Archive for May, 2010

Weekly Intelligence Brief: May 24 – May 31

This week’s WindEnergyUpdate news brief includes: UK Energy Bill; UK Infrastructure & Planning Commission; Global Wind Energy Council; General Electric; E.ON; American Superconductor Corporation; Alstom; European Wind Energy Association; Ingeteam; REpower; and Scotland’s Offshore Valuation study.

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Is biomimicry a “megacategory” of cleantech?

I had a terrific interview last week with natural sciences expert Janine Benyus, who is the foremost authority on an emerging area of science called biomimicry. In fact, Benyus is credited with coining the term in the1990s. Basically, biomimicry is about innovation that replicates what already works well in nature, whether it has to do with shapes, biological processes, the design of ecosystems, or chemistries. Toronto-based WhalePower, which has designed a wind turbine blade that mimics the flipper of a humpback whale, is an example of a biomimicry innovator. OneSun, a secretive new solar venture co-founded by Benyus along with Paul Hawken, is another example — it intends to design solar panels that copy how plants convert sunlight into energy. My Clean Break column this week, which is based on my discussion with Benyus, looks at biomimicry and its huge potential role in cleantech innovation. The video at the top-left is from a speech Benyus gave at TED in 2009.

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Samsung Unveils LCD Monitor That Powers Itself Solely From Your PC’s USB
Samsung has unveiled a 18.5-inch LCD display that consumes only 6.3W. The announcement, made at SID 2010, has been accompanied by a demonstration in which such a display was powered only via a USB 2.0 cable from the PC it was linked to!


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Race is on for Largest Concentrating Solar Array in the U.S. and More Green Jobs, Too

Victor Valley College installs nation's largest concentrating solar array and adds new green jobs curriculumIn far less time than it will take BP to drill the relief wells needed to permanently stop the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a community college has installed the largest concentrating solar array in the U.S. It took only two months of construction to install the six-acre array, which will generate about 2.6 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable, spill-free energy annually.

The new solar array will supply about 30% of the electricity for Victor Valley College, which is part of the California community college system, and it will double as a learning center for new green jobs training programs.  With 109 schools, the system serves about 10% of U.S. students, so the quick conversion to solar at one campus adds a huge jolt of momentum to a trend that is converting college campuses across the country to renewable energy while training students for new green jobs, too.

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Cleantech Investing Has Never Been More Critical
May 31, 2010 (Investorideas.com renewable energy/green newswire) Investor Ideas global investor research portal covering leading sectors, focusing on environment and water, updates investors in the cleantech sector following recent remarks from President Barack Obama regarding the BP Oil Spill.


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Cleantech Investing Has Never Been More Critical
May 31, 2010 (Investorideas.com renewable energy/green newswire) Investor Ideas global investor research portal covering leading sectors, focusing on environment and water, updates investors in the cleantech sector following recent remarks from President Barack Obama regarding the BP Oil Spill.


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Solar Stocks; Sustainable Energy (TSX.V:STG) Reports 6 Month Operating and Financial Results
CALGARY, ALBERTA – May 31, 2010 (Investorideas.com renewable energy/green newswire) – Sustainable Energy Technologies Ltd (TSX VENTURE:STG) (“Sustainable”) today reported its operating and financial results for the six month period ending March 31 2010.


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Ram Power (TSX:RPG) and Sierra Geothermal Power (TSX-V:SRA) Enter Into Letter of Intent
RENO, NV and VANCOUVER – May 31, 2010 (Investorideas.com renewable energy/green newswire) – Ram Power, Corp. (TSX:RPG) (“Ram Power”) and Sierra Geothermal Power Corp. (TSX-V:SRA) (“Sierra”) are pleased to announce that they have entered into a non-binding letter of intent in relation to the potential acquisition by Ram Power of all of the outstanding common shares of Sierra.


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Wind Farms: Are All the Best Spots Taken?
The wind sector is suffering from its own success. In the last decade the industry has expanded from a handful of wind farm developers to a plethora. These companies have left hardly a stone unturned – or rather a breeze unmeasured – in their quest for prime, onshore wind power sites.
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New Sector Entrants: In Defence of Renewables
As the renewable energy sector grows, it is inevitable that companies from outside the traditional core of the industry will begin to take seriously the opportunities it presents.
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Red, White, and Green: 6 Sizzling Eco-Fashion Options to Celebrate Memorial Day in Style
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If you’re heading to a Memorial Day parade or brunching at a picnic on the beach today try dressing the part in a red, white, and/or blue ensemble. We’ve culled our favorite online eco-boutiques and very own archives for the hautest, stylish, and mo… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Red, White, and Green: 6 Sizzling Eco-Fashion Options to Celebrate Memorial Day in Style
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If you’re heading to a Memorial Day parade or brunching at a picnic on the beach today try dressing the part in a red, white, and/or blue ensemble. We’ve culled our favorite online eco-boutiques and very own archives for the hautest, stylish, and mo… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Red, White, and Green: 6 Sizzling Eco-Fashion Options to Celebrate Memorial Day in Style
lina rennell t-shirt photo
Image via Beklina

If you’re heading to a Memorial Day parade or brunching at a picnic on the beach today try dressing the part in a red, white, and/or blue ensemble. We’ve culled our favorite online eco-boutiques and very own archives for the hautest, stylish, and mo… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Red, White, and Green: 6 Sizzling Eco-Fashion Options to Celebrate Memorial Day in Style
lina rennell t-shirt photo
Image via Beklina

If you’re heading to a Memorial Day parade or brunching at a picnic on the beach today try dressing the part in a red, white, and/or blue ensemble. We’ve culled our favorite online eco-boutiques and very own archives for the hautest, stylish, and mo… Read the full story on TreeHugger
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