Safer than Nuclear – Renewable Energy, Natural Gas, Energy Efficiency

“In 88 minutes, the sun provides 470 exajoules of energy, as much energy as humanity consumes in a year.” In Scientific American, Ramez Naam adds, “In 112 hours – less than five days – it provides 36 zettajoules of energy – as much energy as is contained in all proven reserves of oil, coal, and natural gas on this planet.” We have no shortage of energy. Fortunately, we are increasingly producing and delivering more renewable energy at lower cost. At the same time we are more efficient about using energy for everything from lighting, to buildings, to transportation. Most promising is the trend to make energy cheap when plentiful, more expensive at peak, and use intelligent energy management to level the use. The grid is starting to get smart. With a smart grid and national network of high-voltage lines, solar and wind power that are intermittent in single locations become predictable sources of steady power with a smart super grid.
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Company Working To Develop Solar Energy Windows

New Energy Enters into Cooperative Research & Development Agreement with U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory Columbia, MD – March 29, 2011 – New Energy Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: NENE, NENED – temporary), is pleased to announce that as part of its efforts to advance the commercial development of SolarWindow(TM), capable of generating electricity on see-thru glass, the Company has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. NREL is one of the world’s most respected and advanced solar-photovoltaic research institutions. “The addition of NREL’s world-class solar research group to our ongoing efforts at the University of South Florida marks a significant step forward for our Company and our SolarWindow(TM) technology,” explained Mr. John A. Conklin, President & CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc. “The goals of this CRADA move us definitively towards product development, important to the commercialization of SolarWindow(TM).” Under terms of the CRADA, NREL researchers will make use of the Company’s exclusive intellectual property and NREL’s background intellectual property in order to work towards specific product development goals, including efforts to: * Further bolster SolarWindow(TM) efficiency and transparency; · Boost electrical power (current and voltage) output; · Optimize the application of the active layer coatings which make it possible for SolarWindow(TM) to generate electricity on glass surfaces; · Increase the size of the active layer in SolarWindow(TM), key to increasing the size of the final commercial product; and · Develop improved electricity-generating coatings by enhancing performance, processing, reliability, and durability.
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The New Role of Microbes in Bio-fuel Production

This special protein can be refined in The task is to make the microbes produce only this kind of protein rather than utilizing it for their own growth and growth related activities as they otherwise do. Different from prior practice This kind of biofuel production is different from the traditional behavior of microbes where they use the protein only for growth. This is like tricking the microbes to deviate from that and produce fats or material that can be converted to biofuel. In the words of UCLA postdoctoral student and lead researcher, Yi-xin Huo -“We have to completely redirect the protein utilization system, which is one of the most highly-regulated systems in the cell.” First attempt at protein utilization This has been claimed as the first ever attempt to use the proteins as a source for generating energy. Until now the biofuel-producing algae has not made use of the protein like a carbon supply for biofuel.

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Bacteria Into Butanol Biofuel Factories

University of California, Berkeley, chemists have engineered bacteria to churn out a gasoline-like biofuel at about 10 times the rate of competing microbes, a breakthrough that could soon provide an affordable and “green” transportation fuel. The advance is reported in this week’s issue of the journal Nature Chemical Biology by Michelle C. Y. Chang, assistant professor of chemistry at UC Berkeley, graduate student Brooks B. Bond-Watts and recent UC Berkeley graduate Robert J. Bellerose. Various species of the Clostridium bacteria naturally produce a chemical called n-butanol (normal butanol) that has been proposed as a substitute for diesel oil and gasoline. While most researchers, including a few biofuel companies, have genetically altered Clostridium to boost its ability to produce n-butanol, others have plucked enzymes from the bacteria and inserted them into other microbes, such as yeast, to turn them into n-butanol factories. Yeast and E. coli, one of the main bacteria in the human gut, are considered to be easier to grow on an industrial scale.
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Solar Powered Wheelchair Sets World Records

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Haidar Taleb, a 47 year old man from UAE, displayed a rare combination of human spirit and willpower when he took up a 200-mile long journey on a wheel chair that he has built for himself which runs on solar power. Being a person with polio since the age of 4 has not stopped him from taking up this challenge on this wheelchair, a piece of technological innovation. World Records In Haidar’s Name. Since this is not the first time Haider has taken up such journey on his solar powered wheel chair, he will have more than one record in his name once he finishes this tour. These include, Entering Guinness Book of World Records by traveling 80 miles during a 14-hour trip from Abu Dhabi to Sharjah at a speed of 12 mph on a solar-powered wheelchair. Making his own record better by 200 miles, mentioned above on the same wheel chair.
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Best Green Car Of 2011: Chevrolet Volt

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The 2011 Chevrolet Volt became the first electric car to be chosen as the Green Car of the Year 2011. Chevrolet Volt received this honor at the Los Angeles Auto Show, which is held every year by the Green Car Journal. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt electric car was chosen as the electric car of the year by an eminent jury, which consisted of the editors of Green Car Journal, Jean Michel President of Ocean Futures Society, Carl Pope Chairman of Sierra Club, and the host of Tonight Show Jay Leno, who happens to be a big fan of cars. The competition for the Green car of the year was tough. In the finals 2011 Chevrolet Volt had to compete in this category with other big names in the field of electric cars like the Nissan Leaf, the Lincoln MKZ, Hyundai Sonata, two hybrids and a Ford Fiesta subcompact. So what makes 2011 Chevrolet Volt, run on electricity a green car?
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Will Oil Run Out Before We Get Enough Alternative Energy Online?

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NEW FORECAST WARNS OIL WILL RUN DRY BEFORE SUBSTITUTES ROLL OUT At the current pace of research and development, global oil will run out 90 years before replacement technologies are ready, says a new University of California, Davis, study based on stock market expectations. The forecast was published online Monday (Nov. 8) in the journal Environmental Science & Technology. It is based on the theory that long-term investors are good predictors of whether and when new energy technologies will become commonplace. “Our results suggest it will take a long time before renewable replacement fuels can be self-sustaining, at least from a market perspective,” said study author Debbie Niemeier, a UC Davis professor of civil and environmental engineering. Niemeier and co-author Nataliya Malyshkina, a UC Davis postdoctoral researcher, set out to create a new tool that would help policymakers set realistic targets for environmental sustainability and evaluate the progress made toward those goals.
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Selling Biofuels On Open Exchange

The World’s Only Web-Based Biofuels Exchange Opens Today Denver, CO (10/28/10). The US Biofuels Exchange, “the US-BX”, has opened today for live Ethanol and Biodiesel trading and will offer free trading on all listings posted before January 1, 2011. The US-BX’s web address is www.us-bx.com. The US-BX’s proprietary “two-sided” trading platform was designed with direct input from Biofuels industry professionals, including Ethanol Producers, Biodiesel Producers, Biofuels Brokers and Petroleum Marketers. It is the most exciting, efficient and cost effective way to buy and sell Biofuels worldwide. Allowing registered users to Post, Buy, Sell and Make Offers on and to both “Lot For Sale” and “Lot Wanted” listings, certifies that the US-BX is truly a disruptive innovation that will forever change the way Biofuels are bought and sold; the ultimate sales and procurement tool, bringing unmatched efficiency and cost effectiveness to a traditionally limited and outdated trading method. And since the US-BX is web-based and utilizes “Cloud Computing” standards, no software needs to be purchased, downloaded or installed on the user’s computer.
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Cheapest Green Car – Honda Fit Hybrid

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In tune with its focus on continuing with combining hybrid attempts and smaller size, Honda is offering another hybrid – the smallest and cheapest. This fall, Honda’s Fit will be on sale in Japan priced at 1.6 million yen hoping to become an instant hit. Honda will be launching the cute little car in the 2010 Auto Show at Paris in October under the name Honda Fit Hybrid. Its petrol version, called Jazz/Honda Fit is already in the markets. The Hybrid Fit will have the distinction of being the first hybrid subcompact car model marketed by Honda. The new hybrid from Honda stable: Honda Fit is the third of the hybrid series Honda has added to the CR-Z hybrid cars. The neat little line-up includes Civic, Accord and Honda Insight. The economical Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) setup used in the Insight would be incorporated in the Honda Fit Hybrid as well Electric & petrol Unit in tandem: Reports indicate that Fit will be fitted with Honda’s 1.3 litre/4-cylinder petrol unit to work in tandem with a 9.7kW electric motor and is expected to generate about 97hp.
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Ten Million Solar Roofs Bill Moves Forward in Senate

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ Ten Million Solar Roofs bill was approved this week by the Senate Energy Committee and now can move forward to a full Senate vote.   With the Committee’s approval, Sen. Sanders has asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to include the bill in the comprehensive energy legislation that Sen Reid is trying to get passed this summer. The Sanders bill would give rebates for smaller solar projects – under two megawatts in capacity.    It’s designed to push individual and smaller localized solar power, create jobs, reduce the cost of solar power technology, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The bill proposes rebates for these smaller solar projects, in the amount of $1.75 per watt in 2010 and 2011, with lower rebates going forward.   The rebates would cover about half of the project costs that would remain after current federal and local incentives are taken into account.
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