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Toyota to build new Prius in Eco-Factory in Japan

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While the argument about whether a Hummer H2 is actually more environmentally friendly than a Toyota Prius has long since been debunked (even if it keeps popping up its ugly head), it does raise a valid point. A major part of the environmental impact of transportation devices like cars and trucks comes during the manufacturing and disposal phases of their existences. Evaluating environmental impact requires total lifecycle analysis of the product, something that Toyota has done for the new 2010 Prius.

The Tsutsumi plant that builds the Prius is one of five ISO14001 certified Eco-factories in the Toyota network. The factory has a 50,000m2 solar array on its roof that generates 5,000 kW/h of electricity, about half of the plant’s total requirements. Another 22,000m2 of the factory is covered in a photocatalytic paint that converts CO2 to oxygen. A number of initiatives including zero land-fill waste, water recycling and reduced volatile organic compound use are all part of the overall effort to reduce the impact of building Priuses.

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Toyota to build new Prius in Eco-Factory in Japan

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While the argument about whether a Hummer H2 is actually more environmentally friendly than a Toyota Prius has long since been debunked (even if it keeps popping up its ugly head), it does raise a valid point. A major part of the environmental impact of transportation devices like cars and trucks comes during the manufacturing and disposal phases of their existences. Evaluating environmental impact requires total lifecycle analysis of the product, something that Toyota has done for the new 2010 Prius.

The Tsutsumi plant that builds the Prius is one of five ISO14001 certified Eco-factories in the Toyota network. The factory has a 50,000m2 solar array on its roof that generates 5,000 kW/h of electricity, about half of the plant’s total requirements. Another 22,000m2 of the factory is covered in a photocatalytic paint that converts CO2 to oxygen. A number of initiatives including zero land-fill waste, water recycling and reduced volatile organic compound use are all part of the overall effort to reduce the impact of building Priuses.

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Toyota to build new Prius in Eco-Factory in Japan

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While the argument about whether a Hummer H2 is actually more environmentally friendly than a Toyota Prius has long since been debunked (even if it keeps popping up its ugly head), it does raise a valid point. A major part of the environmental impact of transportation devices like cars and trucks comes during the manufacturing and disposal phases of their existences. Evaluating environmental impact requires total lifecycle analysis of the product, something that Toyota has done for the new 2010 Prius.

The Tsutsumi plant that builds the Prius is one of five ISO14001 certified Eco-factories in the Toyota network. The factory has a 50,000m2 solar array on its roof that generates 5,000 kW/h of electricity, about half of the plant’s total requirements. Another 22,000m2 of the factory is covered in a photocatalytic paint that converts CO2 to oxygen. A number of initiatives including zero land-fill waste, water recycling and reduced volatile organic compound use are all part of the overall effort to reduce the impact of building Priuses.

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Kingspan Solar Inc. Opens New Offices in Maryland

JESSUP, Md., June 29 /PRNewswire/ — Europe’s leading provider of world-renowned solar technology, Kingspan Solar Inc., has announced its arrival in Jessup, Baltimore. This follows an incredible response to the company’s range of products, especially the European designed and manufactured product – Thermomax, at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas in January.

The demand for the Thermomax product – the world-leading solar thermal vacuum tube collectors* – is no surprise. Generating hot water for domestic and commercial applications, it was designed in Ireland and is used across the whole of Europe throughout a wide spectrum of weather conditions. It’s a tried and tested solar collector with almost 30 years of proven high performance, that’s up to 30% more effective than traditional flat plate panels. Its range of applications, including central heating support, under floor heating and solar cooling, makes it one of the world’s most versatile and effective products.

Kingspan Solar Inc. is headed up by building industry professionals, Jeff Tomlinson and Seamus Cussen. Jeff comments:

“It was evident that there was a huge opportunity to introduce Kingspan Solar’s leading range of solar technology to the US market and given the vast amount of potential customers, we decided to open the first US Kingspan Solar Inc. office at the beginning of May.”

The roots of solar technology were firmly established in Baltimore in 1891, thanks to Clarence Kemp. He was the first man to patent a solar thermal system. So, with the arrival of Kingspan Solar Inc.’s Thermomax product, solar technology really has come full circle. Kingspan Solar’s range of products will also include Thermomax FS flat panels, Kingspan Climate – the complete solar powered cooling system – and Kingspan Tribune, stainless steel quality hot water storage tanks. Kingspan Solar’s growing portfolio of products provides the full solar package that is custom-designed to suit each client’s specifications. It’s predicted that one of the most popular products for the US market will be the Kingspan Climate system which uses the power of the sun to cool a building. This state-of-the-art system is silent and can save homeowners 90% of the energy costs associated with traditional air cooling systems.

Vice President of Sales, North America, Jeff Tomlinson, and Business Development Manager, North America, Seamus Cussen, have a combined experience of over 25 years in the building sector, specialising in sustainable products. Jeff is a former director of the Timber Frame Industry Association and was a key member of the Kingspan TEK Building System advisory team. Seamus has years of experience in Kingspan’s Insulated Panels division, playing a pivotal role in developing Kingspan’s first-ever Sustainability Report and was a committee member of EUROACE (The European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Building).

Welcoming Kingspan Solar to the home of solar technology, John Leopold, County Executive of Anne Arundel, Maryland, says:

“Helping to create a greener future for us all is of prime importance to Maryland. As the state where solar technology was first developed, we are very proud to welcome Kingspan Solar Inc. and its range of world-leading solar technology to the US. We are extremely pleased that Kingspan Solar has selected Jessup as the location of its first US office and hope that the company’s future is bright, creating future jobs and investment in the area.”

Jeff concludes:

It’s an exiting time for Kingspan Solar Inc. – moving into new markets and introducing revolutionary solar products to customers that will reduce people’s carbon footprint, save money and contribute to a ‘greener’ future. Kingspan Solar Inc. is committed to providing efficient and cost-effective solutions to today’s environmental concerns. Investment in manufacturing, technology, research & design and infrastructure are key to our company’s success and we’re confident that the company will continue to grow in Baltimore – the home of solar thinking.”

Based alongside its sister company, Tate Access Floors, Kingspan Solar Inc. is located at 7510 Montevideo Road, Jessup, MD 20794, Office: 410 7996600. www.kingspansolar.com

* The installation of a Kingspan Solar system such as Thermomax, will provide up to 70 percent of annual hot water requirements. The Thermomax solar collectors use vacuum technology to deliver an unrivalled transfer of solar energy into heat.



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The Prius Hearse…..

The Prius Hearse…..
Toyota has begun production on a Prius Hearse — which will be better for the environment than traditional gas-powered hearses. Experts say it’s the perfect way to tell everyone in your funeral procession, I’m judging you from beyond the grave. – Conan O’Brien


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Jobs In Solar: Sr. Energy Consultant (New Jersey)
Reply to: job-dx8qb-1241019142@craigslist.org
Date: 2009-06-26, 2:26PM EDT

Borrego Solar Systems, Inc, a growing, solar energy design, engineering and installation company, seeks a veteran Sales Professional. We are seeking a highly articulate, motivated, well organized closer to exceed sales quotas with integrity.

Borrego Solar’s approach to compensating our employees is unique and progressive. We offer a workplace that is casual, upbeat and hard working. We strive for quality workmanship and place a large emphasis on customer satisfaction and education. We promote from within and are looking for career minded individuals, looking to advance in the growing photovoltaic industry. We offer great pay commensurate with experience along with excellent benefits including:

• Top Sales Professionals currently earn more than $175,000 per year
• Generous Commission Structure
• Paid Health Insurance
• Self managed flexible work schedules and time off policies
• 401K plan with company match

Desired Qualifications:
• Must be able to powerfully present to executive board level professionals
• Comprehensive experience selling within the B2B market
• Proven track record closing multimillion dollar contracts.
• Experience performing financial calculations (ROI, IRR, NPV, APR, etc…)
• Experience in technical sales
• Strong math and computer skills
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office
• Understanding of general construction
• Understanding of electricity and electrical contracting
• Desire to stay on the leading edge of the RE industry
• Ability to read, understand, and edit electrical and structural plans
• World class communication and customer service skills and experience
• Four year college degree

Position Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
• Sales of commercial solar electric systems
• Closing deals and signing contracts
• Prospecting for and qualifying leads
• Conducting site evaluations for potential clients, Rough system design
• Estimating cost and pricing systems
• Analysis of customers’ current and projected electrical usage, and financial return on investment
• Negotiating contracts
• Communicating with project manager regarding system design
• Logging all communications with customers in contact database

To apply, please follow the link below.

https://home.eease.com/recruit/?id=320745

  • Location: New Jersey
  • Compensation: $175,000 per year plus
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.


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While DOE Drops Hydrogen Budget DoD Gives $1.5 Million Contract

While the Obama Administration and Department of Energy (DOE) have decided to slash the hydrogen research budget by 60-percent and zero out funding for hydrogen vehicles, the U. S. Department of Defense (DoD) has other plans.

The DoD has recently awarded Plug Power Incorporated a $1.5 million contract to produce hydrogen-powered forklifts for the defense department. While this doesn’t seem like a lot of money in comparison it does show that at least one part of the current administration sees value in producing zero emission vehicles powered by hydrogen.

Plug Power, along with Air Products, Proterra and the Gas Technology Institute will not only provide 19 fuel cells and lift trucks for this project but they will also test out a unique method for generating the hydrogen as well.

While most hydrogen produced today is done so by steam reforming natural gas, the hydrogen from this project will come from a wastewater treatment plant digester. I’ve talked about wastewater treatment plants in the past as being a valuable source for hydrogen and the DoD wants to test both production and vehicles under this grant.

Previously Plug Power received $41.9 million from the DOE in federal stimulus money for stationary fuel cell production.


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Can A New Implant Coating Technique Create A New Six Million Dollar Man?
Scientists have developed an electrochemical process for coating metal implants which vastly improves their functionality, longevity and integration into the body.


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Thin-Film Panchromatic Solar Cells: Next Generation of Solar Efficiency

A Korean team lead by Nam-Gyu Park has recently made a breakthrough discovery in the solar cell development. This discovery will not only increase the efficiency of thin-film panchromatic solar cells but as well the use of clean and reusable energy on the entire globe.


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Jenkins on KPFA: Is the Climate Change Bill in Danger of Being Ineffective?
Last Wednesday, June 23rd, I was a guest on KPFA radio’s Morning Show to discuss the shape of the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act. Two days later, the 1,300 page climate and energy legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 219-212 on Friday evening.

The segment with Morning Show host Amy Allison begins at 1:10:00 into the show which you can listen to below or click here to download an mp3 of the segment and listen on your computer:

The Morning Show – June 23, 2009 at 7:00am

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Rice calls carbon cap-and-trade 'ridiculous'
Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice advocated today in favor of a carbon tax over the cap-and-trade system proposed in America’s energy and climate bill.


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Obama Energy Promises Not Matched by House Energy Bill
By Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus. Originally posted at the Breakthrough Institute

Since he launched his campaign for president in 2007, President Barack Obama has promised legislation that would deliver more clean energy jobs through the creation of new and larger clean energy industries, like solar and wind manufacturing, to drive future economic growth. On Tuesday and again yesterday, Obama claimed that climate legislation to be voted on as early as tomorrow in the House of Representatives legislation “will create a set of incentives that will spur the development of new sources of energy, including wind, solar, and geothermal power.”

But analyses by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Breakthrough Institute, and others show that the Waxman Markey climate legislation will not significantly grow the number of clean energy jobs or industries. The EPA analysis released on the same day as Obama’s speech shows that the deployment of renewables could be less than without the legislation. An analysis of the renewable energy standard (RES) provision of the legislation by the Union of Concerned Scientists, whose model of various RES exemptions is the most thorough, finds that the legislation could actually require less renewables deployment than projected to occur under the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s conservative business-as-usual forecasts. And EPA says the impact of the legislation on gasoline prices ($0.13 a gallon in 2015, $.25 in 2030) will be too small to motivate consumers to drive less or buy smaller cars, or provide incentive for the automotive industry to produce more fuel efficient and technologically advanced vehicles like plug-in hybrid cars.

While the White House web site still promises $15 billion annually for clean energy R&D alone, the House climate legislation would invest just $800 million to 1.4 billion in R&D. Total investments in clean energy, defined broadly, are likely to be just $6-9 billion annually between 2012-2025, in contrast to the $30-60 billion annually that will be transferred to utilities, coal-fired power plant operators, oil refiners, natural gas distributors and heavy industry under the bill, and the $15-30 billion annually that would flow overseas to pay for international offsets if they are utilized at the full levels permitted by the legislation.

Leading energy experts on Thursday sent a letter to President Obama and members of Congress calling for a massive increase in money set aside in the climate legislation for energy research and development. Quoting President Obama’s statements calling for a vibrant national clean energy industry, the scientists write that “Large public investments in technology innovation have been critical for establishing America’s leadership in the aerospace, computer, Internet, and pharmaceutical industries — and they will be critical to establishing America’s leadership in clean energy.”

The legislation will be voted on at a time when China, Korea, and Japan are all investing large sums to create domestic clean energy industries. China will invest $300 — $600 billion over the next 10 years in solar, wind, nuclear power, high speed rail, and electric cars. South Korea, with an economy 1/10th the size of the U.S., has pledged to spend $40 billion over the next four years on renewable energy programs. And Japan, which already leads the world in hybrid engine and solar panel technologies, has pledged to cut its domestic reduction of carbon emissions, already among the lowest in the world on a GDP per capita basis, a further 15% through the deployment of renewable energy technology. The three nations meet in August to develop a strategy to combine China’s low-cost manufacturing the Korea and Japan’s engineering know-how.


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Letter to Obama & Congress: $30 billion Annually Needed for Energy Technology

By Teryn Norris, originally posted at the Breakthrough Institute

Leading energy experts from across the country sent a letter to President Obama and members of Congress on Thursday calling for a massive increase in clean energy investments included in the American Clean Energy & Security Act.

“We express our profound concern about the abysmal funding for energy technology innovation in the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act,” the energy experts wrote. “As it stands, this Act ignores President Obama’s consistent call for investing $150 billion over ten years in energy research and development.”

Analysis by the Breakthrough Institute has shown that ACES invests only one-fifteenth of what President Obama has consistently promised for energy R&D. As Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus wrote today, “While the White House web site still promises $15 billion annually for clean energy R&D alone, the House climate legislation would invest just $800 million to 1.4 billion in R&D.”

The energy experts called for a clean energy RD&D budget of $20-30 billion annually. “Moreover, we believe that at least $30 billion will be needed annually to research, develop, and demonstrate low- and no-carbon energy technologies, with the aim of achieving breakthroughs that can make them much cheaper.”

This letter echoes the recommendations of the Brookings Institution, International Energy Agency, Apollo Alliance, Breakthrough Institute, and others. In late 2007, 30 energy experts including several Nobel Laureates wrote a letter to Congress calling for $30 billion of annual investments in clean energy RD&D.

The full letter is here:

Letter to President Obama and Congress:
On the Need for $30 billion Annually for Energy Technology Innovation

June 25th, 2009

Dear President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, Senator Reid, and Members of Congress,

We express our profound concern about the abysmal funding for energy technology innovation in the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act.

As it stands, this Act ignores President Obama’s consistent call for investing $150 billion over ten years in energy research and development.

Moreover, we believe that at least $30 billion will be needed annually to research, develop, and demonstrate low- and no-carbon energy technologies, with the aim of achieving breakthroughs that can make them much cheaper.

Large public investments in technology innovation have been critical for establishing America’s leadership in the aerospace, computer, Internet, and pharmaceutical industries — and they will be critical to establishing America’s leadership in clean energy.

Regulations and a price on carbon dioxide — especially the low price that the Waxman-Markey’s ACES bill would establish — will not be enough to achieve the necessary technological breakthroughs. With a carbon dioxide price of between $10 and $15 per ton, the ACES bill would allocate just $500-$750 million for clean energy research and development (with additional funds directed to commercialization and deployment). In contrast, the bill would allocate $28-$42 billion annually for fossil fuel-reliant energy companies, utilities, and heavy industries.

On May 27, 2009, President Obama spoke with decisiveness and vision:

“We have a choice. We can remain the world’s leading importer of oil, or we can become the world’s leading exporter of clean energy.” He continued, “we can hand over the jobs of the future to our competitors, or we can confront what they have already recognized as the great opportunity of our time: the nation that leads the world in creating new sources of clean energy will be the nation that leads the 21st century global economy. That’s the nation I want America to be.”

We are writing to ask you to help realize President Obama’s vision for the role of clean energy in a prosperous, safe, and independent America. We urge you to support energy innovation, and work to allocate at least $30 billion per year to research, develop and demonstrate clean energy technologies.
We look forward to hearing your response.

Sincerely,

Martin Hoffert
Physics Professor Emeritus, NYU
Senior Fellow, Breakthrough Institute

Ken Caldeira
Carnegie Institution / Stanford University

Eric Hoffert
Versatility, Inc.

Stephen E. Schwartz
Brookhaven National Laboratory

Bill Fulkerson, Senior Fellow
Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment
University of Tennessee

William F. Dempster
Institute of Ecotechnics
Santa Fe, NM

Scott Barrett
Columbia University

Michael Schlessinger
University of Illinois

Greg H. Rau
University of California, Santa Cruz

John Turner,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Geoffrey Landis

Jane Long
Lawrence Livermore Laboratory

Michael MacCracken
Climate Institute
Washington, DC

Mark Jacobson
Stanford University

John Katzenberger
Aspen Global Change Initiative

Tom Wigley
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

William Dempster

Michael Mann
Director, Earth System Science Center (ESSC)
Pennsylvannia State University

T. Homer-Dixon
Center for International Governance Innovation
University of Waterloo

David Keith
University of Calgary

Darel Preble
President, Space Solar Power Institute

*Institutions listed for identification purposes only


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Middle East water markets slowing, says report
Frost and Sullivan calls for technology companies to produce increasingly cost-effective water and wastewater treatment products in current market conditions.


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