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  • • Sea Level Rise Viewer
    From the Office
    of Coastal Management

    NOAH-Use this web mapping tool to visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise (up to 10 feet above average high tides). Photo simulations of how future flooding might impact local landmarks are also provided, as well as data related to water depth, connectivity, flood frequency, socio-economic vulnerability, wetland loss and migration, and mapping confidence.

    Click now to visit the site.

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.

  • Tesla Roadster
    Surprise - Surprise

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

    Click now for the story
    on this new class of vehicles.

  • 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?

  • Of Interest

    • 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.

    • 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.

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

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

      But it was not bad news all the way.

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

    • 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 (Curbed.com)-From 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.

    • 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.

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

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

    • E-Vehicles Did Not Begin in the Current Era
      Electric Transportation History

      PBS.org, 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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  • • 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.

  • • Geothermal Gurus
    Biomass 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.

  • • Hydro Hawks
    Request a Hydro-Energy Expert

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    and more Hydro Info.

  • • 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.

  • • 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

  • • 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, Energy Storage, Hydropower and Tidal Energy Stories
    (Stories recently released)

    • MPS is Funding Winner for Wave, and Wind Funding
      Marine Power Systems Wins
      Funding for Wave, Wind Technology

      Dec. 4, 2019  (PowerGrid.com)-Marine Power Systems won £4.3 million by the European Regional Development Fund to accelerate the development of a floating offshore wave and wind technology for energy generation in deep water locations.

      The ERDF funding — which is part of a £6.2 million project under the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnershipscheme to promote research and innovation — will enable MPS to launch a program of work on the DualSub, which the company launched earlier this year.

      The announcement comes just weeks after MPS secured investment from the Welsh European Funding Office for £12.8 million to design, build and test a full-scale WaveSub device.

    • Amazon Makes a Solar Presence on Two Continents
      Amazon Announces 329-Mw Solar
      Projects Across Two Continents

      Dec. 3, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-Amazon this week announced three new renewable energy projects in the U.S. and Spain that support the company’s commitment to reaching 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy target by 2030 on its path to net zero carbon by 2040.

      Its newest renewable energy solar projects in the U.S. will be located in Lee County, Illinois and in Northern Virginia. Together, they total 180 MW of capacity and are expected to generate almost 400,000 MWh of renewable energy annually. This will be Amazon’s first large-scale renewable energy project in the state of Illinois and ninth in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

      In Europe, the company is announcing a large-scale project in Spain, located southeast of Sevilla. Once complete, the new solar farm will provide 149 megawatts (MW) of new renewable capacity.

    • Gravity Can Serve More Than One Purpose
      Gravity Machines Hold Promise
      for Long-Term Electricity Storage

      Nov. 29, 2019  (energycentral) —As more and more jurisdictions set 100% clean energy targets, machines that harness the constant force of gravity to store the intermittent energy of the sun and wind may soon join lithium-ion batteries and pumped hydro as essential tools in the carbon-free toolbox.

      One such machine is the mountain gravity energy storage (MGES) system proposed by engineers from Austria’s International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), reports Utility Dive. Using a mechanism akin to a chair lift at a ski resort, the device would use renewable energy to haul massive, sand-filled containers to the top of a mountain, where it would then be stored as potential energy in the same way that water is held in pumped hydro stations. On demand, the sand-filled containers would be released “back down the mountain, propelled only by the force of gravity, generating electricity in the process”.

    • When Typhoons Are a Problem, Energy Storage is the Answer
      In Wake Of Typhoons, Japan
      Turns to Residential Energy Storage

      Nov. 25, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-After recent typhoons ravaged Japan’s grid and disrupted power to almost 1.4 million customers, the government is encouraging homeowners to invest in storage systems, seeking to marry batteries with existing rooftop solar capacity to create backup electricity networks.

      The backbone would be the 2.3 million rooftop solar installations across the country that have been selling power to the grid for years under long-term contracts. As those deals begin to lapse, with the first batch expiring this month, policy makers in Tokyo see an opportunity to create networks more resistant to disruptions, which are expected to become more frequent amid climate change.

    • Solar Farms: London's Solution to Keep Lights On All Night?
      Solar Farms Can Keep Uk’s
      Lights On Even at Night

      Nov. 25, 2019  (The Guardian)-Solar farms could soon play a vital role in the energy system 24 hours a day, after a breakthrough trial proved they can even help balance the grid at night. National Grid used a solar farm in East Sussex to help smooth overnight voltage fluctuations for the first time earlier this month, proving solar farms don’t need sunshine to help keep the lights on.

      Lightsource BP, the owner of the solar farm, said an inexpensive tweak to the project’s electrical equipment meant it could help balance the grid with only two seconds’ notice. Kareen Boutonnat, the company’s chief operating officer, said: “We have proven that solar plants can play a larger role across the electricity network. But this is only the beginning.”

    • Fukishima Has Learned a Lesson From History
      Fukushima On Track to Become a Renewable Energy Hub

      Nov. 14, 2019  (inhabitat) — In hopes of reinventing its image, new life is breathing into Fukushima, the Japanese northeastern prefecture that was devastated by a 2011 tsunami and consequent nuclear power plant meltdown. Fukushima, which is Japan’s third largest prefecture, is revitalizing and transforming into a renewable energy hub.

      Eight years ago, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake triggered a massive tsunami, overwhelming the Fukushima reactors and causing the worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl incident. Decontamination of Fukushima’s nuclear plant and surroundings are ongoing.

      Since 2011, both the Japanese state and Fukushima local governments have ramped up the prefecture’s renewable energy production. To meet the entire region’s needs with 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, endeavors are underway to cultivate and integrate clean energy sources like biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind.

      Click now for the story and a slideshow.

    • The Future for Michigan's Wood-Fire Power Plants?
      Michigan Wood-Fired Power Plants Face Uncertain Future

      Nov. 12, 2019  (Energy Central)— Wood-fired power plants across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula will continue operating through the 2020s, but their life beyond that is uncertain amid declining wind and solar prices.

      A September ruling by Michigan regulators created a competitive bidding process for one of the state’s largest utilities, Consumers Energy, that will force biomass producers to compete directly with wind and solar once their contracts expire over the coming decade.

      Consumers has argued in recent years that contracts with independent producers under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) are too expensive. This includes wood-fired power plants as well as small hydropower and waste-to-energy.

    • The Spanish Revolution in Solar Energy
      The (R)evolution of the Solar
      Energy Sector in Spain

      Nov. 11, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— With an average of 300 days of sun per year, the present and future of clean energies in Spain are focused undoubtedly on solar energy. By installing over 4GW of capacity in 2019 (14 times more than in 2018), Spain will lead the solar market in Europe this year, a landmark that illustrates the solar energy sector in the country has already taken off.

      But why now, after what can be considered false dawns previously?

      The global picture has changed: an important energy transition is now underway and many factors will determine the world’s energy future. These include government policies that seek to promote social wellness while addressing the risks of climate change. Technology will also be vital to improve living standards through addressing climate risks. Technological advances continue reshaping the energy playground. Many technologies, which did not exist five or 10 years ago, have a more important role today and their impacts will continue expanding.

    • California Wild-Fires Are Encouraging Renewable Energy
      California Power Shut-Offs
      Drive Customers to Solar and Storage

      Nov. 8, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— The devastating California wildfires and related power outages are already leading to new approaches to energy resiliency that rely on battery storage technologies.

      Millions of people in the state have had their electricity cut over the last month due to preventative utility shut-offs. Even if the shut-offs could be justified to avoid starting more fires, the ability of the utilities in these affected areas to supply reliable power to their customers is now in doubt.

      The impacts of the shut-offs have been dramatic—hospitals without power had to be evacuated, people at home with critical medical equipment were placed at risk without power to run these devices (one person has died), and over $2.5 billion in business losses accrued due to outages—all pointing to an energy system in collapse.

    • Your Burger is Blowing in the Wind
      McDonald’s Signs Renewable Virtual
      Power Purchase Agreements in US

      Nov. 8, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— McDonald’s announced the signing of two long-term, large-scale virtual power purchase agreements, whereby McDonald’s will buy renewable energy generated by Aviator Wind West, a wind power project located in Coke County, Texas and a solar project located in Texas.

      The combined 380 MW in renewable energy expected to be generated from McDonald’s contribution to these projects will help to prevent over 700,000 metric tons of carbon emissions each year, which is equivalent to planting more than 11 million trees or taking over 140,000 cars off the road for one year.

      Additionally, the energy generated by these U.S. projects will be equivalent to over 2,500 restaurants-worth of electricity.

    • What's a SunBot? Glad You Asked
      The First Artificial Material
      that Follows Sunlight May
      Upgrade Solar Panels

      Nov. 5, 2019  (Science News)— As the sun moves across the sky, sunflowers continually orient themselves to soak up the most light. Now a type of human-made material can do that, too.

      This is the first artificial material capable of phototropism, researchers report November 4 in Nature Nanotechnology. Stemlike cylinders of the material, dubbed SunBOTs, can maneuver to capture about 90 percent of available sunlight, even when the sun comes in at an oblique angle, materials scientist Ximin He of UCLA and her colleagues found. The technology could someday be used to optimize solar panels, desalinate water or move robots, the researchers say.

      Other scientists have made artificial substances that can bend toward light, but those materials stop arbitrarily. SunBOTs can self-regulate, moving into the optimal position needed to absorb the sun’s rays, then making small adjustments to stay there as the sun shifts.

    • Renewable Energy: A Tradable Commodity
      Singapore Wants to Trade Renewable
      Energy With Its Neighbors

      Nov. 4, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— Singapore’s state-owned power grid operator wants to build more connections to neighboring countries to tap their greater potential for renewable energy.

      Nations like Malaysia and Indonesia have ample spare land for solar panels and enough wind to power turbines, both things that Singapore is lacking, Wong Kim Yin, chief executive officer of SP Group, said in an interview Friday. Building transmission lines to connect the countries and using renewable energy credits to facilitate power trading can allow the island nation to use clean power even if it can’t produce it.

      “One of the possible ways of tapping renewable resources is actually working with our neighbors,” Wong said on Bloomberg Television. “Some physical regional interconnects will help Singapore in that department.”

    • What the Consumer Wants is Not Always What the Consumer Gets
      Lawmakers Don't Consider Consumer
      Choice to Meet Renewable Goals,
      According to NRG

      Nov. 1, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— At a conference put on by the Connecticut Power and Energy Society (CPES) on October 30, a panel of energy suppliers discussed and debated the best way to advance renewable energy in the state of Connecticut and the entire U.S.

      States, cities, towns and companies across America are setting aggressive clean energy and/or zero-carbon emission goals. New York hopes to be sourcing 70% of its energy from renewables by 2030; Hawaii wants to be 100% renewable by 2045. Eight other states have made similar commitments. The Sierra Club found 140 cites that have set clean energy goals.

      Indeed, Americans in general want clean energy, according to a survey conducted by Consumer Reports, which found that 76% of Americans agree that increasing renewable energy is a worthwhile goal.

      Click now for the full story.

    • Solar and Wind Providing Increasing Percentages of Energy Generation
      Solar And Wind Energy
      Provide Almost 10% of Total
      Generation in the US in 2019

      Oct. 28, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-According to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of the latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through August 31, 2019), both wind and solar are accounting for more and more of the total electrical generation in the United States.

      Renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for 18.49% of net domestic electrical generation during the first eight months of 2019, said SUN DAY. A year earlier, renewables’ share was 17.95%.

    • India Could Greatly Expand Renewable Power on Its Western Border
      India Could Build
      30 GW of Renewable Power
      Capacity Along Western Border

      Oct. 17, 2019  (Bloomberg News)-India is considering building 30 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity along a desert on its western border known for its sunny, windy and arid expanse, according to people familiar with the plan.

      The projects, which will be spread across the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, are part of efforts to expand the country’s renewable capacity and reduce the share of fossil fuels in its energy mix, the people said, asking not to be named as the discussions are private and at an early stage. The plan was discussed at a meeting in Gujarat last week, they said.

      Land for renewable projects is a key challenge in India and the high cost of acquisition weighs on the price of electricity. The nation is increasingly looking at barren lands for building renewable projects so its energy goals don’t clash with its growing need for agricultural production. For that reason, India plans to install 25 gigawatts of solar projects, combined with storage capacity, in the high-altitude region of Ladakh in the extreme north of the country, power minister R.K. Singh said in August.

    • Green is Good For the Planet and America's Economy
      Study Shows America’s
      ‘Green Economy’ Worth $1.3 Trillion

      Oct. 16, 2019  (Bloomberg News)-If the U.S. wants to extend economic growth, it should double down on cleaning up the environment and fighting climate change, which are fueling both jobs and revenue, according to a new analysis by University College London researchers.

      “Don’t listen to the political rhetoric,” said Mark Maslin, a professor of geography and one of the authors behind the study published Tuesday. “Just look at the data and be hard-nosed about it, and say, ‘Okay, if we’re going to support the economy and make it grow and have lots of employment, this is where I need to invest.’”

      For years, there’s been a major technical difficulty with charting progress in the “green economy:” the U.S. doesn’t measure it. Part of the blame lies with Congress, which as part of 2013 budget cuts eliminated funding for data-collection on “green goods and services.”

    • Solar for Low Income Families Coming to Florida
      FPL Plans Nation’s Largest
      Community Solar Program;
      Includes Low-Income Focus

      Oct. 10, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-Florida Power & Light today announced that it is garnering more support from solar stakeholders for its FPL SolarTogether, a proposed new offering for FPL customers that would be the largest community solar program in the U.S., pending regulatory review.

      In addition to the program being the largest in the U.S., FPL said that its SolarTogether would be the largest voluntary low-income solar offering in the country. The planned installation of 1,490 MW of new universal solar capacity at 20 new solar power plants across FPL’s service territory would generate an estimated $249 million in net savings for all FPL customers over the long term, primarily from avoided fuel and other system savings.

    • Solar Plus Storage to the Rescue!
      With Millions In the Dark,
      a California Company Touts Benefits
      Of Solar Plus Storage

      Oct. 9, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-Today California utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) began the first phase of its Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) during which the power will be cut to up to 800,000 customers, according to the utility.

      The utility notified customers yesterday in a post on its 'Currents' website of the impending shutoffs, which will occur in three phases.

      Click now to see what they are.

    • Siemans Has a New Way to Produce Hydrogen
      Siemens to Produce Hydrogen
      From 5-Gw Wind, Solar Plant

      Oct. 8, 2019  (Bloomberg News)-Siemens AG is partnering on a 5,000-megawatt combined solar and wind farm in Western Australia that will produce renewable hydrogen for potential export to Asia.

      The Murchison facility will use Siemens’ electrolyzer technology to convert power from the solar and wind units into hydrogen, it said in a joint statement with developer Hydrogen Renewables Australia. The project’s location, north of the coastal town of Kalbarri, makes it “one of the most cost-effective” spots in Australia to produce clean energy, according to the statement.

      HRA has six years to scale up the project to enable exports to Japan and South Korea, ramping up to full capacity by 2028, when it could be supplying as much as 10% of Asia’s hydrogen demand, Chief Executive Officer Terry Kallis said by phone. Total investment is seen at about A$10 billion ($6.75 billion).

    • PacifiCorp: Hello, Wind, Solar & Storage. Bye bye Coal
      PacifiCorp Highlights Wind, Solar,
      Storage Additions & Coal
      Subtraction In Latest Plan

      Oct. 7, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- West coast utility PacifiCorp released its draft of a long-term energy plan that calls for retiring five coal-fired units in the next decade and adding more than 6,000 MW of wind and solar over the next six years.

      The draft of PacifiCorp’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan forecasts how the company hopes to generate power and meet customer needs cost-effectively over the next 20 years. The utility will file its final version with state regulators later this month.

      “The transition in how we meet our customers’ energy needs is under way,” said Rick Link, PacifiCorp’s vice president of resource planning and acquisitions.

    • Britain Adds Another Retreat to Its Agenda - Fossil Fuels
      Britain, Struggling With Brexit,
      Eyes Another Retreat.
      This One’s From Fossil Fuels

      Oct. 3, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)- In the shadow of a noisy, turbulent Brexit, another epic transformation is underway in Britain.

      A leading industrial power that built itself on coal and colonialism, Britain is now trying to pivot away from the fossil fuels that powered the industrial age. The government has set a legally binding target to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

      Some of that change is already in motion: The country is fast ditching coal in favor of wind energy and gas. And this summer, for the first time in more than 130 years, it went two weeks without burning one lump of coal.

    • The Eco-Friendly Catalyst Harvests Solar Energy
      Eco-Friendly Electrochemical
      Catalysts Using Solar Cells to
      Harvest Energy From the Sun

      Oct. 3, 2019 (Science Daily)- A research team from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Kanazawa University develops an eco-friendly device that uses solar energy to catalyze an electrochemical oxidation reaction with high efficiency.

      Green energy sources constitute a hot research field globally because of the current environmental crisis and the necessity to avoid non-renewable energy (fossil fuels). Researchers have been seeking ways to harness and harvest solar energy for decades, and photovoltaic devices, which convert light into electricity, are in high demand.

    • Could a Solar-Powered Uprising Reshape Puerto Rico?
      Up From the Ashes
      (by Paola Rosa-Aquino)

      Sept. 25, 2019 (grist)- On a balmy day this past May, I sat on a white, metal park bench outside of Plaza de Recreo Guanina, a small community meeting space consisting of a few fenced-off trees and a lot of concrete in Miramar, a neighborhood in the southeast Puerto Rican city of Guayama. Just outside the square, a few palm trees swayed in a breeze tinged with just the slightest scent of rotten eggs.

      A run-down green truck pulled up nearby, and two locals-turned-activists — Aldwin Colón Burgos and Erasmo Cruz Vega — came out to greet me. Upon shaking hands with Cruz Vega — a spectacled man in his early 70s who has called the community home for nearly 60 years — he handed me a white surgical mask. “You’re going to need it,” he said in Spanish.

      Click now to read the entire story.

    • Will Coal Overide Renewable Energy Installations?
      The World Is Installing
      a Ton of Renewables, but
      Coal Could Screw Things Up

      Sept. 20, 2019 (GIZMODO) - The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects the capacity for renewable energy to grow by almost 12 percent this year. Gotta love us some solar and wind energy! The problem is, the world is still having a dirty love affair with coal.

      The agency released these new projects Friday, noting that this growth is the fastest the industry has seen since 2015. The findings are much welcome: Renewables saw virtually no growth between 2017 and 2018. And in the era of the climate crisis, the industry needs to grow if our energy grid can shift toward cleaner energy without government intervention.

      The article also talks about how coal-dependency could neutralize those gains.

      Click now to read more.

    • Harnessing a Cold Night Sky to Generate Electricity In the Dark
      This Device Harnesses
      the Cold Night Sky to
      Generate Electricity In the Dark

      Sept. 12, 2019  (Science News)- A new device is an anti-solar panel, harvesting energy from the cold night sky.

      By harnessing the temperature difference between Earth and outer space, a prototype of the device produced enough electricity at night to power a small LED light. A bigger version of this nighttime generator could someday light rooms, charge phones or power other electronics in remote or low-resource areas that lack electricity at night when solar panels don’t work, researchers report online September 12 in Joule.

      The core of the new night-light is a thermoelectric generator, which produces electricity when one side of the generator is cooler than the other . The sky-facing side of the generator is attached to an aluminum plate sealed beneath a transparent cover and surrounded with insulation to keep heat out. This plate stays cooler than the ambient air by shedding any heat it absorbs as infrared radiation. That radiation can zip up through the transparent cover and the atmosphere toward the cold sink of outer space.

    • The Golden State to Address an Environmental Justice Issue
      California Aims To Fix
      Low-Income Storage Program and
      Deliver New Resilience Incentives

      Sept. 6, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)-California’s energy storage incentive program has been a great success, with more than 11,000 battery storage systems installed to-date. The problem is, it’s not reaching the state’s most vulnerable communities. A new proposal from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) aims to fix some of the barriers preventing disadvantaged communities from participating in the program, and it allocates $100 million to a new program designed to offset the cost of battery storage systems for populations threatened by wildfires and related utility power shutoffs.

      California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) has a long history, dating back to 2001 when the program was established to encourage the development of customer-sited generation. Over the years, SGIP has evolved into primarily an energy storage incentive for residential and commercial customers. In recognition of the fact that these funds have not been flowing to the state’s disadvantaged communities, in 2017 the CPUC created the SGIP Equity Budget, a 25 percent carve-out of the program’s funds reserved for projects in disadvantaged and low-income communities.

    • Europe Could Get 25% of Its Energy From Rooftop Solar
      Study Shows Rooftop Solar Could Power 25% of Europe

      Sept. 3, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)-Europeans can massively expand low-cost solar generation just by tapping the space over their heads.

      That’s the conclusion of researchers who used satellite imagery, electricity prices and lending data to assess the untapped energy potential of Europe’s buildings. Rooftop area three times the size Luxembourg is available and could economically supply almost a quarter of the bloc’s power, according to a paper published in Elsevier’s October edition of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

      “Policies at country and regional level to exploit this potential can bring benefits for employment in the manufacturing, installation and operational sectors” while mobilizing people toward “achieving the EU’s transition to a low-carbon energy system,” wrote researchers led by Katalin Bodis of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center.

      Click now to learn more.

    • Renewables Stealing the Scene at Energy Power Conferences
      Renewable Energy Takes
      Center Stage at POWERGEN
      ASIA and Asian Utility Week

      Sept. 3, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)-In a region of the world where coal is still king, there is room for renewables. This was a takeaway from the Ministerial Address and Joint Opening Keynote at POWERGEN Asia and Asian Utility Week. The two annual events kicked off Tuesday, Sept. 3, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

      Shantanu Jaiswal of Bloomberg NEF set the stage for the Keynote, which was titled Navigating the Energy Transition. Jaiswal presented strategies for a cleaner future, even in a country that now generates 75 percent of its electricity from fossil fuels.

      He identified five keys to that energy transition.

      Click now to learn what they were.

    • Can All Solar Installations Be Trusted for Safety?
      More Tesla Sola>-Panel
      Fire Incidents Emerge
      In Wake of Walmart Suit

      Aug. 29, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)-From Bloomberg News Editors: One evening last year, North Dartmouth, Mass. homeowner noticed charred wood and a burning smell in his attic, near his young sons’ bedroom. He climbed a ladder and saw a melted connector wire from the solar panels installed on the roof of his home. Firefighters rushed over and discovered that flames had burned through the shingles, the roof and a support beam. Luckily, a recent rain had doused it.

      A month later, a fire broke out on the roof in Waldorf, Maryland home, sending a section of the ceiling crashing onto a bed. It ultimately caused so much fire, smoke and water damage that the owners were forced to live in a hotel for more than a year.

      The two homes had something in common: SolarCity, now a unit of Elon Musk's Tesla Inc., had installed their rooftop panels. While these are just a pair of relatively small incidents at a company with some 400,000 solar customers—one of the biggest such portfolios in the U.S.—they add to the growing concern about the safety of Tesla’s solar systems.

      Click now for learn more about this burning issue.

    • Things Are Looking Up For Renewable Energy in the US
      Report Shows Marked Progress In
      Solar, Wind, Electric Vehicles,
      Energy Storage and Efficiency

      Aug. 22, 2019 (Environment America) -Since 2009, the United States has increased its solar power generation 40-fold and upped its electric production from wind by more than 270 percent, according to a new report released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group. The study also highlights advances in energy savings, the increased use of energy storage and the tremendous growth of electric vehicle sales.

      “Switching to clean, renewable energy can put our nation on a healthier, more sustainable course,” said Rob Sargent, clean energy program director for Environment America. “Tremendous improvements in energy efficiency over the past 10 years combined with virtually unlimited reserves of pollution-free wind and solar energy and a willing public mean that a future powered entirely by clean, renewable energy is increasingly within our reach.”

      Click now to read more
      about this encouraging news.

    • Chattanooga Transportation - Not Just a Choo Choo Anymore
      Chattanooga Becomes First
      100% Solar-Powered Airport in US

      Aug. 19, 2019 (inhabitat) -Tennessee’s fourth largest city, Chattanooga, became the first American airport to be 100% solar powered – and joins only a handful of airports who claim the same across the world. The $5 million dollar solar farm project has been seven years in the making with funding by the Federal Aviation Administration.

      “This is a momentous day for the Chattanooga Airport as we complete our solar farm and achieve a major sustainability milestone,” said Terry Hart, the president and CEO of the Chattanooga Airport. “This project has immediate benefits to our airport and community, and we’re proud to set an example in renewable energy for other airports, businesses and our region. While generating a local renewable resource, we are also increasing the economic efficiency of the airport.”

      Click now for the story and a slideshow.

    • The Grid’s New Digital DNA
      The Energy Web

      Aug. 13, 2019 (Energy Central)) -The Energy Web, a comprehensive online energy services platform described as “The Grid’s New Digital DNA” went live on June 19. To listen to its advocates, 2019 will be remembered as the year when the energy market changed forever, when transactions finally became virtually free and frictionless for everyone. The Energy Web Chain (EWC) is not merely a trading platform. It’s described as “a foundational blockchain specific to the energy sector on which any number of applications can run for various use cases.” Examples include energy trading, renewable energy certificates, electric vehicle charging, settlement for grid flexibility services, transactive Peer-to-Peer exchanges with distributed energy resources, and more.

      Click now for the story.

    • Renewable Energy is In Dutch (Not Really)
      Vattenfall Combines Wind, Solar,
      Batteries In Netherlands Energy Park

      Aug. 12, 2019 (Renewable Energy World) -Vattenfall is building a new hybrid energy park, consisting of solar panels, wind turbines and batteries at Haringvliet in the Netherlands.

      The total capacity is 60 MW, enough to deliver renewable energy to 40,000 Dutch households when operational in September 2020. The total investment is nearly $40 million.

      Through this project, Vattenfall combines wind turbines with solar panels and energy storage.

      Click for the full story.

    • Dominion Plans Four Virginia Energy Storage Pilot Studies
      Dominion Plans Four Energy
      Storage Pilot Studies in Virginia

      Aug. 8, 2019 (Renewable Energy World) -Dominion Energy plans to invest in and develop four battery storage pilot projects in Virginia.

      The four utility-scale projects would total 16 MW and be the largest of their kind in the state, Dominion Energy Virginia reported this week. The utility has filed to seek approval from the State Corporation Commission.

      "Energy storage is critical to providing continued reliability for our customers as we expand our renewable portfolio," said Mark D. Mitchell, vice president – generation construction. "Battery storage has made significant strides in recent years, in both efficiency and cost. These pilot projects will enable Dominion Energy to better understand how best to deploy batteries to help overcome the inherent fluctuation of wind and solar generation sources."

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    • More WindPower Means More Transmission
      For America, More Wind
      Power Means More Transmission

      Nov. 29, 2019  (energycentral)-The quote made famous in the great 1989 film, Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come” is often cited by proponents of wind and transmission development. With a life of 40 to 50 years, transmission structures will almost certainly return significant economic benefits for many years once constructed.

      The unprecedented recent push for offshore wind power along the Atlantic coast highlights a large opportunity for transmission developers. Along with this planned development, it has become clear that a tremendous amount of new high-voltage transmission and grid infrastructure upgrades are needed.

    • NexrtEra's Success Is Blowing in the Wind
      Now Worth Over $100B,
      Nextera Owes Its
      Rise To Wind Power

      Nov. 15, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-

      Two decades ago, when coal ruled U.S. power generation, a Florida utility plowed some of its extra cash into a wind farm atop a desolate Oregon plateau. It was the start of an unimaginably successful bet.

      This year, that company — now named NextEra Energy Inc/. — became the world’s first utility with a market capitalization of more than $100 billion, thanks largely to its clean-power business. It’s almost twice as valuable as the oil major ConocoPhillips and has developed enough wind and solar farms across the U.S. and Canada to power the entire nation of Greece. Shares have doubled in four years, outperforming virtually every other stock in the industry.

    • Wind Energy Investment for Canadian Pension Fund
      Pattern Group to Be Bought By Canadian Pension Fund

      Nov. 4, 2019  (WindPower)—The total enterprise value of the deal amounts to $6.1 billion, including debt, Pattern said. Newswire Reuters reported the value of the transaction to be around $2.63 billion.

      Shareholders will receive a cash consideration of $26.75/share, a 14.8% premium on Pattern Energy's 9 August closing share price — prior to rumours of a takeover.

      CPPIB will also combine Pattern Energy and its sister company Pattern Development — currently backed by private investment firm Riverstone Holdings — in to "common ownership".

    • Trade Barriers Hampering the China Wind Power Industry
      China Wind Power: Trade Barriers Hampering the Industry

      Oct. 15, 2019  (WINDPOWER Monthly)-The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), along with the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA) and the Chinese Renewable Energy Association (CREA) have organized the first Beijing Renewable Energy Investment Summit (BREIS) alongside the country’s main trade show.

      At the launch of the summit, GWEC CEO Ben Backwell said the current public support for action on climate change was at "unprecedented" levels.

      "And yet, every week we are hearing talk about new trade barriers and new restrictions on badly needed investments being introduced. Whether we are in Beijing, Brussels or Washington, we all face a common problem and need to cooperate to replace fossil fuels with renewables as fast as possible and at the lowest cost," said Backwell.

    • If You Must Have Oil Rigs, Power Them With Wind
      88-MW Floating Offshore
      Wind Farm to Power
      Offshore Oil Rigs in Norway

      Oct. 11, 2019  (Bloomberg News)-Equinor ASA made a final decision to invest in floating wind turbines to power offshore oil platforms off Norway after the government agreed to subsidize a large part of the cost.

      Hywind Tampen will cost a total of almost 5 billion kroner ($550 million), it said in a statement on Friday. That’s in line with the state-controlled company’s earlier estimate.

      The project to set up 11 turbines in the North Sea with a total capacity of 88 megawatts to supply electricity to platforms on two oil fields will be the first of its kind and the biggest floating wind power project in the world. The technology isn’t profitable yet without subsidies and Hywind Tampen is only going ahead after the government agreed in August to contribute as much as 2.3 billion kroner in support, in addition to capital made available by an industry fund.

    • Virginia Proposes $8B Ratepayer-Backed Offshore Wind Farm
      Virginia Proposes $8b
      Offshore Wind Farm

      Sept. 23, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)-Dominion Energy Inc.’s customers have been pressing the Virginia utility giant for years to source more clean energy. On Thursday, the company heeded their call — with a $7.8 billion, ratepayer-backed plan to build the largest offshore wind farm in America.

      The proposal is unprecedented. Never has a utility pitched an offshore wind project of this size — big enough to power 650,000 homes — and in such a way that would have its customers shouldering the costs.

    • Extending the Lifetime of Wind Turbines
      How to Extend the
      Lifetime Of Wind Turbines

      Sept. 20, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)-Although wind turbines generally are designed for a service life of 20 years, many can continue to operate past their original design life. In fact, the lifetime of a wind turbine can often be extended by minor and low-cost repairs. This article describes the methods and results of a safety evaluation of wind turbines.

    • Fish Behavior and Wind Turbine Technology
      How Fish Behavior Can
      Enhance Wind Turbine Technology

      Sept. 10, 2019 (Futurity.org)-CALTECH (US) In current wind farms, all of the turbines rotate in the same direction. But while studying the vortices left behind by fish swimming in a school, fluid-dynamics expert John Dabiri noticed that some vortices rotated clockwise, while others rotated counter-clockwise.

      He and colleagues at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are identifying energy-related processes in biological systems that may provide insight into new approaches to—in this case—wind energy.

      Dabiri became inspired by observations of schooling fish, and the suggestion that there is constructive hydrodynamic interference between the wakes of neighboring fish, “It turns out that many of the same physical principles can be applied to the interaction of vertical-axis wind turbines,” said the professor.

      Click now to read much more.

    • Europe’s Wind Power Potential
      Europe’s Wind Potential is 100x
      Higher, Could Power the World

      Aug. 16 2017 (Renewable Energy World)-According to a new analysis by the UK’s University of Sussex and Denmark’s Aarhus University, Europe can potentially generate 100x the current amount of energy generated, and produce enough power to power the world until 2050, if it were to maximize land use for onshore wind capacity.

      The researchers have found that should all of Europe’s onshore wind capacity be realized, total generation on the continent would reach 52.5 TW – enough to power the globe until 2050. That figure translates to 1 MW for every 16 European citizens.

    • Coal-Mining State Wind Farm Will Use More Efficient Turbines
      Wyoming Wind Farm to Use
      More Efficient Turbines

      Aug. 15 2017 (Electric Light & Power)-Bigger, more efficient equipment will allow an electric utility to redevelop Wyoming's first commercial wind farm so it produces the same amount of power with far fewer turbines, an example of the growing feasibility of renewable energy in the top U.S. coal-mining state.

      Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp plans to replace 68 wind turbines at the Foote Creek I wind farm with 13 turbines. The wind farm atop the barren and blustery ridge called Foote Creek Rim west of Cheyenne will continue to generate about 41 MW, or enough electricity to power nearly 20,000 homes.

      Solar power often gets attention for efficiency gains but many U.S. utilities also are working to squeeze more MW out of wind, PacifiCorp spokesman Spencer Hall said.

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    • A Developing Nation Opts for Some Clean Power
      Kenya to Build Africa's Largest
      Wind Farm At Lake Turkana

      July 19, 2020 (Electric Light & Power) -Kenya's president has launched what officials call Africa's largest wind farm, a project that is reducing electricity costs in a bid to attract investors to East Africa's commercial hub.

      President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenya is the only African nation to reach the goal of making renewable energy 75% of its energy mix. The Lake Turkana Wind Power project, which first connected to the national grid last year, is expected to provide 17% of the country's energy.

      The wind farm officially launched on Friday is expected to significantly reduce reliance on costly diesel-powered generators.

    • What Offshore Wind Must Do About Risk
      Offshore Wind Must Quickly Respond to Changing Global Risk Profile

      July 8, 2019 (GCube) -Offshore wind is starting to deliver on its promise to become a global proposition. Recent weeks have seen a huge number of positive announcements from the East Coast as the United States aims to kick start supply chain growth and build new capacity.

      Elsewhere, Taiwan – despite a recent wobble relating to the domestic Feed-in Tariff – has already taken off, Japan is making steady headway, and prospects for commercial-scale floating wind development have received a boost, with the recent Engie / EDP Joint Venture targeting the technology as a key growth area.

      Click now “breeze” through the article.

    • World’s Largest Wind Farm Comning N.J.
      N.J. Just Gave the Green
      Light to Build the Nation’s
      Largest Offshore Wind Farm

      June 21, 2019 tableau -The nation’s largest offshore wind farm is one step closer to reality off the Jersey Shore.

      On Friday, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities granted the state’s first award for offshore wind to the Danish energy company Ørsted and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) for the proposed 1,100-megawatt Ocean Wind project.

    • Do You Want Wind Energy? Go Fly a Kite  
      An Innovative Approach to
      Making Electricity From the Wind

      June 6, 2019 The Economist -The wind blowing more strongly at higher altitudes is why wind turbines have grown ever taller. The blade tips of today’s biggest now reach up a dizzying 260 metres, the height of the Transamerica building in San Francisco. Many dream of capturing stronger winds even higher up than that, but building taller turbine masts and constructing blades able to withstand the terrifying stresses involved in high-altitude wind gathering are costly. A number of firms are therefore developing a different and, they hope, ultimately cheaper approach to generating electricity at great heights. Their idea is to skip the mast altogether. Instead they propose to fly kites.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

    • Int. Energy Agency: Predicts Positive GTh Energy Growth
      IEA Predicts Geothermal Growth
      of 3,600 to 4,500 MW 2018-2023

      Think Geo Energy, Oct. 10, 2018 -In its Market Report Renewables 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) provides its analysis and forecasts to 2023.

      According to IEA, the geothermal power generation capacity is to expand by 28% or around 4GW. While IEA says it would reach just over 17,000 MW, the actual figure might be more closer to 18,000 MW,

    • GTh Energy Is Being Used In Food Production - Wow?
      Utilisation on Geothermal in Food
      Production – A Study for North Iceland

      Think Geo Energy, Oct. 10, 2018 -In a short study shared with ThinkGeoEnergy this week, a student of the University of Reykjavik looked at how geothermal energy could be utilised in food production, specifically for the dehydration of tomatoes.

      The document looks at how sustainable use of resources could be promoted in the north eastern part of Iceland. Traditionally, tomatoes grow naturally in higher temperatures than what can be experienced in the climate of Iceland.

    • Nevada Can Now Become a Leader in GTh
      Silver State Dishing Out
      Golden Geothermal Power

      Think Geo Energy, Sep. 24, 2018 -Nevada is poised to lead in producing energy from geothermal heat sources in the entire US. Presently playing second fiddle to California, the day is not far off when it will overtake California in converting geothermal heat into electricity.

      Nevada is experiencing a rush of developers who have already companies producing power or with projects under development. Projects by people like Enel Green Power and Nevada Geothermal Power are fast putting the state on the road. Veterans and newbie’s vie with each other to start production.

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    • Tesla Cybertruck: Is It From Outer Space?
      Tesla Cybertruck:
      an Electric Pickup Truck
      With Blade Runner Appeal

      Dec. 2, 2019  (inhabitat)-At a press conference last week, Elon Musk presented the Cybertruck, an electric pickup truck that promises all of the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car. Defined by a sharply angular and futuristic form, this latest addition to the Tesla line of vehicles has been hotly anticipated — pre-orders for the truck recently surpassed 200,000, despite the gaff of two shattered windows during a demonstration of the Cybertruck’s “unbreakable” glass.

      Created for both on-road and off-road applications, the Tesla Cybertruck comes in three models: the Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive for $39,900, the Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive for $49,900 and the Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive for $69,900. Its most expensive option will have a towing capacity of more than 14,000 pounds and a range of 500 miles on a single charge. Despite its heft and size, the tri-motor vehicles can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds — numbers comparable to that of a Porsche.

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    • Save the Climate, Skip the Fuss, Get Aboard an Electric Bus
      U.S. Electric Bus Demand
      Outpaces Production as Cities
      Add to Their Fleets

      Nov. 14, 2019  (Inside Climate News)— In the coastal city of Gulfport, Mississippi, the state's first fully-electric bus will soon be cruising through the city's downtown streets.

      The same goes for Portland, Maine—it just received a grant to buy that state's first two e-buses, which are set to roll out in 2021. And Wichita expects to have Kansas' first operating electric bus picking up passengers as early as this month after receiving a federal grant.

      As cities and states across the country set ambitious mid-century climate change goals for the first time and as prices for lithium-ion batteries plummet, a growing number of transit agencies are stepping up efforts to replace dirtier diesel buses with electric ones.

    • Mercedes-Benz Intoduces the G-Wagen
      Daimler CEO Points to Future
      Electric Mercedes G-Wagen

      Nov. 11, 2019  (Green Car Reports)— The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen might be seen as the dinosaur of the lineup to those with environmental leanings; but with it now due to go electric, that might not be the case for long.

      Speaking at Germany's Automobilwoche Kongress, Daimler CEO Ola Källenius revealed that the G is slated for electrification, likely making it one of the 10 electric cars that Mercedes-Benz plans to add to its lineup by 2025. By Källenius' own admission, internal discussion of the G's future recently appeared bleak.

    • 2020 Tesla Model 3 Going Places (Most Efficiently)
      2020 Tesla Model 3 -
      The Most Energy-Efficient U.S.
      Passenger Vehicle

      Nov. 8, 2019  (Green Car Reports)— The U.S. market has a new most energy-efficient vehicle, and it’s one made in America: the 2020 Tesla Model 3.

      Last model year the most efficient model you could buy was the 2019 HyundaiIoniq Electric. The 2019 Tesla Model 3 had a range-and-efficiency edge, and it came close in Standard Range Plus form, with a 133 MPGe combined rating (about 25 kwh per 100 miles), but the Ioniq Electric was so much stronger in the city cycle that it ended up with a 3 MPGe combined edge over the Standard Range.

      For 2020, with slightly lower efficiency ratings for the Ioniq Electric—due to its larger pack and range boost—the official figures went down 3 MPGe for the Ioniq Electric. With the official EPA ratings still significantly higher in city driving, the >Ioniq Electric maintained a very slight edge—for, well, about a day.

    • Germany Stimulates Electric Car Demand With Incentives
      Germany Boosts Electric-Car
      Incentives to Stimulate Demand

      Nov. 5, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government and German automakers agreed to increase cash incentives for electric cars, intensifying an effort to move away from the combustion engine and reduce harmful emissions.

      A so-called environment bonus will jump by 50% to as much as 6,000 euros ($6,680) per electric vehicle and the auto industry will continue to cover half the cost, Merkel’s chief spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement. The changes will take effect this month and run through 2025, according to Bernhard Mattes, president of Germany’s VDA auto lobby.

      “It will therefore be possible to provide support for another 650,000 to 700,000 electric vehicles,” Seibert said. The measures were agreed Monday evening in Berlin between Merkel and officials from automakers, parts suppliers and labor unions, including the chief executives of Volkswagen AG, BMW AG and Daimler AG.

    • Green Truck and Green Family Cars of he Year Announced
      Auto & Truck Show Announces
      Finalists for 2020 Green Truck
      and Family Green Car of the Year

      Oct. 15, 2019  (Ivestorideas.com) -Finalists for Green Car Journal's 2020 Green Truck of the Year™ and all-new 2020 Family Green Car of the Year™ have been announced by the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show. Vying for the coveted Green Truck of the Year™ award are nominees Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Ford Ranger, and RAM 1500. Making the cut as finalists for Family Green Car of the Year™ are Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Hyundai Venue, Kia Niro, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and Nissan Versa.

    • California Gas Prices Approaching $4 - Good News for EVs?
      California Gas Approaching $4 p/g.
      Will That Benefit Electrics?

      Oct. 2, 2019 (Green Car Reports)- Eyes are turning to California as gasoline prices near the $4-per-gallon mark, raising questions regarding how consumers will react if fuel prices cross that critical threshold.

      The cost per gallon for premium fuel has already eclipsed the $4 mark in some locations, with prices for regular creeping up behind it. Bloomberg reported last week that prices experienced single-day jumps of 20 cents in Los Angeles and San Francisco as average prices rose to more than $3.90 per gallon.

      West Coast oil stockpiles are down 4.2 million barrels since late July, the wire service reports, and the price hikes have been blamed on refining shortages, and with world markets reacting to Saudi Arabian refining capacity taking a blow due to its conflict with Yemeni rebels, even more uncertainty remains on the horizon.

    • The Rivian: Amazon’s Electrc Van Choice
      Amazon Electric Van Order
      Makes Rivian Future More Certain

      Sept. 20, 2019 (Green Car Reports)-Home electrical panels get connected in the age of electric cars. Rivian gets another boost from Amazon. We ponder fuel-cell tech as an upgrade And is Toyota’s use of different battery cell types all in the interest of staying flexible?

      Amazon has announced that it’s ordering 100,000 fully electric vans from Rivian, a company it’s already supported with an investment earlier this year. As Rivian pushes to bring its R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV to market, every commitment surely helps.

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    • Getting A Real Charge Out of Solar Power
      Chicago Startup Will Help
      Test Hyperlocal Electric Vehicle
      Incentive In California

      Sept. 13, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- The city of Sacramento is preparing to test a hyperlocal electric vehicle charging program that will use a Chicago company’s blockchain software to track customer rewards.

      The pilot project will offer blockchain-based “tokens” for charging vehicles when there’s a surplus of solar power on the local grid. The value will fluctuate based on the amount of solar being produced within a specific substation.

      The project is a collaboration between the Sacramento Municipal Utility Department and a French utility, Électricité de France. It will use digital ledger software from Chicago’s Omega Grid to track customers’ tokens.

    • Hydrogen Fuel Cells Cars Are Gaining Big in Asia
      Why Asia's Biggest Economies
      Are Backing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

      Sept. 13, 2019 (Reuters)-China, Japan and South Korea have set ambitious targets to put millions of hydrogen-powered vehicles on their roads by the end of the next decade at a cost of billions of dollars.

      But to date, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) have been upstaged by electric vehicles, which are increasingly becoming a mainstream option due to the success of Tesla Inc’s (TSLA.O) luxury cars as well as sales and production quotas set by China.

      Critics argue FCVs may never amount to more than a niche technology. But proponents counter hydrogen is the cleanest energy source for autos available and that with time and more refueling infrastructure, it will gain acceptance.

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    • The Solar Powered Railway
      Solar-Powered Railway Could
      Reduce Fossil Fuel Reliance

      Aug. 23, 2019  (CNN Travel) —The world's first solar farm to directly power a railway line has been plugged in -- a development that could lay the foundations for the world's first solar-powered trains.

      Social enterprise Riding Sunbeams has installed about 100 solar panels near a train station in Aldershot, southeast England. Energy captured by the 30kWp solar panels will directly supply signaling and lights.

      If successful, the Aldershot Project -- a collaboration between climate change charity 10:10, Community Energy South and national rail infrastructure operator Network Rail -- could lay the foundations for larger projects that would directly power trains, metros and trams across the country, and around the world.

    • Shipping Industry Sailing Towards a Zero-Emissions World
      Top 5 Zero Emission Ship
      Concepts of the Shipping World

      Aug. 5, 2019 (Marine Insight)-Shipping companies across the world are trying to come up with innovative engineering ideas and green technologies to tackle the stringent regulations about fuel emissions from vessels. The advancement in technology has helped these shipping companies to bring forth multitude of ship designs each exceedingly resourceful.

      New ships are being designed using a variety of technologies which would help to reduce the carbon emissions to a great extent.

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    • North Sea Islands Vessels Convert to Torqeedo Electric Power
      Legendary Passenger Vessels
      On North Sea Islands Convert
      to Torqeedo Electric Power.

      July 30, 2019 (Investor Ideas)) -Heligoland, and the islet of Düne, two small islands 65 km off the northern coast of Germany, are famous for natural beauty, spectacular red cliffs, bathing beaches, sea birds and a unique maritime history.

      Traditional handcrafted oak boats called börteboote, (boarding boats), have been used in Heligoland for many years to transport visitors arriving on large ships to the harbour. Now, the municipality of Heligoland has converted the first boat for the future: In the Hatecke boatyard on the Lower Elbe, the old diesel engine of the Börteboot, dubbed "Pirat", was replaced by a clean, quiet Torqeedo Deep Blue 50i electric motor with lithium-ion batteries.

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      about this innovative approach.

    • The Drone That Can Fly Using Photovoltaics
      Drones Will Fly For
      Days With New Photovoltaic Engine

      July 26, 2019 (National Geographic) -UC Berkeley researchers just broke another record in photovoltaic efficiency, an achievement that could lead to an ultralight engine that can power drones for days.

      For the past 15 years, the efficiency of converting heat into electricity with thermovoltaics has been stalled at 23%. But a groundbreaking physical insight has allowed researchers to raise this efficiency to 29 percent. Using a novel design, the researchers are now aiming to reach 50 percent efficiency in the near future by applying well-established scientific concepts.

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    • Climate-Friendly Air Travel Is Coming!
      A Small Electric Plane Demonstrates Promise, Obstacles of Climate-Friendly Air Travel

      July 22, 2020 (Yale Climate Connections) -When the pilot guides the electric airplane from its hangar, there is only a light whirring of propellers instead of the roar of an engine. And it leaves no exhaust in its wake as it takes off from a small air strip south of Denver. The small plane, the eFlyer, is the first all-electric plane to seek FAA certification and its builders hope it will revolutionize the aviation industry as the first commercial electric airplane.

      “Electric motors are not new,” said George Bye, President of Bye Aerospace and the airplane’s creator. “But the application to airplanes is remarkable, and until recently most people thought it was impossible.”

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      that is not a fight of fantasy.

    • Ships That Run on Clean Fuel
      The Dawn Of Low-Carbon Shipping

      July 23, 2019 (NPR) -The global shipping industry is enormous — thousands of ships carry billions of dollars of goods each year across nearly every ocean on the planet.

      Those ships run mostly on a particularly dirty type of fuel known as heavy fuel oil, or bunker fuel. It's thick and sooty, and when it burns, it emits sulfur and particulate matter that can cause respiratory illness. It also emits greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, which trap heat in the atmosphere and cause global warming.

      "If shipping was a country, it would be the sixth-largest polluter in the world," says Nerijus Poskus of the shipping technology company Flexport. "About 3% of global emissions are released by ocean freight shipping."

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    • How About Some Solar Power With That Ice Cream?
      Nissan Unveils a Solar-Powered, Zero-Emissions Ice Cream Van

      June 25, 2019   inhabitat - To celebrate the U.K.’s Clean Air Day, Nissan has unveiled an impressive electric ice cream van that generates zero emissions while serving up a variety of cool and refreshing ice cream flavors on the go. The van is a fully electric vehicle installed with two Nissan Energy ROAM power packs and rooftop solar panels in order to power the van as well as the on-board equipment that helps keep the scrumptious ice cream nice and cold.

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    • The Benefits of Ammonia as Marine Fuel
      New Research Shows Benefits
      of Ammonia as Marine Fuel

      June 11, 2019  (Maritime Executive)-Ammonia can be safely and effectively applied as a marine fuel to reduce harmful emissions in the maritime industry, according to new research by C-Job Naval Architects in the Netherlands.

      The research uses a new concept design, an ammonia carrier fueled by its own cargo, to study the concept of using ammonia as a marine fuel and achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in shipping.

      Niels de Vries, Lead Naval Architect at C-Job Naval Architects and research lead, says: “Reviewing all ammonia power generation options, the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is clearly the most efficient. However, it does have practical challenges as the power density and load response capability are not on an acceptable level yet. Therefore, in the short term applying the internal combustion engine is the way to go.”

    • When Will the World Switch to Electric Busses?
      Why Electric Buses Haven't Taken
      Over The World—Yet

      June 7, 2019 Wired -IN LOTS OF ways, the electric bus feels like a technology whose time has come. Transportation is responsible for about a quarter of global emissions, and those emissions are growing faster than in any other sector. While buses are just a small slice of the worldwide vehicle fleet, they have an outsize effect on the environment. That’s partly because they’re so dirty—one Bogotá bus fleet made up just 5 percent of the city’s total vehicles, but a quarter of its CO2, 40 percent of nitrogen oxide, and more than half of all its particulate matter vehicle emissions. And because buses operate exactly where the people are concentrated, we feel the effects that much more acutely.

    • Md., MI & N.Y. Dealing With Charging Infrastructure
      How Some States Are Tackling Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Gap

      Energy Central, May 17, 2019  - Research shows the United States is facing a looming electric vehicle charging infrastructure gap, and is unprepared for the charging needs of expected EV deployment by 2025. Part one of this series explored how California is using its investor-owned utility (IOU) EV infrastructure programs to turn the state’s car culture into climate leadership.

      About half of all U.S. EVs are located in California, where utility regulators are addressing the infrastructure gap by designing programs that spur EV infrastructure deployment while addressing hard-to-reach market segments like disadvantaged communities and multi-family housing. But California is not alone – New York, Maryland, and Michigan are helping bridge the EV infrastructure gap through utility programs.

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    • Electric Vehicles Expansion - Pressure on Utilites
      What Utilities Companies Can Do to
      Prepare For Electric Vehicle Growth

      EnergyCentral Apr. 9, 2019 -Electronic vehicle (EV) adoption is now transcending sectors — and as transportation electrifies, this creates notable opportunity for electric utilities.

      But to reap the potentially transformative benefits of transportation electrification, utilities need to have the proper framework in place. In preparation for EV adoption (by residential and commercial customers), it is critical for utilities to implement a holistic approach to transportation electrification — one that ensures the infrastructure, systems and services are in place to align the goals of utilities and their customers.

      By proactively planning for transportation electrification with a truly integrated solution, utilities can drive customer satisfaction and bolster stakeholder value.

    • Want to Charge Your EV Faster - Comnig Soon
      Ultra-fast EV Chargers Coming
      Soon as Manufacturers Ramp Up

      Renewable Energy World, Apr 5, 2019 -The viability of electric vehicles depends in part on a manufacturing plant in eastern Australia, where gleaming white cabinets the size of large refrigerators are loaded onto shipping crates. They’re among the most advanced car chargers available, promising to deliver a full tank of juice in minutes.

      Automakers and energy companies are spearheading the global rollout of these ultra-fast charging pumps to lure consumers away from gas guzzlers and toward vehicles powered by electricity. Thousands of souped-up stations are being installed along highways from Shanghai to Germany and California, with the capacity to charge enough for 20 miles (32 km) of driving range in one minute.

    • Tesla’s Latest Move Could Spark the EV Market
      Tesla Acquisition Will
      Spark Shift in EV Market

      Renewable Energy World, Mar.6, 2019 - Maxwell Technologies is a pioneer in the design and manufacture of the high power density ultra-capacitors. The company has virtually unlimited opportunity, playing in the transportation, industrial and consumer markets. Maxwell’s core megatrends which drive its values include integration of renewable energy into the grid, electrification of ICE and accelerating EV growth fits like a glove into Tesla’s energy strategy.

      Tesla Model 3 currently has an energy density (at cell level) of 210 Wh/kg and 275 Wh/liter at the battery pack level. Maxwell claims that its patented dry cell electrode can produce energy density of over 300 Wh/kg which is 42.8% increase whereas the planned energy density of over 500 Wh/kg would be a 138% increase compared to Tesla’s current batteries.

    • Are All EVs Green? (No, It's Not About Their Color)
      Are All Electric Vehicles Green?

      Solar Thermal Magazine, Feb. 25, 2019 -Electric vehicles should be greener than combustion engine vehicles right? Think of all the co2 and other emissions that even the cleanest of clean burning gas or diesel engines pump into our atmosphere.

      What is important in charging an electric vehicle is how the electricity was generated in the first place. Electricity made from bituminous Kentucky open pit mined coal is as dirty as it comes. Using the electricity made in such a way to power an electric drive system is kind of like closing the barn door when the horse has run away. It is too late, the damage is done. The co2 is already in our air and oceans.

      So learn before you burn.

    • A Real Tube Carrying Dreams of 600-M.P.H. Transit
      Virgin Hyperloop One

      Feb. 18, 2019 NY Times Climate Forward - California just decided to sharply scale back its plans for a high-speed rail artery meant to transform travel up and down the state. But in the desert outside Las Vegas, the transportation ambitions still seem limitless.

      Here, engineers working for Virgin Hyperloop One are testing a radically different type of mass transit: one that aims to move people and cargo in small wheel-less pods in a vacuum tube at speeds that could exceed 600 miles per hour. Today’s swiftest rail travel, at top speeds less than half as fast, would become a quaint anachronism.

    • Battery Chargers That Won’t Keep You Waiting
      Designing the Fast Charge Battery

      Feb. 11, 2019 Solar Thermal Magazine - Battery electric vehicles have come a long way in the last decade. Consumers are starting to understand the benefits of electric transportation such as reduced maintenance, increased reliability, greater acceleration and ease of automation. They also understand the disadvantages namely battery life and battery charging time. Faster is better when it comes to electric vehicles right?

      While gas tanks can be filled in a matter of minutes, charging the battery of an electric car takes much longer. To level the playing field and make electric vehicles more attractive, scientists are working on fast-charging technologies.

    • Electric Planes that Will Vertically Takeoff and Land
      An Autonomous Electrical Vertical
      Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) Partnership

      Feb. 9, 2019 CleanTecnica -According to Honeywell, the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pipistrel means the companies will together develop urban air mobility solutions. The aircraft will integrate Honeywell’s avionics, navigation, flight control systems, connectivity, and other products and services in the future autonomous Pipistrel eVTOL.

      Pipistrel seems to have developed an electric airplane — or more to the point, converted one of its airplanes to electricity — with much success, as you can see from the video below. It also announced an eVTOL for Uber last year. We don’t have much in terms of the design, but the Uber one can give us an idea of the new Pipistrel & Honeywell eVTOL. Click to read and/or watch.

    • China is Far Ahead of the U.S. on EV Chargers
      China Is Leaving The U.S. in
      the Dust On Electric-Vehicle Chargers

      Feb. 5, 2019;M.I.T. Technology Review - 2018 was the fourth warmest year since records began in 1880, according to studies out today from NASA, the UK Met Office, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

      Record-breaking: The NASA study found that Earth’s global surface temperature last year was 0.83 °C warmer than the 1951-1980 mean. That temperature was topped only in 2016, 2017, and 2015. The data shows that the last five years are collectively the warmest ever recorded, while 18 of the 19 hottest years have taken place since 2001. The NOAA study, which uses a different methodology, agreed.

    • Ford Mustang Hybrid: You Should Have Had a V-8
      Ford Mustang Hybrid:
      Should have a V-8?

      Jan. 28, 2019 Green Car Reports - In an era of spreading electric cars and more stringent fuel-economy and emissions standards, some muscle cars are losing their signature V-8 engines.

      The Ford Mustang, despite the company's announcements that it will be offered as a hybrid, may not be one of them.

      According to new patent filings from Ford, revealed by AutoGuide, the Mustang may get both a hybrid system and a V-8.

    • How to Be Getting the Best Deal on Electric Cars
      Best Deals On Electric, Plug-In,
      and Hybrid Cars For January 2019

      Jan. 25, 2019 Green Car Reports - The new year brings new deals, and our partners at CarsDirect.com have found deals on some new models that have never made our list before for the beginning of 2019.

      While the new year often isn't the very best time to find a great deal on a new car, winter weather keeps many buyers at home, which often makes car dealers ready to bargain.

      Here we've rounded up the best deals on electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid cars for this month. The list focuses on green cars that are widely available and skip over deals on relatively scarce "compliance cars" sold only in a few areas to meet regulatory requirements. This month, we skipped fuel-efficient gas cars as well, because the best deals aren't really that fuel.

    • Green Transportation Will Include Green Batteries
      Toyota, Panasonic Announce
      Venture For Green Auto Batteries

      Jan. 22, 2018 EnergyCentral -Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are setting up a joint venture to research, manufacture and sell batteries for ecological autos, an increasingly lucrative sector amid concerns about global warming.

      Panasonic, which has a partnership with Tesla for the Palo Alto-based company's Nevada factory, is the world's biggest manufacturer of electric car batteries. Chinese manufacturers are responsible for two places among the top five while Toyota is nowhere in the picture. But rankings simplify the complex ecosystem underpinning electric car batteries.

    • Volkswagen Will Make Electric Vehicles in Tennessee
      VW Chooses Chattanooga For EV Manufacturing

      Jan. 15, 2019 CleanTecnica -“The US is one of the most important locations for us and producing electric cars in Chattanooga is a key part of our growth strategy in North America,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen, at the Detroit auto show.

      The EV factory will employ 1,000 new workers and will lead to many more jobs in the area for suppliers. We reported last week that SK Innovation will spend $5 billion on a battery factory outside Atlanta, Georgia. It expects that facility to be in full operation by 2022. Coincidentally (or not) the Volkswagen EV production line is expected to be cranking out cars by 2022. Google says it is a 118 mile straight shot up Interstate 75 from Atlanta to Chattanooga. Hmm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    (An Alphabetical Listing)
    Click the associated image for more information.

    8 Minute Renewables Logo

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


    A123 Systems

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

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

    Adara Power
    (Formerly Juicebox Energy)
    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 Tracker Systems
    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 Energy
    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
    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 Energy
    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.

    Clean Energy States Alliance

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

    Earth Ministry

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

    Envision Solar

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

    First Solar

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

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

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

    General Fusion

    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

    Go Green Solar Logo

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


    Green Lancer

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



    Helio Sage
    Wisdom In Sun

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

    Infinity PV


    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

    Ocean Renewable Power Company Logo

    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

    Power Parasol Logo

    Transfer energy without the cord!

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

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

    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

    SEPA Logo

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

    Silver Spring Networks

    Silver Spring

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

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

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

    Solar Gardens

    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

    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

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

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

    Vernon Electric

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




    1366 Technologies

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

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

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

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    AllEarth Renewables

    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.

    Arcadia Power
    Array Tech Logo

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

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    Array Technologies
    Array Tech Logo

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

    Click on the logo for more information and a video.

    Bright Source Energy
    Bright Source

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

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


    Center for Alternative Technology (CAT)

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

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

    d.Light Solar
    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 Solar

    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


    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.

    Imergy Power Systems

    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


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

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

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

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



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

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    The Rite Project

    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.

    Solar City
    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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    Solar Reserve
    Leading the world in solar
    power with storage.
    Delivered day and night - Today.

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


    Solar Shade Parking Structures
    (Put Your Parking Lot to Work

    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

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

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    Oasis Solar Tracker

    Sun Runner Symbol

    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
    (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.

    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.

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    Water Furnace

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

    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.


    Setting Up Your Own PV Generator

    WikiHow Logo

    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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    Alternative Energy Vehicles

    Click on a photo, below for more details.

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

    Alternative Energy Vehicles

    There are too many alternative
    fuel vehicles for us to listAnd here.
    This is only a sample.
    And you can go here to see even more.

    Click on a photo, below for more details.

    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.

    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.


    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.

    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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    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.


    BMW Hurricane

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

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    Chevy Bolt

    Energy Source: Plug-in Electric
    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

    The Elf

    Energy Source: Electricity & You

    The Elf

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

    Energy Source: Hydrogen Fuel Cell

    Toyota Mirai

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

    ACAL Hydrogen Fuel Cell Engine

    Energy Source: Hydrogen
    A 300,000 Mile Hydrogen Vehicle
    ACAL Fuel Cell Engine

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


    H2 Fuel Cell

    Energy Source: Hydrogen

    Hydrogen Fuel Cell

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

    Energy Source: Electricity Only

    Tesla Roadster

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

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    Sono Motors

    Energy Source: Solar and Electric

    Sion Solar Vehicle

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

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