USDA reveals $168 billion cost of 2022 biofuels target

America will need to build 527 biorefineries at a cost of $168 billion to meet the 2022 target of the Renewable Fuels Standard. That is according to the US Department of Agriculture, which said yesterday that it expects the biofuels market to react to the need for more renewable fuels infrastructure. It is expecting the cost of new advanced biofuels plants to be equivalent to $8 per gallon, although as more and more plants are built the costs would come down. And, in a new USDA report on the road ahead under the Renewable Fuels Standard, other costs to be met include at least $12 billion for fuel distribution infrastructure.

Extracting Oil from Algae

OriginOil is very specifically a technology company that wants to make it possible for producers to scale up algae industrially. We are very focused on helping to develop an algae industry in which many players do not exist yet. That means that we have to define our role very narrowly, so that other roles can be developed.

Honda Canada Reduces Power Costs by 6% Using Harmonizer Automatic Voltage Regulator

Honda Canada's facility in Richmond British Columbia is a 127,000 ft2 distribution warehouse serving Honda Canada's West Coast operations. Standard operating hours at Honda Canada's warehouse are between 8:00AM and 8:00PM Monday to Friday, averaging 60 hours of operation per week. Prior to installing an electrical Harmonizer-AVR, Honda Canada's warehouse consumed 1,331,520 kWh annually with a peak demand of 355 kW. For the purpose of this case study, these numbers will be used a benchmark for energy consumption.

Training in Solar System Installation

There are several options available for solar energy education ranging from 1 day introduction courses through 2 year degree programs. There are community college programs, trade schools, courses offered by not for profit organizations and associations, manufacture product training and e-learning or online courses.

Donated Solar Panels Bring Light to Rural Tanzanian Communities

More than 150,000 people now have access to clean and safe renewable energy amid the rural landscape of Tanzania, Africa, thanks to a generous donation of 200 solar panels by TÜV Rheinland PTL, LLC, part of the world's largest solar and photovoltaic testing network.

Solar Technology Leader SMA America to Expand and Move Headquarters to Rocklin Corporate Center

Effective August 2010, SMA America, LLC, the U.S.-based subsidiary of SMA Solar Technology AG, the world's largest solar inverter manufacturer,is relocating its headquarters, more than quadrupling its office space.

Sceptre Group Limited to launch partner agreement with Green Oil Plantations Ltd in Biofuel Project

Biofuel investments take a leap forward as Sceptre Group Limited and Green Oil Plantations Ltd unite.

EPRI and SolarCity to Install Photovoltaic Rooftop Research System

Array to Provide Insight Into Interactivity Between Solar and Utility Infrastructure

Chicago-Area School Earns LEED for Schools Gold Certification from the USGBC

Hubble Middle School is the fifth LEED certified educational building that Vertegy has had a hand in and only the third school in Illinois to achieve this level of LEED for Schools certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Gregory Ashley Named Vice Preisdent and COO of Solar Frontier Americas

Solar Frontier Americas, a subsidiary of Showa Shell and producer of the world's most ecological solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, has appointed new VP and COO Greg Ashley to oversee the commercialization of the company's breakthrough "CIS" thin-film solar technology in the U.S. market.

Pollutec 2010 International

For 4 days, the 24th edition of Pollutec in Lyon will bring together 2,400 exhibitors offering products and services across a wide range of sectors to 75,000 trade visitors from industry, local authorities, construction and the service sector. Pollutec's continuing focus is on techniques for prevention and treatment of pollution, and generally, for the preservation of the environment and for the implementation of sustainable development. Sectors represented at Pollutec include: Air, Energy, Water and Wastewater treatment, Recycling and Waste Handling, Site Remediation, Instrumentation, and Process Controls, and much more. The Pollutec exhibition serves as an excellent venue for U.S. companies looking to establish or expand overseas distribution, generate sales leads, evaluate competitors, and work with U.S. Commercial Service trade specialists to identify potential buyers and partners.

SEIA: U.S. Solar Industry on Track to Install 10 Gigawatts of Solar Annually by 2015

Rhone Resch, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today after announcing an industry-wide goal of installing 10 gigawatts of solar capacity annually by 2015. Resch made the announcement during a presentation at the 35th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialist Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii: “Over the last few months, we have seen disaster after disaster caused by the fossil fuel industries and Americans are calling for a new direction for our energy future. And in communities across America, people are asking for an energy source that is clean, reliable, safe and creates economic opportunity. That energy source is solar.” Read the Full Release here.

MARKET FOR WIND TURBINE GEAR BOXES TAKING OFF AGAIN!

GLOBAL TRADE CONSULTING estimates the worldwide market for wind turbine gear boxes to be $ 3.8 billion, with a growth rate exceeding 16% per year. GLOBAL TRADE CONSULTING has just released a new multi-client market research report on the World Wide Market for Wind Turbine Gear Boxes and components.

Harnessing the Power of the Ocean: A Program Still in its Infancy

Energy can be retrieved from the oceans in five basic ways: Tides, waves, tidal or marine currents, temperature gradients, and salinity gradients. Of these, wave energy is the most significant resource, according to ABS Energy Research, followed by power from salinity and thermal gradients.

Resolving the World Energy Need - Ocean Energy Thermal Conversion

During a vacation trip to the Disney World, I saw the Exxon-Mobile energy presentation. The presentation includes a portion in the form of the Jeopardy game. For the final question in the Jeopardy game, the answer is "The solution to the future energy need." The correct question is "What is brain power?"

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