The Compost-Powered Water Heater – Books to Buy

Gaelan Brown’s new book, The Compost-Powered Water Heater, is a work that demands being read by anyone interested in learning more about all the free energy available to renewable energy stewards who also happen to be composting champions. Brown provides plenty of detail in this innovative approach for heating rooms and generating hot water. Brown, who brings considerable background on this subject, attributes much of his interest in this technology to Jean Pain, a French agricultural scientist and innovator. Over the…

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Do-It-Yourself Solar Power Kits Available on Amazon

Andalay Solar has just announced that it is making its do-it-yourself solar power kits available for sale on Amazon. Now potential solar customers all over the US have an easy way to access the equipment necessary to get free electricity. Andalay’s AC (alternating current) solar system allows homeowners to install their own photovoltaic system, and even to add on to an existing Andalay system, by simply plugging in more panels. This keeps the entry costs for solar power down, encouraging…

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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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Just Found! The Oldest Solar Device in the World

Special thanks to author John Perlin for this contribution about what is believed to be the world’s oldest solar device – a solar ignitor, or yang-sui . The material comes from Perlin’s recently published book, Let It Shine: The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy. During the sixth century BCE, Confucius wrote about the common use of curved mirrors shaped from shiny metal to concentrate the rays of the sun for making fire. These became known as yang­­-suis ­­– translating to solar…

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New York City

New York to Provide Incentives for Zero-Net-Energy Buildings

The state of New York will provide $34 million of incentives to individuals and zero-net-energy homes (buildings which generate more energy than they consume). This works out to be $2,000 to $8,000 per household. The Real Deal says that “A zero-net-energy building relies on, among other things, solar panels, insulation and geothermal heating and cooling systems to balance out energy consumption”. This is often the case. However, geothermal heating and cooling systems are not required for this (but they do offer great…

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Study: European Solar Panel Manufacturing Greener than China’s

A solar panel output may be green, but the manufacturing footprint it has left behind may be anything but green or sustainable. Take the csse of this recent study pitting European solar panel manufacturing and that of China’s. According to a Northwestern University study, China’s manufacturing footprint is far less green than that of Europe. Solar panels made in China have a higher overall carbon footprint and are likely to use substantially more energy during manufacturing than those made in Europe.…

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EPA New Standard on Cutting CO2 Pollution Supported by IMT

Read this Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) response to the EPA target of reducing CO2 pollution from power plants. Kudos! We must continue becoming more aggressive in initiating actions that target climate change. Statement of IMT Director Cliff Majersik on EPA Rule on Carbon Pollution “Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a new standard to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s existing power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, using strategies that include demand-side energy efficiency.…

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Electric Cars Reinvented – $178.9 Billion Market

The electric car solution appears to be growing at a strong pace. Read this research report from IDTechEx. IDTechEx finds that the global sale of hybrid and pure electric cars will triple to $178.9 billion in 2024 as they are transformed in most respects. Up-to-date ten year forecasts are provided in this new IDTechEx report, “Hybrid and Pure Electric Cars 2014-2024” www.IDTechEx.com/cars – unique in revealing how everything about such cars is being reinvented. There are extensive chapters on in-wheel…

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Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine

Urban Wind Turbine Provides Quiet Power

The newly introduced Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine developed by The Archimedes will allow those in cities to quietly make their own power as easily as their country cousins. Besides it’s almost silent operation, the windmill boasts 80% efficiency, much higher than the 25-50% of other turbines. The unit is 5 feet wide, so a bit of space is still necessary, but it makes up for that in efficiency. According to a press release from The Archimedes: “The Liam F1…

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Strength and Design in Concrete Forms

There is something amazingly raw and beautiful in cast concrete forms and buildings. These forms can become any shape imaginable and all that is required is the form to hold the concrete as it dries. Panels of remarkable sizes can be placed on site in construction zones, allowing buildings to rise in record breaking time spans. Concrete’s developments have continued throughout the years with improvements in its strength and constructability techniques. New developments include high-strength concrete that can be reinforced concrete…

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Trina Solar Is The First To Guide Over 1 GW Of Solar Module Shipments

Trina Solar released its Q1 2014 financial results on May 21st. It revealed that Trina Solar’s profitability and module shipment guidance have improved for Q2’14. The company has guided 950 MW to 1,010 MW of module shipments this quarter (Q2’14), marking the first time that a photovoltaic solar module company has provided guidance to more than 1 GW of module shipments within one quarter. According to the DisplaySearch blog: “Looking back, Yingli Green Energy was close to this benchmark during Q4’13, with record industry…

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First Solar to Deliver Diesel-PV Hybrid Solution to Rio Tinto in Australia

Diesel-PV hybrid project will offset grid requirements and reduce diesel usage Integrating the use of solar power with diesel in an Australian mining operation, if successful, will reduce the requirement for all-diesel machinery. To accomplish this First Solar, Rio Tinto, and Ingenero have agreed on the development of the Weipa Solar Photovoltaic Project in Queensland, Australia. The project has received funding from the Commonwealth Government, with an initial commitment of $3.5 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to…

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