Chicago: Nation's Largest School Bus Company Switches Entire Fleet To Bio-Fuel
September 3, 2007 08:04 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
CHICAGO - The nation's largest independent school bus company, the Cook Illinois Corporation in Chicago, is switching its entire fleet of school buses to burn bio diesel fuel. Biodiesel is a cleaner-burning diesel fuel made from natural, renewable sources such as vegetable oils. In addition, company officials will kick off a new Clean Air Club for kids and a new website that teaches kids about the importance of reducing air pollution. Cook-Illinois is now the largest school bus fleet in Illinois and the largest independently owned bus company in the country to use this new fuel.
Dutch Build Towering Wind Turbines Out At Sea
September 3, 2007 06:12 PM - Alexandra Hudson, Reuters
IJMUIDEN, Netherlands - There is no shortage of wind in the densely-populated Netherlands but there is a shortage of space and in a nation which likes its houses small and its gardens cosy, opposition to wind farms is immense. That is why a new Dutch wind farm is being built so far out to sea it is barely visible on the horizon, reducing the visual impact of its 60 turbines to virtually nil whilst at the same time harnessing higher offshore wind speeds.
New Trend - The First Wind Turbine On The Block
September 3, 2007 12:16 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
MARIETTA, GEORGIA - It may be the first in this Atlanta neighborhood, but definitely isn't the last. Not in Georgia or elsewhere. That's because the small-scale residential wind generator installed last week in the side yard of Christine and Curt Mann, in one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods, will generate between 200 to 400 kWh a month on average, powering most of the Mann home and eliminating as much CO2 from the atmosphere as an acre of mature, healthy trees. That kind of savings, as marketers say, has 'viral' appeal.
U.S. Oil Companies Monitor Felix, Output Unharmed
September 3, 2007 08:04 AM - Reuters
U.S. Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas producers were monitoring powerful Hurricane Felix as it churned through the Caribbean Sea on Sunday, but none had reported reduced offshore production or evacuated workers to onshore locations.
New Technology: Aircraft In-Wheel Motors Save Fuel, Reduce CO2
September 1, 2007 06:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
ASHBURN, Va. - An aerospace company has engineered an electric motor and generator system that eliminate the use of jet engines for taxiing and other ground maneuvers. The technology will potentially save millions in fuel costs and reduce CO2.
Solar Laminates Power Alcoa Facility in California
September 1, 2007 01:06 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - An Alcoa manufacturing facility in Visalia, California is the latest to harness the power of the sun, installing more than 4,300 of thin-film photovoltaic laminates to power approximately 80 percent of the 200,000 square-foot facility's electricity needs during periods of highest demand on the electricity grid.
U.S., North Korea meet for one-on-one nuclear talks
September 1, 2007 08:45 AM - Laura MacInnis -Reuters
Top negotiators from the United States and North Korea met on Saturday for two days of talks meant to advance an international drive to end Pyongyang's nuclear program. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Chris Hill and his North Korean counterpart Kim Kye-gwan did not speak to the press on arrival at the U.S. mission in Geneva, where the first day of the weekend talks began. Their session, aimed at normalizing relations between the countries that fought each other in the 1950-53 Korean War, is expected to focus on how the Stalinist state will disable and account for its nuclear facilities, as promised in a February "six-party" deal.
Wall Street Upbeat On New Breed Of Fuel Cells
August 31, 2007 02:15 PM - Haitham Haddadin, Reuters
NEW YORK - Hydrogen fuel cell makers may be seen as Wall Street pariahs but investors are now eyeing a new breed of alternative energy companies that may breathe new life into the ailing sector. Non-hydrogen fuel cell makers -- who manufacture fuel cells powered by natural gas or other clean-burning fuels like ethanol -- have in recent years attracted investment even as industry pioneers who build fuel cells that use hydrogen have gone out of favor.
Japan Halts Nuclear Research Units On Safety Concerns
August 31, 2007 11:10 AM - Reuters
TOKYO - Japan has halted work at three nuclear research units run by its Atomic Energy Agency due to concerns over the handling of fuel material and other problems, Kyodo news agency said on Friday. The Science and Technology Ministry suspended activities at the units in Tokaimura, Ibaraki prefecture, after the agency reported 46 problems including procedural flaws, Kyodo said.
A Green Performance: Now Showing At Your Local Theater
August 31, 2007 10:31 AM - Nick Forland, ENN
In just seven years Arcola Theater has become one of London's favorite and most important theaters. Now it has a new plan to put its name in the green spotlight, a commitment to powering them with a sustainable solution.