Bulgarian Syngas Project Launches Construction

Karlovo Power Plant Will Turn Syngas Derived from Straw and Wood Wastes into Cleaner, More Reliable and Economic Electricity Bulgarian plans to use alternative fuels for generating sustainable electricity are now taking shape, following the start of construction of the Karlovo integrated gasified biomass power plant. When completed the plant will distribute cleaner electricity, using wood waste and straw, to some 2,000 homes. The landmark biomass-to-energy plant powered by GE’s Jenbacher gas engine technology is being built near Stroevo, in…

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What Climate Policy Means for Coal

The impact of burning coal worldwide has an enormous impact on climate change. Halting the coal supply chain is not going to be possible. Managing it, however, understanding economic and employment issues, balanced with all of the impacts of climate change, must be a priority for everyone. Read the release provided here. Limiting climate change to 2°C means shutting down coal power plants – an unpopular proposition for coal power companies. But a new study shows that delaying climate policies…

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Perovskite Solar Cells Bring New Possibilities to Renewable Energy Industry

For those involved with solar energy development, Perovskite appears to be a remarkable new material that features two-way applications. Oxford researchers have discovered the material not only absorbs light, it emits it. Here is the recently released press information. Revolutionary solar cells double as lasers Commercial silicon-based solar cells – such as those seen on the roofs of houses across the country – operate at about 20% efficiency for converting the Sun’s rays into electrical energy. It’s taken over 20…

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Quote of Note

“If you believe the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while you count your money.”  Janez Potocnik The European Commissioner for Environment

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EPA Clarifies Protections & Exemptions for Streams and Wetlands

Here is more information on water management, this time from the EPA pertaining to streams and wetlands on American soil. Thanks for staying informed. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers Clarify Protection for Nation’s Streams and Wetlands Agriculture’s Exemptions and Exclusions from Clean Water Act Expanded by Proposal The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) today jointly released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands…

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Energy Innovation: SolarWindow Generates Electricity on Glass

We have received the following press information from New Energy Technologies. concerning an update on the unveiling of their largest SolarWindow prototype now manufactured. According to a New Energy spokesperson, the device is “something we like to call a vertical power generator on any glass surface.” Imagine the ability to look out at the yard, knowing the window you’re using is generating electricity. Renewable energy products like these can have a dramatic impact on commercial and residential energy designs. The…

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ASU & AORA Solar Forge Research Partnership on Tempe Campus

I had the pleasure of seeing AORA Solar and its CSP Tulip system two years ago when it was unveiled in Almeria, Spain. I have been waiting for the day when this exciting renewable energy platform might be tested in the United States. In an interview, CEO Zev Rosenzweig told me the company wanted to test in America as part of its long-range planning. Now the company is ready to lay down CSP roots in Tempe at the ASU campus. We…

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Air Conditioning Alternatives: Thermally Driven Cooling Systems

Cooling in the heat of summer can be a daunting challenge in congested urban areas. Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg have been working on innovative sorbents that can store a particularly large amount of water vapor that can be used for cooling purposes. This research information released today about sorption energy storage should open new windows into innovative and sustainable cooling and heating platforms. Sorption energy storage and conversion for cooling and heating…

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First Solar, Shams Ma’an Consortium Secure 20-Year PPA for 52MW Jordan Project

First Solar has released this news: it will provide advanced thin-film modules and EPC services for Jordan’s largest PV plant. The more solar footprints we see in the Middle East, the happier we are. As you will see, First Solar’s commercial footprint now spans six continents. First Solar, Inc. and Shams Ma’an Power Generation today announced the signing of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for a planned 52.5 megawatt (MWAC) solar power plant in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The PPA was…

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Orchid House’s Solar House Primer

If you have not heard about Orchid House in Taiwan, now is the time. Problem: Limited Land & Population Growth Orchid House writes: “We would like to talk about the possible development of our solar house to a new type of Taiwanese social housing system. At the present moment, Taiwan’s social housing situation is in sore need of improvement. As much of Taiwan’s land is not easily developed, most of the 23.31 million people of Taiwan live close to the…

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First Solar Completes 1.3MW(DC) Solar PV Power Plant in Japan

We are happy to provide this report from First Solar about the completion of this clean solar energy facility in Kitakyushu-shi, Japan. Developments such as these are both logical and timely. First Solar, Inc. today announced the completion of the 1.3MW(DC) solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Kitakyushu-shi. Powered by First Solar FS Series 3 Black PV modules, the plant will generate approximately 1,400 MWh of clean and safe solar electricity per year. Power from the project will be purchased by…

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Norway’s Rocket Growth In Electric Car Sales (Chart)

Since we have published useful information today pertaining to electric cars, it seems appropriate to publish this chart from CleanTechnica. Thanks to Zachary Shahan. We are excited to witness the growth of the EV industry. Following up on the European EV market share charts I just shared a few moments ago, here’s one more great one, which came from a presentation by Francisco Carranza Sierra, Manager of Corporate Planning at Nissan Europe, at EVS27 (adding on to the…

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Waste Management Extraordinaire: Compost Islands In New York City

We already knew that New York City had huge problems with managing trash for some 8.3 million residents: there is little or nothing left nearby in the way of landfills for trash disposal. Present Architecture and the Green Loop project features a very appealing solution for managing part of the city’s trash, the organic kind. Create compost islands that can be used to grow food and produce anaerobic energy. This is not an easy or quick fix for this massive…

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Looking at American Lawns

Since it’s the time of year when people begin to think about things like gardening and lawns, this current study about the status of lawns in the United States seems apropos. Once there was a time when homes with green lawns seemed to be an American standard. Today that may be changing, based on concerns such as water availability and climate change, among others. How American manage their yards is the focus of this urban ecology study. Lawns across America:…

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In grasslands remade by humans animals may protect biodiversity

Grazers let in the light, rescue imperiled plants, worldwide study shows A comparative study of grasslands on six continents suggests there may be a way to counteract the human-made overdose of fertilizer that threatens to permanently alter the biodiversity of the world’s native prairies. The solution is one that nature devised: let grazing animals crop the excess growth of fast growing grasses that can out-compete native plants in an over-fertilized world. And grazing works in a way that is also…

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The Evolution of Free Homes: From Tiny Shipping Pallet Homes to Tiny Earth Bag Homes

This story about free shipping pallet homes turned a lot of heads in 2009 when it was first posted on GBE. Then it continued to draw attention year after year. There were some good reasons for the draw. First, other than a lot of labor – both from hard work and love – this particular house was being built for free. Second, the developer of this house, Michael Janzen, gathering reclaimed materials from the waste stream like used shipping pallets…

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