Idea that Faces Many Big Challenges I couldn't resist using that old photo from an experiment that Mercedes did in the 1970s with battery swapping. The modern version of that technology is a lot more automated than this (see our post about Better Place's robotized swapping station), but the general idea is the same and not all the auto makers that are working on electric cars are enthused about it. Among those that aren't sold on the idea is Ford.... Read the full story on TreeHugger

Transportation »

[29 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

European Commission releases a new proposal to limit CO2 emissions from light commercial vehicles. Under the proposal, the auto industry in the European Union could stop selling its most gas-guzzling vans and minibuses by 2016 or face fines.  (Go to News Release, European Commission, 28.10.09)

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Wind Energy »

[29 Oct 2009 | No Comment | ]

New, eight-kilowatt wind turbines use continuously variable transmission (CVT) technology to convert fluctuating wind speeds into the precise stream of alternating current required by power grids. If it can replace the pricey power electronics that regulate power in most turbines today, the same technology could cut the cost of manufacturing costs by 20 per cent and boost power output.  (Go to article in Technology Review, 29.10.09)

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