Thursday, May 27, 2010

NewNet News - Fisker Automotive to produce up to 100 electric vehicles in 2010

NewNet News - Fisker Automotive to produce up to 100 electric vehicles in 2010
US green vehicle manufacturer Fisker Automotive told NewNet it expects to produce up to 100 test versions of its Karma hybrid cars this year.
Fisker spokesperson Russell Datz said the company expects to make a number of initial customer deliveries by the end of the year and ramp up to full production during the first quarter of 2011.
The Karma model will be produced as a luxury sports car that will be able to travel up to 50 miles on a single charge when it uses electricity with a range of 300 miles in hybrid-mode through a Valmet Automotive, according to reports.

NewNet News - Norway agrees on climate cooperation with Mexico and pledges up to $1.2m climate aid to Indonesia and D R Congo
Norway has formed agreements today with governments of Mexico and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, pledging to work with both on protecting the climate through tackling deforestation, and agreeing to pay the latter $2.1m to strengthen the Africa’s climate negotiations. The country is also rumoured to have pledged to donate up to $1bn to support Indonesia’s effforts to tackle climate change.
Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim signed an agreement with Mexico´s Minister of the Environment, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, pledging that the two countries will work together on climate, forests and environment.

NewNet News - US injects $6m into midsize turbine market

NewNet News - US injects $6m into midsize turbine market
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has made up to $6m available to US developers to advance midsize wind turbine technology in order to boost the speed and scale of midsize turbine deployment.
It said the market for midsize turbines has lagged behind the growing markets for both utility-scale turbines larger than 1MW and for small turbines under 100KW...

NewNet News - Brazilian researcher proposes generating bioenergy from eucalyptus to save Amazon
Brazilian researcher LaƩrcio Couto has proven that generating bioenergy can save important environmental assets rather than consuming resources.
This week, Couto became the first recipient of the World Bioenergy Award, founded by the World Bioenergy Association, for his Brazilian-based research into generating bioenergy without depleting non-renewable resources...

Monday, April 26, 2010

NewNet News - UK small wind turbine market sees steady growth in 2009

NewNet News - UK small wind turbine market sees steady growth in 2009
The deployment of small wind turbines in the UK during 2009 increased by almost 20 per cent, according to industry trade body RenewableUK, with the recently launched feed-in tariffs predicted to stimulate growth in the emerging sector.
In 2009, the deployment of small wind system technology - that ranges from micro wind turbines with up to 1.5KW capacity to those that have a maximum output of 11KW - grew to 8.64MW from 7.24MW the year previously. Cumulative installed UK capacity between 2005 and 2009 reached 28.7MW by the close of the year, it said.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Kohl's expands solar program to Colorado - The Business Journal of Milwaukee:

Kohl's expands solar program to Colorado - The Business Journal of Milwaukee:
The Menomonee Falls-based chain said Thursday it plans to convert 10 of its 23 Colorado stores to solar power by the end of the year. Colorado will become the seventh state to host solar-powered Kohl's locations.
"Solar is an integral component of our environmental efforts and contributes toward our goal of being carbon neutral by the end of this year," said Ken Bonning, Kohl's executive vice president of store planning and logistics. "We will continue to explore new opportunities to utilize solar power at our facilities nationwide."
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Monday, April 12, 2010

NewNet News - Wind power to continue boom growth for next five years, GWEC says

GDF Suez to build world’s largest biomass plant in Poland
Global energy provider GDF Suez said it will build the world’s largest power station fuelled entirely by biomass in Poland.
The plant, to be called the Green Unit, will have a production capacity of 190MW and will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.2 million tons per year.
GDF has signed a contract with engineering and construction firm Foster Wheeler for the installation that will burn wood and agri-fuels

States see pushback against carbon trading | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters
Efforts to implement cap-and-trade programs at state level are faltering, just as policymakers in Washington are struggling to generate enough support to put in place a comprehensive national system.
Recent setbacks in California and Arizona point to growing headwinds against the policy. As cap-and-trade loses momentum and becomes embroiled in bigger political disputes about the size and role of government, opponents are becoming emboldened to try to block the policy completely.

Grass-fed beef packs a punch to environment | Analysis & Opinion | Reuters
As a rare geophysicist studying diet’s environmental consequences, I am asked daily by my colleagues – a bit bemused by my new field yet quantitatively astute and environmentally concerned – about the latest claim made about impacts of food production on the physical environment.
In this role, I get to keep a sensitive finger on the envirofood pulse. Unambiguously, grass-fed beef is all the rage now. Even the New York Times Op-Ed page featured a recent piece extolling the virtues of grazing cattle.
Depending on your guiding environmental objectives, grass-fed beef may indeed be the greatest thing since Guns n’ Roses or the environmental equivalent of entrusting former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld with military preparedness.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Space-Based Solar Panels May Be Used for Energy-Saving Good or Catastrophic Evil - Solar Energy - Gizmodo

Space-Based Solar Panels May Be Used for Energy-Saving Good or Catastrophic Evil - Solar Energy - Gizmodo
A Californian power company is looking at launching giant, reflective solar panels into space to beam clean energy back to us on Earth. But the tech was originally designed for Bond-villain-like weather control.
The Pacific Gas and Electric Company, servicing northern California, has signed a contract with Californian-by-way-of-Armenia company Solaren for the latter to provide 200MW of energy with their space panels. The solar panels, possibly as large as a square kilometer, absorb solar energy and beam it back to Earth by converting it to radio waves, which will then be converted back to energy and fed into the power grid. It's a nice idea, since solar panels will be far more efficient without clouds and other junk to get in the way of the sun's rays, but the tech's original purpose was something quite different.

Monday, March 8, 2010

NewNet News - Reuters -

NewNet News - Smart grid and appliance technology to be leading wealth driver, report shows
The deployment of smart grid technology could easily be one of the leading drivers of wealth well into the next 15 years with the smart appliance market expected be five times larger than it is today, according to a new report.

Methane bubbles in Arctic seas stir warming fears World Reuters
OSLO (Reuters) - Large amounts of a powerful greenhouse gas are bubbling up from a long-frozen seabed north of Siberia, raising fears of far bigger leaks that could stoke global warming, scientists said.

European energy firms propose North Sea super-grid to aid wind power developments.
8th March 2010
A group of ten European energy and construction majors will today propose a plan to build a super-grid in the North Sea aimed at helping the development of large volumes of offshore wind power, according to reports.The grid will connect the UK, Germany and Norway at a cost of £30.5bn, according to the Financial Times.

NewNet News - South Korea-based Daewoo chooses Nova Scotia for wind turbine production plant
8th March 2010
South Korea-based industrial group Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has chosen Nova Scotia, Canada, for its North American production centre for wind turbine towers and blades. The operation will be located in Trenton, Pictou County, and is expected to be operational by fall 2010.