Tesla Vs. Hydrogen

By Jeff Siegel

One of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's dreams may soon be coming to fruition.

During his time as governor, while singing the praises of renewable energy progress in the Golden State, the Terminator would often tell tree-hugging Californians about his dream of building a hydrogen highway that would enable hydrogen-powered vehicles to run from Mexico to Canada — via California. [Read more...]


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SNL Energy: Utility-Scale Solar has All-Time Best Year With Over 3.7 GW Installed in 2014 

With more than 3.7 GW installed, 2014 was the best year yet for utility-scale solar installations, besting the nearly 3.4 GW installed in 2013 by 10% and bringing the U.S. to a total of 10.6 GW of operating utility-scale solar capacity.


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Jacob Peters: What the Keystone Pipeline Means to Millennials

Obama speaking our language doesn't necessarily mean iMessages full of emojis, though his recent experiment with a "selfie-stick" suggests that it may not be far behind; instead we are seeing an Executive that is acting on our issues. [Read more...]



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Going Solar and Net-Zero: The 21st Century Family Home Project

300 pounds: That’s how much coal was not burned in a distant power plant in December as a result of the solar panels we installed on our house in Wyoming this fall. Being December, it was our lowest monthly generation period, with low sun angles and periodic snow covering our panels. The Copelands’ home solar project. Photo: Creative Energies An as



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Japan’s FCO Power Inc. Develops Next-Generation Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stack for Residential Fuel Cell Systems.

The total thickness of a single cell and separator is just 0.4 mm, which is approximately one tenth the thickness of conventional technology. Because it is so thin, The Printed Fuel Cell (™) achieves 5 kW/L, which is the highest level in the world.


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Amyris Expects Huge Sales Growth In 2015

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The first of the “2010-12 IPO kids” completes its transformation to a lively, product-driven commercial company with revenues in fragrances, emollients, solvents and fuels.
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Berkeley Lab: First Direct Observation of Carbon Dioxide’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect at the Earth’s Surface.

Researchers link rising CO2 levels from fossil fuels to an upward trend in radiative forcing at two locations.


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XPRIZE: From Green Glop to Black Gold

Algae is everywhere, it grows easily, and it's full of lipids that, when successfully extracted, have the perfect chemical makeup to be transformed into hydrocarbon fuel. The trick, as always, is to do the processing in a cost-effective and cost-efficient way, a goal that has been elusive so far. Enter Nevada-based Algae Systems. [Read more...]



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Jeff Biggers: Mountaintop Removal Ends March 16. Put Your Foot Down for Basic Health and Human Rights!

Fourteen months after poorly regulated coal-washing chemicals contaminated the Elk River in West Virginia, coal country residents and supporters are gearing up for an epic showdown on March 16 with the state's Department of Environmental Protection -- and the U.S. Congress -- over the mounting death toll and health crisis from mountaintop removal strip mining. [Read more...]



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Brad Mattson: Solyndra’s Fall was Great for Solar, Just Ask Henry Ford

Why is there so much investment and M&A activity in an industry plagued by bankruptcy? The answer is that solar energy is now on a growth path that will make it the energy story of the 21st century. How could bankruptcy lead to such fantastic growth? I say it all started with Solyndra. [Read more...]



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