Monthly Archives:September 2012

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The Tesla Supercharger Network Revealed

On September 24th, Tesla Motors revealed that it had been hiding a bit of a secret. It seems that the much anticipated network of Tesla electric car charging stations was not only designed and ready for construction, but a mini-network of an initial six stations was already operational in California, having been built in secret.

September 27th

Most Biofuels Are Not ‘Green’

In order to be able to give a well-informed response, EMPA, on behalf of the Department of Energy (BFA) and in collaboration with the research institute Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon (ART), and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), has updated the ecobalance of numerous biofuels, including their production chains.

September 27th

NCC to Construct Wind Farms for SEK 460 Million

NCC Construction Sweden has been commissioned to construct a total of 123 base plates, with associated roads, for two wind farms on the borders between the Swedish counties of Västernorrland and Jämtland. The client is Statkraft SCA Vind AB and the total order value is SEK 460 million, which will be registered in the fourth quarter.

September 27th

Blowing Insulation: An Easy DIY Project With A Huge Payback

Blowing insulation into an attic space is a remarkably simple home energy retrofit project that can have truly enormous financial and energy saving payback. Insulation is one of the cheapest components of a home, yet has the largest potential for saving money over the course of the life of a building. In fact, many insulation […]

September 27th

Brownfields and Land Revitalization Program for 2013

Since its inception in 1995, EPA’s Brownfields Program has grown into a proven, results-oriented program that has changed the way contaminated property is perceived, addressed, and managed. EPA’s Brownfields Program is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse brownfields. A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

September 26th

Energy-Efficient Prototype Home Can Power Itself

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, a branch of the United States Commerce Department, has a new project. They recently showed off their new facility, built to resemble a house, which is expected to create enough energy to power itself over the course of a year. NIST intends to show that an average home […]

September 26th

‘Green IT’ to be Presented in Baltimore

The power analytics challenge involves providing a visibility to the end-user about the power consumption of their device in real-time. The information management challenge strives to address data integration by providing a model for linking information concerning devices within an organization.

September 26th

Still No Solar Panels on White House

This is discouraging news. The White House should be a showcase for renewable energy. [repostus hash=8e60e9cbb31ecea3197e012ef5ce5e09 title=Still+No+Solar+Panels+on+White+House host=Clean+Technica short=1oo3u snip=%C2%A0+It+has+been+over+twenty+years+since+the+White+House+roof+had+solar+panels.+President+Carter+had+them+installed+in+1979+to+heat+water.+President+Obama+said+in+2010+that+new+solar+panels+would+be+added+in+2011.+They+weren%E2%80%99t.+At+the+time+of+the+announcement%2C+Energy+Secretary+Steven+Chu+said%3A+%E2%80%9CThis%26hellip%3B thumb=2957543 jump=2]

September 26th

Try VNC Wood Finishes That Are Made without Toxic Chemicals

This sustainable product is now has wood floors on display at the Samuel Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles. “We’re extraordinarily pleased with the way the beauty of the wood floors was enhanced and preserved with Vermont Natural Coatings,” said Samuel Freeman in a press announcement. “The gallery is all about environment on so many levels and we’re certainly fortunate to have found an environmentally safe, high performance product that meets our very demanding standards.”

September 25th

Guest Post: Why You Need A Solar Water Heater

When it comes to burden on the environment, traditional water heaters could have the biggest impact among sources that no one ever thinks about. Water heaters (gas, electric and tankless) actually produce as much, if not more, CO2 than your typical automobile. At nearly 6,400 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, the water heater produces about eight tons of carbon dioxide annually, which doubles that of the standard automobile.

September 25th

Europe Installed Two-Thirds of the World’s New Solar Power in 2011

For those who wish to understand the growth of solar energy globally, add this report from Clean Technica to your files. Solar graphic:  Kevin M. Gill [repostus hash=66d25b7fcdc5df244b2632e46e27b555 title=Europe+Installed+Two-Thirds+of+the+World%26%238217%3Bs+New+Solar+Power+in+2011 host=Clean+Technica short=1oh9r snip=%C2%A0+Two-thirds+of+newly+installed+solar+power+capacity+in+2011+was+in+Europe%2C+or+18.5+GW.+Europe%E2%80%99s+total+solar+power+capacity+now+totals+52+GW.+That%E2%80%99s+enough+electricity+to+power+a+country+with+the+energy+demands+of+Austria%2C+which+is+2%25+of+the+European+Union%E2%80%99s+total+electricity+needs.+The+European%26hellip%3B thumb=2950446 jump=2]

September 25th

University of Florida to Go Solar by November

Good news on the renewable energy and renewable energy education fronts from Nicholas Brown at Clean Technica. [repostus hash=996e83b9505e107fdd65f3e77f74e810 title=University+of+Florida+to+Go+Solar+by+November host=Clean+Technica short=1nMPN snip=%C2%A0+According+to+The+Gainsville+Sun%2C+the+University+of+Florida+will+%E2%80%9Cgo+solar%E2%80%9D+by+November+in+order+to+reduce+energy+costs%2C+and+the+solar+panels+are+also+to+serve+as+a+teaching+tool+for+professors+and+students.+The+university+is+building+a+100-kW+power+plant+which+is+expected+to+supply+the+university%26hellip%3B thumb=2921314 jump=3]

September 24th