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Renewables Briefing: Bloomberg, Nokia, Dalkia and 2012 Biofuels Predictions

Bloomberg’s Princeton office is close to completing installation of a 1.8 MW solar power system that should generate the equivalent of over 50 percent of the office’s electricity. The company has been working with SunPower Corp. and Integrys Energy Services on the installation (pictured) of this eight-acre, ground-mounted solar tracking system at the Skillman, N.J., facility.

Nokia has shelved a project investigating solar powered cell phones, the Cleveland Leader reports. After testing five prototypes of the solar phone in areas across the globe with varying amounts of sunshine, the Finnish multinational found that, while a solar-powered phone was possible, it was currently impractical and very challenging to build.

A program to transport fuel for a biomass power station in England using canals from Britain’s industrial past could spur renewed use in water transport, reports the Guardian. Energy services company Dalkia is using the Aire and Calder Navigation canal system in Yorkshire to carry timber for the power station.

A U.S. Farm Bill with a reduced, targeted energy title; carbon capture and re-use; and ethanol producers beginning to switch to biobutanol and chemicals en masse, are Biofuels Digest’s top three biofuels predictions for 2012. For last year’s predictions, which included predicting a new set of USDA Loan Guarantees, the Digest gave itself a score of 8.5 out of 10.

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