Monthly Archives: June 2011

Global Methane Initiative Moves Forward

June 30th, 2011 | by Glenn Meyers

Carbon dioxide isn’t the sole contributor to global warming and climate change. An even larger and more dangerous chemical is methane, the abundant naturally occurring gas that can be found almost anywhere -- from coal mines to cow farts and composting piles.


New Racing Records Set by Electric Vehicles at Pikes Peak

June 30th, 2011 | by Important Media Cross-Post

To prove their worth to Americans, electric vehicles must do more than move about silently without pollution. They’ve got to be able to race. And this weekend EV’s set new records at the Pikes Peak “Race to the Clouds.”


Broken-Hearted Lawmakers Just Can’t Quit Incandescent Light Bulbs

June 30th, 2011 | by Tina Casey

America's love affair with the incandescent light bulb may still be smokin' hot, but the affection appears to be somewhat one-sided according to a recent article by Rob Lever for AFP. Lever details more than a dozen cases in which state lawmakers are trying desperately to ensure that the beloved bulbs stay on the market, despite new federal energy efficiency standards that effectively phase out the old technology


Honda Hybrid Too Fast for Formula 1000, Asked to Leave

June 30th, 2011 | by Important Media Cross-Post

“Fast” and “hybrid” are words that once were not associated with each other. Now hybrid tech is being seen as a performance advantage, which is why Formula 1,000 organizers asked a Honda Insight to bow out for being too fast


Solar Bikinis for iPhones, iPods, etc? Apparently, Yes

June 29th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

An NYU student from Brooklyn decided he wanted to create a swimsuit that would cool his beer. The result: using flexible solar photovoltaics surrounded by plastics, he created a bikini that can power your iPhone, iPod or similar devices. Apparently, he's getting to work creating a male version as well, the iDrink. This one, having more surface area, will be able to power a 1.5 amp peltier junction that can cool a beer in a custom coozy


New Jersey Pulling Out of RGGI? Not Yet, but Maybe.. (& Clear Reasons Why It Shouldn’t)

June 29th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, one of the Republican party's many two-faced liars (who says he is promoting renewable energy but is, in fact, doing everything he can to fight its growth), recently announced that he was pulling the state out of the Northeast's climate change and clean energy cap-and-trade program, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Well, it turns out, Governor Christie may not have the power to do so soon... but it's going to be a close call


CleanTechnica Survey (Reminder)

June 27th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Reminder: if you haven't filled out our reader survey yet (and you don't visit the homepage often enough to see that it is stuck to the top of the page), please fill this out! We want all readers' and potential readers' responses on this so we can try to best satisfy your wishes


EADS Announces VoltAir Electric Airline Concept

June 27th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

The all-electric VoltAir "electrifies" show-goers at last weekend's Paris Air Show, with swappable battery packs, hyper-efficient propellers, and a bit of a fishy look, if we're being honest


Coming Soon: the Laptop You Power by Typing

June 26th, 2011 | by Jo Borrás

A team of researchers at Australia's Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) have successfully demonstrated a new, "piezoelectric" film's capacity for turning the mechanical pressure of punching keys into clean, usable electricity!


California Ships 100% Solar Powered Rice to Japan

June 26th, 2011 | by Tina Casey

The U.S. agricultural sector is beginning to take on a leadership role in the transition to renewable energy, and the latest example is the California rice industry's adoption of solar power. In a first of its kind partnership, several California rice companies po0led their stock to put together an entire shipment of rice that was not only grown with solar energy (the sun, right?), but also dried, stored, milled and packaged at solar powered facilities


True Value of Solar Power

June 26th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

I wrote recently on the costs of wind power and how they compare to the costs of traditional forms of power like coal and nuclear when you take externalities and other subsidies into account. I was going to wait until I wrapped up our "comprehensive wind power page" to write on this topic for solar power, but a new report out from the Institute for Local Self Reliance pushed me into the topic a little early.


Solar-Powered Computer from Samsung Coming This Year

June 25th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Samsung has developed a new computer that is solar-powered! It is the Samsung NC215S netbook and it will be the first computer of its kind. The power will come from a solar panel embedded in the lid (see image above and click to make larger)


Hertz Now Offers Electric Bicycle Rentals! (in London)

June 25th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

You know electric bikes are getting somewhere when rental car agencies like Hertz start offering them instead of cars. Hertz has actually been trying to develop and show a green side lately. It's made a number of announcements about solar installations on its facilities. But I didn't expect it to get into the electric bicycle arena


NYC Solar Map Should Get Boost from NYC Stars

June 25th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

The "New York City Solar Map" was launched last week. The map shows both existing solar PV & solar thermal installations in the Big Apple as well as solar PV rooftop potential across the city. As you can imagine, the potential is


Cleantech Weekly Roundup

June 24th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Here's an extremely lengthy end-of-week roundup of cleantech stories. To make scrolling through your interests more manageable, I'm splitting it up into a few pages based on topic. Page 1 -->> Solar Energy Page 2 -->> Wind Energy Page 3 -->> Energy Efficiency & Energy Storage Page 4 -->> Transportation Page 5 -->> Politics Page 6 -->> Other Clean News & Commentary


Alternative Energy Research vs Weight Loss Products {Infographic}

June 23rd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

This is a pretty shocking infographic I recently ran across. As you can see for yourself, if even a tiny percentage of the money spent on weight loss (or a number of other odd topics) were spent on clean energy, clean energy proponents would be ecstatic. I guess this shows us where our priorities are


Massachusetts Developing Solar Farms on Old Landfills

June 23rd, 2011 | by Reggie Norris

Former municipal landfills in Massachusetts that have been covered and left unused for years are being eyed as locations for renewable energy production. State officials are encouraging local municipalities to consider turning the former dumps into solar farms


Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines — An Option for You?

June 22nd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Wind power is growing fast, as anyone here on CleanTechnica should know by now. It is exploding as its costs fall and the high costs of other power sources (i.e. coal and nuclear) are made more apparent and rise. And, this is all expected to continue in the years to come because wind power technologies are quickly being developed and improved, their fuel (wind) is expected to remain free indefinitely, and the costs of coal and nuclear are expected to continue rising


8-Hour Live Convo to Wrap Up ecomagination’s 2nd Phase

June 22nd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

You probably remember reading something about GE's ecomagination challenge. We've written about it a few times and it's been advertised all over the internet. Well, wrapping up it's second phase, GE is hosting a live conversation with leading innovators for 8 hours tomorrow on its website



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