Smart Electric Vehicles and Smart Grids

On August 20, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (8/20/09). The new freeway-speed electric vehicles will also be smart electric vehicles (SEV). They will be smart about using energy inside the vehicle so that it can go 100 miles between charges. The SEV will be smart about navigation options that consider your preference for getting somewhere fast or traveling with minimal […]

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Sober Words from DOE

On August 17, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi At the recent Western Energy Summit, Dr. Steven Koonin (Undersecretary of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy) made a speech with some eye-opening tid-bits. In this review on GreenTechMedia, Koonin is quoted as saying about the daunting challenges in moving away from fossil fuels: “We have limited time and limited […]

Joule Biotech Sun-Powered Fuel – Biofuel Vs Solar PV

On August 16, 2009, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

There was much furore recently surrounding the story ‘Joule Biotech comes out of stealth with sun-powered biofuel’.The premise is that the technology can take solar energy and use it to convert carbon dioxide directly into fuel. A one stop-shop to soak up carbon dioxide and produce a biofuel.Having dug into it a little, the conclusion […]

Electric Vehicle Charging Passes Inspection

On August 11, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV) and Battery Electric Vehicles (EV) are destined for success. Thousands of key players have converged at the Plug-in 2009 Conference in Long Beach, California. In the opening workshop they talked about giving the customer a pleasant, easy-to-use, no hassle, safe and cost effective experience. The key players included auto makers, electric utilities, […]

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Yucca-ing Up Nuclear

On August 10, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi My first day working professionally in the energy sector was September 29, 1986. (Why I remember this date so clearly, I can’t say.) On that day, I joined the consulting firm ICF in Washington DC, and as a bit of make-work (until I could get staffed on a significant project), I […]

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2010 Nissan LEAF EV on a Freeway Near You

On August 4, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (8/3/09). Nissan (NSANY) will be the first to have thousands of affordable freeway-speed electric vehicles on the highways. The new 2010 Nissan LEAF is a comfortable compact hatchback that seats five. Although Tesla will be the first to have a thousand freeway-speed EV on the roads, the $100,000 price tag is out […]

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The Manufacturing Leap of Faith

On August 3, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Despite all the optimistic talk about green jobs in the advanced energy economy of the future, many manufacturers from the industrial heartland are deathly afraid of the potential passage of climate change legislation, concerned that cap-and-trade will increase their electricity costs and thereby make their operations less profitable. A poster-child of […]

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PowerShares Global Transportation

On July 28, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (7/27/09). The transportation industry is beginning the biggest transformation since Henry Ford started making cars affordable for the mass market. Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and electric vehicles point to a long-term transition from inefficient mechanical drive systems to efficient electrical systems. Engines powered by petroleum fuels are being replaced with electric motors powered […]

Renewable Fuel — Without Biomass

On July 27, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi In recent years, there’s been a major push for renewable fuels — to reduce our needs for petroleum, as well as to reduce the carbon footprint associated with burning petroleum-based fuels. The common thread of all of these renewable fuels has been the use of some sort of carbonaceous feedstock — […]

Ford Returns to Profitability with Improved Mileage

On July 24, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (7/23/09). Ford has returned to profitability, benefiting from increased market share which is the likely result of improved mileage. Ford earned almost $2.4 billion for the quarter, but it was the result of a large one-time gain associated with the debt reduction actions completed in April. The pre-tax operating losses were $424 […]

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Concentrating PV – The Artificial Industry

On July 24, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

About 2 to 3 years ago, CPV was all the rage among solar startups and especially their venture investors. But none of them ever came to market. I’ve been calling this one a siren’s song since the beginning. An artificial market enabled by venture capitalists desperate to find the next big thing. The story ran […]

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Ah, Chu

On July 20, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. StuebiAs Secretary of the Department of Energy, Steven Chu is a breath of fresh air. As a recent profile in The Economist noted, “Wags used to say that the one essential qualification for being energy secretary was not to know anything about energy.” Well, that definitely doesn’t apply to Dr. Chu. A […]

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BlogRoll Review: Coal, Corn, and Creativity

On July 19, 2009, in Blog, by Frank Ling

Coal Revolt In the US, several state governments have made efforts to stop the construction of new coal plants. Even major creditors like BofA are refusing to finance these projects. Now, city governments are getting into the act. Maria Energia says: The city decided to make the switch to avoid paying more for fossil fuel […]

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Cap-and-Trade: How it works and why it’s the been the option of choice

On July 17, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

In the run up to Copenhagen and the debate over Waxman-Markey, I think it’s worth laying out some of the key debating points on how cap and trade works and why it’s been our weapon of choice to date in the climate change fight. I like to think of our carbon and energy problem as […]

Walmart Product Ecolabel Drive – The Good and the Impossible?

On July 17, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Walmat announced this week a drive to survey, and create from their supplies a comprehensive database and index of the environmental footprint of the products it carries. Given the heft of Walmart and the ubiquity of its supply chain, I’d argue that its move may be the only way to bring such an index into […]

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Getting Smart About Agriculture

On July 13, 2009, in Blog, by Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Nine months ago, I joined Terraqualo, a new startup aimed at helping growers of specialty crops make best irrigation decisions, using a cost-effective wireless network of sensors and actuators. In this new weekly column on “Sustainable Agriculture on Cleantech Blog”, I will share some of the lessons I have learned, and invite you to contribute […]

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Piss-Powered Cars Move Closer to Reality

On July 13, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Although I pride myself a little bit on some of the titles for my posts (I was a headline writer for my high school newspaper), even I couldn’t make this one up. Credit must be given where credit is due: earlier this month, Fast Company hosted a research note by Ariel […]

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Blogroll Review: P-Power, B-Buy, C-Can

On July 10, 2009, in Blog, by Frank Ling

P-Power Pee power. Scientists may have found a way to extract hydrogen from urea, one of the main major components in ordinary pee. That compounds is way for the body to get rid of toxic ammonia that comes out at the end of various metabolic processes. In many rural areas, urea would be the ideal […]

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Boone Pickens Mega Texas Wind Farm on Ice

On July 9, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Short and sweet. Boone Pickens announced this week that his mega wind farm was icing an eventual 4,000 MW windfarm this week. Apparently he’s looking for buyers for $2 Bill in turbines. A far cry from a year ago when your credibility as a wind developer hung in part on whether or not you had […]

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The Past Few Hectic Weeks in Climate Change

On July 8, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

The last few weeks have seen a number of big moves in climate policy. US EPA Lets California Regulate GHG Emissions in Cars – On June 30, 2009, the US EPA backed off and let California Air Resources Board proceed with its longstanding plans to regulate greenhouse emissions from cars, after long resistance from the […]

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