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Pushing the PV Envelope: Organic Solar Cells Moving into Production
July 1, 2008 10:03 AM - , Triple Pundit
Organic photovoltaic cells, including dye-sensitized cells (DSCs) - may be the ultimate when it comes to offering off-grid, micro-power generation. Initial small-scale technology and market tests — solar chargers for mobile phones in Africa, for example - are under way as researchers continue to try to find ways to boost solar energy conversion efficiencies — which now surpass 5% for small organic PV cells and up to 11% for DSCs - minimize production costs and develop markets for both small- and large-scale applications.
The Greening of the Hotel Industry
June 30, 2008 08:18 AM - , Triple Pundit
Going ”ėgreen’ is more than a mere fad in the hotel industry. The San Francisco based Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants began implementing environmental initiatives in 1985. Twenty years later Kimpton created EarthCare, which has over 40 eco-friendly practices, including energy and water conservation. In 2006 Kimpton earned the National GeoTourism Award given by National Geographic Traveler and the Travel Industry Association of America. The state of California acknowledged Kimpton’s efforts.
Scientists Are Developing Alloy Based Fridges Running On 50% Less Energy
June 25, 2008 09:50 AM - , Triple Pundit
European researchers say they have begun to develop fridges that are powered by a 100% alloy which will reduce their energy usage by 50%. In the last 15 years, fridge technology developers have had to consider what option would be the lesser of two evils. Environmentalists alerted them to the harmful side effects of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), the refrigerant chemical, but alternative refrigerants require a lot more energy.
How much should I spend for my Indulgences: Voluntary Carbon Offset Pricing
June 24, 2008 09:33 AM - , Triple Pundit
So you've heard about all the pitfalls in the voluntary carbon offset market, and you still want to buy. How much is the right amount to spend? You might think that bargain shopping is a good idea--that it's no different than shopping around for the best deal on paper towels. In the carbon offsets industry, cheap offsets are the equivalent of off-brand condoms: they might be fine, but the stakes are so high they are not really worth messing around with.
How Do You Run An Entire Country Without Oil?
June 21, 2008 08:59 AM - , Triple Pundit
Shai Agassi, founder of Project Better Place, is largely regarded as one of today's hottest eco-entrepreneurs. Watch him explain his incredibly innovative business model, "Zero-Emissions for Zero-Dollars," at the recent "Plug-In Electric Vehicles 2008: What Role for Washington?"
International Carbon Initiative Failing: The Case of Papua New Guinea
June 19, 2008 08:55 AM - , Triple Pundit
In the pacific region countries have joined forces to tackle land-clearing in an attempt to reduce regional emission levels. One of the latest carbon partnerships, agreed to in April this year, is between Papua New Guinea and Australia. The agreement has been criticised from its inception and with the release of a recent forest analysis report covering PNG, the potential usefulness of the program going forward is further questioned.
Compostableware that leaves the others far behind
June 18, 2008 10:24 AM - , Triple Pundit
These days, "compostableware" is becoming increasingly common. Whether it's your to go box, or the lidded soup bowl, or the bio plastic cups for your drinks. And yet, something's not quite right. That soup bowl starts to bend. The to go box gets soggy. The cup is made from corn, which, GMO or not, is unsustainable and responsible for many issues both agricultural and economic in our society today. And that's just the beginning.
The Regulatory Arena for Voluntary Offsets
June 17, 2008 10:01 AM - , Triple Pundit
In the wild west of offset sales, regulators are the saloon owners who kept their guns locked and loaded under the counter. Regulation schemes are filling in to provide some consistency in a wildly unreliable marketplace. As you know, carbon offsets are extremely abstract. A buyer can't kick the tires, check the teeth, or do any sort of personal examination of the product before buying it. That's why regulation is so important.
The Death of the SUV and the Wisconsin City That Will Deal With the Repercussions
June 14, 2008 09:28 AM - , Triple Pundit
The GM auto plant in Janesville, WI is the company’s oldest in the country. Remember that television jingle we grew up hearing about Chevys being the “Heartbeat of America”Ě? I think they were actually referring to Janesville. Opened in 1919, it survived both the Great Depression and WWII. The place is an institution. And according to GM CEO, Rick Wagoner, that institution is going to close by 2010.
UK Government Offers Cash For Biomass For Heat And Energy Generation
June 13, 2008 10:26 AM - , Triple Pundit
UK farmers and businesses producing biomass that can be used for fuel and electricity creation can apply for government grants of up to GBP200,000. By paying farmers for various types of wood, grass, straw and dead forest wood, the UK government hopes to raise electricity derived from biomass supply to 6% by 2020, up from 3.5% now. Demand for renewable heat is expected to increase to 6% by 2020, up from 0.6% currently.