New SolarWindows Would Be First See-Through Windows To Generate Electricity

Solar technologies are constantly evolving, becoming more and more effective as new designs and discoveries are made in the field. New Energy Technologies continues this trend with the advent of their new product, the SolarWindow. The new windows will be the first see-through windows that can also generate electricity through a specially designed spray put on the window. They are developing six different types of SolarWindows for different situations: Commercial- A flat glass window for installation in commercial buildings Structural…

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Researchers Discover New Metal Alloy Which Turns Heat into Electricity

Previously technologies that capture the heat that is given off by electronics, engines, and buildings, such as factories, and then turn that heat into electricity have been studied. But researchers at the University of Minnesota in the College of Science and Engineering have recently developed a multiferroic alloy metal material that converts heat directly to electricity.

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D.C. Revolutions’ Wind Turbine Prototype Seeks Public Funding

When inspiration and innovation are held back by the lack of funding what can be done? A company, D.C. Revolutions, has found an answer in creating a Crowdfunding Campaign in partnership with Indie GoGo. D.C. Revolutions is a startup company in Palo Alto, CA and was founded by Durell Coleman, CEO in partnership with Dean Young, COO, and Matt Hart, Power System Integrator. They are focused on redesigning renewable energy starting with a vertical axis wind turbine.

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Let Them Eat Cake and Build a Solar-Powered Recording Studio

Cake decided to use renewable energy source to produce their sixth album, “Showroom of Compassion” which debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200. The band installed 13 photovoltaic solar roofs on top of their recording studio in Sacremento, Calif.

“We hired a company with great experience and competence, Borrego Solar, and they set us up with a way to break away from our dependence on the city’s energy grid,” said members of the band, “Working on a new album, we feel satisfaction in the common denominator of together embracing the unlimited resource of the sun.”

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Energy Independence Begins with Home Solar Power Storage Systems

Energy independence is a growing trend in the U.S. Most of the time it refers to America’s need to transition away from dependence on fossil fuels that are imported from around the world. Thanks to increased opportunities for solar financing, energy independence are now easier and more affordable than ever to install a home solar system. If you’re thinking about taking it one step further and declaring complete independence from the traditional power grid, it’s essential to have a reliable power storage system.

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Crestone, Colorado: A Green Place to Be

In a small town remotely located on the eastern edge of the San Luis Valley large eco-friendly ideas are taking root. The place is a close-knit community of approximately 130 people, called Crestone, Colorado and the concept is a better living and built environment for everyone.

Many different elements are part of the everyday life there. They are internationally known for alternative buildings and have approximately 100 sustainable homes is the area.

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Israel’s Project Better Place Looks to Make Oil-dependent Vehicles Obsolete

If the United States were to trade places, economically and physically with Israel, isolating ourselves from our neighbors with constant war and no oil supply would we become as resourceful as the Israelis? The Israelis have always been on the leading edge of technological advances but beginning in 2008, a project, that once implemented could quite literally save the planet from harmful car emissions and oil dependency, was started. It is Project Better Place and its intentions are to turn all oil-motor transportation to electric.

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Global Energy Awards Nominations Open

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Global Energy Awards which recognize corporate and individual excellence in more than a dozen performance categories. Nominations are due by September 12, 2011. Recognized as the energy industry’s most renowned awards program and often described as “the Oscars of Energy,” the Platts Global Energy Awards, are in their 13th year and routinely draw hundreds of nominations from energy and non-energy companies alike. To reflect evolutions in the energy industry, amends are made to the…

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Rooftop Solar System Powers Toy Distribution

Toys”R”Us, Inc. recently announced plans to add the largest rooftop solar power installation in North America to its distribution center in Flanders, NJ. Staging for the system is currently underway and construction will conclude this summer. Upon completion, the 5.38 megawatt on-site solar mechanism will occupy 869,294 square feet and is estimated to generate 72 percent of the electrical needs for the Toys”R”Us facility. This solar power installation will cover nearly 70 percent of the distribution center’s 1,281,000-square-foot roof and…

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Coal-Free Washington Bill Awaits Governor’s Signature

The Washington State Legislature put its final stamp of approval on a plan to responsibly transition TransAlta Corp’s Centralia, Washington, power plant off of coal. The bill, which was supported by several environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, the National Parks Conservation Association and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, requires TransAlta to phase out its 1,460-megawatt coal plant in stages between 2020 and 2025.

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