Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Data Center Creates New Tool to Calculate Ways to Cut Gas Use

A business owner with a fleet of 10 heavy-duty diesel trucks wants to cut diesel use by 10 percent. Would using a biodiesel blend or investing in onboard power sources that reduce engine idling achieve the biggest drop in petroleum use? An average driver, using 600 gallons of gas a year in a typical sedan, wants to reduce gas consumption by 20 percent. Would using fuel economy techniques such as buying new low rolling-resistance tires reduce gas use the most or would taking the bus to work once a week produce better results?

Lisa Orlovick Joins Vertegy as Administrative Specialist

St. Louis-based Vertegy has expanded its staff to keep pace with the growing demand for green and sustainable consulting services. The company, which also helps clients attain LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council has added Lisa Orlovick as administrative specialist.

Carmanah Introduces New Solar-Powered Lighting System

Carmanah Technologies Corporation has introduced the solar-powered A810 Obstruction Lighting System, suitable for marking towers and other fixed obstructions up to 150 feet.

Solectria Renewables and NexAmp, Inc. Deliver

Solectria Renewables and NexAmp, Inc. Deliver PV System for Renowned Construction Supplier, Boston Sand & Gravel

What Does "Green" Mean?

Nearly 90% of those responding to a new survey by the Consumer Electronics Association said environmental factors such as energy efficiency would play a role in their decision to buy their next television. But because there is no one standard about what it actually means for a product to be "green," the study shows that consumers also are confused by claims to that effect. Less than half of the 960 people surveyed said they're generally able to make sense of the environmental attributes attached to electronics on the market. Tim Herbert, the C.E.A.'s senior director of market research, said that although consumers are confused by the green credentials of various electronics, "the key takeaway is the growing importance of 'green' in consumers' purchasing decisions." [read more]

EnerWorks's Collector Earns Highest ecoENERGY Program Rating

NRCan's ecoACTION program provides performance ratings for qualifying solar collectors to aid understanding and comparisons. A recent update to the listing at http://www.ecoaction.gc.ca/ shows EnerWorks's commercial collector at a 1.07 performance factor, the highest ecoENERGY Program Rating.

CO2 Monitor can be used in various industries

Implementing IR-SoC technology, ZG106A-M is built with minimal parts count and detects carbon dioxide (CO2) for the healthy environment.

Edison's Rooftop Solar Project

Southern California Edison unveiled its newest power plant: 33,700 solar panels atop a warehouse in Fontana that will feed green energy directly into the grid. It's the first piece of what the utility says could become the largest rooftop solar installation in the world, a swath of photovoltaic panels spanning two square miles. The 600,000-square-foot warehouse rooftop, owned by ProLogis Inc., is the first of 150 commercial buildings that Edison is looking to outfit with solar panels over the next five years. Collectively, solar panels on all those roofs would provide 250 megawatts of electricity, enough by Edison's reckoning to power more than 160,000 homes when the sun is shining. Read More.

TURBODEN FIRST IN UNITED KINGDOM WITH ORC TECHNOLOGY

Italian company will provide ORC turbine for new plant in Great Britain realized by LandEnergy

Free Energy to Charge Devices

Intel is researching technology to harvest free energy from the environment, which could lead to devices such as mobile phones running for indefinite periods without recharging. The company said it was working on tiny sensors that could capture energy from sources such as sunlight and body heat. In the future, such energy could be used to power personal electronic devices such as cell phones. Recharging themselves by scavenging free energy allows the sensors to continuously record and transmit readings over wireless networks, without any human involvement. Read more.

Rich Media Presentations from Solar Power International 2008 Now Available

Conference Archives, Inc. (CAI) releases a digital archive of Solar Power International 2008 featuring rich media presentations and shining light on the future of clean, renewable energy.

Texas School District to Save Over $2.5 Million Through Energy Conservation

The Red Oak (Texas) School District is implementing $2.4 million in facility enhancements to improve operations and efficiency at 10 buildings. The Energy Solutions division of TAC will complete the work as a performance contract and guarantees that ROISD will save more than $264,000 annually.

RES Reports: Overall Markets Up Monday on Obama's Planned Infrastructure Spending

Renewable Energy Stocks Sector Close-Up; Renewable Energy and Green Stocks up on Obama Optimism

SMA AMERICA WELCOMES NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Jeff Kosinksi to Lead the Solar Inverter Company's Business-Building Efforts

Efficient Thin-Film Solar Cells

Researchers at MIT have unveiled a new type of silicon solar cell that could be much more efficient and cost less than currently used solar cells. The design combines a highly effective reflector on the back of a solar cell with an antireflective coating on the front. This helps trap red and near-infrared light, which can be used to make electricity, in the silicon. The researchers applied their light-trapping scheme on thin silicon cells that are about five micrometers thick. Their prototype solar cell is 15 percent more efficient at converting light into electricity than commercial thin-film solar cells. Read More.

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