Top 10 Green-Tech Breakthroughs of 2008

From Wired Science - Green technology was hot in 2008. Barack Obama won the presidential election promising green jobs to Rust Belt workers. Investors poured $5 billion into the sector just through the first nine months of the year. And even Texas oilmen like T. Boone Pickens started pushing alternative energy as a replacement for fossil fuels like petroleum, coal and natural gas. Green technology and its attendant infrastructure are probably the best bet to drag the American economy out of the doldrums. So, with the optimism endemic to the Silicon Valley region, we present you with the Top 10 Green Tech Breakthroughs of 2008, alternatively titled, The Great Green Hope.

Creating Energy from Macadamia Nuts

What do you do with 5,000 tonnes of Macadamia Nut shells? - Create electricity of course! AGL is helping to create biomass fuel from macadamia nut shells, as part of its effort to invest in sustainable energy sources.

SNEC PV POWER EXPO 2009

SNEC 3rd (2009) International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition May 6 - 8, 2009 Shanghai New International Expo Center

LEED-Registered Pavilion Begins to take Shape in Landmark Park Planned for Springfield, Ill.

Erin's Pavilion is on its way to becoming one of the most accessible and environmentally-friendly welcome and visitor centers in the country. With the installation of the structural steel and Insulated Concrete Form walls completed, the facility is on pace to open in June 2009.

SEALITEUSA'S LATEST Radio Frequency Synchronised Solar Marine Light

The RF module fitted to each lantern enables flash synchronisation without the need for a base controller. This latest innovation is designed to offer a low-cost synchronisation option for applications including rivers, estuaries, marina entrances, channel marking and aquaculture.

Carmanah Introduces Solar-powered Roadway Flasher Featuring ENCOM Wireless Control Technology

Carmanah Technologies Corporation has introduced a wireless solar-powered flashing beacon suitable for a range of ITS (intelligent traffic systems) roadway applications.

Carmanah receives CanSIA Award for "Jean Canfield Building" Solar Power System

Carmanah Technologies Corporation received the CanSIA "Solar PV Project of the Year Award" for a grid-tied solar power system installed on the Jean Canfield Building in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

We Need a Smarter Grid!

Without a radically expanded and smarter electrical grid, wind and solar will remain niche power sources. To make use of clean energy, we'll need more transmission lines that can transport power from one region to another and connect energy-­hungry cities with the remote areas where much of our renewable power is likely to be generated. We'll also need far smarter controls throughout the distribution system--technologies that can store extra electricity from wind farms in the batteries of plug-in hybrid cars, for example, or remotely turn power-hungry appliances on and off as the energy supply rises and falls. Watch a demonstration of General Electric's software system for the grid or read more in the MIT Technology Review

Crestron Showcase At Nextgen Home Las Vegas

Crestron Delivers the Ultimate Home Control Experience in NextGen Home-Las Vegas

International Hydrogen Energy Association Reaches Key Emerging Markets

The Partnership for Advancing the Transition to Hydrogen (PATH), an international coalition of national hydrogen associations, will now represent the emerging economies of China and Malaysia, adding to the gains the hydrogen industry has made globally throughout 2008.

Plug-in Fuel Cell Transit Bus

The City of Burbank has been selected as a national test market for a new zero-emissions, ultra-quiet prototype bus that uses a hydrogen fuel cell instead of a diesel or gasoline engine. The breakthrough vehicle will be unveiled in a spring 2009 Downtown Burbank ceremony and then go into immediate service on various routes within the City's BurbankBus network. Designed and fabricated by Colorado-based Proterra, the revolutionary vehicle can travel 250 miles before needing to be recharged, runs at double the fuel economy of a diesel bus and releases nothing but water from the engine exhaust. In addition to being created and built in this country, it relies on power that is 100% derived from U.S. sources, thereby reducing dependence on foreign energy. [read more]

No coal in the stocking on Christmas Day.

With Christmas Day fast approaching, there's a chance to give family and friends a welcome present that says you care about the future of all, according to the WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc.

Industry groups opposed to merger of Verve and Synergy.

The disaggregation of Western Power was part of a raft of measures sought by a united industry to encourage private sector investment, enhance competition, and deliver market diversity in the energy industry, according the Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA).

RainTube plays part in Houston's first LEED Platinum home

RainTube's Cradle to Cradle certification sets stage for starring rainwater collection role at roof/gutter level.

EPURON welcomes renewable energy target announcement

EPURON has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement yesterday detailing the draft legislation for the mandatory renewable energy target (RET) of 20 per cent.

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