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Will Clean-Energy Desalination Be a Game-Changing Water Fix?

Will Clean-Energy Desalination Be a Game-Changing Water Fix?

Desalination is typically an energy-intensive — and thus expensive — way to produce freshwater, which is one of the reason it has been slow to take off as a widespread solution to water shortages. This is what makes renewable energy-powered desalination so desirable, and will play a key role in … Read more »

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Renault Test Truck Cuts Fuel Consumption 22%

Following several months of road trials and test bench programs adding up to the equivalent of 20,000 km, the Renault Trucks laboratory vehicle, called Optifuel Lab 2, has recorded fuel consumption 22 percent lower than that of a production Renault Trucks T. The company says this means 7.2 L of … Read more »

KB Home Debuts Water, Energy-Efficient ‘Double ZeroHouse’

KB Home has built a “Double ZeroHouse,” designed to achieve net-zero energy usage and conserve as much as 70 percent of the freshwater that would traditionally be used in a typical resale home, in California. The house, at KB Home’s Fiora at Blackstone community in El Dorado Hills, includes renewable … Read more »

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VW’s ‘Holistic Approach’ to Low-Carbon Cars

Volkswagen of America says starting with the launch of the zero-tailpipe emissions 2015 e-Golf model (pictured), it will invest in carbon reduction projects to offset emissions created from e-Golf production, distribution and up to approximately 36,000 miles of driving. VW also named SunPower as the official solar energy partner power … Read more »

Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept

Ford Debuts Off-Grid Solar-Powered Car

Ford will debut its C-MAX Solar Energi concept, a solar-powered vehicle that doesn’t depend on the electric grid for fuel, next week at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Instead of powering its battery from an electrical outlet, the concept car uses a Fresnel lens to direct … Read more »

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Verizon Plans $100m Investment in Solar, Fuel Cells

Verizon says it will invest $100 million in solar and fuel-cell energy projects with SunPower and ClearEdge Power that will help power 19 of its facilities in seven states across the country. When completed next year, the project will enable Verizon to annually generate more than 70 million kWh of its own green … Read more »

ChargePoint, DBT Offer Joint EV Stations

ChargePoint and DBT – the leading companies in the EV supply equipment market, according to a recent report – have announced a joint offering. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, DBT USA announced that its new North American portfolio of level II charging stations (pictured) will have the … Read more »

Apple Data Center to be 100% Powered by Renewable Energy

Apple said it will power its 500,000-square-foot data center in Maiden, N.C., entirely with renewable energy by the end of the year. The announcement, which was posted on Apple’s website, follows protests against Apple by Greenpeace activists who criticized the company for powering its iCloud using coal-fired power plants. Apple received … Read more »

Renewables Briefing: SunPower, CEI, Sound Solar, Matinee, CHP in Cambridge, Perdue and Fibrowatt

Matinee Energy Inc. has broken ground on a 120MW solar power plant planned for Benson, Ariz. WEIS GmbH Consortium from Germany supplied project partners for elements of construction, solar components and financing. Agriculture firm Perdue AgriBusiness and animal waste utility developer Fibrowatt LLC have proposed building a 10 MW biomass … Read more »

Solar Briefing: Bank of America, GE, Air Products, SunPower

Here’s the latest solar industry news emerging out of the Solar Power International conference in Dallas, and some related items: The U.S. solar industry will soon be able to flourish with little or no support from the government, Bank of America Merrill Lynch managing director Jonathan Plowe told Platts Energy … Read more »

Environmental & Energy Executive Moves: Recyclebank, Serious Energy, SunPower, PHH

Serious Energy: The manufacturer of energy-efficient building components and software has appointed John Pitcher as vice president of research and development. Pitcher founded energy management software company Scientific Conservation in 2007, and most recently served as its chief operating officer. Chip Pieper, also formerly with SC, has joined Serious Energy’s … Read more »

Renewable Briefing: AstraZeneca, Bloomberg, UPS, Total, ClearEdge

Industrial solar power company Solar Trust of America breaks ground Friday on the Blythe Solar Power Project, expected to be the largest solar thermal power facility in the world. The Blythe, Calif.-based project will have 1,000 MW of generating capacity, or enough to power more than 300,000 homes a year, … Read more »