KLD Launches Global Sustainability Index

KLD Research & Analytics, Inc. has launched the KLD Global SustainabilitySM Index (GSI) and Index series which consists of a broad representation of top environmental, social and governance (ESG) performing companies across all sectors in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Clean Cities Program saves 375 million gallons of gas in 2006

Clean Cities coalitions around the nation displaced the equivalent of 375 million gallons of gasoline in 2006, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

ENERGY INDUSTRIES WINS TECHNOLOGY COMPANY OF THE YEAR

Energy Industries a national developer of renewable and energy efficiency projects announced today that it has been awarded the "Technology Company of the Year"

Brazil - Investing Liberally in Ethanol Production

Brazil, the world's largest sugarcane producer and a leading ethanol manufacturer, has planned to invest hefty amount in ethanol production and building of new plants and extensions.

Biogas Plant Markets boom Worldwide in Municipalities, Industry and Agricultur.Profitpotential high

The worldmarket is about 2 billion euro in 2006 and expected to increase over 25 billion euro by 2020. But the competition is growing fast too. The key is the knowledge in biotechnology, molecular science, nano-bio-it convergence. (helmut kaiser)

INTERVIEW - STATUS OF THE ENERGY BILL - SCOTT SKLAR

Small business qualify for the 30% solar and fuel cell investment tax credit, and receive 5-year accelerated depreciation, incentives for 50% lighting reductions, use of combined heat and power are now part of the House and Senate bills.

OIL AND COAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY

The new century oil and coal companies will "Grow" their carbon fuels in bioreactors using safe and cost-effective biotechnology.

TELL THEM WHAT YOU GOT - STRAIGHT

Categorizing products as environmentally-friendly by sticking a symbol-type label on its packaging, insults consumers' intelligence.

THE MECHANICAL MATHEMATICIAN

So now you have a very simple device to guide people in making good parabolic basins for making solar ovens! I believe this type of simple device will help a lot of people to improve their lives.

A Federal Energy Policy: Can It Happen Here?

It would take nothing short of a sea change to overcome Congressional inertia and recover the ground lost in the last 25 years or so. But though the prospects for a truly coherent national energy policy are improving -- and the need has never been greater -- both the citizenry and the current Congress are far too complacent to entertain changes that might involve belt-tightening and discipline.

Creating New Application Solutions for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)

Why not combine a flexible thin film photovoltaic module with a high performance coating, in effect creating a monolithic membrane system consisting of the coating and the photovoltaic both waterproofing the roof and generating renewable energy.

Editorial Comments

Just back from a whirlwind day at Solar 2007 in Long Beach and I gotta say ... this industry is on fire ... finally. On the show floor you literally had to elbow your way down the aisles.

Fire The Oil Industry as the Monopoly Vendor

Replace oil? How can something so monumental be accomplished? Preempt waste, start small, provide better service at lower cost and think better.

Fuel Cells Breathe Easy in Great Outdoors

Using fuel cells in recreational applications means no more smoky emissions and loud operating noises from standard generators, as well as longer lasting power and easier refueling than today's batteries. That should make everyone breathe a little easier.

Green Belgian Chocolate? Yum.

What strikes me most as a leap forward in terms of innovative, even disruptive, business concepts, is the installing of a waste-to-energy plant at the site of a power-customer itself.

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Kipp & Zonen - DustIQ the novel soiling monitoring solution for solar panels

Kipp & Zonen - DustIQ the novel soiling monitoring solution for solar panels

Soiling of the panel glass is one of the major problems in the rapidly expanding solar energy market, with the attendant loss of efficiency and reduction in performance ratios. Now, there's a new, simple and very cost-effective alternative. Based on Kipp & Zonen's unique Optical Soiling Measurement (OSM) technology, DustIQ can be easily added to new or existing solar arrays and integrated into plant management systems. The unit is mounted to the frame of a PV panel and does not need sunlight to operate. It continuously measures the transmission loss through glass caused by soiling, so that the reduction in light reaching the solar cells can be calculated.