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  • 156 Major Brands Going 100% Renewable
    156 Major Brands Going 100% Renewable

    January, 2019 Arcadia Power Blog -The fight against climate change is a fight for everyone, from individuals to businesses, national and local governments.

    Among many leaders driving change towards a 100% renewable energy future, find these 156 major global companies—each of whom have pledged to go 100% renewable in the near future.

    Look for your trusted bank, service, or a favorite brand, and see when and how each of them are working to meet their goals. Click to read on.

  • Free E-Book - How Renewables Work
    A Practical Guide To Solar, Wind, and Geothermal

    Around the world, cities, states, countries, and companies (and people just like you!) are making the switch to clean, renewable energy to help confront climate change – and because it just makes good economic sense.

    Renewable energy is both a clean alternative to the fossil fuels driving the climate crisis and an engine for job creation. What’s not to love? But like any new technology, as it starts to take hold, there are bound to be questions.

    Click to download the e-book
    from The Climate Reality Project.

  • Just How Does Solar Power Work?
    How Does Solar Power Work, Anyway?

    Apr. 4, 2018 -Today, solar power is everywhere – from home roofs to Ikea superstores to the Nevada desert. And thank goodness. It’s a win-win solution to the climate crisis that creates jobs, saves money, and helps cut the carbon pollution changing our planet.

    Plus, when it comes to energy, solar might be the closest thing to free money out there – and we haven’t even begun to touch its full potential.

    Click now to see how
    from The Climate Reality Project.

  • Geothermal - What It Is/How it Works
    How Exactly Does Geothermal Energy Work?

    While it’s hard to miss a massive solar array or a field full of wind turbines, so much of the action with geothermal energy happens out-of-sight that it tends to not generate as much love as its buzzier brothers in the renewable energy landscape.

    And that’s too bad, because geothermal energy is pretty awesome. It takes the natural functions of the Earth and puts them to great use heating homes, creating electricity, and helping to propel the global shift from the dirty fossil fuels driving climate change to renewables.

    Click now to learn more
    from The Climate Reality Project.

  • Clean Energy California
    Clean Energy In California:
    The Golden State Deserves a Gold Star

    May 11, 2018 -California has faced its fair share of challenges due the climate crisis. But now it’s fighting back with a powerful weapon: renewable energy.

    More than that, the Golden State is proving that we can start a renewable energy revolution right now.

    With the White House stepping out of the climate fight, California has stepped up in a big way, leading a coalition of 16 states and the District of Columbia suing to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from weakening fuel efficiency standards.

    Click now for more from the Climate Reality Project.

  • Al Gore Explains Renewable Energy
    Climate 101: What is Renewable Energy?

    Renewable energy is energy generated from ongoing natural processes like wind or sunlight that are not depleted when used. Unlike fossil fuels, these types of energy are theoretically unlimited. In contrast, fossil fuels like oil and gas are finite resources formed in the earth over hundreds of millions of years from the remains of plants and animals.

    Importantly, and unlike fossil fuels, renewable energy is clean and doesn’t release carbon pollution into the atmosphere (which drives climate change). Burning fossil fuels does.

    Click now read the PDF from The Climate Reality Project.

  • What Smart Grids Can Do for You
    Could the Next Disaster
    in Puerto Rico Be Prevented?

    Mar. 20, 2018 -Months after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is still struggling to become fully energized. A number of grassroots efforts think solar energy can speed the recovery and prevent a total blackout when the next storm hits.

    Click to learn more from PBS News. A video is included.

  • How Would You Like That Car Printed?
    Your Next Car Could Be A 3D-Printed Electric Car

    Mar. 24, 2018 -With all the talk of hyper-performance electric vehicles (EV) and other ‘unobtainium’ cars, we’re happy to report a refreshing story that should appease those unhappy with electric vehicle (EV) affordability. How about a 3D-printed EV for $7,500? And the best part is that you won’t have to wait for it very long.

    Click to read more from Clean Technica.

  • Green Jobs - They’re Booming
    Career Pathways and
    Possibilities in Renewable Energy

    Feb. 27, 2018 -Are you passionate about green energy and protecting our planet? Are you looking for a career you can be proud of that offers possibilities we aren’t even aware of yet? Look no further than the renewable energy industry.

    You could be working in wind or solar power in no time with the right education and tools to get you set on this exciting path. Here are some of the best degrees to pursue and the career choices that may come your way.

    Click now for the good news
    from Renewable Energy World.

  • Solar Can Get Even Cheaper
    A Break-through to Create Low-cost Solar Cells

    Jan. 21, 2018 - A team of talented scientists from Stanford University situated in Stanford, in Silicon Valley, 20 miles (approximately 30 Km) out of San Jose, California, USA have successfully displayed the usage of nanotechnology. The method to manufacture crystalline silicon (c-Si) thin-film solar cells which are being claimed to be more efficient at capturing solar energy.

    Click now for the story.

  • Hydrogen & Solar: Together At Last
    Like Two Lost Souls, Hydrogen and
    Concentrating Solar Power Find Each Other

    Jan. 2, 2018 - Not too long ago, the mention of hydrogen, or concentrating solar power, or both at the same time, would be met by a roll of the eye from alternative energy insiders. Hydrogen is an abundant and clean-burning fuel, but the primary source of hydrogen is natural gas. Concentrating solar power has a built-in energy storage element, but it is more complicated and expensive than other solar technologies. Et cetera, et cetera, and so on and so forth.

    Click now for the story
    from Clean Technica.

  • Solar Women
    Eight Great Women in the Science of Solar

    Dec. 15, 2017 - It is easier to believe in the future of solar today than it was decades ago. This article honors eight of the women who believed and persevered and pioneered the PV industry of today and without who it might be a very different industry indeed.

    Each woman has in her own way championed the cause of climate change as well as the cause of the solar industry and has worked tirelessly educating, conducting research and deploying solar technologies to ensure the future of the industry.

    Click for the complete
    Renewable Energy World article.

  • Solar PV Spray Ons
    We Soon Be Able to Spray On Solar PV

    Apr. 11, 2017 - Can you imagine a world in which you could spray on your power source and place it wherever you’d like? Maybe on the windows of your home or on the roof of your car. Perhaps on the sides of your tall business building.

    Well, solar technology companies are working on a way to literally spray on solar cells to any convenient surface, which will harness power from the sun and eliminate dependence on wasteful energy. To boot, this futuristic option may be more affordable than the solar panels being created in Silicon Valley today.

  • How Concentrated Solar Works
    Concentrated Solar and 24/7 Power

    Watch this short video, and learn how concentrated solar power works to bring the energy of the sun, even when it is no longer shining.

The Experts


Renewable Energy (AKA Alternative Energy) was here before any living thing on Planet Earth. Call it a gift from nature (and we should never look a gift-horse in the mouth), these free energy sources come in many flavors and are ours to use. Thanks to the skyrocketing cost of fossil (carbon-based) fuels, both in economic and human terms, Renewable Energy's time has truly come. Where can we get 400 trillion watts of power, every second of every day? Why the sun, of course. Myth Vs. Reality

Of Interest

  • A Renewable Energy Year in Review
    A year in review: 6 of Our Favorite Renewable Energy Stories

    Jan. 2, 2019 Arcadia Power -Despite a number of alarming climate change headlines, 2018 had many big wins for renewable energy. The proliferation of solar and wind power went beyond almost all previous predictions, a record number of states, communities, and companies have joined the renewable energy 100 pledge, and many more.

    Here’s a small collection of some of our favorite renewable energy headlines and milestones from the past year. Sneak preview: the future is bright.

  • Solar Bike Paths in Dutch
    Dutch Solar Bike Path
    SolaRoad Successful & Expanding

    March 12, 2017 - The Netherlands is covered with bike paths, connecting more or less every destination a person might wish to go to and greatly increasing the convenience of cycling as a sustainable mode of transport.

    In the densely populated country, where space is scarce, a consortium of companies and research labs called SolaRoad is endeavoring to make those cycle lanes reduce carbon emissions in yet another way: by having them to generate solar electricity.

    Click now to get up to speed.

  • N.American 100% R.E. Projects
    Renewable Energy for the New World

    View a chart showing all of the reported projects in North and Central America that have 100% renewable energy goals, including some you would not have expected.

  • The Highway or the Wattway!
    First Wattway Solar Road Pilot In
    U.S. Pops Up In Rural Georgia

    Feb. 7, 2017 - The first Wattway solar road pilot in America has popped up in rural west Georgia. The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, named for sustainable manufacturing pioneer Ray Anderson, is testing renewable technologies along an 18-mile stretch of road, and recently installed 538 square feet of Colas‘ Wattway solar road system near the border between Georgia and Alabama.

  • Take the Fossil Fuel Bypass
    Fossil Fuels Bypass is Not Science Fiction

    Feb. 14, 2017 - Here is a vision of the future in a warming world without fossil fuels.

    No switching on the air conditioning because your roof re-radiates the sun’s heat back into space.

    You don’t have to worry that the current from solar energy will turn off at night, because the same sunlight that powered the refrigerator has also turned two greenhouse gases into hydrocarbon fuel that serves as battery back-up.

  • Net-zero Solar Farmhouse
    Net-zero Solar Farmhouse from Deltic

    The new Solar Farmhouse contains everything the quintessential home possesses -- the quaint front porch, the white wood siding, the gabled roof, and the simple lines -- updated with a slew of net-zero features, including a passive solar design, air-tight building envelope, and open plan.

    Click now to learn more
    and to view a slideshow.

  • Finding Alternative Fuel Fill-ups
    Finding Fueling Stations for Electric Vehicles

    Find alternative fueling stations near an address or ZIP code or along a route in the United States. Enter a state to see a station count or see stations data by state.

    Click for the web page

  • Supertree-Sprouting Gardens
    Singapore's Supertree-Sprouting Gardens

    Gardens by the Bay will be Singapore's largest garden project and is central to their continued development of Marina Bay.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • Solar Tax Incentives
    Solar Tax Incentives:

    There are various incentives being offered. The article explains it in detail.

    Click now to learn how
    to take advantage of them.

  • Breakthrough Energy Coalition
    Breakthrough Energy Coalition Explained

    The world needs widely available reliable, affordable, carbon-free energy. New tools are needed to power the world.

    Bill Gates, George Soros and others are behind this.

    Click now for more.

  • Storage Advance
    New Foam Batteries Promise
    Fast Charging, Higher Capacity

    Affordable, lightweight, and versatile, batteries made of porous materials could soon transform energy storage.

    Click now to get charged up.

  • Clean Energy Trends Slideshow
    Top 10 Clean Energy Trends
    Drive the Clean Energy Revolution

    The world’s energy systems, markets, and values are rapidly changing in response to climate disruption — and those mitigation efforts may be starting to move the needle.

    Click now to view the slideshow.

  • Solar Blending With Your Environment
    Discreet Solar Power For Your Roof

    Feb. 10, 2017 -Here is an inconvenient truth that advocates of alternative energy sources are reluctant to admit – traditional solar panels can be a bit of an eyesore.

    Especially in a residential setting, bulky solar panels may detract from the aesthetic of any house, no matter how much the owner tries to convince you otherwise.

    Think about the streets in your neighborhood, and ask yourself how many of the homes actually have visible solar panels, and you will quickly realize that they are not very popular.

    Click for more from The Greener Ideal.

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  • 3 Cheers for FPL’s Rescue of N.Carolina after Florence Hit
    FPL Recognized for Restoration Work in North Carolina After Hurricane Florence

    Jan. 16, 2019 Daily Energy Insidee - Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) recently received The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Emergency Assistance Award for its contributions to restoration efforts in North Carolina communities following Hurricane Florence.

    The storm made landfall as a Category 1 storm on Sept. 14, 2018, and moved throughout Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. It caused causing extensive flooding and power outages.

  • Solar Energy: From Rooftops to Mountain Tops
    Why Solar Panels Should
    Go From Rooftops to Mountaintops

    Energy Central, Jan. 9, 2019 - Are we really ready to see solar panels on mountaintops? Is it logistically viable?

    Based on a new study by researchers in Switzerland, solar panels on snowy mountaintops could generate the same amount of energy as urban installations with much less surface area. Theoretically, solar panels at higher elevations can capture more of the sun's energy because less solar radiation is absorbed by the thinner atmosphere at high altitudes. Despite those facts, the issues involved installing solar arrays in the mountains range from social acceptance to inaccessible terrain. Would the obstacles outweigh the benefits?

  • Where to Find those Clean Tech Jobs
    Where The Clean Tech Jobs Are —
    Infographic & Interactive Guide

    Clean Technica, Jan. 8, 2019 - The Top 50 metro areas for clean jobs now employ 1.8 million workers in clean energy technologies, accounting for more than one out of every two clean energy jobs in the country — which alone outnumbers the fossil fuel industry by around 700,000. These are Americans who go to work each day making downtown skyscrapers more energy efficient; manufacturing Energy Star appliances and clean vehicles; installing solar panels on urban warehouses and suburban homes.

    Unsurprisingly, the country’s biggest metropolitan areas – New York and Los Angeles – have the most clean energy workers. But smaller and mid-sized metro areas across every region in the continental US – such as Detroit, San Diego, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Phoenix, and Atlanta – all rank high on the list.

  • Good News For North Carolina Solar Users
    Duke Energy Reopens North
    Carolina Solar Rebate Program

    CleanTechnica, Jan. 4, 2019 - Last year, Duke Energy paid out some $6 million to North Carolina customers in solar rebates, with more than 1,300 of its customers having installed solar systems in 2018 under a 4-year, $62 million program, and the company has just opened up the window for new applications for 2019.

    Although North Carolina isn’t likely to be top of mind for most people when it comes to solar energy, this state is actually second only to California when it comes to installed solar capacity, leading even some of the US states traditionally thought of as the sunniest, such as Arizona and Nevada.

  • Not In School, Not Working: Solar Training Could be Available
    Solar Power Jobs Program
    Developed For At-Risk Youth

    CleanTechnica , Dec. 31, 2018 - A program has been created by HBI and IREC to help at-risk youth get jobs in the solar power industry. Solar power job training and credentialing can help the target audience gain valuable skills and experience to help them advance in their careers. There are several million Americans who are in the 16-24 year-old age bracket who are not working or enrolled in school. Solar jobs are skilled and pay much better than typical fare for this age group such as working in the fast food industry.

  • Space: The New Source of Solar Power?
    Why the Future of Solar
    Power Is from Space

    Dec. 31, 2018 Singularity Hub -Over seven decades ago in 1941, Isaac Asimov wrote a short story, “Reason” (PDF), in which energy captured from the sun was transmitted via microwave beams to nearby planets from a space station. Flash forward to today, scientists are looking to make that very science fiction dream a reality for Earth.

    There has been tremendous research on space-based solar power (SBSP) or space solar power (SSP) since the mid 20th century. Here is a great timeline of the various international studies and projects related to SBSP.

  • How Solar is Looking for 2019
    What's In Store For Solar In 2019?

    EnergyCentral , Dec. 30, 2018 - These are tumultuous times for solar. After growing rapidly in the last decade, the industry slowed down this year. The economics of solar panel installations, which is heavily subsidized and thrives on cheap panels imported from China, caught up with the industry. There was a sharp drop in the number of residential and utility installations of solar after the Trump administration instituted tariffs on solar panels made in China. The administration also tried to revive the coal industry by questioning renewable energy’s ability to generate baseload power.

    But it was not bad news all the way.

    Next quarter should see the highest number of utility installations of solar, in terms of power, according to consulting firm Wood Mackenzie. The product mix at utility installations also underwent a change as tracking systems, which follow the sun’s path through the day, became more popular as compared to fixed tilt systems. That is expected to continue in 2019.

  • Trends and Conditions - R.E. Expectations for 2019
    What to Expect for Renewable
    Energy Projects in 2019

    Renewable Energy World, Dec. 28, 2018 - Renewable energy projects were marked by distinctive trends and characteristics in 2018:

    • frothy M&A market driven by a crush of liquidity and a shortage of project supply

    • a highly competitive environment among investors and lenders for an inadequate supply of projects

    • continued focus on alternative offtake structures with shorter tenors, such as corporate PPAs and energy derivatives, and unconventional credit, such as community customers

    • shoots of energy storage solutions sprouting from the ground as stand-alone facilities and add-on’s for wind and solar projects


    These trends are intersecting with macroeconomic indicators that portend choppy times ahead.

  • Keeping Track of Solar Power Installations
    Counting Installed Solar Panels

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Dec. 20, 2018 - Reducing our reliance on the electric grid is something that appeals to most people around the world, with the exception of utility companies that see their stranglehold over our energy supplies slipping away.

    So how do we know exactly how many solar panels have been installed and where? This would be good information to have for planning energy security and future improvements to the local electric grids right? Read on to find out.

  • Solar Installations are Down Due to Trump’s Tarrifs
    Trump’s Solar Tariffs Blamed for 15% Decline in Recent Large-Scale Solar Installations

    Renewable Energy World, Dec. 13, 2018 - On Thursday, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported results of their analysis of U.S. solar installations in the third quarter of 2018. While large-scale solar installations fell, the residential market continued to stabilize after falling in 2017, said the analysts. Overall, they said they expect 2018 growth to be flat.

    For the first time since 2015, quarterly additions of utility-scale solar photovoltaics (PV) fell below 1 gigawatt (GW), highlighting the impact of the tariffs and the uncertainty surrounding them in late 2017 and early 2018. As a result, the U.S. solar market was down 15 percent year-over-year in the third quarter of the year, but the report notes that a strong project pipeline lies ahead.

  • First Solar Expects to Double Their Sales in 2019
    First Solar Sees a Doubling Coming in 2019

    Dec. 12, 2018nbsp;PV Magazine - First Solar was sold out through 2020 as of the Q3’18 earnings call, with 11.3 GW of future volume booked. The company’s Series 6 solar module – and its estimated 20¢ per watt manufacturing costs – is driving these aggressive sales.

    Yesterday, First Solar announced full-year 2019 guidance. The company forecasts net sales between $3.25 to $3.45 billion, with solar power systems sales being 55-60% of the revenue and the rest of the revenue being from module sales to third parties.

  • Calif. Homes: Built After 2020, Must Go Solar
    California Officially Becomes 1st in Nation
    Mandating Solar Power for New Homes

    the Orange County Register, Dec. 5, 2018 -California officially became the first state in the nation on Wednesday, Dec. 5 to require homes built in 2020 and later be solar powered.

    To a smattering of applause, the California Building Standards Commission voted unanimously to add energy standards approved last May by another panel to the state building code.

  • Exxon Mobil: Marriage of Oil and Renewables
    Exxon To Use R.E. to Produce Crude
    Oil in 'Historically Unprecedented' Deal

    Bloomberg News, Nov. 30, 2018 -Under 12-year agreements with Denmark’s Orsted A/S, Exxon will buy 500 megawatts of wind and solar power in the Permian Basin, the fastest growing U.S. oil field. It is the largest ever renewable power contract signed by an oil company, according to Bloomberg NEF. Terms weren’t disclosed.

    Exxon, which was sued by investors who alleged the company downplayed risks of global warming, is turning to clean energy as it becomes cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels. The wind and solar farms are being built in a region where electricity demand is soaring as oil production grows.

 
  • Mid-West Clean Energy Infrastructure
    2 GW of Solar Capacity
    Headed for the US Midwest

    Renewable Energy World, Nov. 27, 2018 -This week Capital Dynamics announced that its Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) business signed an agreement with Tenaska to develop a portfolio of 14 greenfield solar projects with a total generating capacity of 2,000 MW (2 GW) in the in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market.

  • Renewable Energy Gets a Chile Reception
    Chile Renewable Energy
    Policy May Surprise You

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Nov. 25, 2018 -There was a time that Chile was considered stuck in the coal age when it came to power generation. However the new generations of Chileans have different ideas about how they want to power the country.

    Chile is currently undergoing a renewable energy boom. Today, it’s the second largest market for renewable energies in Latin America, and in 2016 Chile was the top-scoring renewable energy producer in the Americas and second in the world, beaten only by China. Two decades ago, when this process started, this transformation was unthinkable.

  • Can Fossil Fuels Be a Thing of the Past?
    Cheap Supercapacitors May Someday Soon
    Mean No Fossil Fuels Needed!

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Nov. 20, 2018 -The next roadblock to weaning ourselves completely off of fossil fuels, not that renewable technologies such as wind and solar PV are cost effective is storage. Both of these renewable sources, namely the sun and the wind (not the wind comes from the power of the sun) are by their very nature intermittent.

    This means we need a way to store the clean electricity produced so that we do not need base load units that burn fossil fuels.

  • Guess What's Become the Cheapest Energy Source
    Solar and Wind Now the Cheapest
    Power Source Says BloombergNEF

    Renewable Energy World, Nov. 19, 2018 -Unsubsidized solar and onshore wind are now the cheapest source of new bulk power in all major economies (except Japan) thanks to falling technology costs.

    That’s the findings of a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which examines the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) worldwide of different power generating and energy storage technologies, excluding subsidies.

    The report out today says that solar and/or onshore wind are now the economic generation source of choice, even in China and India “where not long ago, coal was king. In India, best-in-class solar and wind plants are now half the cost of new coal plants.”

  • Facebook Data Center Will Be Powered by Solar
    The Largest Solar Farms in Tennessee
    and Alabama To Power Facebook Data Center

    Renewable Energy World, Nov. 6,2018 -Facebook Inc. plans to light up a data center in Huntsville, Alabama, with power from the largest solar installations to be built in Tennessee and Alabama.

    The Tennessee Valley Authority, a U.S. government agency that provides electricity to almost 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states, said that First Solar Inc. and NextEra Energy Inc. have been selected to build the installations, according to a statement Friday. Terms and timeframes weren’t disclosed.

  • Indigenous Americans Have Solar on Their Minds
    Navajo Nation Eyes Utility-Scale Solar with Growing Interest

    Renewable Energy World, Nov. 1,2018 -Momentum is growing around modernizing tribal renewable-energy policies on the Navajo Nation of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, according to a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.

    The report —“Growing Interest in Developing Navajo Utility-Scale Solar Industry: Policy Momentum and Grassroots Support; Vast Tribal Natural Resource Remains Largely Untapped”— details movement on three fronts:

  • Huge Solar Plant Coming to Twiggs County, GA
    Largest Solar Power Plant in Southeastern
    US Ready to Start Construction

    Renewable Energy World, Oct. 29, 2018 -Last week, First Solar and Origis Energy USA announced today that Origis Energy has acquired the GA Solar 4 Project from First Solar. The 200MWAC photovoltaic solar generation plant, located in Twiggs County, Georgia, near Warner Robins, is expected to be the largest solar power plant in the southeastern United States when completed. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Origis will sell all energy and renewable attributes of the project to Georgia Power through Georgia Power’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative (REDI) program.

  • Batteries Are Getting Better and Better
    Fueling the Future: How Batteries
    are Improving, in Three Ways

    Renewable Energy World, Oct. 23, 2018 -In the race for the next generation battery, lithium-ion technology has made huge leaps in recent years. But the power packs continue to have drawbacks: they use raw material mined in unstable countries, they’re dangerous if they break and they could pack more power.

    Solving those conundrums is the focus of hundreds of companies and thousands of scientists all over the world. And in that crowded field, Tesla Inc., a French billionaire and a startup in Massachusetts are pulling ahead.

  • International Energy Agency Announces Good News
    IEA: World Could Install
    1.3 TW of Clean Energy by 2023

    Bloomberg New, Oct. 15, 2018 -The world could install more than a trillion watts of renewable power over the next five years, more than the entire current generation capacity of the European Union.

    The International Energy Agency’s latest annual report on renewables forecasts as much as an extra 1.3 terawatts (TW) of clean energy will be installed by 2023 under one scenario. Even in its more conservative central forecast, the agency predicts that global renewable energy capacity will grow by 1 terawatt, driven by a boom in solar installations and more accommodating government policy.

    However: The positive outlook for clean energy comes with a warning that government support and market design is critical to ensuring that renewables continue to be invested in and built.

  • Are Women More Likely to Embrace R.E.?
    IRENA Conducting Survey of
    Gender and Renewable Energy

    Renewable Energy World, Oct. 12,2018 -The International Renewable Energy Agency is conducting a survey to gather quantitative and qualitative insights into the current status of women’s participation in the renewable energy sector.

    This survey also seeks to identify existing challenges and potential solutions to improve gender diversity. IRENA says findings from the survey will contribute to addressing the data and knowledge gap on gender in renewable energy and inform policy-making to ensure that the energy transition is inclusive and benefits from a wider pool of talent.

  • Tilos Isand Tells the World Where to Go: R.E.
    Greek island Tilos is Showing
    the World How to Go 100% Renewable

    inhabitat, Oct. 11, 2018 -The Greek island of Tilos is nearing 100 percent energy independence using only renewable sources with the help of EU funding. The investment, which has helped the island establish the TILOS (Technology Innovation for the Local Scale, Optimum Integration of Battery Energy Storage) Project, will make the Greek landmass the first island in the Mediterranean to achieve energy independence using only renewable energy.

    Click to read more and view a slideshow.

  • Women Fixing the World (It Needs It)
    A Tale of Two Women Transforming
    Their Local Energy Landscapes

    CleanTechnica, Oct. 8, 2018 -Dar es Salaam, is Tanzania’s former capital and one of the world’s fastest growing cities. In the last years, the skyscrapers, buildings, and shops have flourished here at a rapid pace. And this is not surprising, as Dar es Salaam is still the Tanzanian capital for everything related to fashion, media, music, film, and television. It’s also a leading financial center. But start talking to the inhabitants, and you’ll understand that this amazing expansion didn’t come without its troubles. Power cuts are, for instance, a recurrent issue.

  • 23 Terawatts of Clean Energy - Wow!
    IEA: World Could Install 1.3
    TW of Clean Energy by 2023

    Bloomberg News, Oct. 15,2018 -The world could install more than a trillion watts of renewable power over the next five years, more than the entire current generation capacity of the European Union.

    The International Energy Agency’s latest annual report on renewables forecasts as much as an extra 1.3 terawatts (TW) of clean energy will be installed by 2023 under one scenario. Even in its more conservative central forecast, the agency predicts that global renewable energy capacity will grow by 1 terawatt, driven by a boom in solar installations and more accommodating government policy.

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  • Oil-Rich Countries Taking the Renewable Energy Plunge
    Is Oman Ready to Make
    the Transition to Smart,
    Electric, Low-Carbon Mobility?

    Jan. 13, 2019 CleanTechnica - This is the question that Global EVRT’s groundbreaking eMobility Forum Oman seeks to consider on January 20 as it brings together key leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from business, industry, and government to accelerate the transition to electric mobility.

    The way we move people and products from place to place is undergoing the most profound transformation since the invention of the steam engine and the automobile. The world is rapidly accelerating the transition to a clean, smart, electric mobility future, and the pace of change is truly breathtaking.

  • Nissan Turns Over a New Leaf
    2019 Nissan Leaf Plus Revealed: 226-mile Range, Quicker Acceleration

    Green Car Reports, Jan. 8, 2019 - Nissan unveiled Tuesday a new version of the 2019 Leaf electric car, called the Leaf Plus or Leaf e+, that can go well over 200 miles on a charge.

    Although such a model has been a long time coming, the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus stands as strong evidence that in the eight years since the first deliveries of the Leaf, Nissan has listened carefully to what Americans want in electric vehicles: longer driving range, quicker acceleration, faster charging, and a better driver interface.

  • Harley Davidson’s Electric Motorcycles Are Hot Hot Hot
    Harley-Davidson Debuts New LiveWire &
    Concept Electric Motorcycles At CES

    Clean Technica, Jan. 8, 2019 - Ouch! Take that, EV doubters. It’s one thing for a fresh new electric vehicle startup like Tesla to rock the world of personal mobility. It’s quite another when iconic US manufacturers — you know, the ones that made America great 50 or 100 years ago — walk the EV walk. In the latest development, yesterday the legendary Harley-Davidson company jumped into the world of electric motorcycles with the launch of pre-orders for its new 2020 LiveWire at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    That’s just for starters. Harley-Davidson also showcased new concepts for lightweight electric motorcycles and other two-wheelers at CES, indicating that it expects healthy interest in two-wheeled electric mobility of all kinds.

  • Self Driving For Luxurious Vehicles
    Toyota's Newest Self-Driving Test Car Is a Lexus LS Luxury Sedan

    Green Car Reports, Jan. 4, 2019 - If you're going to develop a self-driving test vehicle, why not make it one that passengers would enjoy riding in?

    Perhaps that's the logic behind Toyota’s choice of its new Lexus LS large luxury sedan as the basis for the P4, its latest automated-driving test vehicle—unveiled yesterday by the Toyota Research Institute, or TRI.

  • Southern California Edison Increases Plug-In Rebates
    Southern California Edison
    Increases Plug-In Vehicle
    Rebate To $1000 For 2019

    CleanTechnica, Jan. 4, 2019 - California utility Southern California Edison has increased the rebate available to customers who purchase or lease a new or used plug-in vehicle on or after January 1st, 2019 through its Clean Fuel Reward Program. The increase raises the maximum funds available through the impressive rebate from $450 to $1,000 for 2019 and stacks on top of any existing federal, state, and local rebates that may be available to customers.

  • New Electric Cars Hit the Market in 2019
    4 New Electric Cars Coming To US Showrooms In 2019

    CleanTechnica , Dec. 31, 2018 - 7 years after the Tesla Model S first went on sale, American drivers in all 50 states still have precious few battery electric automobiles with more than 200 miles of range to choose from. That will change in 2019 as new models from Jaguar, Audi, Hyundai, and Kia find their way into US showrooms.

    The article provides thorough look at all of them.

  • Internal Combustion Engines: A Thing of the Past?
    Was 2018 the Year of
    Peak Combustion Engine?

    Mother Nature Network, Dec. 30, 2018 - You've probably heard of peak oil or peak coal, the theorized time when these materials reach their maximum rate of extraction or use. But have you considered there might also be a peak for the internal combustion engine?

    Experts disagree on whether we've already hit peak oil, but the decline of the internal combustion engine may already be here. That's according to a new report from the Financial Times (behind a pay wall), which claims we'll never see sales of cars with internal combustion engines at 2018 levels ever again.

  • Clean Technica Reviews 88 Electric Vehicles
    88 CleanTechnica Electric Vehicle Reviews

    CleanTechnica , Dec. 30, 2018 - CleanTechnica has had the lucky opportunity to review a dozens of electric vehicles this past year, and many more in previous years. In the article, you can find links to most of the reviews as well as short snippets about the vehicles.

    Before jumping into the short review summaries, though, we have a few models that we offer long-term reviews of, with those writers owning the vehicles. The long-term reviews cover: Tesla Model 3 (from multiple owners), Tesla Model S (from multiple owners), BMW i3, Kia Soul EV, Peugeot iOn (aka Mitsubishi i-MiEV or Citroen C-Zero), and Nissan LEAF (from multiple owners). As you probably noticed, those long-term reviews cover some of the world’s best selling electric cars.

  • A Promising New Battery Technology (Better Late Than Never)
    A Long-Awaited Battery That
    Would Cut Electric Vehicle
    Costs May Finally Be Close

    M.I.T. Technology Review, Dec. 17, 2018 - In 2010, a pair of MIT materials scientists helped launch 24M, promising to deliver cheaper, better batteries by stripping out inactive materials in the electrodes.

    Eight years later, you still can’t buy the startup’s products. But in an interview last week, chief executive Rick Feldt said the “semisolid” lithium-ion batteries built in the company’s pilot lab have leapfrogged those on the market today in terms of energy density. 24M will begin working with an industrial partner next year to develop a small commercial plant and hopes to deliver its first products in 2020—5 years past the company’s original time line.

  • China Produces an Electric SUV
    Innovative Xpeng G3 Electric
    SUV Goes on Sale in China

    CleanTechnica, Dec. 17, 2018 - Chinese EV startup Xpeng has begun selling its innovative G3 electric SUV in China. As we indicated a few weeks ago from an auto show in China, the electric vehicle’s launch date in the Red Dragon was December 12, and it seems that announcement was accurate.

    The article features a slideshow of this new vehicle.

  • Why Electric Trucks are Better than Diesels
    4 More Reasons that Electric Trucks
    are Better than Diesel Trucks

    CleanTechnica, Dec. 17, 2018 - Jonas Odermalm, head of product strategy for Volvo Trucks, says testing of his company’s FL and FE electric trucks shows they are able to operate during off hours — even the middle of the night — when diesels are prohibited. That helps the businesses they deliver to save money. How?

    “They know that they have everything they need and they can run and plan the day accordingly. There were always hiccups with daytime deliveries, so [the customers] needed to have double amounts of all ingredients in the store and they didn’t really know whether they would get their shipment in time.” With electric trucks, “There’s more precision so the receiver can reduce their inventory. That is really important and it becomes a more energy efficient operation.”

 
  • The Autonomous Electric Tractor is Here
    John Deere Unveils an
    Autonomous, Electric Tractor

    CleanTechnica, Dec. 17, 2018 - John Deere is leading the charge into electric tractors with another innovation in partnership with GridCON. For 2018, the company is not only bringing the power of electric motors to the world of tractors, it is doing so with a new fully autonomous, corded electric model.

    The new tractor was unveiled in a video that demonstrates the unique way that it has been programmed to allow farmers to run it as a fully autonomous vehicle to groom their fields while laying out and retracting the 1 kilometer long onboard extension cord along the way.

  • Electric Motorcycles are Here and They’re Becoming Mainstream
    2019 Zero Motorcycles Lineup –
    Mainstream Electric Mobility

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Dec. 20, 2018 - Zero Motorcycles, the global electric motorcycle sales and innovation leader, has announced the release of its 2019 model line. (in time for Christmas?).

    With more powerful base models, brand new tech features, extended range and bold new styling, this year represents the strongest lineup of motorcycles in Zero’s history.

  • About the Fast Charge Consortium
    Fastcharge Consortium Presents Prototype for 450 Kw Charging Station

    Green Car Congress, Dec. 13, 2018 - In Germany, the FastCharge Research Consortium has presented a prototype for a charging station with an output of up to 450 kW in Jettingen-Scheppach, located near the A8 motorway between Ulm and Augsburg. The new charging station is suitable for electric models of all brands with the European standard Type 2 variant of the widely used Combined Charging System (CCS), and is now available for use free of charge.

  • Is It Just “Plane” Magic?
    An Electric Plane with No Moving
    Parts Has Made Its First Flight

    M.I.T. Tdchnology Review, Nov. 21, 2018 -The turbineless design uses electroaerodynamic propulsion to fly and could herald the arrival of quieter, lower-emission aircraft.

    our typical jet plane is full of fast-moving blades. We need the spinning of turbines and propellers to create thrust and let us take to the skies. Or do we?

  • Charging Your EV Without Plugging it In?
    Is Fast Wireless Electric Vehicle
    Charging A Game Changer?

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Nov. 20, 2018 -What if you could buy an affordable all electric vehicle that can be fast charged remotely? Just park the car or even better drive over a roadway properly equipped. Sound too good to be true? Now if we could just 500 miles between charges right?

    Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a 120-kilowatt wireless charging system for vehicles—providing six times the power of previous ORNL technology and a big step toward charging times that rival the speed and convenience of a gas station fill-up.

  • Flying on Bio-Jet Fuel (Not Fossil Foolish)
    How Renewable Jet Fuels
    Compare to Fossil Jet Fuels

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Nov. 20, 2018 -Air travel is becoming very popular probably because the prices are generally low enough to allow many us to fly almost anywhere in the world. It seems like every airport in the world is undergoing expansion. However fossil fuel based jet fuel produces carbon dioxide and co2 is the root cause of climate change. So what to do?

    Norwegian aviation executives like to joke among themselves that when God created aviation, he was thinking of Norway.

  • Elon Musk - Keep Your Eye on Volkswagen
    Volkswagen Reportedly Has $23,000 Tesla Competitor in The Works

    engadget, Nov. 8, 2018 -Volkswagen is aiming to release an all-electric car for $23,000 -- undercutting the Tesla Model 3 by nearly $12,000 -- sources have told Reuters.

    VW will convert three of its factories in Germany to produce the "MEB entry," with a production target of 200,000 vehicles. The MEB (modular electric drive matrix) platform is being used to develop VW's I.D. family of electric vehicles. And the company has high hopes for the new platform, with a goal of selling 10 million vehicles by the end of its "first wave." The I.D. Aero, a mid-size sedan, will also see a production target of 100,000 vehicles. The first I.D. vehicle should land in 2020.

  • The Solar Car is About to Shine
    Hyundai and Kia Will Outfit
    Their Cars With Solar Panels

    engadget, Nov. 1, 2018 -Solar panels on cars aren't just reserved for luxury brands or experimental vehicles. Hyundai and Kia have laid out plans to equip "selected" cars with solar panels on their roofs or hoods. They'll help charge batteries for electric vehicles and hybrids, but they'll also be useful for combustion-only vehicles. You won't have to settle for solar panels blocking your view of the sky above, either.

    While the first-gen solar roof will be limited to hybrids with conventional roofs, a second-wave semi-transparent roof will be available on cars (including combustion-only models) as part of a panoramic sunroof system. There's also a third-gen system in a pilot phase that will provide power from the roof and hood at the same time.

  • What is the EV Forecast -The Top 3 Report
    The Top 3 Automakers &
    Their Electric Vehicle Plans

    CleanTechnica, Oct. 8, 2018 -Globally, approximately 96 million passenger vehicles are sold a year. In the US alone, the figure is approximately 17 million. The most bullish forecasts have Tesla reaching a few million vehicles a year in several years. There’s no serious forecast of Tesla taking a huge chunk of the vehicle market in the next decade — not because it doesn’t produce the best cars in the world, but because it’s essentially impossible to ramp up to 10–20 million vehicles in a handful of years — and forecasts beyond a decade are really just games in wild guessing.

  • A Place for Electric Scooters in an Urban World?
    Is Bird a Boon or
    Burden To Urban Communities?

    CleanTechnica, Oct. 6, 2018 -Bird, the electric scooter startup, has raised $418 million and has been valued at $2 billion. It has been reported that it was the fastest startup to achieve ‘unicorn’ status. One of the investors is Sequoia Capital, and Roelof Botha, a partner there, said he sees San Francisco one day having 10,000 Bird scooters, potentially earning $70 million a year in revenues.

    However, in the spring of 2018, San Francisco issued a cease-and-desist letter to Bird, Spin, and Lime. So, contrary to the vision of having 10,000 Birds on the streets of San Francisco, it appeared maybe there wouldn’t be any…

  • Pollution Free Electric Planes
    A Powerful New Battery Could Give
    Us Non-Polluting Electric Planes

    M.I.T. Technology Review, Oct. 30, 2018 -Brightly colored molecular models line two walls of Yet-Ming Chiang’s office at MIT. Chiang, a materials science professor and serial battery entrepreneur, has spent much of his career studying how slightly different arrangements of those sticks and spheres add up to radically different outcomes in energy storage.

    But he and his colleague, Venkat Viswanathan, are taking a different approach to reach their next goal, altering not the composition of the batteries but the alignment of the compounds within them. By applying magnetic forces to straighten the tortuous path that lithium ions navigate through the electrodes, the scientists believe, they could significantly boost the rate at which the device discharges electricity.

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Resources

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8 Minute Renewables Logo

Why is it called 8 Minutes Renewable Energy? Because it takes about that time for the sun to reach the earth. Click the image for this commercial (yet informative website).

 

A123 Systems

Lithium-ion batteries make electric cars possible at mass-market prices.Key innovation: Nanostructured electrodes result in lithium batteries more durable and safer than those in cell phones and laptops.

Technology: A123 develops and manufactures lithium-ion batteries that are safer than those in mobile phones and laptops and use less expensive elements. The materials are structured at the nanoscale in a way that enables them to charge and discharge quickly, making them well suited for use in electric vehicles and in electrical-grid storage.

Adara Power (Formerly Juicebox Energy)
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Interest in residential energy storage technology has grown dramatically worldwide as consumers search for a method of capturing self-produced solar energy, reducing their carbon footprint, and reducing their reliance on utilities.

These sentiments combined with the need to be positioned on a global scale have led JuiceBox Energy, a privately-held Silicon Valley company committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected energy storage, to rebrand as Adara Power. Formed in 2013, the company has successfully installed its advanced 8.6kWh and 17.2kWh Energy Storage Systems across the U.S. with growing domestic and international demand for renewable energy sources.



AllSun Tracker Systems
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An AllSun Tracker is just as the name implies: an array of solar panels (either 20 or 24) mounted on a ground mounted steel pole that moves with the sun as it crosses the sky. It is a dual-axis, active solar tracker that uses a motor and GPS (Global Positioning System) to turn the solar PV panels east to west and up and down. This movement keeps the solar panels perpendicular to the sun’s rays, steadily in-line with the sun’s position on the horizon every day, any time of the year. As a result, the amount of sunlight reaching the panels is maximized and electricity generation is greatly increased.


American Energy Technologies

A full service design/build renewable energy installation company serving owners and operators of professional businesses or multi-family residential buildings throughout the Northeast. AET works closely with their customers to help them understand their renewable energy options, state and federal requirements, and the financial benefits they can achieve. They are actively engaged in solar array projects in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

 

Aquinon Energy
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The developer and manufacturer of Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI™) batteries and energy storage systems, today announced that it has completed the closing of a $55 million Series D financing round. Due to strong investor interest, the total amount of funding for this round was increased from the $35 million level previously announced by the company in April of 2013.

They are completing $55M financing round to bring transformative energy storage systems to market.

The Series D financing includes participation from new investors Bill Gates, Yung’s Enterprise, Nick and Joby Pritzker through their family’s firm Tao Invest, Bright Capital, and Gentry Venture Partners. Previous investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Foundation Capital, and Advanced Technology Ventures also participated in the round.

Borrego Solar
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Designs and installs commercial solar power systems, providing a complete range of solar energy solutions including turnkey solar installation, integrated financing and solar consulting services.

Click the image to see the arrays that they have installed.



Carnegie Wave Energy
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Wave energy possesses unique characteristics that offer an advantage over other renewables such as wind and solar energy:
• Less variable and with the variability being more gradual and with notice
•  More predictable. Australia’s preeminent research organization, the CSIRO, estimates wave energy is at least three times more predictable than wind energy
•  The proximity of favorable wave energy sites to ultimate end users, so it minimizes transmission issues. Notably, approximately 60% of the world’s population lives within 60 kilometres of a coast.

Clean Energy States Alliance

Eighteen states across the U.S. with established clean energy funds or programs have banded together to promote clean energy technologies. The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of members from 16 clean energy funds and two state agencies; it provides information and technical services to its members and works with them to build and expand clean energy markets in the United States.


 
Earth Ministry

Through outreach and organizing within faith communities, Earth Ministry mobilizes Christians to live their faith by caring for the places they inhabit and working in their communities, churches, and government to promote justice for Earth and all its inhabitants.


Envision Solar

In the U.S., Envision Solar, headquarted in San Diego, California, has developed the unique EV ARC (Electric Vehicle Autonomous Renewable Charger), which is the world’s first fully autonomous, mobile, and 100 percent solar charged EV station. While in the U.S., the average, grid-tied EV charging system supplies electricity, which mostly comes from fossil fueled power plants, the EV ARC provides 100 percent clean, renewable electricity for EVs in public areas. Click image for more information.


 
First Solar

New types of photovoltaics are reducing the cost of solar power.

Key innovation: "Thin-film" solar panels based on cadmium telluride, which are cheaper than:conventional silicon panels, have made the company one of the world's largest photovoltaic manufacturers.

Technology: The leading producer of thin-film solar panels, First Solar has established an alternative to conventional silicon-­based technology. The key is a material called cadmium telluride, which absorbs light better than silicon does; as a result, extremely thin films of the material are all that’s needed.


General Fusion

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General Fusion’s Magnetized Target Fusion system uses a sphere, filled with molten lead-lithium that is pumped to form a vortex.  On each pulse, magnetically-confined plasma is injected into the vortex. Around the sphere, an array of pistons impact and drive a pressure wave into the centre of the sphere, compressing the plasma to fusion conditions. Visit their website to see a case made for this unlimited energy source.

 

Go Green Solar

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GoGreenSolar.com is a leading solar and wind power internet retailer and online community. The company has passionately helped customers all over the world deploy renewable energy systems for their homes, businesses and non-profit agendas. GoGreenSolar.com carries the highest quality products from reputable manufacturers:Kaco Solar, Sanyo Solar, EarthLED, Xantrex, Kaneka, Southwest WindPower, Fronius, Enphase Energy, SMA, Heliodyne, Morningstar, Outback.

 

Green Lancer

GreenLancer’s online platform is providing the next generation of solar energy design services and significantly reducing the time and costs associated with developing solar energy projects. GreenLancer.com is a web-based company that designs solar energy systems, in the CLOUD. Our unique business model leverages the use of cutting edge technology, the internet, and powerful collaboration strategies. The results have made solar energy design support easy, affordable, very reliable and accessible to anyone, anywhere. Learn More

 

 

Helio Sage
Wisdom In Sun

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HelioSage is a leading national developer of commercial and utility scale solar projects, with a development pipeline totaling more than 900 megawatts across 20 states. The Company was founded by several of the principals of Greenlight Energy, Inc., one of the country’s largest independent wind energy companies at the time of its 2006 sale to BP Alternative Energy. With experience gained across more than 500 megawatts of completed renewable energy transactions, representing over $1 billion in invested capital, HelioSage is a recognized leader in large-scale solar energy development.


Infinity PV

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infinityPV’s CEO: Printed solar cells need to happen. I’m all in!

For decades scientists have been pursuing an exceedingly ambitious goal: They hope to provide clean energy for the entire world. Solutions including fusion, wind, solar, and more are all in the works, each with their own sets of promises and costs. Frederik C. Krebs, CEO of infinityPV, sees one clear path to a renewable energy future: “Printed solar cells hold the promises of solving our energy needs - we have the technology, all needed materials are abundant, and we spend extremely limited energy producing them.”

 

 

 
Ocean Renewable Power

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The Bay of Fundy, located on the border between eastern Maine and Canada, is one of the most robust tidal energy resources in the world.

Each day, 100 billion tons of water flow in and out of this bay, with the force of 8,000 locomotives and tidal ranges of up to 50 feet or more. At its mouth, off of Eastport and Lubec, Maine, ORPC is operating the first commercial, grid-connected tidal power system in the country, also the first ocean energy project to be delivering power to the public grid anywhere in the U.S. and all of the Americas


Plugless
Wireless Vehicle Electric Charging

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Transfer energy without the cord!

Plugless uses inductive charging technology to eliminate the need to plug in your EV. Two aligned magnetic coils send power to your EV over an air gap between your vehicle and the included Wireless Charging Station.

Power Parasol
(Out of the Desert. Off the Rooftops. Into the Community)

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PowerParasol® is a transformative tool that produces immediate results for customers who make the investment in changing their environment.

Used to cover parks, pedestrian malls, parking lots, playgrounds community open space, or business and storage areas, the patent pending Power Parasol provides shade, security, lighting, and solar energy. All of this, while creating an environment of dappled light that allows grass, flowers, bushes and trees to flourish underneath the structure resulting in comfortable, inviting outdoor areas.

 

Renewable Energy - LI

RELI is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization promoting clean, sustainable energy use and generation for Long Island. RELI seeks public participation in energy policy decisions to encourage energy efficiency, use of renewable energy sources, and to protect our environment, economy, and public health.

 


 
Romania
Eastern Europe’s Renewables Haven

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Developers, manufacturers, investors and other renewable energy industry stakeholders need to know where the next big market is going to be so that they can adjust their business decisions accordingly.

Since 2003, global consultancy Ernst & Young has released its Country Attractiveness Indices, which gives a numerical ranking to 30 global renewable energy markets by scoring renewable energy investment strategies and resource availability. The indices are updated on a quarterly basis and the most recent report can be found here.


SEPA - Solar
Electric Power Association

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SEPA's mission is to support utility integration of solar to the benefit of the utility, its customers and the public good. We envision a future where solar represents a significant portion of the U.S. electricity portfolio while maintaining healthy and vibrant utility and solar industries.


Silver Spring Networks

Silver Spring

Computer intelligence in the electric grid will make energy distribution more efficient.

Key innovation: Developed hardware and software that standardize the way disparate parts of the grid communicate.

Technology: The company builds secure, adaptable network infrastructure that helps utilities and their customers manage their energy use more efficiently. Silver Spring Networks' software allows utilities to automatically manage their distribution of electricity by quickly responding to spikes and lulls in electricity generation and demand, as well as failures in the grid. The company also builds its communication chips into smart electric and gas meters that relay data to a centralized software system. Consumers can access the data to monitor their own energy use through a Web portal that Silver Spring maintains.


Solar Gardens

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A Solar Garden is a community shared solar array with grid-connected subscribers.

Homes and businesses, even if shaded by trees, receive a bill credit as if the panels were on their own roof using “virtual net metering”. The Solar Gardens Institute (SGI) provides tools and training to co-develop community solar arrays. Land owners, community groups, local governments, utilities and solar integrators.

Click on the image to learn more and to locate installations throughout the U.S.A.


Solar Roadways

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Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds... literally any surface under the sun. They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots.

A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole Click here. They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a "home" for power and data cables. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving.


SolarWindow Technologies

SolarWindow™ Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: WNDW) is developing first-of-their-kind electricity-generating see-through windows and products for America’s 85 million detached homes and commercial buildings.

Their mission has been to create SolarWindow™ products which produce extraordinary amounts of clean electricity, financially reward their customers, and benefit the environment. A bold undertaking.


Click here for their website.
Watch an impressive video.

 

Sunbandit
Solar Hybrid Energy Systems

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Sun Bandit® is a revolutionary new way in which solar is used to heat water. This innovative new technology utilizes PV technology to deliver clean, reliable hot water by putting the free energy of the sun to work for you in ways that makes owning a solar system more practical and affordable than ever before.

 

SunRnr of Virginia

Sun Runner Symbol

Manufactures and sells high-quality, high-capability, green, silent, portable generator power systems that store over 2000W renewable energy in a rechargeable battery for off grid electricity or emergency backup power.

Started in the Shenandoah Valley in 2004 when Alan Mattichak realized the need and potential for a non-gasoline, alternative energy, portable generator, rechargeable battery, energy storage system with useful power available for remote location, off grid electricity for work, recreation, and supplemental power.

 

Synthetic Genomics

Why: Genetically engineered microbes are a promising way to make biofuels.

Key innovation: Created synthetic bacterial cells, possibly paving the way for organisms specifically tailored to make fuels.

Technology: Strains of algae engineered by Synthetic Genomics excrete oils that could be refined to make biofuels, including equivalents of gasoline and diesel. In partnership with ExxonMobil, which has agreed to invest up to $600 million in the project, the company is studying many strains of algae, using high-throughput methods to help identify those that produce large amounts of the desired oils and to reveal techniques for engineering known strains in ways that will increase their oil production.


Touranor Solar Ship

Solar Ship The MS Türanor Planet Solar, gets part of its name from the Tolkein’s saga Lord of the Rings. Türanor means ‘the power of the sun’. This sun powered ship was designed by an engineer from New Zealand, built in Germany and is now home to five crew and four scientists from Europe.

The ship, powered without burning a drop of fossil fuel, completed, in August, 2013, a year and a half circumnavigation of the earth. Click the photo for more from Living on Earth.org

Vernon Electric

Vernon Electric Logo Vernon Electric provides Community Solar, whose name speaks for itself, makes it possible to use solar energy without actually installing it on your roof.Click the image to learn more about this innovative answer to fossil fuel addiction.

 

Water Furnace

Makers of GeoThermal comfort systems for homes, businesses and institutions.

 

WikiHow
Setting Up Your Own PV Generator

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While there are a lot of decisions you can make, this particular how-to focuses on small-scale solar generation (<1kWh/day), and simplifies it so that just about anyone can set up a functioning system. However, beware that compromises in efficiency, safety, and code adherence may be made for the sake of simplicity.

Where can I get these solar panels? - Glad you asked.

1366 Technologies

Conventional solar power is still too expensive to compete with fossil fuels, in part because of the cost of manufacturing silicon-based solar cells.

Key innovation: Developed a cheaper method for making silicon wafers, the most expensive component of a solar module.

Technology: The process that 1366 has developed makes it possible to mold solar wafers—the thin sheets of silicon that serve as the core of a solar cell—directly from molten silicon rather than cutting them from larger ingots or crystals, which can waste up to half the material. The company has also developed a method for manufacturing solar cells that increases the amount of light the cell can absorb by reducing the area that’s shaded by electron-conducting wires and by decreasing the amount of light reflected off the surface. Increasing the light absorption helps increase the power output of the cell, effectively decreasing the cost per watt.

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AllEarth Renewables

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They've designed and manufactures the dual-axis AllSun Trackers - affordable, complete grid-connected solar electric systems that produce up to 45% more energy than fixed rooftop systems. AllSun Trackers vastly simplify system design, supply chain management, installation and maintenance for systems large and small and was named a Top-10 green product of the year by BuildingGreen. AllEarth Renewables was named the fastest growing company in Vermont in 2010 and 2011.

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Amyris

Advanced biofuels could help reduce the use of gasoline and diesel.

Key innovation: Its genetically engineered yeast turns sugars into a building block of diesel fuel, which is usable in the existing transportation infrastructure.

Technology: Amyris has engineered yeasts that convert sugars into a hydrocarbon molecule called farnesene, which can be processed into fuels for transport or products for the chemical industry. If hydrogenated, the hydrocarbon can be turned into a diesel fuel that burns cleaner than conventional diesel, reducing emissions of sulfur, nitrogen oxides, and particulates.

American Wind Energy Association

The mission of the American Wind Energy Association is to promote wind power growth through advocacy, communication, and education.


 
 
 
 
 
Arcadia Power
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Arcadia Power is a nationwide renewable energy company. They were founded with one simple mission in mind: to make our world better by changing the way we power our homes and businesses from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy.

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Array Technologies
Array Tech Logo

Array Technologies, Inc. is a leading U.S.-based solar manufacturer of solar tracking and solar racking systems for utilities, corporations, small businesses and homeowners. They provide solar tracking and racking solutions for any project, whatever its scale, location or requirements.

Click on the logo for more information and a video.

Bright Source Energy
Bright Source

It efficiently produces solar thermal power, which focuses sunlight to heat water into steam.

Key innovation:  A boiler is heated directly with sunlight that bounces off mirrors.

 

 
 
Center for Alternative Technology (CAT)

CAT is concerned with the search for globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life.

Within this search CAT' explores and demonstrates a wide range of alternatives, communicating to other people the options for them to achieve positive change in their own lives.

 
 
 
d.Light Solar
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d.light is a for-profit social enterprise whose purpose is to create new freedoms for customers without access to reliable power so they can enjoy a brighter future. We design, manufacture and distribute solar light and power products throughout the developing world. We aim to empower the lives of at least 100 million people by 2020. d.light serves over 40 countries, through over 10,000 retail outlets, 10 field offices, and four regional hubs. The company employs over 100 people directly, and indirectly employs hundreds more worldwide.

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EarthSpark

EarthSpark is honored to have been featured in Solar Frontiers, a recent short film by The Economist. Watch to see a family in the Haitian community of Les Anglais getting electricity for the first time and meet some of the men and women working on solar innovation in some unexpected places from Haiti to Alabama and beyond.

eSolar

Reducing the cost of constructing solar thermal plants will make them more competitive with fossil-fuel plants.

Key innovation: Software controls the mirrors that focus rays from the sun, eliminating the need to position them by hand.

Technology: The company uses arrays of tens of thousands of mirrors to focus sunlight on a central tower, producing intense heat that turns water into steam to generate electricity. The mirrors are installed on prefabricated metal frames that allow them to pivot and tilt to track the sun throughout the day and from season to season. Proprietary software ensures that all the mirrors are aimed properly.

 


Florida Power & Light Solar Facility
FPL

At 25 megawatts, the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center is the largest solar photovoltaic plant in the country. Now if they only would stop trying to kill solar roofs in the "Sunshine State," it might make them look mich better to true environmentalists.

 


Florida Solar Power Directory

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A directory of Solar Power providers and training facilities in South Florida

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GlassPoint Solar

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GlassPoint designs, manufactures and installs solar steam generators for the oil and gas industry worldwide. When used for thermal Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) GlassPoint solar steam generators significantly reduce both gas consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 80%.

 

Goldwind Science and Technology

Increasing the time that turbines are operational will lower the cost of wind power.

Key innovation: Co-developed a direct-drive wind turbine that eliminates the need for a gearbox. Having fewer moving parts reduces the chance of costly mechanical failure.
Note: Revenue $1.6 billion

 

Halotechnics
Solar Thermal Storage

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Breakthrough Molten Salts with Game-changing Properties -In our combinatorial chemistry labs we have screened thousands of novel mixtures and developed materials with the best combination of melting point, maximum operating temperature, and cost. Our research has resulted in our Saltstream patent-pending formulas. Saltstream materials utilize eutectic mixtures with drastically reduced melting points, reducing the risk of freezing and expanding the operating range of the fluid.


 
Imergy Power Systems

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"The world needs radical new energy solutions. Imergy is supplying them now. Our paradigm-shifting Energy Storage Platform (ESP) fits as seamlessly into a remote village as it does into a large-scale commercial application. Cost savings and ROI are deep and fast. Scaling up is simple and inexpensive. Smart technology ensures efficient consumption. And the sustainable design meets today’s highest standards for responsible energy systems."-from the Imergy Website

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Joule Unlimited

Biofuels could be far cheaper if they weren't made from corn, sugarcane, and other forms of biomass.

Key innovation: Designed microbes that convert carbon dioxide and water directly into fuels.

Technology: Joule has engineered microbes that harness the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide and water directly into ethanol or hydrocarbon fuels. When housed in bioreactors in sunny areas and at full-scale production, the company says, these photosynthetic organisms can produce 15,000 gallons of diesel or 25,000 gallons of ethanol per acre per year. The process offers an advantage over making biofuels from corn or cellulose, because growing those materials requires large amounts of arable land. It’s also an improvement over using photosynthetic algae to make biofuel precursors, as some other companies do, because those chemicals must then be processed to make fuel.

Oregon Wave Enery Trust

 

OWET LogoA nonprofit, public-private partnership that is helping to responsibly develop ocean energy by connecting stakeholders, supporting research and development, and engaging in public outreach and policy work.

OWET works with a wide range of stakeholders including: fishing and environmental groups, utilities, industry, government and interested citizens.

With 300 miles of coastline characterized by powerful waves and steady and constant winds, a robust electrical transmission system close to coastal communities, transportation and port infrastructure, experienced and established manufacturing and supply chain, supportive policies and leading research institutions, Oregon is uniquely positioned to be North America’s leader in ocean energy.

With the growing need for new clean sources of energy and sustainable family-wage jobs, OWET’s goal is to attract and build the ocean energy industry and to maximize the benefits for the environment and economy.


 
PVCROPS

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PVCROPS (PhotoVoltaic Cost reduction, Reliability, Operational performance,
Prediction and Simulation) is a €6 million funded pan-European, three year project involving 12 organisations across 7 EU member states. PVCROPS aims to improve Solar Photovoltaic (PV) penetration within electricity networks throughout each of the life stages of Building Integrated PV (BIPV) systems and Ground-Based PV plants.

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The Rite Project

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The RITE Project by Verdant Power is a world’s first initiative that will test, demonstrate and deliver commercial electricity from their Free Flow Kinetic Hydropower System. The project is located in the East Channel of the East River in New York, NY, and generates clean renewable energy from the river's tidal currents.

 

Semprius

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delivers a unique high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) module design that begins with its proprietary micro-transfer printing process. This process enables Semprius to use the world's smallest solar cell - approximately the size of a pencil point - to create solar modules with unmatched costs and performance advantages. In September 2013, Semprius set a new record for commercial solar module efficiency, reaching 35.5%.


 
 
 
 
 
Siemens

Increasing the time that turbines are operational will lower the cost of wind power.

Key innovation: Co-developed a direct-drive wind turbine that eliminates the need for a gearbox. Having fewer moving parts reduces the chance of costly mechanical failure. Note: Revenues $103.7 billion.


Solar City
Google Giving Solar Energy a New Lease on Life

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June 15, 2011 - Google announced that it’s investing $280 million in SolarCity, a company that installs and maintains residential-scale solar panels. Customers pay a fee for this service, either up-front or at a monthly rate—and end up saving more money on electricity than they would if they were to buy and install the panels themselves—but they avoid the risk and long-term commitment of ownership. In this system, SolarCity and, by extension, Google take on that risk and the government tax credits that go along with installing solar panels. Why not let Google help you save a little on your electricity bill ?
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Solar Reserve
Leading the world in solar power with storage.
Delivered day and night - Today.

SolarReserve is a leading global developer of utility-scale solar power projects, which include Solar roadways Logoelectricity generation by solar thermal energy and photovoltaic panels. In addition, SolarReserve has commercialized a proprietary advanced solar thermal technology with integrated energy storage that solves the intermittency issues experienced with other renewable energy sources. This proven US-developed technology generates renewable baseload and dispatchable power and can compete with traditional fossil-fired and nuclear electricity generation. The company currently has more than $1.8 billion of projects in operation worldwide, with development and long-term power contracts for 775 megawatts (MW) of solar projects representing $3.4 billion of project capital.

 


Solar Shade Parking Structures
(Put Your Parking Lot to Work

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Alpha Energy’s Photovoltaic Solar Shade Structures are parking canopies with a roof specifically designed to provide low-cost support for a solar power system. Solar shade structures offer a dual benefit: shading for cars and solar production. A visible display of a company’s commitment to renewable energy, the solar shade structures can be used throughout the day to generate electricity and can be complimented with lighting and security cameras for safe usage at night as well.

 

Solarmer Energy

Solarmer Energy Inc. is a developer of transparent, flexible plastic solar panels, the next wave in generating renewable energy from the sun. These solar panels are opening the door for a wide range of new application areas in renewable energy, which are not currently addressable with conventional silicon solar panel technology. Our company's solar panels have the potential to reduce the cost of renewable energy down to 12-15 cents/kWh and less than $1/Watt, which means plastic solar panels will be the first in solar capable of generating electricity on par with conventional fuel costs.

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SunPower
Oasis Solar Tracker

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SunPower partnered with EPCs to engineer the high-performance Oasis for faster, easier installation. Features include fewer parts and piles; above-ground, plug-and-play DC wiring; and wider distance between rows to easily accommodate construction and O&M equipment.


Suntech

Extremely large-scale production of solar panels is reducing the technology's cost.

Key innovation: Developed its own solar cells and equipment for manufacturing them cheaply.

Technology: Suntech is the world’s largest producer of crystalline-silicon solar panels, the most common type. It specializes in multicrystalline cells, which produce somewhat less power per square meter than single-­crystal cells but yield a competitive price per watt because the materials cost less.

The company’s current generation of solar cells has broken an efficiency record for multicrystalline cells that had stood for 15 years; one key to the accomplishment was to increase the amount of light the cells absorb by texturing their surface and decreasing the thickness of electron-conducting wires.

 

Tesla Solar Roof and Power Wall
(Best looking solar roof ever!)

 

The sun provides more than enough energy in just one hour to supply our planet’s energy needs for an entire year. Your home can capture this free, abundant energy source through rooftop solar tiles, turning sunlight into electricity for immediate use or storage in a Powerwall battery.

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Verdant Power
Specialists in Marine Renewable Energy

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RITE Project Receives First Commercial License for Tidal Power in U.S. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has issued a pilot commercial license to Verdant Power’s RITE Project – the first commercial license for tidal power in the US.

Under the license, Verdant Power plans to develop a 1 MW pilot project in the East Channel of the East River comprised of up to 30 commercial class (Generation 5) Free Flow System turbines, which would be installed in a staged approach.

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ViZn Energy

ViZn Energy has developed the world’s first safe, clean, reliable and cost effective grid storage battery. ViZn implements low-cost, non-acid Zinc/Iron chemistry enabling manufacturing with inexpensive construction materials. The battery stacks are molded construction with proprietary elements that have overcome the shunt issues historically afflicting flow batteries

ViZn’s two primary products are targeted at the C&I, utility and micro-grid market. The Z20 is a 80kw/160kwh system housed in a 20ft shipping container. The GS200 is a building block of the ViZn 1MW assembly using five 20ft shipping containers providing 3MWh of energy. The ZAC is an integrated storage unit with grid tie hardware for installation simplicity. Click image for a related article.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debating 4 Dirty
Myths on Clean Energy


Debate 1: How is the Problem Defined?

Myth:  Climate change is not real, thus “clean” energy is not needed
Reality:  This is the wrong response to the wrong question; a broader framework is needed

Debate 2: How to Involve Government?

Myth:  The government should stop subsidizing clean energy and let the ”free market” work
Reality:  The government is deeply involved in all forms of energy; there is no free market in energy

Debate 3: Where To Focus Innovation?

Myth:  We need new technology, period
Reality:  We need innovation in technology, policy, business models, and financing

Debate 4: Can Alternative Forms of
Energy Make a Difference?

Myth:  Some new technologies, such as solar and wind, will never make a dent in our energy mix
Reality: It will take time, yes, but the signs are already clear they are having an impact

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Alternative Energy Vehicles

• The Electric Pickup Truck is Here   • Electric Vehicles Buyers Guide
• Toyota, Nissan, Honda Back Hydrogen Fueling Stations
• Electric Cars Are Here to Stay    • A Clean-Car Boom
• Charging Scarcity     • Wind to Hydrogen Vs. Tesla  • Hydrogen Cars Now
• Plug-In Hybrid Fuel Consuption Could Drop by 1/3

There are too many alternative
fuel vehicles for us to list here.
This is only a sample.


Lagonda SUV by Aston Martin

Energy Source: Electric
Lagonda
When it comes to Aston Martin, the Lagonda holds a special place in the unobtainium world of collector cars aficionados. Reviving the brand name for a high-end electric SUV is a bold, smart, and darn risky step.
Lagonda has confirmed plans for its first vehicle in the new era – the first in the newly revived brand, which has spun off from Aston Martin. The all-electric Lagonda SUV will be unveiled in 2021 and will be based on the Vision Concept showcased at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show.
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Hyperloop

Energy Source: Electro Magnetic Propulsion
HyperLoop
Hyperloop brings airplane speeds to ground level, safely. Passengers and cargo capsules will hover through a network of low-pressure tubes between cities and transforming travel time from hours to minutes.
HyperloopTT's technology breakthrough is a next generation passive magnetic levitation system. It's called Inductrack. Magnets arranged in a Halbach array configuration enable passive levitation over an unpowered but conductive track. And as capsules move through the low pressure environment, they use very little energy on route thanks to the reduced drag forces. To learn more about this futuristic mode of transportation, click on the image.

 
 

Tesla Semi Electric Truck

Energy Source: Much Electric Power
Kia Niro PHEV
The all-electric truck, which Musk unveiled on a mid-November night in a Hawthorne Municipal Airport Parking lot (adjacent to his SpaceX headquarters) just outside Los Angeles and has a remarkable 500-mile range, may be most notable for what it doesn't include. To learn more about this vehicle, click on the image.




Kia Niro PHEV

Energy Source: Plug-in Hybrid
Kia Niro PHEV
The Kia Niro plug-in hybrid will be available in US showrooms early in 2018. List price is $28,840 for the LX model, which comes with more features and standard equipment than the entry-level Kia Niro hybrid. That price includes a $940 destination fee. Kia says customers will be able to get a 12,000 mile per year lease for $259 per month for 36 months with $1,999 due at signing. The lease price takes into consideration the $4,543 federal tax credit.
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BMW Hurricane

Energy Source: Propane
BMW Propane Hurricane
The world's fastest propane vehicle. Cost: about $45k. Engine: 660HP, top speed: 207mph - 0-60 in 6.2 seconds. More

 

 

 

Chevy Bolt

Energy Source: Plug-in Electric
Chevy VoltHaving promised an affordable electric car at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet has used this year's CES to deliver with a production version of the Bolt, with a claimed range of over 200 miles (322 km)
See also the Spark EV.

 

The Elf

Energy Source: Electricity & You

The Elf


Organic Transit™ brings you the Elf. It's a trike with a power assist.
It gets 1,800 MPG, weighs 150lbs, load capacity of 350lbs and has a top speed of 20mph.


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Toyota Mirai

Energy Source: Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Toyota Mirai

Mirai means “future” in Japanese, and the exterior of the car reflects its aspirational nature. The futuristic aerodynamic lines of Mirai scream out that it is the rogue of the family, the non-conformist of the bunch. It looks and feels like a Prius that ran off 2 generations ago to do its own thing and has spent every spare minute since watching Back to the Future over and over. Or I may just be having flashbacks to Toyota’s Back to the Future themed Mirai for SEMA a few years back.
The exterior is normal enough to blend in, but at a closer look, it is polarizing. The sweeping bank of lights across the rear of the vehicle accentuate the sweeping line that arcs from the nose to the tail. During the day, the lighting arrays are muted, but at night, they pop out to cut bold lines into the exterior of the vehicle.




ACAL Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engine

Energy Source: Hydrogen
A 300,000 Mile Hydrogen Vehicle

ACAL Fuel Cell Engine


ACAL Energy Ltd, the British chemical engineering company, has announced today that its FlowCath® chemistry and engineering has enabled a PEM hydrogen fuel cell to reach 10,000 hours runtime on a third party automotive industry durability test without any significant signs of degradation. ACAL Energy’s breakthrough approach is also significantly cheaper than conventional fuel cell technology.

 

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H2 Fuel Cell

Energy Source: Hydrogen

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Several manufacturers have announced plans to open the market for hydrogen powered cars and other vehicles (including planes!). Toyota will introduce a fuel-cell vehicle in 2015. Challenge: prodicing hydrogen that does not require fossil fuels. Currently, most hydrogen is made from natural gas.
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Tesla Motors/S

Energy Source: Electricity Only

Tesla Roadster

Electric Only: Up to speed: 0-60 im 3.7 seconds. Tailpipe emissions: 0.
Miles per charge: 345. Charging? No problem. Watch this.video icon




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Sono Motors

Energy Source: Solar and Electric

Sion Solar Vehicle

The dream of being able to commute to work in a solar-powered car is finally becoming a reality. Sono Motors just unveiled the SION solar-powered electric car that can travel up to 18 miles using nothing but energy from the sun. The best part is that the SION isn’t just for the wealthy, since it only costs 16,000 Euros (around $18,600) plus the cost of the battery, and it is packed with incredible features like built-in moss filtration, bi-directional charging and integrated solar panels.



Xprng G3

Energy Source: Electric

Sion Solar Vehicle

The dream of being able to commute to work in a solar-powered car is finally becoming a reality. Sono Motors just unveiled the SION solar-powered electric car that can travel up to 18 miles using nothing but energy from the sun. The best part is that the SION isn’t just for the wealthy, since it only costs 16,000 Euros (around $18,600) plus the cost of the battery, and it is packed with incredible features like built-in moss filtration, bi-directional charging and integrated solar panels.



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