CleanTech Biofuels to begin producing renewable electricity--press releaseTests show that municipal solid waste has 75 percent of the energy of coal. The company intends to use both coal and garbage to make electricity. French company to buy Xantrex Technology for about $500 million--The Canadian PressXantrex makes inverters for renewable energy systems, like solar panels or wind turbines. The buyer is energy management firm Schneider. Getting a (firm) grip on renewables--Rocky Mountain InstituteRMI advocates a portfolio approach to renewables where utilities use solar and wind together, combined with storage. EU eyes 'supergrid' to harness Saharan sun--EurActiv.com… Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Wind power could quadruple in the Northwest by 2015 - The Oregonian Advocates of wind power are startled by its projected expansion in Oregon and Washington. But hooking up wind plants to the grid remains a challenge. Critics object to plans for coal plants in Michigan - Detroit Free Press Michigan utilities claim the popularity of plasma televisions and other electronics is spurring the need for new power plants. Seed oceans with lime to absorb CO2? - PhysOrg Lime from limestone improves the capability of seawater to absorb carbon dioxide. Shell is … Read more
Intersolar2008 brought Europe's established solar industry conference to San Francisco this week. Held alongside Semicon West, organizers say it drew more than 10,000 people.
Here's a summary of news coverage of the event:Video: Saving money with solar tech - CNET News SolarCity provides sun power for San Franciscans below grid price | Green Tech - CNET News Sopogy thinks small to make megawatts of solar power | Green Tech - CNET News Recurrent Energy gets dough for solar-as-a-service | Green Tech - CNET News Photos: Solar players show off their wares Intersolar: Credit Crunch Hitting Residential Solar - Earth2Tech … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Marine Current Turbines--press releaseA tidal power device, the SeaGen from Marine Current Turbines, delivers electricity into U.K.'s grid. (Via Earth2Tech) Biogas flows through Germany's grid big time--Renewable Energy WorldBiogas could supply 20 percent of Germany's energy and displace all its natural gas consumption, says proponent. Fuel from food waste: Bacteria provide power--Science DailyOn the waste and bacteria beat, U.K. researchers try to produce hydrogen. Climate change puts U.S. way of life at risk--ReutersThe EPA issues warning on health impacts from climate change. … Read more
Here's a sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary:Undersea Volcanic Rocks Offer Vast Repository For Greenhouse Gas, Says Study - Science Daily"Carbon burial" at a large scale--150 years worth--could happen in undersea volcanic rock, researchers say. British company launches floating wind turbines off Italy - The GuardianThere are a number of floating wind turbines being developed, but Blue H says its test will be launched later this year.
Shell and Iogen announce extended alliance to accelerate a next generation biofuelShell does appear to be serious about developing alternate sources of fuels. It ups … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news and quick commentary.Chrysler plans electric vehicles, could be ready in 3-5 years - Detroit Free PressThe answer to the Chevy Volt: Chrysler is developing hybrid technology, called ENVI, for extended-range hybrid vehicles. Does Car-Mounted Solar Make Sense? -Technology Review Short answer: no. A roof just doesn't have enough space to hold panels to fully charge a car's battery. But it would make you the greenest guy/gal on the block.
Solar Startup GreenVolts to Raise Sizable Funding This Year - Earth2TechTo build solar power plants, you need lots of money (… Read more
GM readies Volt unveiling to shift focus from crisis - ReutersA "showroom-ready" Volt by September? This shows how the Volt is more important to altering GM's image as an SUV vendor than any revenue it gets from the car. Europeans Reconsider Biofuel Goal - NYTimes.comThis would be a serious damper to the biofuels industry if the proposal to scale back targets goes through. Laugh at High Gas Prices With a 282-MPG VW | Autopia from Wired.comNow that's a sleek-looking concept car! SequesCO combines CO2 sequestration with biofuel production - VentureBeat… Read more
Here are some news tidbits from today that were too small to fill out entire posts. We've grouped together three that are worth your time.
FriendFeed puts out an iPhone app. Social aggregator FriendFeed has launched an iPhone-friendly version of its news feed (http://friendfeed.com/i). Previously users had to use a service like FFtoGo to get the stream of news reformatted to match the resolution on the popular handheld device. The new look incorporates image sharing, using a bit of a work-around with Mail2FF, a service that posts e-mailed photos and messages to your activity stream or … Read more