Monthly Archives:October 2012

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Taiwan’s ITRI Introduces Award-Winning Green Tech, Including Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Concentrating Solar PV Film/Panel

Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is introducing some very exciting lighting and renewable energy discoveries. Source: Clean Technica [repostus hash=2b6157b160a567e20ed0d15b9b71f11d title=Taiwan%26%238217%3Bs+ITRI+Introduces+Award-Winning+Green+Tech%2C+Including+Low-Cost%2C+High-Efficiency+Concentrating+Solar+PV+Film%2FPanel host=Clean+Technica short=1rahV snip=%C2%A0+Taiwan%E2%80%99s+Industrial+Technology+Research+Institute+%28ITRI%29+is+on+a+bit+of+a+roll+when+it+comes+to+winning+awards+for+new%2C+innovative+green+technology+that+reduces+carbon+emissions+and+energy+consumption.+ITRI+in+recent+years+has+focused+its+efforts+on+developing+new+%E2%80%9Cgreen%E2%80%9D+technologies.+The%26hellip%3B thumb=3129705 jump=1]

October 31st

CREE Buildings Sustainable Tall Wood Building System Arrives in U.S.

Known as the LifeCycle Tower (LCT) system, CREE’s innovation is a slab and post wood design method that requires up to 50 percent shorter construction time compared to reinforced concrete and steel construction. The LCT system also requires 39 percent fewer resources, over the life of a building and takes advantage of engineered timber products.

October 31st

Researchers Find Ancient Carbon Resurfacing in Lakes

It is well established that bacteria in northern waters process carbon from their terrestrial surroundings. But the findings from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., and Université du Québec à Montréal in Montreal, Canada, challenge the widely held belief that older carbon sources are not available to bacteria and have been largely removed from the carbon feedback loop between earth and air.

October 30th

Next-Generation Antireflection Coatings Could Improve Solar Photovoltaic Cell Efficiency

Materials boasting a “tunable” refractive index have been developed within the past few years, and they show tremendous potential for photovoltaic applications. Professor E. Fred Schubert, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering, is investigating ways to exploit this newly gained controllability and will present his findings at the upcoming AVS 59th International Symposium and Exhibition, held Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, in Tampa, Fla.

October 29th

Guest Post: How to be Safe While Renovating a Home

Taking on a do-it-yourself home renovation can be a rewarding challenge, but it may also present unseen dangers. This is especially true of older homes that were constructed with materials that are considered to be health hazards today. The level of danger will be variable depending on how old the home is, but the homeowner should take every possible precaution to avoid or limit exposure to dangerous chemicals.

October 29th

Maasai Tribe Receives Sustainable Technology from Monarch Power

Many under developed countries greatly need the sustainable technologies that have begun to be implemented into first world countries. Monarch Power is making large strides in helping this happen. They will deliver solar technology to a Maasai Tribe in Tanzania, Africa which will provide renewable energy and life sustaining applications. The technology is being given to Tanzania by Monarch’s charity MPower Foundation.

October 28th

Sustainable Food: Food Myths Busted

Sustainable Foods Under Attack Big Agribusiness loves to throw around dire predictions of impending world hunger. According to their press releases, if not for their genetically modified organisms, petrochemical fertilizers, and their long list of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, society would be doomed. Then there are the hormones and constant use of antibiotics which keep […]

October 27th

3 Innovative Shipping Container Homes

Studio HT writes: “This project questions the need for excessive space and challenges occupants to be efficient. Two shipping containers saddlebag a taller common space that connects local rock outcroppings to the expansive mountain ridge views. The containers house sleeping and work functions while the center space provides entry, dining, living and a loft above. The loft deck invites easy camping as the platform bed rolls between interior and exterior.

October 26th

REC Solar and Kenyon Energy Unveil 2 MW of Solar Energy at Three Maryland Schools

The solar arrays will be the largest public school solar project on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, and will be owned and operated by Washington Gas and Energy Systems. Kenyon Energy developed and financed the systems, while REC Solar acted as the design build turnkey EPC provider. The completed systems, which include more than 8,200 ground-mounted panels, will provide enough power to reduce the schools’ electricity bills and allow them to lock in fixed rates of electricity for the lifetime of the system, which is typically more than 25 years.

October 26th

Solar News Link Love

For those people wanting to stay current on solar new, this post from Zach Shahan at Clean Technica is quite helpful on the information front. Solar panels on the water from Shutterstock [repostus hash=abea7ac0a86e4e01be72da7abc7de285 title=Solar+News+Link+Love host=Clean+Technica short=1qTVQ snip=%C2%A0+Here%E2%80%99s+some+more+solar+news+and+commentary+from+around+the+interwebs+from+the+past+week+or+so%3A+%3A+%E2%80%9CUpsolar+yesterday+unveiled+that+it+has+created+new+%E2%80%9Csmart+modules%E2%80%9D+with+the+help+of%C2%A0Tigo+Energy.+Reportedly%2C+these+are+the+first+smart+modules+to+be%C2%A0certified+by+T%C3%9CV+Rheinland+PTL+for+Europe%26hellip%3B thumb=3114140 jump=4]

October 25th

PV Evolution Labs Partners with AlsoEnergy to Provide Data Monitoring for Solar Panel Testing at PVUSA

PVEL’s PVUSA test center was one of North America’s first solar power plants and has a deep history in the US solar industry. Initially developed by PG&E to study the impact of high penetration solar on the electrical grid, the California Energy Commission’s internationally recognized PTC rating was developed at the PVUSA site. Due to PVUSA’s unique research status, PVEL’s testing program can accommodate non-UL listed products and prototypes – an opportunity seized by many of North America’s premier module and inverter manufacturers.

October 25th

The Promise of Industrial-Grade Lubricants from Vegetable Oil

The Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna has made this technology ready for industrial application. Starting October 2012, the findings obtained in the laboratory will be scaled up to an even larger volume. Quantities of up to 100 liters will be possible at the new center. That corresponds to a 70 kilogram-batch of epoxides. In the laboratory this reaction yielded batches only in the grams range.

October 24th