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Kender Energy Announces the Successful Completion of Phase 1 Testing on Its Revolutionary Solar Power Engine

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND–(Marketwire – August 18, 2009) – Kender Energy Inc. (PINKSHEETS: KNDR) is pleased to announce that it has completed its phase 1 testing on its solar power engine. The initial phase was completed recently and the principles and theory behind the Kender Solar Power Engine were successfully demonstrated.

“The phase 1 testing proves the Kender Solar Power engine principle, which is to have the ability to generate mechanical energy from an input combination of electrical energy added to an air temperature differential, for a higher mechanical energy output than the initial electrical energy input,” said CEO Sean Kelly. These tests are very encouraging for the future of Kender Energy and open the door to a new generation of solar energy devices, which can have high coefficients of performance (COP), along the same magnitudes as those of heat pumps.

This successful phase does not yet create a finalized product. However, It clearly states the capability of the engine to produce a desired energy output. Several additional tests will need to be carried out in the near future, working mainly on the materials resistance to thermal differentials.



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First Solar, Southern California Edison Sign Contracts for 550 MW of Photovoltaic Solar Electricity

ROSEMEAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–First Solar, Inc. and Southern California Edison (SCE) today announced agreements to build two large-scale solar power projects in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in Southern California. The installations, which will be among the largest of their kind, will have a generation capacity of 550 megawatts of photovoltaic solar electricity, enough to provide power to approximately 170,000 homes. The agreements are subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.

“Southern California Edison is always looking for innovative ways to deliver clean power from renewable sources. First Solar is an excellent partner in helping us achieve our goals,” said Stuart Hemphill, SCE senior vice president, Power Procurement. “This agreement is good for our customers, for the industry and for the environment.”

First Solar will engineer, procure and construct the two solar facilities, using its industry leading thin-film photovoltaic solar modules. The projects are the 250 megawatt Desert Sunlight project near Desert Center, Calif., and the 300 megawatt Stateline project in northeastern San Bernardino County. Pending network upgrades and receipt of applicable governmental permits, construction is scheduled to begin in 2012 for Desert Sunlight and 2013 for Stateline. Both projects are expected to be completed in 2015. Several hundred construction jobs are expected to be created at each site. When completed, the solar projects will produce 1.2 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy per year.

“Supplying solar power to Southern California Edison and its customers advances our mission of providing clean, affordable and sustainable solar electricity,” said John Carrington, First Solar executive vice president, Marketing and Business Development. “These projects will help California reach its renewable energy goals, and are powerful examples of large-scale photovoltaic solar generation becoming a reality in the United States.”

California currently has a goal of delivering 20 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2010 and is considering legislation to increase the goal to 33 percent by 2020. SCE is the nation’s leading purchaser of renewable energy and, in 2008, delivered 12.6 billion kilowatt-hours of energy to its customers from renewable resources – about 16 percent of its total energy portfolio. In addition, the utility delivered more than 65 percent of the solar energy produced in the United States for its customers in 2008.



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Suniva® and OneWorld Sustainable Partner on Solar Schools Project

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Suniva®, a Norcross, Georgia manufacturer of high-efficiency, low-cost silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells, and OneWorld Sustainable, a Georgia-based renewable energy company, are partnering to install solar panels Powered by Suniva® PV cells in schools across the state.

The installation leverages OneWorld’s ongoing involvement with Sun Power for Schools, an educational program created four years ago by non-profit Green Power Electric Membership Cooperative (Green Power EMC). School administrators across Georgia use the program to teach students about renewable energy and the many benefits of sustainable living.

“We are pleased to be partnering with OneWorld Sustainable on the Sun Power for Schools project,” said John Baumstark, Suniva® chairman & CEO. “After all, students today are extremely aware of the importance of clean energy. Suniva’s goal is to continue to produce high-power solar products as a cost-effective alternative to non-renewable fossil fuels. This program is a great vehicle to showcase the benefits of solar energy and Suniva solar modules powered by our leading cell technology. We are especially proud to manufacture our solar cells right here in Georgia.”

The program exemplifies the opportunity Georgia has to capitalize on a growing solar industry. OneWorld President and CEO Tim Blackwell said, “We are excited to partner with a company of Suniva’s caliber, especially considering their local manufacturing presence. In addition to the program’s educational benefits to students, we believe this partnership demonstrates the potential of the solar industry to create jobs in Georgia and contribute to the economic development in the state.”

Launched as a non-profit corporation in 2003, Green Power EMC is Georgia’s first renewable energy program and is currently comprised of 38 individual EMCs. For each school participating in the Sun Power for Schools program, Green Power EMC donates small, interactive grid-tied PV systems and brings on-line PV system monitoring into the classroom. Since 2005, OneWorld has installed systems at 25 schools through the Green Power EMC program, and expects to have Suniva®-powered panels installed in five additional schools by the end of 2009.



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Borrego Solar Systems Named One of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies by Inc. Magazine for the Third Consecutive Year

EL CAJON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Borrego Solar Systems, Inc., a leading financer, designer and installer of grid-connected solar electric power systems, has been named one of America’s fastest-growing companies by Inc. Magazine for the third year in a row. Ranked number 321, Borrego Solar grew at an impressive rate of 754.4 percent over the past three years. Borrego Solar is also ranked 14th among top energy companies and seventh among the fastest-growing businesses in the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif. area.

“Being honored by Inc. Magazine for the third consecutive year is further testament to the continued recognition of solar power as a leading alternative energy source as well as Borrego’s commitment to offering the highest-quality services possible,” said Mike Hall, CEO of Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. “We are extremely pleased with this recognition and anticipate continued growth as we evolve our business model to help organizations across the U.S. reap the financial and environmental benefits of solar energy.”

Borrego finished 2008 with $58 million in revenue and more than $90 million in contracts, having completed some of the country’s largest solar projects for schools, companies and government agencies. Most recently, Borrego announced a new financing option for commercial and government organizations interested in adopting solar energy. Borrego’s new power-purchase agreement (PPA) program provides customers a new, simple way to finance a solar project without having to assume the up-front costs of the project or work with a third-party financier. Borrego has already received interest in the program in Massachusetts, New Jersey and California and expects to see continued growth while increasing the size and scope of the projects it designs, builds and manages.

“If you want to know which companies are going to change the world, look at the Inc. 500,” said Inc. editor Jane Berentson. “These are the most dynamic, fast-growth companies in the nation, the ones finding innovative solutions to problems, creating smart systems, and inventing products we soon discover we can’t live without. The Inc. 500 list is Inc. Magazine’s tribute to American business ingenuity and ambition.”



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Borrego Solar Systems Named One of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies by Inc. Magazine for the Third Consecutive Year

EL CAJON, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Borrego Solar Systems, Inc., a leading financer, designer and installer of grid-connected solar electric power systems, has been named one of America’s fastest-growing companies by Inc. Magazine for the third year in a row. Ranked number 321, Borrego Solar grew at an impressive rate of 754.4 percent over the past three years. Borrego Solar is also ranked 14th among top energy companies and seventh among the fastest-growing businesses in the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif. area.

“Being honored by Inc. Magazine for the third consecutive year is further testament to the continued recognition of solar power as a leading alternative energy source as well as Borrego’s commitment to offering the highest-quality services possible,” said Mike Hall, CEO of Borrego Solar Systems, Inc. “We are extremely pleased with this recognition and anticipate continued growth as we evolve our business model to help organizations across the U.S. reap the financial and environmental benefits of solar energy.”

Borrego finished 2008 with $58 million in revenue and more than $90 million in contracts, having completed some of the country’s largest solar projects for schools, companies and government agencies. Most recently, Borrego announced a new financing option for commercial and government organizations interested in adopting solar energy. Borrego’s new power-purchase agreement (PPA) program provides customers a new, simple way to finance a solar project without having to assume the up-front costs of the project or work with a third-party financier. Borrego has already received interest in the program in Massachusetts, New Jersey and California and expects to see continued growth while increasing the size and scope of the projects it designs, builds and manages.

“If you want to know which companies are going to change the world, look at the Inc. 500,” said Inc. editor Jane Berentson. “These are the most dynamic, fast-growth companies in the nation, the ones finding innovative solutions to problems, creating smart systems, and inventing products we soon discover we can’t live without. The Inc. 500 list is Inc. Magazine’s tribute to American business ingenuity and ambition.”



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BioSolar Files Patent for BioBacksheet™-A Thin Film Photovoltaic Solar Module Component

SANTA CLARITA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BioSolar, Inc. (OTC BB: BSRC), developer of a breakthrough technology to produce bio-based materials from renewable plant sources that reduce the cost of photovoltaic solar modules, announced today that the company has recently filed a patent application to protect the innovations behind its proprietary BioBacksheetTM-A, a bio-based backsheet featuring an absolute moisture barrier for the thin-film solar cell market.

BioBacksheetTM-A is a three layer laminate film consisting of a 100 percent recyclable aluminum foil center core sandwiched between two outer layers of bio-based polymer films, making it a unique product in the industry.

“BioSolar’s goal is to reduce the costs of solar modules and make solar energy greener by replacing petroleum-based module components with bio-based materials made from renewable plant sources,” said Dr. David Lee, CEO of BioSolar. “Patent filing and protection of our intellectual property is an important milestone as we continue our journey toward full-scale commercial production for many of the company’s new products.”

This patent filing follows the recent news that BioSolar has not only accepted the challenge of developing a backsheet with a water vapor transmission rate of essentially zero, which is necessary for thin film solar module components such as cad-telluride and CIGS, but also the initial pilot line run of this backsheet was highly successful. Testing of these samples continues as the company moves toward commercialization.

BioSolar’s complete line of backsheets meet or exceed the characteristics of various testing and performance standards for the photovoltaic industry and are expected to cost significantly less than petroleum-based films currently in use by the majority of solar module manufacturers today.



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Hydrogen Forklifts Forking Over Clean Energy to Food Retailers

Last Friday I had talked about the building of a hydrogen corridor from West Virginia to Pittsburgh, PA. What I had neglected to mention, however is that at the Yeager Airport in Charleston, WV one of the test vehicles will be a hydrogen powered forklift.

Now, many might not find the idea of hydrogen forklifts nearly as exciting as the prospect of hydrogen cars. But, the fact is that hydrogen forklifts are being sold commercially now whereas hydrogen cars are still a few years away.

Hydrogen forklifts solve a problem in industrial settings. Since forklifts may spend most of their time indoors, this makes indoor air pollution a concern, especially with diesel-fueled forklifts. Also, forklifts powered by batteries usually have to be charged overnight.

Hydrogen forklifts offer a clean, non-polluting, quick-fill solution. At least this is what food retailer H-E-B Corporation (a $15 billion company) in San Antonio, Texas believes as they have just bought 14 Nuvera PowerEdge fuel cell systems, a PowerTap hydrogen generator and a hydrogen station to run 14 class II forklifts.

Another food retailer that believes fumes and food don’t mix, is Wegmans Food Markets in Pottsville, PA. Wegmans has just received a $1 million grant from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) for hydrogen powered pallet jacks and reach trucks.

According to Wegmans, “By converting the lift equipment in just the produce area of its facility to hydrogen fuel cells, carbon emissions will be reduced by an amount equivalent to removing 134 cars off the road each year.”

Little by little, hydrogen vehicles are starting to creep into the cultural awareness. Whether its hydrogen powered forklifts and other lift equipment, H2 transport vehicles at airports, hydrogen powered unmanned aerial vehicles or fuel cell lease vehicles like the Honda Clarity, hydrogen vehicles are starting to spread their presence throughout the U. S. and other countries. It’s only a matter of time before they are everywhere.


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California Fuel Cell Partnership opens new slogan contest

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Here’s what you can win in the new California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) slogan contest: a fuel cell model kit and your words on the new CaFCP t-shirt.
Here’s what probably won’t get chosen: anything that slams hydrogen as a viable alternative for automotive use because of the lack of a hydrogen refueling infrastructure or because the cars are too expensive.

Yes, the CaFCP is looking for help in broadcasting their pro-hydrogen message through the medium of T-shirts. If you’re interested in pitching your own idea, head on over to this site and pair up a picture with your slogan idea. The CaFCP says they’re looking for something “short and catchy,” and what else would we expect from a T-shirt? Submissions will be accepted until August 28th. The best entries will be posted on September 1 and then voting will be open for one week. If you go and submit something, feel free to share it in the comments.

FWIW, the Amazon price for the model kit is $90.

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California Fuel Cell Partnership opens new slogan contest

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Here’s what you can win in the new California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP) slogan contest: a fuel cell model kit and your words on the new CaFCP t-shirt.
Here’s what probably won’t get chosen: anything that slams hydrogen as a viable alternative for automotive use because of the lack of a hydrogen refueling infrastructure or because the cars are too expensive.

Yes, the CaFCP is looking for help in broadcasting their pro-hydrogen message through the medium of T-shirts. If you’re interested in pitching your own idea, head on over to this site and pair up a picture with your slogan idea. The CaFCP says they’re looking for something “short and catchy,” and what else would we expect from a T-shirt? Submissions will be accepted until August 28th. The best entries will be posted on September 1 and then voting will be open for one week. If you go and submit something, feel free to share it in the comments.

FWIW, the Amazon price for the model kit is $90.

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Hydrokinetic Power Barges

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Hydrokinetic Power Barges

Interest in hydrokinetic energy — which generates power by using submerged or partially submerged turbines that harness the energy from flowing water — is on the rise throughout the world. Renewable energy advocates, governments and investors are increasingly becoming aware of river currents and the huge associated energy potential. Because hydrokinetic power generation relies [...]
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New Report Recommends Technology Deployment Targets to Decarbonize Industry
Originally posted at The Breakthrough Institute

Here’s the current climate stalemate: While US and EU negotiators keep pushing for an international treaty based on cutting emissions, developing nations like China and India keep refusing to adopt hard emissions caps. But according to a new report by the Center for Clean Air Policy, those emission caps are too hard to measure and monitor in developing nations, anyway. Instead, the report concludes, developing countries should adopt a new approach to increase efficiency in their most energy-intensive industries by setting measurable clean energy technology targets.

Dan Klein of CCAP, a co-author of the report, explained:

“To be able to say we’re going to improve our emissions intensity by 5 percent, that’s a nice concept. But to be able to actually do that means … you have the ability to measure industrywide what you’re doing now and what you’re doing after.”

On the other hand, “It’s not such a difficult thing to count the number of plants that have a certain technology,” Klein said.

In a close examination of China’s cement, iron and steel industries, Klein and his colleagues–including collaborators from China’s Tshinghua University–found that adopting targets for the deployment of more efficient technologies in the cement industry alone could reduce emissions in that sector by 10-20%.

Not only would a technology-based approach reduce emissions more quickly and effectively than setting a hard cap, it would also make developing nations more likely to get on-board for an international climate treaty.

Haibing Ma, another co-author of the report, said:

“This kind of approach will have more buying power. [China has] shown a greater level of interest in this type of approach” than in energy-intensity or hard emissions cap approaches.

A technology-based approach also follows logically from the rapid deployment actions China is already taking. The nation has set ambitious targets for clean energy technologies including wind, solar, and nuclear. The Chinese government has implemented a wide range of subsidies and incentives to facilitate the deployment of these clean energy technologies. And it will continue to foster clean technology deployment with a massive $440-660 billion clean energy investment plan, set to be released this year.

As Breakthrough and others have reported, it’s not emissions caps but targeted technology deployment policies– underwritten by substantial and stable government support–that have put China on track to surpass the US in the race to dominate the burgeoning clean energy industry.

Last week’s CCAP report isn’t the first to call for direct decarbonization of global industries. It falls in line with a recent paper coordinated by British professor and researcher Gwin Pryns, who recommends a strategy called the “Direct Kaya Approach” to reduce the carbon intensity of an economy by increasing energy efficiency and deploying low-carbon technologies. Such a framework could replace the failed, emissions-centric Kyoto model and provide the backbone for a new international climate agreement like the one Breakthrough has advocated.

The sooner climate negotiators heed the call of experts like Klein and Prins, the better. Pledges to slash emissions may make for rosy-sounding headlines, but without a plan to reach these goals, an international climate deal will amount to nothing but empty promises. The world has a far ways to go in order to avert catastrophic climate change–and a framework based on clear, measurable technology targets provides a roadmap for how both developed and developing countries will get there.


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Novomer raises $14M for plastics from renewable feedstocks
A Massachusetts-based company is using new funding to accelerate growth as it prepares to commercialize materials aimed at the packaging, coatings and chemicals markets.


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ElectraLink picks eMeter's smart grid software for UK market
London-based company plans to use EnergyIP software to process smart meter data and communicate real-time information to customers.


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