Archive for June, 2010

Web campaign vows to blast BP with vuvuzelas
Tapping into a frustrated public and the viral Web’s love of pranks, one guy in New York is raising money to send 100 vuvuzela players to BP’s corporate headquarters in London.

Originally posted at The Social

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Algae Biofuels Still Years From Commercialization: DoE
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Microalgae testing, photo: Steve Jurvetson via flickr

If it sometimes seems that second generation biofuels, and especially algae biofuels, also seem to be commercially just over the horizon, after just one more demonstration or pilot plant is completed, you’re not mistaken. According to a new report … Read the full story on TreeHugger
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Fisker to Make Electric Cars in Old GM Plant (Now That’s Recycling!)
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Photo: Michael Graham Richard

Project NINA Moving Forward
Just like Tesla‘s future depends on its second car, the Model S electric sedan, the future of Fisker probably rests more on its second model (codename: NINA) than its first. Why is that? Because both companies are starting way up-market and, because of their hefty price-tags, those cars are …
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Debunking the GOP Claim that Cap and Trade is an "Energy Tax"
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Yesterday, I noted that a debate on cap and trade hosted by Salon produced the same predictable arguments from the “right” perspective — that cap and trade is “a job-killing energy tax” and so forth. I had a little fun with the regurgitated, keyword-laden arguments laid out by Steve Everley of American Solutions, and called them misleading. This evidently drew his ire (or it could have been because I misspelled his name — sorry about that). Either way, he responded to my post with a lengthy rebuttal in th…
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Sales of Small Wind Turbines Up, Even in Soft Housing Market

the American Wind Energy Association reports a rise in home wind turbine sales despite housing slumpIf it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck – or a really great ducklike thingamajig.  Apply that maxim to energy, and you get some insight into why more Americans are shedding fossil fuels in favor of wind power and other forms of clean, renewable energy.  After all, if it gets the same job done at far lower risk and with less cost over the long run, what’s not to like? Case in point: even though the housing market has not recovered from its crash, sales of small home-scaled wind turbines increased last year by almost 10,000 units.

The wind turbine sales report was just released by the American Wind Energy Association (naturally), fresh on the heels of its new collaboration with the United Steel Workers labor union and other partners to push for more green jobs through a national renewable energy policy. To hammer home the point, AWEA sent a gigantic 131-foot made-in-the-U.S.A. wind turbine blade  to Congress, inscribed with 6,000 signatures from wind power and green jobs supporters.  And guess who partnered in that ?  GE.  That’s right, GE.

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Power Generating River Turbines To Be Installed Under Famous Parisian Bridges
After having installed the heating systems of some of their buildings based on underground springs, and mini-windmills on buildings, the people of Paris will have yet another clean energy generation project right under their famous and historical bridges. They call them “hydroliennes”, or water turbines, powered by the river Seine (if you haven’t visited Paris, you should).


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Honda Announces Pricing at U.S. Dealers for CR-Z Hybrid Coupe
Honda has announced that the new 2011 Honda CR-Z sport
hybrid coupe will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail
price of $19,200 when it becomes available in U.S.
showrooms on August 24.


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MIT Study: Natural Gas to Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
With lower carbon emissions than coal, natural gas has often
been called the “bridge to a low-carbon future,” a moniker
validated by a new analysis from the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology (MIT). The study anticipates new natural gas
plants replacing old, inefficient coal plants by 2050.


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University of Michigan Wins the American Solar Challenge
The University of Michigan continued its dominance in solar
car racing by winning the 1,200-mile American Solar
Challenge, a race through four Midwestern states which
concluded on June 26. Michigan, which won 5 of the event’s
predecessors,
finished more than two hours ahead of second-place
University of Minnesota.


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Japan Successfully Deploys a Solar Sail in Space
Japan’s space agency has successfully deployed a “solar sail”
on the first spacecraft employing both photon propulsion and
thin-film solar power generation. And, European engineers
are planning an all-night flight on a solar-powered airplane.


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New USDA Report Provides Roadmap for U.S. Biofuel Energy Goals
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a report
providing a roadmap to meet the new Renewable Fuel
Standard of 36 billion gallons of biofuels by 2022. The report
notes that the Southeast and Central-Eastern regions could
produce more than 90% of the biofuel feedstocks.


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The Morning Challenge Suggests Japanese People To Wake Up 1 Hour Earlier For Saving CO2
It looks like the Japanese aren’t going to stay behind the English with daylight saving (or vice-versa), and launch a campaign that encourages people to change their wake-up and sleep time one hour earlier to save lots of tons of emitted carbon dioxide.


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Tesla wows on first day of trading, but will it last?

I’m happy for Tesla Motors. The company’s initial public offering Tuesday was, despite the many doubters out there, a stunning success. The company closed its first day of trading at $23.89, which is roughly 40 per cent higher than its offering price. The doubters, quite understandably, point to the fact that Tesla is not profitable and has a long road ahead before it stops bleeding red ink. But there’s a sense of excitement around Tesla that bodes well for the clean technology sector generally. Yes, Virginia, there is a venture capital exit strategy for cleantech companies — even electric car companies. I have no doubt we’ll see Tesla’s stock fall below its $17 offering price, and that will likely happen in the next week or two. Still, I think there’s a solid group of investors out there that want to see Tesla succeed, believe it will succeed, and are patient enough to wait for that day. Personally, I think it will end up being scooped up by a major automotive OEM when the stock dips to bargain levels. Whatever the outcome, Tesla has a strong brand backed by strong engineering and ballsy vision, and while investors will likely be in the back seat for years asking, “Are we there yet?”, this company deserves a pat on the back and an “A” for effort and inspiration.

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Tesla wows on first day of trading, but will it last?

I’m happy for Tesla Motors. The company’s initial public offering Tuesday was, despite the many doubters out there, a stunning success. The company closed its first day of trading at $23.89, which is roughly 40 per cent higher than its offering price. The doubters, quite understandably, point to the fact that Tesla is not profitable and has a long road ahead before it stops bleeding red ink. But there’s a sense of excitement around Tesla that bodes well for the clean technology sector generally. Yes, Virginia, there is a venture capital exit strategy for cleantech companies — even electric car companies. I have no doubt we’ll see Tesla’s stock fall below its $17 offering price, and that will likely happen in the next week or two. Still, I think there’s a solid group of investors out there that want to see Tesla succeed, believe it will succeed, and are patient enough to wait for that day. Personally, I think it will end up being scooped up by a major automotive OEM when the stock dips to bargain levels. Whatever the outcome, Tesla has a strong brand backed by strong engineering and ballsy vision, and while investors will likely be in the back seat for years asking, “Are we there yet?”, this company deserves a pat on the back and an “A” for effort and inspiration.

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