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Eco Homes Show Will Help Build Homes for the 21st Century
March 28, 2008 11:41 PM - , Green Progress
With the UK Government's code for Sustainable Housing aiming for all new houses built from 2016 onwards to be carbon neutral, house builders and designers have less than eight years to grapple with the technologies that will make this possible. One of the best places to find out what new green building products and services are available and how they can be cost--effectively integrated into building projects will be The Eco Homes Show, part of The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC from 10-13 April.
Solar Cell Directly Splits Water for Hydrogen
February 28, 2008 09:58 AM - , Green Progress
Plants trees and algae do it - even some bacteria and moss do it, but scientists have had a difficult time developing methods to turn sunlight into useful fuel. Now, Penn State researchers have a proof-of-concept device that can split water and produce recoverable hydrogen.
Solar Cells of the Future with Nano Flakes
December 28, 2007 12:04 PM - , Green Progress
A new material, nano flakes, may revolutionise the transformation of solar energy to electricity. If so, even ordinary households can benefit from solar electricity and save money in the future. If researcher Martin Aagesen’s future solar cells meet the expectations, both your economy and the environment will benefit from the research. Less than 1 per cent of the world’s electricity comes from the sun because it is difficult to transform solar energy to electricity. But Martin Aagesen’s discovery may be a huge step towards boosting the exploitation of solar energy.
New Jersey Town Doubles Recycling Rates in One Week with the RecycleBank Program
December 3, 2007 08:43 AM - , Green Progress
Cherry Hill - NJ, RecycleBank, a rewards program that motivates people to recycle, has become the 27th municipality in the US to deploy the RecycleBank program. After just one week of collection, the town has already seen homes in the pilot program more than double the amount of waste being recycled.
Hydrogen Engine Center Launches Advanced Carbonless Energy Technology Group
December 3, 2007 08:37 AM - , Green Progress
Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc, a developer of systems and processes used in the design, manufacture and distribution of alternative fuel internal combustion engines, engine controls and generator systems, today announced a series of steps to expand advanced technology development while simultaneously accelerating the delivery of alternative energy solutions to the global market.
Sammamish unveils LEED-certified City Hall
December 3, 2007 08:32 AM - , Green Progress
The City of Sammamish recently unveiled its new City Hall, which features an environmentally savvy design and has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Located on a high slope in the center of town — and on a piece of property that was once an egg farm — the new, $18 million city hall is part of the larger Sammamish Commons project, which includes 30 acres of land and features walking trails, play areas, picnic shelters, a skate park and a northwest garden and orchard.
Innovative Geothermal Energy Project Launched in Canada
December 1, 2007 02:08 PM - , Green Progress
Dartmouth, Canada - Construction has begun on a new innovative geo-thermal project called the Alderney 5 Advanced Geothermal Energy Project in Dartmouth, Canada.
The Alderney 5 project is a $3.0-million energy-efficiency retrofit of five buildings on the Dartmouth waterfront that are owned by the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM); Natural Resource Canada's Technology Early Action Measures program is providing $1 million. The project will save an estimated $250,000 per year in energy costs.
Hydrogen Engine Center Launches Technology Push
December 1, 2007 02:00 PM - , Green Progress
Algona, IA - Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc, a developer of systems and processes used in the design, manufacture and distribution of alternative fuel internal combustion engines, engine controls and generator systems, today announced a series of steps to expand advanced technology development while simultaneously accelerating the delivery of alternative energy solutions to the global market.
Smarter Storage for Solar and Wind Power
December 1, 2007 01:53 PM - , Green Progress
Australia - The Australian government's science branch has launched a major effort to develop new batteries to store energy. The project is led by CSIRO, the Australian Commonwealth's Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency.
Director of the CSIRO Energy Transformed National Research Flagship Dr John Wright said the Smart Storage battery technology aims to deliver a low cost, high performance, high power stationary energy storage solution suitable for grid-connected and remote applications.
Google's Goal: Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal
December 1, 2007 01:43 PM - , Green Progress
San Jose, California - Google today announced a new strategic initiative to develop electricity from renewable energy sources that will be cheaper than electricity produced from coal. The newly created initiative, known as Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal, will focus initially on advanced solar thermal power, wind power technologies, enhanced geothermal systems and other potential breakthrough technologies. Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal is hiring engineers and energy experts to lead its research and development work, which will begin with a significant effort on solar thermal technology, and will also investigate enhanced geothermal systems and other areas.
In 2008, Google expects to spend tens of millions on research and development and related investments in renewable energy. As part of its capital planning process, the company also anticipates investing hundreds of millions of dollars in breakthrough renewable energy projects which generate positive returns.