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Tool Gives Colleges Environmental Compliance Edge

Colleges and universities nationwide are getting a new learning tool in the form of a compliance assistance center that will help them understand and comply with environmental laws. The center, which will also benefit grade schools, will be the 15th in a network of EPA-supported centers for various economic sectors, … Read more »

SunPower Announces High Power, Higher Efficiency Solar Panel

SunPower Corporation has unveiled its newest solar panel, which it says offers significantly higher power output and conversion efficiency than its current products. The new SPR-315 solar panel utilizes the company’s newly developed 22-percent-efficient Gen 2 solar cells and carries a rated power output of 315 watts. SunPower will showcase … Read more »

London 2012 Plans Wind Power

London 2012’s Olympic Delivery Authority is planning a wind turbine in the Olympic Park to provide renewable energy for the 2012 Games. Standing in the north of the park site, the proposed turbine will act as a visible symbol of London 2012’s commitment to stage the most sustainable Olympic Games … Read more »

Salt Lake’s Convention Center Gets Grid-Tie Solar System

Carmanah’s Power Systems Group recently supplied an order to Pioneer Electric Inc., based out of Salt Lake City, for a customized 20 kW grid-tie solar power system. This grid-tie system will be installed on the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. With more than a half million … Read more »

SolCool Ships Hybrid Solar Air Conditioning Units to the Philippines

Quezon City, Philippines has been shipped the first improved hybrid air conditioning units from SolCool. The patented SolCool Air Conditioning System has a standard solar electricity, DC ceiling fan and DC lighting option connections, emergency DC back-up cooling system and NXFASE ice battery, according to a company press release (via … Read more »

More Companies Concerned About Financial Implications of Climate Change

Climate change has become a major concern among leading US financial institutions and companies, according to a recent report by the Carbon Disclosure Project, a coalition of global investors with more than $31.5 trillion in assets. “The findings of CDP4 confirm that awareness of the risks and opportunities posed by … Read more »

CT Governor Proposes $500 Million Energy Plan

Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell has proposed a four-year, $500 million energy plan for Connecticut, The Advocate reports. The proposal calls for the use of bio-fuels and renewable forms of energy, cutting costs for businesses and families, and reducing fossil fuel consumption. Rell also called for a set of new … Read more »

Ice Energy System Tested in California

Ice Energy’s The Ice Bear, which is used in conjunction with air conditioners, freezes tap water at night when energy demand and, often, power prices are low. During the day, it circulates standard coolant through coils embedded in the ice for cooling, using, according to the company,  less electricity than … Read more »

DaimlerChrysler Begins Diesel-Powered Vehicle Push

DaimlerChrysler will continue to expand its lineup of diesel-powered vehicles in the coming months, at the same time it broadens its programs to educate the American public on the benefits of home-grown biodiesel fuel. “Diesel will be good for America, and biodiesel makes diesel better,” said Loren Beard, Senior Manager … Read more »

Shared-Car Services Attract Businesses

More and more business owners are using shared-car services instead of their own vehicles. In Washington D.C., Zipcar and Flexcar, two such services, have 530 shared cars, making them increasingly attractive to new kinds of customers, including universities and businesses, The Washington Post reports. Both Zipcar and Flexcar have received … Read more »

Chinese Ethanol Exports Could Reach 900,000 Tons in 2006

China’s 2006 exports of ethanol, made largely from corn or cassava, are set to exceed 500,000 tons. Some traders even say 900,000 tons is closer to the mark. Most of the ethanol exports – last year China had virtually none – end up in the U.S. But with ethanol plants … Read more »

GE, NGC to Jointly Develop Wind Turbine Gearbox

GE Energy and China’s Nanjing High Speed & Accurate Gear Company announced that they’ve signed an agreement to jointly develop gearboxes for GE’s 1.5-megawatt wind turbines.  The agreement makes NGC one of GE’s leading component suppliers in the wind energy business.  The gearbox is a critical component of the GE … Read more »