Archive for August 24th, 2009

Lower-cost Solar Cells To Be Printed Like Newspaper, Painted On Rooftops
Solar cells could soon be produced more cheaply using nanoparticle “inks” that allow them to be printed like newspaper or painted onto the sides of buildings or rooftops to absorb electricity-producing sunlight.


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Lower-cost Solar Cells To Be Printed Like Newspaper, Painted On Rooftops
Solar cells could soon be produced more cheaply using nanoparticle “inks” that allow them to be printed like newspaper or painted onto the sides of buildings or rooftops to absorb electricity-producing sunlight.


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Lower-cost Solar Cells To Be Printed Like Newspaper, Painted On Rooftops
Solar cells could soon be produced more cheaply using nanoparticle “inks” that allow them to be printed like newspaper or painted onto the sides of buildings or rooftops to absorb electricity-producing sunlight.


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London Mayor Boris Johnson Reverses Position on Hydrogen Cars

In April 2008, I had talked about how the University of Birmingham, UK was building the country’s only active hydrogen fueling station. The London station had been dismantled a few years earlier. The Birmingham hydrogen fueling station would support a few microcabs and presumably some of the 70 Honda FCVs that London had ordered as police vehicles.

And, then in September 2008 I talked about how the University of Birmingham, UK was to receive 5 fuel cell Microcabs. I also mentioned how London Major Boris Johnson had cancelled an order for 60 hydrogen powered cars.

Today, it seems that the good mayor has made a reversal of his decision in that he would like to assemble 150 hydrogen cars and 6 hydrogen fueling stations around London in the run up to the 2012 Olympics. This hydrogen highway system around London and beyond would emulate the system started in California.

Five hydrogen powered buses and 20 hydrogen-powered black taxis will also be part of the clean fuel agenda. In addition, Major Johnson has committed to bring onboard electric cars and wire the city with 25,000 recharging stations.

The mayor believes that within 20 years, one in three British cars (about 10 million out of 31 million) will be powered by hydrogen. Now, why is the good major reversing his position?

One reason may be to help his country conform to the Kyoto protocol. Another reason would be the same as the Chinese at their 2008 Olympics which is to show the world how green their city is becoming. Another reason could be similar political pressure the Obama administration has faced when Congress decided to reinstate the hydrogen budget that had been slashed.

No matter the reason, it’s good to see that top political leaders are taking another serious look at hydrogen vehicles as a way to reduce emissions and reduce reliance on foreign fuels (and create well-paying green jobs).


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Random Find: WePlayGreen.org

Random Find: WePlayGreen.org
Hat tip to colleague Bill Brozak for this interesting find:

WePlayGreen.org is a group started by Chris Dickerson from the Cincinnati Reds and Jack Cassel from the Cleveland Indians to promote how professional athletes live green and inspire fans to do the same. Athletes from any professional sport can join (see the list here) and many of the testimonials talk about the basics, like recycling.

But they don’t just play it safe with easy issues like recycling, they actually have opinions, like limiting the amount of plastics used during sports seasons and this Tweet from Friday: “Bioplastics is really just replacing one problem for another and doesn’t address what is wrong with our throw-away culture.”

Check them out.


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Wind industry downturn hits Alliant

Wind industry downturn hits Alliant

From a post on Tom Content’s blog on JSonline.com:

As if falling power sales and record cold July weather weren’t enough challenges for Alliant Energy Corp., the company’s wind-power construction business is also seeing sales slide.

A downturn in the wind power industry led Alliant to reduce its earnings forecast Thursday for RMT, its Madison-based wind power construction business, for 2009.

Alliant had said RMT would bring in 12 cents per share of profit, but now is forecasting profit of 3 cents, company executives said on a conference call after the utility posted lower-than-expected earnings.

“At the same time the utilities were experiencing negative weather and economic impacts on sales, the wind development market in the U.S. has slowed to a crawl, leading us to revise RMT’s prospects for the year as well,” said Bill Harvey, chairman, president and chief executive.

The American Wind Energy Association is forecasting that new wind installed capacity will fall 40% in 2009, compared with last year, and General Electric Co.’s energy infrastructure division is projecting a 50% decline, Harvey said.

RMT works as an engineering, construction and development firm on wind power projects. It built the state’s largest wind farm, Blue Sky Green Field, for Milwaukee-based We Energies, last year.


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Renewables & efficiency – Aug 24

Renewables & efficiency – Aug 24

-Plotting the path of renewable power lines
-On power without borders, transmission capacity, and lessons for TSOs
-Smartening Up the Grid

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Investor Ideas – Get 8 Stock Directories, Including Energy Stocks and the Insiders Corner
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Omega Institute Turns On America’s First Zero-Impact "Living Building"
Powered by a 48.5 kW solar electric system installed by Alteris Renewables, the Omega Institute Center for Sustainable Living opened its doors in Rhinebeck, NY July 16th. The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) is a state-of-the art education center and natural wastewater treatment facility. A model of sustainable architecture, the OCSL is a pioneering project in the Living Building Challenge and is expected to be the first building in the United States to receive the Living Building designation in addition to receiving LEED Platinum certification within the next year.
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Omega Institute Turns On America’s First Zero-Impact "Living Building"
Powered by a 48.5 kW solar electric system installed by Alteris Renewables, the Omega Institute Center for Sustainable Living opened its doors in Rhinebeck, NY July 16th. The Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) is a state-of-the art education center and natural wastewater treatment facility. A model of sustainable architecture, the OCSL is a pioneering project in the Living Building Challenge and is expected to be the first building in the United States to receive the Living Building designation in addition to receiving LEED Platinum certification within the next year.
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GE Energy to Acquire Offshore Wind Turbine Supplier ScanWind of Norway
Morphic Technologies AB has signed an agreement to sell ScanWind to GE Energy. ScanWind Group AS, headquartered in Trondheim, Norway, was founded in 1999 to develop and commercialize direct drive wind turbine technology suitable for offshore deployment. The company has approximately 45 employees, a subsidiary in Karlstad, Sweden, and an assembly plant in Verdal, 90 kilometers north of Trondheim, real estate that is excluded from the deal with GE.
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Boulder’s Gigantic Wind Turbines: Are Those People!?
giant 1.5MW wind turbine photo
Image credit: Big Green Boulder and National Renewable Energy Laboratory

They might not be quite the scale of the 6MW wind turbine that Justin wrote about in Germany, nor the concept for a 9MW vertical axis wind turbine that the Scottish reportedly have in the works. Nevertheless, researchers at the National Renewable Energ… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Zero Energy Home in San Francisco

Zero Energy Home in San Francisco
Homes of the future will go beyond including green design elements, low VOC paints, and solar systems. Homes of the future will be carbon neutral, generate all their own power, some of their own food and have integrated systems to increase energy efficiency, reduce water consumption and minimize waste.
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Green Your Blue Jeans

Green Your Blue Jeans
Blue jeans are classic, and a staple in almost every American’s wardrobe. They’re comfortable, versatile, durable and they look great too. There are jeans for every shape and size and if you ever find a pair of jeans that fit you perfectly – buy them. That is, as long as they’re organic cotton or vintage. And when you’ve worn out the knees or moved on to a better fit, make use of your old jeans by recycling them. Why this emphasis on eco jeans?
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