Google Invests $94 Million in Four Solar Projects

December 20, 2011 by  
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Google has really been cranking out the solar energy investments this year.  Just a few months ago, the company put up $75 million toward rooftop solar installations out West and in the spring they made headlines by investing $168 million in Brightsource Energy’s huge Mojave Desert project . Now, in time to make us feel all warm and fuzzy during the holiday season, the tech giant has announced that they’re investing $94 million in a group of four solar projects by Recurrent Energy.  This latest investment brings the total of the company’s renewable energy investments to almost $1 billion. The four solar photovoltaic projects will have a combined capacity of 88 MW and will be located near Sacramento, California.  The projects will provide enough power for 13,000 homes.  A power purchase agreement has already been signed by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District for 20 years. via Treehugger

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In Germany, Renewable Energy Surpasses Nuclear and Coal Energy For First Time

December 19, 2011 by  
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In 2011, Germany finally saw their renewable energy production top that of almost all other sources of energy, including nuclear, hard-coal and gas-fired power plants.  The only other energy generation source greater than the renewable energy mix was lignite-fired power. According to a report from German utility BDEW, renewable energy accounted for 20 percent of the country’s total energy output, up from 16.4 percent last year.  Lignite-fired output produced 24.6 percent of the electricity. Nuclear power is dropping off in the country since Chancellor Merkel closed the eight oldest reactors this past year after the Fukushima catastrophe.  Nuclear represented 17.4 percent of the country’s electricity load, down from 22.4 percent last year and the country plans to step away from the energy source completely by 2022. via Bloomberg Businessweek

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World’s Major River Basins Could Double Food Production, With Better Water Efficiency

September 26, 2011 by  
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Water scarcity is certainly an issue for growing food in some areas, but a new report, published in Water International says that the world’s major rivers basins will have enough water to provide enough food for the growing human population over coming decades. In fact, if (and only if) efficiently and equitably managed, there will be enough water to double or triple food production. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Walgreens Plans 130 Solar-powered Stores Nationwide

September 26, 2011 by  
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With research showing the installed cost of solar dropping 11% in just 6 months , it’s little wonder that corporations like Wal-Mart are ramping up their plans to go solar aggressively . Walgreens made headline back in 2006 for its commitment to solar , but that commitment to solar has only continued. Now the company has just

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New York To Harvest Energy From Sewage Waste

February 9, 2011 by  
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New York City’s sewage treatment plants will now be in the business of harvesting and selling renewable energy.  Heating fuel will be extracted from sludge, butanol (a gasoline alternative) extracted from the algae that grows in wastewater and, of course, methane gas will be captured from sewage plants’ digesters. The city’s residents create 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater daily, which results in a daily yield of 1,200 tons of sludge being sent to landfills.  The city is looking for vendors to turn that sludge into renewable energy, fertilizer, and paving and building materials.  City officials plan to have contracts by 2013.

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VoltPot coffee table planter doubles as a gadget charger

March 5, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Concept coffee table harvests dirt power to recharge portable gadgets. The VoltPot by designers at Nectar Design is a unique coffee table that doubles as an indoor planter and triples as a gadget charger. The concept table puts the environment to work indoors by harvesting the power of dirt using a built-in microbial fuel cell to provide enough energy to charge your portable gadgets

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Artificial photosynthetic process could run your house on a bottle of water

March 5, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Process to produce energy using artificial photosynthesis. After receiving $400 million in funding, ARPA-E’s first conference witnessed MIT chemist Dan Nocera proving that artificial photosynthesis could power an entire household using just sunlight and a bottle of water. Nocera has developed a special catalyst that splits water into its constituents that is hydrogen and oxygen, which can provide enough energy to run a house

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