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Jul 01, 2015

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Vestas Announces 860 MW Worth Of Orders In Five Days

Jul 1, 2015: Vestas Wind Systems has announced orders worth a total of 860 MW over the space of five days, covering seven orders in five countries. Earlier this week we reported on Vestas’ announcement that it had been awarded 150 MW worth of wind turbines to a Texas wind farm being developed by EDF Renewable Energy. Little did Vestas Announces 860 MW Worth Of Orders In Five Days was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Bill Gates to Invest $2 Billion in Renewable Technology Projects

Jul 1, 2015: Gates is doubling his investment in cutting-edge renewable technology initiatives to $2 billion over the next five years.

US And Brazil Pledge Jointly To Raise Renewable Energy To 20% By 2030

Jul 1, 2015: The United States and Brazil have announced a joint agreement to bring their levels of renewable energy sources other than hydro to 20% by 2030. The announcement was made on Tuesday in a joint statement between US President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, which intends to showcase the two countries’ commitment to fighting US And Brazil Pledge Jointly To Raise Renewable Energy To 20% By 2030 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Innovative Clean Energy Technologies — From Concept to Market

Jul 1, 2015: By Amanda McCrum Transformative technologies are fundamentally driving the acceleration of the clean energy field. From more efficient solar photovoltaics and larger wind turbines, to grid-scale energy storage and small, high-capacity electric vehicle batteries – innovative technologies continue to develop the clean energy industry and increase cost-effectiveness for consumers.  Imagine the amount of time and Innovative Clean Energy Technologies — From Concept to Market was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

China To Curb Emissions Before 2030, Says Premier

Jul 1, 2015: China’s premier has announced that his country will attempt to curb its carbon emissions before a 2030 target. During a visit to Paris this week, Premier Li Keqiang announced plans for his country to reduce carbon emissions. Specifically, “China’s carbon dioxide emissions will peak by around 2030, but China will work hard to achieve the target at an China To Curb Emissions Before 2030, Says Premier was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Long-Term Electric Car Ownership: What It’s Really Like

Jul 1, 2015: One Year Later About a year ago,  I wrote my first piece on CleanTechnica, about how I sold my Camaro and purchased my current automobile: a Smart Electric Drive. I thought it was about time to provide an update. We always hear about how new owners are happy with their purchases, and how you should go Long-Term Electric Car Ownership: What It’s Really Like was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

New storage cell for solar energy storage, nighttime conversion

Jul 1, 2015: A materials science and engineering team has developed a new energy cell that can store large-scale solar energy even when it's dark.

South Australia Pushes Battery Storage In Government Buildings

Jul 1, 2015: Originally published on RenewEconomy South Australia is rapidly emerging as the leading state in battery storage, with the Labor government announcing a $1.1 million tender to install battery storage in several key government buildings, including parliament house and its flagship arts buildings in the North Terrace precinct. In what is being billed as a first South Australia Pushes Battery Storage In Government Buildings was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

French Energy Company Total Plans 500-800 MW Solar Power Capacity In Bolivia

Jul 1, 2015: French energy company Total is planning to create a major solar energy base in Bolivia by developing large-scale solar power projects. The Bolivian government is reported to be in discussion with the French energy company to boost the South American country’s solar power generation capacity. Bolivia’s energy minister Alberto Sanchez has stated that Total is looking to develop French Energy Company Total Plans 500-800 MW Solar Power Capacity In Bolivia was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Oxis To Manufacture Li-S Batteries Achieving 400 Wh/kg

Jul 1, 2015: Originally published on Kompulsa. Many years ago, I learned of a technology that could turn the energy industry upside down — the lithium-sulfur battery. It could achieve a gravimetric energy density of 400 Wh/kg. The majority of electric vehicle batteries are well under 200 Wh/kg. This means that lithium-sulfur battery technology could at least double EV Oxis To Manufacture Li-S Batteries Achieving 400 Wh/kg was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Nearly 2/3 Of The Way To Hawaii — Solar Impulse 2 Soars

Jul 1, 2015: Originally published on 1Sun4All. Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) has been in the air — nonstop — for 2 days, 20 hours, and 21 minutes at the time that I write this. André Borschberg, cofounder, CEO, and pilot of Si2 is at the controls of the first solar-powered airplane to make this historical oceanic flight, which will last at least 5 days and Nearly 2/3 Of The Way To Hawaii — Solar Impulse 2 Soars was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Should Gas & Oil Methane Emissions Be the Next Obama Climate Policy Priority?

Jul 1, 2015: Is the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed gas and oil production greenhouse gas regulation actually the most efficient and effective approach to reducing total methane emissions in the United States? Or are there better alternatives?read more…

Video: Fossil Fuels – A Risky Business?

Jul 1, 2015: The fossil fuel industry is inflating a ‘carbon bubble’ based on risky demand & price assumptions.Already under current climate policy settings, companies risk wasting over $1 trillion over the next decade. If the policy settings are ratcheted up ‎to reflect a 2 degrees target then the amount at risk rise dramatically to $20 trillion plus. [...]…

Chinese Solar Turmoil Brings Crowdfunding and Internet Interlopers

Jul 1, 2015: Doug Young  Bottom line: Yingli’s use of crowd-funding to finance a small project and the bargain sale price of a small polysilicon maker reflect continuing struggles at second-tier solar companies and the need for more consolidation. Two solar energy stories are showing how overcapacity continues to haunt the sector 2 years after it began to emerge from a major downturn. The first involves a desperate-looking fund-raising plan from the struggling Yingli (NYSE: YGE), which is trying to use crowd funding to pay for a new solar plant. The other news involves another slightly bizarre investment in the space, with Internet titan Tencent (HKEx: 700) and real estate giant Evergrande (HKEx: 3333) paying a bargain price for Mascotte (HKE…

It’s Time To Make A Decision: What Kind Of Grid Do We Want?

Jul 1, 2015: Originally published on RMI Outlet. By Leia Guccione Solar PV and batteries will be part of the grid of the future. But what part? And what sort of grid? The answers are as yet uncertain, but decisions made today will set the grid’s evolution on a trajectory from which it will be harder to course It’s Time To Make A Decision: What Kind Of Grid Do We Want? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

One in Three Investors Will Back Their First Solar Project within the Next Year

Jul 1, 2015: One interesting development of the commercial solar industry boom that is currently under way in the U.S. is the numbers of professional investors getting involved with the sector. Over 60 percent of investors will invest in commercial solar and a staggering 83 percent of investors will make investment in solar a priority in the next five [...]…

Vermont And Hawaii Set High Renewable Portfolio Standard Targets

Jul 1, 2015: Originally published on EIA. Two states recently passed legislation that would require significant increases in renewable electricity generation. On June 8, Hawaii updated legislation setting a 100% renewable portfolio standard (RPS) by 2045. On June 11, Vermont passed a bill creating a 75% RPS by 2032. Both of these RPS target percentages are higher than Vermont And Hawaii Set High Renewable Portfolio Standard Targets was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Winners and Losers from Flattening Tiered Electricity Prices

Jul 1, 2015: The California Public Utilities Commission is moving closer to major changes in the steeply increasing-block residential electricity rates that the state has had since the 2000-01 California electricity crisis. This Friday the Commissioners may decide to significantly flatten the tiered rate structure.read more…

Biomimicry Wave Energy Device Ready To Leave The Nest

Jul 1, 2015: A new biomimicry wave energy device inspired by kelp is ready for launch at Port Fairy, Australia -- don't get too excited, that's kelp not kale Biomimicry Wave Energy Device Ready To Leave The Nest was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

3 Out Of 4 New Solar Homes In NSW To Include Battery Storage

Jul 1, 2015: Originally published on RenewEconomy. The Australian Energy Market Operator predicts that NSW and Victoria will lead the country in the adoption of battery storage by households over the next two decades. In its first ever analysis of the potential impacts of new technologies – specifically battery storage, but also electric vehicles and “fuel switching” from 3 Out Of 4 New Solar Homes In NSW To Include Battery Storage was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Perovskite Solar Cells Could Beat the Efficiency of Silicon

Jul 1, 2015: An upstart material—perovskite—could finally make solar cells that are cheaper and more efficient than the prevailing silicon technology -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com…

Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Month

Jul 1, 2015: What a fast month that was! There was an insane amount of exciting cleantech news, like usual. If you’re just joining us, I won’t ask you to go through the 364 articles we published in June (or the 18,295 we’ve published since inception), but the 20 below seem worth checking out, considering that they were Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Month was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Solar's Value for Grid Circuits: Not Much on Average, but Huge for a Handful

Jul 1, 2015: Solar advocates and opponents have argued over the merits of various studies about the relative costs and benefits of distributed solar PV. Different studies have reached different results -- so different that the Rocky Mountain Institute wrote an entire report just to compare and contrast 16 of them.read more…

Asia depends on Middle East for 66 % of its oil imports

Jul 1, 2015: Of Asia’s total incremental oil imports since 2001, 4.5 mb/d (47%) have come from production growth, 3.9 mb/d (41%) from taking away imports of other countries (US, Europe, Africa and others) and 1.2 mb/d (12%) from direct consumption decline (US, Europe and others).

AeroVironment + Recargo Unveil New “Pay With PlugShare” Option For West Coast Electric Highway’s Fast-Charger Network

Jul 1, 2015: A new smartphone-based means of paying for electric vehicle (EV) charging while traveling on the West Coast Electric Highway fast-charger network in Oregon and Washington was recently unveiled by AeroVironment and by the developer of PlugShare, Recargo, via a press release. The new smartphone app will now allow drivers to pay for utilizing AeroVironment’s DC AeroVironment + Recargo Unveil New “Pay With PlugShare” Option For West Coast Electric Highway’s Fast-Charger Network was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

2016 BMW 740e eDrive PHEV — Most Recent Offering In Company’s Fast Embrace Of EVs

Jul 1, 2015: BMW’s recently revealed plans to transition its full lineup to electric vehicles are moving along fairly fast, based on the recent reveal of the 2016 BMW 740e eDrive plug-in hybrid (PHEV) — which represents the fifth plug-in revealed by BMW in recent times. The other four models are, of course, the i3, the i8, the 330e, and the 2016 BMW 740e eDrive PHEV — Most Recent Offering In Company’s Fast Embrace Of EVs was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Supreme Court Rejects Argument to Dismiss Landmark Fracking Case

Jul 1, 2015: The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected a motion by the country's most powerful energy regulator that Jessica Ernst's case involving fracking and groundwater contamination raises no significant constitutional claim and should be dismissed.

Residential PACE on the Rise; Innovative Solar Financing

Jul 1, 2015: In 2010, the Federal Housing Finance Authority almost killed Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs (PACE) for residential properties. A lot can happen in five years, and what was once a program on the verge of foreclosure is now a booming market.read more…

Progress on Phasing Down HFCs as Countries Build Momentum Toward a Deal

Jul 1, 2015: The global effort to phase down powerful heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) is gaining speed as several nations recently put forth detailed plans to curb HFC use. Negotiators at the upcoming Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) in Paris next month will weigh in on updated amendment proposals.read more…

Is Solar Power Right For Me? Utilities Offer Advice With “WattPlan” App

Jul 1, 2015: Originally published on Solar Love. Allowing customers to learn about and explore solar power options at their convenience, a new online application helps utility customers learn the answer to many solar power-related questions, including, “Is solar power right for me?” Newly launched by Clean Power Research, the new “WattPlan” online application engages users with highly Is Solar Power Right For Me? Utilities Offer Advice With “WattPlan” App was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Tesla P85D Voted Coolest Car In Norway

Jul 1, 2015: Originally published on EV Obsession. The best car (“coolest” might be a better translation) in Norway is the Tesla P85D according to a recent survey undertaken by the Norwegian company E24. Tesla’s P85D managed to take a clear first place in the survey, capturing 19.9% of the vote (3221 votes), fairly far ahead of the Tesla P85D Voted Coolest Car In Norway was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Samsung Dramatically Increases Battery Capacity (Nearly Doubles It)

Jun 30, 2015: Originally published on Kompulsa. Samsung researchers have developed a new technology that enables them to coat silicon battery cathodes with high crystal graphene. This means that they can now virtually double the capacity of lithium-ion batteries! This energy density increase could almost double the range of electric vehicles without adding a single pound of weight. This could Samsung Dramatically Increases Battery Capacity (Nearly Doubles It) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

“3-4 Times More Robots” On Tesla Model X Production Line, Gigafactory Ahead Of Schedule

Jun 30, 2015: Originally published on EV Obsession. A couple of quick updates on Tesla Motors* manufacturing have come through the wires in recent days. First of all, a Nevada economic development official said last week that the Tesla Gigafactory is actually ahead of schedule. Tesla isn’t exactly known for being ahead of schedule, but it seems to have “3-4 Times More Robots” On Tesla Model X Production Line, Gigafactory Ahead Of Schedule was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Leather Without The Cow

Jun 30, 2015: Flokser launches Artificial Leather based on DuPont Tate & Lyle, BioAmber ingredients Jim LaneIn Canada, BioAmber (BIOA) announced that the Flokser Group has successfully developed an innovative artificial leather fabric using bio-based materials supplied by DuPont (DD) Tate & Lyle Bio Products and BioAmber. Flokser has launched this new synthetic leather fabric under its SERTEX brand. The novel fabric comprises a polyester polyol made from BioAmber’s Bio-SA bio-based succinic acid and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products’ Susterra bio-based 1,3-propanediol. Flokser’s artificial leather fabric has 70% renewable content and delivers improved performance. It provides better scratch resistance and has softer touch than…

Graphene flexes its electronic muscles

Jun 30, 2015: Flexing graphene may be the most basic way to control its electrical properties, according to calculations by theoretical physicists.

White House Wisely Rejects the 'Categorical Carbon Neutrality' of Biomass, But What Now?

Jun 30, 2015: The White House OMB released a Statement of Policy this week detailing the many reasons why the President would veto H.R. 2822, a 2016 appropriations bill for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Interior put together by the Appropriations Committee in the House of Representatives.read more…

Public Investment in Clean Energy ''Poised for Exponential Growth'

Jun 30, 2015: Even without access to MLPs, which are publicly traded entities that are allowed to act like traditional corporations in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service, financing vehicles for clean energy projects are already being unleashed. Investment in clean energy hit nearly $340 billion in 2014.read more…

A Light Bulb Goes Off: A Conversation with Hiroshi Amano

Jun 30, 2015: A Conversation with Hiroshi Amano In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. For nearly a hundred years, the incandescent bulb—which worked mainly by electricity passing through a filament and heating it to incandescent temperatures in a glass globe—lit up the world. It was effective in terms of turning night into daylight, but most inefficient [...]…

Don't Write Off Energy Efficiency, It's Just About to have its Day.

Jun 30, 2015: Economists from the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley released a study that called into question the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency. The study was based on the team’s analysis of energy savings shortfalls in the Michigan low income Weatherization Assistance Program.read more…

Rural Colorado Leads the Charge for Energy Freedom

Jun 30, 2015: Last week the Western Slope Colorado witnessed a huge victory for energy freedom and rural renewable power.

“We are in danger of winning. But….”

Jun 30, 2015: First in-depth radio interview on The Winning of the Carbon War, on Radio Ecoshock. Covers road to Paris, reasons for cautious optimism, Solarcentury and SolarAid in holistic context as microcosm direct actions in the market.

Moving Nuclear Energy Discussions Forward

Jun 30, 2015: Bloomberg Bureau of National Affairs recently conducted a morning meeting titled 'A Chain Reaction: The Role of Nuclear Energy in New England’s Energy Mix' in Boston. The timing was fortuitous, my wife and I were in Maine, so we decided to make a little detour on the way home so we could attend.read more…

North Carolina Solar Leadership at the Crossroads

Jun 30, 2015: As a North Carolinian, I can tell you it's pretty darned amazing that, last year, our state was number 2 in the nation in installed solar capacity. And number 4 in the first quarter of 2015, despite what can only be described as some really crappy (and construction-slowing) winter weather.read more…

Bill Gates invests $2 billion in renewable energy

Jun 29, 2015: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced they will invest another $2billion in renewable technologies to help the fight against global climate change. This good news toward sustainability however comes with some bad, as Gates will not divest…

Infographic: How renewables are thriving in the US thanks to state policies

Jun 29, 2015: Things are looking up for clean energy in the US. Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA), a national nonprofit coalition working to advance clean energy, released a new report titled Clean Energy Champions: The Importance of State Programs and Policies, to…

New nanogenerator harvests power from rolling tires

Jun 29, 2015: Engineers have developed a nanogenerator that harvests energy from a car's rolling tire friction.

Ocean Power Technologies Bobs Into The Big Apple

Jun 29, 2015: by Debra Fiakas CFA Mid-June 2015, Ocean Power Technologies (OPTT:  Nasdaq) announced final permits had been secured to deploy one of its power buoys off the coast southeast of New York City.  The company has lost no time in laying down mooring lines for the buoy.  The next step is to watch the skies for the best weather conditions to deploy the buoy.  Over the next year, Ocean Power will collect data the power buoy’s performance. Ocean Power Technologies is a developer of ocean wave energy technology.  The company has been working on its ‘power buoy’ for over fifteen years for off-grid as well as integrated network electricity generation.  The company’s website provides a concise d…

France Loses Enthusiasm for Nuclear Power

Jun 29, 2015: Nuclear’s share of electricty will drop from 75 percent to 50 percent by 2025 due to loss of know-how and requirements for more renewable sources -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com…

Rare Earths Not So Rare?

Jun 29, 2015: Rare earths are elements of low abundance, compared to the ores of metals like iron and copper. Five years ago it appeared that China had cornered the market on rare earths and was exercising its market power to, among other aims, lure businesses reliant on these minerals to shift their operations to China.read more…

Solar3D Selected for Addition to Russell Microcap Growth Index

Jun 29, 2015: SANTA BARBARA, CA - June 29, 2015 (Investorideas.com renewable energy stocks newswire) Solar 3D, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLTD), a provider and developer of solar power solutions, is pleased to announce today that according to a list posted on www.russell.com/indexes…