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How Green is Your State? Find Out With This Interactive Map

How Green is Your State? Find Out With This Interactive Map | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
MPHOnline created an interactive map to determine the best and the worst (How Green is Your State?

There are many ways to assess the greenness of your home state. MPHOnline‘s approach was to consider a state’s energy makeup, gasoline consumption per capita, greenhouse gas emissions, air and water quality, recycling efforts and availability of public transportation.

Using this data from state energy, waste, transportation and environmental management agencies, MPHOnline created an interactive map to determine how each state ranks.

 

Visit the link and click on your state to see how it fares.


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How green is your state? Check out this nifty interactive map from EcoLiving and learn about your state's green rating. Let's try to get more green on the map, U.S.!

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Maryland:  Not Very Green, except, perhaps, on recycling.

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Spend your hard earned dollars on research into free, clean energy hich maximizes output of solar, wind, other unused free sources of energy,  instead of "investing" in poisonous drilling and mining, shipping oil hungry equipment polluting the planet, and paying ever increasing prices for ancient fossilized sunshine just for electricity production.  

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Ultracapacitors (also known as supercapacitors) store and discharge energy very quickly and are being used in thousands of different applications and considered in a host of future applications. At Maxwell Technologies, we get our inspirations from renewable energy and technologies that range from wind, solar, hybrid, and energy storage, then connect it all back to our ultracapacitors. Get your daily and inspiring ultracap scoop by following us!
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Ultracapacitor 101 | YouTube

What is an ultracapacitor? Maxwell Technologies, Inc. is here to help. This video includes the basic introduction to Maxwell's ultracapacitors, the applications they're in, the growth of our ultracapacitors, and how they work.

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Don't know what an ultracapacitor is? Our Ultracapacitor 101 video will tell you all about it! Watch and learn what ultracapacitors are and how they work!

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Germany Notches Three PV Records | reNews

Germany Notches Three PV Records | reNews | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

German solar generation has notched a hat-trick of records within a fortnight, including meeting more than 50% of total electricity demand for the first time.


Figures from the Fraunhofer ISE solar energy research institute show PV generated a record 24.24GW between 1pm and 2pm on 6 June and a total of 1.26TWh over the entire week.

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Within the first two weeks of June, Germany has set a new standard for solar energy. Read more about the country’s latest achievements on reNews.

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Ultracapacitor Storage Can Help Build a Reliable Solar Grid | Solar Power World

Ultracapacitor Storage Can Help Build a Reliable Solar Grid | Solar Power World | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

A simplified model is used to explore how increasing levels of solar penetration affect grid reliability and explain why ultracapacitors are the most suitable match for these challenges.

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Maxwell Technologies' Sr. Systems Engineer, Shaw Lynd, provides insight on how ultracapacitors can help power quality and grid stability. Check out this article to learn more!

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VSP News: Kolman's Korner, Episode 56 - Maxwell Technologies and truck batteries

VSP News: Kolman's Korner, Episode 56 - Maxwell Technologies and truck batteries | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
Maxwell Technologies' Mark Burnside discusses alternative technologies to lead-acid batteries, including ultracapacitors.
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Maxwell Technologies' Mark Burnside discusses with Fleet Maintenance editor David A. Kolman about how electrical loads on today's heavy duty trucks are stressing batteries. Check out this video interview and learn how ultracapacitors are the alternative technology to lead-acid batteries.

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Smart Grid to change the face of Thai power, energy systems - The Nation

Smart Grid to change the face of Thai power, energy systems - The Nation | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Engineering is undergoing a pilot run of its so-called Smart Grid project. The project's aim is to demonstrate that the use of electricity and energy in Thailand by consumers can be greater while maintaining power supplies over the long term.


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It looks like Thailand is joining the Smart Grid club for improvement towards renewable energy and better future. Read more about what researchers at the Nation Chulalongkorn University are looking into for their pilot run of their Smart Grid project.

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What's A Smart Grid And Why Do We Need It?

What's A Smart Grid And Why Do We Need It? | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

In August 2003, more than 50 million people in the U.S. and Canada experienced the largest blackout in North American history. Eleven people lost their lives, and it cost regional economies $6 billion — all because of a single power line and a few tree limbs.

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Outages becomes a problem, especially if the electrical infrastructure was built during the Industrial Age. Get the 101 on smart grids and understand how it can contribute to a sustainable future for our planet. 

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Earth Day: World's success stories - Siliconrepublic.com

Earth Day: World's success stories - Siliconrepublic.com | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
Siliconrepublic.com Earth Day: World's success stories Siliconrepublic.com On the day the world unites to recognise and celebrate Earth's environment, the Earth Day organisation has highlighted some of the most sustainable cities in the world as...
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In honor of Earth Day yesterday, we should recognize the actions and success stories of organizations that have aided our planet to be more sustainable and clean. Check out Silicon Republic's article highlighting a few cities in the world that have taken that step towards being environmentally friendly.

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Turns Out, You Can Make Solar Panels Work in Cloudy Cities - Mother Jones

Turns Out, You Can Make Solar Panels Work in Cloudy Cities - Mother Jones | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

Solar panels have always made sense in cities that get a lot of sun, at least intuitively.

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There are still plenty of people who would carry the assumption that solar panels wouldn't work on a cloudy day. Well, it turns out that it can. Check out how scientists have figured out ways to make  solar panels more useful for perpetually gloomy cities like London and Seattle.

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ABB Incorporates Maxwell Technologies Ultracapacitors for Braking Energy Recuperation in Philadelphia Area Electric Rail Lines - WSJ.com

ABB Incorporates Maxwell Technologies Ultracapacitors for Braking Energy Recuperation in Philadelphia Area Electric Rail Lines - WSJ.com | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

SAN DIEGO, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Maxwell Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: MXWL) announced today that it is supplying ultracapacitors to ABB, the global leader in power and automation solutions, for ABB's recent contract win to upgrade Philadelphia area rail lines. 

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Ultracapacitors are going to Philadelphia rail lines!  Maxwell Technologies announced today that ABB's battery-based ENVILINE braking energy recuperation system will be incorporating Maxwell's 48v module ultracapacitors. Read more to understand how Maxwell's ultracapacitors will aid ABB's ENVILINE and the future of the Philadelphia's rail lines.

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California’s New Building Code: A Grid-Smart Thermostat in Every Facility : Greentech Media

California’s New Building Code: A Grid-Smart Thermostat in Every Facility : Greentech Media | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
Mandated OpenADR enabled thermostats, lights, and buildings create new opportunities.
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Starting in June, California will test that proposition that requires every new or retrofit thermostat, HVAC system, to come ready for two-way, automated utility-to-customer energy management. The OpenADR is one of the standards-based messaging protocol that offers a fairly comprehensive set of tools to allow buildings and utilities to talk about energy. Read more on how this new technology will be aiding the state's grid resources.

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New Possibilities In Solar Power With New Multilayered Waveguide Taper Array - CleanTechnica

New Possibilities In Solar Power With New Multilayered Waveguide Taper Array - CleanTechnica | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
New Possibilities In Solar Power With New Multilayered Waveguide Taper Array CleanTechnica New possibilities in the field of solar energy — as well as in thermal energy recycling — have been opened up as the result of the development of a new way...
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It looks like solar energy can become more colorful - researchers from the University of Buffalo have found new possibilities of developing a new way to improve the ability of trapping and absorbing light by a nanoscale microchip component. Read more how a multilayered waveguide taper array can improve the field of solar energy.

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Smart Grid: Why smart streetlights are the gateway drug for smart grids (and smart cities)

Smart Grid: Why smart streetlights are the gateway drug for smart grids (and smart cities) | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
Smart Grid - Cities throughout the world are jumping on the smart street lights bandwagon as a practical way to significantly cut their electric power expenses and save energy. But once that network
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Did you know that by updating our street lights to become smarter can actually save 40-70% on the city's energy bill? Read this article to find out how smart grids also plays a role in this energy saving solution.

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BMW to launch hybrid sports car with Toyota - Autocar

BMW to launch hybrid sports car with Toyota - Autocar | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
BMW to launch hybrid sports car with Toyota
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The first fruit of an alliance between BMW and Toyota will be a two-seat sports car that will bring performance-boosting supercapacitor technology to a series-production model for the first time.
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It's looking like supercapacitors (also known as ultracapacitors) is going to be integrated in the future of hybrid cars. BMW and Toyota are teaming up to launch their first joint hybrid sports car and the idea behind it already sounds cool.

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Brazil’s World Cup Stadiums Have Their Problems, But They're The Latest In Green Design | International Business Times

Brazil’s World Cup Stadiums Have Their Problems, But They're The Latest In Green Design | International Business Times | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

Beyond the infamous delays and cost overruns and the bizarre possibility that one stadium may eventually be converted to a prison, the legacy of Brazil's World Cup venues will likely be more about environmental sustainability than groundbreaking architectural design, according to experts in the field.

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Keeping tabs on the FIFA World Cup news? We are. Other than the amazing games and rooting your playing teams, learn about how Brazil has beautifully built their greener and sustainable stadiums. 

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Why Ultracapacitors Belong in the Renewable Energy Value Chain | Planet Analog

Why Ultracapacitors Belong in the Renewable Energy Value Chain | Planet Analog | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
With ultracapacitors in the renewable energy value chain, renewable resources can increase and improve the quality of outputs, experience lower overall project costs, and optimize performance.
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Maxwell Technologies' CTO Mike Everett discusses how ultracapacitors can be used to stabilize the energy flow of renewable energy systems. Read more to learn why ultracapacitors are valuable in renewable energy and comment on the blog if you've seen any renewable energy projects that could've benefitted from ultracapacitor technology.

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Maxwell's Ultracapacitor cell is 300 times more vibration resistant | The ECO Report

Maxwell's Ultracapacitor cell is 300 times more vibration resistant | The ECO Report | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

According to their press release, Maxwell’s Latest Ultracapacitor sets a new standard for energy, power and ruggedness. “The new 2.85-volt, 3400-farad ultracapacitor cell is 300 times more vibration resistant and has 400 times the shock immunity of its competition. It may also be able to deliver 17% more power and 23% more energy. I had an opportunity to ask Chad McDonald, director of product marketing at Maxwell Technologies, a few questions about their product.

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At Maxwell Technologies Inc., we are welcoming a new addition to our ultracapacitor family: 2.85V, 3400F with DuraBlue. This ultracapacitor is 300 times more vibration resistant and has 400 times the shock immunity. Click here to read more about the new product on the ECO Report!

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Scotland approves 67-turbine onshore wind farm in Highland economy boost | National News

Scotland approves 67-turbine onshore wind farm in Highland economy boost | National News | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

A new 67-turbine wind farm near Fort Augustus, which will power the equivalent of up to 114,000 homes in the area and generate up to £30 million of benefits to the Highlands, has been granted planning consent.

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Scotland is on their way to a better future by approving 67 turbine onshore wind farm in Highland. The windfarm will be able to produce enough electricity to power thousands of homes and bring benefits to the local community.

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Spain's Solar Salt Opens Door to 24-7 Clean Electricity

Spain's Solar Salt Opens Door to 24-7 Clean Electricity | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

Solar power’s greatest drawback has always been that it is intermittent and, even in the sunniest climes, peak electricity demand is frequently in the evening when the Sun is going down.

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The engineering challenge has been to design a system in which enough of the Sun’s heat can be stored to produce full power continuously even on cloudy days and all night. Many different designs have been tried, but finally a commercial plant in Spain seems to have cracked the problem. Way to go, Spain!

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Energy Storage 2014: Industry calls for better regulatory framework

Energy Storage 2014: Industry calls for better regulatory framework | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

At the recent staging of the Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany, more than 850 experts from politics, business and research representing 46 countries discussed the most recent worldwide developments in energy storage.

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Let's talk about the future of energy storage for Europe. During the Energy Storage Conference and Exhibition 2014 in Düsseldorf, Germany, the talks of market on renewable energy is increasing worldwide, including the slow breakthrough of energy storage.  Subsidies and possible growth in Germany were mentioned during the conference. Although many speakers believe that energy storage still requires growth, they all agree that we're heading in the right directions.

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Molecules Can Store Solar Energy Indefinitely

Molecules Can Store Solar Energy Indefinitely | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic. Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have devised a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be tapped to heat homes, water or used for cooking.

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There's a way to store solar energy forever? Creating molecules that can be endlessly re-used while emitting absolutely no greenhouse gases? Scientist at MIT and Harvard tell us how through trials with a photoswitching substance called azobenzene molecules.

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Cutting Edge Energy Storage: Supercapacitors Made Of Wood - The Green Optimistic

Cutting Edge Energy Storage: Supercapacitors Made Of Wood - The Green Optimistic | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

It is a commonly known fact that trees are essential for our fight against global warming. Not only that these absorb carbon dioxide, but they also improve human health and well-being. But this is not all. Now, scientists from Oregon State University have developed a method that converts cellulose found in trees into cheap electrodes for high-power energy storage devices.

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A team of scientists led by Xiulei Ji, an assistant professor of chemistry at the OSU College of Science, developed a method through which cellulose commonly found in trees is heated up and turned into blocks for supercapacitors (also known as ultracapacitors). Read more on how Xiulei's team found this as a possible new way of creating supercapacitors.

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China Planning for More Electric Vehicle Incentives - EVWORLD.COM

China Planning for More Electric Vehicle Incentives - EVWORLD.COM | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
Cutting both air pollution and oil imports are driving central government efforts to encourage its citizens to use more 'new energy' vehicles.
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China has been struggling with smog and air pollution for decades and they have been looking to improve these conditions. China has announced plans to support greater adoption of electrical vehicles by exempting buyers of EV's from paying a sales tax. Read more on how China is planning to better their country's conditions through EV incentives.

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Why Do More Than 50,000 Families in Bangladesh Buy a Solar Home System Every Month?

Why Do More Than 50,000 Families in Bangladesh Buy a Solar Home System Every Month? | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
“Does the solar home system work? Do you really get better lights? Or, is it just a big fuss?
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Check out this inspiring program that provides solar home systems to the people of Bangladesh and how it has improved the living standards in this country.

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Hydrous Ruthenium Oxide Nanoparticles Anchored to Graphene and Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Foam for Supercapacitors : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group

Hydrous Ruthenium Oxide Nanoparticles Anchored to Graphene and Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Foam for Supercapacitors : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it
In real life applications, supercapacitors (SCs) often can only be used as part of a hybrid system together with other high energy storage devices due to their relatively lower energy density in comparison to other types of energy storage devices...
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This scientific report is perfect for those who are interested in understanding the chemistry behind supercapacitors (also known as ultracapacitors).  Authors of the report provided insight on an RGM architecture for high-performance supercapacitor electrodes and how it can provide a promising future for energy storage applications.

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Power Couple: The Wind and the Cloud Make it Rain

Power Couple: The Wind and the Cloud Make it Rain | Ultracapacitors | Scoop.it

Thomas Edison and Charles F. Brush were born just two years and 70 miles apart in small Ohio towns strung along the Lake Erie shore. They both started out as backyard inventors, launched successful electricity companies that later formed the foundation of GE, and grew old as wealthy men. But while Edison’s ingenuity has never left the public imagination, Brush’s genius is only now starting to shine.

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Let's take a step back in history and check out the first power generating wind turbine looks like. Did you know that the world’s first wind turbine generated just 12 kilowatts of electricity?

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