Archive for July 7th, 2009

When Life Hands You Lemons…Power Your Alarm Clock?

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There are a lot of options when it comes to telling time off the grid.  It seems that alternative-powered clocks are everywhere, but they’re not usually inexpensive and some require a lot of work to keep them juiced.

The Bedol Water Clock luckily has neither of those problems.  The small 4 inch by 3.5 inch clock runs off water with a splash of lemon juice for six to eight weeks at a time, meaning no regular cranking, recharging or need for a battery at all. Even better, the clock will only cost you $16.

The clock features an alarm and a built-in memory chip so you don’t have to reset when it’s time to refill.  Also, I like when aesthetics are taken into account with energy-saving products and they definitely were here.  The cute clock comes in four colors and is available here.

via Good Clean Tech

 


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University NM – Taos Celebrates Energy Independence Day
Webcam of Taos Klauer New Mexico Solar Array Photo
Image via: UNM-Taos

July 1, 2009 will forever be known as Energy Independence Day as the University of New Mexico – Taos is now officially 100% powered by the sun – the first community college in the United States to meet this goal….
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University NM – Taos Celebrates Energy Independence Day
Webcam of Taos Klauer New Mexico Solar Array Photo
Image via: UNM-Taos

July 1, 2009 will forever be known as Energy Independence Day as the University of New Mexico – Taos is now officially 100% powered by the sun – the first community college in the United States to meet this goal….
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University NM – Taos Celebrates Energy Independence Day
Webcam of Taos Klauer New Mexico Solar Array Photo
Image via: UNM-Taos

July 1, 2009 will forever be known as Energy Independence Day as the University of New Mexico – Taos is now officially 100% powered by the sun – the first community college in the United States to meet this goal….
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Pickens Walks Away from World’s Largest Wind Farm

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After months of delays due to financing difficulties, T. Boone Pickens is walking away from a plan to build the world’s largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle.  While money played a large part in the decision, the nail in the coffin came from an announcement that $5 million worth of new transmission lines for wind energy in Texas were not going to be built anywhere near the planned site of the wind farm.

Pickens originally planned to build his own transmission lines as well, but tough economic times have scaled back his ambition.

The good news is that Pickens and his team still plan to develop smaller wind farms around the Midwest, including spots in Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Kansas, and Texas.

While Pickens is an unlikely eco-hero, we’ve been rooting for him to get these big projects up and running.  We can only hope that these setbacks aren’t permanent and we’ll see the return of his large-scale wind energy plans in the near future.

via Green Inc.


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Pickens Walks Away from World’s Largest Wind Farm

pickens-wind-no
After months of delays due to financing difficulties, T. Boone Pickens is walking away from a plan to build the world’s largest wind farm in the Texas Panhandle.  While money played a large part in the decision, the nail in the coffin came from an announcement that $5 million worth of new transmission lines for wind energy in Texas were not going to be built anywhere near the planned site of the wind farm.

Pickens originally planned to build his own transmission lines as well, but tough economic times have scaled back his ambition.

The good news is that Pickens and his team still plan to develop smaller wind farms around the Midwest, including spots in Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Kansas, and Texas.

While Pickens is an unlikely eco-hero, we’ve been rooting for him to get these big projects up and running.  We can only hope that these setbacks aren’t permanent and we’ll see the return of his large-scale wind energy plans in the near future.

via Green Inc.


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Solar-Powered Cargo Ship Debuts in Long Beach

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A cargo ship equipped with 328 solar panels is currently docked at the Port of Long Beach, California as a demonstration project by the port, Toyota and shipping company NYK Line.  The ship is the first cargo ship to use the sun’s power for more than just small electrical applications.

The ship, the M/V Auriga Leader, will gather about 10 percent of its electricity needs from the solar panels.  While solar panels have been applied to large ships like this before, this is the first example where the solar energy goes directly to the ship’s electrical grid.  The ship’s thrusters, hydraulics and steering gear will all receive power from the sun’s rays.

Cargo ships of this size can easily use 400 kW of energy while at port, so even though the solar panel installations are only contributing 10 percent of the energy needed, they can still make a big difference.  We did notice that there seemed to be plenty of additional space that could be outfitted with solar panels.  Hopefully if this demonstration goes well, they will increase the number of solar panels and the amount of solar energy being generated by the ship.

via Inhabitat


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Haywood Dorland Energy Capital, LLC, Invests in SolFocus, Inc., the Leading Developer of Advanced Concentrator PV Solar Technologies
CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Haywood Dorland Energy Capital, LLC, a private equity firm, announced today that it has made an indirect equity investment in CPV solar energy company, SolFocus, Inc. SolFocus is the leader in concentrator PV solar power technology development. Haywood Dorland, led by Steven Pottle, focuses on funding solar panel and general solar power companies and projects. The investment was completed through an investment vehicle formed by Advanced Equities, Inc. SolFocus has previously received funding from New Enterprise Associates, NGEN Partners and Yellowstone Capital, Inc., which are leading investors in solar energy companies, including solar panel manufacturers.

As noted by Steven Pottle, the Managing Principal of Haywood Dorland Energy Capital, LLC, “SolFocus has developed leading concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) solar panel technology which combines high-efficiency solar cells (approaching 40%) and advanced optics to provide solar energy solutions which are scalable, dependable and capable of delivering on the promise of clean, low-cost, solar energy. This is a key strategic solar energy investment that will be followed by others, including ones in different solar panel technologies, as we continue to build our portfolio of operating assets and financial investments.\”



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Evolution Solar Explores China Opportunities
PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Evolution Solar Corporation (PinkSheets: EVSO) has sent representatives to China to explore potential opportunities there and to consider strengthening the Company’s existing presence in China. As the Company has developed, it has become increasingly clear that China will be a leader in the development of new solar products (such as thin-film solar) and a major consumer as well.

EVSO seeks to convert relationships it has developed in China into a major component of its business strategy. This trip is aimed at establishing top level strategic relationships with solar companies in China and at evaluating possible locations for a new Chinese headquarters.

“We see growth coming both through acquisitions and through strategic relationships with leaders in the solar industry in China,” stated Robert Kaapke, CEO of Evolution Solar Corp. “The Company is entering an exciting new phase of development with these two new foundations for growth.”

EVSO expects to incorporate products produced by, Sun Power (Nasdaq: SPWRA), First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR), Trina Solar LTD (NYSE: TSL), and LDK Solar Co. LTD (NYSE: LDK).



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Shaw Awarded Task Orders for Photovoltaic and Energy Efficiency Improvement at U.S. Navy Installations
BATON ROUGE, La.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SGR) today announced Atlantic Contingency Constructors, LLC (ACC) has been awarded four task orders under a U.S. Navy Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract for global contingency construction awarded in 2006. ACC is a joint venture between Shaw’s Environmental & Infrastructure Group and AECOM Government Services, Inc. The work performed under the task orders will be for the improvement, design and construction of sustainable energy systems at Navy installations in the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Mississippi and Texas.

The task orders, totaling up to $100 million, are funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and this amount will be included in the company’s fourth quarter fiscal year 2009 backlog of unfilled orders.

ACC will perform building and lighting efficiency surveys to optimize the performance of various photovoltaic (PV) systems that will be designed and constructed as part of these task orders. The systems may include rooftop- , carport- and ground-mounted systems, as well as solar ventilation preheat and other solar energy systems.

“Federal government agencies continually are moving toward using renewable energy to power their operations and need solutions that address the challenge of fulfilling energy demand with cost-effective solutions and minimal environmental impact,” said George Bevan, president of Shaw’s Environmental & Infrastructure Group. “Shaw’s expertise in design and construction will help the U.S. Navy achieve a more sustainable, cost-effective energy system to meet their current and future needs.”

The Shaw Group Inc. is a leading global provider of technology, engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance, fabrication, manufacturing, consulting, remediation and facilities management services for government and private sector clients in the energy, chemicals, environmental, infrastructure and emergency response markets. A Fortune 500 company with fiscal year 2008 annual revenues of $7 billion, Shaw is headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., with offices and operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. Shaw is the power sector industry leader according to Engineering News-Record\’s list of Top 500 Design Firms. For further information, please visit Shaw\’s Web site at www.shawgrp.com.



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Coverage from Green Technology and Renewable Energy Media Bolsters Popularity of BioSolar’s Environment-Friendly Solar Module Components
SANTA CLARITA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BioSolar, Inc. (OTCBB:BSRC) has garnered media coverage in numerous high-profile publications following its recent announcement that the company will be shipping its first commercial product, BioBacksheet-C™, in the second half of 2009. BioBacksheet-C is a protective covering in the back of virtually all photovoltaic solar cells designed to replace expensive and hazardous petroleum-based film with a bio-based film.

“It’s no secret that solar panels, while capable of producing clean renewable energy, are themselves laden with potentially harmful materials. One California company says it has developed products that will make panels more environmentally palatable,” reported Sustainable Industries of BioSolar’s line of proprietary BioBacksheet™ protective coverings on June 18.

The same article mentions BioSolar has been working with several unnamed solar panel manufacturers to test its products before transitioning into production mode by the end of 2009 for its cotton- and castor oil-derived materials that “match plastic’s durability and can be used in existing panel manufacturing facilities.”

The Sustainable Industries feature coverage was also distributed by internationally renowned Reuters News Syndicate and Matter Networks, the media network dedicated to creating, aggregating, and syndicating actionable news and information about the clean technology and sustainability revolution, further underscoring the validity of BioSolar’s contribution to the renewable energy industry.

“Designed specifically for cost-sensitive, economical photovoltaic (PV) solar modules, the BioBacksheet-C is expected to be instrumental in driving down the cost per watt of solar power,” said Dr. David Lee, BioSolar’s chairman and CEO, in the June 24 Commodity Online news report. “Currently designed for silicon (c-Si) photovoltaic solar panels, the first commercially available BioBacksheet-C is highly water resistant and contains high dielectric strength material combined with cellulosic film.”

The Daily Green reports that though all solar cells require protective backing, it is contradictory for these backings to comprise petroleum in any amount saying, “Solar has to be green all the way through.”

In the same article, Dr. Lee explains, \”Oil prices go up and down a lot, and putting a huge new demand on the petroleum industry as solar production increases is just not a good idea.\” He added that his company’s solar panel components consist of cotton, castor beans and other proprietary bio-based ingredients to help reduce the industry’s dependency on petroleum.

The Daily Green also reports that while the bio-film will be on the market in the latter part of 2009, other products are in the research and development stage, and the company is working on other bio-based PV module parts, including a replacement for the glass top layer of most panels.



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Mitsubishi Electric Identifies ARRA-Eligible Products
CYPRESS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Group Holdings has identified its energy, building services and transportation products and technologies that may qualify for federal stimulus funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The products include power generation and transmission; rail transportation; heating and cooling; elevators and escalators; solar panels; water treatment; display technologies; and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).

With sales, engineering, and manufacturing locations throughout the United States, the Mitsubishi Electric U.S. companies are especially well-positioned to assist with infrastructure modernization projects.

“Substantial funds are being invested in key ARRA projects to modernize federal, state, and local facilities; create smart grids to efficiently meet growing energy needs; apply alternative power sources like solar and wind; build high-speed rail lines; and rebuild water infrastructure systems,” said Roger Barna, chairman of Mitsubishi Electric’s North American Business Development group. “We’re pleased to offer a range of product solutions that are very relevant to the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“We’ve maintained a solid presence in the United States for more than 35 years and also believe strongly that our U.S. workers, products and technologies are positioned to make significant contributions toward rebuilding our social infrastructure and assisting in the transition to a clean energy economy.”

Mitsubishi Electric has been a key provider of energy infrastructure to U.S. electric utilities for decades, and is the preferred provider of thousands of business and property owners for energy-efficient climate control systems, elevators and escalators, power supplies and controls. Through a variety of products, Mitsubishi Electric U.S. contributes to energy efficiency and long-term cost savings in high-performance green buildings, school and data center modernizations, education facilities, low-income housing, federal buildings, and more.

Mitsubishi Electric’s ARRA-eligible offerings include:

* High-efficiency solar panels that use 100% lead-free solder
* Inverter-driven, energy-efficient, split-ductless Mr. Slim, City Multi and Lossnay heating, cooling and energy recovery ventilation systems
* Non-toxic, chemical-free ozone water treatment systems for industry and municipalities of all sizes, including packaged, portable systems for smaller cities
* Redundant uninterruptible power supplies that manage energy usage and ensure maximum cost-efficiency
* High-voltage electricity transmission and distribution equipment including power circuit breakers, transformers, gas-insulated substations for cities and utilities
* Machine-room-less and inverter driven elevators that save space and actually generate electricity during operation
* Building automation systems that help reduce energy consumption and waste
* Inverter-based rail propulsion, train management and climate control systems that are already used in U.S. commuter rail cars and high-speed rail networks worldwide
* Energy-efficient display and projection technologies that deliver stunning images using comparatively low power and environmentally friendly materials

Mitsubishi Electric’s U.S. companies are members of leading environmental or quality assurance organizations including the U.S. Green Building Council, AHRI and ASHRAE, and many of its products have been certified by, or meet the standards of, EnergyStar, RoHS, LEED, SEER, ISO9001, ISO14001 and QS-9000.

The corporation has also strengthened its commitment to the environment through its “Environmental Vision 2021 Plan.” Vision 2021 offers a framework that defines long-term initiatives to realize a sustainable society, setting 2021 as the target year and commemorating Mitsubishi Electric’s 100th anniversary as a formal entity. Vision 2021 ensures Mitsubishi Electric U.S. will develop cost-effective and efficient products now and well into the future.



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Solyndra, Inc. Signs Sales Contract with Umwelt-Sonne-Energie GmbH for Approximately $238 Million
FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Solyndra, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative proprietary photovoltaic (PV) systems for commercial rooftops, announced it has signed a new long-term sales contract with solar integrator Umwelt-Sonne-Energie GmbH (USE), based in Holzgerlingen, Germany. The Euro-based contract, worth up to $238 million, extends through 2013 and brings Solyndra\’s contractual backlog to more than $2.0 billion. The solar panels for these contracts will be manufactured at Solyndra\’s facilities in Fremont and Milpitas, California.

\”We are very happy to announce this relationship with USE, a highly innovative integrator of large-scale PV systems. USE’s strong presence in Germany and eastern Europe, coupled with Solyndra’s breakthrough PV systems, will accelerate the deployment of world-class photovoltaic installations on commercial rooftops in these very attractive markets,\” said Dr. Kelly Truman, Solyndra’s VP of Marketing and Business Development.

Solyndra\’s cylindrical, thin film PV systems are designed to generate more electricity on an annual basis from typical low-slope commercial rooftops, while uniquely providing much lower installation costs than conventional flat panel PV technologies.

\”As a company focused on innovation in photovoltaics, we are very excited to announce this partnership. Solyndra’s revolutionary technology redefines performance for large roofs compared to conventional PV technologies in terms of installation cost, non-penetrating wind performance, rooftop loading, and energy production per roof,” states Arnold Berens, Managing Director of USE. \”Solyndra\’s innovative cylindrical module geometry and fast and easy mounting technology provide definitive proof that even today, dramatic breakthroughs in PV engineering are possible,” added Daniel Grünauer, Managing Director of USE.



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CE2 Carbon Capital and Black Warrior Solid Waste Disposal Authority Complete Transaction of Carbon Reduction Tonnes (CRTs) Involving Methane Gas Capture and Destruction
San Diego, CA – July 7, 2009 – CE2 Carbon Capital, a company dedicated to building a portfolio of carbon offsets and other assets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in North America announced today that it has completed a transaction with Alabama-based Black Warrior Solid Waste Disposal Authority to purchase Carbon Reduction Tonnes generated by a landfill gas facility located in Northport, Alabama.


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