Monthly Archives: June 2010

N.J. county going solar with unique financing

From CNET: Morris County, N.J., plans to install 3.2 megawatts of solar panels on county property roofs with the help of some creative financing, the Morris County Improvement Authority (MCIA) announced Wednesday. Self-dubbing it the “Morris Model,” county officials said in a statement that the project was funded with a unique two-prong approach. Part of […]

Smart Grid Technology to Become Multi-Billion Dollar Industry

FROM CNET: Investment in security for smart electrical-grid systems will grow tremendously over the next five years, according to a report released Wednesday by Pike Research. (Credit: CNET) With the U.S. electrical grid–and other national grids worldwide–poised to become smart systems with integrated communications, the possible threat of sabotage has become an obvious concern. To […]

Thinner Solar Panels

From CNET: Stion, one of dozens of companies racing to oust current solar market leaders, has raised $70 million to ramp up production of its thin-film solar cells and modules. The San Jose, Calif.-based start-up said on Wednesday it has raised $50 million from Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which will take a 21 percent […]

The Chevy Volt – Electric Cars

From CNET: The folks at General Motors this week continued with hot weather testing of the Chevrolet Volt. The Volt went through a series of Grade Load tests on the Circle Track with a towing dynamometer, which simulates endless hill and mountain climbing. The towing dyno can simulate climbing an incline with anywhere from a […]

Printer Cartridge Freeway

From CNET: It’s no surprise electronic garbage commonly referred to as e-waste is piling up in our nation’s landfills, but the Australian National Park Service has a creative alternative: Repeat Plastics Australia just opened a new bike path made entirely out of excess plastic materials from discarded printer cartridges. The 10.6-mile bike path stretches between […]

Great Lakes Wind Farms

From CNET: The New York Power Authority on Friday kicked off a multiyear review process for an offshore wind farm in Lake Erie or Lake Ontario. The state has received five applications to build a wind farm, in a planning process that began in April 2009. The earliest that a functioning offshore facility could be […]

Apple patent bid combines solar with touch screen

From CNET Although Apple has yet to release a solar-powered gadget, its engineers clearly see the potential for solar power in multitouch devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. A recently surfaced patent application, spotted by Patently Apple, shows that Apple employees filed a patent for a technology to embed solar cells under the touch […]

Electric car goes 623 miles on a single charge

From CNET: A car group in Tokyo recently drove an electric car 1,003.184 kilometers (about 623 miles) on a single charge, breaking its own record for greatest distance traveled without recharging. The Japan Electric Vehicle Club has asked Guinness World Records to certify the event, held at a track in Shimotsuma, Ibaraki Prefecture, last month. […]

Smart-grid companies feel growing pains

From CNET: If you think utilities will swiftly adopt smart-grid technologies, consider the story of GridPoint. Despite being only seven years old, the high-profile energy start-up has adjusted its strategy a few times and made a string of acquisitions. At first, it planned on selling home energy management systems and batteries to consumers, then shifted […]

Think drives into Brazil

From CNET: Think’s all-electric City car is wending its way to South America, the automaker said Wednesday. The Think City, featured at this week’s Michelin Challenge Bibendum conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has a taker. As part of its partnership with Think, Brazilian-based utility CPFL Energia has bought three cars with plans to buy […]