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Nissan Unveils New E-Car Prototype

July 28, 2009 9:19 am | Blogs | Comments

Nissan Motor today previewed its electric vehicle (EV) platform on a Tiida-based prototype. It also showcased a sophisticated EV-IT system developed to support electric driving 24/7. The dedicated EV platform is comprised of a highly rigid body, high-performance motor, compact lithium-ion battery with high power output and energy capacity.

North Carolina Town Going Green With LED Technology

July 22, 2009 5:58 am | Blogs | Comments

Philips Lumec has been chosen by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians of western North Carolina to light their downtown streetscapes with their environmentally responsible LED lighting solutions. In doing so, they clearly place this town of 14,500 residents, located on the South end of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, in the vanguard of communities choosing environmentally responsible LED lighting technologies.

LED Controller Features 'In-Situ' Temperature Compensation

July 22, 2009 5:42 am | Blogs | Comments

Leadis Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: LDIS), an analog and mixed-signal semiconductor developer of LED drivers for consumer electronic devices, today announced sample availability of the LDS9001 and LDS9003, two new LED controllers featuring Leadis' patent pending LED-Sense(TM) Temperature Compensation engine. This innovative feature allows for direct in-situ monitoring of the LED junction temperature without the need for an external temperature sensor

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Institute Unveils OLED that is 75% More Efficient

July 20, 2009 1:37 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) has purportedly created an Organic Light Emitting Diode that is 75% more efficient than previous models. Led by Prof. Kyung-Cheol Choi, the KAIST team discovered a new type of surface plasmon enhanced OLED. KAIST explains their finding thusly: “For surface plasmon localization, silver nanoparticles were thermally deposited in a high vacuum on cathode.

GE Targets Net Zero Energy Homes by 2015

July 17, 2009 5:21 am | Blogs | Comments

GE announced today that by 2015 it is developing a turn-key product portfolio that will empower consumers to build — both new home builders and existing homeowners — to efficiently consume, manage and generate electricity to enable an overall net zero annual energy.

Coming Soon: Silk-Screened Batteries

July 14, 2009 10:36 am | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Who knew those shady vendors hawking silk-screened t-shirts at tourist traps were leading the tech revolution? Actually, that claim belongs to the Fraunhofer Research Institution, but who’s keeping track? The German institute has developed a printable battery that is produced using a silk-screening process similar to that used in t-shirts.

IMEC announces new partnerships and a new pilot line for its solar cell research program

July 14, 2009 7:29 am | Blogs | Comments

IMEC announced that it has established new partnerships with solar cell material and equipment suppliers. These companies, including MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., Leybold Optics Dresden GmbH, Roth & Rau AG, and Mallinckrodt Baker B.V., have concluded joint-development agreements with IMEC in the frame of IMEC’s newly launched wafer-based silicon photovoltaics industrial affiliation program (IIAP).

Survey Reveals Contractors as Influencers for Adoption of LED Lighting

July 13, 2009 10:04 am | Blogs | Comments

A recent survey of electrical and lighting contractors demonstrates their importance in the specifying and recommendation of LED lighting products for building projects. According to the survey respondents, contractors are involved in recommending LED lighting more than 70% of the time. Yet a majority of respondents said they would be interested in receiving more training on product installation, benefits, and layout

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World's first fuel cell aircraft takes off in Germany

July 7, 2009 7:35 pm | Blogs | Comments

The world's first piloted aircraft capable of taking to the air using only power from fuel cells took off in Germany Tuesday, producing zero carbon dioxide emissions, its makers said. "We have improved the performance capabilities and efficiency of the fuel cell to such an extent that a piloted aircraft is now able to take off using it," said Johann-Dietrich Woerner from the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Next-Gen Incandescent Bulbs Revive Old Debates

July 6, 2009 9:56 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those writing incandescent’s obituary may want to stay their pen. The NY Times reports on the efforts towards modernizing the “Edison lightbulb.” Leading the pack is Philips’ Halogena Energy Savers, purportedly 30% more efficient than similar incandescent bulbs. The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act sounded the death knell for traditional incandescents. While it doesn’t ban incandescents, it does set wattage limitations and other restrictions

China blasts US climate bill

July 2, 2009 11:56 am | Blogs | Comments

China said on Thursday that it was "firmly" opposed to provisions in a new US clean energy bill that will make it easier to impose trade penalties on nations that reject limits to globe-warming pollution. "China is firmly opposed to such measures," vice foreign minister He Yafei told reporters in Beijing. "We are firmly against such attempts to advance trade protectionism under the pretext of climate change. It is not conducive to world economic recovery. It serves nobody's interests."

Obama's Climate Leadership Faces Test at G8 Forum

July 2, 2009 10:03 am | by Jeff Mason | Blogs | Comments

President Barack Obama, buoyed by a domestic victory on climate policy, faces his first foreign test on the issue next week at a forum that could boost the chances of reaching a U.N. global warming pact this year.

EPA Approves State-based Auto Emissions Standards

June 30, 2009 7:46 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

To follow up on an earlier story, the EPA has granted California’s request for exemption from federal tailpipe emissions standards. The decision is effective immediately for California plus 13 other states and Washington DC. It allows them to regulate emissions for model years 2009-2011, one year before the federal standards take effect. Says EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, “This decision puts the law and science first…this waiver is consistent with the Clean Air Act as it’s been used for the last 40 years

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Firm Delivers 60 Megawatts of Power From Landfill Gas

June 30, 2009 7:49 am | Blogs | Comments

Providing usable electrical power from waste, Innovative Energy Systems (IES) has developed a clean energy solution that recovers methane gas from landfills and converts it into electricity.

Obama Administration Awards First Advanced-Vehicle Loans

June 29, 2009 10:23 am | Blogs | Comments

Today, the Obama Administration announced $8 billion in conditional loan commitments for the development of innovative, advanced vehicle technologies that will create thousands of green jobs while helping reduce the nation’s dangerous dependence on foreign oil. The loan commitments announced today by the President include $5.9 billion for Ford Motor Company to transform factories across Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio to produce 13 more fuel efficient models

Cap and Trade Looms on the Horizon

June 24, 2009 8:25 pm | by by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The AP reports that “climate bill” proponents had agreed to concessions in an attempt to sway wary Democrats. In this case, “climate bill” refers to the “Cap and Trade” proposal sought by Barack Obama and activists for years. Along with universal healthcare, Cap and Trade has been a major priority of the Obama administration. Will these concessions finally enable passage of Cap and Trade legislation?

The Solar Industry Shines in Saginaw

June 12, 2009 5:36 am | by Steve Hargreaves | Blogs | Comments

Outside Saginaw, Mich., an old auto town of 56,000 people about 100 miles northwest of Detroit, a company making silicon for solar panels is doing the exact opposite of the Big Three. It's hiring.

Sign up for the 'Pumping Up Power Efficiency' Webcast on June 18th

June 11, 2009 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Whether you design drugs, manufacture consumer products or airplanes, or search for oil, improving your computing performance will improve your competitiveness. But what do you do when the “need for speed” collides with demands for reduced operating budgets and lower environmental impact?

Study: Jobs in fledgling green sector growing

June 10, 2009 5:35 pm | by CHRIS KAHN and SANDY SHORE | Blogs | Comments

The fledgling renewable energy industry has grown steadily over much of the past decade, adding jobs at more than twice the national rate, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts study released Wednesday. Solar and wind-power companies, energy-efficient light bulb makers, environmental engineering firms and others expanded their work force by 9.1 percent from 1998 to 2007, the latest year available, according to Pew. The average job growth in all industries was 3.7 percent during the same period.

Report says climate change is adding to migration

June 10, 2009 5:24 pm | by ARTHUR MAX, Associated Press Writer | Blogs | Comments

Global warming is uprooting people from their homes and, left unchecked, could lead to the greatest human migration in history, said a report released Wednesday. Estimates vary on how many people are on the move because of climate change, but the report cites predictions from the International Organization for Migration that 200 million people will be displaced by environmental pressures by 2050.

House GOP offers nuclear-loaded energy bill

June 10, 2009 5:15 pm | by DINA CAPPIELLO, Associated Press Writer | Blogs | Comments

House Republicans are calling for a hundred new nuclear power plants to be built in the next two decades as part of an energy plan they say is a better alternative than one championed by Democrats. The legislation unveiled by the GOP Wednesday would also increase production of oil and gas offshore, open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling and spur refinery construction.

Innovative On-Site System Creates Electricity From Waste Cooking Oil

June 9, 2009 7:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Columbia Tech, a US-based contract manufacturer, today announced its partnership with Massachusetts-based Owl Power to manufacture the company’s Vegawatt cogeneration system.

Climate Change Odds Much Worse Than Thought

June 8, 2009 7:54 am | Blogs | Comments

The most comprehensive modeling yet carried out on the likelihood of how much hotter the Earth's climate will get in this century shows that without rapid and massive action, the problem will be about twice as severe as previously estimated six years ago - and could be even worse than that.

Obama 'optimistic' US can lead on climate change

June 6, 2009 10:00 am | Blogs | Comments

President Barack Obama said Friday he was increasingly hopeful that the United States can lead the way on climate change, six months before crunch global talks in Copenhagen. "I'm actually more optimistic than I was about America being able to take leadership on this issue, joining Europe, which over the last several years has been ahead of us on this issue," Obama said after talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany.

Toyota to start plug-in hybrid leasing

June 3, 2009 5:44 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer Yuri Kageyama, Ap Business Writer | Blogs | Comments

Toyota said Wednesday it will start leasing plug-in hybrid cars, that are even greener than its hit Prius, by the end of this year in the U.S., Japan and Europe.Toyota Motor Corp., the world's top automaker, will start leasing 200 plug-ins in Japan, 150 in the U.S. and 150 in Europe, mostly for rental, such as through special government-backed programs, it said in a release. Toyota will for the first time use lithium-ion batteries in the plug-ins. The batteries are already used in some cars but more common in laptops and other gadgets. Toyota hybrids now use nickel-metal hydride batteries. Using a lithium-ion battery will produce more energy, allowing the car to run more as an electric vehicle, but there have been some technological hurdles.

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