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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Waste to Eengy Systems from IST Energy

Waste to Energy (W2E) systems can be used to reduce waste sent to landfills and recover energy from a waste stream.  A "turn-key" W2E systems can be just the thing you need ... 

IST Energy trash to electricity processIST Energy makes systems that turn trash to energy (electricity and heat).  These systems turn  " ... paper, wood, plastic, agriculture waste, and food into electricity and heat."

" ... transformation ... within a self-contained, modular environment designed for ease of operation and maintenance."

Via:  IST Energy  LINK

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Walmart Partners with Solar City on Solar Installations in Arizona and California

Walmart is planning to add solar systems to an additional 20 - 30 in California and Arizona using new technology lower cost PV cells.

Walmart Solar PanelsThe systems are expected to provide about 25 % of the total energy needs of each location.

The systems:
- can product up to 22.5 kW / yr - equiv to the energy needed for 1750 home / yr
- avoid 11,650 metric tons CO2 - equiv to 3000 cars

The technology planned includes gallium selenide and cadmium terruride films and are exected to use less raw materials then earlier versions of PV cells.

SolarCity will do the design work as well as install, own and maintain the systems.

Via:  Walmart  LINK

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Google's Atlantic Wind Connection

Atlantic Wind Connection
Google is looking to build a 350 mile transmission line to link NJ and Virginia and connect to offshore wind energy sources.  The line will provide additional reliability for the Mid-Atlantic grid and create thousands of jobs.

The project is to be called the "Atlantic Wind Connection"

" ... signed an agreement to invest in ... a backbone transmission project off the Mid-Atlantic coast  ...  helping to accelerate offshore wind development ..."

" ... able to connect 6,000MW of offshore wind turbines ..."

Via:  Google blog LINK

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Best Buy Greener Together™

Best Buy's Greener Together™ program helps you clean out your dersk and closets of all those old electronics "things". 
I recently took two unused tube style monitors ... I had to pay $10.00 each and received 2 $10.00 gift cards (that do not expire !)

So it was free to get rid of and it will be properly and safely recycled.

" ...Regardless of where you bought it, what brand it is, or how old it is: bring it to us. We'll make sure it's properly and safely recycled. ... our Greener Together™ program."

" ... Most things are recycled absolutely free, with a few restrictions."

Via: BestBuy LINK

Solar Power Comes to the White House !

Solar Panels on White House from the Carter Administration
The White House is going SOLAR !!

Seeking to lead by example ... solar panels for electricity and a solar water heater for the White House residence will go on the roof of the White House. 

" ...  part of a Department of Energy demonstration project showing that American solar technologies are available, reliable, and ready for installation in homes throughout the country ..."
" ... reflects President Obama’s strong commitment to U.S. leadership in solar energy ..."

Via:  WhiteHouse.Gov  LINK

Friday, October 8, 2010

Duke Energy and National Gypsum Collaborate on Solar Power Array

National Gypsum logoDuke Energy and National Gypsum are collaborating on a solar panel array.  the Panels are on a Nationa Gypsum faciltiy and owned by Duke Energy.  The relationship goes beyond PV panels as waste from coal plants is used as a raw material for gypsum board.

Duke Energy has leased part of the roof of a National Gypsum facility in Mt Holly NC to use for a solar array.  The output is 1.17 mW - equivalent to the power needs of 700 homes.

" ... 5096 panels ... Duke Energy will own, operate, and maintain all components of the system. The lease agreement is for 25 years."

" ... National Gypsum has contracts to purchase byproduct gypsum ... from four of the utility’s nearby coal-fired plants."

Via: National Gypsum LINK

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Fuji Water is Carbon NEGATIVE

"Since 2008, FIJI Water has been a carbon-negative brand. ... first and only major bottled water company to make this commitment, ... offset 120% of our emissions.... "

They consider every aspect of the product life-cycle including transportation and implement and promote sustainable practices.

Via: Fuji Water LINK

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

UPS Smart Pickup - Saves Fuel and Reduces Co2 Emissions

I noticed that UPS has added to its Decision Green shipping options something called UPS Smart Pickups. This service allows UPS drivers to skip a stop at locations that do not have a package to be picked up.

"... simple change ... will save an estimated 800,000 gallons of fuel per year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7,800 metric tons. ..."
me insight from UPS CIO David Barnes:
This is a great way for UPS to leverage its technology and a way for customers to be green.

Via: greenautoblog LINK

Monday, October 4, 2010

CityCar - Fold Up Space Saving Commuter Car

The CityCar is a new look at what a car can be.  It can be "folded" when not used / parked to take up very little space.  It eliminates the traditional car's transmission / drive shaft tunnel by having power directy at the wheels.

The CityCar is an EV designed to take up minimum space while parked.  This is achieved by "folding" the car.  Instead of the engine and drive train of a gas powered car the drive components are in each wheel eliminating the need for a long rigid structure for the exhaust pipe or drive train components.

" ... weighs less than a thousand pounds, get the equivalent of 150 to 200 miles per gallon of gasoline. ... no tailpipe emissions."

" .. powered by four in-wheel electric motors ... enables maneuvers like spinning on its own axis ... moving sideways ... "

" ... park nose-in to the curb in ... possible to park three or four CityCars in the length of a traditional parking bay."


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Rentricity Uses Pressure in Pipes to Generate Electricity

RentricityRentricity uses energy recovery techniques to get energy from " ...  excess pressure in water mains ..." and can generate " ... between 20 and 300 kilowatts of electricity..."

Somewhat similar to wave energy but not really renewable.
The power can be sent to the grid and used to offset electricity purchases.

Since this electricity can then be sold onto the grid, Rentricity gives its generating partners an additional source of revenue and a way to offset rising electricity rates.

" ... no environmental impact and represent a new class of clean, renewable hydrokinetic energy. ... will produce hundreds of megawatts in aggregate."
 LINK to see diagram of system.

Via:  Rentricity  LINK