Archive for January 23rd, 2010

New Missouri Solar Rebates Cut Installation Costs in Half
Residents of Missouri have a new option in rebates for installing residential solar power systems. Federal incentives that will cover 30 percent of total system costs are available to anyone, anywhere and anytime until 2016. Until recently, the state of Missouri had done very little to promote solar power outside of a state-funded energy loan [...]


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New Missouri Solar Rebates Cut Installation Costs in Half
Residents of Missouri have a new option in rebates for installing residential solar power systems. Federal incentives that will cover 30 percent of total system costs are available to anyone, anywhere and anytime until 2016. Until recently, the state of Missouri had done very little to promote solar power outside of a state-funded energy loan [...]


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Toyota to Have Affordable Hydrogen FCVs by 2015

A couple of weeks ago I had talked about how Toyota has said it will rollout 100 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for testing by 2013. Now, at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has said they will make “affordable” hydrogen FCVs available to the public by 2015.

According to Toyota North America spokesman, Irv Miller, “We plan to come to market in 2015, or earlier, with a vehicle that will be reliable and durable, with exceptional fuel economy and zero emissions, at an affordable price.”

The one caveat and it’s a big one is that Toyota says it will rollout these affordable vehicles if there is a hydrogen refueling infrastructure in place to support them. Now, this statement could have several meanings.

First, it could simply be that Toyota is blowing smoke since it knows that no nationwide H2 infrastructure will possibly in place by 2015, so this is simply a stall tactic. Second, if Toyota carries through with this promise it will put pressure on business and government to start in earnest building the needed infrastructure since the cars are ready.

Third, Toyota may mean a limited low production rollout of affordable hydrogen vehicles in fueling station cluster areas such as Los Angeles and New York. This scenario would make the most sense, because it would require the least investment by Toyota, would still put pressure on business and government and will still have the effect of showcasing its vehicles in two of the largest population centers in the U. S.

Toyota will most likely not make a profit on these vehicles. They will be “loss leader” items that will keep their name in the news and stimulate sales of their other vehicles. But, that’s Okay with hydrogen advocates such as myself. Whatever means the automakers can use to push H2 progress forward will appreciated by environmental advocates in the near term and profitable for the carmakers in the long-term.


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Toyota to Have Affordable Hydrogen FCVs by 2015

A couple of weeks ago I had talked about how Toyota has said it will rollout 100 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for testing by 2013. Now, at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has said they will make “affordable” hydrogen FCVs available to the public by 2015.

According to Toyota North America spokesman, Irv Miller, “We plan to come to market in 2015, or earlier, with a vehicle that will be reliable and durable, with exceptional fuel economy and zero emissions, at an affordable price.”

The one caveat and it’s a big one is that Toyota says it will rollout these affordable vehicles if there is a hydrogen refueling infrastructure in place to support them. Now, this statement could have several meanings.

First, it could simply be that Toyota is blowing smoke since it knows that no nationwide H2 infrastructure will possibly in place by 2015, so this is simply a stall tactic. Second, if Toyota carries through with this promise it will put pressure on business and government to start in earnest building the needed infrastructure since the cars are ready.

Third, Toyota may mean a limited low production rollout of affordable hydrogen vehicles in fueling station cluster areas such as Los Angeles and New York. This scenario would make the most sense, because it would require the least investment by Toyota, would still put pressure on business and government and will still have the effect of showcasing its vehicles in two of the largest population centers in the U. S.

Toyota will most likely not make a profit on these vehicles. They will be “loss leader” items that will keep their name in the news and stimulate sales of their other vehicles. But, that’s Okay with hydrogen advocates such as myself. Whatever means the automakers can use to push H2 progress forward will appreciated by environmental advocates in the near term and profitable for the carmakers in the long-term.


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Volvo’s C30 EV slated for low volume production in Q1 2011
The Swedish company’s first pure EV, featuring Indiana-based EnerDel’s lithium-ion battery packs, went through its first round of crash testing last week.


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Sneak peek at Itochu’s Green Crossover initiative
The trading giant is launching a project starting this March in Tsukuba, Japan that breathes secondary life to EnerDel’s electric vehicle batteries.


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Sneak peek at Itochu’s Green Crossover initiative
The trading giant is launching a project starting this March in Tsukuba, Japan that breathes secondary life to EnerDel’s electric vehicle batteries.


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Cleantech textile startup scores deal with Hanes
Naturally Advanced Technologies says its proprietary Crailar process produces cotton-like material without the pesticides or water requirements.


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Cleantech textile startup scores deal with Hanes
Naturally Advanced Technologies says its proprietary Crailar process produces cotton-like material without the pesticides or water requirements.


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Cleantech textile startup scores deal with Hanes
Naturally Advanced Technologies says its proprietary Crailar process produces cotton-like material without the pesticides or water requirements.


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California Regulators Trip Magic 3 Year Payback Tipping Point for Solar Hot Water


Solar hot water is finally getting the respect it deserves in California. In some well designed and much awaited legislation, the California Public Utilities Commission has decided, after a lengthy cost-benefit analysis, to go ahead with a nearly statewide program to provide financial incentives to encourage the rapid development of the solar hot water industry in California. For most utility customers, this will bring costs down by 60%, into 3 year payback territory.

The measure will bring major greenhouse gas reductions to the state, because all buildings that use the sun to preheat 55 degree city water to about 90 degrees before it gets to the tank; can reduce their natural gas use 25% to 45% with solar hot water. And with these incentives, it becomes cost-effective right away.

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Beam-Down Solar Concentrator Dramatically Reduces Costs at Price of Efficiency



By seeking to cut costs with the production of energy and building the necessary infrastructure, scientists from the Masdar Institute along with their colleagues from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Cosmo Oil (?) are studying how to convert old, expensive solar concentrator technology to a new and more flexible one: The Beam Down Project.


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Inside EnerDel’s 5-year $237M investment in Indiana
As its competitors receive incentives in Michigan, the large format, lithium-ion battery maker announces manufacturing expansion plans outside of Indianapolis.


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Solar Shingles Built by Dow Chemical to Be The Cheapest Solution for Home Use



Dow Chemical, a leading U.S. chemical manufacturer, has profiled on the solar panel industry lately. Moreover, they began to produce solar shingles that are to be more efficient and easy to install. They even say an electrician is only required in the last phase of the installation, when they all get connected into the grid system.


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