Hilton Worldwide wanted to attract sustainability-minded customers to its resorts, both for personal lodging and green events. By installing six UGE wind turbines on its roof, the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Beach Resort distinguished itself as the destination for green lodging and events. The six wind turbines, combined with future plans for solar PV, offset a significant portion of the resort’s energy usage. Hilton Worldwide’s energy program manager expressed at the ribbon cutting, “You can not put a price on the PR and marketing benefits of on-site renewable energy.”
As solar panels become an increasingly popular way to generate electricity, state legislators are dealing with more laws that would encourage their use.
General Assembly considers new legislation on renewable energy
“There has been a good deal of success this year, and this focus on renewable energy was fortunate to have bipartisan support,” said Corrina Beall, legislative coordinator for the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club.
Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota are rolling out new hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles for 2014. So are we finally at the dawn of the hydrogen age? Not so fast.
Can I Buy a Fuel-Cell Car?
In the past, fuel-cell vehicles have only been available in the hundreds. The three new FCVs slated for production this year and next will increase the volume to thousands, but they will be available primarily in California, where most of the country's hydrogen stations exist. According to Alan Baum, an automotive analyst at Baum and Associates, even if the stations proliferate, fuel-cell vehicles, like EVs, won't dominate the market. "It's not going to be a widespread technology, and for that matter it doesn't need to be," he says. "We're doing an all-hands-on-deck strategy."
America has a new contender for “Greenest City,” when it comes to green buildings. Dallas, Texas implemented mandatory minimum green building regulations on October 1st in an aggressive effort to cut citywide power and water consumption.
Dallas, Texas implemented mandatory minimum green building regulations on October 1st in an aggressive effort to cut citywide power and water consumption en route to its goal of carbon neutrality by 2030.
Will fuel sourced from landfill sites tempt U.S. consumers?
Clean Energy says that the fuel is up to 90 percent cleaner than diesel and completely renewable. The fuel, biomethane, is derived from biogenic methane or biogas — the gas extracted from organic waste. This gas is then captured and the methane gas is processed, purified and sent into natural gas pipelines.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will press ahead Friday with tough requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming.
The EPA provided The Associated Press with details of the proposal prior to the official announcement, which was expected Friday morning. The public will have a chance to comment on the rule before it becomes final.
From Mother Nature Network's John Platt: Here's an interesting idea: What if the carbon dioxide (CO2) produced by power plants while they generate electricity could be converted into a source of additional electricity?
Carbon Dioxide Power Plants: Could The Greenhouse Gas Be Used To Generate Electricity?
Last week, new research published in Science discovered that earthquakes can trigger seismic activity near injection wells – activity that, according to the studies, was going to occur anyway.
“[Study author] Van der Elst has clarified, saying that it is not that the larger quakes abroad caused the smaller quakes at injection sites, rather the larger quakes sent smaller ripples that the researchers detected and took as a warning sign that these areas, near injection well sites, were under stress and vulnerable to quakes. He says the larger Oklahoma earthquake and the Chilean disaster were not related and that the Oklahoma quake would have happened regardless. It is also worth noting that none of the study sites in this most recent report were receiving wastewater from fracking operations. (But previous studies have looked at such sites.) “It has implications for fracking,” Elst said. “If you dispose of fracking fluids on the timescale we studied [about a decade], you’d have to take that into account.
Germany has embarked on an effort to transition their energy system away from nuclear and fossil fuels towards renewable energy sources. This transition, known as the Energiewende, offers important lessons for U.S.
Germany has made great strides in streamlining the process of bringing clean local energy online through, making its solar market decidedly more efficient than the U.S. solar market.
Rail networks are expected to double in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East by 2022.
“Efficiency requirements will spur the global adoption of advanced asset and fleet management tools such as remote diagnostics, passenger information and asset planning,” said Shyam Raman Frost & Sullivan’s automotive and transportation research analyst, in a statement. “With train operators using Internet protocol architecture for onboard Internet access as well as operation and safety services, opportunities will open up for next-generation multimedia applications. The U.K. and U.S. already have the highest number of rolling stock with Wi-Fi services in their respective regions.”
Hydrogen fuel cells are emerging as key players in the clean energy landscape of the future, except for one problem: it takes lots of energy to make hydrogen, and in the US, the preferred source of that energy is natural gas.
Photoelectrochemical cells (PECs) use solar energy to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. They don’t produce electricity directly like photovoltaic cells do, but they could have a huge impact on the electric vehicle market by providing a path to cost-competitive fuel cells. That in turn would give the auto industry a low-cost, high-mileage alternative to conventional EV batteries.
United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday it would invest $70 million to add 1,000 propane-powered delivery trucks to its fleet.
UPS said it worked with the Propane Education & Research Council, a nonprofit propane technology incubator, to secure the necessary regulatory certifications.
The company had tested 20 such trucks last winter in Georgia before announcing it would expand its fleet. UPS said the new trucks are expected to travel more than 25 million miles and will displace 3.5 million gallons of gasoline and diesel per year.
The number of very hot days have soared in the past 15 years, a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change reports. Based on observations, the authors conclude that “the term 'pause' is ill-chosen and even misleading in the context of climate change.”
What matters most to humans directly is not average temperatures, but hot extremes, such as the monster 2003 heat wave that killed more than 30,000 Europeans or the off-the-charts 2010 Russian heat wave that caused an excess of some 50,000 deaths and led the country to ban grain exports for over a year after their crops shriveled.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes his strongest move yet to switch reactors back on as he shapes a role for nuclear in 20-year energy policy.
Japan's Prime Minster Shinzo Abe this week made his strongest move yet in his attempt to restart nuclear power, drafting an energy policy that would rely on nuclear. Do you think he has any other choice?
A demonstration project received approval from the federal government, though Europe is still likely to see the technology first
Principle Power is planning a 30-megawatt offshore wind farm, called the WindFloat Pacific Project, that would consist of five units tethered 16 nautical miles from Coos Bay, bobbing approximately 1,400 feet above the ocean floor.
When Charles Wee and his partners entered a design competition to build a landmark tower for Korea, they opted to create something unexpected, iconic
“We didn’t want to do just another tower,” says Wee, who was born in Seoul and immigrated to the United States when he was 12. “And trying to build the tallest tower or building is a bad race to be in.”
Wee’s firm GDS Architects is behind some of the tallest mixed-use projects in Korea and elsewhere.
Using the official U.S. government estimates of health and environmental costs from burning fossil fuels—the study shows it’s cheaper to replace a typical existing coal-fired power plant with a wind turbine than to keep the old plant running. And new electricity generation from wind could be more economically efficient than natural gas.
Later this week, organizations will be submitting comments to the Bureau of Land Management opposing its proposed fracking rule for any fracking that takes place under federal oil and gas leases.
Later this week, organizations will be submitting comments to the Bureau of Land Management opposing its proposed fracking rule for any fracking that takes place under federal oil and gas leases. Thousands of comments are also being submitted by Americans around the country.
In a glitzy ceremony that featured a New Years' Eve-style countdown in three cities around the world, BMW AG unveiled its all-electric i3 this week.
For those who want more than 80 or 90 miles for their investment, the company also said it is offering a range extender. By mounting a 650cc two-cylinder engine adjacent to the electric motor and above the rear axle, BMW said it could boost the car’s maximum range to nearly 180 miles. The optional range extender is expected to push the price tag to about $45,000.
Energy analyst Chris Nelder fires back at the latest fact-free commentary on peak oil.
Keith Kloor borrowed an Energy Information Administration (EIA) chart of U.S. production from aBBC article that repeated all the industry’s favorite talking points about how new technology has produced “a new oil rush.” Apparently, neither Kloor nor the BBC author realized that the chart represented “all liquids” production in the United States, not just crude oil, nor bothered to explore the detailed EIA data for themselves, nor tried to explain how this recent boom in U.S. production might dismiss the specter of a global peak. Kloor concluded that The Oil Drum was closing because “the numbers aren’t in your favor right now.” But like the others, he didn’t actually mention any numbers.
The US recently approved new reactors that will be built at the Vogtle nuclear plant site using Westinghouse's AP1000 passively cooled reactor design.
President Obama has already expressed his intention to back nuclear plant financing with an $8.3 billion Department of Energy loan that will aid in the construction of the new plant sites.
The 2,200 MW of power expected from the new reactors will implement Westinghouse’s design that utilizes a passive-cooling system using gravity and condensation to cool the fuel rods; this effectively eliminates the power failure issue that caused the recent meltdown in Japan.
Bins that are able to send electronic messages have been deployed in the seaside town of Boscombe, Dorset, with the possibility being rolled out across the UK The bins, which are manufactured by B...
Renewables -- hydro, solar, geothermal, biofuel and wind -- are the fastest-growing energy sector, and an estimated increase in generation capacity of 40 percent over the next five years will mean that by 2018 a quarter of all energy generated globally will come from one of these sources. The majority of that quarter -- 17 percent -- will come from hydropower.