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Can't Get Cleantechnical Without a Plan

Published on April 8th, 2008 | by Joe Mohr

Maybe it’s because this national renewable energy company is based out of St. Louis that makes them so appealing to this St. Louisan. Maybe it’s the fact that I used to blog for these guys on [&hellip... Read More


Air Quality

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4 Factors Slowing Solar Energy Growth in US

Published on April 4th, 2008 | by Sarah Lozanova

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Despite all the talk about solar energy, it only generates a measly .1% of electricity in the US. Meanwhile, national demand for electricity is growing by 2% annually. Considering that solar technology has been in use [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Senate Coalition Introduces Clean Energy Tax Package

Published on April 4th, 2008 | by Timothy B. Hurst

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But is the bill different enough to pass? As was reported at Hill Heat, and elsewhere, Senators John Ensign (R-NV) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), led a bipartisan group of senators in announcing a bill to incentivize [&hellip... Read More


Air Quality

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Dry Cleaning: How Safe is that Suit?

Published on April 3rd, 2008 | by Sarah Lozanova

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The chemical perchloroethylene (or “perc”) might not ring a bell, but it is likely be found in your home. Considered by the EPA to be both a health and environmental hazard, it is a solvent used [&hellip... Read More


Biofuels

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CleanTech Breakthrough: Wind-powered Airplanes

Published on April 1st, 2008 | by Michelle Bennett

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An announcement made this week is stirring excitement in the aviation industry as a scientist turned inventor claims he can dramatically reduce or perhaps remove fossil fuels from modern flight. His innovative design employs wind power [&hellip... Read More


Uncategorized

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Can Engineers Solve Global Warming?

Published on March 31st, 2008 | by Carol Gulyas

Educators and activists often comment on how difficult it is to talk about the issue of global warming without overwhelming one’s audience. So it was good to see Saul Griffith’s presentation at ETech mounted online for [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Solar Panels and the Quest for $1/Watt

Published on March 31st, 2008 | by Michelle Bennett

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If solar panels cost $1/watt, you can sell them (installation included) for $2/watt. Coal (installation included) costs $2.10/watt. To date, solar is still reaching to compete with coal, but the margins are closing. To (over)simplify how [&hellip... Read More


Wind Energy

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It's True: Wind Energy is Reliable

Published on March 26th, 2008 | by Carol Gulyas

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The March 25th, 2008 issue of Renewable Energy Access counters the incorrect stereotype that wind is unreliable. Some facts: Over 4.5 million U.S. homes get their power from wind energy. According to energy reliability analysts, wind [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Britain Breaks in Tidal Power

Published on March 25th, 2008 | by Maria Surma Manka

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Tidal power isn’t really talked about a lot here in the U.S., but it’s always exciting when a fresh renewable energy technology enters the equation. To wit: Britain just launched a first-of-its-kind contraption that will generate [&hellip... Read More


Energy Efficiency

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New (Super)Conductors on the Horizon?

Published on March 24th, 2008 | by Michelle Bennett

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What if computers didn’t get hot and batteries never lost their battery life? What if you could help power your car with the heat of its engine? Conducting electricity from one point to another, and then [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Jobs and Careers in Renewable Energy

Published on March 24th, 2008 | by Carol Gulyas

This user-friendly and affordable volume provides a much-needed overview of the careers that are possible in the renewable energy field, the kinds of jobs offered within each, and a mini-summary of the science behind each sector, [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Power(Cube) to the People!

Published on March 22nd, 2008 | by Joe Mohr

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Got a forklift, 25G, and a desire to live wherever you want? Then the PowerCube from Reluminati is for you! Actually, with its ability to deliver 600-watts of continuous energy, the weight (1 ton) and the [&hellip... Read More


Clean Power

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Top Five Micro Wind Turbines

Published on March 21st, 2008 | by Timothy B. Hurst

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They have been around for centuries, but they are quickly becoming the darlings of the eco-friendlies and clean energy nuts. Windmills, or in this case, wind energy generators, come in all shapes and sizes... Read More


Green Economy

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Water Crisis: Clean Tech to the Rescue?

Published on March 20th, 2008 | by Sarah Lozanova

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Water shortages are on the rise, from Mexico to the Andes, northern China to southern India, and Spain to Pakistan. Drought, soaring populations and population densities, changing diets, and increasing living standards are all factors. Is [&hellip... Read More


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