$1 Billion Rare Isotope Accelerator Delayed 5 Years

On March 10, 2006, in Blog, by Mark Bitterman

Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman has informed Congress that the $1 billion Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) will be pushed back five years. The massive superconducting accelerator was intended to be the world’s leading facility for exploring the fields of nuclear structure and astrophysics in areas that are central to applied fields such as energy, security, […]

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Newly Formed Relationship Between RenewableEnergyStocks.com and Cleantechblog.com

On March 9, 2006, in Blog, by Investor Ideas

I am pleased to announce a newly formed relationship between RenewableEnergyStocks.com (RES), and Cleantechblog.com that will see a merger of quality blog content covering the renewable energy industry. This partnership will incorporate blog postings from the Clean Energy News Blog written by our own weekly renewable energy columnist Catherine Lacoursiere, the RES blog covering market […]

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80 PLUS™ Not the Average ‘Wall Wart’

On March 8, 2006, in Blog, by Heather Rae

Wednesday, March 8, 2006 Years ago, while doing technical marketing for a Unix system integrator, I lugged a mini computer and its paraphernalia to product demonstrations using a two-wheeled cart. I secured the clunky mass with bungee cords. The power supply – used by each of the dumb terminals of this Unix system – was […]

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More Technical Summary on Solar Concentrators from The Energy Blog

On March 7, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Jim Fraser of the Energy Blog wrote an excellent follow-up to our discussion on solar PV concentrators, with a lot of depth of several of the various technologies, which I felt merited its own posting on CleantechBlog. With minor edits, his note is below: Excuse a few technicalities to keep the terminology clear. Solar energy […]

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BP And Edison Plan $1 Billion 500MW Hydrogen Power Plant

On March 7, 2006, in Blog, by John Addison

Energy giants BP and Edison are considering investing $1 billion for a new use of hydrogen – generating electricity on a large scale. Instead of this large scale plant using coal, natural gas or nuclear, it will use hydrogen. The plant would be in Carson, California, near BP’s current oil-refining operations that heavily use hydrogen […]

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A National Crash Project for Alternative Energy?

On March 6, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

It is sometimes suggested that the U.S. should undertake a no-holds-barred crash program for developing alternative energy technologies, similar in scope to the Manhattan Project for the atomic bomb or the Apollo Project for moon travel. While I agree that far more R&D on alternative energy technologies would be a good thing, and that the […]

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News on the Rise of Solar Concentrator Technologies in Energy Tech

On March 6, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I always try and keep an eye out on what other investors and analysts think is hot. We have been chronicling on Cleantechblog the rise in energy tech / cleantech venture capital investment in solar for some time. This has been driven primarily due to an exploding public capital markets in solar, creating attractive exit […]

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Two New Cleantech Market Reports

On March 4, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

There a couple of new clean tech market reports available now detailing investment activity in the sector. Jeffrey Castellas of the Cleantech Forum in Melbourne, where I had the privilege of speaking at their inaugural 2005 event, has published a 2005 Benchmark report on the Australian Cleantech Sector. It is available for download at: http://www.cleantechforum.com/index.php?page=Benchmark […]

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Welcome to New Cleantech Contributors – John Addison & Heather Rae

On March 4, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

CleantechBlog is excited to welcome two new contributors in green and renewable energy policy & branding news. John Addison We excited to announce that author and cleantech industry analyst John Addison will be doing a blog column on green and renewable energy policy issues. He has launched his column in February. Big Oil is the […]

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Energy & Non-energy Benefits

On March 1, 2006, in Blog, by Heather Rae

March 1, 2006 My addiction (“Sex and the City” reruns) forces me to endure an inordinate number of mind-numbing advertisements for gum, shampoo, toothpaste, lipstick, cars, trucks (and more trucks) with a lead thumb on mute. An ad for Tide Coldwater started me out of the silence. Tide Coldwater “Deep Clean. Save Green.” Taking advantage […]

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China’s IPO Momentum and Drive for Alternative and Clean Energy

On March 1, 2006, in Blog, by Investor Ideas

The success of Suntech Power Holdings Ltd and SunPower Corp’s IPO’s, suggests an increased investor interest in the renewable energy industry and bodes well for future Chinese public offerings in this sector. According to Julie Blunden, Vice President of External Affairs for SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR),”The drivers in China are a combination of how fast […]

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Big Oil is the Biggest User of Hydrogen

On February 27, 2006, in Blog, by John Addison

Hydrogen is a multi-billion dollar business. 50 million metric tons of hydrogen is sold annually. World hydrogen production is doubling every decade. The biggest growth driver is oil refineries’ need to make lower-sulfur fuels. Other growth drivers are the use of hydrogen in making fertilizer, food processing, semiconductor manufacturing, and by other growth industries. You […]

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What is Bush Talking About?

On February 27, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

President Bush made a well-publicized speech at Johnson Controls in Milwaukee on Feb. 20, in which he touted advanced technologies that will radically reshape the energy sector. “We’re on the edge of some amazing breakthroughs,” Bush claimed. Bush Feb. 20 Speech I guess the good news is that the President is increasing his efforts from […]

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Wither Shell in renewables?

On February 25, 2006, in Blog, by Peter Beadle

I received an email from a friend last week asking me what I thought Shell’s announcement meant about their intent in Solar. I did not reply directly, not wanting to give a reply that was not based on any more knowledge than he had himself. However there seems to have been a flurry of announcements […]

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All in One Hydrogen (H2) Generation and Flue Gas clean up (NOx, SOx, Hg)

On February 24, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I met with SRT Group recently, whose technology I find quite unique. They are under-resourced, and need some integration and scale up work done to prove out the concept for commercial use, but kept me captivated nonetheless. As advertised the technology has the potential to become a highly economic replacement for current coal fired power […]

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American Superconductor’s SuperVAR Will Provide a Real Solution for Power Grid

On February 23, 2006, in Blog, by Mark Bitterman

American Superconductor (AMSC) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the largest public power provider in the U.S., have announced the start of production of two 12 megaVAR (MVAR) SuperVAR dynamic synchronous condensers.  When the first of these machines ships the first of the two machines in late 2006, the superconductor community will at last be able […]

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GM Goes Yellow

On February 22, 2006, in Blog, by Heather Rae

Wednesday, February 22, 2006 “Live Green, Go Yellow”GM’s E85 Campaign Between the SBX snowboard event and Evan Lysacek’s courageous come back in the Olympic free skate, you may have caught General Motor’s advertisement for E85, part of GM’s campaign to promote its “flex fuel” vehicles – cars and trucks that run on fuel comprising 85 […]

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On U.S. Greenhouse Gas Trading Markets

On February 20, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Earlier in my career, I was heavily involved in the establishment of the first wide-scale emissions trading program: the sulfur dioxide (SO2) allowances that were created as part of the acid rain mitigation provisions of the U.S. Clean Air Act of 1990. By virtually all accounts, the SO2 allowance market has been highly successful in […]

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Energy Efficiency – California Dreamin’

On February 15, 2006, in Blog, by Heather Rae

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 Energy efficiency, the red-headed stepchild of energy planning, is re-gaining recognition by utilities and their regulatory agencies – in some U.S. markets and in some states – for its cost-effective role in saving the farm.* (Note: The term ‘energy efficiency’ could benefit from a visit with “Extreme Makeover.” It could use […]

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Cutbacks at NREL

On February 13, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Lost (to me) during the holiday season was the late December announcement by the Department of Energy of roughly a 10% budget and staff reduction at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Rocky Mountain News Article on NREL Cutbacks This announcement was accompanied by the expected indignant handwringing from local politicians worried about […]

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