Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Electric debate about wind turbines

Dozens spoke their minds before the Wisconsin Public Service Commission on proposed rules on wind turbines in Fond du Lac.
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Combining Renewable Energy Systems

Jeff Scott speaks on the advantages of combining renewable energy systems such as photovoltaic, ground source heat pumps, and solar thermal, to achieve additional energy saving.
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Hybrid Invasion of Europe Begins with Auris Hybrid

Toyota Auris Hybrid

Toyota Auris Hybrid

Toyota begins selling the Auris Hybrid in the U.K. on July 1. This is a milestone for a number of important reasons.

First, it�"s the first time a full hybrid has been targeted for the heart of the European market. The Auris�which uses the same technical architecture as the Toyota Prius� is a mainstream economical model, with a position in the market roughly similar to the Corolla. The hybrid version is very similar to the conventional Auris. The main differences are: lower ride height for better aerodynamics (0.28 Cd); reshaped bumpers and longer rear spoiler (also for aero); and a smaller gas tank and trunk to accommodate the nickel metal hydride battery pack. Cosmetic changes include a chrome grille, LED driving lights and hybrid blue-tint badges.

Why else is it important? Because the Auris Hybrid is the first full hybrid�at least according to Toyota�to be produced in Europe, specifically for the European market. The Auris Hybrid went into production earlier this month in Burnaston, England. (Actually, Volkswagen began building the Touareg Hybrid in Slovakia in April.)

Europe has historically preferred diesels to hybrids, as a green fuel efficiency choice�but this marks the beginning of a shift to hybrids. The Auris Hybrid could help Toyota bypass Fiat to become Europe�"s low-CO2 champion. The Auris hybrid�"s CO2 output is just 89 gram per kilometer.

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Strickland: NW Ohio a solar energy hub

Northwest Ohio is known for its green energy companies. The region was named as a solar energy hub to create jobs by Gov. Ted Strickland during a visit to the University of Toledo on Wednesday. Gov. Strickland said the hub will focus on promoting economic development by attracting new businesses in the solar industry. The partners include the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, and several other area colleges that will gelp the solar industry of Ohio continue to grow. "Northwest Ohio has everything that's needed to attract and support clusters of connected solar businesses and new investments and while doing so to nurture on going and breakthrough research," the governor said. Companies like Willard and Kelsey, First Solar and Xunlight will make the greater Toledo area the world center for solar power.
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SOLAR POWERED: FIFA 2010

ABOUT PROGRAMME As an effort to further deepen the campaign of alternative renewable energy -- solar Energy in Nigeria, Go SolarAfrica project, an initiative of SMEFUNDS set out to increase awareness on Solar power for the poor. GoSolarAfrica team will host Nigeria's first Solar Powered Viewing Centre for the FIFA 2010 World Cup tournament at Iwerokun community of Eti Osa East local government area of Lagos State all through the Football season. This peculiarity of this location stems from that fact that is IWEROKUN COMMUNITY does not have access to electricity, and like many similar communities across Africa, the youth of IWEROKUN will be fenced out of the global audience of the 2010 world cup. To holding back this from happening, the go SolarAfrica team is making the community Live and Green during this season. The go SolarAfrica team shall likewise hold sessions on solar training to equip the youth with income generating skills towards the emerging Green Collar economy. SOLAR POWERED: FIFA 2010 is being endorsed by the Lagos State Ministry of Sports, Council of Alternative Renewable Energy in Nigeria and TopTech Engneering Limited. The centre will serve as a platform for solar advocacy groups to campaign on the benefits of solar energy to football enthusiasts and the community at large.
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Israel's high powered potato

Researchers in Jerusalem for the Israeli company Yissum have developed super simple, sustainable, organic electric batteries which are powered by treated potatoes. The new potato battery research has recently been published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy. The apparently highly efficient battery is made from zinc and copper electrodes and a slice of boiled potato. The act of boiling the potato increased the electric power around 10 fold in comparison to an untreated potato, giving it power for days, and sometimes weeks depending on the conditions. The potato batteries are also, of course, considerably cheaper than regular commercial battery cells. The technology has officially been made available free of charge to the developing world.
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Zurn's HydroVantage Flush Valve Delivers Renewable Energy, Flush After Flush

Zurn HydroVantage: Renewable Energy Flush After Flush
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Race to build best solar house in Madrid

In the heart of Madrid stand seventeen solar-powered houses. The 'Solar Decathlon', which started in the United States in 2002, is being held in Europe for the first time this year, giving architecture and engineering students from all over the world one week to show off their design projects. The wider aim of the event is to inform the public of the benefits of alternative energy. A Voiced AFPTV report.
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Thornburg's Remily Recommends Coca-Cola, Solar Capital: Video

June 29 (Bloomberg) -- Cliff Remily, a portfolio manager at Thornburg Investment Management Inc., speaks about his investment strategy in Coca-Cola Co. and Solar Energy Ltd. Remily speaks with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)
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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

How It's Made - Solar Panels

www.earth4energy.org
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Sunseeker Energy Concentrated Photovoltaic Solar Collectors

Sunseeker Energy www.sunseekerenergy.com has established itself as an ethical green business committed to developing new generation solar and hybrid power technologies for sustainable energy use throughout the world. Sunseeker Energy's Concentrator Solar Transducer Systems are more powerful yet they are also more energy efficient than conventional flat panel solar energy units. Conventional flat panel products operate at efficiencies far lower than concentrator systems, with a typical figure being in the order of 15%. Sunseeker Energy concentrating photovoltaic solar collectors have been independently verified at efficiencies up to 38%. producing 300 Watt meter of pure power. Here's the Press Release: www.webtrafficguy.com
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China's Influence on Solar Energy

(March 3, 2010) Reyad Fezzani, CEO of BP Solar, discusses recent technological and business advances made by Chinese engineers and companies in relation to the clean energy sector with a particular emphasis on the solar photovoltaic industry. He also explains how BP Solar is leveraging its relationships with Chinese partners to help advance the future of cleantech. Stanford University www.stanford.edu BP Solar http Stanford Energy Seminar energyseminar.stanford.edu Stanford University Channel on YouTube http
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Exclusive: Chevy Volt Is More Hybrid Than Previously Thought

2011 Chevy Volt

For the first 40 miles, the Chevy Volt is all electric. For the next 300 miles, it�"s some blend of EV and hybrid.

When GM first introduced the Chevy Volt concept in 2007, it invented a new term to describe how the car works: extended-range electric vehicle (ER-EV). It was a tactic to distance the Volt from conventional hybrids like the Toyota Prius, and to rightfully show legislators that the Volt is not just a hybrid with a bigger battery.

New Chevy Volt Site

Check out PluginCars.com's dedicated site for Volt news, shopping info and online community.

The EV term stuck to the Volt, because the wheels are exclusively powered by the car�"s 150-horsepower electric motor for the first 40 miles, while there is sufficient charge in the 16-kilowatt hour battery pack. That hasn�"t changed. But in an exclusive interview with HybridCars.com, Rob Peterson, General Motors spokesperson, would not rule out the Volt�"s use of its on-board gas engine to power the wheels under some conditions.

�SEfficiency is the Volt�"s mantra,⬝ Peterson said. �SWe will take whatever method we have to get there.⬝ Asked if Volt engineers would use the gas engine to power the wheels�a signature of a parallel hybrid system�if it meant greater efficiency, Peterson replied, �SYou could do it. Absolutely. It�"s a matter of software.⬝ He added, �SYou have some motors, a planetary gear box, there�"s a variety of things we can do in there.⬝

While not revealing details about the Volt�"s technical design, Peterson made it clear that the Chevy Volt employs some degree of hybrid efficiency strategies while the car is in so-called "charge-sustaining" mode.

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Google and Renewable Energy-KQED-This Week in Northern CA

My appearance on TWINC-"This Week in Northern California" talking about Google's Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal plan.
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The Energy Report - 6/28/10

Susan McGinnis anchors this afternoon's Clean Skies News Energy Report from Washington, DC. On the program:- Hurricane warnings go up in the Gulf, as offshore oil rig workers come down.- BP says the relief well that will hopefully stop the oil gushing into the Gulf is getting closer to its target. - Some of the top minds in science and industry are in Washington today... Weighing in on the Gulf oil spill. The TEDx oil spill conference gets underway. www.cleanskies.com
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Monday, June 28, 2010

Toyota Takes Swift Action on Lexus Hybrid Fuel Tank Concerns

Lexus HS250h

Lexus HS250h

Toyota is recalling 17,000 units of its 2010 Lexus HS250h hybrid, due to a fuel tank issue. The company will also halt production and sales until a remedy can be found.

During a test conducted by an agency contractor, fuel spillage from the vehicle exceeded federal regulations. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the problem could occur when the car is �Srotated on its longitudinal axis to each successive increment of 90 degrees following an impact crash test.⬝

The problem is currently being investigated by Toyota. By conducting the recall, and the halt to production and sales, Toyota is exercising an immediate response and a high degree of caution. The company was criticized earlier this year for a sluggish response to widely publicized issues with runaway acceleration of various models, and a �Sbrake feel⬝ problem with some its hybrids.

Investigations by Toyota and federal agencies failed to produce evidence of a verifiable or persistent safety problem with acceleration or braking. Since the public scare earlier this year, the story has almost completely vanished from the media.

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Small Wind Energy on the Rise in US

As energy prices continue to rise worldwide, many homeowners in the US are becoming interested in renewable forms of energy to power their homes. Jeff Swicord introduces us to one horse farmer north of Washington DC who thinks the answer is small wind energy, in his case, personal wind turbines.
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How Solar Energy Works - Great Explanation !

www.ecopoweredhome.com A Great Tutorial which describes the way which Solar energy Works. To find out more about solar power visit. http
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Solar Energy to 7 Billion People

By exploiting the powers of nanotechnology and taking advantage of nontoxic, Earth-abundant materials, Berkeley Lab's Cyrus Wadia has fabricated new solar cell devices that have the potential to be several orders of magnitude less expensive than conventional solar cells. And, by mastering the chemistry of these materials�and the economics of solar energy�he envisions bringing electricity to the 1.2 billion people now living without it. Series: Science at the Theater [9/2009] [Science] [Show ID: 16917]]]>http://youtube.com/?v=a4XSB7CPl_MSolar Energy to 7 Billion Peoplesolar, cell, nanotechnology, energy, cyrus, wadiaUCtelevisionThe Future Of Solar EnergyRead More... [Source: YouTube Videos tagged with solar energy]

Earth4Energy Review - Homemade Renewable Energy

Earth4Energy is a guide on how to build homemade power systems, including a DIY solar power system, a DIY wind power system, and making your own bio diesel. This in depth Earth4Energy Review takes you through the membership system showing you the products you get when you sign up. Also read a full review at www.renewable-energy-expert.com
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Renewable Energy

www.citizen.org A film by RJ Somerville, a student in the Digital Media Department of FIDM.
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The MIT Energy Initiative: Sustainable Energy and Terawatt-Scale Photovoltaics

Google Tech Talk November 5, 2009 ABSTRACT This MITEI on the Road event will open with a brief overview of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) by Daniel Enderton, Executive Director of MITEIs Sustainable Energy Revolution Program (SERP). This overview will highlight the extensive depth and breadth of research, education, campus energy and outreach activities underway as part of the Initiative. Mr. Enderton will give particular focus on the SERP program, with highlights of successful past projects in storage, promising new projects in geothermal and the impact philanthropy is having on renewable energy research at MIT. Following this, Professor Tonio Buonassisi of Mechanical Engineering will give a presentation describing the key technical challenges to scaling commercial PV technologies to the terawatt level. The speaker will present a vision for the role of university engineering and science towards surmounting these challenges, drawing from personal experience in the solar industry, national laboratories, and academia. Increased solar cell conversion efficiencies, novel materials, and decreased capital equipment costs will be discussed as a means to achieve rapidly scalable manufacturing, highlighting the role of innovation. technologies and how they will help drive down the cost of solar technology to be competitive with petroleum-based alternatives, while Mr. Enderton will give an overview of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and information on other renewable energy ...
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Charlie Munger on Solar Energy and BYD

Charlie Munger discusses Solar Energy and BYD on CNNMoney.com. Go to valueinvestorsportal.com for value investing videos and related information.
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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Solar Energy

Solar Energy
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The Energy Report - 6/25/10

Susan McGinnis anchors this afternoon's Clean Skies News Energy Report from Washington, DC. On the program:- Legislators agree to regulate energy derivatives blamed for soaring oil prices in 2008.- Vice President Biden will head to the Gulf as the Coast Guard says a new riser pipe should be in place in a matter of weeks.- And a new MIT report out says natural gas will double it's share of the energy market within the next several decades.- MSHA says it's now safe for investigators to begin working inside Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia where 29 men died in April in the deadliest mining accident in 40 years. www.cleanskies.com
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Race to build best solar house in Madrid

In the heart of Madrid stand seventeen solar-powered houses. The 'Solar Decathlon', which started in the United States in 2002, is being held in Europe for the first time this year, giving architecture and engineering students from all over the world one week to show off their design projects. The wider aim of the event is to inform the public of the benefits of alternative energy. Duration: 01:38
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Solar Impulse team attempts first night flight

A plane called Solar Impulse, which is powered by the sun's rays, is all set for its first night flight in Payerne, western Switzerland. A Swiss research team, led by adventurer Bertrand Piccard, will try to fly for 24 hours non-stop as part of its test programme. Piccard is hoping to fly the solar-powered plane around the world in 2013. (Julie Hunt, swissinfo.ch/Solar Impulse)
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Friday, June 25, 2010

Solar Energy - Close To Heaven [Original Mix] [SWARM002]

Solar Energy - Close To Heaven [Original Mix] [SWARM002] Available at: iTunes: bit.ly JunoDownload: bit.ly AudioJelly: bit.ly Beatport: bit.ly CatNo: SWARM002 Artist: Solar Energy Title: Close To Heaven Label: solarSwarm Release Date: 2010-05-31 01 Close To Heaven (Original Mix) 02 Close To Heaven (Sied Van Riel Remix) 03 Close To Heaven (Dennis Dekker Remix) 04 Close To Heaven (Chillout Mix) About: This is the very second release on the worlds very first - and only - social network record label. Solarstone is the only artist to have a label run and supported by a commitee who choose all music and art! Polish producer / sound designer Lukasz Szyda aka Solar Energy's previous outing on a Solarstone label was 'Wanna Feel What You Fee' on Crashing Waves in 2009. It was one of the standout trance tracks on Solarstone's IDMA nominated 'Electronic Architecture' album. 'Close To Heaven' was chosen by the solarSwarm for it's beautiful uplifting melodies, all present and correct in the Original mix which is pure mainroom trance material. Sied Van Riel (chosen by the Swarmers for remix duties) delivers his trademark punchy sound, keeping faithful to the original melodies. Swarmer and former Dynamic Sense member Dennis Dekker turns in the prog trance mix for the package which weaves layers of smooth sounds around a laid back groove. Finally, Lukasz himself adds a gentle poolside-orientated Chillout mix which completes the SWARM002 package. Written & produced by Lukasz Szyda ...
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The Energy Report - 6/24/10

Susan McGinnis anchors this afternoon's Clean Skies News Energy Report from Washington, DC. On the program:- New worries about methane killing parts of the ocean after BP recaps its well in the Gulf. - A federal judge refuses to delay ruling on Gulf drilling ban while the government appeals.- Europe worries about natural gas supplies from Russia despite supplies through Belarus returning to normal. - BP is going ahead with plans to drill off the coast of Alaska. www.cleanskies.com
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Solar Energy Pays Back

Solar power is being harnessed to power more American homes and businesses than ever before. And as Bill Whitaker reports, the high price of solar energy is offset by its long term paybacks.
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Honda Fit Hybrid: Honda's Low-Cost High-MPG Hybrid, Finally?

Honda Fit

This review of the Honda Fit Hybrid, which was originally published in June 2009, was updated on June 25, 2010. The comments date back to original posting.

Honda hasn't had much luck with its recent hybrids. The Honda Insight and upcoming Honda CR-Z Hybrid coupe fell short of promises to combine a great price with leading fuel economy�or in the case of the CR-Z, with a sporting drive. The Honda Fit Hybrid�coming out this fall in Japan, but no timing yet announced for the U.S.�could be Honda's chance to finally create a gas-electric winner.

First of all, the conventional Honda Fit platform is a major critical and popular success. It has a smart but playful appearance, and a deceivingly large and versatile five-passenger interior. If Honda can add a hybrid powertrain at a relatively low premium�for a final price well below all the hybrid competition�then the company might have reached the right dollar-per-mpg ratio. The Honda Fit Hybrid's prospects wouldn't be hurt if gas prices starting making a rise by the time its delivered, maybe in 2011?

In The Works For A While

HybridCars.com reported was back in 2006 that Honda was planning a hybrid version of the Fit. That news flash was based on an exclusive interview with an unidentified source�but company officials denied the report. "We're not thinking of a Jazz (Fit) hybrid right now,⬝ said Takeo Fukui, Honda president and CEO, in December 2006. �STo us, the Jazz has sufficient fuel efficiency with the current gasoline engine.⬝

Fukui reversed his story in May 2008 when he told reporters that the spike in crude oil prices convinced Honda that "a Fit hybrid is now starting to make sense."

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Solar Energy - Close To Heaven [Original Mix] [SWARM002]

Solar Energy - Close To Heaven [Original Mix] [SWARM002] Available at: iTunes: bit.ly JunoDownload: bit.ly AudioJelly: bit.ly Beatport: bit.ly CatNo: SWARM002 Artist: Solar Energy Title: Close To Heaven Label: solarSwarm Release Date: 2010-05-31 01 Close To Heaven (Original Mix) 02 Close To Heaven (Sied Van Riel Remix) 03 Close To Heaven (Dennis Dekker Remix) 04 Close To Heaven (Chillout Mix) About: This is the very second release on the worlds very first - and only - social network record label. Solarstone is the only artist to have a label run and supported by a commitee who choose all music and art! Polish producer / sound designer Lukasz Szyda aka Solar Energy's previous outing on a Solarstone label was 'Wanna Feel What You Fee' on Crashing Waves in 2009. It was one of the standout trance tracks on Solarstone's IDMA nominated 'Electronic Architecture' album. 'Close To Heaven' was chosen by the solarSwarm for it's beautiful uplifting melodies, all present and correct in the Original mix which is pure mainroom trance material. Sied Van Riel (chosen by the Swarmers for remix duties) delivers his trademark punchy sound, keeping faithful to the original melodies. Swarmer and former Dynamic Sense member Dennis Dekker turns in the prog trance mix for the package which weaves layers of smooth sounds around a laid back groove. Finally, Lukasz himself adds a gentle poolside-orientated Chillout mix which completes the SWARM002 package. Written & produced by Lukasz Szyda ...
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Home Energy Solutions Tips | Home Solar Audit Guide!

www.UltimateGuideForYou.com The premier home energy solutions resource site: Guide and tips for home energy audit and Solar Energy for home
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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Ford Aims for 100-Percent Petroleum-Free Compostable Cars

�SI want to say just one word to you: Plastics!⬝ That might have been good advice to new college graduates a generation ago, but today that could be replaced with this word: �SBiofoam.⬝

Most conversations about the environmental impact of cars focus on drivetrains�hybrid versus diesel versus electric, etc. But the use of new bio-based materials�used in everything from seats to dashboards�also have a big impact on energy, as well as the environmental safety of passengers. That�"s why Ford is expanding its use of bio-based soy foam through nearly all of its vehicle lineup this year as part of an ongoing effort to use more renewable and recyclable materials.

Debbie Mielewski

Ford Technical Leader of Plastics Research Debbie Mielewski observes a polyol separation in the laboratory.

Ford�"s use of bio foam has helped the company reduce its petroleum oil usage by more than 3 million pounds annually and carbon dioxide emissions by 11 million pounds. In a press release, Debbie Mielewski, technical director, Plastics Research Group at Ford, said, �SOne day I hope to see the automotive world go totally compostable, removing the use of petroleum-based parts 100 percent.⬝

We reached out to Debbie to learn more.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Energy Report - 6/22/10

Susan McGinnis anchors this afternoon's Clean Skies News Energy Report from Washington, DC. On the program:- A federal judge in New Orleans has blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects that was imposed in response to the massive Gulf oil spill.- Oil industry executives criticized President Obama's six-month ban on deepwater drilling, in London today, saying the world doesn't have enough other sources of oil to eliminate deep sea rigs. -Mayors from around the country gathered along the Louisiana coast to see environmental damage caused by the spill.- Denmark gives the green light to build one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world. www.cleanskies.com
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Hay Says NextEra Energy May Buy Additional Wind Farms: Video

June 23 (Bloomberg) -- Lewis Hay, chief executive officer of NextEra Energy Inc., talks with Bloomberg's Julie Hyman about the impact of the BP Plc oil spill on Florida, US energy policy and the outlook for the utility's mix of traditional and alternate-energy power generation. NextEra, the largest US producer of renewable energy, was formerly known as FPL Group Inc. (Source: Bloomberg)
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On PluginCars.com: Breakdown of Electric Vehicle Bill

The Obama administration is said to have given its support to the Electric Vehicle Deployment Act of 2010, which could provide billions of dollars in additional subsidies for EVs. The legislation, which was the subject of a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing yesterday, would target as many as 15 "deployment communities" with the hopes of flooding each zone with electric vehicles and charging stations in the coming years.

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Renewable Energy Can Help Reduce Oil Dependency

In a speech to the Economic Club of Kansas City on June 23, 2010, NREL Director Dan Arvizu takes a realistic look at how renewable energy can help reduce America's dependence on oil, pointing out that the country gets as much energy from renewable sources now as it does from offshore oil production. For a transcript, visit www.nrel.gov
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Hyundai Sets Out Aggressive Plans for Hybrids, Some that Plug In

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid's distinguishing characteristics are 40-mpg highway mileage and its wide-open front grille.

The evidence is mounting that Hyundai plans to be a major play in the hybrid market. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which is expected to get better than 40 MPG on the highway, will hit dealerships later this year. And as we reported in April, the Korean carmaker has a dedicated hybrid in the works. The new hybrid-specific lithium-battery-powered model will have a unique name and design�and will attempt to beat the Toyota Prius in terms of fuel efficiency. The company firmly believes that a hybrid needs a specific �Sgreen⬝ look in order to compete for customers.

Now, The Detroit Bureau is reporting that Hyundai is �Splanning a big assault on the growing global market for gasoline-electric vehicles,⬝ including plug-in hybrids. Within a decade, Hyundai expects that hybrids will make up 20 percent of its total global sales volume. Hyundai expects the biggest markets for hybrids to be Europe and Japan. �SWe are spending a fortune on hybrid development,⬝ said Hyun-Soon Lee, the automaker�"s vice chairman.

Hyundai Blue Will plug-in hybrid concept

A new hybrid-only model from Hyundai will use the same dimensions and packaging as the Hyundai Blue Will plug-in hybrid concept.

However, don�"t expect full electric cars from Hyundai, according to The Detroit Bureau. Woong-chul Yang, president of Hyundai�"s R&D operation, contends that lithium batteries still are still too costly and do not offer adequate range. �SWe�"d need seven times the level of performance at 20 times less price,⬝ he said. Hyundai officials said that a plug-in hybrid that�"s able to go all-electric for the typical commute is a likely direction for the company.

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Gentlemen, Switch on Your Invertors

by Larry E. Hall

Porsche�

Porsche�"s GT3 R Hybrid led the N├╝rburgring 24 Hours race in Germany with a little less than two hours remaining when the gasoline engine failed, sidelining the car.

Electrics and hybrids are speeding into motorsports

On May 16, with a little less than two hours remaining in the N├╝rburgring 24 Hours race in Germany, a Porsche was leading. No surprise, Porsche race cars had won the four previous 24 hour races at this classic endurance event.

But this Porsche was different than the previous winners and the other 32 Porsche entrants on the track that day; it was a hybrid race car.

Based on the latest 911 racer, the GT3 R Hybrid is a type of hybrid most of us will never drive. Using a technology developed for Formula One (F1) racing series, the high performance vehicle replaces the passenger seat with a flywheel generator that spins up to 40,000 rpm. The generator captures and stores energy each time the vehicle brakes. Then, when the driver needs additional speed for passing or exiting a corner, a tap of a button gives a 160 horsepower boost for 6-8 seconds via two electric motors mounted in the front wheels.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

As Government Decisions Loom, Ethanol Fights for its Life

ethanol factory

Congress, the EPA and environmental groups may be on the verge of seriously curtailing corn ethanol adoption in the United States. This week, the EPA again decided to postpone a decision on whether to increase the maximum allowable blend of ethanol in regular gasoline from 10 to 15 percent. Automakers have been fighting the increase for some time, claiming that it could cause engine damage. The EPA says it needs more time to study the issue.

The Renewable Fuels Association�one of several lobbying arms of the ethanol industry�issued a harsh rebuke of the decision, calling the EPA's postponement "shameful" and "a dereliction of duty."

Judgment Day for Ethanol

The EPA isn't the only government body that the ethanol industry is relying on. By the end of 2010, several of the programs and regulations that keep the corn ethanol industry afloat will expire unless Congress acts to extend or replace them.

First, there are the so-called "blender's credits" given out to oil companies for mixing ethanol into their gasoline, which make up the bulk of the subsides for the past five years but are set to expire at the end of 2010. Those credits have helped pump $17 billion into the industry since 2005, but since gasoline producers are already required by law to blend ethanol into their product, the subsidy is largely redundant.

There's also the matter of a $0.60 per gallon tariff on imported ethanol that effectively keeps all of the ethanol sold in the United States domestically produced. Brazil, which is the world's second leading ethanol producer, recently lifted its biofuels tariff in the hopes that the United States would do the same. Unless Congress decides to take action by the end of the year, the tariff is set to expire, opening up the market to imports.

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Cheyenne: The New Wind-Powered City?

Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen on the push to add wind energy to the city's revenue stream.
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Nissan LEAF and Nissan Hybrids: Nationwide By Late Next Year

Nissan Altima Hybrid

Nissan Altima Hybrid

Despite reports to the contrary, Nissan is not anti-hybrid. In fact, the Nissan Altima Hybrid is arguably has just the right combination of power, style and fuel economy to be a mainstream hit. So why isn�"t the Altima Hybrid�with its compelling combo of power, handling, style, and fuel economy�well known from coast-to-coast?

Because it�"s only available in nine states: California and the eight states that have adopted California's emissions rules: Oregon, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. (Even with its limited availability, the Altima Hybrid outsold the Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Highlander Hybrid in May 2010. See our hybrid and diesel market dashboard.)

When the 2011 Altima Hybrid is introduced later this year, it will once again be limited to those nine states. This probably has a lot to do with Nissan wanting to downplay the viability of hybrids, as it focuses on a rollout of its all-electric Nissan LEAF. Keep in mind that the LEAF for the first year or so will also be limited to key markets on the West Coast, in Arizona and Tennessee. (The Chevy Volt is also geo-targeted to California, Michigan and Washington, D.C.)

Nissan Altima Hybrid

Nissan Altima Hybrid

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As Government Decisions Loom, Ethanol Fights for its Life

ethanol factory

Congress, the EPA and environmental groups may be on the verge of seriously curtailing corn ethanol adoption in the United States. This week, the EPA again decided to postpone a decision on whether to allow the maximum allowable blend of ethanol in regular gasoline to increase from 10 to 15 percent. Automakers have been fighting the increase for some time, claiming that it could cause engine damage. The EPA says it needs more time to study the issue.

The Renewable Fuels Association�one of several lobbying arms of the ethanol industry�issued a harsh rebuke of the decision, calling the EPA's postponement "shameful" and "a dereliction of duty."

Judgment Day for Ethanol

The EPA isn't the only government body that the ethanol industry is relying on. By the end of 2010, several of the programs and regulations that keep the corn ethanol industry afloat will expire unless Congress acts to extend or replace them.

First, there are the so-called "blender's credits" given out to oil companies for mixing ethanol into their gasoline, which make up the bulk of the subsides for the past five years but are set to expire at the end of 2010. Those credits have helped pump $17 billion into the industry since 2005, but since gasoline producers are already required by law to blend ethanol into their product, the subsidy is largely redundant.

There's also the matter of a $0.60 per gallon tariff on imported ethanol that effectively keeps all of the ethanol sold in the United States domestically produced. Brazil, which is the world's second leading ethanol producer, recently lifted its biofuels tariff in the hopes that the United States would do the same. Unless Congress decides to take action by the end of the year, the tariff is set to expire, opening up the market to imports.

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As Government Decisions Loom, Ethanol Fights for its Life

ethanol factory

Congress, the EPA and environmental groups may be on the verge of seriously curtailing corn ethanol adoption in the United States. This week, the EPA again decided to postpone a decision on whether to allow the maximum allowable blend of ethanol in regular gasoline to increase from 10 to 15 percent. Automakers have been fighting the increase for some time, claiming that it could cause engine damage. The EPA says it needs more time to study the issue.

The Renewable Fuels Association�one of several lobbying arms of the ethanol industry�issued a harsh rebuke of the decision, calling the EPA's postponement "shameful" and "a dereliction of duty."

Judgment Day Looms

The EPA isn't the only government body that the ethanol industry is relying on. By the end of 2010, several of the programs and regulations that keep the corn ethanol industry afloat will expire unless Congress acts to extend or replace them.

First, there are the so-called "blender's credits" given out to oil companies for mixing ethanol into their gasoline, which make up the bulk of the subsides for the past five years but are set to expire at the end of 2010. Those credits have helped pump $17 billion into the industry since 2005, but since gasoline producers are already required by law to blend ethanol into their product, the subsidy is largely redundant.

There's also the matter of a $0.60 per gallon tariff on imported ethanol that effectively keeps all of the ethanol sold in the United States domestically produced. Brazil, which is the world's second leading ethanol producer, recently lifted its biofuels tariff in the hopes that the United States would do the same. Unless Congress decides to take action by the end of the year, the tariff is set to expire, opening up the market to imports.

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Buildings Go Green for Energy Efficiency

As the White House continues to promote energy efficiency as a key component to solving the energy crisis, politicians and business leaders consider commercial buildings prime candidates for efficiency savings. Clean Skies News' Susan McGinnis takes a look at "green" building and tours a building that's won top-level recognition for energy efficiency.
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Chrysler Plans for Hybrids, EVs and Natural Gas Vehicles, Probably

Dodge Ram Pickup

Chrysler will soon start testing a plug-in hybrid Dodge Ram Pickup, but it's not clear when it would arrive in showrooms.

Last November, Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne and his lieutenants spent a long day laying out the details of their plans for a new Chrysler that would compete on all fronts, including cars that would compete in a growing field of hybrid and electric cars. Since then, an electric version of the Fiat 500 has made the round of auto shows�and is scheduled to go on sale in 2012. The company also announced plans for a small test fleet of Dodge Ram plug-in hybrid pickups�backed by a $48 million Department of Energy grant. (The conventional hybrid version of the Ram was canceled, after years of development.) And, of course, the company still sells the GEM, a line of neighborhood electric vehicles. Other than that, the company has been silent on its green car plans while it struggles to right its balance sheets and bring new volume product to market.

At the Automotive News Detroit Green Car Conference last week, Paulo Ferrero, Chrysler's senior vice president for powertrain, might have elaborated on the company's strategy for electrification�since speakers from Nissan, BMW and Think were talking about their companies' EV strategies already being implemented. His presentation did include a slide or two on plug-ins, but with no new information other than a commitment to "develop a range of technologies for hybrid/electrification across various platforms." That's pretty vague and clearly not a commitment to deliver vehicles on a timeline with the competition.

Fiat 500

According to Fiat-Chrysler, an all-electric version of the Fiat 500 minicar could be arriving as soon as 2012.

Ferrero did drop a big surprise: natural gas vehicles! It turns out Fiat has CNG powertrains in a full range of vehicles already in Europe (where government incentives and utility support make them an attractive option) and they might find their way over here�along with multi-air engines and a variety of improvements to gas-powered engines and transmissions promising a 25 percent overall fleet average fuel economy improvement for Chrysler's fleet by 2014.

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The Energy Report - 6/18/10

Tyler Suiters anchors this afternoon's Clean Skies News Energy Report from Washington, DC. On the program: - Scientists study the effect methane gas is having on the Gulf's fragile ecosystems.- Leading the effort to rebuild the Gulf economy and environment will be a part-time job for Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.- Energy analyst Elliott Gue estimates BP's lost production of the Gulf oil spill.- The EPA delays its decision on boosting the amount of ethanol at the pump.- A buildup of potent gases hamper rescue efforts after an explosion at a Colombian mine.- MSHA says a West Virginia miner who complained about work safety at a Massey Energy mine is getting his job back.- TVA is suspends its solar program.- EPA schedules public information sessions for hydrofracking.- Landowners in Virginia sue two energy companies for cheating them out of billions of dollars.www.cleanskies.com
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Monday, June 21, 2010

The Energy Report - 6/21/10

Susan McGinnis anchors this afternoon's Clean Skies News Energy Report from Washington, DC.On the program:- Companies that service offshore rigs are asking a judge to overturn 6 month moratorium on new drilling in the Gulf. - At least 47 miners were killed when an explosion ripped through a coal mine in central China early Monday. - A new state environmental report gives the green light to wind turbines off the coast of New Jersey.- A new report says Australia could meet all of it's energy needs from renewable technologies by 2020. www.cleanskies.com
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'Oil doomed after BP Gulf spill, clean energy is future'

The US is experiencing a fundamental shift in the economy and is literally handing over the mantle of economic leadership to China, believes Chief Market Economist Michael Norman, of John Thomas Financial. He also said that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will definitely speed up the process towards cleaner fuels, alternative energy and renewable sources of energy.
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Canadian Energy Minister Promotes Natural Gas Pipeline

Clean Skies News talks to Energy Minister of Northwest Territories Bob McLeod, on his efforts to promote natural gas in a carbon-contstrained world. McLeod suggests natural gas pipelines running through Canada, as well as areas of shale gas in the US and Canada, could reduce the need for additional deep water drilling projects in Canadian waters with arctic ice.
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Would You Like Your Electric Car With or Without a Gas Engine?

Chevy Volt Underpinnings

The underpinnings of the Chevy Volt, which carries an electric motor and a gas engine.

When the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt launch later this year, green car buyers will have a total of three flavors of electric-drive vehicles to choose from: conventional hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and pure electric cars. At that point, consumers will need to sort out the competing factors of cost, driving range, and the importance of going 100-percent electric.

On one side of the debate, makers of plug-in hybrids (or extended-range electric vehicles) argue that electric vehicles without a gas engine on board (allowing for hundreds of miles of driving between charging) just won't cut it. The opposing view from carmakers with pure electric cars is that drivers quickly get accustomed to cars with 100 miles of range, which is more than adequate for nearly all driving. They say why add the complexity of two systems?

Both sides had a chance to make their arguments at last week's Automotive News Green Car Conference. Micky Bly, GM's executive director for global electrical systems, clearly believes that electric cars need extended range. In his opinion, pure electric cars will appeal to a limited group of early adopters. "I feel strongly the early-adopter movement is done in North America,⬝ Bly said. He added that mass market EVs have to be capable of serving as a household�"s primary vehicle. �SI think pure battery electric vehicles are not going to be niche vehicles, but they're not going to be a primary vehicle."

Ford�"s chief of vehicle electrification Nancy Gioia, essentially agreed�but believes it�"s too early to tell how demand will play it between conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars. Ford will offer all three, although the company believes that conventional hybrids will make up 75 percent of its electric portfolio. Few people are willing to accept �Strade-offs in performance and price⬝ Gioia said.

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Toward a More Efficient Use of Renewable Energy Sources

Renewable energy. In one hour we get enough sunlight on the earth to power the planet for a year. The molecular design of new materials for efficient harvesting of photons from the sun is promising. But storing that energy requires the next generation of batteries: sustainable, safe, and high-energy. Alan Heeger, Lon Bell and Jean-Marie Tarason explore new ways to meet our energy needs. Series: Summit on Energy Efficiency [11/2009] [Science] [Show ID: 17378]]]>http://youtube.com/?v=9PLlTCn1XSoToward a More Efficient Use of Renewable Energy Sourcesenergy, renewable, conservationUCtelevisionRenewable EnergyRead More... [Source: YouTube Videos tagged with renewable energy]

Gue Talks BP Losses, Natural Gas Climb

Elliott Gue, editor of The Energy Letter and The Energy Strategist, joins Clean Skies News to discuss the week's oil and natural gas inventories and just how much profit BP has already lost.
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J.D. Power: Annual U.S. Hybrid Sales Beyond 1 Million by 2015

2010 Toyota Prius

J.D. Power believes that conventional hybrids, like the Toyota Prius, will make up as much as 98 percent of cars that use battery power in 2015.

The economic recession and low gas prices recently have taken their toll on consumer interest in fuel-efficient alternative power cars. But that�"s about to turn around according to research firm J.D. Power.

In a new report, J.D. Power analysts said that global sales of electric-drive cars are expected to reach 940,000 units this year compared with 732,000 units last year, with the number jumping beyond 3 million in 2015. Despite the growth, that would represent a modest 3.4 percent of global light-vehicle sales. According to the firm, conventional hybrids�rather than plug-in cars�are forecast to make up the vast majority of the sales.

Hybrids in U.S. and EVs in China

The big shift will happen with conventional hybrids in the United States and electric cars in China, according to the report. J.D. Power also said it expected the U.S. to account for 55 percent of the hybrid market by 2015�meaning conventional hybrid sales in the U.S. would grow from less than 300,000 in 2009, to around 1.4 million by 2015. In the United States, that could account for close to 10 percent of the total U.S. market.

Meanwhile, nearly half of the projected 500,000 sales of plug-in cars by 2015 will happen in China. J.D. Power believes that hybrids will be more popular than plug-in cars due to higher cost and limited driving range. (Obviously, this point is up for debate.)

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Baja Wind Energy Project to Help Fill Calif. Sails

As President Barack Obama stresses the need for independence from fossil fuels, filmmaker Emma Cott examines one alternative energy project that is looking to harness wind power from Mexico to help meet California's energy demands.
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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fields of Energy: Wind Energy

www.mda.state.mn.us Gigantic wind turbines are cropping up around Minnesota. How are these giants generating energy from the wind? How is Minnesota farming the wind to generate electricity? High power, low cost, renewable resource wind energy is stirring up excitement in the field of energy! This video is part of the "Fields of Energy" DVD, a production of Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom. "Fields of Energy" and its 12 segments are an introduction to how agriculture uses science and technology to look for renewable energy and fuel. Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom invites you on a video field trip about homegrown solutions to energy challenges. The widespread vision for sustainable energy sources and the quest for a cleaner environment have led to research, innovation and legislation changing the way we live and work.
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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Renewable Energy and the Future

The Emerging Energy Technologies Summit 2006, part of UCSB's Technology Management Program, takes a look at more efficient and renewable energy sources, solar and wind power, production of ethanol, and more energy-efficient cars. Series: "Technology Management Program" [7/2006] [Science] [Show ID: 11695]]]>http://youtube.com/?v=Scu1_bVhu8cRenewable Energy and the Futureenergy, technology, conservationUCtelevisionRenewable EnergyRead More... [Source: YouTube Videos tagged with renewable energy]

Friday, June 18, 2010

Mixed Reviews on Honda CR-Z as Hybrid and Sports Car

Honda CR-Z at Golden Gate Bridge

Can a hybrid be as fun as a sports car? Can a sports car save fuel like a hybrid?

Honda this week gave automotive journalists their first chance behind the wheel of the 2011 Honda CR-Z Hybrid. Honda�"s goal with the all-new two-seater is to combine the fuel parsimony of a hybrid with the sportiness of the company�"s classic CRX coupe�and to offer it as the most affordable hybrid on the market.

The fuel economy rating of the standard six-speed manual is 31/37 mpg, with the optional automatic (CVT) rated at 35/39 mpg.

"The CR-Z is as much about the driving experience as it is about our commitment to fuel efficiency and affordable hybrid technology," said John Mendel, executive vice president of sales at American Honda Motor Co. "We lit the fuse on hybrids," Mendel said.

Did they succeed? On affordability, the answer is yes. The MSRP of the CR-Z, which goes on sale on Aug. 24, is not official, but is expected at less than $20,000. That does make it the lowest priced hybrid on the market�and the only one available with a manual transmission.

Honda CR-Z

But on the evaluation of the Honda CR-Z as both a sports car and as a hybrid, the reviews are mixed. And yet, there�"s an underlying sentiment that Honda has made a worthwhile contribution to the hybrid field. Here�"s a sampling of what auto critics had to say on the twin goals.

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Desertec solar energy project

Desertec solar energy project www.desertec.org - a unique industry initiative to develop a reliable, sustainable and climate-friendly energy supply from the deserts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is now taking shape. On 30 October 2009 in Munich the articles of association for the DII GmbH (limited liability company) were signed by the group of founding members consisting of twelve companies and the DESERTEC Foundation. The DII aims at accelerated implementation of the DESERTEC concept, as developed by the DESERTEC Foundation. This work of the DII will entail a thorough analysis and the establishment of a framework for investments to supply the MENA region and Europe with power produced using solar and wind energy sources. The long-term goal is to satisfy a substantial part of the energy needs of the MENA countries and meet as much as 15% of Europes electricity demand by 2050. The DII shareholder meeting today appointed Paul van Son as CEO of the DII. Over a period of about 30 years Mr. van Son has held various management posts in the European energy industry, including Managing Director of Deutsche Essent (Germany) and Econcern (Netherlands). These companies have earned a reputation as developers of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. Mr. van Son is also Chairman of the European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET) and Chairman of the Energy4All Foundation which is active in Africa. Mr. van Son: We recognize and strongly support the DESERTEC ...
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Solar Energy to 7 Billion People

By exploiting the powers of nanotechnology and taking advantage of nontoxic, Earth-abundant materials, Berkeley Lab's Cyrus Wadia has fabricated new solar cell devices that have the potential to be several orders of magnitude less expensive than conventional solar cells. And, by mastering the chemistry of these materials�and the economics of solar energy�he envisions bringing electricity to the 1.2 billion people now living without it. Series: Science at the Theater [9/2009] [Science] [Show ID: 16917]]]>http://youtube.com/?v=a4XSB7CPl_MSolar Energy to 7 Billion Peoplesolar, cell, nanotechnology, energy, cyrus, wadiaUCtelevisionHow Solar Energy Works - Great Explanation !Read More... [Source: YouTube Videos tagged with solar energy]

UW Discoveries - Solar Energy

Discoveries at the UW are shaping our world and making a difference on a local, national and global scale.
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

June 18 at 11 AM Eastern: Live Webchat on PluginCars.com about Free Charging Stations for Chevy Volt Buyers

GM EV Charger

Did you know that the first 4,400 buyers of the Chevrolet Volt will be eligible for a free 240-volt home charging station? It's part of the U.S. Department of Energy's project to install more than 15,000 home charge stations for EV owners.

Our sister site, PluginCars.com, is pleased to host a webchat on Friday June 18 at 11:00 AM Eastern to discuss the details. On hand to discuss this incentive and take questions will be:

  • Tony Posawatz, Vehicle Line Director, Chevrolet Volt
  • Don Korner, CEO, ECOtality North America
  • Marc Carlson, Executive Director, Coulomb's ChargePoint America program

>> Visit the PluginCars.com webchat page for the webchat. (Go there now to set up an auto-reminder.) See you at the chat!

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Peugeot-Citroen Dangles Prospect of Small Diesel-Hybrid Minivan

Peugeot 3008 HYbrid 4 small minivan

Peugeot 3008 HYbrid 4 small minivan

Last week, we reported that Mitsubishi is taking steps to produce a diesel-electric car�in the form of the Lancer Evo diesel hybrid. Automotive News today reports that Peugeot-Citroen's first diesel-electric hybrid, the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid 4 small minivan, could be exported outside Europe.

The Peugeot 3008 HYbrid 4 goes on sale in Europe in March 2011. The automaker says the 3008 Hybrid 4 will produce just 99 grams per kilometer of CO2 despite offering 200 horsepower. The car's 2.0-liter diesel provides 163 horsepower to the front wheels, and an electric motor supplies 37 hp to the rear wheels. When Peugeot demonstrated the 3008 HYbrid concept at the Paris auto show in 2008, it said the vehicle could get 57 miles per gallon.

Peugeot-Citroen electric vehicles director Ayoul Grouvel told Automotive News Europe that subsidiaries in Australia, Brazil, China, Israel and Turkey are asking for hybrids. The auto markets in China and Brazil are experiencing wild growth, and would be enticing to Peugeot-Citroen.

The company believes that diesel-electric hybrids make sense to expand fuel-efficient offerings in Europe and Asia, but expects U.S. customers to choose gas-powered hybrids. And yet, U.S. hybrid fans have been screaming for a hybrid minivan for years. Could you imagine the reaction from greeny families to a small stylish hybrid minivan, with third-row seating (even if squeezed), running on biodiesel?

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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid's MPG Is Official: 41 in the City

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Lincoln announced that the fuel efficiency rating for their first ever hybrid, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, is now official: 41 mpg rating in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway. The official EPA rating makes it the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America.

A few years ago, a luxury sedan achieving more than 40 MPG in the city would have been big news. With hybrid technology, it's quickly becoming a regular occurrence.

Ford is positioning the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid to compete against the 2010 Lexus HS 250h. The MKZ beats the HS250h in terms of fuel economy by 6 MPG, and provides more engine power and passenger room. The MKZ�"s combined gasoline engine and electric motor provide 191 net horsepower.

�SThe Lincoln MKZ Hybrid offers everything our customers look for in a midsize luxury sedan, plus unsurpassed fuel economy,⬝ said Derrick Kuzak, Ford�"s group vice president, Global Product Development, in a press release. The MKZ�"s claim for fuel economy leadership in the luxury category may be short-lived, with the premium compact Lexus CT 200h hitting dealerships later this year or in early 2011.

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Small Wind Energy on the Rise in US

As energy prices continue to rise worldwide, many homeowners in the US are becoming interested in renewable forms of energy to power their homes. Jeff Swicord introduces us to one horse farmer north of Washington DC who thinks the answer is small wind energy, in his case, personal wind turbines.
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Shedding light on wind energy

An art installation created by Patrick Marold, utilizing wind energy to create light is on view in Burlington, Vermont.
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Small Wind Energy on the Rise in US

As energy prices continue to rise worldwide, many homeowners in the US are becoming interested in renewable forms of energy to power their homes. Jeff Swicord introduces us to one horse farmer north of Washington DC who thinks the answer is small wind energy, in his case, personal wind turbines.
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Shedding light on wind energy

An art installation created by Patrick Marold, utilizing wind energy to create light is on view in Burlington, Vermont.
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Solar Tech

Learn about a new way to harness solar power to create energy. Man Made: Solar Quest : channel.nationalgeographic.com
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Car Companies and Governments Align for Oil-Free Future

Carlos Ghosn, Phone Call

�SWhen a government is interested, they call us. We don�"t go to them. They call us,⬝ Carlos Ghosn said. (Photo: Brad Berman. All rights reserved.)

In the early days of the Bush administration, vice-president Dick Cheney met behind closed doors with oil companies to formulate national energy policy. A decade later, we see what happens when the government and oilies get too chummy: dangerous oil drilling and endless oil wars.

The Gulf oil spill is a catastrophe of epic proportions, but if nothing else comes out of it, the disaster could force a decisive break from the government-oil alliance�while forging a new alignment between the state and car companies. That�"s right, the same car companies that stood defiant of government fuel efficiency mandates for generations are now forming alliances to produce cars that use little or no petroleum.

In this dawning age of battery-powered vehicles, the very definition of an automobile company�"s function in the economy and society is shifting. Companies that recognize the change are positioning themselves as government allies in the struggle for oil dependence. �SWe are not only a carmaker. We are a sustainable mobility system provider,⬝ said Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Nissan and Renault. He was speaking in Tennessee at the occasion of Nissan breaking ground on a new lithium ion battery factory�financed by a $1.4 billion loan from the Department of Energy.

Car Company or Systems Provider?

Mr. Ghosn proclaimed that Nissan-Renault is not only making cars. The company will also make batteries, help recycle them, make quick charging equipment�and most importantly, provide consulting services to governments. �SWe�"re not only a carmaker here. We�"re the provider of a system. And we are advising governments and cities about what system they should be in place in order to get the interest of the consumer,⬝ Ghosn said.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

VW Goes Hybrid with Gas-Electric Jetta in 2012

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

In one more sign that the automotive world is shifting to electric-drive technology, Volkswagen today reconfirmed its commitment to producing a hybrid version of its popular Jetta. A gas-electric Jetta, to debut in 2012, would put another affordable mainstream hybrid option into showrooms.

Affordability is the key word, as hybrids push further into mainstream vehicle lineups. The new (gas-powered) 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, which made its global debut in New York today, is priced at $16,000, about $1,700 less than the current version. �SWith the new Jetta, we�"ve kept everything people liked, but also made the car more accessible to the entry-level buyer in the compact segment,⬝ said Toscan Bennett, a VW product strategist. �SWe want people who had considered Jettas too expensive to put us on their shopping lists.⬝

Later this year, Volkswagen will introduce the Touareg Hybrid SUV, its first hybrid, but it will hardly be affordable. Based on pricing announced in Europe, the Touareg Hybrid could exceed $90,000 in the U.S. Moreover, it will join a crowded field of expensive luxury hybrid SUVs already on the market�and not selling particularly well.

On the other hand, a Jetta Hybrid probably will probably be priced in the low $20,000s, while offering fuel economy numbers in the mid-40 mpg range. It will represent the first time an automaker stacks up a hybrid and clean diesel option in a cost-competitive model.

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How It's Made - Solar Panels

www.earth4energy.org
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Solar Energy to 7 Billion People

By exploiting the powers of nanotechnology and taking advantage of nontoxic, Earth-abundant materials, Berkeley Lab's Cyrus Wadia has fabricated new solar cell devices that have the potential to be several orders of magnitude less expensive than conventional solar cells. And, by mastering the chemistry of these materials�and the economics of solar energy�he envisions bringing electricity to the 1.2 billion people now living without it. Series: Science at the Theater [9/2009] [Science] [Show ID: 16917]]]>http://youtube.com/?v=a4XSB7CPl_MSolar Energy to 7 Billion Peoplesolar, cell, nanotechnology, energy, cyrus, wadiaUCtelevisionSolar Energy at ScaleRead More... [Source: YouTube Videos tagged with solar energy]

Monday, June 14, 2010

China�"s Push for Hybrid and Electric Cars, But Will Anyone Buy?

Beijing Traffic

Beijing traffic

In announcing an ambitious round of subsidies for green vehicles earlier this month, the Chinese government made it clear that the country isn't just paying lip service to fuel efficiency. China intends to compete both domestically and internationally in the hybrid and electric vehicle market, even if it means playing catch-up.

The domestic incentives provide discounts of $8,800 electric vehicles, $7,350 for PHEVs, and up to $36,750 for fuel cell vehicles. China was successful with a general vehicle subsidy last year that helped the country surpass the United States as the world's largest auto market for the first time in history.

At a recent U.S. China Automotive Conference, the technology gap between China and the United States on hybrids and electric vehicles generated a lot of discussion. "In terms of engineering capability, the U.S. is leading, but China is very fast in adopting the technology," said mechanical engineering professor, Jun Ni, to the Detroit Free Press.

As an export-driven economy, China knows that if it wants to compete in the international car market, it will have to make quality cars that are safe, fuel efficient, and cost competitive. Chinese exports have never had a problem competing on price, but when it comes to autos, Americans will be concerned about the safety and reliability of Chinese cars�regardless of how much money they might save.

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Rooftop Wind Turbines

WindEnergy7.com - These new rooftop wind turbine jobs are popping up in communities all across the US and Canada. The rooftop wind turbine kit job turned out to give the local electricians a couple of days of work. In todays economy, rooftop wind turbine jobs are important. There are people selling and installing these new rooftop wind turbine kits for WindEnergy7.com all across the US. The rooftop wind turbine manufacturer, located in Ohio, has a owner opportunity for people to get a system and become the local rooftop wind turbine dealer. rooftop wind turbine jobs are created for local installation and sales in each community where the rooftop wind turbine kits are adopted and sold. For more information, or to become a customer, dealer, or installer, go to the site at WindEnergy7.com and fill out their Contact form.
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Prius Success Is All About Looks, Says Dan Ariely

2010 Toyota Prius

2010 Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is by far the most popular hybrid car because it�"s immediately recognizable as an earth-friendly car. At least, that�"s the explanation offered by Dan Ariely, the behavioral economist who wrote Predictably Irrational. Ariel was in Seattle last week on a tour for his new book, The Upside of Irrationality.

Dan ArielyDan Ariely

Ariely�"s books combine neuroscience, economics, and personal observations to explain how emotions�rather than rational economic logic�drive us to make odd choices in life.

"This is my personal observation," said Ariely, "When I drive and I see people driving Priuses, they look to me like they smile more than others." Ariely explained that Prius drivers want to stand out, to pat themselves on the back as they drive down the road, and to make it crystal clear that they�"re driving a hybrid. (This observation has been made many times before, most notably by the creators of Comedy Central�"s South Park, who portrayed hybrid drives as smug snobs. Very funny stuff.)

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Renewable Energy

A brief description of my understanding of renewable energy sources. renewable-energy-future.com
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Sunday, June 13, 2010

China�"s Push for Hybrid and Electric Cars, But Will Anyone Buy?

Beijing Traffic

Beijing traffic

In announcing an ambitious round of subsidies for green vehicles earlier this month, the Chinese government made it clear that the country isn't just paying lip service to fuel efficiency. China intends to compete both domestically and internationally in the hybrid and electric vehicle market, even if it means playing catch-up.

The domestic incentives provide discounts of $8,800 for plug-in electric vehicles, $7,350 for hybrids, and up to $36,750 for fuel cell vehicles. China was successful with a general vehicle subsidy last year that helped the country surpass the United States as the world's largest auto market for the first time in history.

At a recent U.S. China Automotive Conference, the technology gap between China and the United States on hybrids and electric vehicles generated a lot of discussion. "In terms of engineering capability, the U.S. is leading, but China is very fast in adopting the technology," said mechanical engineering professor, Jun Ni, to the Detroit Free Press.

As an export-driven economy, China knows that if it wants to compete in the international car market, it will have to make quality cars that are safe, fuel efficient, and cost competitive. Chinese exports have never had a problem competing on price, but when it comes to autos, Americans will be concerned about the safety and reliability of Chinese cars�regardless of how much money they might save.

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China�"s Push for Hybrid and Electric Cars, But Will Anyone Buy?

Beijing Traffic

Beijing traffic

In announcing an ambitious round of subsidies for green vehicles earlier this month, the Chinese government made it clear that the country isn't just paying lip service to fuel efficiency. China intends to compete both domestically and internationally in the hybrid and electric vehicle market, even if it means playing catch-up.

The domestic incentives provide discounts of $8,800 for plug-in electric vehicles, $7,350 for hybrids, and up to $36,750 for fuel cell vehicles. China was successful with a general vehicle subsidy last year that helped the country surpass the United States as the world's largest auto market for the first time in history.

At a recent U.S. China Automotive Conference, the technology gap between China and the United States on hybrids and electric vehicles generated a lot of discussion. "In terms of engineering capability, the U.S. is leading, but China is very fast in adopting the technology," said mechanical engineering professor, Jun Ni, to the Detroit Free Press.

As an export-driven economy, China knows that if it wants to compete in the international car market, it will have to make quality cars that are safe, fuel efficient, and cost competitive. Chinese exports have never had a problem competing on price, but when it comes to autos, American people will be concerned about the safety and reliability of Chinese cars�regardless of how much money they might save.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Payback Time - Germany's Renewable Energy Program

This Earth Report video describes Germany's highly successful program for making solar and other forms of renewable energy cost-effective today. This high quality video explains how the German incentive program works and how it can be duplicated in other countries around the world. It was produced with the help of the World Future Council.
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Toward a More Efficient Use of Renewable Energy Sources

Renewable energy. In one hour we get enough sunlight on the earth to power the planet for a year. The molecular design of new materials for efficient harvesting of photons from the sun is promising. But storing that energy requires the next generation of batteries: sustainable, safe, and high-energy. Alan Heeger, Lon Bell and Jean-Marie Tarason explore new ways to meet our energy needs. Series: Summit on Energy Efficiency [11/2009] [Science] [Show ID: 17378]
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Renewable Energy

video i made for science about renewable energy, energy transfers and electricity. Using funky music from the apples in stereo. In memory of Treacle the hamster who has passed away. Oakmeeds
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Friday, June 11, 2010

Another First for Mitsubishi? A Diesel-Hybrid Lancer Evo

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

It�"s just a rumor, but the potential move by Mitsubishi to give its Lancer Evolution a diesel-hybrid powertrain is interesting for several reasons.

First of all, Mitsubishi is not afraid to be first on an innovative green technology. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV was the first all-electric car to hit the mainstream market. That was in Japan last year, but it�"s heading to North America next year. Given its smart-like size and regular-sized price tag, the i-MiEV is very likely to be a niche car for urban dwellers. That�"s okay. It�"s one more solid option for EV buyers. The micro-car is cute and fun and might even develop a cult-like following. Even if it doesn�"t sell in big numbers, the i-MiEV could catapult the Mitsubishi brand in front of U.S. consumers.

The existing Lancer Evolution is also an iconic niche car with a fanatical following. The �SEvo,⬝ which has been around for nearly two decades, transforms a compact economy car into high-performance ride�by adding a powerful turbocharged engine, an all-wheel-drive system and numerous tweaks to improve handling and braking. Mitsubishi engineers need to modify that formula again�in a greener direction�if the Evo is going to pass tougher CO2 regulations hitting Europe and the U.S. Combining clean diesel technology and a hybrid gas-electric drivetrain in the next generation Evo could cut CO2 emissions to less than 200g/km, while delivering 0 � 60 performance under five seconds.

Symbolic Value

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Sure, this is one more example of a hybrid that puts performance first and fuel efficiency second. The current 291-horsepower U.S. version of the Evo only manages a combined 20-mpg average. We�"re guessing that the double-whammy of diesel and hybrid could boost the mileage beyond 30 MPG. But if the engineers can slightly downsize the engine, and make up the performance with a boost of diesel torque and battery power, then the model could approach a doubling of fuel economy over the conventional version.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Energy Report - 6/9/10

Susan McGinnis anchors this afternoon's Clean Skies News Energy Report from Washington, DC. On the program: - Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen calls for more openness from BP.- Hornbeck Offshore Services of Louisiana challenges the offshore drilling moratorium.- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar tells the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to send all job loss claims to BP. - California city rejects measure to drill off coast of Santa Barbara County.- Actor Kevin Costner testifies on Capitol Hill about Ocean Therapy Solutions and its technology that cleans up oil spills.- Judge finds no pattern of violations at Massey Energy's Tiller No. 1 mine.- Incoming climate chief calls on nations to join forces in the fight against climate change.- NASA announces voyage to the Arctic. www.cleanskies.com
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PluginCars.com To Take First Drive of Production Nissan LEAF

Wheel of Nissan LEAF

Behind the wheel of the LEAF.

The all-electric Nissan Leaf is one of the most anticipated cars to hit the market in generations. We were among the group of media to test early production �Smule⬝ prototypes of the LEAF in April 2009 (for the New York Times). We were behind the wheel of another prototype again in November last year.

The big question is how the actual production car will drive. Well, we have the scoop on that story because Nick Chambers, who writes for PluginCars.com�our sister site�is heading off to Japan next week, as he becomes the first writer-blogger to take a spin in the LEAF. He'll be sending back full reports with photos and video. �SI see it as a duty to make sure that I get as much information as possible and disseminate it as widely as possible,⬝ Nick writes.

>> Check out what else is on Nick�"s mind as he prepares for the big day. Check back with PluginCars.com next week as we post exclusive pics, videos and stories.

And tell Nick what he should be finding out.

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