Israel's First LEED Platinum Building Underway: A Living Laboratory for Environmental Studies

Tel Aviv University is building a new school for the Porter School of Environmental Studies that might become Israel’s first LEED-NC Platinum building. Tina Casey from CleanTechnica and I visited the building and got an introductory lecture from Dr. Arie Nesher, the Professional Director of the school. Nesher gave us a tour of the building as it is being constructed, saying that Tel Aviv University is trying to be proactive in responding to current trends. “Enrollment is declining,” he said.…

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Clean Energy Takes Initial Step to Bring LNG to Florida Transportation Markets

Jacksonville project would be first endeavor of Eagle LNG Partners to support growing maritime, trucking and railroad natural gas fueling demand Clean Energy Fuels Corp. today announced that it has placed a purchase contract on property where it hopes to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel terminal in Jacksonville, Fla. This would be the first LNG facility on the Eastern seaboard to specifically supply LNG for the maritime, heavy-duty trucking and rail industries. The planned facility is the first…

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Study: Ethanol not a major factor in reducing gas prices

As many of us have suspected for a long time, there is not much in the way of good news economically, when it comes to using ethanol in blends of petroleum. Read this study by an MIT economist. CAMBRIDGE, MA — If you have stopped at a gas station recently, there is a good chance your auto has consumed fuel with ethanol blended into it. Yet the price of gasoline is not substantially affected by the volume of its ethanol…

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Clean Energy Becomes First Ever Commercial Distributor of Transportation Fuel Made from Waste

Clean Energy Fuels Corp., North America’s largest provider of natural gas for transportation, announced today that it will be the first company to commercially distribute a renewable natural gas vehicle fuel, called Redeem, made from waste streams such as landfills, large dairies and sewage plants directly to fleets around the country and at the 35 public Clean Energy stations throughout California. Thousands of cars, taxis, shuttles and industrial fleets in California are now using Clean Energy’sRedeem, which is up to 90% cleaner…

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China’s Synthetic Gas Plants Would be Greenhouse Giants

Synthetic gas is sometimes not the best alternative available, especially when it has been produced in coal-powered factories. Read the following release. Huge scale of gas-from-coal plants ‘an environmental disaster in the making DURHAM, N.C. — Coal-powered synthetic natural gas plants being planned in China would produce seven times more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional natural gas plants, and use up to 100 times the water as shale gas production, according to a new study by Duke University researchers. These…

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Efficient Combustion Engine

Innovative hybrid diesel engine developed to run on natural gas Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed an internal combustion engine that emits less than half the CO2 compared to a regular engine without compromising performance. This corresponds to fuel consumption of less than 2.4l per 100km. This natural gas-diesel hybrid engine is based on a system of sophisticated control engineering. The global energy markets are changing. New extraction methods are tapping into oilfields and natural gas deposits that have been…

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Diesel Know-How: How New Diesel Engines Emit Little Greenhouse Gas Nitrous Oxide

Many individuals find diesel engines to be entirely unacceptable due to the visible and invisible pollution they emit, not to mention the stench they leave behind in their exhaust trail. This all may be changing, however, due to the newest catalytic converters. Read the following report from AAAS. The latest catalytic converters reduce pollution by unusual mechanism RICHLAND, Wash. — The newest catalytic converters in diesel engines blast away a pollutant from combustion with the help of ammonia. Common in…

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SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel Produces 20 Millionth Gallon of BioFuel

We may till be still a long way from a world where sustainably produced biofuels dominate the marketplace in contrast to the dominance of petroleum. However, there are encouraging sign of industry growth, as found in this press release from SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel after producing 20 million gallons of clean-burning fuel. SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel Produces 20 Millionth Gallon of Fuel, Teams Up With University of Oregon UO Athletics to Recycle Cooking Oil With State’s Largest Biodiesel Producer – Contributing to…

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Re-purposing Discarded Subway Cars As Artificial Homes

Since 2001, old subway rail cars have been re-purposed as artificial reefs by placing them in waters. Whether on land or at sea, if an old piece of equipment with space in it is left unattended for a long enough time, animals — and sometimes plants — tend to take it over. Of course, spiders have dibs on it first! They will create webs inside if it is on land. Along will come the lizards, rats, maybe birds, and so…

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Electrochemical Step Towards Better Hydrogen Storage

Hydrogen is seen as a versatile energy carrier for the future. Unfortunately, the element practically does not occur in the free state on Earth. Therefore, it must be first generated (e.g., by electrolysis of water), then stored, to be finally used — ideally in fuel cells transforming chemical energy directly into electrical one. Hydrogen storage represents, however, a serious challenge. The drawbacks of conventional storage tanks for gaseous and liquid hydrogen force us to look for other solutions. One of the promising methods for hydrogen storage makes use of the capability of some metals and alloys to easily uptake this element.

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Siemens Launches Smart City Project In Vienna, Austria — Aspern

Vienna, Austria will soon be home to a large smart city pilot project — one which will create a multifunctional urban district that features intelligent power grids, power supply, building systems, and communication technologies, which all work together within the Aspern region of Vienna. The project officially began on July 3 with the creation of Aspern Smart City Research — the company created by Siemens and its partners for the project. The company has been given a budget of about…

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VW Chattanooga: A Model for Designing Ecological Sustainability Into Auto Manufacturing Sites

Auto manufacturing also takes a heavy toll on societies and ecosystems, however, requiring vast amounts of energy and natural resources, as well as pumping out vast quantities of pollutants into our atmosphere, land, waterways and oceans. These costs have grown along with the industry and become increasingly apparent over the years. Changing with the times, automakers around the world are now turning to green site, building and manufacturing design to reduce the costs, and risks of doing business, including the toll they take on the environment.

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Parking Structures Should Target LEED Models

Despite the growth of public transportation and other transportation alternatives, parking locations remain necessary in much of the nation. Even though parking consultants and design teams have been using sustainable practices for parking structures in recent years, many do not calculate energy use as part of their standard methodology. Unknown to most, a garage typically uses 15 percent of the energy that the building that it is designed to support uses.Worse, this energy use is often lost in the periphery…

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SmartDrive Fuel Propels Fleets to Dramatic Savings in Fuel Costs and Reductions in CO2 Emissions

SmartDrive Systems, a leader in driving performance solutions that reduce collisions and improve fuel efficiency, announced today enhancements to its SmartDrive Fuel™ program. The enhancements continue to boost SmartDrive’s technology leadership in fleet safety and fuel efficiency, enabling fleets to improve fuel economy as much as 14%, and eliminate thousands of pounds of CO2 per vehicle each year.

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Have Shale Plays Hijacked Our Energy Future?

“Ten percent of the Lower 48 has been leased by oil companies. That’s more acreage than we plant in corn and wheat. Oil and gas extraction is now the dominant land use on the continent.   “In short, shale plays are a peculiar sort of blessing. For sure, they’ve given us a staggering amount of new energy. Simultaneously, they’ve hijacked our energy future, chained us to a drilling rig, and thrown away the key.” Source: The Christian Science Monitor Randy…

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Scientists Turn Toxic By-Product into Biofuel Booster

Scientists studying an enzyme that naturally produces alkanes — long carbon-chain molecules that could be a direct replacement for the hydrocarbons in gasoline — have figured out why the natural reaction typically stops after three to five cycles. Armed with that knowledge, they’ve devised a strategy to keep the reaction going. The biochemical details — worked out at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences the week of February 4, 2013 — renew interest in using the enzyme in bacteria, algae, or plants to produce biofuels that need no further processing.

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