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Archive for December, 2007

NanoSolar Goes Live - Cheaper than Coal

20Dec07

The news has been embraced by bloggers all over the web, and reported by the NY Times: The long-awaited, much-hyped, California-based NanoSolar is finally ready to start production - and they have announced that their thin-film solar panels are going to be suprisingly cheap after all.

NanoSolar claims to be the first company capable of profitabilly […]

China’s Glaciers Shrink by 18%

20Dec07

Reuters reports that preliminary results from the ongoing survey of China’s glaciers indicated that they’ve shrunk by up to 18% due to thawing in the past 5 years.

Says Ding Yongjian of the Chinese Academy of Sciences:
The change of glaciers is in fact a manifestation of the pressure upon China’s environment from global warming.
Global warming […]

New Renewable Energy Mass Production Ventures

20Dec07

A couple of major announcements of new renewable energy factories have been made in December 2007 thusfar, and by major I’m referring to the types “first of its kind” and “world’s biggest”. Here I review four of those announcements.
First US Solar Thermal Manufacturing Plant
REA reported that Ausra Inc. announced the construction of a 130′000 sq […]

Can CO2 be turned back into fuel?

20Dec07

MIT’s Technology Review notes that researchers at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico are aiming to answer this question by building a new type of reactor capable of “re-energizing” carbon dioxide.
The device uses a two-stage thermochemical reaction to break down carbon dioxide to produce carbon monoxide
The carbon monoxide can then readily be employed to […]

All UK Schools to be Zero-Carbon by 2016

20Dec07

The Education Guardian reports that the schools secretary for the UK has announced that 110 million pounds will be made available over the next few years in order to turn all schools into zero-carbon buildings by 2016. As an example, they said that 500′000 pounds would typically be made available to a secondary school.
The two […]

Hyundai Crowned King of Fuel Cell EVs

18Dec07

Hyundai’s Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) was the only FCEV to earn a perfect score at the recent 2007 Challenge Bibendum in Shanghai. The Tucson hereby smashed teams from Daimler AG, GM and Nissan.
“This result once again confirms that Hyundai┬┤s fuel cell technology is among the front-runners in the industry ,” said Kwon Moon-Shik, […]


Did you know?

In 2010, there will be 4200km of new highways in and around Shanghai, China that didn't exist in 2000. Varese, a town in Northern Italy, runs on 100% renewable power. The town uses a mix of wind, solar and small-scale hydropower. The town has reaped benefits from the energy network through added jobs, and an additional 350,000 euros [US $514,000] in revenues that are handed over to the council each year.

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