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Published on June 1st, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


Cleantech News: Gyro-Stabilized, Enclosed Electric Motorcycle; Romney Forgets the Solar Company He Supported; EU Emissions Cuts & Aviation Policy…

June 1st, 2012 by  

Top cleantech news from the past day or so:


Solar Business Jumps from 2% to 18% of Lanco Infrastructure’s Revenue: Lanco Infrastructure Limited’s solar energy subsidiary pulled in 18.4% of the company’s total revenue in FY2011-12, a dramatic increase from its 2.2% share in FY2010-11.

Solar Company Used In Crossroads Anti-Obama Attack Ad Received Taxpayer Dollars From Governor Romney: Yes, it’s getting that ridiculous.

Ads from Mitt Romney and American Crossroads earlier this week disparaged solar energy, leading up to Romney’s surprise visit to Solyndra today.

The Crossroads ad targets the Obama administration for green energy investments, but features a company that once received taxpayer support from Governor Romney’s administration. Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent points out that one company featured in Crossroads’ ad — Evergreen Solar — received $2.5 million during Romney’s term


German Wind Industry Anticipates Breakthroughs: “Last week an initial breakthrough was made to further accelerate Germany’s shift to renewable energy. The country’s four major grid operators provided the German government with a new plan for a major grid expansion. The government is reviewing the plan and has recently intensified high-level meetings among national and state-level players.”


Lit Motors And The Gyro-Stabilized, Enclosed Electric Motorcycle: Lit Motors of California “is developing a two-wheeled enclosed electric motorcycle with a gyro-stabilizer. This stabilizer keeps the vehicle, called the C1, upright even at a complete stop. It would supposedly take the force of a small elephant to knock the prototype over.”

Green Lane Project Kicks Off in Chicago: “There’s no denying that separated facilities, like buffered bike lanes in Los Angeles, are getting more folks riding. Yesterday in Chicago, our partners at Bikes Belong officially launched their new and exciting Green Lane Project to propel the development of such innovative facilities across the country,” the League of American Bicyclists writes.

“Top transportation officials, including Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, headlined the launch of a new initiative to bring protected bikeways to six U.S. cities — Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland (Ore.), San Francisco and Washington, D.C. — over the next two years.”

EU Carbon Emissions Policy

EU Aviation Carbon Policy Dispute Not Likely to Reach WTO: “Countries that oppose the European Union’s move to include airlines in its scheme to control carbon emissions would find it difficult to bring a dispute to the World Trade Organization (WTO), an official with the global trade body said on Friday.”

EU Ministers to Discuss Stronger Carbon Cuts Again: “European environment ministers are expected to reopen a difficult debate later this month on deeper EU carbon emissions cuts, but a draft text ahead of the meeting stops short of any firm targets.”

Energy Efficiency

New Compound Could Become ‘Cool Blue’ for Energy Efficiency in Buildings: “A new type of durable, environmentally-benign blue pigment discovered at Oregon State University has also been found to have unusual characteristics in reflecting heat – it’s a ‘cool blue’ compound that could become important in new approaches to saving energy in buildings.”

Warburg House: Building an Energy Efficient Home for Under $100,000:

Warburg House: Building an Energy Efficient Home for Under $100,000 (via http://greenbuildingelements.com)

This is a nice study of an energy efficient home that was built for less than $100,000. Enjoy the view. “Seeking to architecturally balance the functional, the handsome, the efficient, and the economical is not an easy task; but this was the brief provided for the Warburg house. The question posed…

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Zach is tryin’ to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he’s also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada.

Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don’t jump to conclusions.

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