Coal’s Dominance & Carbon Emissions Must Be Made More Apparent in Climate Change Accounting

The world’s accounting system for carbon emissions, run by the United Nations, disregards capital investments in future coal-fired and natural-gas power plants that will commit the world to several decades and billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study from Princeton University and the University of California-Irvine published Aug. 26 in the journalEnvironmental Research Letters. In the paper, Robert Socolow, a Princeton professor, emeritus, of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and co-author Steven Davis, a professor of…

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Energy Recovery Ventilator Systems Research

An energy recovery ventilator (ERV) is a type of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment that uses the energy associated with the thermally conditioned air being exhausted from a building to precondition the incoming air. ERVs, which offer many advantages for both improved indoor air quality (IAQ) and reduced energy consumption, are one of the fastest-growing segments of improved IAQ management in buildings. Click to tweet: According to a recent report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from ERVs will…

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Origami Robot Folds Itself Up, Crawls Away

Think 3D printing and origami robots. Very interesting technology here from an MIT and Harvard team. For years, a team of researchers at MIT and Harvard University has been working on origami robots — reconfigurable robots that would be able to fold themselves into arbitrary shapes. In the August 7 issue of Science, they report their latest milestone: a robot, made almost entirely from parts produced by a laser cutter, that folds itself up and crawls away as soon as batteries…

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2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo: October 22 – 23 in New Orleans

  Greenbuild Expo Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild. The buzz is contagious. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated. Inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose. About USGBC USGBC USGBC is committed…

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Geothermal Energy Association Names Winners for GEA Honors 2014

The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) announced today the winners of their 2014 GEA Honors, which recognizes companies, projects, and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the geothermal industry. The winners were selected in categories including Technological Advancement, Economic Development and Environmental Stewardship. Now in its fourth year, GEA also provides special recognition of companies and individuals who have made notable advances and achievements for geothermal energy. GEA will present the Honors at an awards ceremony as part of the…

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First Solar & XSOL Ink Supply Agreement in Japan

First Solar and XSOL Co., Ltd., a distributor and integrator of solar systems in Japan, today announced an agreement to supply First Solar’s cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film modules in Japan. The agreement targets installation of 100 megawatts (MW)DC per year. Last year, First Solar announced plans to invest $100M in development of mega solar power projects in Japan. The agreement with XSOL enables First Solar’s advanced technology to be supplied to smaller scale projects as well. “First Solar is…

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Renewable Energy Conference: T. Boone Pickens and Riggs Eckelberry to Discuss Frack Water Recycling

OriginOil Inc., developer of Electro Water Separation, a high-speed, chemical-free process to clean up large quantities of water, and the American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY) announced today that CEO Riggs Eckelberry will discuss frack water recycling with legendary energy executive, T. Boone Pickens on the stage of the 2014 Summit, on August 12 at 10:45am. Eckelberry will join the armchair conversation between Pickens, chairman and CEO, BP Capital, and summit organizer Chip Comins. Noted ethicist David Trickett, Founder & President of…

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TED Theater in Vancouver

“TED celebrated its 30th anniversary by moving the annual TED Conference from Long Beach to Vancouver. For the relocation, Rockwell Group design a temporary theater installed within the Vancouver Convention Centre. Crafted from locally harvested timber, the portable, 1,200-seat theater was designed to enhance the speaker and audience experience, and will be re-installed in the years ahead.”   Project Type: Architecture · Theatre & Film Location: Vancouver, BC Size: 25,000 SF Client Name: TED Conference Completed: March 2014 Source: Rockwell Group

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LEDs Shine in Bedding Plant Production Study

LEDs shine brightly in a new study. Growers of annual bedding plant seedlings or plugs work to produce compact, fully rooted transplants with a large stem diameter and high root dry mass–qualities that make seedlings less susceptible to damage during shipping and transplant. To achieve these desirable qualities, greenhouse growers in northern latitudes must rely on supplemental lighting from high-pressure sodium lamps during winter months. A new study shows that light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can give greenhouse growers other lighting options…

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Mexico’s Largest Rooftop Solar Array Features SolarWorld Solar Panels with Racking System Design

An audio-headset factory in Tijuana, Mexico, is now home to the largest, privately owned roof-mounted solar installation in all of Latin America. The 1.16-megawatt system features solar panels, racking and system engineering fromSolarWorld, the largest solar manufacturer in the Americas for nearly 40 years.producer of audio communications headphones. The project is the second of SolarWorld solar panels at a Plantronics facility. In 2011, the headset manufacturer installed 608 kilowatts of roof-mounted and carport-mounted solar arrays at its headquarters in Santa…

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UNH Names Innovative Composting Facility after Sustainable Agriculture Pioneer

The University of New Hampshire has named its high-tech composting/energy capture facility at the Organic Dairy Research Farm in honor of the sustainable agriculture pioneer who advanced the technology — the Joshua Nelson Energy Recovery Compost Facility. The facility is the only one of its kind at a land-grant university. Recently members of Nelson’s family and his former colleagues at Agrilab Technologies of Enosburg Falls, VT, gathered at the Organic Dairy Research Farm (ORDF), a facility of the NH Agricultural Experiment…

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First Solar Selected by Tenaska to Build 150MW Solar Facility in Southern California

First Solar, Inc. has announced that it has been selected by independent energy company Tenaska Solar Ventures to design and build the 150 megawatt (MW)AC Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center West project near El Centro, California. First Solar will provide full Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services on the project, employing its advanced thin film photovoltaic modules and single-axis tilt technology. The project sits on approximately 1,100 acres of previously disturbed land in Imperial County. Tenaska Imperial West is the…

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New Open-Source Software Will Accelerate Energy Efficiency in Buildings

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched June 11 a free, open-source, standard software application for the management of building performance data, the first such software of its kind. The Standard Energy Efficiency Data platform (SEED) can be used by city governments, researchers, utilities, and others to manage, validate, and share large amounts of data on the energy performance of buildings. IMT is a SEED Team Member, along with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and software developer Building Energy, Inc.…

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Climate Change: A Plan to Share the Carbon Budget Burden

Climate change is an issue of urgent international importance, but for 20 years, the international community has been unable to agree on a coordinated way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In a “Perspective” piece published in the June issue of Nature Climate Change, J. Timmons Roberts, the Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology, proposes a four-step compromise toward emissions reduction that offers “effectiveness, feasibility, and fairness.” Their proposal comes as another major United Nations meeting on climate change approaches.…

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Hybrid and Pure Electric Car Technology 2014-2024 — Webinar

  EV Webinar Hybrid and Pure Electric Car Technology 2014-2024 Free webinar by Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx: Tuesday 10 June This webinar shares some of the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, “Hybrid and Pure Electric Cars 2014-2024”. www.IDTechEx.com/cars. It encompasses hybrid and pure electric on-road cars, golf cars, neighbourhood electric vehicles NEV and the car-like Micro EVs and quadricycles. On-road hybrid cars are a success in developed countries and micro EVs are a success in developing countries.…

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Proposed “Shared Clean Energy” Program Would Allow New York Renters to Go Solar for the First Time

Advocates applaud Assembly Bill 9931 for expanding NYS clean energy investment, jobs, benefits The following press release was issued by Vote Solar: The New York Assembly Energy Committee today (June 4) passed a “Shared Clean Energy Bill” (A.9931), which would establish a new way for renters and other families, schools and businesses to go solar. Advocates applauded the bill for its visionary goal of enabling more New Yorkers to participate in and benefit from the state’s growing solar economy. “Today solar…

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IKEA Completes Largest Solar Installation Atop Future Miami-Dade Store

IKEA today announced it completing installation of South Florida’s largest solar array, which will be plugged-in officially atop the future Miami-Dade IKEA store opening this summer in Sweetwater, FL. Combined with rooftop arrays in Orlando, Tampa and Sunrise, this fourth solar project will keep IKEA as the state’s largest non-utility solar owner.   The 178,000-square-foot solar array consists of a 1,178-kW system, built with 4,620 panels, and will produce approximately 1,738,876 kWh of electricity annually for the store, the equivalent…

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New Lithium Battery Created in Japan

Using a parasitic conduction mechanism, technology described in the journal ‘APL Materials’ promises safer batteries in the future The long life of lithium ion batteries makes them the rechargeable of choice for everything from implantable medical devices to wearable consumer electronics. But lithium ion batteries rely on liquid chemistries involving lithium salts dissolved in organic solvents, creating flame risks that would be avoided if the cells were completely solid-state. Now a team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has…

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