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

Alternative Energy Types

Active Solar
Fusion ?
  • Active Solar
    Active Solar

    The sun can be used directly to heat water for pools, homes and industry, to provide space heating and to generate electricity. The sun's energy can also be used to distill water and cook food.

    Read the 7 myths about solar energy by clicking on the Active Solar icon now.

  • Hydrofg=gen Fuel Cells
    Where Have You Been So Long?

    Hydrogen is the simplest element. An atom of hydrogen consists of only one proton and one electron. It’s also the most plentiful element in the universe. Despite its simplicity and abundance, hydrogen doesn’t occur naturally as a gas on the Earth – it’s always combined with other elements. Water, for example, is a combination of hydrogen and oxygen (H2O)..

    Click now for the story.

  • Biomass
    How Biomass Works:

    Not what you expected when we talk about alternate fuel cars.

    Energy is stored in organic materials such as wood, grains and peat. Wood and peat are both burned to provide heat. Grains can be fermented into ethanol and used as a liquid fuel. Pelleting, a technology that transforms wood, grass or other fibrous materials into small pellets that can easily transported, and are beginning to compete favorably with fossil based fuels. Pellets, used in Europe, have yet to catch on in America.

    Click now to learn what the US Dept. of Energy has to say about this renewable source.

  • “Fusion
    Fusion Confusion:

    Some say it’s the ‘Energy of the Future and always will be.’.

    But lately, there is more optimism that fusion will become a reality in the not-too-distant future.

    Click now to read the Forbes Magazine article.

  • Biomass
    The Skinny on Geo-thermal:

    Heat from the earth's core can be used to generate electricity. It can also be used directly (with heat pumps) to heat and cool buildings.

    Click the Geothermal icon
    to learn more about this renewable source.

  • Passive Solar
    Small Hydro
    Tidal Power
    Wind Power
    Wave Power
  • Passive Solar
    Passive Solar Defined:

    Passive solar energy is incorporated into energy efficient building and landscape design, e.g. window placement to heat retaining walls and floors.

    Click now for a Wikipedia
    definition of Passive Solar

  • “Small
    What is Small Hydro?

    Small hydro projects will generate power by using falling water at an average capacity of 20 megawatts or less. A 'run-of-the-river' project also uses falling water by directing water to the turbine using pipes, rather than dams.

  • “Tidal
    Wave or Tidal:

    The movement of waves and tides, particularly in shallow water, can be harnessed and converted to electricity.

    Thank you, Moon!

  • Wind Energy
    The Energy is
    Blowing in the Wind

    The energy from the wind can be harnessed by wind turbines and windmills to generate electricity and also to pump water.

  • Wave Power” width=
    Wave Energy - It Floats!

    Wave energy is as source of power that comes from the endless march of the waves as they roll into the shore then back out again.

    Humans harness this power along the coastal regions of the United States, Canada, Scotland, and Australia. Energy that comes from the waves in the ocean sounds like a boundless, harmless supply. But is it without its drawbacks?

  • The Experts

    • • Biomass BigWigs
      Biomass Experts

      ORC experts are peer-recommended authorities who have been carefully selected and rigorously screened.

      Click now to learn what Biomass
      is, and much more.

    • • Hydro Hawks
      Request a Hydro-Energy Expert

      Click now for the link
      and more Hydro Info.

    • • Wind Wonks
      Paul Gipe - Wind Energy Expert

      Click now to view an internationally known wind energy expert's “A Trip Around the World of Wind Power”.

      This was presented on his
      visit to Green Energy Ohio

    • • Geothermal Gurus
      Geothermal Experts

      They host the International Geothermal Association webpage, for convenient downloads of the IGA News by GRC members.

      Click now to go to that site.

    • • Solar Smarties
      Ask the Solar Expert

      Steven Strong, and other solar experts answer questions about Active and Passive home solar, as was featured on NOVA

      Click now for access.

    • • Tidal Toters
      Tidal Power Experts

      As presented on On Point, several years back, experts discuss technological advancements, roadblocks to implementation.

      Click for a presentation and video.

    Solar Tax Incentives

    Alternative Energy (Renewable Energy, aka R/E.)

    Including News on Solar, Hydrogen Power, Energy Storage, HydroElectricPower and Tidal Energy Stories
    (Stories released within the past 4 months)

    • The No-Batteries Game Changer
      A Game Boy Look-Alike
      Runs On Solar Panels

      (Science News), -Sept. 15, 2020, For a Game Boy doppelgänger, “batteries not included” is a perk, not a problem.

      The prototype handheld game console, built by researchers at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, harvests enough energy from key smashing and sunlight to run games like Tetris and Super Mario Land.

      Such a battery-free setup, presented September 15 at the virtual UbiComp conference, could one day help curb electronic waste from handheld games and other mobile devices.

      Click now to learn more.
    • The Kind of Canadian Pipelines - That Are Needed
      Canada Needs To Build
      Pipelines For Hydrogen,Too

      (CBC News), -Sept. 15, 2020, As the Canadian government puts the finishing touches on a national hydrogen strategy designed to kickstart the budding sector, some experts say one of the vital ingredients for the industry to flourish is to build more pipelines.

      While pipelines are often associated with moving oil and natural gas, they are equally important for the developing cleaner sources of fuel like hydrogen, according to Maggie Hanna, a fellow at the Energy Futures Lab.

      After a 30-year career in the oilpatch as a geologist, Hanna's focus is now on technology and innovation.

      Click now for more.

    • Helping Walmart’s US Suppliers Decarbonize
      Being Done Through Group
      Renewable Energy Purchases

      (Renewable Energy World), -Sept. 14, 2020, Walmart Inc. and Schneider Electric last week announced a new collaboration that will provide increased access to renewable energy for Walmart’s U.S.-based suppliers. The initiative, called the Gigaton PPA (GPPA) Program, is designed to educate Walmart suppliers about renewable energy purchases and accelerate renewable energy adoption by participating suppliers through aggregate power purchase agreements (PPA).

      While corporate renewable energy procurement is on the rise, the overall number of companies involved is still relatively low, with just over 100 unique companies participating in the U.S. renewable energy market since 2008, according to the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance Deal Tracker. Some of the challenges to accessing renewable energy experienced by smaller companies include a lack of size needed to approach the market individually, insufficient education on the specific mechanics of renewable energy transactions and guidance on how to secure renewable energy.

      Click now to read more.

    • The New Power Source For Patagonia National Park
      Hydroelectric-Solar Micro-Grid
      Are Powering Operations

      (Renewable Energy World), -Sept. 9, 2020, A run-of-river hydroelectric power station, photovoltaic installation and battery storage system have been combined to provide facilities in the Patagonia National Park with electricity from renewable energy sources, according to a press release from Tesvolt.

      The park, an important nature conservation project, was established by the founder of North Face, Douglas Tompkins, and his wife Kristine, previously chief executive officer of the outdoor clothing company Patagonia. The aim of their foundation, Tompkins Conservation, is to re-wild the region after decades of heavy overgrazing and desertification.

      Patagonia National Park in Argentina and Chile encompasses over 300,000 hectares of grassland plateaus, forests, wetlands and alpine regions. It is located an enormous distance from the nearest public utility grid.

      Click now for more.

    • Wind/Solar Energy Doubled Since the Paris Agreement
      It's Time to Accelerate
      the Energy Transition

      (ZME SCIENCE), -Sept. 4, 2020, Wind and solar have doubled their share of global electricity generation since the Paris Climate Agreement was signed in 2015, reaching almost 10% in the first half of the year, according to a new report.

      Nevertheless, it’s still not yet enough to meet the climate targets and sustained action is needed further on.

      The energy consultancy Ember looked at 48 countries that make up more than 80% of the global electricity production. Wind and solar generation rose by 14% in the first half of the year, compared to the same period in 2019, according to the report.

      Click now to read on.

    • R.E. Makes Up 67% of Energy Sources Added in 2019
      This Is the Global Capacity
      Added to the World Mix

      (Renewable Energy World), -Sept. 3, 2020, According to data by BloombergNEF (BNEF), photovoltaics (PV) was the main new power-generating technology source in countries ranging from Australia, to India, Italy, Namibia, Uruguay and the U.S., in 2019. With a record 118 gigawatt (GW) constructed, PV topped all other technologies in new-build terms and was the most popular technology deployed in a third of nations.

      Overall, 81 countries built at least 1 megawatt (MW) of solar during the last calendar year and solar accounted for nearly half of all new power generation capacity constructed worldwide.

      These findings are highlighted in BNEF’s new Power Transition Trends 2020 report and online tool, which tracks detailed capacity and generation data over the past decade. Both are based on country-level data compiled by BNEF analysts directly from primary country sources, current through 2019.

      Click now for the whole story.

    • Charging the State For the Charge You Give Them
      New Hampshire Looks For Ways to Pay
      Battery Owners For Benefits They Provide, Aug. 26, 2020 -A well-placed battery has the potential to ease electric grid congestion, bolster resilience, and even postpone costly utility equipment upgrades.

      Owners of energy storage systems are rarely compensated for all of that value, though, because most states simply haven’t calculated what it’s worth.

      N.H. regulators will take a step toward fixing that problem as a new state law calls for them to study how energy storage projects might be made whole for the benefits they provide to the state’s electric grid.

      Click now to read the article.

    • Could R.E. Become the Top UK Power Source of 2020?
      The E.U. Has Already Done It

      Renewable Energy World, Aug. 24, 2020 -Europe has recently sailed past one of the major milestones of any major energy transformation program. London-based Ember has published a report outlining that renewables now account for a greater share of the energy mix than fossil fuels, and are now firmly the EU’s main source of electricity. In the first half of 2020, just 34% of Europe’s power came from coal, gas and oil, versus the 40% that came directly from solar, wind and hydro sources. Use of renewable energy also went up by over a tenth during that same period, and carbon dioxide emissions fell by nearly a quarter.

      The UK, also exposed to the favorable weather conditions that have driven Europe’s recent successes, has much to shout about. The Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES), also known as Westminster’s “energy bible,” documents forensic detail on British energy use. The latest report, published towards the end of July, revealed that the UK has broken yet more records, with 37.1% of all energy generated throughout 2019 coming from renewable sources..

    • Solar Power Is Saving the World’s Oceans
      Let Me Count the Ways

      greener ideal, Aug. 21, 2020 -We humans have had deleterious effects on the world’s oceans. From industrial runoff to plastic waste, human activity is a major contributor to the collapse in the marine environment. These pollutants not only endanger life in the oceans but have direct impacts on human health as well.

      Emerging green technologies and changing perspectives on waste and pollution are mitigating that impact, and one of the leading technologies is solar power. Here are three major ways solar power is helping the world’s oceans to recover.

      Click now to see them.

    • A Rapid Energy Transformation May Be On Its Way
      Bill McKibben Sees “Vivid
      Possibilities"For It

      CleanTechnica , Aug.15, 2020 -He describes the current state of energy as if we were on the edge of a precipice. “As this week demonstrated, either we seize the suddenly vivid possibilities for a rapid energy transformation, or we watch the world disintegrate,” Bill McKibben outlines.

      He’s the founder of, a prolific environmental writer, an oft-cited spokesperson for the climate action community, and a renewable energy futurist. He’s asked us to imagine the Earth as a planet — with darkpoles and belching volcanoes and a heaving, corrosive sea, a place raked by winds and strafed by storms and scorched by heat.

      And now he says we can make that planet’s reality a hospitable place for future human habitation starting today. That is, if we grasp onto pragmatics where renewables power the planet. To do so, he beckons us to develop a stronger sense of social trust, a collaboration toward the common good through energy awareness and advocacy.

      Click now for the story and some illustrations.

    • Green Hydrogen Prices Falling
      Prices Are Set To Drop
      By 50% During The Next Decades

      Aug. 7, 2020,(OilPrice,com)-Hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, has been stealing the spotlight from EVs and renewables lately. From a sort of boutique car fuel a couple of decades ago, hydrogen has evolved into one of the clean energy priorities for the future. And this future may be quite bright for it as prices for its production from renewable sources of energy are set to halve. A study commissioned by the International Council on Clean Transportation has found that the average price for a kilo of hydrogen produced through electrolysis using solar or wind power will fall by about 50 percent between 2020 and 2050 in the United States and Europe.

      The stuffy examines three scenarios based on whether the electrolyzer—the installation that breaks down water into hydrogen and oxygen—is connected to the grid, to a renewable electricity generator, or is grid-connected but serves as a storage facility. It also looks into three renewable power generation technologies, including utility-scale solar, onshore wind, and offshore wind.

    • Solar Gets Religion
      In Massachusetts, More Houses
      of Worship Are Going Solar

      Aug. 4, 2020,(Energy Central)-The state trailed only California in the number of houses of worship with solar installations in operation last year.

      Houses of worship in Massachusetts are increasing their adoption of solar power, a trend that advocates say can both influence community attitudes toward renewable electricity and help more low-income households take advantage of the benefits of clean energy.

      At least 64 houses of worship in Massachusetts had solar installations in operation last year, a 14% increase from 2017 and second only to California, according to a report from Interfaith Power and Light.

      Click now to become enlightened.

    • New Mexico Could Be a Renewable Energy Exporter
      It Only Needs a
      Little More Transmission

      July 30, 2020,(POWERGRID INTERNATIONAL )-The state has more than enough renewable energy potential to meet its 50 by 2030 goal.

      The New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority (NM RETA) this week released findings of a study that show there are more than enough renewable energy resources for development in New Mexico to meet the Energy Transition Act’s (ETA) requirement of 50% renewable electricity for utilities and rural electric cooperatives by 2030.

      The Study covered 2020 to 2032 and was researched by Virginia-based ICF Resources, in partnership with NM RETA. The study concluded there would be substantial surplus wind and solar energy and the state could export it to customers in the western United States.

    • PG&E, Tesla Begin Building 730Mwh Battery System
      It's an Energy Storage Milestone

      July 29, 2020,(POWERGRID INTERNATIONAL )-Utility-scale battery storage took a major jump forward this month as Pacific Gas & Electric and Tesla began construction on a 182.5-MW lithium ion system in Monterey County, California.

      PG&E will own the facility at its substation in Moss Landing, but the design, construction and maintenance operations will be joint effort both by the San Francisco-based utility and the battery and EV manufacturing giant. Once completed, the partners say, Moss Landing will be the largest utility-owned, li-ion battery energy storage system in the world.

      “Battery energy storage plays an integral role in enhancing overall electric grid efficiency and reliability, integrating renewable resources while reducing reliance on fossil fuel generation. It can serve as an alternative to more expensive, traditional wires solutions, resulting in lower overall costs for our customers,” said Fong Wan, senior vice president, Energy Policy and Procurement, PG&E.

    • Gas Networks Ireland Testing Hydrogen For Energy
      Ireland Could Run Out
      of Natural Gas By 2025

      July 27, 2020,(THE IRISH TIMES)-State company Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) plans to begin testing hydrogen as it bids to find low-carbon energy supplies.

      Ireland’s natural gas reserves will run out by the middle of the decade, potentially leaving the country relying entirely on imports for the fuel that provides most of its electricity.

      Click now for the rest of the story.

    • Creating Electricity from Invisible Light
      A Solar Energy Breakthrough

      July 21, 2020,(INDEPENDENT) -Two major breakthroughs in solar cell technology could vastly improve the way energy is harvested from the sun.

      The two studies, published in Nature Energy and Nature Photonics, will transform the efficiency and significantly reduce the cost of producing solar cells, scientists say.

      The first breakthrough involves “upconverting” low energy, non-visible light into high energy light in order to generate more electricity from the same amount of sunlight.

      Click now for the
      story and a short video.

    • Tuscon Electric Shifting Gears
      Making Dramatic Pivot
      Toward Renewable Energy

      July 20, 2020,(CleanTechnica ) -2 years ago, Arizona utility companies that supply electricity to customers went into a tizzy over a ballot initiative that would mandate them to get 50% of their electricity from renewable sources by the year 2030? Oh, the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth could be heard from sea to shining sea. It was a direct frontal assault on the American way of life. It was so dire, the utilities ponied up $40 million of their own money (actually it was their customers’ money) to defeat it.

      But not any more!

      Click now for the new plan.

    • Positive News For Florida Net-Metering
      FERC Rejects Petition
      Against Net-Metering Rules

      Environment America, July 16, 2020 -The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) dismissed a petition Thursday from the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) that threatened crucial state net metering policies and states’ long-held jurisdiction over solar rights.

      This decision comes after more than 57,000 comments from utility commissions, advocacy organizations, state officials, members of Congress and the public were submitted in opposition to the petition. In contrast, there were only 22 public comments in support of the NERA petition.

      Environment America Go Solar Campaign Director Bronte Payne issued a statement in support of the decision.

      Click now to read that statement.

    • World’s Largest Green Hydrogen Project
      R.E. to Ammonia and Back to Hydrogen

      July 13, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) -Today, Air Products, ACWA Power, and NEOM announced a new $5B green hydrogen facility that will be sited in NEOM, Saudi Arabia. The project will use 4 GW of renewable power from solar, wind and storage to produce 650 tons of carbon-free hydrogen per day using Halidor Topsoe's ammonia technology, which allows it to be transported safely using existing technology, according to the company.

      Halidor said the hydrogen will be converted into 3,500 tons per day of green ammonia for transportation and then converted back into hydrogen to power buses and trucks around the world.

      The planned “green ammonia loop” will be the world’s largest, on a par with the Gulf Coast Ammonia facility to be built in Texas, US, which will also use Topsoe ammonia technology.

    • Big News in the Residential Solar Space
      Sunrun Acquires Vivint Solar in Transaction Worth $3.2B

      July 7, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) -Sunrun and Vivint Solar announced that Sunrun will acquire Vivint in an all-stock transaction. Vivant Solar common stock will be exchanged for 0.55 shares of Sunrun common stock, representing a combined Enterprise Value of $9.2 billion based on the closing price of Sunrun’s shares on July 6, 2020.

      Both companies are big players in the residential solar space, with similar business models. Essentially, they sell, install and, in some cases own and maintain, residential rooftop solar arrays and collect monthly payments for customers. Generally, these payments are lower than what the customer pays for utility electricity. The companies say they have a “shared mission to create a planet run by the sun.” Together, their combined customer base is nearly 500,000, they said in a joint press release, for a total combined solar capacity of more than 3 GW.

    • What Will Be the Next Energy Battle?
      Renewables vs. Natural Gas

      July 6, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -Dominion Energy, one of the nation’s largest utilities, in late June erected wind turbines off the Virginia coast — only the second such installation in the United States — as part of a big bet on renewable energy.

      The company is also planning to build new power plants that burn natural gas.

      Utilities around the country are promoting their growing use of renewable energy like hydroelectric dams, wind turbines and solar panels, which collectively provided more power than coal-fired power plants for the first time last year...

      Click now to read all about it.

    • The Low Down on Solar Mini-Grids
      They Could Be Pivotal
      In Electricity Access to
      111 Million Households

      July 6, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) -Mini-grids could play a critical role in providing electricity to rural communities and businesses and in helping to connect the 789 million people worldwide who currently do not have access to electricity, according to a new report from the mini-grid partnership. The report was published by BloombergNEF (BNEF) and Sustainable Energy for All (SEforAll).

      However, today the mini-grid market is nascent, despite it being the least-cost option for electricity access in many areas, the report found. The research identified 5,544 installed mini-grids in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and small island nations, with some in Latin America. The estimated cost of electricity is $0.49-0.68/kWh for isolated solar hybrid mini-grids for larger scale “anchor” users such as agricultural pump and milling machine companies who have a much higher power demand than residential households during the daytime.

      Click now for the story
      including maps and graphs.

    • A Corporate Shift Towards A Greener Economy
      eBay, IKEA and Mars Are Increasingly Supporting US Clean Energy Policies

      July 6, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) -A new analysis of companies that seek to buy renewable electricity finds that business is becoming a powerful new ally in the U.S. political battle to stop climate change.

      Driven by pressure from environmental groups and by the increasingly competitive prices of wind and solar, many companies have pledged to power their operations with clean energy. But the legal and technical complexity of U.S. electricity markets has stalled corporate progress on their clean power goals. This has prompted companies as diverse as eBay, Mars, IKEA and Walmart to push for public policies that expand the generation of renewable energy in the U.S. and make it more accessible through mandates, incentives and other regulations.

    • Gigantic Atlantic Coast Gas Pipeline Cancelled
      It Was Done In By a
      Humble Household Heat Pump

      July 6, 2020,( CleanTechnica ) -Dominion Energy and Duke Energy finally cancelled the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Stakeholders in the proposed new gas pipeline may be frothing and fuming now, but the activists and land owners who fought tooth and nail in court against the project have just done them a huge favor. In fact, the message to all fossil fuel stakeholders is clear: get out now while you have a chance.

      That pipeline was supposed to carry gas over 600 miles from West Virginia and on into markets in Virginia and North Carolina. You can bet your bottom dollar that Dominion and Duke would have kept pouring money into the legal slugfest if they thought those markets were strong enough to support the project. Dropping it like a hot potato is a clear sign that the regional energy market has shifted, or is about to shift.

      Click now to see how
      this is an R.E. advance.

    • Pumped Storage at Sea - What Will They Think of Next?
      A New Form of Energy Efficiency?

      June 25, 2020,(Energy Central) -Energy storage is increasingly emerging as a complement to renewable energy. The difficulty is that there are limited ways of storing electricity: banks of batteries have a lot of issues. Hydroelectric dams are great, but they can only be build in certain locations. Pumped storage is expensive, but a good solution, unfortunately the complexities of finding the right place to build them is a constraint. See my earlier article here.

      The renowned German Fraunhofer Institute based in Kassel is developing an ingenious system to use the concrete spheres on the seabed to store energy, particularly when paired with offshore wind turbines (or possibly tidal turbines in the future). Electricity generated will be used to pump air into the spheres, then when generation is needed, seawater will be let in to turn turbines and deliver power.

    • Another One Boards the Bus - The Hydrogen Bus
      Spain Wants To Be a Leading Player
      In The Hydrogen Economy

      June 15, 2020,(reNEWS.BIZ) -Spanish energy giant Repsol is planning to build a net zero emissions synthetic fuel plant in Spain based on green hydrogen powered by renewable energy.

      Repsol said €60m will initially be invested in the project and will include partners Petronor, one of Spain’s principal industrial centres, and the Energy Agency of the Basque Government.

      The facility is planned to be fully operational within four years, with conceptual engineering starting this year.

    • BayWa Completes First Japanese Solar Park
      12MW Kuwabarajo Mega
      Solar No. 4 Goes Live With
      Second Plant Under Construction

      June 12, 2020,(reNEWS.BIZ) -BayWa RE has completed its first solar park in Japan, the 12MW Kuwabarajo Mega Solar Number 4.

      The project covers 24 hectares and is located in Izumi in the Kyushu Kagoshima Prefecture.

      The construction of the solar farm, which comprises 31,248 solar panels and is located in a hilly area, took just over a year.

      BayWa RE is already busy constructing its second solar farm in Isohara in the Ibaraki prefecture north of Tokyo.

    • A Tax Firm Now Runs Exclusively on Renewable Energy
      Intuit Hits 100%
      Renewable Electricity Goal
      10 Years Early

      June 11, 2020,( CleanTechnica ) -The 419 MW Mesquite Star wind farm was just completed in Fisher County, Texas, and is now providing electricity for Ecolab, Lowe’s, Intuit, and Brown University. In the case of Intuit (which you may have used to do your taxes this year), the company has now reached its 100% renewable electricity goal. As the headline notes, it has reached that goal 10 years earlier than it had committed.

      The project is also providing Ecolab with 100% of its US electricity needs. The company has a goal of halving its carbon emissions by 2030 — presumably, based on 2019 levels.

      Click now for the complete story.

    • Water Vapor Could Be a Renewable Energy Source
      The Atmosphere May Be a
      Prime Renewable Energy Source

      June 9, 2020,(ScienceDaily) -The search for renewable energy sources, which include wind, solar, hydroelectric dams, geothermal, and biomass, has preoccupied scientists and policymakers alike, due to their enormous potential in the fight against climate change. A new Tel Aviv University study finds that water vapor in the atmosphere may serve as a potential renewable energy source in the future.

      The research, led by Prof. Colin Price in collaboration with Prof. Hadas Saaroni and doctoral student Judi Lax, all of TAU's Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, is based on the discovery that electricity materializes in the interaction between water molecules and metal surfaces. It was published in Scientific Reports on May 6, 2020.

    • Student Movement and Clean Energy Initiative
      Result: 100% Renewable
      Energy Policy For Salt
      Lake City Schools

      (CleanTechnica)June 6, 2020, -Ready for a dollop of good news in an otherwise bleak world? A movement begun by high school students in Salt Lake City last year has culminated in the adoption of a 100% renewable energy policy by the local school board. Last week, the board voted unanimously to set a goal of transitioning the school district to 100% clean electricity by 2030 and off of fossil fuels for heating and transportation by 2040.

      This effort was led by students from Salt Lake City’s three major high schools in collaboration with Utah Sierra Club and its Climate Parents program. Leading up to the school board meeting, the students obtained 800 signatures on a petition signed by students, parents, and staff asking the board to support the clean energy policy, according to a news report from the Sierra Club.

      The petition listed the advantages of a clean energy policy, including saving money on energy bills, improving indoor and outdoor air quality through energy efficiency measures, and creating opportunities to improve STEM learning by exposure to on-site clean energy technologies...

    • Renewables Could Be the Major Power Source In the U.S.
      U.S. Green Energy Sector
      Aims For Majority Share By 2030

      June 4, 2020 (WINDPOWER Monthly) -The CEOs of the American wind, solar, hydropower and energy storage industries vowed to work together to meet this goal at their inaugural Clean Power 2020 event - held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      Under the groups’ blueprint, wind and solar would each account for 20% of US electricity by 2030 - up from 7% and 3% respectively in 2019.

      Hydropower’s share of electricity generation would rise from 7% in 2019 to 9% by 2030, while the US energy storage fleet would grow from 24GW to 105GW in this period.

      In a joint statement, the leaders of the four industry associations called for a more resilient and efficient grid, carbon reductions and greater competition through fairer market rules.

      Click now for the story and a graph.

    • The World is Lucky to Be Charmed by General Mills
      Lucky Charms Could
      Be Made With 100%
      Renewable Electricity by 2030

      Apr 29, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) -General Mills announced that it set a new goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030 as part of the RE100 global corporate initiative. Led by The Climate Group, RE100 aims to bring influential businesses together to commit to 100% renewable power.

      To achieve this goal, General Mills is purchasing the renewable energy credits (RECs) created by two large-scale wind farms and using anaerobic digestion at some of its plants.

      Some of the renewable energy projects currently underway include:
      In North America, a 1.6-MW generator fueled by an anaerobic biodigester at its Murfreesboro plant in Tennessee.
      In South America, a 335-kW biogas regeneration plant at its Paranavai Yoki location.
      In Europe, a 195-kW biogas regeneration plant at its Arras France Häagen-Dazs production facility.

    • Solar and Wind: Cheapest Sources of New Energy Generation
      Energy Source Bargains

      Apr. 28, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) -Solar PV and onshore wind are now the cheapest sources of new-build generation for at least 2/3 of the global population. Those people live in locations that comprise 71% of gross domestic product and 85% of energy generation.

      Battery storage is now the cheapest new-build technology for peaking purposes (up to two-hours of discharge duration) in gas-importing regions, like Europe, China or Japan.

      The latest analysis by research company BloombergNEF (BNEF) shows that the global benchmark leveled cost of electricity, or LCOE, for onshore wind and utility-scale PV, has fallen 9% and 4% since the second half of 2019 – to $44 and $50/MWh, respectively. Meanwhile, the benchmark LCOE for battery storage has tumbled to $150/MWh, about half of what it was two years ago.

      Click now for ther story and a graph.

    • New York’s State Budgets for Major R.E. Initiatives
      New York’s Budget Creates
      Major Renewable Energy Initiatives

      Apr. 27, 2020 (Energy Central) - New York State’s fiscal year 2021 State Budget included the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act (the “Act”), the primary focus of which has been the new Section 94-c of the Executive Law, which overhauls the state’s large-scale renewable siting process. But renewable energy, transmission and other market participants should be aware that Section 94-c is only one of multiple significant components of the Act.

      The Act also establishes a Clean Energy Resources Development and Incentive Program (the “Program”), providing the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (“NYSERDA”) newfound authority to “foster and encourage the orderly and expedient siting and development of renewable energy facilities, particularly at sites which are difficult to develop,” and get such sites “build ready” for transfer to developers. The Act further tasks the Department of Public Service (“DPS”) with conducting a major, system-wide grid study, which will feed into utility capital plans and an investment program for system upgrades.

    • Renewables Energy Has Finally Overtaken Coal Power
      This is the First Time That's Happened

      June 3, 2020 (The Guardian) - Solar, wind and other renewable sources have toppled coal in energy generation in the United States for the first time in over 130 years, with the coronavirus pandemic accelerating a decline in coal that has profound implications for the climate crisis.

      Not since wood was the main source of American energy in the 19th century has a renewable resource been used more heavily than coal, but 2019 saw a historic reversal, according to US government figures.

      Coal consumption fell by 15%, down for the sixth year in a row, while renewables edged up by 1%. This meant renewables surpassed coal for the first time since at least 1885, a year when Mark Twain published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and America’s first skyscraper was erected in Chicago.

    • Women's Leadership Roles in the U.K. Alt.Energy Sector
      Women Leaders In the
      Energy Sector Increased In 2019
      But More Work Must Be Done

      June 3, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) -Advocacy group POWERful Women, in partnership with PwC, this week published the latest ‘state of the nation’ report on gender balance in the UK energy industry.

      The 2020 annual board statistics show progress in the number of women occupying board and executive board seats – now 21% and 13% – representing a noticeable shift from last year and progress towards POWERful Women’s target of 30% women occupying executive board roles by 2030.

      However, the numbers show that faster progress is needed and that the number of all-male boards in the UK energy sector remains disappointing.

    • Kentucky Residents Opt For Pollinator-Friendly Community Solar
      Kentucky Residents and
      Businesses Help Build It

      June 2, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) -Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) and KU Energy, alongside customers, are expanding renewable energy generation in Kentucky by adding more locally grown solar energy to the grid.

      The company recently completed the second 500-kW section at its Solar Share facility in Simpsonville. With the addition of the new 1,300-panel array, participating customers are now able to use the solar energy generated from the 1-MW solar array.

      The subscription-based Solar Share Program is available to the utilities’ residential, business and industrial customers who want to support solar energy for 20 cents a day.

    • Renewable Energy Jobs Suffering From the Pandemic
      New Jobs Reports
      Detail Pandemic’s Grim Impact
      on U.S. Renewables

      June 2, 2020 (Energy Central)-The far-reaching implications of a global pandemic has disrupted every facet of the economy. Local markets across the nation are reeling in response to an economic downturn previously unheard of in scope and size.

      Clean energy—a fast-growing industry only months ago and a significant job creator for more than a decade—is now dealing with rampant job loss, as new development activities and investments have been stifled in the wake of COVID-19.

      A newly released jobs study based on The U.S. Department of Labor data analyzed by BW Research found that 594,300 jobs in clean energy have been lost since the start of the global pandemic, which amounts to a 17% decrease in clean energy employment overall. The study was sponsored by the E2, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and E4TheFuture

    • Israel's 80 Billion Shekel Plan to Boost Solar Energy
      That's 22.8 Billion, in U.S. Dollars

      June 1, 2020 - TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel’s Energy Ministry unveiled an 80 billion shekel ($22.8 billion) plan to increase the use of solar power over the next decade as the country’s population and energy demand are set to surge.

      Though awash with sunlight, at the end of last year Israel was producing just 5% of its electricity from solar energy. About 64% came from natural gas and the rest from coal.

      The new target, said Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, is to outpace rising demand and have solar power production grow to 30% by 2030, or about 16,000 megawatts. That is roughly the same as total energy production today.

    • The First Integrated Hydrogen Gas Turbine Demonstrator
      It's the HyflexPower Project

      May 30, 2020 (Energy Central)- The implementation of this project, the world’s very first industrial-scale power-to-X-to-power demonstrator with an advanced hydrogen turbine, will be launched at Smurfit Kappa PRF’s site — a company specialized in manufacturing recycled paper — in Saillat-sur-Vienne, France.

      The purpose of this project is to prove that hydrogen can be produced and stored from renewable electricity and then added with up to 100% to the natural gas currently used with combined heat and power plants. For this an existing Siemens SGT-400 industrial gas turbine will be upgraded to convert stored hydrogen into electricity and thermal energy.

      Click now for the story
      and an informational graph.

    • New York's "Energy Highway": Focused on Renewables
      "Energy Highway" Comes Full-Circle

      May 29, 2020 (Energy Central)- In 2011, the administration of NY Governor Cuomo announced the creation of a Task Force to develop a “New York Energy Highway” plan. Co-Chaired by New York Power Authority (NYPA) CEO Gil Quinones and then-Department of Environment Commissioner (DEC) Joe Martens, the project would create a “Blueprint” with three main goals: Give downstate customers access to upstate power generation by easing transmission congestion; plan for and respond to power plant retirements; and study the expansion of natural gas delivery to residences and business in New York State. Renewables were in there, too.

      As part of the plan, the NYPA Board approved a program to modernize NYPA’s legacy transmission system in Western, Central, and Northern New York, and NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, issued a $250 million Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) solicitation, targeting electric generation projects that would use “clean-energy resources” to help NY diversify its overall electric energy portfolio.

    • Plunging Solar Energy Prices Can Brighten Up Your Day
      Good News For Clean Electricity

      May 29, 2020 (Deutsche Welle)- The plummeting cost of turning sunlight into electricity is beating forecasts by decades, speeding the transition toward a clean energy system.

      Solar prices have sunk low enough to make photovoltaics the cheapest source of electricity in most of the world — undercutting fossil fuels in price even before counting costs like air pollution and climate change. Averaging about $0.05/kWh, the cost of generating solar electricity has reached lows that six years ago the International Energy Agency did not expect to come until the middle of the century.

      When Jenny Chase started working on solar energy in 2006, her job title was head of "improbable technologies" — and she thought solar could only ever provide 1% of the world's electricity mix. "Now, it's already gone north of 2%," said Chase, a solar analyst at energy consultancy BloombergNEF.

    • Good Renewable News From the Federal Government
      US Treasury Extends Safe Harbor
      Timeframe For Renewable Tax Credits

      May 28, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) -On May 27, the U.S. treasury department issued Notice 2020-41 related to the safe harbor deadline for renewable energy projects that began construction in 2016 or 2017. Under the old rule those projects would have needed to become operational by the end of 2020 in order to claim the full 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar projects or the full 2.5 cents per kWh Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind projects. Yesterday’s announcement gives them one more year, until the end of 2021, to begin generating power.

      The announcement was made in recognition that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused major supply chain disruptions, bottlenecks and work stoppages.

      Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) praised the move in a statement. “Treasury’s recently released guidance granting an additional year to meet safe harbor qualifications for renewable tax credits is a welcome and important step to help the renewable sector and its workers in the face of the delays, disruptions and other challenges associated with COVID-19,” he said.

    • Amazon Going Solar — Big Time
      The Projects Together Will Have
      615 Megawatts (MW) of Power Capacity

      May 27, 2020 (CleanTechnica)-Amazon, once a little online bookstore, is now a corporate behemoth. As such, it needs behemoth levels of energy. The good news is that a lot more of Amazon’s energy will be coming from the sun in the coming years, as Amazon is building 5 new utility-scale solar power plants in the US, China, and Australia.

      The projects together will have 615 megawatts (MW) of power capacity, which is expected to generate 1.2 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity each year. That is apparently enough electricity to power 113,000 average American homes.

      The five projects include Amazon’s first renewable energy project in China, second in Australia, second and third in Ohio, and 12th in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    • Support for Green Hydrogen Rising Globally
      EU’s Massive Green Recovery Plan
      Includes 15-GW Renewables Tender,
      Support for Green Hydrogen

      May 25, 2020 (Energy Central)-The European Union is set to propose a massive economic stimulus plan, complete with a 15-gigawatt renewable energy tender and auctions for green hydrogen, that will transform the European Commission’s Green Deal into the world’s greenest recovery package, according to leaked documents released last week by Bloomberg News and Euractiv.

      While it may take months of negotiations to finalize, “the plan is part of the package the [European Union] executive will unveil on May 27 for the bloc’s jointly-financed response to the pandemic-induced recession,” Bloomberg reports. “The package will include a proposal for the EU’s next trillion-euro budget for the years 2021-2027 and a ‘recovery instrument’ of at least half-a-trillion euros specifically designed to cushion the economic blow from the outbreak.”

    • Perovskite Solar Cells That Stand Up To Heat & Humidity
      Perovskite Could Lower
      Costs and Increase Efficiency

      May 22, 2019 (CleanTechnica)-Perovskite news is coming thick and fast these days. Why? Because perovskite solar cells are inexpensive to produce, which could lead to a dramatic decrease in the cost of solar power. They are also very light in weight compared to a conventional solar panel and are so flexible they can be rolled up and transported wherever they are needed. That flexibility also means they can be applied to the exterior of buildings that are not perfectly flat, opening up new possibilities for building-integrated photovoltaic applications.

      It's not all good news.

      The downside of perovskites is that they are not particularly durable. Although they have reached solar conversion rates of up to 25% in the lab, they can’t stand up very long to conditions outside the lab, which has limited their use in commercial applications.

    • Konark India Sun Temple Goes 100% Solar
      Konark,India Will Solarize
      It's Sun Temple & Town

      May 21, 2019 (CleanTechnica)-The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed that the town of Konark go the complete route to renewable, sustainable energy — 100% solar energy. That’s fitting since the Konark Sun Temple is located there.

      The state of Odisha, where Konark is located, is no stranger to 21st century solar power. In 2015, it announced plans for a 1 gigawatt (GW) solar power plant. In 2016, Sonthalia Group unveiled plans for a 600 megawatt (MW) solar power plant, and the state announced plans for 70 MW of rooftop solar.

    • Green Ammonia Plant Proposed For Orkney
      Green Ammonia Comes to Scotland

      May 21, 2019 (Ammonia Energy Assoc.)-Eneus Energy recently announced that it intends to build a green ammonia plant in Orkney, Scotland. Eneus describes itself as a “project developer and technology integrator for green ammonia,” and this announcement marks the first public disclosure of a site from its “portfolio” of projects under development.

      Orkney has been a net energy exporter since 2013, with wind, tidal, and wave energy generation far exceeding local demand; the islands have also been producing green hydrogen for some years.

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    Geothermal (GTh) Older & Newer News Stories

    • Geothermal – What You Don’t See Right Under Your Feet
      Geothermal is Abundant, Base-load, Renewable Energy.

      (Renewable Energy World), by Jay Dauenhauer -Sept. 4, 2020, I don’t mean to pick favorites, but geothermal is definitely near the top. It is renewable, base-load, and potentially abundant.

      The problem is that we have only been accessing geothermal energy where there is naturally occurring underground water and geology to allow it to pass.

      Enhanced Geothermal Systems artificially add water and fractures to the geology to create far more geothermal potential.

      Click now to read or listen
      to the Energy Cast podcast.

    • Exciting Lithium News
      It Can Be Extracted From
      Groundwater At Geothermal Installations

      July 19, 2020,(CleanTechnica ) -Scientists at the KIT Energy Center at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology say there is enough lithium dissolved in the groundwater extracted by German geothermal heating and electricity installations to meet the needs of most if not all of the battery manufacturers in the country. “As far as we know, there can be up to 200 milligrams per liter,” says geoscientist Dr. Jens Grimmer of the Institute of Applied Geosciences at KIT. “If we consistently use this potential, we could cover a considerable part of the demand in Germany.”

      The implications are enormous.

      Click now to learn why.

    • Utah Orgs Seek Geothermal Research Proposals
      Geothermal Research Proposals
      For Awards Worth $46M

      May 1, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) - The University of Utah and Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) announced FORGE Solicitation 2020-1.

      This is the first formal call for research proposals on enhanced geothermal system technologies from the FORGE program. Up to 18 awards are anticipated for up to a total of $46,000,000 and each award has a maximum period of performance of three years.

      The topic areas for technology testing and evaluations, their maximum potential funding and potential number of awards can be viewed in the article.

    • Geothermal: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
      Harnessing Heat:
      How the Federal Government Can
      Advance Geothermal Energy

      Apr. 24, 2020 (Energy Central) - There is a virtually limitless supply of energy right beneath us: geothermal heat. The Earth’s core holds heat that radiates out to the subsurface. This heat can be harnessed for a variety of uses including electricity generation, heating and cooling of buildings, and other industrial and hybrid applications. Geothermal energy is clean, safe, and renewable. Because geothermal electricity is reliable, always-on energy, it is an excellent match for a grid replete with intermittent renewables like wind and solar energy.

      Geothermal technologies have been employed for over one hundred years. But while wind and solar energy have grown rapidly over the past few decades, geothermal has struggled to scale up beyond niche applications. Geothermal energy’s relatively slow growth can be attributed to a combination of unmet technical challenges and policy barriers, and an inability to fully leverage state and federal renewable energy policies that have boosted wind and solar energy’s growth.

    • Geothermal Possibilities for the United Kingdom
      Bubbling Under - Can the UK Tap Into Geothermal Energy?

      Dec. 13, 2019  (InvestorIdeas)- The UK's geothermal potential has been known for decades. While high cost and fears over its connection to seismic activity have historically made investors wary, a new push for the resource is on the horizon.

      GlobalData's power technology writer Scarlett Evans says: "BGS researchers joined geologists from across the country in a report published in Petroleum Geoscience, which urges energy providers to turn their focus to this untapped resource, labelling geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage as ‘critical' to moving the UK towards its target.

      "Previous geothermal projects have failed to get off the ground due to financial issues, yet reasons to pursue the resource remain as strong as ever. Dependent on a more consistent source than that of solar or wind, geothermal plants operate more than 90% of the time and use far less land per MW than other renewables. As the BGS report says, with 99.9% of the planet at a temperature greater than 100°C, geothermal is a renewable resource with great potential."

    • GTh Gets onto the Bus
      Geothermal-powered Bus
      Station Will Use Anti-Smog
      Blocks to Fight Pollution

      Aug. 13, 2019 (inhabitat)) -The Polish city of Lublin will soon be home to an environmentally friendly bus station that not only offers a new and attractive public space, but also combats urban air pollution. Designed by Polish architectural firm Tremend, the Integrated Intermodal Metropolitan Station in Lublin will be built near the train station and aims to revitalize the area around the railway station. The contemporary design, combined with its environmental focus and green features, earned the project a spot on World Architecture Festival’s World Building of the Year shortlist.

      Click for the story and a Slideshow.

    • GTh Energy Storage is Good for What Ails You
      Australian Brewer Eyes
      Thermal Energy Storage System

      Aug. 9, 2019 (Renewable Energy World) -South Australian energy storage company 1414 Degrees and Stone & Wood Brewing Company have agreed to undertake a feasibility study for the integration of 1414 Degrees’ electrically charged Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS-IND).

      If it goes ahead, the 10MWh system will be installed at the brewer’s Murwillumbah brewery in northern New South Wales.

      Stone & Wood is actively scoping innovative and more sustainable energy solutions and 1414 Degrees’ says its TESS-IND can provide reliable heat sourced from renewables on the grid.

      Click for the full story.

    • Military Families Benefit From GTh
      Louisiana’s Military Families Benefit
      Geothermal and Modern
      Energy-Saving Devices

      July 29, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)) -Last week, Corvias announced that it had entered the final phase of its geothermal installation and energy upgrades effort at the U.S. Army’s Fort Polk in West-Central Louisiana, a milestone that once complete will not only modernize the aging infrastructure but save the Army significant money and benefit military families.

      Part of the U.S. Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), a program through which the Department of Defense works with the private sector to revitalize military family housing, the work includes the installation of geothermal heat pumps and ENERGY STAR electric and water saving devices. All upgrades associated with this project, which began in 2018, are slated to be completed in early 2020 and will significantly reduce the community’s carbon footprint, said Corvias.

      Click now to read on.

    • New Zealand GTh: It's The Gift That Keeps on Giving
      New Zealand: Te Ahi O Maui
      Geothermal Power Could Reduce Power
      Bills by More than $300 a Year

      Geothermal Social Council, Jan. 18, 2019 -Some Gisborne power bills could be about to fall by more than $300 a year, following the commissioning of a new $136m geothermal power plant.

      First initiated in 2011, Eastland Group’s 25 MW geothermal power plant, Te Ahi O Maui, became operational in October last year after building started in earnest in 2017.

      Now, Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said the Kawerau-based power plant\’s performance, combined with the group’s ongoing investment in innovative electricity retailer Flick Electric Co, meant Eastland Group and Flick Electric had been able to announce a new electricity product for Tairawhiti: FIXIE by Flick.

    • Excellence Award for 1st Place Goes To Turkey's Zorlu Energy
      USA, Idaho: Power Engineers
      Wins Engineering Excellence
      Award for Kizildere-3 Geothermal Power Plant

      Geothermal Social Council, Jan. 15, 2019 -The power plant is owned and operated by Zorlu Energy, a major Turkish contractor, investor and industrial holding company. Kizildere-3, Turkey’s largest geothermal power plant, is one of the world’s only triple-flash plus combined-cycle configuration geothermal plants — an arrangement that combines two well-known types of technology to increase efficiency. With the addition of this 165 MW geothermal plant to Turkey’s generation fleet, the country can further reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels.

    • In Africa, Kenya Sets an Example With GTh
      Kenya's Green Geothermal Power
      an Example to the World

      Aljzeera, Dec. 8, 2018 -Geothermal power comprises about 43% of Kenya’s electricity supply, even as millions of Kenyans still depend on trees to make charcoal.

      As climate talks proceed in Poland at the ongoing COP24 summit, the East African nation’s efforts are an example to the world’s big emitters.

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    Green Transportation (In the nine months)

    • Tesla Model 3 Vs. Mercedes C-Class Diesel
      Tesla Model 3
      Emits 65% Less CO2

      (CleanTechnica), -Sept. 21, 2020, The thought that a Tesla produces more CO2 than a Mercedes C-Class with a diesel engine is laughable, but that was the conclusion of a misleading and misguided study published in 2019 in Germany and covered even on engineering and tech news sites. Not only is this clearly incorrect on the surface; it has been proven false by a recent study explaining that electric vehicles last longer than initially expected and are much greener than fossil-fueled cars.

      “A Tesla Model 3 currently emits 65% less CO2 than a Mercedes C-Class,” Auke Hoekstra, co-author of the study, said.

      In this study, conducted by researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the researchers discovered that electric vehicle batteries last much longer than originally thought. Also, unlike what some believe, the production of the battery leads to significantly less CO2 than simplistic studies like the one referenced at the top have assumed — all of the CO2 emissions of an EV are less than half of that of ICE cars.

      Click now to learn more.
    • Electric School Buses That Are V2G Enabled
      When These Buses Sit Idle
      They Help Power the Grid

      (CleanTechnica), -Sept. 20, 2020, There are 480,000 school buses in America, making them the largest fleet of commercial vehicles in the nation. By comparison, there are just 96,000 public transit buses, 35,000 intra-city buses, 7,400 airplanes, and 1,200 railway passenger cars. Now imagine all those school buses were electrics, equipped with batteries of about 150 kWh, and they all could be connected to the electrical grid using V2G technology. Consider that all those buses are only in service for a few hours a day, leaving their batteries available to supply electricity to the grid the majority of the day. Holy education, Batman! We now have the mother of all virtual power plants!

      Nuvve Corporation, headquartered in San Diego, has partnered with Blue Bird, America’s largest school bus supplier, to bring electric school buses equipped with its vehicle to grid technology to school systems across America.

      Click now to learn more.
    • DIY Experimenters Still Making Progress on Solar Cars
      Mount Your Own Vehicle's Solar Roof

      (CleanTechnica), -Sept. 15, 2020, With home/rooftop solar, a growing number of EV drivers are doing most of their driving on home-generated solar power. Solar panels mounted on vehicles themselves, on the other hand, have been the subject of well-deserved skepticism. But is this skepticism still well deserved in 2020?.

      While directly powering a vehicle’s electric motor with on-vehicle panels is still pretty far out of the question (outside of very impractical experimental cars), using relatively low-power solar cells to charge a battery shows a lot more promise. Universities and companies with fairly deep pockets have been experimenting with battery-solar vehicles for decades, with some fairly good progress recently.

      Click now to learn more.

    • EV Fast Charge Growing in Minnesota
      Drivers Will See 22 New
      Places to Fast Charge This Fall

      (Renewable Energy World), -Sept. 14, 2020, The largest electric vehicle infrastructure project in Minnesota’s history is getting underway as installations begin for a network of 22 fast-charging stations along major state highways.

      The fast chargers can fully charge an electric vehicle in 30 to 40 minutes, substantially faster than the more common Level 2 chargers. They’re being installed by ZEF Energy as part of a state effort to build out a fast-charging network outside of the Twin Cities metro area, where a robust network already exists.

      The $1.7 million initiative used money from the state’s share of the Volkswagen emissions cheating settlement, which is being managed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

      Click now to learn more.

    • China Is Installing Charging Stations at a Fast Clip
      The Country is Installing About
      10,000 of Them Per Month

      (POWERGRID International), -Aug. 28, 2020,According to data released last month by the China Electric Charging Infrastructure Promotion, as of the end of July 2020, members of the Alliance reported that 566,000 public charging stations had been installed and put into service across the country, among which 326,000 are AC, 240,000 are DC, while 488 come equipped with both AC and DC capabilities.

      From August 2019 to July 2020, the number of new public charging stations installed per month averaged just about 10,000 units.

      In July 2020, the total charging power of all stations across China had reached some 670 million kWh, representing a year on year increase of 52.4 percent. The figure rose by 70 million kWh or 11.6 per cent from the prior month.

      Click now for the full story.

    • The Benefits of Electric Vehicles
      They Can Save Lives, Reduce
      Emissions, and Prevent Economic Damages

      ZME SCIENCE, Aug. 18, 2020 -Vehicle electrification across the US could prevent hundreds to thousands of premature deaths annually, while also reducing CO2 emissions by hundreds of millions of tons. Taken together, these effects would prevent substantial economic damages, according to a new study.

      Researchers from Northwestern University combined climate modeling with public health data to assess the impact electric vehicles (EV) can have on US lives and the economy. If EVs replace 25% of combustion-engine cars, the country would save $17 billion annually by avoiding damages from air pollution and climate change.

    • CrossWater Autonomous Electric Personal Ferry
      Bridges May Become
      a Thing of the Past

      CleanTechnica , Aug. 15, 2020 -CrossWater is an autonomous, electrically-powered floating horizontal elevator designed to traverse bodies of water safely and comfortably. Imagine if people in New Jersey didn’t need to cross the George Washington Bridge or use the Lincoln Tunnel to get to Manhattan every day. Instead, they could go down to the banks of the Hudson River and be whisked across in a matter of minutes. Pair the CrossWater with bicycle sharing on both sides of the river and millions of trips by car could be eliminated every year.

      Click now for the story and some illustrations.

    • Colorado Gets an Electric Trolley
      It Began Operating in Estes Park

      Aug. 11, 2020,(CleanTechnica)-A new electric trolley began operating in Estes Park, Colorado in July, with a second on the way in 2021.

      Motiv Power Systems, based in California, provided the all-electric chassis and collaborated with Wisconsin-based Hometown Trolley, the company that designed and constructed the body. Estes Park is a little over 60 miles northwest of Denver and is near the eastern entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. This small town has a population of about 6,300, but the national park has several million visitors annually. Motiv’s Chairman and CEO, Matt O’Leary, answered some questions about the trolley for CleanTechnica.

      Click now for the story.

    • Electric Refuse Trucks With Zero Emissions
      Nikola Books Order For 2,500 of Them

      Aug. 10, 2020,(CleanTechnica)-For those of who tend to think of Nikola as being pretty much a joke, it may be time to rethink that position. Construction of the company’s first factory is proceeding apace in Arizona, where it expects to produce 35,000 heavy duty electric trucks a year.

      And it announced on August 10 that it has signed an agreement with Phoenix-based Republic Services for 2,500 zero emissions all electric refuse trucks, with the possibility of 2,500 more at a later time. Republic is the second largest refuse hauler in the United States.

      Click now for the
      story and graphic maps.

    • Fast Chargers Are Coming Fast to the USD
      GM Partners With
      EVgo To Install 2,700 Fast
      Chargers Across America

      Aug. 4, 2020,(CleanTechnica)-General Motors? CEO Mary Barra announced July 31 that her company is partnering with EVgo?, the largest EV charging network in the US, to add 2,700 fast chargers in 40 cities across America over the next 5 years. They will install the new charging stations at grocery stores, retail outlets, entertainment centers and other high-traffic areas. These are places where people typically spend 15 to 30 minutes, GM said, allowing them time to charge their vehicles while they run their errands.

      The new EVgo fast charging stations will be available to customers starting early next year and will be located in highly visible areas. All drivers will be welcome, not just those who own GM electric vehicles. Most locations will be able to charge at least four vehicles simultaneously.

      Click now for more.

    • Tesla Battery That Really Give You a Charge
      Tesla Has Million Mile Batteries
      Installed and Expects Bigger
      Paradigm Shift for Battery Day

      Aug. 4, 2020,(Energy Central)-Sandy Munro has done ultra-detailed teardowns and reverse-engineering of Telsa cars. He describes how the thermal management used in the Tesla Model Y is vastly superior to other carmakers.

      This enables Tesla to have superior range. CEO Rahul Sonnad of Tesloop is using Telsa cars to take passengers to Las Vegas. They have been driven over 750,000 miles. Sandy thinks that battery day news will likely reveal new battery technology. This could be the Maxwell drycell technology or something solid-state. Elon said Tesla is open to supply software (autopilot), powertrain and batteries to other automakers.

      Click now to become enlightened.

    • Is Solar the Future of Aviation?
      The Aeronautics Fuel Revolution
      is About to Begin

      Aug. 3, 2020,(Sarasota Herald Tribune)-Sarasota’s most famous test pilot is on a mission to reduce, and maybe eliminate, fossil fuels from air travel.

      And 48-year-old Miguel Iturmendi, best known for his record-setting work with the world’s fastest and highest-flying glider, is confident the revolution will begin in his lifetime.

      “There are other electrical airplanes, but none of them go into the stratosphere, and none of them recharge their batteries while they fly,” he says from inside a hangar at Payerne Air Base in western Switzerland. “And none of them come back with more power, with more juice, than when they left the ground.

      Click now to read all about it.

    • There Soon Will Be No Excuse NOT to Buy an E.V.
      Lower Battery Costs Will Be the Reason

      July 29, 2020,(POWERGRID INTERNATIONAL )-Electric vehicle sales have grown exponentially in recent years, accompanied by dropping prices. However, adoption of EVs remains limited by their higher sticker price relative to comparable gas vehicles, even though overall cost of ownership for EVs is lower.

      EVs and internal combustion engine vehicles are likely to reach sticker price parity sometime in the next decade. The timing hinges on one crucial factor: battery cost. An EV’s battery pack accounts for about a quarter of total vehicle cost, making it the most important factor in the sales price.

      Battery pack prices have been falling fast. A typical EV battery pack stores 10-100 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. For example, the Mitsubishi i-MIEV has a battery capacity of 16 kWh and a range of 62 miles, and the Tesla model S has a battery capacity of 100 kWh and a range of 400 miles. In 2010, the price of an EV battery pack was over $1,000 per kWh. That fell to $150 per kWh in 2019. The challenge for the automotive industry is figuring out how to drive the cost down further.

    • New York Cleans Up It's Transportation Act
      Embarks On a Major Trans-
      portation Sector Decarbonization Journey

      July 20, 2020,(POWERGRID INTERNATIONAL)-Late last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a package of major clean transportation initiatives, including a “Make Ready” order approved by the New York State Public Service Commission to advance New York’s commitment to accelerate its transition to cleaner mobility.

      After decades of work removing carbon from the power (electricity) sector, the transportation sector is now responsible for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. New York has a plan to decarbonize transportation, which includes a target of reducing emissions 85% by 2050. The state was also part of the recently announced MOU with 14 other states and DC to work on making all sales of new medium- and heavy-duty vehicles zero emission vehicles by 2050 in partnership with NASCUM.

      See also the article below this one.

    • The Electrification of Public Transit and Trucking
      15 States and Washington,
      DC Pledge to Accelerate
      Bus and Truck Electrification

      July 15, 2020,(POWERGRID INTERNATIONAL)-This week, 15 states and the District of Columbia announced a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU), committing to advance and accelerate the market for electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, including large pickup trucks and vans, delivery trucks, box trucks, school and transit buses and long-haul delivery trucks (big-rigs). The goal is to ensure that 100% of all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales be zero emission vehicles by 2050 with an interim target of 30% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030.

      States signing the MOU are California, Connecticut, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

    • Electrification of Transportation Sector Keeps Growing
      Electrics Could Reach 58% Usage by 2040

      July 1, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) -Transportation accounts for nearly 70% of U.S. oil consumption and 28% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, making it a prime target for technological improvements that can reduce emissions and combat climate change. Electrification of the transportation sector represents one of the highest impact strategies to help achieve that goal.

      Demand is rapidly growing for electrics due to long-term cost savings, tax incentives, declining battery costs, and environmental awareness. In 2020, it is anticipated that 2.7% of global passenger vehicle sales will be for EVs. That percentage is expected to grow rapidly – to 10% in 2025, 28 % in 2030 and more than half of all vehicle sales in 2040. In that year, more than 30% of passenger vehicles on the road worldwide will be electric. Even stronger gains are expected in electric buses, delivery vans and trucks, mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles.

    • Catch the Hydrogen-Powered Train
      HydroFLEX Secures Funding For
      Hydrogen-Powered Train Design

      June 17, 2020,(University of Birmingham) -The UK’s first hydrogen-powered train (HydroFLEX) is moving closer to commercial operation after the University of Birmingham has been awarded new funding by the Department for Transport.

      The grant, worth £400,000, is part of InnovateUK’s First of a Kind (FOAK) Program. It will enable the HydroFLEX development team at the University of Birmingham and industry partners Porterbrook to develop the detailed final production design and testing of the HydroFLEX train

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    • Denmark’s First Electric Ferry
      It Passes All Tests
      With Flying Colors

      June 12, 2020,( CleanTechnica ) -Ellen, Denmark’s first all-electric ferry, entered revenue service in September last year. The electric ferry trial was supported by the Horizon 2020 program funded by the European Union, so of course the backers wanted to know if Ellen met all the program criteria. The results are now in and the answer is a resounding yes. After 10 months in service, the electric ferry has met or exceeded all expectations. In addition, it has proven that electric propulsion costs less than diesel power.

      An electric ferry is a lot like an electric car. It costs a little more in the beginning but pays for itself with reduced fuel and maintenance costs over its lifetime. Reduced carbon emissions are a welcome bonus as well.

    • Duel-Cells: A Viable Combustion Engine Alternative
      Researchers Advance Fuel Cell Technology

      June 8, 2020,(ScienceDaily) -Washington State University researchers have made a key advance in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that could make the highly energy-efficient and low-polluting technology a more viable alternative to gasoline combustion engines for powering cars.

      Led by PhD graduate Qusay Bkour and Professor Su Ha in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, the researchers have developed a unique and inexpensive nanoparticle catalyst that allows the fuel cell to convert logistic liquid fuels such as gasoline to electricity without stalling out during the electrochemical process.

      The research, featured in the journal, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, could result in highly efficient gasoline-powered cars that produce low carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming.

    • 78% Increase in 0-Emission Medium- & Heavy-Duty Vehicles by 2021
      These Vehicle Models To
      Increase 78% In US & Canada

      June 6, 2020,(CleanTechnica) -It’s long been the case that one of the top challenges to electrification of transport has been lack of models. Consumers like diversity, so the market needs to offer diversity. This is also true in less consumer-focused markets, for a different mixture of reasons. The good news out of the US and Canada is that the number of available and announced zero-emission truck, bus, and off-road equipment models is expected to increase 78% in 2020 — comparing the end of 2020 to the end of 2019.

      “By the end of 2020, there will be 169 different zero-emission (ZE) medium- and heavy-duty vehicle models in commercial production compared to 95 models in 2019,” CALSTART reports.

    • Tesla Giga Berlin: Steel, Dust, & Concrete
      Tesla's Berlin Giga Factory

      June 6, 2020,(CleanTechnica) -Tesla Giga Berlin, like a seed sprouting, now has steel, dust, and concrete. These three items may not seem like much, but these are the tendrils of a new seed of success planted in Germany, one that is taking root.

      This buildout is probably more comparable to GF1 and will likely take shape in a very similar fashion. If I recall, GF1 excavated their footings, which is handy as you don’t need to form them if the soil is competent enough not to slough, but it looks like a lot of sand here, so no such luck.

      This person thinks that the buildout process is more comparable to Gigafactory 1’s in Nevada than Gigafactory 3’s in Shanghai, China. It will likely be similarly shaped, he or she assumes.

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      story and watch a nine-minute video

    • EV Future - Could Your Vehicle Be a Convert?
      Volkswagen T2 Camper
      Van Electric Conversion

      June 1, 2020 (CleanTechnica-Story by Jesper Berggreen) - A couple of months ago I introduced you to a UK company that converts classic cars to electric propulsion. The company, named eDub Services, was founded by a young man named Kit Lacey, and since my piece on his business, he and I have been in conversation about this fascinating field of entrepreneurship. I have an old Volvo 240 in my garage that one day will need an electric drivetrain for sure, so getting acquainted with someone like Kit is a good bet.

      I talked to Kit about the concrete and chronological information on his rebuilds and how we could make it accessible for all of us curious about how such projects can be carried out. This series is the result, in Kit Lacey’s own words. So let’s begin at the beginning:

    • City of Cracow Orders 50 Electric Buses
      Adding 50 to an Existing
      28 Solaris Electric Buses

      May 28, 2020 (CleanTechnica)- The city of Cracow in Poland has decided to order 50 Solaris Urbino 18 electric buses to help clean up its air and do its part (some of it) to stop global heating.

      More specifically, the transit operator MPK placed the order, which will add the new 50 to an existing 28 Solaris electric buses. This makes it one of the top cities outside of China for electric bus procurement. No city outside of China has ordered this many electric buses.

      The order also included 50 electric bus charging stations, and everything should be delivered by the end of the year. The cost of the order is reportedly $41.18 million (US Dollars).

    • New Factory Could Produce 600,000 Electric Vehicles a Year
      Lordstown Motors Chief Says
      It Can Be Done

      May 25, 2020 (CleanTechnica)-Lordstown Motors is using the manufacturing delay caused by the coronavirus to reconfigure the Lordstown assembly plant it bought from General Motors last year to build its Endurance electric pickups trucks. It expects to manufacture 30 pre-production trucks before the end of this year.

      CEO Steve Burns, who previously founded Workhorse, says he expects to build 20,000 electric trucks in 2021 and will hire 600 workers to make that possible, but that is just the tip of his ambitions. The Lordstown factory could build 400,000 cars a year at its peak, but Burns tells the Detroit Free Press that because electric vehicles have many fewer parts and components, it should be possible to build 600,000 electric trucks and SUVs there a year.

    • The RadWagon Electric Cargo Bike Is Back!
      New Design Features Improved
      Stability & More Torque

      May 21, 2019 (CleanTechnica)-Rad Power Bikes is launching a new and improved version of the much loved RadWagon e-bike that starts off with a switch from 26? to 22? rims and tires. These smaller diameter, wider tires bring the immediate benefit of a lower center of gravity to the bike, making it more stable when hauling heavier loads.

      “We went back to the drawing board and looked at all the ways we could improve our beloved electric cargo bike, keeping our customers’ feedback and requests at the forefront of our minds the entire time,” said Mike Radenbaugh, Rad Power Bikes’ Founder and CEO. “The result is a next-level people and cargo hauler that’s essentially a brand new cargo bike. With a patent-pending frame design, custom tires, and more adjustability than ever before, the RadWagon 4 is the raddest car replacing bike we’ve ever created.”

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    • What's Happening With the Tesla Roadrunner Project?
      Tesla Roadrunner Battery
      Project Hints New Cell Design & More

      May 18, 2020,(TESMANIAN) -A few months ago, Tesla began working on creating its own battery for cars in the secret project Roadrunner which goal is goal is to mass-produce a new battery cell that will be more energy-intensive and cheaper.

      Tesla enthusiast, JPR007/Twitter, offers a closer look at this. In his article, he concludes that Tesla is not only working on new chemical processes in cells and improvements in coating processes, but they are also working on new cell designs with different physical sizes and new drainage paths for the flow of electric currents.

      He writes that we should expect to see new processes for assembling those cell connections into electrical paths outside of the cells, and possibly radical changes in module and battery pack design.

      Tesla tries to achieve its goal in various ways, both through acquisitions of Maxwell and Hibar, and through internal developments like laser welding and heat pump capabilities.

    • A Solar Roof For Your Electric Vehicle
      Dreams Really Do Come True

      May 15, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -With an $800-plus billion electric vehicle market looming over the horizon by 2027, the idea of charging your zero emission car on-the-go with a solar rooftop is trotting along not far behind. The key challenge is coming up with a system light enough, and efficient enough, to make the whole exercise in direct solar-powered mobility worthwhile.

      Two companies that claim to have the solar EV roof all figured out are Royal DSM and Lightyear. Lightyear’s signature Lightyear One electric vehicle is set to launch next year with five square meters of built-in solar cells covering the roof and hood.

      With that much juice, Lightyear estimates that its solar roof can provide an average of 70-90% of a car’s annual mileage.

    • TopCop E-Bike Pilot Receives Rave Reviews
      Delfast’s eBike For
      Brevard N.C. Police Dept.

      May 15, 2020 (CleanTechnica) - Kyiv, Ukraine-based Delfast pushed e-bikes to the limit with its Top 2.0 and is now extending its lineup with a new model designed to meet the needs of law enforcement. The new Delfast TopCop e-bike was recently shipped off to the Brevard Police Department in North Carolina to give law enforcement officers there a chance to learn about, experience, and trial the TopCop in real world applications.

      From the sound of things, early testing is going well and the department already sees many benefits of upgrading their officers to the platform. They started things off with a round of training given by two early adopter police officers. The training resulted in a lot of interest from officers across the department to put the TopCop e-bike into use in day to day enforcement work.

    • The Cassio Plane Is Powered With Electricity
      Electricity + Biofuel For
      Low Carbon Flight

      May 7, 2020 (CleanTechnica) - First up in the airborne electricity area is a newly unveiled family of low carbon aircraft called Cassio, from the startup VoltAero. The plan is to introduce Cassio in 4-, 6-, and 10-seat variations that meet EASA CS23 certification in the single-engine, general aviation category. However, there is a lot more going on under the hood than “single” would suggest.

      Here’s the rundown from VoltAero:
      “Cassio utilizes VoltAero’s hybrid-electric power module in an aft fuselage “pusher” configuration, integrating a cluster of electric motors with a high-performance internal combustion engine that serves as the range extender.”

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      this and more like it

    • The Tesla Cybertruck - Not Ivory Soap But It Floats
      Off Road Cybertruck - It Also Floats

      Apr. 22, 2020 (CleanTechnica) - In response to a Twitter inquiry, Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently declared that the upcoming Cybertruck will “even float for a while.”

      The Cybertruck has been envisioned as an off-road heavyweight vehicle pushed to its limits. Its ability to “float” like Musk stated in this tweet was related to wading through water, such as when an off-road vehicle would want to cross streams.

      Back in 2016, Musk also tweeted about another Tesla model that might be able to float. “We *def* don’t recommended this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time. Thrust via wheel rotation.”

    • The Future of Green Motoring: Electric or Fuel Cells?
      Electric vs. Fuel
      Cell Cars: Which One Is
      The Future of Green Motoring?

      Apr. 8, 2020 (greener ideal) -The Future of Green Motoring

      This focus on sustainability appeared to be a consistent concern across age groups as regardless of age the respondents spoke of the relative importance of sustainability and health attributes.

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      images and graphs.

    • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vessels to Be Built in the USA
      1st American Hydrogen
      Fuel Cell Vessel’s
      Construction Shipyard Selected

      Apr. 12, 2020 (Hydrogen Fuel News) -Switch Maritime awarded a contract to All American Marine (AAM) to build the first US hydrogen fuel cell vessel, which will be a ferry operating in the California Bay Area. This project has now taken its first step toward construction by securing a shipyard.

      The ferry will be a nearly 70 foot, zero-emission, 84-passenger aluminum electric-drive ferry.

      The hydrogen fuel cell vessel construction project is called the Water-Go-Round, which will also be the name of the ferry. It already started at the Bay Ship & Yacht shipyard located in Alameda, California. That said, it is now being transferred to AAM. Once the ferry is launched, the Water-Go-Round will be the first H2 ferry in the U.S and will be the first commercial fuel cell ferry in the world.

    • Don't Own an Electric Surfboard - What Are You Waiting For?
      Electric Surfboards Bring The Fun

      Apr. 6, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -With all the grim global COVID-19 news, empty grocery stores shelves, lack of N95 masks in many parts of the country, and toilet paper hoarding, it seemed appropriate to mention some future fun and happier moments that undoubtedly will occur after we get past the current pandemic. Getting out on the water at a lake or ocean is certainly an enjoyable time for many people. Being able to do so on a motorized surfboard sounds even better.

      Based in Sweden, Awake makes electric surfboards that can achieve a top speed of 30 knots and provide rides for up to 45 minutes per charge. Named the RAVIK and RAVIK S, the boards can be charged in about 80 minutes and batteries can be swapped quickly between sessions for riding continuity. Brand Manager Gustav Kjellberg answered some questions for CleanTechnica about surfing electric style.

    • Thin-Film Solar - Something Your EV Can Get Charged Up About
      Thin-Film Solar
      Car Cover Can Recharge
      Your EV While It Is Parked

      Apr. 6, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -According to Armor, ASCA weighs only about 450 grams per square meter. To put that in perspective, it is about 30 times lighter than other technologies. A piece the size of a sheet of paper weighs only 30 grams — about the same as 6 sheets of paper the same size.

      There are lots of clever people in the world and some of them work for Armor, a thin-film solar company located in France. One of its products is called ASCA, which uses semi conductor compounds based on organic polymers printed on flexible films. The flexibility means ASCA thin-film solar products can be mounted on curved surfaces, something traditional solar panels cannot do. In tests, it can be rolled and unrolled 50,000 with no loss of performance.

    • Lucid Motors Electric Vehicle Backed by Saudi Investors
      Lucid Air Driven 400 Miles
      From San Francisco To LA

      Apr. 3, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -Last month, Lucid Motors quietly took a pre-production Lucid Air electric sedan on a 400-mile (643 km) drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The run was part range test, part proof of concept, and part PR mission, and went off without a hitch. Then, once the Lucid crew made it to LA?

      They charged up, and drove back.

      Regardless of where you stood on Lucid’s chances of making it to production a few years ago, the company seems to be batting 1.000 since opening its California Headquarters and receiving a billion-dollar cash infusion from Saudi Arabian investors back in 2018. The fact that its massive Arizona production line is still on schedule as well is just icing on Lucid’s competency cake.

    • The Future of Automobile Energy - Not Fossil Fuels
      Cars of the Future:
      Promising Alternative Energy Sources

      Mar. 26, 2020 (greener ideal) - There are many problems that the automotive industry causes for the environment. Gasoline and diesel release carbon dioxide emissions, cause harmful petroleum leaks and even implement disruptive mining practices.

      Today, many eco-conscious drivers and scientists are looking for ways to power their cars with cleaner and alternative sources of energy.

      Some of the most popular alternative energy sources include biodiesel and electricity. However, it’s the more uncommon ones that hold the most promise.

      A rise in popularity of electric powered vehicles makes electric and battery-powered cars a front-runner, however there are many power sources still out there to research and test out in the future. From the energy sources that are well-known like electricity and solar, to some that you’ve never even heard of, like tequila and coffee grounds, we put together a list of promising and interesting potential power sources being implemented or researched to power our future on the road.

    • Norway's EV Sales Now 68% of the Market
      Electric Vehicles Now 68%
      of Auto Sales in Norway

      Mar. 26, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -The Norwegian auto market continues to electrify more and more, with a whopping 68% of new vehicle sales being plug-in vehicle sales in February. Unsurprisingly, in a market that plugged into the EV revolution, many EV enthusiasts are not keen on calling plug-in hybrids “electric vehicles,” but plug-in hybrids still offer a significant improvement compared to plugless vehicles.

      As Max Holland wrote earlier this month, fully electric vehicles (BEVs) accounted for 50% of new vehicle sales in the country. In this piece, based on EV Volumes data, I’ll dive into the model breakdown. For more on the fuel shift, check out Max’s piece.

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      story and brand breakdwon.

    • Guess What? EVs Don't Have Higher Emissions Than Conventionals
      EVs Do NOT Have Higher
      Emissions Than Conventional Cars

      Mar. 26, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -A popular meme for those opposed to electric cars — that would be Charles Koch and his army of subservient minions — is that electric cars have higher carbon emissions than conventional cars.

      You see it all the time in supposedly ethical publications — a story planted by the anti-EV crowd suggesting that when you add up all the emissions associated with manufacturing an electric car, especially the battery, and include the emissions created to generate the electricity needed to charge it over its lifetime, the total is greater than it would be for a similar vehicle powered by a gasoline or diesel engine.

      You only need to have the IQ of your typical head of iceburg lettuce to know that’s a lie, but urban legends die hard...

    • Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Might Be Coming to the EU
      EU Making Major Investment
      in Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Research

      Mar. 18, 2020 (ENN Network) - An EU project is now underway to investigate the possibilities of hybrid-electric aircraft. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology are part of the project and will develop innovative heat management concepts and support aircraft design.

      Few people today doubt that the Earth's atmosphere is affected by carbon dioxide emissions from human activity. The largest sources of emissions come from agriculture, industry and transport. Transport accounts for 25% of global emissions and aviation account for about 3%.

      “A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is a major key for aviation to continue to contribute to the development of society and the mobility of people. It requires innovative thinking and ambitious research that goes far beyond small improvements. The goal of this project is to find out if hybrid-electric flying can be a solution to the problem”, says Carlos Xisto, associate professor in the Division of Fluid Dynamics at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences.

    • VW Id.3 Coming This Summer - Cheaper Than Gas/Diesel Cars
      Volkswagen Will Launch
      ID.3 - Costing Less
      than Gas/Diesel Models

      Mar. 14, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -Volkswagen issued a press release this week focusing on the upcoming launch of its ID.3 electric car. It confirms that deliveries of its ID.3 First Edition models will begin this summer and adds this interesting twist. The company says virtually all of those cars — 30,000 of them — will be delivered simultaneously. “The objective is to deliver the 30,000 pre-booked ID.3 vehicles in the 1st Edition to customers throughout Europe at almost the same time,” the company says.

      There have been rumors suggesting Volkswagen is having major problems with the software installed in the first cars, which started rolling off the assembly line last November. The press release refers to that issue in oblique terms. “During production, the current software version will initially be transferred to the vehicle. Over subsequent months, the digital functions will be regularly updated.” The suggestion is, “Don’t worry, people, We’ve got this covered.”

    • Vermont Set to Double Its EV Fast-Charging Stations
      Fast charging for Electric
      Vehicles to Double In Vermont

      Mar. 10, 2020 (POWERGRID INTERNATIONAL) - Vermont utility, Green Mountain Power (GMP), announced yesterday the launch of a program to expand fast charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in Vermont in an effort to combat the state’s largest source of carbon emissions: transportation.

      The program’s goal is to incorporate fast charging into parts of the state without it and encourage fast charging development along interstates and other busy roadways. The GMP program estimates that it will result in around 20 new charging stations, doubling the current 17 available.

      Businesses, communities, and other organizations interested in installing a fast charger for public use can apply to GMP’s pilot program, which offers $40,000 towards the electrical interconnection of a fast charger at 20 different locations.

    • The GM All-Electric Future - 400 mile Range, Up to 1,000Hp
      GM's Ultium Propulsion EV Strategy

      Mar. 4, 2020 (Green Car Reports) - General Motors provided Wednesday the most comprehensive picture yet of how its “all-electric future” will take form—quickly, efficiently, and profitably, as the company emphasized.

      With a no-cameras presentation to press and investors, the company previewed 11 fully electric vehicles in different stages of development. Building off the flexibility teased last month by company executives, it distilled the philosophy behind its so-called BEV3 architecture to a very simple common thread: One cell family, one motor family, endless possibilities.

      The so-called Ultium battery packs will range from 50 to 200 kw-hours, with a driving range of “up to 400 miles or more,” while motor power (via one, two, or three motors) will add up to a total of 235 hp to 1,000 hp per vehicle.

    • Amsterdam Goes Ahead of the Pack on On Diesel Boat Ban
      Amsterdam's Boats Go Electric
      Ahead Of 2025 Diesel Ban

      Mar. 3, 2020 (REUTERS) -The century-old Amsterdam canal boat Gerarda Johanna looks like a classic with wood paneling, but beneath its floorboards lies a high-tech underbelly: rows of lithium ion batteries, 66 in all, with an electric drive train powering its propeller.

      The boat is part of a push by Amsterdam’s new Green Party mayor to ban diesel engines from the center’s ancient canals by 2025, helping the city’s efforts to combat climate change.

      The transition among commercial vessels is well underway, with 75% of the 550 on the city’s water qualifying as emissions free, according to city spokesman Wouter Keuning.

    • First Electric School Bus Comes to Beverly, MA
      Beverly, MA Gets Its
      First Electric School Bus

      Mar. 3, 2020 (Green Car Congress) —Highland Electric Transportation has selected Thomas Built Buses Inc.’s Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school bus powered by Proterra electric vehicle technologyand the Proterra 60kW charging system for deployment with the Beverly Public Schools, in Beverly, Massachusetts.

      The project represents the first all-electric school bus in Beverly and the first Thomas Built all-electric school bus in New England.

      In January 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced the availability of VW Settlement Trust-funded open grant programs aimed at reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide and greenhouse gas across Massachusetts, while supporting electrification of the state’s transportation network.

    • Solid State Batteries Could Change the EV Game
      Electric Vehicles: Solid-state
      Batteries Could be Game-changing

      Feb. 12, 2020 (Yale Climate Connections)— More and more people are buying electric vehicles. But some still hesitate because they worry the car will run out of power in the middle of a drive.

      Sam Jaffe is with Cairn ERA, a research firm that specializes in energy storage. He says electric vehicle batteries are improving every year.

      “When the Nissan Leaf first came out it was 100 miles range,” he says.

      The new S-Plus model can go roughly twice as far, and higher-end cars can travel even farther.

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    • The Green Revolution in Scooters and Moving Van Fleets
      From Delivery Trucks
      to Scooter-Moving Vans,
      Fleets Are Going Electric

      Feb. 7, 2020 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)— As electric cars grow in popularity and visibility, experts say a revolution is coming in a place most people overlook: corporate and municipal fleets.

      The scooter company Lime is the latest firm to announce that it plans to completely remove gas- and diesel-powered vehicles from its fleet and power its new electric work vehicles with renewable energy.

    • Are We Kissing the Internal Combustion Engine Goodbye?
      More & Better
      Electric Vehicles For
      US Auto Industry

      Jan. 30, 2020 (CleanTecnica)—Electric vehicles in, gasmobiles and CNG vehicles on the way out. That’s the takeaway from the keynote speech delivered at the Washington Auto Show earlier this month by Undersecretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes. He gave nice shoutout to the US natural gas industry but concentrated on production and sales opportunities in the export market, not the domestic transportation sector. As for petroleum fuels, they got barely so much as a whisper.

      Menezes delivered his EV-friendly speech on January 23, and he used the platform to take a veiled but stinging slap at the cost of fossil-based transportation.

      “Today, transportation is the second highest expense for American households, after housing itself, and it requires nearly 30% of the energy we use as a country,” he said midway through the speech.

    • Electric Skateboards Made From Recycled Plastic
      An Electric Skateboard
      Made From Recycled Plastic

      Jan. 30, 2020 (inhabitat)—Native of Porto, Portugal, designer João Leão was becoming more and more concerned about the abundance of plastic waste he saw clogging up his city’s beautiful coastline. Inspired to act on the issue, the ambitious designer decided to find a way to clean the ocean by using that waste to create an innovative product. As a result, Leão created the PET MINI — an electric skateboard made completely out of plastic waste.

      Founder of the design studio Maker Island, Leão has made a career out of creating innovative and collaborative designs that are geared toward addressing local problems on a global scale. But with his latest invention, Leão is trying to address an issue close to his heart — Porto’s plastic waste.

      “It all started with two problems, the plastic waste I was seeing being gathered on the beaches of my hometown, Porto, and the increasing commute times due to the high increase of people on the city and poor public and personal transportation infrastructures,” Leão explained.

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    • VW Will Soon Be World’s Largest EV Manufacture
      Volkswagen Will Be World’s
      Largest EV Manufacturer By 2030

      Jan. 15, 2020 (CleanTecnica)- Consulting firm Wood Mackenzie says in its latest report that Volkswagen is on pace to be the largest manufacturer of electric cars by the end of this decade. It is currently in 10th place globally. The company says it expects to produce 22 million battery electric vehicles by 2028.

      But Wood Mackenzie principal analyst Ram Chandrasekaran tells GreenTech Media that to reach that goal, Volkswagen will need to capture 53% of the global market for electric cars between now and 2028. “The company would also need to secure 57% of all EV battery pack production, something that would prove to be extremely challenging,” he says.

      He thinks it is more realistic to expect Volkswagen to produce about 14 to 16 million EVs in the coming decade. Even those reduced numbers would represent 27% to 39% of the global market and make VW top dog in the electric car world.

    • New Jersey Makes it Easier to de-Carbonize Driving
      N.J. Passes Aggressive e-Mobility Legislation to Decarbonize Transport

      Jan. 14, 2020 (Renewable Energy World)- This week the New Jersey Legislature passed legislation aimed at electrifying the state’s transportation sector to help the US state meet its climate goals of 100% clean energy by 2050.

      Highlights of the new law:

      Electric vehicles buyers can receive up to $5,000 in cash-on-the-hood rebates. The installation of 1,400 additional chargers, 400 of which will be DC fast chargers to complete a statewide fast-charging network. Incentivizes hotels, apartments, condos, and townhouses to add chargers, with a goal of 30% of New Jersey shared living units having access to EV chargers and 50% of hotels.

      Sets goals for increasing electric vehicle usage across the state, with at least 2 million of all light-duty vehicles (cars, minivans, SUVs, pick-up trucks) on New Jersey roads to be electric by 2035 and 85% of vehicles sold or leased in New Jersey to be electric by 2040. Requires NJ Transit to phase in electric bus purchases and to buy only zero-emission buses after 2032.

    • Is Your Plug-In Electricity From a Renewable Source?
      How Important is Plugging
      Into Renewable Energy?

      Jan. 2, 2020 (Solar Thermal Magazine)-Maybe you want to finally feel like you are doing your part to zero out the global CO2 emissions coming from transportation.

      Plugging into renewable energy sources outweighs the cost and short driving oranges for consumers intending to buy electric vehicles, according to a new study.

      In a newly published study titled Consumer Purchase Intentions For Electric Vehicles,Queensland University of Technology Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Kenan Degirmenci, from QUT Business School, said environmental performance – or being green – was more important than price or range confidence for electric vehicle consumers.

      Is green more important than price and range? Dr Degirmenci found environmental performance was in fact an even stronger predictor of purchase intention over price and range confidence.

    • Electric Trucks 2020-2030 Report
      Updated Report from IDTechEx
      "Electric Trucks 2020-2030"

      Dec. 31, 2019 ( Technology Analyst Dr David Wyatt has recently published a report update "Electric Truck 2020-2030", focusing on electrification in the medium and heavy-duty truck markets, providing a comprehensive set of market forecasts.

      Along with the rest of the automotive sector, the medium and heavy-duty truck market is evolving. Governments around the world, recognizing the potentially catastrophic repercussions of unfettered climate change and witnessing the detrimental impact on human health from vehicle exhaust pollutant emissions in urban environments, are taking decisive action, that will, in the coming decades, drive vehicle manufacturers to zero on-road exhaust emission powertrain solutions. Consequently, the days of the fossil fuel-powered combustion engine are numbered.

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    • Renewable Energy Deployment in Ghana:
      The Hype, Hope and Reality

      Jan. 31, 2020,(SAGE journals) -Over recent years, few areas of international development research have seen as much transformation as those relating to energy access and low carbon transitions. Ghana, amongst other African economies, has seen an increase in energy demand surpassing the supply of energy in the last decade. The incorporation of the incorporation of renewable energy into the mix is, therefore, seen as a significant role in addressing the energy needs by replacing conventional fuels with clean and reliable domestic electricity with the advantage of local economic opportunities.

      The country has adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG); SDG goal 7 targets ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services. This target presents a formidable challenge to Ghana because the country still relies mainly on non-renewable energy sources. The country has a huge potential for renewable energy that remains underexploited. This study, therefore, seeks to assess the current renewable energy resource situation, examine the trend in Ghana’s energy consumption and undertake a comprehensive review and critical evaluation of Ghana’s renewable energy drive and policies.

    • Eco Power (Rules the Waves)
      Changing the World
      One Wave at a Time

      July 24, 2019,(Scientific American) - EWPG Holding AB is a Swedish company, founded in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 2011, that has developed a patented, smart and cost-efficient technology for turning ocean and sea waves into green electricity. Eco Wave Power is the only wave energy company in the world, to own and operate a wave energy array, which is connected to the grid in accordance with a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

      Click now for the features
      of this technology.

    • The Ivory Soap of Solar
      It Floats! Here's How

      April 1, 2020 (AENews)-Since 2011, French Company Ciel & Terre has been developing large-scale floating solar solutions. Their innovative Hydrelio Floating PV system allows standard PV panels to be installed on large bodies of water such as: drinking water reservoirs, quarry lakes, irrigation canals, remediation and tailing ponds, and hydro electric dam reservoirs. This simple and affordable alternative to ground-mounted systems is particularly suitable for water-intensive industries who cannot afford to waste either land or water.

      The main float is constructed of high-density thermoplastic (HDPE) and is set at a 12 degree angle to support a standard 60 Cell PV solar module. A secondary non-slip HDPE float is then used to link the main floats together and provide a platform for maintenance and added buoyancy as illustrated when you click on the link to the story.

    • Spray on That Solar Panel!
      AI May Help Scientists
      Make Spray-On Solar Cells

      Dec. 16, 2019  (ScienceDaily)- Artificial Intelligence may be just the thing to accelerate spray-on solar cell technology, which could revolutionize how consumers use energy.

      It's a stunning example of how 3D printing is not only a viable and affordable construction method of the future but also a revolutionary system that can help reduce plastic waste.

      A research team at the University of Central Florida used Machine Learning, aka Artificial Intelligence to optimize the materials used to make perovskite solar cells (PSC). The Organic-Inorganic halide perovskites material used in PSC converts photovoltaic power into consumable energy.

    • U.S. Electricity Generation By Energy Source
      What Is U.S. Electricity
      Generation By Energy Source?

      Sept. 18, 2019 (U.S. Energy Information Administration)-In 2018, about 4,178 billion kilowatthours (kWh) (or 4.18 trillion kWh) of electricity were generated at utility-scale electricity generation facilities in the United States.1 About 63% of this electricity generation was from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, petroleum, and other gases). About 20% was from nuclear energy, and about 17% was from renewable energy sources. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that an additional 30 billion kWh of electricity generation was from small-scale solar photovoltaic systems in 2018

      Click now to see the source distribution.

    • Wind Turbines - A Whale of An Idea
      Whale Power Wind Turbine
      Blades – an Introduction

      Bright Hub -One of the most beneficial ways of increasing the efficiency of a wind turbine is to modify the design of the turbine blades. Although there are already many types of blade designs already in the market, only a few designs have turned out to be useful.

      Whalepower, a Canadian company that uses bio-mimicry, a concept of adapting the designs of nature into developing mechanical machine, has changed the design of the conventional turbine blades from flat smooth blades to a ridged design similar to that of whale fins. The blades of whale power turbine features a series of ridges just like the tubercles or bumps found on the humpback whale fins.

      Click now for the story
      and a free PDF download.

    • Renewable Energy Stadiums: a Focus on the Future
      Renewable Energy
      Stadiums of the Future

      Apr. 4, 2019 (Power Technology) —How are modern stadiums using renewables as a source of energy and which are the best stadiums for renewable energy in the world?

      Sports stadiums require a huge amount of power, in particular on match-days when lighting, air-conditioning and video screens all electricity, along with a vast multitude of other energy-intensive demands. Even when not in use, stadiums and other sporting arenas need large amounts of power for maintenance.

      The possibilities for incorporating renewable energy technology into stadiums and the surrounding areas provide a huge opportunity for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This can include placing solar panels on roofs and on the roads leading towards the arenas.

    • The Case for Solar Farms
      The Case For Solar Farms on
      Landfills or Unusable Lands

      In the U.S. several landfills have already been converted into solar farms. The project also provides the opportunity to convert an unusable land and turn it into something that can become the asset of the community.

    • H2O Consumption: Shocking Facts
      Water Consumption: Shocking Facts

      Water is a finite resource, as water wars in California can attest. Reducing our water footprint is essential to conserving this life-giving substance.

    • Will the Sunshine State Adopt Solar Energy
      Will We Have Have
      a Solar-Powered Florida?

      Solar Thermal Magazine Feb.10, 2019 -You would think that a state that refers to itself as the sunshine state would be rushing to install solar power technology. I mean with all that sunshine ( not to mention wind, wave and tidal energy) available why buy electricity from out of state.

      Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), already a self proclaimed leader in solar energy, has announced a groundbreaking “30-by-30” plan to install more than 30 million solar panels by 2030 and make the state of Florida a world leader in the production of solar energy.

      Interested? Click now to learn more.

    • Bright News for Solar Panels - They Could Work at Night
      Your Solar Panels
      Could Soon Work at Night

      Jan. 7, 2020 (Arcadia Blog) -One of the most popular clean energy sources in North America, solar power, has skyrocketed in use in the U.S. over the last decade. Current estimates show that the volume of solar energy generated across installations nationally is enough to power 12-million American homes, and that number is only expected to grow.

      They’re limited to generating energy during the day — but function less efficiently the cloudier it is outside, collecting an estimated 10 to 25 percent of their typical output on cloudy days.

      But recent research from Soochow University in Suzhou, China, stands to change this. In 2018, a research team from the Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials crafted a solar cell that simultaneously generates electricity from sunlight and rainfall — allowing solar panels to continue to collect energy at full capacity during storms and subsequently expanding the duration of time at which a panel can function in any given day. Unlike typical solar panels, these panels would continue working on cloudy days and crucially, could even work at night.

    • 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.

    • Turn Almost Any Bike Into an Electric Bike
      Copenhagen Wheel Turns Any Bike Into an Electric Bike

      April, 2017 ( bike shares to newly redesigned electric bikes, there are more options than ever for biking in American cities. Bike companies are also working to change the industry, specifically through the use of “power-boosting technology.”

      Pedal-addicts might remember when the prototype of the bright red Copenhagen Wheel was released by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lab in 2009. The company Superpedestrian—which launched in 2013—just debuted a new version of the product to consumers after years of intense anticipation and improvements.

      Click now to learn more.

    • 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.

    • The Floating Solar Farm- What's Not to Love?
      Read the Interview

      May 13, 2019, -A new floating solar farm in Albania crossed the CleanTechnica radar last month, and going by the comment thread it appears that not everyone in the whole entire world thinks that waterborne solar panels are such a great idea. On the other hand, the skeptics are being overruled by some heavy hitters in the renewable energy industry.

      Among those in the latter category is Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, CEO of Norway’s Statkraft. He sat down with CleanTechnica last week to provide his insights on renewable energy in general and floating solar in particular.

      Click now to read on.

    • 50Hertz, Is Banking on Renewables
      50Hertz Sets 100% Renewables Goal

      July 6, 2020,(4C Offshore) -Transmission System Operator (TSO) 50Hertz has launched an economic and climate initiative for the grid area the company is responsible for: the eastern German states as well as the city states of Berlin and Hamburg. With the slogan “From 60 to 100 by 2032: for an economy with prospects”, 50Hertz has set itself the specific goal of getting the electricity demand in its grid area covered – and securely integrated – with 100 percent renewable energies by 2032. In 2019, the annual average share of renewables attained about 60%.

      0Hertz stated it will align its entire corporate strategy with this new objective and use all its know-how to that end in the scope of its statutory duty to operate the grid securely and reliably. This involves new approaches to system operation, a consistent digitization of the integration of an increasingly volatile electricity supply as well as the participation in innovative models of sector coupling to generate heat and produce hydrogen from “green” power.

      Click now to learn more.

    • The Future of Electric Vehicles
      Fuel Cells Could Be the Answer

      June 8, 2020,(Outsider Club) -The electric car revolution is in full swing. Countries all over the world are curbing emissions. Consumers are trying to stretch their miles per gallon and geopolitical concerns over oil never seem to go away.

      Gas guzzlers are on the way out...

      But while Tesla is getting the lion’s share of the media attention, there is another fuel that is a far better bet for investors.

      t’s a new kind of vehicle that could transform the way we travel. It doesn’t involve lithium or batteries or rare earths. It doesn’t involve solar, wind, water, biofuels, or any other form of renewable energy you’ve heard of.

      And best of all, it doesn’t involve oil, coal, or any other fossil fuel, and 100% emissions free...

      We're talking about hydrogen fuel cells.

      Click now for the story and a beautiful graph.

    • Plants Can Create Energy
      Experiments Are Proving It

      From Wageningen University: Experiments have proven that plants can serve as a source of clean and renewable energy.

      As part of the European project PlantPower, researchers are studying whether this technology is suitable for large-scale applications.They are also examining the technical feasibility and the economic profitability.

      Scientists all over the world are looking for alternatives to fossil fuels. Plant materials are already used as an energy source through bio-fermentation. Now it appears that living plants can also contribute to energy production. In a plant microbial fuel cell, living plants work together with micro-organisms to create electricity.

      This results in clean and renewable energy, while the plant remains alive. The first practical tests have been very promising. In projects supported by the EU and Agentschap NL (an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs), European and Dutch institutes, universities, and businesses are cooperating to gain more knowledge about this technology and its applications.

    • Solar PV Spray Ons
      We Will 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.

    • Renewables on the Rise!
      A Decade Of Progress
      Towards a Clean Energy Future

      Nov. 25, 2019  (Environment Florida) —Clean energy is sweeping across America and is poised for more dramatic growth in the coming years.

      Wind turbines and solar panels were novelties ten years ago; today, they are everyday parts of America’s energy landscape. As recently as 2010, energy-saving LED light bulbs cost $40 apiece; today, they cost a few dollars at the hardware store. Just a few years ago, electric vehicles seemed a far-off solution to decarbonize our transportation system; now, they have broken through to the mass market.

      Virtually every day, there are new developments that increase our ability to produce renewable energy, apply renewable energy more widely and flexibly to meet a wide range of energy needs, and reduce our overall energy use — developments that enable us to envision an economy powered entirely with clean, renewable energy.

    • Israel:A Driving Force Behind The Cars Of Tomorrow
      At The Wheel: Why Israel
      Is A Driving Force
      Behind The Cars Of Tomorrow

      Aug. 2, 2018 (nocamels)-Autonomous vehicles, electrification, connected cars and shared transport are the megatrends now remaking the auto industry. Offshoots of these four main forces include ways to detect sleepy drivers, infotainment solutions, digital cockpits, intelligent transport systems, vehicle cybersecurity, and satellite navigation technologies.

      The Israeli companies in the car arena address all these needs as well as future ones.

      Click now for much more information.

    • Fusion Energy: Has Its Time Come?
      New Hope For Fusion Energy

      Forbes Magazie, Jan. 14, 2019  - Two recent developments in the world of fusion power are giving scientists and policymakers newfound optimism for the elusive ‘holy grail’ of energy technologies. The first is a discovery by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) which uses radio frequency (RF) technology to greatly reduce so-called ‘plasma disruption’ – the leading challenge to achieving a sustained, net energy gain fusion reaction. This is a key element in making fusion a feasible source of electricity.

      Interested? Click now to learn more.

    • The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy
      Which Are the Shining Cities in 2019

      Environment Florida, May 31, 2019  - Solar power is expanding rapidly. The United States now has over 60 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed — enough to power nearly one in every 11 homes in America. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.

      America’s major cities have played a key role in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap tremendous benefits from solar energy. As population centers, they are major sources of electricity demand and, with millions of rooftops suitable for solar panels, they have the potential to be major sources of clean energy production as well.

      Interested? Click now for the story and a map.

    • UPS Orders 10,000 Electric Delivery Vans
      UPS Orders 10,000 Electric
      Delivery Vans From Arrival

      Jan. 29, 2020, CleanTechnica -When Hyundai and KIA announced last week that they were jointly investing $100 million in UK startup Arrival, they probably knew something we didn’t know — until now. UPS has signed a deal with Arrival to buy 10,000 of its electric delivery vans between now and 2024 and to possibly purchase another 10,000 after that.

      The vans will be placed in service in the UK, Europe, and North America. UPS has also invested an undisclosed amount in the company.

    • E-Vehicles Did Not Begin in the Current Era
      Electric Transportation History, Mar.15, 2019

      1832-39 Scottish inventor Robert Anderson invents the first crude electric carriage powered by non-rechargeable primary cells.

      1835: American Thomas Davenport is credited with building the first practical electric vehicle -- a small locomotive.

      1859: French physicist Gaston Planté invents the rechargeable lead-acid storage battery. In 1881, his countryman Camille Faure will improve the storage battery's ability to supply current and invent the basic lead-acid battery used in automobiles.

      For the rest of the history, click now

    • A Renewable Energy Year in Review
      A Year in Eeview: 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 Solar
      Road 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.

    • North 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
      The 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
      The 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.

    • EU Renewable Energy Stats
      Renewable Energy Records
      for the European Union

      In 2017 renewable energy represented 17.5 % of energy consumed in the EU, on a path to the 2020 target of 20 %.

      The share of energy from renewable sources used in transport activities reached 7.6 % in 2017.

      These stats will be updated in Feb. 2020. Stay tuned.

      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.

    • Renewables on the Rise!
      A Decade Of Progress
      Clean energy is sweeping across America and is poised for more dramatic growth in the coming years.Toward a Clean Energy Future

      Nov. 25, 2019  (Environment Florida) —Wind turbines and solar panels were novelties ten years ago; today, they are everyday parts of America’s energy landscape. As recently as 2010, energy-saving LED light bulbs cost $40 apiece; today, they cost a few dollars at the hardware store. Just a few years ago, electric vehicles seemed a far-off solution to decarbonize our transportation system; now, they have broken through to the mass market.

      Virtually every day, there are new developments that increase our ability to produce renewable energy, apply renewable energy more widely and flexibly to meet a wide range of energy needs, and reduce our overall energy use — developments that enable us to envision an economy powered entirely with clean, renewable energy.

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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).


    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)
    AllEarth Logo

    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 Trackers Logo

    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 Logo

    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 Logo

    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 Logo

    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.

    Carnegie Wave Logo

    In early 2018 Clarion Energy acquired PennWell, putting us in an unrivalled position globally in the Energy sector. The acquisition has brought together two of the industry’s most well-respected names to create one of the largest events companies in the world. We have taken a number of PennWell’s leading events including DISTRIBUTECH, POWERGEN and HydroVision International and added them to our leading Utility Week and Future Energy events to form the Power & Energy Series from Clarion Energy, a World Leading Portfolio of Events.


    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.


    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 Logo

    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 Logo 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. 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. 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

    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.

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

    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.


    Eastern Europe’s
    Renewables Haven
    Romanian Flag

    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

    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 Logo

    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 Logo

    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, 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.

    Solar Hybrid Energy Systems
    Sun Runner Symbol

    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

    he 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


    Verdant Power
    Specialists in Marine Renewable Energy
    Verdant Power Logo

    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.

    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.


    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.


    AllEarth Logo

    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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    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.

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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 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

    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 Logo

    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 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.

    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


    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
    Solar Power

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

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    GlassPoint Logo

    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
    Halotechnics Logo

    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.

    Helio Sage Logo

    "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
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    A 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.

    PV Crops

    (PhotoVoltaic Post reduction,ReliabilityOperational 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
    RITE Project

    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 Logo

    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%.


    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.

    Google Giving Solar Energy
    a New Lease on Life
    Solar City

    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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    Leading the world in
    solar power with storage.
    And it's Delivered
    day and night - Today.
    Solar roadways Logo

    SolarReserve is a leading global developer of utility-scale solar power projects, which include electricity 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
    (Puts Parking Lots to Work)
    Solar Shaded Parking Lot

    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 Inc

    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.

    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.

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    Tesla Solar Roof and Power Wall
    (For the 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.

    Click here to shine a light.




    Water Furnace

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




    Vernon Electric

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    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.

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    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.











    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

    Read the entire article by clicking Here

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    • Electric Vehicles Buyers Guide     • The Electric Pickup Truck is Here
    • Toyota, Nissan, Honda Back Hydrogen Fueling Stations
    • Electric Cars Are Here to Stay      • A Clean-Car Boom
    • Hydrogen Cars Now    • A Photo Gallery of Alt-Fuelers
    • Plug-In Hybrid Fuel Consumption Could Drop by 1/3

    There are too many alternative fuel vehicles to be listed here.
    This is only a sample.
    And you can click here to see even more.

    Alternative-Fuel Vehicles

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    AC Cobra Hydro Powered Tram Sono Motors SION
    ACAL H Fuel Cell Engine Hydroloop Tesla Model S
    BMW Hurricaine< Lagonda SUV Tesla Semi Electric Truck
    Chevy Bolt Hundai Kona Toyota Miral
    The Elf Kia Niro PHEV Volkwagen ID.3
    H2 Fuel Cell   VoltAero Cassio

    Hydrogen-Powered Tram
    (Developed in China)
    Energy Source: Hydrogen
    Hudrogen Tram
    In an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram and not a train, the top speed will only be 70 kilometers per hour and it will be used in urban areas only. It is designed to carry 380 passengers.

    Energy Source: Electro Magnetic Propulsion
    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.

    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.

    Chevy Bolt
    Energy Source: Plug-in Electric
    Chevy Volt
    From your weekday commute to weekend trips and all the places in between, Bolt EV is ready to take you wherever you want to go. This ride is an affordable all-electric vehicle that offers an EPA-estimated 259 miles of range on a full charge.† Plus, it offers advanced safety technologies, plenty of space and good looks on top of that. With Bolt EV, there’s nothing holding you back

    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.

    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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    Volkwagen ID.3
    Energy Source: Electricity Only

    VW ID.3

    Volkswagen issued a press release this week focusing on the upcoming launch of its ID.3 electric car. It confirms that deliveries of its ID.3 First Edition models will begin this summer and adds this interesting twist. The company says virtually all of those cars — 30,000 of them — will be delivered simultaneously. “The objective is to deliver the 30,000 pre-booked ID.3 vehicles in the 1st Edition to customers throughout Europe at almost the same time,” the company says.

    Hundai Kona
    Energy Source: Electricity Only

    VW ID.3

    Volkswagen issued a press release this week focusing on the upcoming launch of its ID.3 electric car. It confirms that deliveries of its ID.3 First Edition models will begin this summer and adds this interesting twist. The company says virtually all of those cars — 30,000 of them — will be delivered simultaneously. “The objective is to deliver the 30,000 pre-booked ID.3 vehicles in the 1st Edition to customers throughout Europe at almost the same time,” the company says.
    Lagonda SUV by Aston Martin
    Energy Source: Electric
    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.

    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.
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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.



    AC Cobra- Series 1

    Energy Source:Electric
    AC CobraCarroll Shelby didn’t design the AC Ace, which was a moderately successful little British roadster with a modest, four-cylinder powerplant under the long hood and a willing chassis. What Shelby did was take that tiny little convertible, stuff it chock-full of American V8 muscle, and give it the best car names ever. Thus the Cobra was born, and its legend has endured for decades, and now, thanks to some forward-thinking people at AC, it might get to live on just a little longer … as an 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.


    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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    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 the icon



    Sono Motors SION
    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.

    VoltAero Cassio
    Energy Source:Hybrid Electric

    Sion Solar Vehicle

    In the airborne electricity area is a newly unveiled family of low carbon aircraft called Cassio, from the startup VoltAero. The plan is to introduce Cassio (pictured above) in 4-, 6-, and 10-seat variations that meet EASA CS23 certification in the single-engine, general aviation category. However, there is a lot more going on under the hood than “single” would suggest.
    The rundown from VoltAero:
    “Cassio utilizes VoltAero’s hybrid-electric power module in an aft fuselage “pusher” configuration, integrating a cluster of electric motors with a high-performance internal combustion engine that serves as the range extender.”
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