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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 »

TXU Plans to Increase Nuclear Power

TXU plans to file applications with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2008 for construction and operating licenses for two to six GW of new nuclear-fueled power generation capacity at one to three sites. The company announced that it wants to bring the new capacity on line between 2015 and … Read more »

Serco Builds Consortium, Targets BNG

Support services group Serco Group PLC is forming a consortium to bid for nuclear waste clean-up firm British Nuclear Group, Forbes reports. Partners may include Bechtel to bid for BNG against a team led by Bechtel’s U.S. rival Fluor . Last month, Texas-based Fluor said it had offered to buy … Read more »

Huaneng Plans $31 Billion to Double Generation

China’s biggest electricity producer, state-owned Huaneng Group, will spend up to $31.25 billion by 2010 to more than double its generation capacity. Most will go to coal power stations, but new hydro and wind plants will also be built. The investment will add a combined capacity of 50 GW, China … Read more »