President Obama Begins 'New Era' of Energy, Environmental Policy Built on Foundation of Energy Efficiency

President Obama signed memoranda at a White House ceremony today directing the Transportation Department to establish higher fuel economy standards for vehicles by model year 2011 and directing the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the bid by California and 13 other states to set tailpipe carbon dioxide emission standards that also would require greater fuel economy.

Ethanol-Powered Fuel Cells

A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Delaware and Yeshiva University, has developed a new catalyst that could make ethanol-powered fuel cells feasible . Made of platinum and rhodium atoms on carbon-supported tin dioxide nanoparticles, the research team's electrocatalyst is capable of breaking carbon bonds at room temperature and efficiently oxidizing ethanol into carbon dioxide as the main reaction product.

116 BUSINESSES, ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVISTS OFFER PRESIDENT OBAMA RECOMMENDATIONS

Letter outlined recommendations for administrative actions that the new White House can take immediately to address climate change.

All-Energy 09 set for sure fire success

More space has been reserved at All-Energy '09, the UK's largest renewable energy exhibition and conference, than at the same time last year, and the show has additional conference sessions. Being held in Aberdeen, Scotland, 20-21 May 2009, All-Energy '09 is also a 'Homecoming Scotland' event.

New Micro Finance Scheme for Solar Lighting in the Solomons

Using crops in a unique barter system, a new microfinance project in the Solomon Islands has successfully implemented a solar lighting finance scheme, enabling communities to trade crops for much needed access to light.

EcoGreenHotel Provides Hoteliers Sustainable Solutions for 2009

EcoGreenHotel has rolled out the "Sustainability Support Program," a green solution for a troublesome 2009.

9000 Homes Powered by Scotch Whisky!

An award-winning scheme which will reduce the carbon footprint of the whisky industry on Speyside has moved a step closer after being granted planning permission by Moray Council. The CHP unit will use a combination of distillery co-products and wood chip from sustainable sources to generate 7.2 megawatts of electricity, enough for 9,000 homes, which can be used onsite or exported to the National Grid.

Jobs, jobs, jobs better than property - but jobs must be sustainable, sustainable, sustainable.

Australian Federal Opposition leader, Malcolm Turnbull's call for "jobs, jobs, jobs" ahead of propping up the property market makes sense - but must be directed to grow Australia's economy more sustainably, according to Western Australia's largest peak body for enterprises supporting sustainability.

AGNI EXPANDS INTO NORTH AMERICAN MARKET

AGNI's acquisition strengthens its fuel cell technology in renewable energy market

Act Solar, Inc. Awarded Energy Commission Funding

SolarTech and Santa Clara University Share in Award

Scotch Whisky Goes Green

Permission Granted for Rothes Renewable Energy Project - An award-winning scheme which will reduce the carbon footprint of the whisky industry on Speyside has moved a step closer after being granted planning permission by Moray Council.

Unirac partners with ThinkSolar for 650kW solar array in California

ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO - January 22, 2009. Unirac Inc., North America's leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting solutions, partnered with ThinkSolar to supply a RapidRac commercial flat roof solution for a 650kW solar array.

Mine closures may ease pressure on the skills shortage in the sustainable energy sectors.

Downturn in some sectors may ease pressure on skills shortages in a diverse range of businesses in the sustainable energy sector, according to the Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA), the peak body for sustainable businesses in WA.

Sustainable energy peak body welcomes re-appointment of Western Australian Chief Scientist.

The Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) welcomes the reappointment of Professor Beazley as Western Australia's Chief Scientist, announced today by by Troy Buswell, Treasurer; Minister for Commerce; Science and Innovation; Housing and Works.

Vertical-axis Wind Turbine

Project Nova (Novel Offshore Vertical-Axis), to which Qinetiq is a key technology supplier, was given the go ahead on 13 January 2009 by Lord Hunt, the UK Minister for Sustainable Development and Energy Innovation, as part of a potential £1.1billion fund. Project Nova's innovative aerogenerator wind turbine is based on a pair of giant V-shaped composite wings that will be scaled up to 120m high and rotate around the central axis to create power. Invented by David Sharpe and developed by Wind Power Limited, the aim is for a large-scale demonstrator to be installed offshore within six years and for offshore vertical-axis turbines to provide 1GW of power by 2020.

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