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Feb 13, 2016

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NREL Releases New International Solar PV Manufacturing Quality Standard

Feb 13, 2016: Originally published on Sustainnovate. By Henry Lindon A new international quality standard for manufacturing solar photovoltaic (PV) modules has been created following on 5 years of work by researchers at the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and elsewhere, according to a recent press release. The new standard is intended to supplement [&hellip NREL Releases New International Solar PV Manufacturing Quality Standard was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Nissan LEAF #1 (Again) Non-Luxury Traditional Compact Car In IHS Loyalty Awards

Feb 13, 2016: Originally published on EV Obsession. Two years in a row, the Nissan LEAF has been identified as the world’s preferred and unrivaled “Non-Luxury Traditional Compact Car” in the 20th Annual IHS Automotive Loyalty Awards. The Automotive News World Congress held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit once again granted Nissan [&hellip Nissan LEAF #1 (Again) Non-Luxury Traditional Compact Car In IHS Loyalty Awards was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

It's Time to Implement Good Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs in Your State

Feb 13, 2016: The industrial sector represents a big opportunity for low-cost energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs. In general, investments in energy efficiency lower operating costs for manufacturers, which increases their productivity and improves competitiveness.read more…

Elon Love, Model S Rental… (Top 10 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

Feb 13, 2016: Here are the most popular CleanTechnica stories from the past week, in case you missed any of them or just want to check in on the comments: Why Elon Musk Is Loved So Much (via EV Obsession) You Bought A Tesla Model S To Rent It? VW Aims To Release World’s First High-Volume Electric Car (via EV Obsession) Solar [&hellip Elon Love, Model S Rental… (Top 10 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week) was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Green Homes Yield Major Resale Premiums in Washington, D.C.

Feb 13, 2016: High-performing homes (HPHs) with green features—both single- and multi-family—in the District sell for nearly 3.5 percent more than those without green features, according to a recently released report by real estate appraiser and author Sandra K. Adomatis and the Institute for Market Transformation.read more…

Germany & The Coal Exit

Feb 13, 2016: All translations my own and without liability. Germany has made well-publicised strides towards cleaner electricity generation, with renewables accounting for 30% of the country’s electricity mix in 2015. Yet quitting smoking is not easy and, as critics are quick to point out, Germany’s fleet of coal-fired power stations continues to run. The debate in the country [&hellip Germany & The Coal Exit was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Advanced Electric Water Heaters Could Save Money and Cut Pollution

Feb 13, 2016: The humble water heater used to heat water for bathing and washing dishes in America's homes also may be a promising new tool for cutting residential utility bills, promoting clean energy, and strengthening the reliability of the power grid.read more…

New Figures Show “Germany is a Nation of Cyclists”

Feb 13, 2016: Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure released the latest version of its biannual Bicycle Monitor survey this week, saying the survey showed that “Germany is also a nation of cyclists.” Norbert Barthle, parliamentary state secretary at the ministry, said: “Cycling is advancing technically. GPS route planning, bicycle computers, and e-bikes are currently popular. [&hellip New Figures Show “Germany is a Nation of Cyclists” was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

A New Start for the Energy Collective

Feb 12, 2016: The Energy Collective is making a fresh start under new ownership. We hope you – our readers and contributors, who over the years have turned The Energy Collective in the high-quality website it is today – will continue to support us in what we feel is an important pursuit.read more…

Chevy Bolt To Be Rebranded As Opel Ampera-e For Europe In 2017

Feb 12, 2016: Originally published on EV Obsession. There’s been a fair amount of speculation to date about how serious GM actually is about the Chevy Bolt, with most signs pointing to the new electric car offering being taken very serious by the company. That speculation seems to be confirmed somewhat by the recent announcement that a rebranded [&hellip Chevy Bolt To Be Rebranded As Opel Ampera-e For Europe In 2017 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Ontario Raises Some EV Incentives, Lowers Others

Feb 12, 2016: Originally published on EV Obsession. The Canadian province of Ontario has gone ahead and increased the incentives available through the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program to up to CAD$14,000 per unit — up from the previous incentive range of CAD$5000-CAD$8,500 — according to a new press release. The government there also decided to limit the incentives’ [&hellip Ontario Raises Some EV Incentives, Lowers Others was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

2017 Kia Optima PHEV Officially Unveiled

Feb 12, 2016: Originally published on EV Obsession. The 2017 Kia Optima plug-in hybrid was officially unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show a few days ago, giving us some new insight into what we can expect with the model’s release later this year. The specs for the 2017 Kia Optima plug-in hybrid (PHEV) are as follows: a 27-mile [&hellip 2017 Kia Optima PHEV Officially Unveiled was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Engineers have found a way to harvest wind energy from trees

Feb 12, 2016: Imagine if a world full of forests generated all the energy we need. Well, that dream could become reality with a new form of energy production. The technology is called piezoelectricity, and it refers to the electric charge produced from a vibration applied to any material. According to a new report in the Journal of Sound and Vibration, the movement of trees in the wind produces vibrations that could be successfully converted into energy. The study, administered by engineers at Ohio State's...

Beautiful Tesla Fan Commercial Packs Powerful Message

Feb 12, 2016: Originally published on EV Obsession. The Freise Brothers created a fan commercial that tells a poignant tale from days long past that applies equally well to the current EVolution of the automotive industry. Inspirational bits often give me the steam to get through another day, to try just a bit harder to be the best me that I [&hellip Beautiful Tesla Fan Commercial Packs Powerful Message was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Subtle Lessons In GE’s CFL Phaseout

Feb 12, 2016: Originally published on Medium. By Griffin Hagle Last week, GE announced that it will stop manufacturing CFLs by the end of 2016. In what may be the clearest sign yet that the LED has arrived as the world’s preferred light source, the company expects LEDs to occupy half of US light sockets by 2020. That’s a [&hellip Subtle Lessons In GE’s CFL Phaseout was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Clean Tech Jobs For The Week Of Feb 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016: The top clean tech jobs for this week include listings for a product manager for a micro-solar company, a software engineer at an energy startup, a senior component engineer at a solar company, a DER strategic consultant, an environmental analyst at Apple, an inside account manager for PACE progams, a project manager for a green [&hellip Clean Tech Jobs For The Week Of Feb 12, 2016 was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Solar Net Metering Challenge In Maine

Feb 12, 2016: Maine solar stakeholders petition to preserve net metering after proposed legislature threat Add Maine solar system owners to the list of distributed energy champions concerned over legislative changes to existing net metering policies. A press announcement reports Maine solar installers, local and national businesses, environmental organizations, and the newly formed Solar Energy Association of Maine delivered [&hellip Solar Net Metering Challenge In Maine was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

New Graphene-Glass Combo Powers “Spontaneous” Solar Cell

Feb 12, 2016: A new graphene solar cell deploys common window glass to touch off a spontaneous "doping" effect, leading to high efficiency, low cost solar cells New Graphene-Glass Combo Powers “Spontaneous” Solar Cell was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Mitsui Raises Stake In BioAmber JV

Feb 12, 2016: Jim LaneIn Canada, Mitsui has invested an additional CDN$25 million in the BioAmber (BIOA) joint venture for 10% of the equity, increasing its stake from 30% to 40%. Mitsui will also play a stronger role in the commercialization of bio-succinic acid produced in Sarnia, providing dedicated resources alongside BioAmber’s commercial team. BioAmber will maintain a 60% controlling stake in the joint venture. “Mitsui is continuously committed to renewable chemistry and through our increased equity stake we will be more actively involved in joint venture management and sales, leveraging our global sales platforms,” said Hidebumi Kasuga, General Manager, Specialty Chemicals Division, Basic Chemicals Business Unit. “We are ve…

Is This The Best Solar Chart Yet?

Feb 12, 2016: Originally published on Sustainnovate. By Henry Lindon Solar energy has been in a bit of a boom phase as of late (one that will arguably continue for a long while). Why exactly, one might ask, has the technology been finding more and more of a foothold in the global marketplace? Well, the graph above (courtesy [&hellip Is This The Best Solar Chart Yet? was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Understanding Google’s Goal To Be Powered By 100% Renewable Energy

Feb 12, 2016: Google has made a big deal of its desires to be powered by 100% renewable energy, and in a recent blog post, the company has explained exactly what it means by that goal. Gary Demasi, Google Director of Data Center Energy & Location Strategy, took to the Google Green Blog this week to explain exactly [&hellip Understanding Google’s Goal To Be Powered By 100% Renewable Energy was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Million-Dollar Investment Gives Australia’s Battery Storage A Big Boost

Feb 12, 2016: Australia’s battery storage industry has received a big boost after Sunverge Energy’s world leading technology received an investment of USD$36.5 million. Sunverge Energy, a global leader in intelligent storage and distributed energy resource management, closed a USD$36.5 million Series C round of financing from new investor AGL Energy Ltd, Australia’s largest publicly traded energy retailer [&hellip Million-Dollar Investment Gives Australia’s Battery Storage A Big Boost was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

New Study Predicts World Unlikely To Become Less Reliant On Fossil Fuels

Feb 12, 2016: A new study has concluded that fossil fuels consumption is likely to grow unless an adequate price is placed on carbon dioxide emissions. The new study, Will We Ever Stop Using Fossil Fuels, published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, finds that fossil fuel consumption is likely to continue to increase unless clear and decisive policies [&hellip New Study Predicts World Unlikely To Become Less Reliant On Fossil Fuels was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

DONG Energy Continues To Shore Up Offshore Wind Leadership

Feb 12, 2016: DONG Energy has completed two agreements this week that serve to solidify the Danish wind energy giants’ position as the leading global offshore wind developer. DONG Energy Takes Over 1,000 MW New Jersey Lease On Tuesday, DONG Energy announced that it had agreed to take over RES Americas Development Inc’s more than 1,000 MW newly [&hellip DONG Energy Continues To Shore Up Offshore Wind Leadership was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

BP Predicts Fossil Fuels To Remain Dominant Source Of Energy, Everyone Else Disagrees

Feb 12, 2016: One of the world’s seven “supermajor” oil and gas companies, BP, has released its annual Energy Outlook, claiming fossil fuels will remain a dominant source of energy throughout the next two decades. In response, everyone else disagrees.  Fossil Fuel Optimism The BP Energy Outlook is the company’s annual analysis of the “most likely” path for [&hellip BP Predicts Fossil Fuels To Remain Dominant Source Of Energy, Everyone Else Disagrees was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

NH Legislators Weigh Job-Killing Provision In Solar Bill

Feb 12, 2016: The dust hasn’t even settled on the New Hampshire primary, and Eversource Energy is once again feeling the bern. The Economic Times reports that the behemoth New England utility is being blasted by a US Senator (no, not that Senator) for outsourcing IT jobs in Connecticut and Massachusetts to nonimmigrant workers, taking advantage of loopholes [&hellip NH Legislators Weigh Job-Killing Provision In Solar Bill was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

Insights in Resilience: Climate Change and Human Health

Feb 12, 2016: The healthcare sector is often the first to witness the impacts of poor air quality, extreme weather, and other climate hazards on the health of the community. From heat waves to floods and exposure to rapidly spreading vector borne illnesses, the nexus of climate change and human health gets stronger every day.read more…

Why 7 Years Of Low Natural Gas Prices Haven't Brought Down Electricity Prices

Feb 12, 2016: After peaking in 2008, the collapse of natural gas prices theoretically saved Americans nearly $250 billion over 3 years. Had the net savings been a stimulus package, the first year alone would have actually been the second biggest in history.read more…

Supreme Court Stays CPP While Senate Halts Energy Bill

Feb 12, 2016: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of EPA’s Clean Power Plan until the pending litigation against the rule is resolved, including any appeal to the high court. This means the rule will be in legal limbo until the Supreme Court rules on the merits of the case.read more…

Electricity Usage In Texas Grew In 2015 Led By Renewables

Feb 12, 2016: ERCOT, the Texas electricity authority, reported an increase in total system-wide electricity usage for 2015. This is due in large part to record breaking summer demand for power which saw a peak demand record of almost 70,000 megawatts.read more…

Good Policy Gone Bad: How Nevada Killed Jobs and Clean Energy Competition

Feb 12, 2016: If you want a good example how bad government can kill good jobs and clean energy innovation, take a look at what’s happening in Nevada, where a decision by Governor Brian Sandoval’s appointees, pushed by NV Energy Inc., essentially killed the thriving local solar energy industry.read more…

Natural Gas Use for Power Generation Higher This Winter

Feb 12, 2016: So far this winter, natural gas consumption in the electric power sector (gas burn) has been higher than in any previous winter. According to Bentek Energy, gas burn in the electric power sector has averaged 25.0 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) so far this winter, November 1st through February 8th.read more…

Cadiz Valley Water Conservation Project Gathering Steam

Feb 12, 2016: What if there was an abundant source of pure water under the desert sands? There is. Beneath the scorched earth of a western desert lies a supply of water greater than that contained in North America's Lake Mead. The problem is that much of this water is either inaccessible, unusable, or is being lost to evaporation.read more…

NRG Gets Licenses for STP Twin ABWRs, but Little Hope to Build Them

Feb 12, 2016: The NRC has cleared the way for the agency’s Office of New Reactors to issue two Combined Licenses for Nuclear Innovation North America’s South Texas Project site in Texas. The project involves twin 1350 MW ABWR nuclear reactors. The NRC certified the ABWR design in 1997.read more…

Dr. Rachel Slaybaugh: "It's an Exciting Time to be in Nuclear Engineering."

Feb 12, 2016: During the Advanced Nuclear Summit and Showcase, there was a terrific conversation about a growing excitement among students studying nuclear engineering, among more established members of the nuclear community, and among other people who are passionate about helping to save the world.read more…

Using Big Data to Help Solve the Big Building Energy Problem

Feb 12, 2016: Big Data isn't just an impressive show of new technology, it's a way to solve problems. In fact, quantitative analysis in the digital age - done in a scientific way to build objective evidence - has been called the best and most powerful instrument for the creation of good policy and social progress.read more…

A metal that behaves like water

Feb 11, 2016: Researchers have made a breakthrough in our understanding of graphene's basic properties, observing for the first time electrons in a metal behaving like a fluid. This research could lead to novel thermoelectric devices as well as provide a model system to explore exotic phenomena like black holes and high-energy plasmas.

Gamesa Blows Siemens a Valentine

Feb 11, 2016: by Debra Fiakas CFASpain’s wind turbine manufacturer, GAMESA Corporation (GTQ1: Berlin; GAM: Madrid; GCTAF: OTC/PK), has been under pressure lately to spread profits over a hefty debt load.  The November post entitled The Wind in Spain is Mostly in GAMESA, noted the expanding product line and building customer base.  Backlog at the end of September 2015 was 3,034 megawatts, representing a 43% increases over backlog a year ago. Robust sales and higher profit margins have generated strong cash flows and GAMESA has been able to pay down debt.  During the first nine months of 2015 the company used Euros 238 in cash to reduce net debt to Euros 70 by the end of September 2015.  Still the debt burden had been an issue fo…

Oregon’s Energy Future Conference 2016

Feb 11, 2016: PORTLAND, OR — On April 13, 2016, at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, the Energy Future Conference will celebrate 10 years of addressing the business side of clean energy. The Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC) presents Oregon’s signature clean energy event to bring together members of the energy industry, energy efficiency & renewables, sales &…

Power walk: Footsteps could charge mobile electronics

Feb 11, 2016: When you're on the go and your smartphone battery is low, in the not-so-distant future you could charge it simply by plugging it into your shoe. An innovative energy harvesting and storage technology developed by mechanical engineers could reduce our reliance on the batteries in our mobile devices, ensuring we have power for our devices no matter where we are.

New paths for generation of ultracold molecules

Feb 11, 2016: Scientists have now made a virtue of necessity: the so-called optoelectrical Sisyphus technique, developed in the group, exploits the polarity of formaldehyde molecules, while reaching temperatures as low as 420 micro-Kelvin.

Clean Power Progress Will Continue

Feb 11, 2016: The Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan may slow, but certainly does not stop, progress toward a cleaner power system in the U.S. There’s no telling how the legal challenges to the Clean Power Plan, which were always expected, will ultimately play out. But there are a few important points to keep in mind.read more…

Renewables: The Next Fracking?

Feb 11, 2016: As a general rule, in fact, the less direct experience a given person has living with solar and wind power, the more likely that person is to buy into the sort of green cornucopianism that insists that sun, wind, and other renewable resources can provide everyone on the planet with a middle class American lifestyle.

Peak Oil Review: A Midweek Update 11th Feb

Feb 11, 2016: A midweek update. Oil prices continued to fall this week with New York closing Wednesday at $27.45 and London at $30.84.

ICAO Proposes Carbon Emissions Standard For Aviation Industry

Feb 11, 2016: Today the aviation industry is responsible for about two percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Experts predict that by mid-century, this number could triple without policies designed to combat aircraft emissions due to rapid industry growth.read more…

Resilient Hospitals: Using Climate Data for Better Healthcare Planning

Feb 11, 2016: Climate change increases the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather events and conditions – from asthma to vector diseases — likely to increase demand for healthcare. However, most hospitals have yet to integrate local climate change projections into their risk management and planning processes.read more…

The Torch of 2011 Revisited

Feb 11, 2016: This post was inspired by my personal existential concern. I asked a personal question of myself as I began to explore energy issues in 2007. That question was,"Can I survive climate change energy solutions?" I realized during that time that low cost, dispatchable electricity played a vital role role in sustaining my life.read more…

New York's First Emissions Regulations for Distributed Generation Will Slash Diesel Pollution

Feb 11, 2016: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is soliciting comments on its proposed emissions regulations for distributed generators. The regulations will establish New York's first limits on two types of pollution emitted from distributed, onsite generation sources like diesel-powered generators. read more…

Feeling Gridlocked? New Report Grades State Power Systems and Inspires Modernization

Feb 11, 2016: The GridWise Alliance just released its 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index. The Index goes beyond tracking investments that modernize the electric system; it explores the policies these investments can support, such as increasing efficiency and reducing emissions.read more…

Spin waves out of waste heat: Researchers present new findings on magnetic spin waves

Feb 10, 2016: Principles of the conversion from heat currents to magnonic spin currents have been discovered by researchers. Spin waves, or magnons, are fundamental excitations in magnetic materials which transport energy and angular momentum. The latter allows to make use of them for the transmission of information within magnetic solids.