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Some more sweet solar news.

via [cleantechnica.com] Written by Tina Casey

The U.S. Navy is installing solar panels on five rooftops at its Pearl Harbor, Hawaii base.

Catch an aerial view of Pearl Harbor and it’s easy to see the potential for rooftop solar energy.   Parts of the U.S. Navy base in Hawaii are open space but much of it is a dense conglomeration of buildings and facilities, and every roof could be a potential sustainable energy generator.

The Navy is turning the potential into reality by contracting with a local company, Niking Corporation, to install solar panels on five rooftops at the base.  In terms of the available roof space that may seem like more of a demonstration project than a full scale installation, but it’s still significant.  The Navy expects the five roofs to bring in enough solar energy to power 440 homes, and for a state that’s not rich in fossil fuels, that’s a clear demonstration of the potential for growth in sustainable solar energy.

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Even though the science is here to help us, adoption is the last hurtle to the problem.  We and our politicians must work to make it so.

via [hydrogencarsnow.com]

Getting hydrogen cars on the road in mass quantities has been no easy task. There have been many bumps in the road, so to speak, along the way and this trend will continue.

Even though hydrogen cars have been around for a couple hundred years now, preceding the gasoline engine, people and governments seem to be largely uneducated about how the gas should be handled. And when a government doesn’t know how to handle something “unusual.” like hydrogen they tend to throw out a safety need of “red tape” to surround it.

Mike Strizki got a taste of this when he was trying to build his hydrogen-solar home in New Jersey. The different state agencies had no building or safety codes for handling hydrogen, so they bogged him down in red tape until they could catch up. At one point, Mr. Strizki said about one of the agencies in frustration, “They’re worried about the deer running into the tanks” referring to the 200 psi hydrogen tanks in his backyard.

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sustainable design, green design, renewable enery, compressed air energy storage, alternative energy, solar power, wind power

Energy storage is one of the greatest milestones facing the renewable energy industry. You can’t control the winds or the sun’s rays, so intermittency is a problem and you can’t flood the grid when you most need an electric boost. This also means that a lot of the power that is ready for the grid isn’t used, and is lost. Southwest Solar Technology is developing a totally clean Compressed Air Energy Storage System (CAES) that looks quite promising. The system uses clean technology during the day to pump heated and compressed air into an airtight chamber, which is released through a turbine to create power when it is needed the most.

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SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposal to exempt the purchase of clean technology manufacturing equipment from sales taxes is being met with enthusiasm at a Carmichael company.

SolarRoofs.com manufacturers solar devices for homes and businesses that are shipped across the country. Company owner Al Rich said a sales tax break for the purchase of new manufacturing equipment could help his company expand as well as attract new clean technology companies.

"The more that can be done to attract big manufacturers to come here and not have to deal with taxes, as big as they are, that would be a very big incentive," said Rich.

There are 10,209 clean technology companies in California. Besides solar, manufacturers of zero emission cars would also be exempt from sales taxes.

The governor stated that the loss of sales taxrevenues would be made up by new companies moving to California.

 

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More movement in the Energy Sector.  Clean Technology is the future.

via [prnewswire.com]

Secretary Chu to Give Keynote Address

WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today the inaugural "ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit" to take place March 1-3, 2010 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, DC. The event, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) and organized by the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), with key support from the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and the Kauffman Foundation, will serve as a forum for the nation's energy leaders to share ideas, collaborate, and identify key technology opportunities and challenges.

Summit participants will include members of the scientific and research communities, investors, technology entrepreneurs, corporations with an interest in clean energy technologies, policymakers and government officials.

"I am especially excited about the first ever ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit," said Secretary Chu. "This conference will bring together the nation's top energy leaders and members of the scientific community to begin building the next Industrial Revolution in clean energy technologies, which will create new jobs and help reduce our carbon footprint," said Secretary Chu.

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Viva Effieciency!

via [your-story.org]

Funds to be Used for Commercialization of Energy Efficiency Software for Data Centers

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Power Assure™, Inc, a developer of power management solutions for data centers, today announced it has been awarded a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to augment product development efforts and drive commercialization of its power management software for deployment in government and enterprise data centers. Power Assure reduces data centers’ energy consumption by an average of 50%, helping companies meet energy reduction targets and regulatory requirements.

The DOE award was granted to Power Assure based on its principal goal of transforming data center energy strategy from an “Always On” to an “Always Available” model, which dramatically increases the efficiency of data centers. The root cause of high fixed energy expenses in data centers is that they are built to remain “always on,” consuming their full power load regardless of user demand. Because data center operators can’t predict demand spikes, they build to meet peak capacity loads. With Power Assure’s “always available” approach, the number of servers in use adjusts automatically, in real time, to changing customer demand, while guaranteeing customer service level agreements.

“As more emphasis is being placed on reducing energy consumption, there will be more scrutiny on data centers to cut their energy use,” said David Cappuccio, managing vice president and chief of research for the infrastructure teams with Gartner. “As part of this trend, data center operators not only have to start monitoring their energy use, but also find ways to automatically turn off equipment they don’t need.”

The DOE grant will be used in conjunction with Power Assure’s existing funding to enhance, manufacture, and deliver business management software for reducing energy consumption and related CO2 emissions in large enterprises. Power Assure’s novel approach will leverage “model-based” optimization technology from PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). Power Assure and PARC are working closely together to enable the “always available” approach.

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This is some great news for the Green IT movement.

via [nicernews.com] by Author: Ariel Schwartz
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Think the U.S. Department of Energy might stop throwing cash at the renewable energy sector sometime soon? Not even close. The DOE’s promised $30 billion in loan guarantees for renewable energy projects is still pouring forth. The latest recipient is the data center sector, which will get $47 million for over a dozen efficiency-improving projects.

It might not be the sexiest grant (that award goes to the ARPA-E project), but industry servers are responsible for a whopping 1.5% of all U.S. energy use. As cloud computing becomes more popular, that number will grow exponentially. To that end, Energy Secretary Steven Chu has selected 14 projects to focus on, including Alcatel-Lucent’s data center cooling project, HP’s power supply chain projects, and IBM’s equipment and software project. Even a few startups made the list–stealth company SeaMicro took $9.3 million and 3 year-old PowerAssure received $5 million.

According to Chu, cutting down on data center energy usage could potentially save 400 trillion BTU’s of energy each year, or enough to power 2 million homes. $47 million probably won’t be a big enough boost to overhaul the entire sector, but it’s a start. And in this case, data center operators have a powerful economic motivator to keep the research going: cost. It’s expensive for data centers to use so much electricity, which is why we’ve seen a slew of efficiency projects in the past year. Even without ample government funding, the data center industry is going to have to become a whole lot more efficient if it wants to survive.

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I love that a huge corporation is trying to clean up their footprint.  Here's some good news from Coca-Cola.

via [businesswire.com]

Renewable Energy, PlantBottle(TM), Recycling Programs Also Among Environmental Initiatives Launched In San Francisco

Coca-ColaSAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Coca-Cola Company officially "flipped the switch" today on its newly refurbished, historic Coca-Cola sign located in downtown San Francisco at701 Bryant St. The relighting also coincides with several environmental initiatives that Coca-Cola is currently introducing in the Bay Area.

About the New Coca-Cola Sign

Viewed by thousands of people who cross the Bay Bridge every day, the new sign's high efficiency lighting provides the same level of brightness as the previous sign, but with enhanced reliability and greater energy efficiency. With this new sign,

Coca-Cola has furthered its corporate commitment to environmental sustainability by converting obsolete lighting technology to a state-of-the-art LED display that is 80 percent moreenergy efficient than the previous sign and has offset 100 percent of the electricity used to power the sign through the purchase of Green-e certified 100 percent wind Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

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I love these little guys.  The could really be a game changer.  Go Hoosiers!

via [detnews.com]

Think Electric CarMichigan remains in the running for a planned technology center for electric car maker Think, but lost out on Tuesday to Indiana as the site of the company's first U.S. manufacturing facility.

The technology center would employ about 70 people, said Think spokesman Brendan Prebo. A decision on that facility could be made in the next three to six months.

Think CEO Richard Canny was in Elkhart, Ind., Tuesday to announce the Norwegian company plans to invest $43.5 million in a former glass factory to start building the Think City electric car there in 2011.

The carmaker received about $17 million in local and state incentives for the plant that will employ 100 initially and increase to 415 by 2013.

"Indiana is quickly becoming an international leader in advanced, clean technology manufacturing," Canny said.

Michigan hoped to land the plant as it works to establish itself as a hub for battery and electric vehiclemanufacturing. Last year, Michigan received $1.35 billion in federal grants for advanced powertrain projects in the state.

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Here are some schools that are making a difference.  If we can get the edge in clean technology, then our economy and prosperity will be amazing!

via [cleantech.com] by Shawn Lesser

Shawn Lesser of Sustainable World Capital goes inside the labs to find the best examples of collaboration between academics, businesses and investors.

Where will the cutting edge companies that transform the industries of cleantech going to come from? Odds are that it will be from one of the top cleantech universities.

While many dotcom companies were started by students out of their dorm rooms or basements, don’t look for a similar trend in the cleantech world. You need a lot more than a desktop and a good Internet-based idea. You need specialized resources that you usually can find at a university.

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This is so cool.  We will have all the world in the palm of our hands soon.  Where's my personal transporter?

via [greencarcongress.com]

Chevrolet and OnStar used the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as the venue to unveil a smartphone application—which GM categorizes as the auto industry’s first such—that will allow Chevrolet Volt owners 24/7 connection and control of vehicle functions and OnStar features remotely.

OnStar’s Mobile Application allows drivers to communicate with their Volt from Droid by Motorola; Apple iPhone; and Blackberry Storm smartphones. It uses a real-time data connection to perform tasks from setting the charge time to unlocking the doors.

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